It’s Tuesday, which means all 13 games on the Week 9 NFL schedule have been played.  After looking at those games and doing some additional analysis on the outcomes from other weeks, I’ve considered how that information affects the GuysNation view of the NFL Power Rankings.  To make up for some issues I had with some of my analysis following week 5, I’ve not only indicated how a team’s current Power Rank compares to where they were ranked last week, but I’ve also included some information about how they’ve done over the past four weeks.

As always, your comments matter, and I do take them into account when I do the next week’s rankings, so certainly tell me what you think.

32 – Carolina Panthers (1-7) No Change from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 5 with a record of 1-3 since then)

Getting pounded by New Orleans at home is terrible.  Bill Cowher is licking his chops, getting ready for the inevitable job opening.

31 – Dallas Cowboys (1-7) No Change from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 5 since Week 5 with a record of 0-5 since then)

Losing BIG to the Packers in Green Bay isn’t a huge problem, but it just goes to show that the Cowboys are in disarray.  I can’t blame them for firing Wade Phillips.  Hearing Jason Garrett speak for 30 seconds, the last half of the season is likely to be a lot better for Dallas.

30 – Buffalo Bills (0-8) No Change from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 2 since Week 5 with a record of 0-4 since then)

Three straight losses by 3 points to some teams in the top half of the league is actually encouraging.  Right now, they’re a far better team than the Cowboys and Panthers.  If Buffalo finished 8-8 on the season, I’d be surprised, but not as surprised as if the Panthers or Broncos did.

29 – Denver Broncos (2-6) Dropped 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 10 since Week 5 with a record of 0-4 since then)

A bye week helps another team look better by comparison.

28 – Cincinnati Bengals (2-6) Climbed 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 12 since Week 5 with a record of 0-4 since then)

Losing to one of the top three teams in the league in a close game isn’t a huge problem.

27 – San Francisco 49ers (2-6) Dropped 2 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 2 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

The bye week actually gives me hope for Mike Singletary and his roster.

26 – Arizona Cardinals (3-5) No Change from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 5 with a record of 1-3 since then)

A close game on the road which required a Brett Favre late game heroic performance to put another loss on the Cardinals record doesn’t bother me too much, but they’re not going to move up the list with a loss to a team in the bottom quarter of the league.

25 – Minnesota Vikings (3-5) Climbed 2 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 5 with a record of 1-3 since then)

A victory late by a field goal at home against the lowly Cardinals is not confidence inspiring.  After road games at Green Bay and New England, this was supposed to be an opportunity for the Vikings to get back on track.

24 – Detroit Lions (2-6) Dropped 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 6 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

I’ve got absolutely no problem with a loss to the Jets by 3 points, especially when Detroit would’ve been in a position to keep the game from going to overtime if their kicker hadn’t been injured (which forced Ndamukong Suh to have to attempt an extra point, which is why the Lions were at 20 instead of 21).  Hopefully for the Lions Matthew Stafford isn’t too badly injured.

23 – Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4) Dropped 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 3 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

Their bye week doesn’t do the Jaguars any favors to help them move up the list at all, with other teams looking better comparatively with their performances.

22 – Houston Texans (4-4) Dropped 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 12 since Week 5 with a record of 1-3 since then)

The Chargers perform well, but they’re not known for finding ways to win games.  Losing to a team like that – in Texas – doesn’t look good for Houston.

21 – St. Louis Rams (4-4) Dropped 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 3 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

Other teams moving up pushes the Rams back.  The bye week did them no favor in the power rankings.

20 – Seattle Seahawks (4-4) Dropped 3 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 2 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

Losing big at home, no matter who the opponent, doesn’t help anyone move up the rankings.  The fact that it was the giants makes it ALMOST understandable.

19 – Miami Dolphins (4-4) Dropped 4 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 2 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

They lost to Baltimore by more than 2 touchdowns.  Not inspiring at all.

18 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3) Dropped 5 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 6 since Week 5 with a record of 3-2 since then)

Losing road divisional games is understandable, especially against really good teams.  The drop just signifies that the Buccaneers were over-rated before, and other teams filled the void.

17 – Cleveland Browns (3-5) Climbed 7 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 10 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

People thought I was crazy when I said the Browns MIGHT perform well enough to beat the Patriots.  Not only did the Browns beat the team who held the top spot on this list last week, but they won by 20.  Mangini might be looking more like Mangenius after all.

16 – Chicago Bears (5-3) Climbed 3 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 7 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

A win is a win, but it was a CLOSE victory over a team who doesn’t have a win yet.  This ranking might be a bit generous, but it would take too much time and effort to reevaluate.

15 – San Diego Chargers (4-5) Climbed 3 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 2 since Week 5 with a record of 2-3 since then)

I’m not overly impressed by a victory over the Texans, but it was in Houston, so I have to give the Chargers some credit for that.  The fact that they’re getting closer to even win-loss record helps them move up the list.

14 – Washington Redskins (4-4) No Change from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 9 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

No win, no loss, no harm, no foul.

13 – Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) Climbed 3 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 4 since Week 5 with a record of 3-1 since then)

A win over the Colts, even though it was by 2 points, is still a win.  I’m not totally convinced the eagles are a playoff team, but they’re close to it at this point.

12 – Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) Dropped 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 7 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

Losing to the Raiders goes to show that Kansas City isn’t as great as they once seemed earlier in the year.

11 – Oakland Raiders (5-4) Climbed 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 17 since Week 5 with a record of 3-1 since then)

Beating the Chiefs is a good win, even if it was by 3 points at home.

10 – Indianapolis Colts (5-3) Dropped 3 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 1 since Week 5 with a record of 3-1 since then)

Losing to the Eagles in Philadelphia by 2 points?  That’s almost a victory.  It’s still officially a loss, though, so the Colts drop down because of it, partially because only 1 team ahead of them in these rankings lost this week.

9 – New Orleans Saints (6-3) Climbed 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 5 with a record of 3-2 since then)

Beating divisional opponents in road games is a good thing.  Having those wins be lopsided?  Even better.

8 – Tennessee Titans (5-3) Dropped 5 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 6 since Week 5 with a record of 3-1 since then)

The bye week didn’t help them much, now that a bunch of teams have 6 wins.  The Titans are still a top 10 team though.  There’s no doubt about that.

7 – Atlanta Falcons (6-2) Climbed 2 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 4 since Week 5 with a record of 3-1 since then)

The win against Tampa Bay at home was a victory the Falcons had to have in the division to stay where they were, and that’s exactly what they did.

6 – Green Bay Packers (6-3) No Change from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 1 since Week 5 with a record of 3-2 since then)

The win over Dallas in Green Bay was expected, but the lopsided nature of the win wasn’t.

5 – New England Patriots (6-2) Dropped 4 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 1 since Week 5 with a record of 3-1 since then)

Losing to the Cleveland Browns might seem terrible to some people, but given that Mangini is the Browns coach and their defense and running game have been doing well lately, the Browns are much more dangerous than people think.  Still, the loss was by 20 points, so there’s no way the Patriots are staying in the top 3.

4 – New York Jets (6-2) Climbed 1 from Week 8 Rank
(No Change since Week 5 with a record of 3-1 since then)

Only beating the Lions by 3 points?  That doesn’t look great for the Jets.  Still, they’re in an elite group of teams with 6 wins at this point, so you have to give them credit for that.  Were it not for an injured kicker, the Lions would’ve won that game.

3 – Baltimore Ravens (6-2) Climbed 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 2 since Week 5 with a record of 3-1 since then)

Beating Miami in Maryland isn’t a huge win, but it’s a win that puts Baltimore into the 6 Win Club, which keeps them near the top of the league, and the rest of their resume still looks good.

2 – New York Giants (6-2) Climbed 6 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 13 since Week 5 with a record of 4-0 since then)

I don’t think much of the Seahawks, but whenever an east coast team goes to Seattle and gets a win there, it looks good.  When that win is lopsided?  Even better.  The Giants are looking good right now, though they still have plenty of divisional games remaining, so it could still derail.  Their odds of at least getting a wild card spot are very good, though.

1 – Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) Climbed 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 1 since Week 5 with a record of 3-1 since then)

A road win on Monday Night Football against the divisional opponent who won the division last year?  Nicely done, Steelers.  You might be in this position even if the Patriots didn’t lose to the Browns.