Week Nine power rankings

Posted Nov. 01, 2011 @ 1:30 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

1. Green Bay Packers: Widened gap as the league's best team without even playing.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers: Not much time to enjoy win over Pats; Ravens coming to town.

3. New England Patriots: Significant flaws in the pass defense need to get fixed.

4. San Francisco 49ers: Old-school football alive and well with Jim Harbaugh in charge.

5. Baltimore Ravens: Can't afford to sleep through the first half vs. Pittsburgh.

6. Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford's ankle didn't appear to hinder his play.

7. New York Giants: Eli is quietly putting together a career year for 5-2 G-Men.

8. Buffalo Bills: First shutout in five seasons puts them in first place in the division.

9. New Orleans Saints: Laid an absolute egg to give the Rams their first win.

10. Houston Texans: "D" continues to be one of league's most improved units.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Big plays on defense and special teams sealed victory.

12. Atlanta Falcons: Bye week worked out well, as Saints' loss opened division back up.

13. New York Jets: Aaron Maybin must be looking forward to a chance to beat the Bills.

14. San Diego Chargers: Uncharacteristic turnovers by Philip Rivers proving costly.

15. Chicago Bears: With Chris Harris gone, youth movement in full effect at safety.

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A "show-me" game this Sunday for Freeman in New Orleans.

17. Philadelphia Eagles: Silenced their doubters with prime-time romp over Dallas.

18. Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson's fantasy owners have lost their patience.

19. Oakland Raiders: Crucial bye week for Carson Palmer to get acclimated to offense.

20. Kansas City Chiefs: Each win impressive considering the starters who are missing.

21. Dallas Cowboys: Rarely can anyone fluster Rob Ryan the way the Eagles did.

22. Cleveland Browns: Running backs are dropping like flies; not helping Colt McCoy.

23. Washington Redskins: O-line was miserable in Shanahan's first-ever shutout.

24. Minnesota Vikings: Peterson shines as a runner and receiver in solid win over Panthers.

25. Carolina Panthers: As good as Cam has been, his two fumbles led to 14 Vikings points. 

26. Jacksonville Jaguars: Marcedes Lewis does not look deserving of his big contract.

27. Seattle Seahawks: A good sign to see Jackson throwing well coming off injury.

28. Denver Broncos: "Tebow-mania" gets a shot of reality in a bad loss to Detroit.

29. St. Louis Rams: Perfect time for Steven Jackson to step up, get Rams in win column.

30. Arizona Cardinals: Certainly making a name for themselves for blowing leads.

31. Miami Dolphins: Third blown lead in the fourth quarter this season. Brutal.

32. Indianapolis Colts: Not going to win many games with Painter as leading rusher.