Week 9 NFL action isn’t quite in the books just yet as we still have the Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football games to be played, but there’s one thing we know for certain after this weekend: the power rankings will look a little different this week.
Cincinnati and New Orleans both dropped games to AFC East teams and Seattle had a scare against the still-winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With New England’s 55-point game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and another victory for the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs, it appears as though the No. 2 and No. 3 spots could look a little different.
AOB’s Top 10 Heading into Week 9
2. New Orleans
4. New England
5. Kansas City
7. San Francisco
8. Green Bay
AOB’s Top 10 After Sunday (prior to SNF game)
2. New England
3. Kansas City
5. New Orleans
6. San Francisco
8. Green Bay
New England, Kansas City, Carolina, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Dallas, Washington, Miami, New York (Jets), Tennessee
New Orleans, Seattle, Cincinnati, San Diego, Atlanta, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Oakland, St. Louis, Buffalo
Denver, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Arizona, New York (Giants), Detroit, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Houston
Though they did not crack the new top 10, the Carolina Panthers (5-3) are another team to keep an eye on. Defeating Matt Ryan and their NFC South rival Falcons, Cam Newton has his Panthers sitting at 5-3 and just behind the Saints in the division. Somehow they’ve managed to slip under the radar of, well, pretty much everyone.
But Week 9 was good to teams such as Carolina, Miami (defeated CIN on Thursday), Dallas (sits atop the East following a 27-23 win over Minnesota), the Jets (defeated New Orleans and kicked them out of the Top 3) and Cleveland (finally beat the Ravens, sit at second in the North).
If Case Keenum, in his second career start in two NFL seasons, can somehow pull off an upset of the Indianapolis Colts in tonight’s Sunday Night Football match-up, we could experience yet another Top 10 shake-up, and teams such as Chicago and Carolina could make a move onto the list. Late in the first quarter, Houston is leading Indy 14-0 thanks to two Keenum TD tosses to All Pro Andre Johnson, so that seems as though it could be plausible.
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