2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 9

manning-vs-chiefs-1Are the Denver Broncos good enough to be No. 1 after shutting down the Green Bay Packers? Find out below in our Week 9 NFL power rankings. Also be sure to check out our Week 8 rankings here.

1. New England Patriots (7-0); beat Miami 36-7, same spot – One big reason why the Patriots are undefeated; they’ve only turned the ball over three times – tied for the least through seven games in Super-Bowl era history.

2. Denver Broncos (7-0); beat Green Bay 29-10, up 2 spots – Peyton Manning needs just one more career victory to pass Brett Favre for the most all time (186 wins).

3. Cincinnati Bengals (7-0); beat Pittsburgh 16-10, up 1 spot – It doesn’t seem like Cleveland will offer much resistance; however, the Bengals are just 2-3 in their last five meetings with the Browns.

4. Green Bay Packers (6-1); lost to Denver 29-10, down 2 spots – Aaron Rodgers suffered through the worst game of his career (77 yards passing), so it’s little surprise why the result was so bad.

cam-newton5. Carolina Panthers (7-0); beat Indianapolis 29-26 (OT), same spot – It wasn’t easy, but this is the first time in Panthers’ history that they’ve started 7-0.

6. Arizona Cardinals (6-2); beat Cleveland 34-20, same spot – With his 20 TD passes, Carson Palmer is easily on target to become the Cardinals’ first QB to throw for 30 TDs.

7. Seattle Seahawks (4-4); beat Dallas Cowboys 13-12, up 2 spots – Defensively, Seattle is doing what they must to get back into the postseason chase; they’ve allowed just 15 points in the last two contests.

8. Atlanta Falcons (6-2); lost to Tampa Bay 23-20, down 1 spot – Atlanta only turned the ball over twice in their first four games (4-0). But they’ve had 12 turnovers in their last four games (2-2).

9. Minnesota Vikings (5-2); beat Chicago Bears 23-20, up 1 spot – After a terrible season-opening loss to San Francisco, Minnesota has won 5 out of 6 and is just one game back in the NFC North.

10. St. Louis Rams (4-3); beat San Francisco 27-6, up 3 spots – Todd Gurley is now the NFL’s first-ever rookie to rush for 125 yards in four straight games.

11. New York Jets (4-3); lost to Oakland 34-20, down 3 spots – There’s much uncertainty surrounding the Jets now that Ryan Fitzpatrick has torn ligaments in his hand.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4); lost to Cincinnati 16-10, down 1 spot  – Pittsburgh lost a huge weapon with Le’Veon Bell now out for the season (torn MCL).

khalil-mack-raiders13. Oakland Raiders (4-3); beat NY Jets 34-20, up 5 spots – With only three remaining opponents with above-.500 records, Oakland has a real chance to make the playoffs.

14. New Orleans Saints (4-4); beat NY Giants 52-49, up 1 spot – Drew Brees had seven touchdown passes on Sunday; before this, he hadn’t thrown over 2 TD passes in a single game this year.

15. New York Giants (4-4); lost to New Orleans 52-49, down 3 spots – While New York can score, they’re also allowing a league-worst 427.5 yards per game.

16. Miami Dolphins (3-4); lost to New England 36-7, down 2 spots – Dan Campbell continues running the ball (43% of the time), which is smart considering that Miami leads the league with 5.0 yards per carry.

17. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4); bye week, down 1 spot  – Despite a 23-plus point differential, the Eagles find themselves with a losing record so far.

18. Kansas City Chiefs (3-5); beat Detroit 45-10, up 3 spots – KC has a tough task ahead of them: the Broncos, who have won their last seven meetings against the Chiefs.

miami-dolphins-dan-campbell19. Buffalo Bills (3-4); bye week, up 1 spot – Buffalo dominated the Dolphins in Week 3 by a score of 41-14; how will they fare against new coach Dan Campbell, though?

20. Indianapolis Colts (3-5); lost to Carolina 29-26 (OT), down 3 spots – With Denver and Atlanta up next, it’s very possible that Indy could be 3-7 after Week 11.

21. Houston Texans (3-5); beat Tennessee 20-6, up 6 spots – Despite Brian Hoyer throwing interceptions in five straight games, a franchise record, Houston is tied for the AFC South lead.

22. Washington Redskins (3-4); bye week, same spot – With three straight road losses, the prospects of Washington winning at Foxborough don’t seem great.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4); beat Atlanta 23-20, up 8 spots – Things are looking up for Jameis Winston (88 Total QBR in last two games), who gets the porous Giants defense next.

24. Dallas Cowboys (2-5); lost to Seattle 13-12, down 4 spots – The Cowboys have dropped seven straight contests in which Tony Romo doesn’t start.

joe-flacco25. Baltimore Ravens (1-6); beat San Diego 29-26, up 4 spots – After going 2-for-12 on throws of 30+ yards, Joe Flacco went 3-for-3 on such throws against San Diego.

26. San Diego Chargers (2-6); lost to Baltimore 29-26, down 3 spots – The defense has greatly contributed to the Chargers’ 2-6 start, giving up 24+ points in every contest this season.

27. Chicago Bears (2-5); lost to Minnesota 23-20, down 3 spots – It’s extra bad for Chicago that they won’t have Matt Forte for a while because he’s led the NFL in yards from scrimmage since 2013 (4,546 yards).

28. Cleveland Browns (2-6); lost to Arizona 34-20, down 3 spots – Johnny Manziel will get another start against coach Marvin Lewis, who called him a “little midget” last season.

29. San Francisco (2-6); lost to St. Louis 27-6, down 3 spots – Coach Jim Tomsula claims the Colin Kaepernick benching is so the QB can “step back” mentally.

30. Detroit Lions (1-7); lost to Kansas City 45-10, down 1 spot – Detroit could allow 30+ points per game for the third time in eight seasons.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5); bye week, down 1 spot – The Jaguars have won twice against the AFC East so far; they can grab a third win if they beat the Jets this week.

32. Tennessee Titans (1-6); lost to Houston 20-6, same spot – With a 3-20 record since taking over, Ken Whisenhunt’s firing seemed pretty justified.

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