Are 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.