NFL Power Rankings for Week 9 (Oct. 29, 2014)

Carson Palmer1. Denver Broncos (6-1); beat San Diego 35-21, retains same ranking – After dispatching San Diego, Peyton and company head to Foxborough in what should easily be a high-scoring affair.

2. Arizona Cardinals (6-1); beat Philadelphia 24-20, moves up three spots – Carson Palmer didn’t have to do a whole lot beyond putting the ball in his receivers’ hands; they racked up 193 yards after the catch.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (5-2); lost to Arizona 24-20, drops one spot – The Eagles lost a close one on the road in Arizona, and the toughest part of their schedule begins in Weeks 13 through 15 (Cowboys, Seahawks, Cowboys).

4. New England Patriots (5-2); beat Chicago 51-23, moves up four spots – After a devastating loss to KC, New England went 4-0 in October.

5. San Diego Chargers (5-3); lost to Denver 35-21, drops one spot – San Diego has one of the most-underrated pass defenses in the league, only allowing one QB to throw for over 300 yards (Carson Palmer, 304 yards).

demarco-murray6. Dallas Cowboys (6-2); lost to Washington 20-17 (OT), drops three spots – Despite another big game by DeMarco Murray (221 total yards), the Cowboys couldn’t overcome the Redskins at home. Now they wait to see if Tony Romo can play this week.

7. San Francisco 49ers (4-3); bye week, retains same ranking – Colin Kaepernick has been hit or miss this season, but he should definitely hit at home against a reeling Rams team.

8. Indianapolis Colts (5-3); lost to Pittsburgh 51-34, drops two spots – Indy’s defense was looking strong…but that was before Ben Roethlisberger threw for 522 yards and six TD’s against them.

9. Detroit Lions (6-2); beat Atlanta 22-21, moves up two spots – For the second straight week, Detroit came back to win. The Matt-Stafford-to-Golden -Tate connection proved to be the difference-maker in London.

10. Seattle Seahawks (4-3); beat Carolina 13-9, retains same ranking – It wasn’t pretty – especially Russell Wilson’s early play – but Seattle snapped their two-game losing streak.

11. Green Bay Packers (5-3); lost to New Orleans 44-23, drops two spots – Eddie Lacy truly broke out of his funk with a career-high 182 total yards. However, a missed 4-and-1 run really turned the tide of this game.

12. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2-1); beat Baltimore 27-24, moves up one spot – A huge win for Cincinnati as they move into a friendly stretch that includes Jacksonville, Cleveland, New Orleans, Houston and Tampa Bay.

13. Baltimore Ravens (5-3); lost to Cincinnati 27-24, drops one spot – Following a tough loss against Cincy, Baltimore sees their NFC North lead shrink to half a game.

alex-smith-kansas-city14. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3); beat St. Louis 34-7, retains same ranking – KC continues their winning formula of rushing the ball, playing defense, and having Alex Smith complete as short of throws as possible.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3); beat Indianapolis 51-34, moves up one spot – Just over two halves after looking like one of the NFL’s worst teams against Houston, the Steelers hang 51 points on one of the league’s best teams.

16. Miami Dolphins (4-3); beat Jacksonville 27-13, drops one spot – The Dolphins keep pace with the AFC East pack by winning this fairly easy road game.

17. Buffalo Bills (5-3); beat NY Jets 43-23, retains same ranking – Despite getting just 44 yards on 22 carries from Anthony Dixon, Buffalo’s pass offense dominated the hapless Jets.

18. Cleveland Browns (4-3); beat Oakland 23-13, moves up two spots – The Raiders kept blitzing, but Brian Hoyer kept completing passes. He finished 9-for-12 for 101 yards and a TD on plays where he was blitzed.

19. New Orleans Saints (3-4); beat Green Bay 44-23, NR – Don’t play the Saints in New Orleans! They have now won 11 straight in the Superdome.

20. Houston Texans (4-4); beat Tennessee 30-16, NR – JJ Watt domination continues as the mammoth D-end racked up two more sacks and mocked rookie Zach Mettenberger with a selfie pose.