NFL Power Rankings Week 9, 2016

cowboys-vs-eaglesLast weekend, the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys battled for supremacy in the NFC East. Dak Prescott led the Cowboys to yet another victory, leaving them 6-1 and firmly in control of the East.

See where Dallas moves up to in our Week 9 power rankings, and check out last week’s rankings here.

1. New England Patriots (7-1); beat Buffalo 41-25, same spot – Tom Brady broke this game open on a 53-yard TD pass to Rob Gronkowski. New England also scored 27 points on five consecutive possessions, and they look unstoppable right now.

2. Denver Broncos (6-2); beat San Diego 27-19, same spot – Denver harassed Philip Rivers into 20-of-47 passing and stopped the Chargers on several crucial drives at the end.

3. Dallas Cowboys (6-1); beat Philadelphia 29-23 (OT), up 1 spot – Prescott had a shaky start, but he played well enough down the stretch to win the game. There’ll be no quarterback controversy until Dallas starts losing.

4. Seattle Seahawks (4-2-1); lost to New Orleans 25-20, down 1 spot – Russell Wilson had a chance to win the game, but his end-zone completion to Jermaine Kearse was ruled out of bounds.

nick-foles-chiefs5. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2); beat Indianapolis 30-14, up 3 spots – Much like last year, the Chiefs are putting together a win streak after a slow start. Nick Foles will start against the Jaguars as Alex Smith sits with a concussion.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3); bye week, up 1 spot – It was thought that Ben Roethlisberger would be out for several weeks. But odds are that he’ll play against the Ravens this week.

7. Minnesota Vikings (5-2); lost to Chicago 20-10, down 2 spots – This shocker was partly the result of Minnesota’s normally stout defense giving up 153 rushing yards to Jordan Howard.

8. Atlanta Falcons (5-3); beat Green Bay 33-32, up 2 spots – Matt Ryan found Mohamed Sanu in the end zone with 31 seconds left to notch a huge win against Green Bay.

9. Oakland Raiders (6-2); beat Tampa Bay 30-24 (OT), up 2 spots – Derek Carr was outstanding, passing for a franchise-record 513 yards as Oakland looks like the surprise team of the year.

aaron-rodgers-vs-patriots10. Green Bay Packers (5-3); lost to Atlanta 33-32, down 1 spot – Aaron Rodgers threw for four touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Atlanta’s charge in the end.

11. Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1); lost to Carolina 30-20, down 5 spots – As talented as Arizona is, they aren’t even close to a playoff spot halfway through the season.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3); lost to Dallas 29-23 (OT), same spot – Rookie Carson Wentz had a solid performance in this big game. However, he couldn’t move his team downfield in the fourth quarter and overtime.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1); tied Washington 27-27, up 1 spot – Despite their subpar play in the first half of the season, Cincinnati is only one game out of the division lead.

14. Washington Redskins (4-3-1); tied Cincinnati 27-27, up 1 spot
 – Dustin Hopkins took a lot of heat after missing a 34-yard field goal with 2:13 in overtime.

15. Buffalo Bills (4-4); lost to New England 41-25, down 2 spots – Buffalo was bad on both sides of the ball…so bad in fact that one of their fans threw a sex toy on the field out of frustration.

brock-osweiler-texans16. Houston Texans (5-3); beat Detroit 20-13, up 2 spots – Brock Osweiler bounced back from a terrible performance to throw for a modest 186 yards and a TD.

17. New York Giants (4-3); bye week, down 1 spot – New York will come out of their bye week and jump right into a tough NFC East matchup with Philadelphia.

18. Detroit Lions (4-4); lost to Houston 20-13, down 1 spot – Detroit had a three-game win streak snapped as they failed to muster any offense until the fourth quarter.

19. Baltimore Ravens (3-4); bye week, up 2 spots – Baltimore has lost four straight games, and they need to beat Pittsburgh this week to stop their decline.

20. Miami Dolphins (3-4); bye week, up 2 spots – Jay Ajayi will try to become the first-ever running back with three straight 200-yard rushing performances against the Jets.

21. Indianapolis Colts (3-5); lost to Kansas City 30-14, down 2 spots – Indianapolis couldn’t stop Nick Foles when he came in for an injured Alex Smith. Foles threw two touchdowns to put this game away.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5); lost to Oakland 30-24, down 2 spots – Tampa Bay’s defense was shredded by Derek Carr, including the game-winning touchdown drive in overtime.

23. Tennessee Titans (4-4); beat Jacksonville 36-22, up 3 spots – DeMarco Murray has been running the ball extremely well, but coach Mike Mularkey wants to lighten his load by getting Derrick Henry more involved.

24. LA Rams (3-4); bye week, down 1 spot – LA will try to get back to .500 as they host the Carolina Panthers at home.

25. New Orleans Saints (3-5); beat Seattle 25-20, up 3 spots – New Orleans has been playing much better over the past few weeks, and it showed in this home victory over Seattle.

26. New York Jets (3-5); beat Cleveland 31-28, up 1 spot – The Jets got off to a slow start, but Matt Forte ran for two second-half touchdowns to help them get a comeback victory over the lowly Browns.

New Orleans Saints v Carolina Panthers27. Carolina Panthers (2-5); beat Arizona 30-20, up 2 spots – It was a bittersweet victory as Cam Newton took a tough shot and blasted NFL officials afterward (justifiably so).

28. San Diego Chargers (3-5); lost to Denver 27-19, down 4 spots – Melvin Gordon has been a bright spot in the Chargers season, rushing for 572 yards and scoring 10 overall touchdowns so far.

29. Chicago Bears (2-6); beat Minnesota 20-10, up 1 spot – After missing five games, Jay Cutler had a solid comeback, throwing for 252 yards and a touchdown in this win.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5); lost to Tennessee 36-22, down 5 spots – Somebody had to go after yet another dismal Jaguars start, and it was offensive coordinator Greg Olson, rather than head coach Gus Bradley.

31. San Francisco (1-6); bye week, same spot – Perhaps the bye week gave Colin Kaepernick more time to work on things and regain his form from 2012 and ’13.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-8); lost to NY Jets 31-28, same spot – The Jets may have been one of the Browns’ last chances to get a win this season. Their best hope now is playing good combined with an emotional letdown by a superior team.