So many stories to discuss in Week 9, but so little time. How bout them Cowboys though–right? They look like the NFL’s version of Charlie Sheen more and more every week. They’re both must see TV even when getting bombed!
What breaks down faster when a hooker steals from them? Sheen or the Cowboys?
You may be asking yourself what a hooker ever stole from the Cowboys. Fair question. Well I’m thinking that the Giants are kind of like hookers–you give them your money to watch them blow it down the stretch, not to mention they stole Tony Romo’s season and Wade Phillips’ dignity.
My apologies to Giants fans. If I see you on the bandwagon this year, I’ll wave before jumping off. Just kidding. For the record, the Giants were ranked second in my Power Rankings last week. Where do I have them this week? Keep reading.
On to what you’ve all been waiting for–my Week 10 Power Rankings.
32. Carolina Panthers 1-7
Previously Ranked: 32
Week 9: 34-3 loss to New Orleans
If the Oregon Ducks lined up against the Panthers next Sunday, I’d have a hard time picking the boys in powder blue. Ouch! Using three quarterbacks in four quarters should tell you something just isn’t right in Carolina. Matt Moore left in the first half with an injury and Jimmy Clausen was benched in relief, giving rookie Tony Pike his first NFL snaps.
Next up: at Tampa Bay
The Panthers have hit the third string at quarterback and running back. Not sure what else to say.
Previously Ranked: 31
Week 9: 45-7 loss at Green Bay
“There are a lot of people here who are certainly going to suffer and suffer consequences,” Jerry Jones said after the game, “I’m talking about within the team, players, coaches, who have got careers. This is certainly a setback. I know first hand what it is to have high expectations.”
Wade Phillips was fired on Monday. It must suck to be a member of the Dallas Cowboys right now.
Next up: at New York Giants
Jason Garrett has eight games to show Jerry Jones that he deserves the job next season.
30. Arizona Cardinals 3-5
Previously Ranked: 30
Week 9: 27-24 loss at Minnesota in OT
How’s this for comedy? The Cards’ defense forced three Vikings turnovers, gave up over 500 total yards of offense, and blew a 14 point lead with just under five minutes to go. Things are spiraling out of control in Arizona.
Next up: Seattle
This one won’t be pretty.
Previously Ranked: 29
Week 9: 22-19 loss to Da Bears
Why did the Bills draft C.J. Spiller? I don’t get it. Ray Lewis told Rich Eisen a few weeks back that Spiller is the most dynamic runner he has seen in a long time. Let the kid play!
You may not believe me when I say this but Ryan Fitzpatrick is the quarterback of the future in Buffalo.
Next up: Detroit
I’ll take the over.
28. Seattle Seahawks 4-4
Previously Ranked: 21
Week 9: 41-7 loss to the New York Giants
Where was the 12th man for the Seahawks this week? Did they have to lay him off due to the awful economic situation in the U.S.?
Insert New York Giants/hooker joke here. If you have one, share it in the comments section!
Next up: at Arizona
27. Denver Broncos 2-6
Previously Ranked: 27
Week 9: BYE WEEK
Next up: Kansas City
The only thing the Broncos are playing for at this point is Josh McDaniels’ job. If they want him around next season they should probably win this one.
26. San Francisco 49ers 2-6
Previously Ranked: 26
Week 9: BYE WEEK
Next up: St. Louis
The Rams may be tied for the division lead, but let’s not forget that they are winless on the road. A loss would put the Niners three games back in the loss column. That isn’t ideal, even in this division.
Previously Ranked: 23
Week 9: BYE WEEK
Next up: Philadelphia on Monday Night Football
Don’t see this going well for the ‘Skins. Does McNabb start? A gross outcome either way.
24. Cincinnati Bengals 2-6
Previously Ranked: 25
Week 9: 27-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers
Almost came back. Almost pulled it off. They’ve been so close all season, but just can’t seem to figure it out for four quarters.
Terrell Owens showed everybody why he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. He had ten receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
Next up: at Indianapolis
The only reason this game will be close is because the Colts are an injured bunch.
23. Cleveland Browns 3-5
Previously Ranked: 28
Week 9: 34-14 win over New England
Another big win by the Cleveland Browns. Rob Ryan’s defense was impressive once again, holding the Patriots well below their season average of 29.3 points per game.
I’m convinced Colt McCoy is the Browns’ long term answer at quarterback.
Next up: New York Jets
The Browns have looked really good over the past few weeks, but they need to be even better against the Jets.
Previously Ranked: 18
Week 9: 23-20 OT loss to the New York Jets
What happened to my Lions?!?! They were up 10 with 2:45 to go in the game! Luckily they’ve only been “my Lions” since last week.
What happened to my main man Calvin Johnson? One catch for only 13 yards? Only four targets? He needs to be better than that. He choked against one of the league’s best.
Next up: at Buffalo
Once again, I’ll take the over.
21. Minnesota Vikings 3-5
Previously Ranked: 24
Week 9: 27-24 win over Arizona in OT
The Comeback Adult threw for a career-high 446 yards as he rallied the Vikings from 14 down in the fourth quarter. The Vikes are a confusing bunch, not really sure what to make of them at this point.
How many games does this win buy Chilly? I’m left wondering.
Next up: at Chicago
This is the first of two matchups against the Bears. Winning in the Windy City hasn’t been impossible in 2010.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars 4-4
Previously Ranked: 20
Week 9: BYE WEEK
Next up: Houston
The Jags got a week off and and watched two of their divisional opponents lose. Four teams are separated by one game in the AFC South.
19. Chicago Bears 5-3
Previously Ranked: 22
Week 9: 22-19 win at Buffalo in Toronto
The Bears haven’t looked this mediocre since Week 5 in Carolina. Trouble is, the Bears aren’t mediocre very often.
You think the improvement was because of the bye week? Maybe because Mike Martz finally realized that his offense wasn’t capable of executing the plays he was calling.
The Bears don’t need a top five offense, they need one that makes few mistakes.
Next up: Minnesota
Brett Favre threw 47 passes against Arizona. I’m interested to see how his old arm recovers. Adrian Peterson has a history of burning the Bears.
Previously Ranked: 17
Week 9: BYE WEEK
Next up: at San Francisco
This is a fairly intriguing matchup between the two best teams in the NFC West. The Rams have a chance to get over .500 for the first time in forever and can pretty much squash the 49ers’ playoff hopes.
Is Sam Bradford the offensive rookie of the year through nine weeks?
17. Miami Dolphins 4-4
Previously Ranked: 11
Week 9: 26-10 loss at Baltimore
A very poor showing by the Dolphins. They were undefeated on the road heading into this one. I really thought they had a chance to pull it off.
What happened to Ricky Williams? He’s rarely on the field to do anything other than block. What a shame.
Next up: Tennessee
Tough week ahead for the ‘Fins. Don’t want to fall too far behind the Pats and Jets.
16. Houston Texans 4-4
Previously Ranked: 13
Week 9: 29-23 loss to San Diego
I’m starting to feel like every year is supposed to be “the year” for the Texans. Is it too early to say that this year is not it? The AFC South is too good for this kind of inconsistency. Somebody please turn on Gary Kubiak’s seat warmer.
Next up: at Jacksonville
The Texans cannot afford to lose three in a row.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-3
Previously Ranked: 15
Week 9: 27-21 loss at Atlanta
Well–I think it’s safe to say LeGarrette Blount finally found something he couldn’t punch. To Raheem Morris’ dismay, Blount failed to punch the ball in from two yards out for the go ahead score with the game on the line.
In my opinion, Tampa Bay should have been called a pass. Josh Freeman is the leader of this team, the ball needs be in his hands when it counts.
Next up: Carolina
Not going to get any easier than this.
14. San Diego Chargers 4-5
Previously Ranked: 19
Week 9: 29-23 win at Houston
Philip Rivers is my MVP. He’s been the NFL’s top quarterback despite missing his top four receivers for most of the season.
A guy named Seyi Ajirotutu caught a touchdown against the Texans. Who you ask? Exactly my point, Rivers is the NFL’s MVP after nine weeks.
Pretty impressive stuff.
Next up: BYE WEEK
13. Oakland Raiders 5-4
Previously Ranked: 16
Week 9: 23-20 win over Kansas City
I knew the Raiders could win this game, but I didn’t actually think they would. Sebastian Janikowski has to be thrilled, he’s kicking game winners that actually matter. Huge win for Oakland.
Oh yeah–love me some Darren McFadden!
Next up: BYE WEEK
12. Kansas City Chiefs 5-3
Previously Ranked: 9
Week 9: 23-20 loss at Oakland
The Chiefs’ passing game isn’t strong enough to carry the load if Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles struggle.
I’m pretty sure Dexter McCluster is better than we all think.
Next up: at Denver
Wouldn’t be surprised to see Jones and Charles rebound for 300 combined yards on the ground in this one.
Previously Ranked: 12
Week 9: BYE WEEK
Next up: at Miami
First glimpse at the new-look Tennessee Titans. Randy Moss suits up for his third team this year. I hope it works this time, he’s on two of my fantasy teams.
10. New Orleans Saints 6-3
Previously Ranked: 7
Week 9: 34-3 win at Carolina
I don’t know what all the fuss is about, Drew Brees looks healthy to me. Luckily for the Saints, this win came much easier than the win over Pittsburgh on Halloween. Nothing scary here.
Next up: BYE WEEK
Reggie Bush will be back for the Saints after the bye–I think.
9. Indianapolis Colts 5-3
Previously Ranked: 4
Week 9: 26-24 loss at Philadelphia
Another one bit the dust for the Colts. Austin Collie left the game after a brutal head injury. The hit wasn’t dirty in my opinion, just awkward.
Jacob Tamme has played marvelously in Dallas Clark’s absence. In two games, he’s caught 17 balls for 172 yards and a touchdown.
The Colts are in a tough spot. Only one game separates all four teams in the AFC South.
Next up: Cincinnati
This figures to be a very high scoring matchup. There’s not much defense between these two teams.
8. Green Bay Packers 6-3
Previously Ranked: 10
Week 9: 45-7 over the Dallas Cowboys
Too many good teams have had letdowns in gimme matchups. Not here–not for the Packers.
Next up: BYE WEEK
They get much needed rest for a very banged up team.
Previously Ranked: 8
Week 9: 27-21 win over Tampa Bay
Michael Turner is on fire! The Falcons are 4-0 when he goes over 100 yards on the ground and pick up a nice win to get the season series started.
Next up: Baltimore on Thursday Night Football (NFL Network)
After the Week 9 win, the Falcons are a game up on the Bucs. If they want to keep that lead, they best show up against the Ravens because my magic 8-ball said “very unlikely” when asked if Carolina would beat Tampa on the road.
6. New York Jets 6-2
Previously Ranked: 5
Week 9: 23-20 OT win at Detroit
The Jets are sooooooooooooooooooo lucky the Lions crapped themselves in this one. What happened to the “great” run game the Jets had? Is LT breaking down already only eight games into the season?
They didn’t deserve this one.
Next up: at Cleveland w/ Rob Ryan
Let me tell you something. The Jets players will be in a world of hurt if they lay another egg against the Browns. Rex will go ballistic if he loses to his brother.
5. New England Patriots 6-2
Previously Ranked: 1
Week 9: 34-14 loss at Cleveland
I’m very disappointed with the Patriots. Brady and the receivers were rarely on the same page, and the run game was brutal once again.
Are the Patriots as good as we thought? I’m not sure.
Next up: at Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football
NBC doesn’t need to flex this must watch game anywhere.
Previously Ranked: 14
Week 9: 26-24 win over Indianapolis
If anybody still thought Kevin Kolb should be the starter in Philadelphia–think again. There is no question Michael Vick is the best quarterback for this team, and quite possibly the best in the NFL.
Nice to see DeSean Jackson back out there. He had seven catches for 109 and a tuddy. Not bad after almost getting his head knocked off a few weeks ago.
Next up: at Washington on Monday Night Football
I see very little resistance from the Redskins in this one. Michael Vick may have his biggest game of the season on the biggest stage–Monday Night Football.
3. Baltimore Ravens 6-2
Previously Ranked: 6
Week 9: 26-10 win over Miami
Don’t discount this win because it’s the Dolphins. Miami is a sneaky good road team.
Open Letter to Joe Flacco,
I’m sorry I underestimated your talent and value to the Baltimore Ravens. You are a very good quarterback. I’m impressed.
Next up: at Atlanta on Thursday Night Football (NFL Network)
Great matchup to kick off Thursday Night Football. Can’t wait to see Michael Turner try to run over Ray Lewis.
2. New York Giants 6-2
Previously Ranked: 2
Week 9: 41-7 win at Seattle
Nice job by the Giants. Did they catch the Seahawks with their pants down or what? Traveling across the country to play at Seattle can’t be easy. How’d they respond? With thirty-five points in the first half. That’s how.
Is Hakeem Nicks the best receiver in football?
Next up: Dallas
I’m not sure they can top 35 in the first half. Kind of intrigued though.
Previously Ranked: 3
Week 9: 27-21 win at Cincinnati
The Steelers barely held on to a 20 point lead in Cincy. Nice win after a tough loss last week.
James Harrison’s stat line: 6 tackles – 4 solo, 1 sack, 3 tackles for a loss, 1 pass defended. Oh–and he stripped Jordan Shipley of a first down catch on fourth down in the red zone with 34 seconds left. He saved the day, yet again.
Next up: New England on Sunday Night Football
Is this a playoff preview?
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