The Baltimore Ravens are still in the Super Bowl conversation, but the road there has gotten tougher than it was a year ago.
Still just the one unbeaten team remaining in the NFL, so it remains an easy call which club to keep atop our updated NFL Power Rankings off the Week 8 results.
NFL Week 9 Power Rankings
1. Pittsburgh (7-0): This team had perhaps one flaw, and it was at linebacker after losing stellar young player Devin Bush to a season-ending injury a few weeks ago, but Pittsburgh filled that somewhat by trading for Jets linebacker Avery Williamson ahead of the Trade Deadline.
2. Kansas City (7-1): It’s an absolute shame that the Chiefs and Steelers don’t play this regular season to decide the AFC’s top seed. K.C. should have another easy one this Sunday vs. Carolina.
4. Tampa Bay (6-2): The Bucs were not sharp at all Monday at the New York Giants, but that was a bit of a trap game ahead of a huge one this Sunday vs. New Orleans.
5. Indianapolis (5-2): If Philip Rivers simply plays average football under centre, this team can do some damage with a stellar defence.
6. New Orleans (5-2): The Saints boosted their defence ahead of the Trade Deadline by dealing for 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander. Now if New Orleans can finally get back All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas.
7. Buffalo (6-2): Can’t remember when I saw a team with a 6-2 record and a negative point differential like Buffalo has. That’s four straight poor games for Josh Allen, but the Bills will still win the weak AFC East.
8. Baltimore (5-2): The Ravens were my choice to win the Super Bowl – not loving that pick right now because Lamar Jackson hasn’t looked close to his 2019 MVP version yet. The talent is still there, though.
9. Green Bay (5-2): I have no explanation for Green Bay’s terrible effort at home on Sunday, but the Pack will take advantage of an injury-decimated 49ers team on Thursday.
10. Tennessee (5-2): Wasn’t huge on the Titans’ bandwagon when they started 5-0 because of so many close calls and now it’s catching up to them. The trade for ex-Chargers Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond King does address a major need.
11: Arizona (5-3): Monitor the Cards this week as Coach Kliff Kingsbury said that two members of the team tested positive for COVID-19 during last week’s bye.
12. Las Vegas (4-3): The Raiders are one of those teams that can beat anyone or lose to anyone on a given Sunday.
13. LA Rams (5-3): Good defence, good running game, but QB Jared Goff is simply not the answer. Could the Rams move on after this season?
14. Cleveland (5-3): In typical Browns fashion, once people start to believe in them they lay a giant egg at home vs. the Raiders.
15. Miami (4-3): Tua Tagovailoa was not sharp in his NFL debut but didn’t need to be – he will need to be to pull an upset this Sunday at Arizona.
16. Chicago (5-3): The only reason the Bears are 16th and not in the 20s is because of their defence. Their offensive issues were encapsulated by receiver Javon Wims stupidly punching a Saints defender in his helmet a few times in Sunday’s loss, which eventually led to a Chicago turnover.
17. New England (2-5): It’s official – it was Tom Brady who was more important to that Patriots dynasty than it was Bill Belichick.
18. Philadelphia (3-4-1): The Eagles will win the awful NFC East simply by default. Carson Wentz has turned it over a whopping 16 times already.
19. Atlanta (2-6): The Falcons might be in the Wild-Card race had they fired Dan Quinn sooner as the Dirty Birds look much better under interim coach Raheem Morris.
20. Denver (3-4): Drew Lock saved Denver’s season with the most clutch drive of his young NFL career in Sunday’s shocker over the Chargers.
21. Cincinnati (2-5-1): The Bengals are not that far from being 6-2 and are going to be a playoff team in 2021 thanks to Joe Burrow. They are on the bye this week.
22. Carolina (3-5): The Panthers should get back All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey this week as they try to make a Wild-Card push.
23. LA Chargers (2-5): It’s almost impossible the way the Chargers keep losing games with one-time big leads – it might cost Coach Anthony Lynn his job after the season.
24. San Francisco (4-4): There will be no repeat NFC champion this season as the Niners have lost QB Jimmy Garoppolo and All-Pro tight end George Kittle both likely for the season. Jimmy G might have played his final snap for the team as there are rumours it could move in on the offseason.
26. Detroit (3-4): The Lions saw top receiver Kenny Golladay go down injured in Sunday’s blowout loss to the Colts and he’s going to miss at least Week 9 and probably longer.
27. Washington (2-5): Washington comes out of its bye week with a realistic chance to win its next four games, all vs. teams with losing records.
28. Houston (1-6): The Texans come out of their bye and could be down a few key players as they were rumoured to be active sellers ahead of Tuesday’s Trade Deadline.
29. Dallas (2-6): Apparently, the Ben DiNucci Era will last just one game with Dallas as starting QB Andy Dalton is expected to return from his concussion this week. Not like it will make a difference with Dallas hosting Pittsburgh.
30. NY Giants (1-7): The Giants do play hard for new coach Joe Judge, but QB Daniel Jones keeps torpedoing the team’s chances at wins with stupid turnovers.
31. Jacksonville (1-6): Ever heard of Jake Luton? The sixth-round pick out of Oregon State is Jacksonville’s new starting quarterback.
32. NY Jets (0-8): LOL.
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