Week 9 Reverse NFL Power Rankings

1. San Francisco 49ers (0-9)

You know your destined to have the number one pick when San Francisco cannot beat a Carson Palmer-less Cardinals team. With a bye week coming up the 49ers should be doing everything to get Jimmy Garoppolo ready to start. Appreciate

 

2. Cleveland Browns (0-8)

After their trip to London the Browns get a week off to reflect on yet another disappointing season. Maybe a week off can do something to get this team on track, but after numerous blunders I highly doubt it.

 

3. New York Giants (1-7)

Not only did the Giants lose to the Rams, they got utterly destroyed giving up 51 points. While the Giants season has long been over it’s all but official now and even has created some talk to possibly playing Davis Webb.

 

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)

The Buccaneers woes continue and seemed to come out with a fight broke out along their sideline with Marshon Lattimore. Unless the Bucs are able to run the table it looks like their playoff hopes are now over.

 

5. Indianapolis Colts (3-6)

You have to hand it to the Colts that despite their injuries and mounting losses they continue to play hard. That is quite the testament to Chuck Pagano and this staff. That played out as the Colts beat the Texans and kept their slim South Division hopes alive.

 

6. Chicago Bears (3-5)

Through all the injuries and quarterback change the Bears have been through quite a bit this season. Expect the Bears to roll out a few wrinkles coming out of the bye week to hopefully get the passing game going in the right direction.

 

7. Houston Texans (3-5)

With no Deshaun Watson the offense was clearly not the same and what normally would have been a winnable game. And without Watson for the rest of the season the Texans are likely not going to win very many games the rest of the day.

 

8. Denver Broncos (3-5)

The defense was supposed to be the strength of the Broncos and then behind their run game was going to get the Broncos to challenge for the playoffs. But when you give up 51 points to the Eagles then you know the season is lost. The true question will be whether they address the quarterback position in the offseason.

 

9. Cincinnati Bengals (3-5)

Not only were the Bengals not able to stop the Jaguars rushing attack, but they gave up 250 yards passing to Bortles without getting a single interception. After such a long stretch of the Bengals making the playoffs we’ll likely see an end of an era with another playoff-less year.

 

10. Los Angeles Chargers (3-5)

Through the first half of the season the Chargers it’s been up and down for the Chargers as they’ve lost to the good teams they’ve played and beat the bad teams. Not too bad for a team that some “experts” picked to win the West and go deep into the playoffs.

 

11. Baltimore Ravens (4-5)

Playing a team above .500 it was only logical for the Ravens to lose to the Titans. Baltimore enters a bye week which should help their beat up team, but this roster is still a .500 team.

 

12. Oakland Raiders (4-5)

After four straight losses the Raiders have won two of their last three games still keeping their playoff hopes alive. Add in that Marshawn Lynch found the end zone twice may be what they need to get him jump started.

 

13. New York Jets (4-5)

Don’t let the final score fool you, the Jets dominated the Bills to gain their fourth win of the season. That’s probably 3 more wins than most people thought they’d have for the entire season. The playoffs probably won’t happen, but this team is better than most thought.

 

14. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)

While they did play the 49ers the Cardinals did surprise with a win without Carson Palmer. But at this point it could be the last win for the Cardinals who weren’t exactly playing well before then.

 

15. Miami Dolphins (4-4)

In their first game in the post Jay Ajayi trade the Dolphins were unable to beat a struggling Raider team at home. Jay Cutler played well throwing for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns while completing over 80% of his passes. Unfortunately, they just couldn’t stop the Raiders enough.

 

16. Green Bay Packers (4-4)

Coming off a bye week and hosting the struggling Lions it was a recipe for the Packers to get a win. Instead Hundley played poorly and the defense was no match for Matthew Stafford. Injuries have been the story for the Packers this year and likely have them contending for a fringe top 10 pick this year.

 

17. Washington Redskins (4-4)

A week after the Seahawks put up 51 points on the Texans the Redskins were able to hold them to 14 points in route to getting a big home win. This team has been up and down all year, but with Minnesota and the Saints coming up we’ll get a good idea of how good this team really is.

 

18. Atlanta Falcons (4-4)

It’s only fitting that the Falcons lost to the Panthers because Atlanta has so closely resembled the Panthers’ 2016 season. Both teams came off of a bad Super Bowl loss and put up complete duds in the Super Bowl hangover. Atlanta still has time to turn it around, but has anything they done make you think they can do it?

 

19. Detroit Lions (4-4)

A tremendous performance by Matthew Stafford who threw for 361 yards and two touchdowns helped the Lions not only beat the division rival Packers but end a three game losing streak. Will this be the game to restart the Lions season, or just beating a bad injury ridden Packers team?

 

20. Dallas Cowboys (5-3)

In the never ending saga that is Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension or not suspension played out again as Elliott was eligible to play and his 93 yard rushing and general threat helped the Cowboys roll past Kansas City and extend their winning streak to three. Now the real questions is if Elliott can continue to play or can they win without him.

 

21. Buffalo Bills (5-3)

Playing on the road has been the Bills Achilles Heel this season accounting for all three of their losses. In what was thought to be a winnable game the Bills came out flat and were controlled by the Jets. Are the Bills coming back to earth? Did the trade of Marcel Dareus rear its head?

 

22. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-3)

Jacksonville continues their impressive stretch beat the Bengals without Leonard Fournette. But what was most impressive was they were able to get a strong performance out of Blake Bortles. Are we at the point where the Jags might bring Bortles back for next season?

 

23. Seattle Seahawks (5-3)

A tough loss for the Seahawks who had been riding a four game winning streak. Losses are bound to happen in a 16 game season, but to go from scoring 41 points last week to only putting up 14 against a worse defense is a little concerning.

 

24. Carolina Panthers (6-3)

The talk from interim GM Marty Hurney was that they traded away Kelvin Benjamin to get more speed on the field to help open up the run game. Well game one after the trade may have proven him right as the rushing attack went for over 200 yards in route to helping them beat the division rival Falcons.

 

25. Tennessee Titans (5-3)

Three straight wins has the Titans on top of the AFC South and in what looks like a two-way race with Jacksonville. Having a healthy Marcus Mariota is key for the Titans as their offense is drastically different when he’s healthy.

 

26. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)

Oh how the mighty has fallen as the Chiefs three out of their last four and what was once considered to be the favorite to win the Super Bowl to now wondering if they’ll be able to right the ship. If they are they’ll need the defense to get back to playing at an elite level, but injuries may be too hard to overcome.

 

27. Los Angeles Rams (6-2)

Coming off a bye week and traveling across the country it wouldn’t have been unforeseen to have the Rams have a disappointing effort. Instead they continue to play at an impressing at a high level throttling the Giants. Do we need to start considering the Rams as a legit Super Bowl contender?

 

28. Minnesota Vikings (6-2)

After splitting their first four games of the season the Viking have reeled off four straight despite having to play backup Case Keenum and losing Dalvin Cook. Will Minnesota be able to keep their streak going, or will they repeat last year’s second half collapse?

 

29. New Orleans Saints (6-2)

The Saints continue to march on shutting down the Bucs to not only get their sixth win but continue to stay on top of South. If this defense continues to play this well the remainder of the season the Saints will make some noise in the playoffs.

 

30. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)

It has been an interesting season so far for the Steelers as they’ve looked great and horrible and sometimes all in the same game. A bye week may be good for the Steelers who are riding a three game winning streak but still have to get things figured out.

 

31. New England Patriots (6-2)

With a four game winning streak the Patriots have seemed to get on track especially on defense where they’re only giving less than 13 points per game over their winning streak. While the teams they have beat aren’t setting the NFL on fire, it does instill hope that they’ve figured it out.

 

32. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)

Denver was supposed to be a true threat to the Eagles, but to destroy them 51-23 was something else. Not only are the Eagles established as the team to beat in the NFC, but the entire NFL.

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