2012 NFL Power Rankings Week 9
2012 NFL Power Rankings Week 9
With many of the teams in the NFL having played half of their games already and the remaining teams who haven’t ready to compete in their eighth game this week we can truly say now that the season is just about halfway done. With the season just about 50% complete certain teams are truly beginning to separate themselves from the others as the dominant teams in the league this year, but the sad thing is there really aren’t too many.
Each week a team that seems as if they are going to be one of those dominant loses inexplicably to a team that they have no business losing to, but that’s the kind of year it has been so far. There are 21 teams currently in the NFL who are at least two games within a .500 record whether it is two losses or two victories, 66% of the league is playing very close to mediocre football. The one team that has yet to lose is even taking their share of criticism for looking shaky against teams that they should easily handle if they are truly indeed the top team in the league.
It has been a season that is difficult to describe unless using words or phrases such as strange, different and topsy-turvy. One thing is for certain it has been entertaining and interesting to watch unfold week after week. Now that we are heading into week eight is behind us and week nine is upon us here are my Power Rankings for the week.
#32 Kansas City Chiefs (1-6)
The Kansas City Chiefs once again last week displayed exactly why they are the worst team in the NFL losing yet another game by double digits which now makes five of their six losses this year to occur by 10 points or more.
Last week: #32 This week's opponent: at San Diego
#31 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6)
The Jacksonville Jaguars lose another game and it doesn't seem like that's going to change any time soon this season, they are a Kansas City win away from being the worst team in the league and truthfully they might just be tied with the Chiefs for this dishonorable, honor.
Last week: #31 This week's opponent: vs Detroit
#30 Carolina Panthers (1-6)
Things don't seem as if they are going to improve anytime soon for the Carolina Panthers. They have now lost their fifth straight game and things don't seem to be getting any better for either their offense or defense.
Last week: #29 This week's opponent: at Washington
#29 Cleveland Browns (2-6)
Even though the Cleveland Browns may not show it this team has been very competitive all season long and now if they can get the young players playing consistently then they have a chance to finish off their year pretty strong.
Last week: #30 This week's opponent: vs Baltimore
#28 New Orleans Saints (2-5)
Just as soon as it seemed like the New Orleans Saints were getting their act together they go out and get man-handled on national television in prime-time so that everyone could see how flawed this team truly is; not too mention it was their worst offensive effort of the year too gaining just 252 yards of total offense.
Last week: #20 This week's opponent: vs Philadelphia
#27 New York Jets (3-5)
The New York Jets are another team that seemed they were about to turn the corner and begin producing this season but have now lost two in a row and seems that they are doomed for a playoff-less season this year; is it Tebow Time yet?
Last week: #23 This week's opponent: Bye Week
#26 Tennessee Titans (3-5)
The Tennessee Titans finally got back to their losing ways last week following a mini win streak in the prior weeks. How many more losses will it take for Matt Hasselbeck to endure for Jake Locker to get his starting job back?
Last week: #21 This week's opponent: vs Chicago
#25 Oakland Raiders (3-4)
The Oakland Raiders can become a middle of the pack team this season as long as they continue to play solid defense, compete hard and don't rely on Carson Palmer to do too much.
Last week: #27 This week's opponent: vs Tampa Bay
#24 Buffalo Bills (3-4)
Coming off of their bye week do the Buffalo Bills have what it takes to pull off a huge upset this week? If they do they will be right back in thick of things in the AFC East race if not then they might have to kiss their 2012 goodbye.
Last week: #25 This week's opponent: at Houston
#23 Cincinnati Bengals (3-4)
If the Cincinnati Bengals can get Andy Dalton to stop turning the ball over at such an alarming rate then they have a chance to make some noise in the AFC North but this week he'll have a difficult task not turning it over to a defense that has a relentless pass rush.
Last week: #24 This week's opponent: vs Denver
#22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played a tremendous game last Thursday night and made a statement in the process that one they wouldn't be pushovers anymore and secondly that the team which they beat may be slightly overrated. What a game by rookie running back Doug Martin, 32 touches for 214 totals yards and two touchdowns.
Last week: #28 This week's opponent: at Oakland
#21 Detroit Lions (3-4)
The Detroit Lions may have saved their postseason chances temporarily with their week eight victory, but unless this team plays better on both sides of the ball with scoring opportunities on the line then sub .500 and out of the playoffs is where they will find themselves.
Last week: #26 This week's opponent: at Jacksonville
#20 St. Louis Rams (3-5)
The St. Louis Rams have been competitive win or lose, versus each and every team that they faced in North America as soon as they face a team overseas in London they got rammed themselves. I guarantee they won't sign up for the International Series again anytime soon.
Last week: #18 This week's opponent: Bye Week
#19 Washington Redskins (3-5)
The Washington Redskins must get the defense together otherwise no matter how spectacular Robert Griffin III plays it won't matter. For the record RG3 didn't play to well last week but that's not excuse for his defense to allow 27 points yet again this season.
Last week: #17 This week's opponent: vs Carolina
#18 Arizona Cardinals (4-4)
Can the Arizona Cardinals ever get back to their winning ways from the first month of the season? The Cards began the year winning four straight and since then they have lost four in a row and have also lost their best option and quarterback and two running backs in the process.
Last week #16 This week's opponent: at Green Bay
#17 Dallas Cowboys (3-4)
The Dallas Cowboys again took yet another loss to a divisional rival inside of Jerry's World and the worst thing about it is that Tony Romo once again proved that he is not the quarterback that will change anything in Dallas.
Last week: #14 This week's opponent: at Atlanta
#16 San Diego Chargers (3-4)
The San Diego Chargers once again showed why they are a team in search of not only an identity on both sides of the ball but hwy they should be a football team in search of a new head coach as soon as possible; Norv Turner just simply can't get it done and I bet wish they would have never fired Marty Schottenheimer following that 14-2 season in 2006.
Last week: #13 This week's opponent: vs Kansas City
#15 Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
The fact that the Philadelphia Eagles lost their first game under Andy Ried following a bye week may just be the final piece of writing on the wall as to what will happen during the duration of this season and what changes will take place in the off-season.
Last week: #12 This week's opponent: at New Orleans
#14 Miami Dolphins (4-3)
The Miami Dolphins have just come off of a huge victory in their most complete performance of the season; does this mean that now the Phins are ready to challenge for the division title or are they just showing promise for the future?
Last week: #22 This week's opponent: at Indianapolis
#13 Indianapolis Colts (4-3)
Anyone out there had the Indianapolis Colts at 4-3 following seven games? If you said yes then you are a lair, but not only do they have a winning record but they have also doubled their win total from just a season ago. Do they have a playoff push in them? That remains in the hands of Andrew Luck and a much improved defensive unit.
Last week: #19 This week's opponent: vs Miami
#12 Seattle Seahawks (4-4)
The Seattle Seahawks have now lost their fourth game on the road this season and now stand 1-4 away from home; its a good thing for them that five of their final eight games are in the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field.
Last week: #10 This week's opponent: vs Minnesota
#11 Minnesota Vikings (5-3)
The Minnesota Vikings suffered their most disappointing loss of the season at home on Thursday night now Adrian Peterson and company must quickly pick up the pieces before they lose a tough one on the road this week.
Last week: #6 This week's opponent: at Seattle
#10 Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
The Pittsburgh Steelers finally have cracked my top and its largely due to the stellar play of their defense and Ben Roethlisberger completely taking control of this offense, gone are the days of the ground and pound Steelers.
Last week: #15 This week's opponent: at New York Giants
#9 Denver Broncos (4-3)
For the first time this season the Denver Broncos played a complete game of 60-minute football last week and just look at what happened. They gained 530 of total offense while scoring 34 points and held their opponents to just 252 yards while allowing just 14 points. If this is the team that will show up for the rest of the season then the rest of the NFL needs to beware.
Last week: #11 This week's opponent: at Cincinnati
#8 New England Patriots (5-3)
The New England Patriots traveled across the pond last week and destroyed their opponent now they have a much need bye week to rest players, go over some new things and practice and try to finish off the season strong and claim yet another AFC East crown.
Last week: #9 This week's opponent: Bye Week
#7 Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
The Baltimore Ravens must make a statement in their first game following their bye week and that statement needs to be despite the injuries we're still a dominant team. Joe Flacco and the offense must take over and make some things happen otherwise Baltimore could be headed for an ugly downward spiral.
Last week: 7 This week's opponent: at Cleveland
#6 Green Bay Packers (5-3)
The Green Bay Packers are finally rolling and looking as good as many expected them to all season long. The offense is scoring points, the defense is stopping teams from doing so and they are even overcoming injuries all on their way to an impressive three game winning streak.
Last week: #8 This week's opponent: vs Arizona
#5 San Francisco 49ers (6-2)
The San Francisco 49ers once again proved that they can easily defeat a team that they should as Alex Smith threw just one incomplete pass, now the Niners just must prove again that they can play at a high level versus the tougher teams in the league.
Last week: #5 This week's opponent: Bye Week
#4 New York Giants (6-2)
The New York Giants once again proved two things in their latest victory; the first is they are by far one of the top teams in the league and the second is that they need every game to be close no matter how quickly they jump out to a commanding lead.
Last week: #4 This week's opponent: vs Pittsburgh
#3 Chicago Bears (6-1)
It seems as if over the past few weeks the Chicago Bears band wagon is becoming more crowded with those who finally see that this teams is very similar to the one in 2006 but the only difference is that they actually have an offense that can win a game for them in the clutch.
Last week: #3 This week's opponent: at Tennessee
#2 Houston Texans (6-1)
The Houston Texans are coming off of their bye week and will look to continue proving that they are the class of the AFC this week against an old friend who has been struggling on all season himself in his new location.
Last week: #2 This week's opponent: vs Buffalo
#1 Atlanta Falcons (7-0)
The Atlanta Falcons remain undefeated and in the process are proving all of the doubters wrong. Last week's big-time road win was exactly what this team needed following a bye week now this week they will attempt to remain unbeaten against a team that is having its usual share of mid-season problems.
Last week: #1 This week's opponent: vs Dallas