Week 9 NFL Power Rankings: Chaos Reigns

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Josh Allen takes down Josh Allen in Jacksonville's Shocking Upset Win Over Buffalo (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

What on Earth happened in Week Nine? Multiple powerhouses fell to teams that have been either ice-cold or at the bottom of the barrel to this point in the NFL season. But who survived this chaotic week? Here are the power rankings for Week Nine of the NFL season.

32. Detroit Lions (0-8) Prev: 32

The Lions could not lose this week, as they had their bye week. The Motor City hopes the extra week of preparation can lead the Lions to their first win next week.

Next: at Lions

31. Houston Texans (1-7) Prev: 31

In a battle of one-win teams, the Texans came up short against the Dolphins. The return of Tyrod Taylor was supposed to make the Texans a better team, but three interceptions from Taylor may lead the Texans right back to Davis Mills. Houston has their bye week to evaluate the two and make that decision.

Team MVP: Eric Murray (8 tackles, INT)

Next: Bye

30. New York Jets (2-6) Prev: 27

The Jets had something to cheer about in Mike White, and then they lost it when White left the game with an injury. The Jets then were run over by Jonathan Taylor. It seems like Jets fans may never be allowed to be happy.

Team MVP: Elijah Moore (7 rec, 84 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Bills

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) Prev: 30

In what may end up as the upset of the season, the Jags took down the Buffalo Bills. There was lots of Josh Allen on Josh Allen crime, as the defensive end, Josh Allen got the first sack and interception on a player with the same name. Josh Allen truly proved to be superior to Josh Allen

Team MVP: Josh Allen (8 tackles, sack, INT)

Next: at Colts

28. Miami Dolphins (2-7) Prev: 29

For the first time since Week One, the Miami Dolphins were winners. It helps that they got to face the Texans this week, but it was a win nonetheless. They also did it without Tua Tagovailoa, so his health is once again in question.

Team MVP: Jerome Baker (7 tackles, sack)

Next: vs Ravens

27. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) Prev: 26

The Eagles stayed competitive with the Chargers but ultimately could not come out with the win. Their pass defense was dissected by Justin Herbert for over 350 yards, but Devonta Smith went over 100 yards for the first time in a month, looking like the star receiver Philly drafted him to be.

Team MVP: Devonta Smith (5 rec, 116 yds, TD)

Next: at Broncos

26. New York Giants (3-6) Prev: 28

The Giants didn’t get their upset win over the Chiefs last week, but they did get it this week, with a win over the division-leading Raiders. The Giants seemingly have their identity, as Jones only threw for 110 yards, but their defense and running game made up for it. How many games their identity will win for them is up in the air.

Team MVP: Devontae Booker (99 yds, 3 rec, 23 yds)

Next: Bye

25. Chicago Bears (3-6) Prev: 25

The Bears have a legitimate gripe with the officiating crew from Monday night’s game. There were so many blown calls that went against the Bears that if they were all called correctly, the Bears probably win that game. The icing on the cake was the taunting call late in the game, especially since the ref seemed to intentionally hip-check Cassius Marsh before throwing the flag. Nonetheless, the Bears came out with the loss and there’s nothing they can do about it.

Team MVP: Justin Fields (17/29, 291 yds, TD, INT, 45 yds)

Next: Bye

24. Washington Football Team (2-6) Prev: 24

Washington had their bye week this week. They are seemingly out of the NFC East race for the moment, so they’ll need to string some wins together.

Next: vs Buccaneers

23. Minnesota Vikings (3-5) Prev: 20

The Vikings took the Ravens to overtime but ultimately could not come out with the win. Minnesota looked like a bubble playoff team early on, but that image has been slowly fading, as they are now on a losing streak. Minnesota will look to revive their playoff chances with an upset win next week.

Team MVP: Dalvin Cook (110 yds)

Next: at Chargers

22. San Francisco 49ers (3-5) Prev: 16

Kyle Shanahan is a great offensive mind, but his seat is starting to become a little warm with all of the losing San Fran has been doing recently. The Niners fell short to a Cardinals team that didn’t have Kyler Murray or Deandre Hopkins, in a game that would have helped them remain a viable contender for a playoff spot. Now, they have much more catching up to do.

Team MVP: George Kittle (6 rec, 101 yds, TD)

Next: vs Rams

21. Seattle Seahawks (3-5) Prev: 21

Seattle had their bye week this week. The Seahawks are getting Russel Wilson back this week, and a playoff spot is within reach. Their season may not be completely lost yet.

Next: at Packers

20. Atlanta Falcons (4-4) Prev: 23

The Falcons got what may be their most satisfying victory of the year, as they scored an upset win over their hated rivals, the New Orleans Saints. For the past few years, the Falcons’ defense had been completely atrocious, and Atlanta would have to score 40+ every game to win, but Arthur Smith seems to have figured something out to keep this team winning.

Team MVP: Matt Ryan (23/30, 343 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: at Cowboys

19. Carolina Panthers (4-5) Prev: 15

Carolina has cooled down significantly since their hot start, specifically due to the play of Sam Darnold. He had people fooled that he may potentially have been reviving his career with the Panthers, but he’s still seeing the same old ghosts. It may be time to turn to XFL legend PJ Walker.

Team MVP: Brian Burns (5 tackles, sack)

Next: at Cardinals

18. Indianapolis Colts (4-5) Prev: 22

Jonathan Taylor has the Colts rolling at the moment. There must be something about AFC South runningbacks that when they get hot, they’re unstoppable. The Colts, are rolling, as they look to put themselves back in the AFC Wild Card picture.

Team MVP: Jonathan Taylor (172 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Jaguars

17. Denver Broncos (5-4) Prev: 17

In another shocking upset, the Broncos took down the red-hot Dallas Cowboys. Denver ran for almost 200 yards between runningbacks Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon, and Dallas didn’t put up a point until the fourth quarter. With the Raiders losing, this is a big win to get them back into the hunt for the AFC West.

Team MVP: Jonathon Cooper (4 tackles, 2 sacks)

Next: vs Eagles

16. New England Patriots (5-4) Prev: 19

The Patriots are on fire, as they once again terrorized old friend Sam Darnold in a win over the Panthers. The Pats are now 4-0 on the road and 2-0 in what was going to be a make-or-break stretch for them before their bye week. It doesn’t get easier next week, but the Pats are giving fans a reason to believe that they could be back.

Team MVP: JC Jackson (2 tackles, 2 INTs, TD)

Next: vs Browns

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) Prev: 18

Although it may have been controversial, Pittsburgh was victorious against the Bears. The Bears scored 21 points in the 4th quarter, making it much closer than it had any right to be. Nonetheless, Pittsburgh is looking primed for a potential playoff run.

Team MVP: TJ Watt (7 tackles, 3 sacks)

Next: vs Lions

14. Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) Prev: 12

A few weeks ago, the Bengals were on top of the AFC North, maybe even the AFC. Now they’ve dropped two in a row, with this week’s loss coming to their in-state rivals, the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals season is not close to lost yet, but they need to rediscover their magic.

Team MVP: Joe Mixon (64 yds, 2 TDs, 5 rec, 46 yds)

Next: Bye

13. Kansas City Chiefs (5-4) Prev: 13

Kansas City now has won two in a row after some were questioning their start to the season. Once again, the offense was not pretty, but they are winning nonetheless. However, the longer this goes on, the more doubts creep in if Kansas City can sneak their way into the postseason.

Team MVP: Tyrann Mathieu (6 tackles, sack)

Next: at Raiders

12. Cleveland Browns (5-4) Prev: 14

The first game without Odell was a success for the Browns, as they beat the Bengals. It is baffling that Cleveland seems to play so much better without Beckham, but it may just make Baker more comfortable. The Browns will look to salvage their season without the star receiver.

Team MVP: Nick Chubb (137 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: at Patriots

11. Las Vegas Raiders (5-3) Prev: 10

The Raiders yet again have a more prominent story off the field than what happened on the field. Damon Arnette, a former first-round pick of the Raiders, was cut this week due to a video surfacing of him brandishing a gun and threatening to kill people. The Raiders seem to have a problem with helping their young players behave in the tempting environment of Las Vegas.

Team MVP: Yannick Ngakoue (2 tackles, 2 sacks)

Next: vs Chiefs

10. New Orleans Saints (5-3) Prev: 9

With an opportunity at first place in the NFC South on the line, the Saints came up short against the Falcons. The road ahead is going to be much harder since the Saints no longer have Jameis Winston, the man who Sean Payton had planned on being his starter since Drew Brees retired. Trevor Siemian is not going to win them too many games, and they need to look into other potential options.

Team MVP: Alvin Kamara (50 yds, TD, 4 rec, 54 yds)

Next: at Titans

9. Los Angeles Chargers (5-3) Prev: 11

The Chargers got back in the win column after a tough loss to the Patriots. Justin Herbert was able to get himself back on schedule after struggling against the Pats, throwing for over 350 yards. Now the Chargers just need to work on playing like that every week.

Team MVP: Justin Herbert (32/38, 356 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Vikings

8. Buffalo Bills (5-3) Prev: 6

The Bills may be in trouble. If losses that can instantly build momentum are a thing, losses that can derail a team can also be a thing. Buffalo’s loss to the Jags may be a season derailing type of loss. It’s the type of loss that can frustrate a team, and get them inside their heads. Buffalo will need to keep themselves right.

Team MVP: Stefon Diggs (6 rec, 85 yds)

Next: at Jets

7. Baltimore Ravens (6-2) Prev: 8

The Ravens won yet another thrilling game and another one that went into overtime. The narrative that Lamar Jackson is not clutch is now dead in the water, as most of Baltimore’s wins have come in clutch situations. Baltimore is at the top of the AFC North, but they do not have much breathing room.

Team MVP: Lamar Jackson (27/41, 266 yds, 3 TDs, 2 INTs, 120 yds)

Next: at Dolphins

6. Tennessee Titans (7-2) Prev: 7

The Titans got a big win over the Rams in their first game without Derrick Henry. The defense, which had struggled to this point, stepped up in a big way. If that is the way this defense is going to play now, the Titans will be just fine without Henry.

Team MVP: Jeffery Simmons (6 tackles, 3 sacks)

Next: vs Saints

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-2) Prev: 5

The Bucs had their bye this week. They likely enjoyed watching the Saints lose.

Next: at Washington

4. Dallas Cowboys (6-2) Prev: 4

The Cowboys cooled off this week, losing to the Broncos. They were outplayed in every phase of the game, as they couldn’t even score until the fourth quarter, but by then, the Broncos put the game out of reach. Dallas is much better than what they put on the field against Denver.

Team MVP: Micah Parsons (10 tackles, 2.5 sacks)

Next: vs Falcons

3. Green Bay Packers (7-2) Prev: 2

The Packers were without Aaron Rodgers due to his positive COVID test and unvaccinated status, and it cost them. This was a very winnable game, that Green Bay would have won handily with Rodgers. The Packers will hope that Rodgers will be ready to go next week, but must be disappointed with this loss.

Team MVP: Krys Barnes (9 tackles, TFL)

Next: vs Seahawks

2. Los Angeles Rams (7-2) Prev: 1

The Rams were on top for a week before being kicked off the top of the mountain by the Titans without Derrick Henry. Matthew Stafford had his worst outing of the year, throwing a few awful interceptions. The Rams will hope to have Von Miller next week, as well as better play from Stafford.

Team MVP: Leonard Floyd (5 tackles, sack)

Next: at 49ers

1. Arizona Cardinals (8-1) Prev: 3

Arizona is back in the driver’s seat after one week away from the top spot. Without Kyler Murray and Deandre Hopkins, the Cardinals were able to steal a win from the 49ers. They seem like the top of the class, not just in the NFC West, but the NFL as well. And they didn’t even have their starting quarterback or star wide receiver.

Team MVP: James Conner (96 yds, 2 TDs, 5 rec, 77 yds, TD)

Next: vs Panthers