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NFL Power Rankings Week 9

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November 6th, 2018

1. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1 SU and ATS) It took an extra week, but the rip roaring Chiefs are finally kings of the hill. They've been knocking on heaven's door for quite a while, but that one game where they were nipped by the Patriots was holding them back. No longer. The Chiefs laid waste to the hapless Browns on Sunday in a 37-21 decimation that showcased everything they have offensively as the Rams lost to the Saints. We all have concerns about this defense, but you could say the same thing about every other team in the top-10. The Rams and Patriots are ranked 10th and 11th in points allowed. Defense does win championships, just not this season.

Next Game: Arizona at Kansas City -16.0

2. New Orleans Saints (7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS) Now THAT is how you honor your team's sordid history! Have fun out there, Michael Thomas. You deserve it. Dial it up!

Next Game: New Orleans -4.5 at Cincinnati 3. New England Patriots (7-2 SU and 6-3 ATS) While the GOAT debate was the obvious angle, I think that we can put that discussion to rest. Someone on Sunday had the gall to say that "Brady and Rodgers combine for 6 Super Bowls". Uh...that's because Brady has won five of them and been to eight in his career. This isn't a debate. Stop it already.

Next Game: New England -6.5 at Tennessee

4. Los Angeles Rams (8-1 SU and 4-4-1 ATS) Yes, this low if for no other reason than that awful spread record. This very expensive defense was exposed on Sunday as Drew Brees ripped them to shreds and made Marcus Peters look like a dummy. The Saints suffered zero sacks from one of the most fearsome front-sevens in the league, which is a little known secret about this defense overall. They don't actually get to the quarterback as often as their personnel would suggest. The Rams are tied for 13th in the league with 22 sacks, tying them with the Chargers, Bills and Browns.

Next Game: Seattle at LAR -9.5

5. Carolina Panthers (6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS) The Panthers continue to grind away as a team that makes things just a hair more difficult than they need to be. Allowing the Bucs to sneak back in to that one says a lot about how they let their foot off the gas, but they were also up 35-14 at the half. This is a very dangerous team that is tough to grade considering the strength of their schedule thus far. Making things even more difficult is the fact that they only play New Orleans in Week 15 and Week 17. Thankfully, we get a nice litmus test for Newton and the Panthers this Thursday.

Next Game: Carolina at Pittsburgh -4.0 (Thursday) 6. Los Angeles Chargers (5-2 SU and 3-4 ATS) The one thing I love about the Chargers is that they keep winning. The one thing I hate is that they have totally inexcusable second halves. They've averaged just 11.8 points in the third and fourth quarters with a high of 17 against Cleveland a low of 3 against Buffalo. They need to learn how to put the foot on the throat a little firmer, or that spread record is never going to improve.

Next Game: LAC -9.5 at Oakland

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1 SU and 5-3 ATS) Cryptic tweets from Le'Veon Bell? The team one week away from being able to franchise tag/transition tag him again? We are all in for this nonsense. I just hope it doesn't spell the end for James Conner. That guy deserves better than to be cast aside.

Next Game: Carolina at Pittsburgh -4.0 (Thursday)

8. Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1 SU and ATS) This was a soft effort in a terrible game that has hardly watchable. Minnesota looked out of sorts because Stephon Diggs was sidelined with an injury, and people want to pin this on fantasy team murderer Kirk Cousins, who had just 164 yards a touchdown and a pick.

Next Game: BYE 9. Houston Texans (6-3 SU and 4-5 ATS) What an absolute steal for the Texans. Demaryius Thomas is not the elite receiver he used to be, but he certainly has a lot left in the tank. Plus it's a known fact that he plays better when there's a tight-end with the same last name as him on the team.

Next Game: BYE

10. Atlanta Falcons (3-4 and 2-5 ATS) A textbook statement game by the Atlanta Falcons, who trounced the Redskins by pounding the rock with spell back Tevin Coleman. That was definitively an off game by Washington, but posting 154 rushing yards did a lot to add balance against their passing offense which ranks second in the league with 320.1 yards per game. And for all the flack that Matt Ryan receives for his fourth quarter meltdowns, he's only thrown 3 picks this season and is taking impressive care of the football despite how much he has to put it at risk through the air. We're jumping on this wagon early, especially with a cream puff schedule over the next two weeks. Don't trust them all the way, but we're a lot more convinced than we were two weeks ago.

Next Game: Atlanta -4.0 at Cleveland

11.Chicago Bears (5-3 SU and ATS) Might seem weird to launch the Bears this high up the NFL power rankings, but they did the one thing that we love to see out of mid-level teams: they beat the pulp out of a bad one in multiple ways, returning two turnovers for touchdowns, throwing for a score at the end of game and rushing two in with Jordan Howard. A team that gains just 190 total yards of offense should never score 41 points. But that's these Bears. They are way more balanced than everyone is giving them credit for, and are gaining fast in a division where the Vikings look vulnerable, the Packers stink and the Lions are an embarrassment.

Next Game; Detroit at Chicago -6.5

12. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3 SU and 4-4 ATS) This is a very, very tenuous spot to put the Bengals, who have enough wins to deserve the hat tip, but just learned that star wide-receiver A.J. Green is out for at least two weeks. The often under-appreciated Green accounts for 23.8% of all catches by the Bengals, along with 25.8% of their targets and 32% of all their passing yards. That is A LOT. This is where we get to see what Andy Dalton is really made of, but we've read this story before and it's not worth re-reading. This is a bad time to be playing New Orleans, unless you're a big believer in The Letdown Game theory (which you should be).

Next Game: New Orleans -4.5 at Cincinnati

13. Seattle Seahawks (4-4 SU and 4-3-1 ATS) The Seahawks lost one by the skin of their teeth, which is pretty much par for the course with them. They should have never been a pick'em against one of the top teams in the league. That line was ridiculous. And now they're getting nearly double-digit points against the Rams and we're about to throw a tantrum. This is the most impossible game of the week to handicap.

Next Game: Seattle at LAR -9.5

14. Baltimore Ravens (4-5 SU and ATS) Despite lots of trickery, the Baltimore Ravens simply never felt like they were in this one. And the worst part about it is that we keep talking ourselves in to them only to scream, "WHY DID I BET ON JOE FLACCO?!"

Next Game: BYE 15. Washington Redskins (5-3 SU and ATS) At no point do you ever believe that Alex Smith can come back from a two-touchdown deficit. You'll know at the half how good or bad Washington is going to do in a game. The problem? So do the oddsmakers as live betting adjusted harshly against the overwhelmed Redskins on Sunday. This is a good team that had a terrible game, but there just isn't enough offensive punch here to really satisfy the standard given what we've seen league-wide so far. This is literally the only good team in the league that seems like it can't keep up in a track meet. The oddsmakers are already pegging them as natural road dogs in Tampa, a team that the internet won't stop making fun of them.

Next game: Washington at Tampa -3.0

16. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4 SU and 3-5 ATS) Would you rather have Amari Cooper and lose your first round pick, or Golden Tate for a third round pick? Yeah, we thought so. Great move by the Eagles. Hopefully it's the jolt in the arm this team needs.

Next Game: Dallas at Philadelphia -6.5 (Sunday Night) 17. Green Bay Packers (3-4-1 SU and 3-5 ATS) Is this unfair? To some degree, but Rodgers was a mess on Sunday Night in one of the biggest matchups of his career. The defense offered Rodgers zero saving grace, but he also threw for just 259 yards on 24-of-43 attempts. Nobody disregards Rodgers as one of the best of all time, but he's hardly been on a team that didn't have a glaring weakness. To date, he's never played with a notable running-back. This franchise has ridden the coattails of Rodgers for over a decade. Is this team really better than the Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck?

Next Game: Miami at Green Bay -9.5

18. Indianapolis Colts (3-5 SU and 4-4 ATS) Like, seriously are they?! You put a bad team around a historically phenomenal quarterback and this is what you get in this day and age: a chance to win every game and three wins in eight attempts. The Colts are getting better each and every week. By the end of Week 10 they may be way up from this spot. We know this is slightly disrespectful but it's fair. We're not all the way there with Indy, but getting closer.

Next Game: Jacksonville at Indianapolis -2.5

19. Tennessee Titans (4-4 SU and 5-3 ATS) Marcus Mariota responded to critics in a big way under the spotlight and submitted his best game of the season. It's the kind of performance where you convince yourself that you haven't seen four years of flat lined growth, but the truth is that his receivers were just catching the ball on Monday. Tennessee is most impressive is on defense, where their tenacity and ferociousness was on full display as Zeke Elliott got nothing going . They're now the top scoring defense in the league, which they pretty much have to be since the Titans are still the third worst scoring offense out there. A date with New England is going to be tough sledding on a short week but finally we're seeing a spark from a team that's been unusually lifeless for the first half of the season.

Next Game: New England -6.5 at Tennessee

20.Miami Dolphins (5-4 SU and ATS) Yikes. Miami won by posting 168 yards of offense, no touchdowns and just seven first downs. They're covering the spread but there are so many other places you could put your money.

Next Game: Miami at Green Bay -9.5

21.  Detroit Lions (3-5 SU and 5-3 ATS) The worse news for Lions fans is that the franchise as a whole has been especially resistant  to firing bad coaches. Their last three signal callers have been Rod Marinelli (4 seasons), Jim Schwartz (5 seasons) and Jim Caldwell (4 seasons).Those three idiots combined to win 39% of their games from 2009-2017. At the very least, Patricia is maintaining the standard.

Next Game; Detroit at Chicago -6.5

22. New York Jets (3-6 SU and ATS) Don't worry, Sam Darnold! Mitchell Trubisky went through the same stuff in his rookie year and he turned out sort of ok! Hang in there, pal.

Next Game: Buffalo at NYJ -7.5

23. Denver Broncos (3-6 SU and 3-5-1 ATS) Wow. The Broncos were not only skewered by their complacency in the fourth quarter, Demaryius Thomas threw more shade on his way out of town essentially calling them cowards for opting for a 51-yard field goal to try and win the game. Vance Joseph can not be long for his post.

Next Game: BYE

24. San Francisco 49ers (2-7 SU and 2-6 ATS) You're damn right we're jumping in to the trunk of the Nick Mullens Hype Mobile in prime time again! The 49ers have needed a feel good story this season and finally got one.

Next Game: NYG at San Francisco -3.0 (Monday Night) 25. Dallas Cowboys (3-5 SU and ATS) For one shining moment, it looked like the Amari Cooper trade was going to be the thing. And then the Cowboys lost Sean Lee and their entire defense unravelled. The threads were pretty loose prior to the injury as well. Dak Prescott is obviously talented enough to be a starter, but isn't getting great coaching to push him past his limits. Zeke Elliott was swarmed all day long, and Dallas hardly ever gained momentum. And you know what that means? Sweet, sweet, Jason Garrett Hot Seat takes this week!

Next Game: Dallas at Philadelphia -6.5 (Sunday Night)

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5 SU and ATS) Jacksonville had a bye last week? That was a question because we literally didn't notice. They're a hard team to care about right now. 

Next Game: Jacksonville at Indianapolis -2.5

27. Cleveland Browns (2-6-1 SU and 5-4 ATS) The positives? Baker Mayfield had a 95.0 rating despite being asked to throw 42 times. Duke Johnson Jr. reminded us that he's really good at football. The offensive line was pretty good! They picked up 26 first downs! And they'll have a top-10 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft! The bad news? They're still the Browns.

Next Game: Atlanta -4.0 at Cleveland

28. New York Giants (1-7 SU and 3-5 ATS) You know, for all the talk of tanking, it should be stated that the best quarterback in college is still a sophomore (and therefore can't be drafted until 2020), the next best college passer is 5-foot-9 Kyler Murray (who is going to play professional baseball instead) and the next one after that is Dwayne Haskins, who plays for an Ohio State team that hasn't produced a franchise NFL quarterback during the existence of the human race. By most mock drafts, Justin Herbert of Oregon is the only quarterback worthy of a first round draft pick and even those projections are based on need/desperation. Get excited for 2019, New York! Your team is still going to suck.

Next Game: NYG at San Francisco -3.0 (Monday Night)

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5 SU and ATS) At least Dirk Koetter didn't bench Fitzmagic for the defense imploding again. 

Next game: Washington at Tampa -3.0

30. Buffalo Bills (2-7 SU and 3-6 ATS) The fewest points scored in an NFL season is by the 1992 Seattle Seahawks, who blundered their way to just 140 points. The Bills have a scoring average of just 10.7 points per through 9 games so far, which puts them on pace for around 170. So at least this offense won't be historically terrible. Even still, that line against the Jets is tempting...

Next Game: Buffalo at NYJ -7.5

31. Arizona Cardinals (2-6 SU and 4-3-1 ATS) After the oddsmakers gave Aaron Rodgers and the Packers a +8.5 point cushion agains the Rams two weeks ago, and then gave the same line to the Browns against the Chiefs, it's nice to see that they've learned their lesson. Look at that freaking spread next week.

Next Game: Arizona at Kansas City -16.0 32. Oakland Raiders (1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS) Bright side - the Dallas Cowboys stink and you'll have two picks in the top-10! More Gruden Grinders!

Next Game: LAC -9.5 at Oakland
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