The NFL power rankings 2010 for Week 9 have a new leader. If the NFL power rankings 2010 in Week 9 didn’t have the Patriots on top, pundits have no choice but to put them up now. Since the Patriots are the only team left with just one loss, they have to be the new No. 1. Although most of the buzz over the Patriots-Vikings game was over the Vikings’ ongoing soap opera, New England is sitting pretty after their latest win. At the least, they are sitting better than other teams leading the NFL power rankings before Week 9.
Heading into Sunday, there were only three one-loss teams left, and all of them were in the AFC. The Jets and Steelers had the most buzz, given the hype and issues they had faced. Meanwhile, the Patriots were actually going along quietly for once, with their own 5-1 start.
Today, the NFL power rankings 2010 of Week 9 are putting New England back on the pedestal. That is due in part to their 28-18 win over the Vikings, and partly because the Jets and Steelers both lost. Nevertheless, the Patriots have the undisputed best record in football at the moment.
While the Patriots are rising at 6-1, the order behind them is filled with 5-2 or 5-3 teams. Some looked better than others this week, as the Jets and Steelers took big hits, while the Packers, Colts and Saints finally played to form. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers and Chiefs continued their surprising starts, as the Giants and Ravens benefited from having a bye.
Although the top of the NFL power rankings 2010 for Week 9 looks clear, the order below the Patriots is debatable. The Colts and Saints will undoubtedly get the biggest lifts up, by experts who have been waiting for them to dominate again. The Steelers may not get punished that much, since they lost to the Saints, but the Jets’ rotten offensive performance could make them tumble.
No one knows what to make of the Buccaneers and Chiefs yet, so it may take a while for them to climb up. The NFC powers – or what passes for them – will likely stay below the AFC elite, although the best AFC teams have looked more vulnerable lately.
With the NFL power rankings 2010 entering Week 9, the halfway mark of the season is approaching. As it has been the entire year, no one can figure out these standings, or what they will look like in another eight weeks. Although the Patriots took a clearer lead this Sunday, one loss from them will throw the whole order into chaos again.
Here is what the top 12 of the Week 9 NFL power rankings may look like now.
1. Patriots: 6-1
2. Colts: 5-2
3. Steelers: 5-2
4. Giants: 5-2
5. Ravens: 5-2
6. Jets: 5-2
7. Falcons: 5-2
8. Saints: 5-3
9. Packers: 5-3
10. Buccaneers: 5-2
11. Chiefs: 5-2
12. Titans: 5-3
CBS Sports- “NFL Power Rankings: Week 9”