NFL Power Rankings: Week 9

Chris Moore| BKD TV Insiders

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Now that we are halfway through the NFL season we here at BKD TV came together to give our NFL Power Rankings. Byron Dixon, Demarus Dye, Shubasz Gordon, Darrien Coleman, and myself (Chris Moore) ranked our top ten teams in the NFL. We then ranked the teams based on number of votes received and average ranking. So here are our Week nine Power Rankings.

1. Denver Broncos. Average Rank: 1. Votes Received: 5

A unanimous decision as all 5 panelists marked the Broncos as the team to beat in the NFL. The Broncos offense will continue to thrive as long as Peyton Manning is at the helm. The defense seems much improved and will need to continue to put pressure on the opposing quarterbacks. If they do that, Denver could run away from the rest of the league.

2. Arizona Cardinals. Average Rank: 2. Votes Received: 5

Another unanimous decision for the panelists to make the NFC West leading Arizona Cardinals the number 2 team in the league. Bruce Arians is the leader in the clubhouse for Coach of the Year Award. Through suspensions and injuries to key players, he has this team in command of the toughest division in football.

3. New England Patriots. Average Rank: 3.4. Votes Received: 5

Remember when New England got rolled on Monday night and we thought the end of the Patriots era had arrived? Yeah we were wrong. They have the Denver Broncos coming to town for another classic Brady-Manning match up. The winner of that will likely be next weeks number 1 in the Power Rankings.

4. Dallas Cowboys. Average Rank: 4.8: Votes Received: 5

Losing at home to the Washington Redskins was a bad loss for the Cowboys. Throw in Tony Romo’s back and the likely season ending injury to leading tackler Justin Durant and the Cowboys could be in trouble. They gave away an opportunity to grow their NFC East lead. Now they host Arizona who just beat fellow NFC East foe the Eagles

5. Philadelphia Eagles. Average Rank: 5.2. Votes Received: 5.

The Eagles lost a tough one in Arizona last week. Despite more poor play from Nick Foles the Eagles still had a good chance to win the game. Do the Eagles make a quarterback change before they fall out of playoff contention? We’ll see what happens if they lose in Houston.

6. Cincinnati Bengals. Average Rank: 7. Votes Received: 5.

The Bengals gave themselves the inside track to win the AFC North. Beating Baltimore without AJ Green was a big one for the Bengals as they have now beaten the Ravens in both meetings. They host the Jaguars this week and will look to get back to their early season dominance.

7. Detroit Lions. Average Rank: 5.25. Votes Received: 4.

The Lions are coming off a less than impressive win in London over the Atlanta Falcons. The Lions head into the bye week hoping to get their top receiver Calvin Johnson and starting running back Reggie Bush healthy. The Lions are 6-2 despite plenty of injuries to the offense. If the defense continues to play well the Lions could continue to trend to an NFC North crown.

8. Baltimore Ravens. Average Rank: 9. Votes Received: 3.

Cincinnati is always a tough play and despite playing as well as they were, the Ravens couldn’t go in and get a win. However, the Ravens are still 5-3 and have a good chance to win the division still. With the Bengals having a tie on their resume, their likely will be no tiebreakers. We will find out a lot more about the Ravens Sunday night when they go to Pittsburgh that looked very good offensively last week.

9. Seattle Seahawks. Average Rank: 7. Votes Received: 2.

The defending champion Seattle Seahawks went to Carolina for the 3rd straight year and got a win. This week they host Oakland with a great opportunity to get back on track and look like the Super Bowl Champions again.

10. Indianapolis Colts. Average Rank: 8. Votes Received 2.

The Colts defense was exposed in a big way in Pittsburgh. Big Ben threw for a career high in yards and touchdowns. The Colts go to New York this week to face the Giants on Monday night. The Giants are coming off a bye and will be hungry to get back in the win column.

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