NorthwestFootball.net Power Rankings: Week 8
Eric Mangini
NorthwestFootball.net
Posted Nov 5, 2009


In this week's Power Rankings, the Saints stay at the top, but there's a new team at the bottom and many changes in the middle.

This Week
Last Week
Team Commentary
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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS The Saints are 7-0 for the first time in franchise history.
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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS The Colts are 7-0 for the 4th time in last 5 years.
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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES The Eagles absolutely demolished the Giants last Sunday.  Props to ex-Seahawk Leonard Weaver for starting the blowout with a 41-yard touchdown run on the 3rd play from scrimmage.
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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS New England travels to South Beach to take on the punishing Dolphins this weekend.  This game will tell us a lot about the toughness of the Pats.
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PITTSBURGH STEELERS The Steelers travel to Denver for what promises to be a great Monday Night game.  The score will be low, but if you like hard hitting defense, this is your game of the week.
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MINNESOTA VIKINGS Once again, the Vikings jump out to a big lead only to see the game finish close.
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BALTIMORE RAVENS Baltimore stopped the bleeding by knocking the Broncos from the ranks of the undefeated, and they did it by playing tough aggressive defense.
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DENVER BRONCOS Denver's offense evaporated against the Ravens last Sunday.  They crossed the 50 3 times during the game and managed just 1 red zone trip. 
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9
CINCINNATI BENGALS The Bengals play the Ravens on Sunday for the lead in the tough AFC North.  I don't know who's going to win, but I can guarantee that both teams will be sore as hell on Monday.
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NEW YORK GIANTS The Giants are collapsing like the '04 Yankees.
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14
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS San Diego struggled against the the lowly Raiders.  Still, a win is a win.
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MIAMI DOLPHINS Miami had no answer for the Jets defense.  Fortunately for them, New York had no answer for Ted Ginn Jr.
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11
ATLANTA FALCONS Atlanta gave the Saints a scare at the end but they'd dug themselves too deep of a hole in the first half to overcome.
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DALLAS COWBOYS The Cowboys have played exactly 3 quality opponents and are 1-2 in those games.  I need to see a bit more before I'm convinced they can make a run.
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HOUSTON TEXANS Steve Slaton was shown the bench after fumbling again and Ryan Moats made the most of it rushing for over 100 yards and three scores.
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GREEN BAY PACKERS Green Bay's record is pretty impressive considering how putrid their offensive line is.
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ARIZONA CARDINALS Just when the Cardinals look like a contender, they lay an egg against the Panthers.  Who can figure this team out?
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CHICAGO BEARS Beating the snot out of the Browns doesn't impress anyone.  I'm not buying into the Bears until they show up against a good team.
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NEW YORK JETS Memo to Rex Ryan:  you don't lose when you outplay your opponent.  Special teams are a part of the game.
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SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS San Francisco played a solid game against one of the elite teams in the NFL and almost pulled off the big upset.  Horseshoes and hand grenades.
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CAROLINA PANTHERS I guess you don't need to bench Jake Delhomme when all he's asked to do is to hand the ball off.  Well played, Mr. Fox.
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TENNESSEE TITANS Interesting, the Titans dumb down the offense, go back to basics and get their first win.
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BUFFALO BILLS If only the offense had a nose for the end zone the way Jarius Byrd has a nose for the INT.
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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Jacksonville is just dreadful on the road this year.  Maybe because they're used to all of the quiet at home.
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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS The Chiefs are 26th against the run and will be facing Maurice Jones-Drew in his house.  
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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Seattle isn't very good, but they have managed to destroy bad teams this year.  Right on cue, here come the Lions.
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ST. LOUIS RAMS Kudos to the Rams for finally getting off of the schnide.  It's still a long road ahead, but you've got to start somewhere.
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OAKLAND RAIDERS Must … resist … Tom Cable joke …
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DETROIT LIONS After showing some signs of life, the Lions flat lined against St. Louis last week.
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WASHINGTON REDSKINS Washington finally gets to play a team with a win.  Expect the same bad results.
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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS The NFL's only winless team.  'Nuff said.
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CLEVELAND BROWNS The players hate the coach, the front office is firing people and the team is terrible.


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