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NFL power rankings, Week 9: Rams rule NFC

After thrashing the Houston Texans, the Los Angeles Rams moved to 7-1 and the top spot of NFL power rankings for the NFC.

16. Detroit Lions

When you’re 0-8 and just got blown out 44-6 by the Eagles at home, you’re going to take up the rear of the power rankings.

15. Washington Football Team

Washington lost one of the uglier football games we’ve had this season to Denver, largely because it had two field goal blocked. What a mess.

14. New York Giants

Close, but not quite.

13. Chicago Bears

The Bears might have some long-term hope with Justin Fields. In the short term, the offense is a mess and the defense isn’t good enough to make up for it.

12. Seattle Seahawks

Seattle is 3-5 and staying afloat. Now the Seahawks need Russell Wilson to come back, be healthy and light it up.


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11. Atlanta Falcons

Just when you start believing in the Falcons, they go out and break Carolina’s four-game losing streak with a dud at home.

10. Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are 3-5 after hammering the pitiful Lions and are somehow in the mix for the NFC’s last playoff spot.

9. Minnesota Vikings

After losing to Cooper Rush in his first NFL start, it might be time to start selling on the Vikings. Oh, and Danielle Hunter is out for the season with a torn pec.

8. Carolina Panthers

If the season ended today, the Panthers would actually be in the playoffs. At 4-4, they need All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey back as soon as possible.

7. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers had to beat the Bears at Solider Field on Sunday afternoon and did so. Now, San Francisco is 3-4 and at least in the conversation.


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6. New Orleans Saints

Huge win, huge price. The Saints knocked off the Buccaneers at the Superdome but lose quarterback Jameis Winston to a torn ACL. Who steps up?

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Even with a loss to the Saints, the Buccaneers are in firm control of the NFC South and have one of the league’s easiest remaining schedules.

4. Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals finally lost a game, and while it seems cruel to drop them three spots, the rest of the NFC is that good. Arizona remains a top contender.

3. Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys were able to go into Minnesota and win the game with Cooper Rush under center. Dallas is clearly for real.

2. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers went into Arizona and won the game without 11 starters. Just insane stuff.

1. Los Angeles Rams

The Rams have the league MVP right now — in the opinion of yours truly — in Matthew Stafford and just added Von Miller. This team is loaded.

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