Week 9 power rankings: Giants gain two spots

1.) Ravens — Ed Reed has three picks in two games back; team had three takeaways first five games total. Joe Flacco top rated QB in NFL since Week 2.

2.) Saints  — Defense still getting far too overlooked.

3.) Steelers — I expect Big Ben to get better from here on out.

4.) Giants — That just wasn’t even fair Sunday. Men against boys.

5.) Packers — Hitting their stride.

6.) Titans — Picking up Randy Moss on waivers not too shabby on a bye week.

7.) Patriots — The defense could still be their downfall.

8.) Jets — Since Oct 1, Mark Sanchez has a 67.5 rating, with four TDs and five picks; L.T. averaging 3.7 yards per carry last four games.

9.) Eagles — Second-half schedule shapes up well for them.

10.) Colts — Another game, another offensive skill position starter lost.

11.) Falcons — As good a home team as there is. Ravens provide stern test in short week.

12.) Chargers — They’re baacckk. Another gutsy showing without a ton of skill players. Bye comes at perfect time and Vincent Jackson just a few weeks away.

13.) Raiders — Biggest win in a long, long time. Amazing comeback. Right in thick of AFC West race and have wins over K.C. and San Diego already.

14.) Vikings — Much like the Chargers, might be getting off the mat at last possible minute. Don’t see them reaching playoffs, but could salvage something.

15.) Chiefs — They won some crazy games and were due to lose one … If they fail to reach the playoffs, though, circle that loss.

16.) Dolphins — Very tough stretch against three straight AFC North opponents now behind them.

17.) Bucs — That may have been a must-win game in Atlanta in terms of real playoff hopes. Regardless, this team so vastly improved from a year ago.

18.) Texans — Same ‘ol, same ‘ol.

19.) Lions — Have to find a way to incubate Matthew Stafford from the kind of crushing blows he so routinely absorbs.

20.) Rams — Win their division games and Sam Bradford will be playing in the postseason.

21.) Jaguars — Gained ground in the division with a bye. But better start playing with some semblance of a defense.

22.) Browns — Play their best against the best teams. Capable of being overpowering in run game on any given day.

23.) Redskins — Few places do a QB controversy like Washington, real or contrived.

24.) Bears — Not a pristine showing coming off the bye.

25.) 49ers — In any other division you’d say, have a nice draft. But if they can beat the Rams …

26.) Bengals — Beating up on Browns, Ravens and Steelers a year ago not helping now… Those division foes remember and smell blood now.

27.) Seahawks — Absolutely pummeled by physical teams the last two weeks and the injuries have been crippling.

28.) Cowboys — Believe it or not, this may not even be the nadir.

29.) Cardinals — If they beat the Seahawks this week they’ll be right back in it.

30.) Broncos — Falling well off the pace while the rest of their division steps up.

31.) Bills — Find ways to lose every week. So close but yet so far.

32.) Panthers — Horribly non-competitive football team right now.

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