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Week 9 NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks Soar and Send Giants Sliding

The Seahawks are climbing their way closer to the top 10 in the NerdBall NFL Power Rankings. Here's how the teams stack up heading into Week 9.

Welcome to the NerdBall NFL Power Rankings. We love data here, and produce many statistics to help you identify those edges needed to help you win your fantasy leagues and make money playing DFS or betting on NFL games. One of the key stats we bring to you are out team NEFF ratings, a statistical analysis of team performance that allows us to rank the 32 NFL teams to show you who’s statistically good (and not so good).

In these weekly power rankings, I am going to take those NEFF rankings and look to layer on my own tape review of each team to give an alternative view of how the teams in the NFL should be ranked, with some short commentary over why the teams are ranked where they are.

The Seahawks are poised to break into the top 10, with their defeat of the Giants highlighting the weaknesses in New York on both sides of the ball.

Without further ado, let’s get into my NFL power rankings heading into Week 9.

RankTeamLast Week+/-NEFF RankONEFF RankDNEFF RankNotes
1Buffalo Bills
10134Off the bye and handily dealt with the Packers to stay number 1
2Philadelphia Eagles
20223Another big performance from the Eagles and they narrow the gap on the Bills
3Kansas City Chiefs
307124Bye week so remain just behind the Bills as the class of the AFC
4Dallas Cowboys
513131Big game on both sides of the ball see the Cowboys leapfrog the Vikings
5Minnesota Vikings
4-112823Another win for the Vikings and the addition of Hockenson keeps them in the top 5
6Baltimore Ravens
60131017Nice road win on TNF and then trading for Roquan Smith keeps the Ravens in 6th place
7San Francisco 49ers
816155Back on track with the win over the Rams and the McCaffery trade is already looking money
8Miami Dolphins
10222929Big game from Tua bumps the Dolphins back up this week
9Cincinnati Bengals
7-24710Soundly beaten by the Browns with the old offensive line issues front and center
10Tennessee Titans
11118259Even without Ryan Tannehill the Titans soundly beat the Texans and they creep ever upward
11Seattle Seahawks
143212027Outlasted the Giants to stay atop the NFC West. Defense continues to improve weekly
12New York Giants
9-3262319Kept it close with the Seahawks but ran out of gas and offense. Good time for a bye week
13Los Angeles Chargers
130151125Bye week for the Chargers and they stay put
14Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12-214218Another defeat for Tampa and now a make or break against the struggling Rams in Week 9
15New England Patriots
17291411Steadied the ship with the win over the Jets and now get the lowly Colts in Week 9
16New York Jets
15-19246Have the Jets hit their ceiling for 2022? The Bills up next is their biggest test yet.
17Cleveland Browns
2038422Tremendous win over the Bengals to take momentum into the bye week
18Los Angeles Rams
16-2192714Comfortably beaten by the 49ers and freefalling down the rankings
19Atlanta Falcons
212311230Won the rollercoaster ride game against the Panthers to keep the lead in the NFC South
20New Orleans Saints
2225615Dominated the Raiders with their depleted receiving corps to stay in touch in the division
21Arizona Cardinals
18-3201826Outplayed by the Vikings and too easy to score on at the moment
22Green Bay Packers
19-3231916The Packers continue to freefall but will the Lions be their get-right game this week?
23Denver Broncos
27416292Won a game they should have lost in London but that defense will keep winning them games
24Indianapolis Colts
23-129326Heartbreak loss to the Commanders drops the Colts this week
25Washington Commanders
261112213That last-gasp victory for Washington keeps them in touch in the super tough NFC East
26Las Vegas Raiders
24-2271631Totally outplayed in the shutout in New Orleans. Worrying signs for the Raiders moving forward
27Pittsburgh Steelers
25-2322628Another convincing defeat and the Steelers keep moving down
28Jacksonville Jaguars
280171718Played well enough to win last week but that’s five straight losses for the Jaguars
29Detroit Lions
29028532Offense was back on track but the last ranked defense cost them again
30Carolina Panthers
311303119Blew chances to lead the division but remain a bottom 3 team
31Chicago Bears
30-1232821Put up some points but conceding 49 will drop you in the rankings
32Houston Texans
320253012Run all over by Derrick Henry again and now get Eagles on TNF.

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