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NFL Power Rankings Week 9: AFC and NFC West sitting on top of the NFL world

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After a few weeks of Wednesday and Thursday publishing, our Phinsider Power Rankings return to their nomal Tuesday slot.

Justin Edmonds

The PhinsiderPower Rankings return for their Week 9 edition today, with a strange occurrence in this past Sunday's games. Large blocks of our Week 8 Power Rankings won together or lost together. It led to a few teams having big leaps over the entire block, or one or two position changes as the blocked moved, pretty much together. We also had some of the odd win, but lose position or lose but gain position rankings this week.

This week, our biggest leap is the New England Patriots' move, jumping six positions, from ninth to third, after their blow out 51-23 win over the Chicago Bears. Just behind them, the Detroit Lions (11th to 7th) and the New Orleans Saints (24th to 20th), both moved up four positions.

Our biggest drops of the week were just three positions moves, as the Indianapolis Colts (5th to 8th), Chicago Bears (20th to 23rd), and St. Louis Rams (23rd to 26th) all slid.

As for the Miami Dolphins, they were caught in the four teams that won, but lost a spot, dropping from 15th to 16th, despite the 27-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, and Kansas City Chiefs were also included in that group. For the Dolphins, the fall came when the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were 17th last week, two spots behind Miami, jumped up to 15th after their 51-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Here are the full rankings:

Rank Team LW Change Week 8 Results
1 Broncos (6-1) 1 0 W, 35-21 vs SD
2 Cardinals (6-1) 3 1 W, 24-20 vs PHI
3 Patriots (6-2) 9 6 W, 51-23 vs CHI
4 Cowboys (6-2) 2 -2 L, 17-20 vs WAS (OT)
5 Eagles (5-2) 4 -1 L, 24-20 @ ARI
6 Chargers (5-3) 6 0 L, 35-21 @ DEN
7 Lions (6-2) 11 4 W, 22-21 vs ATL in UK
8 Colts (5-3) 5 -3 L, 51-34 @ PIT
9 Packers (5-3) 7 -2 L, 23-44 @ NO
10 Ravens (5-3) 8 -2 L, 27-24 @ CIN
11 49ers (4-3) 10 -1 BYE
12 Bills (5-3) 14 2 W, 43-23 @ NYJ
13 Seahawks (4-3) 12 -1 W, 13-9 @ CAR
14 Bengals (4-2-1) 13 -1 W, 27-24 vs BAL
15 Steelers (5-3) 17 2 W, 51-34 vs IND
16 Dolphins (4-3) 15 -1 W, 27-13 @ JAX
17 Chiefs (4-3) 16 -1 W, 34-7 vs STL
18 Browns (4-3) 19 1 W, 23-13 vs OAK
19 Panthers (3-4-1) 18 -1 L, 13-9 vs SEA
20 Saints (3-4) 24 4 W, 44-23 vs GB
21 Giants (3-4) 21 0 BYE
22 Texans (4-4) 22 0 W, 30-16 @ TEN
23 Bears (3-5) 20 -3 L, 51-23 @ NE
24 Redskins (3-5) 26 2 W, 20-17 @ DAL (OT)
25 Vikings (3-5) 27 2 W, 19-13 @ TB
26 Rams (2-5) 23 -3 L, 34-7 @ KC
27 Falcons (2-6) 25 -2 L, 22-21 vs DET in UK
28 Titans (2-6) 28 0 L, 30-16 vs HOU
29 Jaguars (1-7) 29 0 L, 27-13 vs MIA
30 Buccaneers (1-6) 31 1 L, 19-13 vs MIN
31 Jets (1-7) 30 -1 L, 43-23 vs BUF
32 Raiders (0-7) 32 0 L, 23-13 @ CLE