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NFL Power Rankings Week 9: Top five hold steady

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The NFL is moving to Week 9 of the 2018 regular season, which means it is time for our Week 9 2018 NFL Power Rankings. And, really, things are starting to look very similar week-to-week, especially at the top of the rankings.

Let’s get straight into the rankings for this week.

The Top

The top five this week are exactly the same as last week, with the undefeated Los Angeles Rams at the top, followed by the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Los Angeles Chargers all remaining in their same positions. The Pittsburgh Steelers move up two positions to the sixth spot, followed by a two position gain by the Carolina Panthers into the seventh position. The Green Bay Packers fall one spot to eighth after losing to the Rams, while the Minnesota Vikings fall three positions to ninth after a loss to the Saints. The Houston Texans stay in tenth.

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins fall four positions this week as they continue a streak that has seen them lose four of their last five games. This week, they saw the defense collapse as they lost 42-23 to the Texans. Miami has some work to do if they are going to move back up toward the top ten - or even the top half of the league.

Biggest Jump

The Indianapolis Colts move up five positions this week, jumping from 27 to 22. Beating the Raiders usually would not result in that large of a jump, but the Colts are playing good football right now and they should continue to move up the board.

Biggest Drop

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns both fell five positions this week. They both are tough to watch and deserve these tumbles. The Jaguars should be up among the elite of the league, but have regressed from their AFC Championship Game appearance last year, and they need to fix themselves to get back into that form. The Browns tried to make noise early this year, but they have already fired their coach and are looking more and more like the Browns we have all seen over the past several years.

The Bottom

The bottom three teams, the New York Giants at 32, the Oakland Raiders at 31, and the San Francisco 49ers at 30, are all the same as last week. The Browns then move into the 29th position with their fall and the Denver Broncos fall three positions to the 28th spot.

2018 NFL Power Rankings Week 11

Rank Team LW Results Change
Rank Team LW Results Change
1 New Orleans Saints (8-1) 2 W, 51-14 @ Bengals 1
2 Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) 3 W, 26-14 vs. Cardinals 1
3 Los Angeles Rams (9-1) 4 W, 36-31 vs. Seahawks 1
4 New England Patriots (7-3) 1 L, 10-34 @ Titans -3
5 Los Angeles Chargers (7-2) 5 W, 20-6 @ Raiders 0
6 Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1) 6 W, 52-21 vs. Panthers 0
7 Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) 8 BYE 1
8 Green Bay Packers (4-4-1) 9 W, 31-12 vs. Dolphins 1
9 Carolina Panthers (6-3) 7 L, 21-52 @ Steelers -2
10 Houston Texas (6-3) 10 BYE 0
11 Chicago Bears (6-3) 13 W, 34-22 vs. Lions 2
12 Tennessee Titans (5-4) 17 W, 34-10 vs. Patriots 5
13 Washington Redskins (6-3) 15 W, 16-3 @ Buccaneers 2
14 Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) 14 L, 14-51 vs. Saints 0
15 Atlanta Falcons (4-5) 11 L, 16-28 @ Browns -4
16 Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) 12 L, 20-27 vs. Cowboys -4
17 Miami Dolphins (5-5) 16 L, 12-31 @ Packers -1
18 Seattle Seahawks (4-5) 18 L, 31-36 @ Rams 0
19 Indianapolis Colts (4-5) 22 W, 29-26 vs. Jaguars 3
20 Baltimore Ravens (4-5) 21 BYE 1
21 Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) 19 L, 26-29 @ Colts -2
22 Detroit Lions (3-6) 20 L, 22-34 @ Bears -2
23 Dallas Cowboys (4-5) 27 W, 27-20 @ Eagles 4
24 Buffalo Bills (3-7) 28 W, 41-10 @ Jets 4
25 Arizona Cardinals (2-7) 23 L, 14-26 vs. Chiefs -2
26 Cleveland Browns (3-6-1) 30 W, 28-16 vs. Falcons 4
27 New York Giants (2-7) 31 W, 27-23 @ 49ers 4
28 San Francisco 49ers (2-8) 26 L, 23-27 vs. Giants -2
29 Denver Broncos (3-6) 29 BYE 0
30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) 24 L, 3-16 vs. Redskins -6
31 New York Jets (3-7) 25 L, 10-41 vs. Bills -6
32 Oakland Raiders (1-8) 32 L, 6-20 vs. Chargers 0