Indianapolis Colts: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#11)

Last week: 18 (+7)

Record: 4-3

Every year one team goes from 5 wins or fewer into the playoffs. The Vikings are an obvious candidate this year, but why not the Colts, who sit at 4-3. They would be in the playoffs in the crappy AFC if they started today. Their defense is finally getting healthy after seemingly losing every good defensive player they had for some period of time (though it sounds like Vontae Davis will be out for a while). They also have an awfully easy schedule. After playing Miami in a game that could have playoff implications this week (bet you didn’t see that coming), they go to Jacksonville, New England, host Buffalo, go to Detroit, host Tennessee, go to Houston, go to Kansas City, and host Houston (could be resting starters).

Indianapolis Colts

Studs

RG Mike McGlynn: Allowed 1 quarterback hit on 44 pass block snaps, run blocked for 10 yards and a touchdown on 3 attempts

MLB Jerrell Freeman: 12 solo tackles, 8 stops, allowed 2 catches for 18 yards on 2 attempts

Duds

WR Donnie Avery: Caught 4 passes for 42 yards on 6 attempts on 43 pass snaps, 3.3 YAC per catch, 1 penalty, 1 drop

LT Anthony Castonzo: Allowed 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hits, and 7 quarterback hurries on 44 pass block snaps, run blocked for 8 yards on 1 attempt

RT Winston Justice: Allowed 1 quarterback hit and 6 quarterback hurries on 44 pass block snaps, 1 penalty

CB Jerraud Powers: Allowed 7 catches for 89 yards on 7 attempts, 9 solo tackles, 1 assist, 3 stops, 1 missed tackle, 1 penalty

ROLB Dwight Freeney: 2 quarterback hurries on 31 pass rush snaps, no tackles

NT Antonio Johnson: Did not record a pressure on 15 pass rush snaps, no tackles

LOLB Jerry Hughes: 1 sack on 28 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 1 stop

CB Cassius Vaughn: Allowed 3 catches for 37 yards and a touchdown on 5 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 1 penalty, 3 solo tackles, 1 stop, 1 penalty, 2 kickoff returns for 9 yards

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Minnesota Vikings: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#12)

Last week: 10 (-2)

Record: 5-3

A bad game or the beginning of the end for this young impressive team? I’m going to go with the former because it was on Thursday Night and it’s tough to knock a team, especially such a young team, for a bad game on a short week. However, Christian Ponder will need to step it up. In his last 3 games, he’s completed 62 of 104 for 661 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions, all less than stellar team performances. The Vikings to Seattle this week, an awfully tough place to play. They’re still in the playoffs in my mind and one of several candidates to be this year’s team that goes from 5 wins or less to the playoffs, along with Indianapolis and Tampa Bay. We might have multiple such teams this year.

Studs

LG Charlie Johnson: Allowed 1 quarterback hit on 43 pass block snaps, run blocked for 11 yards on 2 attempts

C John Sullivan: Didn’t allow a pressures on 43 pass block snaps, run blocked for 29 yards on 5 attempts

WR Percy Harvin: Caught 7 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown on 10 attempts on 36 pass snaps, 13.0 YAC per catch

FS Harrison Smith: 9 solo tackles, 1 assist, 5 stops, 1 missed tackle, allowed 1 catch for 1 yard and a touchdown on 3 attempts

LE Brian Robison: 1 quarterback hurry on 36 pass rush snaps, 3 batted passes, 1 solo tackles, 3 assists, 1 stop

Duds

RG Brandon Fusco: Allowed 1 quarterback hit and 2 quarterback hurries on 32 pass block snaps, run blocked for 3 yards and a touchdown on 2 attempts

WR Jerome Simpson: Caught 2 passes for 37 yards on 7 attempts on 34 pass snaps, 1.5 YAC per catch, 1 drop

ROLB Chad Greenway: Allowed 6 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown on 6 attempts, 9 solo tackles, 3 assists, 4 stops, 1 missed tackle

DT Kevin Williams: 1 quarterback hit and 1 quarterback hurry on 32 pass rush snaps, 1 missed tackle

LOLB Erin Henderson: 2 solo tackles, 2 assists, 2 stops, allowed 1 catch for 2 yards on 1 attempt

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Seattle Seahawks: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#14)

Last week: 14 (-0)

Record: 4-4

No the sky is not falling with this team. They just went on the road for 2 games. Everything will be fine this week when the play the Vikings back in Seattle, where they play 5 of their final 8 games. They’ll still be right in the NFC playoff mix, but they will have to win 1 more road game. 9 wins probably won’t cut it in the NFC and that’s assuming they win out at home. Their last 3 road games are in Miami, Chicago, and Buffalo.

Studs

LT Russell Okung: Did not allow a pressure on 38 pass block snaps, run blocked for 1 yard on 2 attempts

LG James Carpenter: Did not allow a pressure on 38 pass block snaps, run blocked for 3 yards on 1 attempts

QB Russell Wilson: 25 of 35 for 246 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, 3 drops, 1 throw away, pressured on 6 of 36 drop backs (4 of 6, 1 throw away)

Duds

CB Brandon Browner: Allowed 5 catches for 52 yards and 2 touchdowns on 8 attempts, 2 penalties, 3 solo tackles, 1 missed tackle

RE Chris Clemons: 2 quarterback hits and 1 quarterback hurry on 48 pass rush snaps, 1 missed tackle

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San Diego Chargers: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#15)

Last week: 8 (-7)

Record: 3-4

I’m not sure this is the same Philip Rivers anymore. I thought his high turnover rate from 2011 was an outlier and that he’d bounce back, especially since he played so much better in the 2nd half of last season (14 interceptions in games 1-8 and 6 in games 9-16). After all, Eli Manning threw 25 picks in 2010 and he didn’t have such a bad 2011.

However, Rivers’ struggles seem to have carried over into this season. Not only has his turnover rate remained the same, but his YPA of 6.8 YPA is a career low and down over a whole yard per play from his “disappointing 2011.” He doesn’t look like the same player as he was from 2006-2010. Some of the blame falls on his supporting cast. The Chargers have 10 draft picks in the first 3 rounds in the last 3 years and only 2 of them have been used on offensive players, including one, Vincent Brown, who is currently out with an injury (the other is Ryan Mathews). At the same time, no late round picks from those 3 drafts have stepped up and become starters offensively.

Meanwhile, they’ve let key offensive players like Vincent Jackson and Darren Sproles walk out the door without replacing them and key cogs in this offense from Rivers’ heyday like Marcus McNeill, Kris Dielman, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Antonio Gates are either retired or not playing at nearly the same level, without being properly replaced. Some of the blame can fall on Rivers himself, however. In his age 31 season, he doesn’t seem to be the same player, for whatever reason. However, the Chargers always finish strong and in the weak AFC, you can’t count them out.

Studs

LG Tyronne Green: Did not allow a pressure on 35 pass block snaps, run blocked for 13 yards on 3 attempts

RT Jeromey Clary: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 35 pass block snaps, run blocked for 20 yards on 5 attempts

RB Ronnie Brown: Caught 7 catches for 85 yards on 8 attempts, rushed for 17 yards (7 after contact) on 4 carries

FS Eric Weddle: Did not allow a completion on 1 attempt, 6 solo tackles, 1 assist, 3 stops

MLB Donald Butler: 7 solo tackles, 2 assist, 5 stops, 1 missed tackle, 1 quarterback hit on 6 blitzes, was not thrown on

P Mike Scifres: 6 punts for 279 yards, 4 inside 20, 2 returns for 7 yards, 45.3 net yards per punt

Duds

LT Jared Gaither: Allowed 1 quarterback hit and 3 quarterback hurries on 35 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 12 yards on 5 attempts

WR Robert Meachem: Did not catch a pass on 3 attempts on 34 pass snaps, 2 drops

TE Antonio Gates: Caught 2 passes for 14 yards on 4 attempts on 35 pass snaps, 0.5 YAC per catch, 1 drop

SS Atari Bigby: Allowed 2 catches for 23 yards on 4 attempts, 5 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops, 4 missed tackle

CB Antoine Cason: Allowed 5 catches for 45 yards on 7 attempts, 3 solo tackles, 2 missed tackles

LE Vaughn Martin: Did not record a pressure on 23 pass rush snaps, 1 assist, 1 penalty

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Philadelphia Eagles: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#16)

Last week: 11 (-5)

Record: 3-4

A lot of people are saying that Andy Reid should stick with Michael Vick because he gives him the best chance of making the playoffs and that’s the only way to keep his job. Even if it’s true that Vick is their best short term option (I’m not so sure), I still disagree with that. Andy Reid’s thing is quarterbacks. He’s always made quarterbacks look better than they are, whether it be Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, AJ Feeley, even Vick up until this year (I still argue he’d be worse off anywhere else). If Foles takes over and shows some promise down the stretch, even if they don’t make the playoffs, they’re going to want to keep Reid around to develop him.

Still, I don’t think the Eagles are out of it. They’ve always been a better 2nd half team under Andy Reid. Since he took over in 1999, the Eagles are 28-26 before the bye and 82-40 after. Just because he lost for the first time off a bye last week against an undefeated Falcons team, doesn’t mean that’s going to change. And if they do end up firing Reid, I can understand it. I’ve always said what he does with quarterbacks outweighs all the negatives, but eventually, change needs to happen and maybe change would be best for both sides. If Reid is let go and decides he wants to continue coaching, he’ll probably be snatched up quickly.

Studs

LT King Dunlap: Did not allow a pressure on 44 pass block snaps, run blocked for -3 yards on 1 attempt

C Dallas Reynolds: Did not allow a pressure on 44 pass block snaps, run blocked for 32 yards on 8 attempts

MLB DeMeco Ryans: 8 solo tackles, 2 assists, 6 stops, allowed 6 catches for 27 yards and a touchdown on 6 attempts

LE Brandon Graham: 2 quarterback hurry on 18 pass rush snaps, 4 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops

Duds

WR Jeremy Maclin: Caught 6 passes for 33 yards on 11 attempts on 44 pass snaps, 3.5 YAC per catch, 2 drops

TE Brent Celek: Caught 3 passes for 32 yards on 5 attempts on 33 pass snaps, 5.0 YAC per catch, 1 drop, allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 5 pass block snaps

CB Nnamdi Asomugha: Allowed 5 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown on 5 attempts, 3 solo tackles, 1 stop, 1 missed tackle

ROLB Mychal Kendricks: 2 solo tackles, 2 assists, 1 stop, 3 penalties, allowed 1 catch for 11 yards on 2 attempts, 1 pass deflection

LE Jason Babin: Did not record a pressure on 18 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, no tackles

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Dallas Cowboys: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#17)

Last week: 16 (-1)

Record: 3-4

The good news for the Cowboys is that they rank 8th in yards per play differential and 7th in rate of sustaining drives differential. The biggest issue, by far, has been turnover differential so far for them, as they have a turnover differential of -11, 2nd worst in the NFL. The good news is that turnover differentials are incredibly inconsistent, as seen here. Tony Romo, specifically, has an interception rate of 4.6%. Despite his reputation as a turnover machine, his interception rate was only 2.8% coming into the season. In fact, 13 is the most he’s had in a season since 2008, and it’s been 7 games. That will regress to the mean going forward. I’m actually impressed they were able to keep it so close with the Giants despite losing the turnover battle by 4. Don’t count them out yet.

Studs

RG Mackenzy Bernadeau: 1 quarterback hurry on 69 pass block snaps, run blocked for -3 yards on 3 attempts

TE Jason Witten: Caught 18 passes for 167 yards on 23 attempts on 63 pass snaps, 2.6 YAC per catch, 1 interception when thrown to

WR Miles Austin: Caught 9 passes for 133 yards on 16 attempts on 66 pass snaps, 5.1 YAC per catch, 1 interception when thrown to

CB Morris Claiborne: Allowed 3 catches for 15 yards on 5 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 4 solo tackle, 1 assist, 2 stops

NT Jay Ratliff: 2 quarterback hits and 1 quarterback hurry on 27 pass rush snaps, 5 solo tackles, 5 stops, 1 missed tackle

RE Jason Hatcher: 1 quarterback hit and 2 quarterback hurry on 22 pass rush snaps, 5 assists

Duds

QB Tony Romo: 36 of 62 for 437 yards, 1 touchdown, and 4 interceptions, 1 throw away, 1 spike, 1 drop, 69.5 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 21 of 62 drop backs (4 sacks, 6 of 17, 2 interceptions, 1 throw away)

RB Felix Jones: Rushed for 19 yards (22 after contact) and a touchdown on 13 carries, 1 fumble, did not catch a pass on 3 attempts, 1 interception when thrown to

LG Nate Livings: Allowed 1 sack and 3 quarterback hits on 69 pass block snaps, run blocked for 8 yards on 3 attempts

C Ryan Cook: Allowed 2 quarterback hits and 1 quarterback hurry on 69 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 7 yards on 4 attempts

RT Doug Free: Allowed 6 quarterback hurries on 69 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for -1 yard on 2 attempts

WR Kevin Ogletree: Didn’t catch a pass on 2 attempts on 45 pass snaps

FS Gerald Sensabaugh: 1 solo tackle, 2 missed tackles, allowed 2 catches for 28 yards on 2 attempts, 1 pass deflection

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Washington Redskins: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#18)

Last week: 18 (-1)

Record: 3-5

Robert Griffin had the worst game of his career, going 16 of 34 for 177 yards and a touchdown, last week against the Steelers, but you can’t really blame him. For one, he endured 7 drops. Two, Steelers’ defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is a ridiculous 14-1 as Steelers’ defensive coordinator against rookies. Even with a banged up defensive squad, he was able to scheme against Griffin and hold him in check. Griffin should bounce back next week, but that 15 point loss was by far their biggest of the season and it just proves how dependant they are on Griffin, still a rookie quarterback, especially with all of their injuries.

Studs

LG Kory Lichtensteiger: Did not allow a pressure on 37 pass block snaps, run blocked for 26 yards on 4 attempts, 1 penalty

RG Chris Chester: Did not allow a pressure on 37 pass block snaps, run blocked for 12 yards on 3 attempts

RT Tyler Polumbus: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 37 pass block snaps

LOLB Ryan Kerrigan: 1 sack and 4 quarterback hurries on 29 pass rush snaps, 3 solo tackles, 4 stops

Duds

WR Leonard Hankerson: Caught 1 pass for 16 yards on 4 attempts on 29 pass snaps, 0.0 YAC per catch, 1 drop

WR Santana Moss: Caught 4 passes for 21 yards and a touchdown on 9 attempts on 23 pass snaps, 0.5 YAC per catch, 3 drops

RB Evan Royster: Allowed 1 sack and 1 quarterback hurry on 3 pass block snaps, did not catch a pass on 1 attempt, 1 drop

CB DeAngelo Hall: Allowed 5 catches for 73 yards on 7 attempts, 2 penalties, 5 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops

MLB London Fletcher: 5 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops, 3 missed tackles, allowed 3 catches for 4 yards and a touchdown on 4 attempts

NT Barry Cofield: Did not record a pressure on 27 pass rush snaps, 2 solo tackles, 1 stop

LE Jarvis Jenkins: Did not record a pressure on 20 pass rush snaps, no tackles

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#19)

Last week: 19 (+6)

Record: 3-4

A preseason underrated team of mine, the Buccaneers are now 3-4 with a +31 points differential and they have yet to lose by more than a touchdown all year. Josh Freeman is 82 of 143 (57.3%) for 1309 yards (9.2 YPA), 10 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions in his last 4 games. He’s a natural deep ball throw who had been afraid to throw deep last season, throwing longer than 20 yards through the air on just 6.5% of his throws, by far least in the league, despite being accurate of 52.8% of them, 3rd best in the NFL. This year, thanks to new found chemistry with free agent acquisition Vincent Jackson, he is going deep 6th most in the league, 13.5% and, more importantly, has the 3rd highest accuracy percentage, 56.7%, completing 16 of 30 for 669 yards and 3 touchdowns, with 1 drop. I believe this is here to stay. They’re a sleeper team.

Studs

RB Doug Martin: Rushed for 135 yards (97 after contact) and a touchdown on 29 carries, 5 broken tackles, caught 3 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown on 6 attempts, 2 drops, 1 penalty

RT Demar Dotson: Did not allow a pressure on 39 pass block snaps, run blocked for 2 yards on 1 attempt

CB Leonard Johnson: Allowed 4 catches for 49 yards on 7 attempts, 2 pass deflections, 1 interception, 2 solo tackles, 1 stop, 1 missed tackle

FS Ronde Barber: 9 solo tackles, 2 assist, 4 stops, 1 missed tackle, 3 quarterback hurries on 6 blitzes, did not allow a completion on 1 attempt

LE Michael Bennett: 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 3 quarterback hurries on 39 pass rush snaps, 3 solo tackles, 1 assist, 3 stops

P Michael Koenen: 8 kickoffs, 7 touchbacks, 74.5 yards per kickoff, 22.0 opponents average starting distance, 6 punts for 281 yards, 1 inside 20, 3 returns for 31 yards, 41.7 net yards per punt

Duds

LT Donald Penn: 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 4 quarterback hurries on 39 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 11 yards on 5 attempts

CB EJ Biggers: Allowed 7 catches for 125 yards on 10 attempts, 4 solo tackles, 1 stop, 2 missed tackle

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Detroit Lions: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#20)

Last week: 26 (+6)

Nate Burleson getting hurt might have been the best thing that could happen to this offense. It forced the Lions to replace the mediocre Burleson, who was averaging 8.9 yards per catch and (5.6 yards per target), with explosive 2011 2nd round pick Titus Young and it’s also given 2nd round rookie Ryan Broyles more playing time too. It’s no coincidence that their offense looked by far the best it has all season, and against a tough Seattle defense nonetheless, in their first game without Burleson, even with Calvin Johnson playing at less than 100%.

They already rank 8th in yards per play differential and 16th in rate of sustaining drives differential. If they can get Matt Stafford going, they’re not going to be fun to play. I don’t like their playoff chances at 3-4, but the NFC isn’t looking as loaded as it once did after going 1-3 against the AFC last week after starting 19-9 (the only win was Packers over Jaguars in a game that was closer than it should have been). They’re not out of it quite yet.

Studs

C Dominic Raiola: Allowed 1 pressure on 53 pass block snaps, run blocked for 31 yards on 5 attempts

LG Rob Sims: Did not allow a pressure on 53 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 5 yards on 1 attempt

WR Titus Young: Caught 9 passes for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns on 9 attempts on 52 pass snaps, 4.0 YAC per catch

Duds

WR Calvin Johnson: Caught 3 catches for 46 yards on 7 attempts on 51 pass snaps, 7.0 YAC per catch, 2 drops

ROLB Justin Durant: Allowed 8 catches for 121 yards on 11 attempts, 6 solo tackles, 2 assist, 4 stops, 1 missed tackle

RE Kyle Vanden Bosch: Did not record a pressure on 23 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 2 solo tackles, 1 stop

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