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Power Rankings Archives - Most NFL power rankings bounce teams all over because they disregard strength of schedule, or over-emphasize the most recent game played; giving too much credit for a single blowout of a low ranked team, and not enough credit for a close loss to a high ranked team.

At FootballLOCKS.com we dubbed that {{unstable power ranking syndrome}}.

Historical NFL power ratings at FootballLOCKS.com payed close attention to strength of opponents played without over-crediting the last game played (that was too fresh on the mind of many writers); all in a quest to deliver you with a weekly NFL power ranking that reflected the power of each team, and not just their record. For a team to crack the top 10 in FootballLOCKS.com's NFL football rankings, they had to earn it with more than a single crushing of a bottom ranked squad-- as you'll discover when reading through the archives.

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NFL Power Ratings - 10/13/2009

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Rank

NFL Team

Record

Comments October 13, 2009

1/1

Giants

5-0

Luckily the Giants were already #1. Because they might not have moved up at all for crushing the University of... I mean the Oakland Raiders. A trip to undefeated New Orleans is on deck.

2/2


Colts

5-0

In spite of the Titans' best efforts to pound Manning into the ground, he was too much game, and the Colts improved to (5-0).

3/3

Vikings

5-0

As the Rams discovered in week 5, the Vikings are as complete of a team as can be fielded... Up next a clash with the Ravens which might have been billed as a potential Super Bowl matchup had the Ravens not self-destructed versus Cincinnati last week.

4/5


Saints

4-0

The Saints had a bye in week 5 and will host the Giants in a possible sneak peek of the NFC Championship game.

5/13

Broncos

5-0

The Broncos kept their "live underdog" ways going with a monumental overtime victory over New England. How about the play of Kyle Orton? How about that Broncos' defense? And how about McDaniels getting the best of Belichick?

6/15

Bengals

4-1

The Bengals pulled out a come from behind victory at Baltimore inspired by the unexpected death of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's wife. Cincinnati's remaining schedule is brutal... Will they sweep the Steelers or Ravens? Will they beat the Bears? The Vikings? The Chargers? The Jets? Heck, they could lose every single one of those games. They might not even make the playoffs. However, Cincy's three upsets; at Green Bay, home to Pittsburgh, and home to Baltimore currently have them ranked in the top 10... To top if off, their Hail Mary loss to Denver in week 1 looks more impressive by the week.

7/8

Eagles

3-1

McNabb and Maclin torched the suspect Buccaneer pass defense. Up next another cup cake... A trip to Oakland.

8/9

Steelers

3-2

Roethlisberger continued to complete passes at a rate that's off the charts as the Steelers hung on for an 8 point victory in Detroit.

9/4


Patriots

3-2

The Patriots blew a lead in Denver as Belichick, Brady and Moss were bested by McDaniels, Orton, Marshall, and the suddenly stout Bronco defense in (OT).

10/6

Ravens

3-2

Penalties by the Ravens paved the way for the Bengals to come from behind in Baltimore. Now the Ravens must win at Minnesota to avoid falling to the .500 mark.

11/10

Falcons

3-1

Atlanta was our money line underdog of the week for members. Although by the time kickoff rolled around, they weren't much of an underdog. None the less, Roddy White hauled in 210 yards worth of receptions as Atlanta notched a key victory in San Francisco setting up an even keyer matchup with Chicago in week 6... The winner of this game is likely to make the playoffs. The loser may not. It's only week 6, but this game has playoff implications written all over it.

12/7


Jets

3-2

Sanchez and Edwards proved to be a formidable combination. But the wildcat was too much for the vaunted Jets' defense to handle in Miami on Monday night. On a neutral field or at home, the Jets probably win this game.

13/11


Bears

3-1

Chicago had a bye in week 5 and will head to Atlanta next week to seek revenge for last season's miracle comeback by Matt Ryan and crew. BTW, the winner of this game will gain a big leg up in the chase for a playoff spot later this season-- most likely of the wild card variety.

14/14


Cowboys

3-2

Miles Austin scored two long touchdowns by ripping away from tackles, possibly saving the Cowboys' season. I don't know if Dallas gets the same from Roy Williams... Considering close losses to the Broncos and Giants, the Cowboys could be undefeated right now. Yet they were nearly dropped to (2-3).

15/17

Chargers

2-2

San Diego had a bye in week 5, and will host the Broncos on Monday night. The Chargers had no idea they would trail Denver in the standings by 2 1/2 games heading into week 6. If San Diego losses this game we might need another fork.

16/19

Dolphins

2-3

Henne played great, and the Dolphins used the wildcat to rush their way to victory against the Jets in the closing moments on Monday night. The win makes Miami's season interesting again... Looking back at losses versus Indianapolis and at San Diego, one can make the case the Dolphins could be (4-1). I'd like to rank Miami higher than 16. But as you can see, it's crowded up there.

17/16

Packers

2-2

The Packers had a bye in week 5 and will host the Lions next week. If they don't get back above .500 in week 6, we might have to call out an early fork to stick in these preseason darlings... Of course it's only fair we mention their 2 losses were against teams currently ranked in the top 6.

18/12

49ers

3-2

In week five you saw a 49ers' team which can struggle to come back if down 14-0 (especially when they don't get defensive scores or special team scores)... It was that exact line of reasoning why we picked Atlanta as our money line underdog of the week. We asked ourselves, "Can Atlanta get up 14-0 in this game?" Yes we said... And yes they did. BTW, the 'Niners haven't won a game outside of the NFC West yet.

19/18

Cardinals

2-2

The Cardinals hung on for a win versus Houston by mounting a goal line stand to avoid overtime. Up next a trip to Seattle. A win would deal the Seahawks a crucial early season blow in the NFC West.

20/25

Seahawks

2-3

Hasselbeck returned, and Seattle hammered Jacksonville 41-0. The Seahawks host the Cardinals in week 6. Mark it down as a must win game.

21/21

Panthers

1-3

Carolina finally grabbed their first win of the season... Barely... At home versus Washington.

22/20

Jaguars

2-3

Just when things were looking up for the Jaguars, we were reminded that winning on the road out of conference might be a tall order for this squad... 41-0 at Seattle? Yikes.

23/22

Texans

2-3

The Texans suffered a frustrating loss, failing to force overtime when they couldn't punch the ball in from the 1 yard line at Arizona... Meanwhile, their upset victory at Tennessee in week 2 looks less and less impressive with each passing week!

24/23

Titans

0-5

The Titans had no answer for Manning and crew. Beating him up didn't work either. They might as well start Young the rest of the way.

25/26

Lions

1-4

With Culpepper in for Stafford, and Mega sidelined during the game, the Lions made it interesting in the fourth quarter at home versus the Steelers... That makes two losses in a row. Do you see a pattern developing? 19 losses in a row, followed by 1 win, followed by another............... Oh, the humanity! Lions' fans don't be too hard on us, as Detroit +10.5 was our free pick of the week. What's that? You were scared to play it?

26/27

Redskins

2-3

The Redskins dropped a close affair in Carolina, falling back below the .500 mark. Things aren't looking too good for the Redskins with 2 games remaining against Philadelphia and Dallas, not to mention contests at Atlanta, versus Denver, versus the Saints, versus the Giants, and at San Diego.

27/28

Browns

1-4

Question: How many completions does it take to win an NFL game?
Not good at math? Don't worry. Here's a really big hint. It's less than 3, but greater than 1. And no fractions involved. Derek Anderson 2 of 17, for 23 yards. "This is Rod Serling. And you just crossed into the Twilight Zone."

28/24


Bills

1-4

The Bills held Cleveland to a remarkably low 11.76% pass completion rate, and under 25 yards through the air at home... And still lost... Okay, who forgot to save a couple of wings for the football gods? Obviously somebody angered them to no end. Show yourself. It's time to come clean.

29/31


Chiefs

0-5

The Chiefs jumped two spots in power rankings after nearly upsetting Dallas... There's nothing like watching overtime while holding a ticket for a 7 point underdog.

30/29

Buccaneers

0-5

Josh Johnson threw 3 interceptions as the 'Bucs lost by 19 points in Philly... Will Tampa go winless?

31/30

Raiders

1-4

No surprise. The Raiders had absolutely no offense against the Giants. I'm feeling bad for this squad and might have to engage in some sympathy rooting.

32/32


Rams

0-5

The Rams competed with the Vikings yardage-wise early on, but fumbled their chances away. A few more 4 to 5 score losses and oddsmakers may have to institute permanent college-sized point spreads.



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