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Vic Carucci's NFL Power Rankings: Week 9

(Through Thursday’s game. Last week’s ranking in parentheses.)

1. Philadelphia Eagles. They've scored 20 or more points in 12 straight games. (1)

2. New England Patriots. Getting some time to rest, heal before resuming quest for Super Bowl defense. (2)

3. Pittsburgh Steelers. Getting some time to rest, heal before challenging for run to AFC title. (3)

4. Kansas City Chiefs. Hard to beat dynamic trio of Alex Smith, Travis Kelce & Kareem Hunt. (4)

5. L.A. Rams. Amazing rookie season for coach Sean McVay keeps rolling. (5)

6. Seattle Seahawks. Duane Brown should provided much-needed help for the O-line. (6)

7. Minnesota Vikings. Resting up for what shapes up as a fairly manageable second-half schedule. (8)

8. Carolina Panthers. Beating the Bucs is one thing, but can they handle the Falcons? (10)

9. Houston Texans. Losing Deshaun Watson is a terrible blow for the Texans and the league. (7)

10. Dallas Cowboys. Another court keeps Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield. (12)

11. New Orleans Saints. Defensive turnaround has been impressive. (15)

12. Buffalo Bills. Prime time is no time to give your worst performance of the season. (9)

13. Jacksonville Jaguars. Dominant defense and a strong running game are a potent combo. (20)

14. Green Bay Packers. Brett Hundley has four interceptions in two games. (14)

15. Baltimore Ravens. Is Joe Flacco coming back too quickly from that brutal, concussion-causing hit? (19)

16. Detroit Lions. All of those trips into the red zone and so little to show for it. (16)

17. Tennessee Titans. Their third-down offense has been awful. (18)

18. Atlanta Falcons. Beating the Jets was a step in the right direction, but Panthers pose bigger challenge. (26 )

19. Washington Redskins. Their injury list, especially along the O-line, is painfully long. (17)

20. Oakland Raiders. After losing five of their last six, it's time to stop the bleeding. (11)

21. N.Y. Jets. Desperation can be an incredibly powerful form of motivation. (27)

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jameis Winston's lingering shoulder issue has to be a concern. (13)

23. Cincinnati Bengals. O-line continues to be a disaster. (23)

24. Miami Dolphins. Will there be a net gain from Jay Cutler's return & Jay Ajayi's departure? (24)

25. Chicago Bears. Mitchell Trubisky calls Mark Sanchez a "great mentor." (22)

26. LA. Chargers. Defense is strong, but they must work on tackling skills. (21)

27. Denver Broncos. Time to see what Brock Osweiler can do. (25)

28. Arizona Cardinals. Going for their sixth win in a row vs. the Niners. (28)

29. N.Y. Giants. Injury list is simply too long to allow them to compete vs. healthy Rams. (29)

30. Indianapolis Colts. The shutting down of Andrew Luck for the season was inevitable. (30)

31. San Francisco 49ers. Jimmy Garoppolo to the rescue? (31)

32. Cleveland Browns. Bungling the AJ McCarron trade had to be the final straw for front office. (32)

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