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Week Nine Power Rankings

The Cardinals are slipping and the Patriots are gripping.

NFL: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts before the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field.
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Week eight in the books. From the tie to start off your Sunday between the Redskins and Bengals and capped off with the Bears winning on Monday Night Football. The NFL never disappoints - except maybe for the Arizona Cardinals. Their playoff chances are slipping, but with other teams still trying to find their identity as well, there’s still a chance.

Here’s what we know and where the teams stand entering (basically) the second half of play.

1) New England Patriots (7-1) – Tom freakin’ Brady. He actually is the favorite to win the NFL MVP having missed four games. Yes, that is how good he is.

2) Dallas Cowboys (6-1) – Is it Dak’s team or Tony’s team? An easy matchup against the Browns should give them time to decide. But, with only one loss (that may not have been a loss if Terrance Williams went out of bounds), I find no reason to bench Dak.

3) Atlanta Falcons (5-3) – The dirty birds earned the bronze since the beat the Broncos head-to-head and the loss to Seattle was a clear missed call. They ground it out against the Packers and didn’t show dependence on Julio Jones. A revenge matchup vs. the Bucs should be interesting.

4) Denver Broncos (6-2) – Their defense came back to take one back from the Chargers. Their faceoff with the Raiders is a must watch AFC matchup.

5) Minnesota Vikings (5-2) – The loss to the Eagles was surprising – but a loss to the Bears? Now, that’s a shock. I don’t think it will be a long skid for the Vikings, but they will need to get back on track quick with the Packers gaining speed.

And the rest:

6) Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)

7) Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)

8) Green Bay Packers (4-3)

9) Oakland Raiders (6-2)

10) Seattle Seahawks (4-3-1)

11) Houston Texans (5-3)

12) New York Giants (4-3)

13) Philadelphia Eagles (4-3)

14) New Orleans Saints (3-4)

15) Detroit Lions (4-4)

16) San Diego Chargers (3-5)

17) Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1)

18) Washington Redskins (4-3-1)

19) Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1)

20) Tennessee Titans (4-4)

21) Miami Dolphins (3-4)

22) New York Jets (3-5)

23) Buffalo Bills (4-4)

24) Indianapolis Colts (3-5)

25) Baltimore Ravens (3-4)

26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)

27) Carolina Panthers (2-5)

28) Chicago Bears (2-6)

29) Los Angeles Rams (3-4)

30) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5)

31) San Francisco 49ers (1-6)

32) Cleveland Browns (0-8)

What do you think? Anyone not getting the credit they deserve? Overrated? Comment below!