NFL Power Poll – Week 9
Frank Coyle/ Head Scout
NFL Power Poll –
Rams Face Saints in Key NFC Matchup
Brady vs Rodgers in Sunday Night Classic
Teams of the Week –
Saints over Vikings, 30-20
Rams over Packers, 29-27
Players of the Week
Offense – RB Todd Gurley – Rams
Defense – DE JJ Watt – Texans
Rookies of Week
QB – Josh Rosen – Cards
DE – Marcus Davenport – Saints
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Games of Week #9 –
LA Rams (8-0) at New Orleans Saints (6-1)
Hot Saints host the unbeaten Rams in major NFC Matchup
LA Chargers (5-2) at Seattle Seahawks (4-3)
Vital game for both West divisional playoff contenders
Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll
NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 -8-0 Rams
Rams’ learning how to win tight games weekly in crunch time. Face acid test in New Orleans.
#2 – 7-1 Chiefs
Chiefs go to Cleveland for a tougher matchup that many think.
#3 – 7-1 Saints
Saints’ won another tough road test in Minnesota. Host the unbeaten Rams this week which determines NFC leadership.
#4 – 6-2 Patriots
Pats host the Packers in a classic matchup of QBs, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.
#5 – 5-2 Chargers
Chargers face the 12th man in Seattle in one of the best games of the week.
#6 – 5-2 Panthers
Panthers are coming off victories over the Eagles and Ravens. Host the Bucs Sunday.
#7 – 4-2-1 Steelers
Steelers’ travel to Baltimore for their annual bloodbath with the Ravens.
#8 – 5-3 Texans
Texans’ are quietly gaining momentum. Go to Mile High for key AFC matchup.
#9 – 4-3-1 Vikings
Vikings overrated defense came up short again in a big spot vs the Saints.
#10 – 5-3 Bengals
Bengals’ edged out a win vs the Bucs. Bye week before important 2nd half run.
#11 – 4-4 Ravens
Ravens host the Steelers this week in maybe the best rivalry in the league.
#12 – 5-2 Redskins
The Redskins are learning how to win. Host Atlanta in one of the interesting matchups this week.
#13 – 4-3 Seahawks
Seahawks face the tough two LA teams over the next two weeks that may determine their playoff hopes.
#14 – 4-4 Eagles
Eagles get their bye and look to make a run with a heavy NFC schedule over the 2nd half.
#15 – 3-3-1 Packers
The Packers keep coming up short despite QB Aaron Rodger’s heroics.
#16 – 4-3 Bears
The Bears travel to Buffalo with a chance to stay atop the competitive NFC North.
#17 – 3-4 Lions
Lions face two North road games with Vikings and Bears that will determine if they are contenders or pretenders.
#18 – 4-4 Dolphins
Dolphins host the Jets in almost a must win contest to stay in playoff hunt.
#19 – 3-4 Falcons
Falcons coming off their bye with two road games in Washington and Cleveland on the schedule.
#20 – 3-4 Cowboys
The Cowboys are coming off their bye and must get to .500 to get into NFC playoff contention.
#21 – 3-4 Titans
The Titans are rested for their trip to Big D which may determine the fate of both clubs.
#22 – 3-5 Jaguars
Jaguars’ lost again this time to the Eagles. Get their bye week to regroup for stretch run.
#23- 3-5 Broncos
Broncos are coming up short in big spots. Host the hot Texans in a must win situation to stay alive in AFC playoffs.
#24 – 3-4 Bucs
Bucs go back to vet QB Fitzpatrick after an extended horrible streak by QB Jameis Winston.
#25 – 2-5-1 Browns
Browns finally fired HC Hue Jackson after a 3-37-1 stretch, one of the worst in NFL history.
#26 – 3-5 Jets
Jets’ travel to Miami after a weak performance in Chicago.
#27 – 3-5 Colts
Colts beat the Raiders behind another strong Andrew Luck performance.
#28 – 2-6 Bills
Bills change to backup QB Nate Peterman while hoping for rookie QB Josh Allen’s return.
#29 – 2-6 Cardinals
Cardinals edged out a victory over the 49ers. Get their bye this week.
#30 – 1-7 Giants
The Giants have just begun a complete rebuild. Roster lacks talent and depth after years of poor draft classes by ex GM Jerry Reese.
#31 – 1-7 49ers
The 49ers are favorite in this ‘Bay of Pigs’ classic.
#32 – 1-7 Raiders
Da Raiders were toasted by the Colts in their last embarrassment.
Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites