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The ESPN Week 9 power rankings are out and surprisingly our Dallas Cowboys jumped up a spot to 14 after the stunning 29-24 loss to the New York Giants Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.

RANK    TEAM RECORD         COMMENTS
1
Falcons
7-0
The Falcons needed until Nov. 27 to score their seventh victory last season. (Sando)
2
Giants
6-2
Seventh time in nine New York seasons Tom Coughlin has gone 6-2 or better in the first half. Only twice has he won at least five in the second half. (Graziano)
3
Texans
6-1
The Texans had a chance to relax during the bye without anyone breathing down their necks in the AFC South. (Clayton)
4
49ers
6-2
The 49ers held Arizona to 7 yards rushing on Monday night, the lowest total for an opponent since 1972. (Sando)
5
Bears
6-1
The offense is still not consistent, but fortunately for the Bears, their defense is a scoring machine. (Graziano)
6
Packers
5-3
Not dominant vs. Jags, but a win’s a win, and the Packers are starting to string them together. (Graziano)
7
Ravens
5-2
Baltimore is 4-0 following bye weeks under coach John Harbaugh, including a 15-point win over Houston last year. (Hensley)
8
Patriots
5-3
New England feels at home in England. The Patriots have scored 80 points in two trips across the pond since 2009. (Hensley)
9
Broncos
4-3
This is what John Elway expected when he went after Peyton Manning. The Broncos are in first place in the AFC West. (Fox)
10
Steelers
4-3
Jonathan Dwyer became the first Steeler to rush for more than 100 yards in consecutive games since Willie Parker in 2008. (Hensley)
11
Vikings
5-3
Was Thursday a speed bump, or have the Vikes been overachieving all along? QB is still a question mark. (Graziano)
12
Dolphins
4-3
If Ryan Tannehill is sidelined, the Dolphins will turn to Matt Moore, who proved last season he can lead this team to wins. (Hensley)
13
Seahawks
4-4
The defense has hit a rough patch just as rookie QB Russell Wilson could be turning the corner. (Sando)
14
Cowboys
3-4
The defense was outstanding Sunday despite being put in impossible circumstances repeatedly. (Graziano)
15
Colts
4-3
The Colts can have hopes of a wild card if they beat Miami in Week 9. (Clayton)
16
Cardinals
4-4
Road trips to Green Bay and Atlanta are the Cardinals’ reward for four-game skid. (Sando)
17
Lions
3-4
Matthew Stafford is establishing his place among the league’s fourth-quarter assassins. (Graziano)
18
Eagles
3-4
Changing defensive coordinators didn’t help. Could a QB change be next? Time is running out on Andy Reid. (Graziano)
19
Redskins
3-5
The Steelers were the first to have an answer for RG3. The Skins’ defense has an answer for no one. (Graziano)
20
Chargers
3-4
Norv Turner and Andy Reid occupy the hottest coaching seats in the league. (Fox)
21
Buccaneers
3-4
The Bucs have scored at least 28 points in their past three games after failing to exceed 26 in any game last season. (Sando)
22
Bengals
3-4
Cincinnati is looking to avoid its first four-game losing streak since 2010, when it finished 4-12. (Hensley)
23
Rams
3-5
The Rams have allowed 75 points in two games after allowing 56 in their previous four. (Sando)
24
Raiders
3-4
The Raiders have won three of their past five games to remain in striking distance of Denver. (Fox)
25
Jets
3-5
The Jets are finding home field to be a disadvantage. They’re 2-3 at MetLife Stadium, including two losses by three touchdowns or more. (Hensley)
26
Saints
2-5
The Saints are allowing 9.1 yards per pass attempt with 15 touchdowns and only three interceptions. (Sando)
27
Titans
3-5
After saving their season with back-to-back wins, the Titans slipped into third place by losing to the Colts. (Clayton)
28
Bills
3-4
Defense is a big problem. In their past three losses, the Bills have given up 52, 45 and 35 points. (Hensley)
29
Browns
2-6
The Browns have won their past two home games and have held teams to three field goals in the past six quarters. (Hensley)
30
Panthers
1-6
Forty-eight points over their past three games represents the second-lowest three-game stretch with Cam Newton. (Sando)
31
Jaguars
1-6
Blaine Gabbert looked better against the Packers, but now the Jaguars are hopelessly out of it. (Clayton)
32
Chiefs
1-6
Woe is Scott Pioli. He has no legitimate starting quarterback in a quarterback-driven league. That will get you beat. (Fox)

Source: ESPN.com

Other National NFL Power Rankings:

Chicago Sun Times: 10th

Covers.com: 10th

Fox Sports: 15th

 

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