Power Rank­ings

The Hamilton Spectator - - Sports - Source: Chicago Tri­bune Graphic: Staff, TNS

Last week’s rank­ings in paren­the­sis

1. Saints 7-1 (4).

Michael Thomas got great re­cep­tion with his flip phone dur­ing his 211-yard re­ceiv­ing game against the Rams.

2. Pa­tri­ots 7-2 (2).

Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers was a great sub­plot Sun­day night, but the Pa­tri­ots de­fense was the story of the game.

3. Chiefs 8-1 (3).

The jug­ger­naut has been held un­der 30 points once. Patrick Ma­homes has three tar­gets with six or more TD catches.

4. Rams 8-1 (1).

You get the feel­ing the Rams will have a re­match with the Saints in Jan­uary.

5. Charg­ers 6-2 (5).

Their kick­ing woes con­tinue, as Caleb Sturgis was cut and Michael Bad­g­ley pro­moted from the prac­tice squad.

6. Steel­ers 5-2-1 (6).

Le’Veon Bell bid farewell to Mi­ami, where his hold­out has been head­quar­tered. Will he head to Pitts­burgh?

7. Pan­thers 6-2 (7).

High-pow­ered of­fense is keyed by ver­sa­tile run­ning back Chris­tian McCaf­frey.

8. Vikings 5-3-1 (8).

They en­ter their off week hop­ing to find a way to get their 29th-ranked ground game go­ing.

9. Tex­ans 6-3 (9).

They might be the hottest team in the AFC, and they play in the weak­est di­vi­sion.

10. Bears 5-3 (14).

They carry a two-game win­ning streak into a stretch of three straight vs. NFC North op­po­nents.

11. Ben­gals 5-3 (10).

A toe in­jury is ex­pected to keep play­mak­ing wide re­ceiver A.J. Green side­lined for mul­ti­ple games.

12. Ea­gles 4-4 (13).

They loaded up for a sec­ond-half run by adding re­ceiver Golden Tate to the mix.

13. Pack­ers 3-4-1 (11).

Pres­sure’s mount­ing on Mike McCarthy, whose team has lost three of four.

14. Fal­cons 4-4 (19).

With three straight wins, they hope they’ve clawed back into the play­off race. With six starters on IR, it will be tough.

15. Sea­hawks 4-4 (16).

Their OL has been play­ing bet­ter, but a bid to force over­time fell in­com­plete against the Charg­ers.

16. Red­skins 5-3 (12).

In­juries to the of­fen­sive line have them reel­ing and hold­ing on to a pre­car­i­ous lead atop the NFC East.

17. Ti­tans 4-4 (22).

They hadn’t scored more than 20 points in reg­u­la­tion this sea­son be­fore a 28-14 vic­tory in Dal­las on Mon­day night.

18. Ravens 4-5 (15).

Pres­sure is build­ing on John Har­baugh af­ter three straight losses. An im­pres­sive start to the sea­son seems long ago.

19. Dol­phins 5-4 (18).

Safety Re­shad Jones benched him­self Sun­day, leav­ing coach Adam Gase with plenty of ques­tions to an­swer.

20. Cowboys 3-5 (20).

Amari Cooper scored a TD in his de­but, but their of­fense is spin­ning its wheels un­der co­or­di­na­tor Scott Line­han.

21. Colts 3-5 (23).

Com­ing off their off week, they are start­ing to look like they’re turn­ing the cor­ner with a long road ahead.

22. Lions 3-5 (17).

Matt Pa­tri­cia fired spe­cial teams co­or­di­na­tor Joe Mar­ciano on Mon­day. No word whether pos­ture was an is­sue.

23. Bron­cos 3-6 (21).

Bran­don McManus’ win­ning try from 51 yards missed the mark. That’s how things are go­ing in Den­ver.

24. Jaguars 3-5 (25).

Run­ning back Leonard Four­nette looks like he’s fi­nally ready to re­turn, but this sea­son might be too far gone to res­cue.

25. Buc­ca­neers 3-5 (24).

Op­pos­ing QBs have 22 TD passes with one pick, a 73.9 com­ple­tion per­cent­age and a 124.3 passer rat­ing.

26. Browns 2-6-1 (27).

Bruce Ari­ans has let it be known he’s in­ter­ested in work­ing for the Browns. That’s an in­ter­est­ing name for 2019.

27. Jets 3-6 (26).

Todd Bowles’ reel­ing team catches a break with the Bills this week, fac­ing a team that quite pos­si­bly has a worse of­fense.

28. Car­di­nals 2-6 (28).

Sam Brad­ford ex­ited Ari­zona with $13.5 mil­lion for play­ing in three games, mak­ing Mike Glen­non the backup.

29. 49ers 2-7 (31).

Af­ter a sen­sa­tional de­but, QB Nick Mul­lens gives them some­thing in­ter­est­ing to eval­u­ate in the sec­ond half.

30. Gi­ants 1-7 (29).

Some­where, Ben McA­doo knows it wasn’t all his fault.

31. Bills 2-7 (30).

EJ Manuel is tak­ing shots at the Bills for their lousy quar­ter­back sit­u­a­tion. Ap­par­ently he for­gets how bad he was.

32. Raiders 1-7 (32).

De­fen­sive cap­tain Bruce Irvin was cut, mean­ing he wins with an early exit from Oak­land.

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