Season 2 Power Rankings edition 4(week 9) 1) Indianapolis Colts(Prev:1) – Following a bye in week 7, the Colts came back with an impressive win over the Broncos in what was a rematch from last year’s playoffs. Ranked in the top 7 in points, yards and passing yards per game this offense seems to be unstoppable at times. The defense isn’t too shabby either allowing only 18.9 points a game which is good for fourth in the league. 2) New England Patriots(Prev:4) – Winners of 4 in a row, the Patriots jump to #2 behind wins versus the Steelers and an important divisional win against the Bills. Tom Brady is putting up MVP numbers throwing for over 1500 yards with 14 touchdowns and just 3 picks while spreading the ball around to Wes Welker, Randy Moss and speedster Taylor Price. The defense ranks #1 in points allowed at 15.4 while they also rank in the top 13 in yards, passing yards and rushing yards allowed. 3) St. Louis Rams(Prev:6) – With the return of Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson, expect the league’s 7th highest scoring offense to produce even more points than before. WR Donnie Avery is also back from the injury list to provide another threat for Bradford. The defense is 5th in the league at 19.4 points a game and their passing D is 8th so if you want to beat the Rams, better not try through the air. 4) New York Jets(Prev:3) – With Mark Sanchez returning in week 10 there is hope in sight for this anemic offense. Currently sitting in the bottom half in points, yards and passing yards per game the Jets would be in deep trouble if it weren’t for their defense. Ranking in the top 6 in points allowed, yards allowed and passing yards allowed, the Jets defense has kept this team afloat in the absence of Sanchez and should feel relieved once he returns. 5) New York Giants(Prev:UR) - The defending NFC Champs appear to be hitting their stride winning 4 out of their last 5. Statistically the offense and defense aren’t great but continuously find ways to make pivotal plays when needed to win games which is the sign of a good team. 6) Jacksonville Jaguars(Prev:UR) – Riding a 4 game road winning streak the Jags sneak in at #6. Surprising to most, the Jags boast one of the league’s top offenses ranking in the top 11 in points, yards, passing yards and rushing yards. David Garrard is silently having an MVP year himself but the loss of tight end Zach Miller who was leading this team in receiving yards will be huge. 7) Dallas Cowboys(Prev:UR) – Winners of 2 in a row, the Cowboys come in at #7. With an offense ranking no worse than 14th in the 4 major categories, the defense is this team’s calling card ranking in the top 9 in all 4 major categories. Tony Romo has an arsenal of weapons and the 2 headed monster at RB will have to step up even more if this team wants to take over division rival and reigning NFC Champ Giants. 8) Green Bay Packers(Prev:UR) – Coming in with a 3 game winning streak, the Packers land at #8. A top 9 offense in the 4 major categories are the reason this team is hot. Aaron Rodgers is playing like his real life counterpart and is just tossing the ball all over the field as 6 receivers have over 10 catches and 150 yards. While the defense isn’t bad, they must improve on keeping teams out of the endzone if the Pack wants to make some noise in the NFC. 9) Minnesota Vikings(Prev:7) – After going 1-1 in the past 2 weeks the Vikings drop to #9. Boasting the league’s 2nd best rushing offense led by AP the Vikings can score with the best of them. However, teams seem to have figured out rookie QB Bronson Patterson as he’s been more prone to throwing to the other team lately than his own. If Patterson can limit his mistakes and get back to his early season form, the NFC North can be an exciting race to watch. 10) Buffalo Bills(Prev:UR) – Coming in winning 3 of their last 4 the Bills close out the rankings at #10. Amazingly, the Bills offense is among the best in the league ranking 4th in points and rushing yards per game and 9th in total yards per game. The 2 headed beast of Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller is giving teams fits and continue to be the catalyst to this young teams success. The major issue with this team however is the defense, which ranks no higher than 21st in all 4 major categories. If the Bills can tweak their defense they can make some noise in the tough AFC East. Once again, another interesting 2 weeks in the books and a lot of movement on the list. At the halfway point in the season we are still left with many questions. Who will stop the mighty Colts? Which team will emerge as the NFC favorite? I know I’ll be tuned in to find out how this season plays out. Good luck to those in weeks 9 and 10!