NFL Week 9 Power Rankings

We thought the Chargers' reign atop the Power Rankings was going to be over this week, but San Diego's win over the Titans (and the Giants being on a bye) means they remain the No. 1 team.

Our computerized algorithm continues to spit out the Chargers at No. 1 despite their 3-5 record both SU and ATS. For anyone new to our rankings, the main reason is because the Chargers boast both the No. 1 offense and the No. 1 defense in the NFL. Until someone challenges the Chargers in those areas expect them to continue to show up near the top.

1. San Diego (1) – The Chargers snapped their three-game losing streak last week and could be ready to unload this week when their top-ranked offense takes on the Texans' league-worst defense.

2. NY Giants (2) –  Returning from their bye the Giants go for their fourth straight win against Seattle this week.

3. Philadelphia (5) – Michael Vick regains the starting job in Philly this week. How long does he keep it is the real question.

4. NY Jets (3)  - The Jets' big weapons all fired blanks last week in their shutout loss to Green Bay.

5. Indianapolis (7) – Even without Dallas Clark and Austin Collie, Peyton Manning can still tear apart the Texans' horrible pass defense.

6. Atlanta (6) – Exiting their bye week and looking to remain undefeated at home this season.

7. Oakland (14) – The Raiders have scored 92 points in their last two games after scoring only 120 in their first six games this season.

8. New Orleans (8) – The Saints hit the road this week where they'll try to improve on the lame 2-5 ATS mark they've posted in their last seven games.

9. Pittsburgh (4) – The Steelers' performance against New Orleans last week was the definition of a letdown.

10. Miami (12) –  The Dolphins may be 4-0 on the road this season, but they're in tough this week at Baltimore where the Ravens are perfect so far this season.

11. Baltimore (9) –  The Ravens return from their bye week to face the Dolphins at home

12. Kansas City (10) – Jamaal Charles' 177 rushing yards last week should earn him the starting RB job over Thomas Jones the rest of the season.

13. St. Louis (19) –  Heading into their bye the Rams have been an underdog bettor's dream this season with a 6-2 record ATS, including five wins as the underdog.

14. Minnesota (16) – Best fan costume last week was the guy wearing the Brett Favre jersey wearing a sling and holding crutches with a bandage around his head.

15. Green Bay (17) –  The Packers host the struggling Cowboys at Lambeau Field this week, where they are 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS this season.

16. Tennessee (15) –  Vince Young Is hurt again, leaving the Titans' offense in the old hands of Kerry Collins.

17. Cincinnati (13) – The Bungles are back and have dropped four in a row both SU and ATS.

18. Dallas (11) – The Cowboys should prepare themselves for 1-7 with a trip to Green Bay on tap this weekend.

19. Tampa Bay - (20) –  The winner of this week's matchup between the Bucs and Falcons takes sole possession of first place in the NFC South, No, they really do.

20. Chicago (22) – Can the Bears snap their two-game losing streak both SU and ATS this week against the Bills?

21. New England (18) –  Is this a sign of things for come for Brandon Tate after he put up 101 yards and a TD last week?

22. Detroit (23) – The Lions' win last week was actually their fourth straight cover ATS.

23. Houston (21) –  Where would the Texans be without the worst defense in the NFL?

24. San Francisco (27) – Troy Smith earned himself another start by leading the 49ers to a win over Denver in London last week.

25. Washington (26) –  Replacing Donovan McNabb for Rex Grossman with the game on the line is wrong on so many levels.

26. Denver (25) – The Broncos need the bye this week after dropping four in a row both SU and ATS. They've covered the spread only twice so far this season.

27. Cleveland (28) – Do the Browns have any magic left over from their upset over New Orleans two weeks ago for when they face the Patriots on Sunday?

28. Buffalo (29) –  After just missing out on their first win of the season last week can the Bills finally get the monkey off their backs against the Bears?

29. Seattle (24) – The Seahawks host the Giants at always-loud Qwest Field where they are 3-0 SU and ATS this season.

30. Carolina (30) –  In seven games this season the Panthers have scored only 85 points. That's brutal.

31. Jacksonville (31) –  Was David Garrard's five-TD game last week because of an improving Jags offense, or is that just what happens when you play the Cowboys this season?

32. Arizona (32) – Choosing between Max Hall and Derek Anderson right now is like trying to choose between getting hanged and a firing squad

Power Rankings by the numbers . . .

Team – Ranking – SoS – Adjusted Rank
San Diego – 154.01    – 0.58 – 89.83
NY Giants – 171.2 – 0.44 – 75.33
Philadelphia – 92.95 – 0.5 – 46.48
NY Jets – 95.14 – 0.47 – 44.77
Indianapolis – 78.83 – 0.53 – 42.04
Atlanta – 88.09 – 0.45 – 39.73
Oakland – 82.59 – 0.44 – 36.55
New Orleans – 65.16 – 0.44 – 28.58
Pittsburgh – 39.07 – 0.61 – 23.74
Miami – 40.14 – 0.5   – 20.07
Baltimore – 38.41 – 0.44 – 16.9
Kansas City – 28.62 – 0.38 – 11.01
St. Louis – 21.98 – 0.44 – 9.68
Minnesota – 16.32 – 0.55 – 8.96
Green Bay – 4.51 – 0.44 – 1.98
Tennessee – 1.08 – 0.47 – 0.5
Cincinnati – -5.01 – 0.57 – -2.15
Dallas – -6.44 – 0.54 – -2.97
Tampa Bay – -7.06 – 0.43 – -4.01
Chicago – -8.6 – 0.43 – -4.89
New England – -14.84 – 0.42 – -8.61
Detroit   – -21.34 – 0.54 – -9.85
Houston – -34.89 – 0.55 – -15.86
San Francisco – -43.12 – 0.51 – -21.19
Washington – -53.22 – 0.5 – -26.61
Denver – -76.04 – 0.57 – -32.95
Cleveland – -98.51 – 0.64 – -35.46
Buffalo – -106.64 – 0.67 – -35.54
Seattle – -93.62 – 0.41 – -55.48
Carolina – -121.88 – 0.52 – -58.6
Jacksonville – -102.75 – 0.42 – -59.21
Arizona – -168.24 – 0.57 – -73.01

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