NFL Top 12 Power Rankings Edition 9.0

Nine weeks of the 2011 NFL season is in the books. I been saying this every weak, but it’s crazy that nine weeks are over and done with when early in the summer we all didn’t know if there would be a 2011 season. Thank goodness there is, as this has been a very interesting fun season. Lots of surprises this year and some I don’t think, any one could ever imagine in their wildest dreams, like the Bills 5-3 start, tied for first place in the AFC East, the 49ers at 8-1, the “Dream Team” Eagles floundering at 3-5, or the Indianapolis Colts at 0-9 and without future hall of fame QB Peyton Manning. As always, I’ll be making a bit of changes to my weekly power rankings for this week. I’m from New York, so I just have to add this, the Jets and Giants sure are looking good and will be rising high in my power rankings this week. Also, since we are officially more then halfway through the season, I’ll be making my MVP, Defensive Player Of The Year, and Rookie Of The Year picks from here on out. Hope you enjoy, here is my top 12 NFL power rankings, edition 9.0.

1.Green Bay Packers (8-0) defeated San Diego Chargers 45-38. Last week (1). The Packers defense has looked ugly, but the high powered offense bails them out.

2.San Francisco 49ers (7-1) defeated Washington Redskins 19-11. Last week (3). The 49ers just keep winning with one of the most brutal defenses in the NFL. They might have the NFC West locked up by Thanksgiving.

3.New York Giants (6-2) defeated New England Patriots 24-20. Last week (7). The Giants pulled off an improbable upset once again against the Patriots, with a very clutch Eli Manning leading an MVP type season.

4.Houston Texans (6-3) defeated Cleveland Browns 30-12. Last week (4). The Texans keeps flying under the radar without star wide out Andre Johnson. The AFC South is theirs to lose.

5.Detroit Lions (6-2) BYE WEEK. Last week (5). The Lions get a week off before they face the Bears, Saints, and the Packers (twice) in their second half.

6.Baltimore Ravens (6-2) defeated Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20. Last week (11). The Ravens were :15 seconds away from falling to 5-3, but a perfect Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith touchdown pass with eight seconds left lifted Baltimore to a season sweep of Pittsburgh.

7.Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) lost to Baltimore Ravens 23-20. Last week (2). The Steelers were :15 seconds away from victory but a Flacco to Smith touchdown connection beat them with 8 seconds left. 

8.New Orleans Saints (6-3) defeated Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-16. Last week (9). The Saints stay perfect at home before their tough second half schedule that includes games against the Giants, Lions, Panthers, and Falcons (twice).

9.New York Jets (5-3) defeated Buffalo Bills 27-11. Last week (12). The Jets defense battered and bruised the Bills, forcing two INT’s and two fumbles. This all leads into a much anticipated Sunday night showdown between the Jets and Patriots next week.

10.Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) defeated Tennessee Titans 24-17. Last week (10). The Bengals are another surprise team, going 6-2 through week nine, but that’s without facing Pittsburgh or Baltimore yet.

11.New England Patriots (5-3) lost to New York Giants 24-20. Last week (6). The Patriots two game losing streak is surprising and the loss in the Super Bowl 42 rematch has them fuming before heading into next weeks Sunday night showdown vs the arch rival Jets.

12.Chicago Bears (5-3) defeated Philadelphia Eagles 30-24. Last week (N/R). The Bears resilient come from behind victory in Philly springs them into the top 12 for the first time in 2011. Playing in a tough division, they’ll likely have to win at least six of their final eight games to reach the playoffs.

NFC Player Of The Week: Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers – 21 of 26, 247 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT.
HM: New York Giants QB Eli Manning – 20 of 39, 250 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT.

AFC Player Of The Week: San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson – 7 catches, 141 yards, 3 TDs.
HM: Denver Broncos RB Willis McGahee – 20 carries, 163 yards, 2 TDs.

Upset Of The Week: New York Giants defeat New England Patriots 24-20.
HM: Miami Dolphins defeat Kansas City Chiefs 31-3.

Most Exciting Game Of The Week: New York Giants defeat New England Patriots 24-20.
HM: Green Bay Packers defeat San Diego Chargers 45-38.

1st Half MVP: 
1st:Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers – 2,619 yards, 24 TDs, 3 INTs, 72.5 CMP%, 129.1 Rating.
2nd:Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson – 47 catches, 804 yards, 11 TDs.
3rd:New York Giants QB Eli Manning – 2,377 yards, 15 TDs, 6 INTs, 62.9 CMP%, 98.8 Rating.

Defensive Player Of The Year:
1st:Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen – 34 Tackles, 12.5 Sacks, 1 INT, 4 PDs, 3 Forced Fumbles, 3 Fumble Recoveries. 
2nd:New York Jets CB Darrell Revis – 25 Tackles, 4 INTs, 12 PDs, 184 INT Yards, 1 TD.
3rd:San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis – 67 Tackles, 1.0 Sack, 8 PDs, 3 Forced Fumbles, 2 Fumble Recoveries.

Rookie Of The Year:
1st:Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton – 2,393 yards, 11 TDs, 9 INTs, 60.6 CMP%, 87.1 Rating. 63 Rushes, 319 Yards, 7 TDs.
TDs, 7 INTs, 61.5 CMP%, 85.0 Rating.
3rd:Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green – 40 catches, 599 yards, 5 TDs.

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