It’s going to be a rough week for the “We just beat them, so now we should be ranked ahead of them” crowd. Just about everyone in the league refused to comply with their spot in the power rankings, as the teams slotted 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 27th, 28th, 30th and 31st won, while the teams ranked 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th all lost. What’s a power ranker supposed to do with that? Give up on the concept of power rankings as fruitless and indicative of nothing? I refuse. I will revise, adjust and adapt to the ever-shifting climate of the league. Just probably not as quickly as you would like. We’ve got a lot of big movers this week. All told, nine teams move five or more spots, but the most significant movement came from one game ‒ the Jets leapt up by a staggering 10 spots, and the Colts dropped by nine. Read on to see where your team ranks, and be sure to complain about it in the comments below. 1. Atlanta Falcons (6-0) Last week: 1 There are those who point to the Falcons record of 6-0 and believe they’re the best team in football. There are also those who think they’re overrated and point to their struggles against Carolina and Washington, and now this week’s slopfest against Oakland. Which group is right? The former. Power rankings do not lie. 2. New York Giants (4-2) Last week: 4 It seems like it took that big win against the 49ers to remind everyone that the Giants are pretty good. Noted ‒ the Giants are pretty good. And they didn’t even call on the aerial assault of Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. They basically won without them. Manning was under 200 yards passing and Cruz and Nicks combined for 104. When that pass rush is on, they really don’t need much else. 3. Houston Texans (5-1) Last week: 2 So they got clobbered on Sunday night against the Packers ‒ what’s the takeaway? That Aaron Rodgers might still be a really good quarterback, and that the Texans are not a perfect football team? Neither of these items need be accompanied by a “Breaking News” graphic. They hacked up a furball against a desperate team that played their best football of the season. It happens.
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