NFL Week 9 Power Rankings: Another change at the top as Packers take their turn at No. 1 – CBS Sports Leave a comment

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We are at the point of the season, past Halloween into November, when it’s time to ask the question that I love to ask at this time of the year.
Is any NFL team really that good?
Just this past week, we saw the undefeated Arizona Cardinals lose at home to an undermanned Green Bay Packers team. We had the Cincinnati Bengals, who were the top seed in the AFC entering the weekend, losing to the New York Jets and a backup quarterback in Mike White, who lit them up for over 400 yards passing.
There was also the Tampa Bay Buccaneers losing on the road to a good New Orleans Saints team, but a team that won on Sunday with essentially their third-team quarterback in Trevor Siemian
The Tennessee Titans took over the top seed in the AFC by beating the Indianapolis Colts on the road Sunday, but now they are likely without running back Derrick Henry for the rest of the season because of a foot injury.
Again, I ask the question: Is anybody any good?
That’s what November and December are all about. The contenders will emerge and the pretenders will fall off, either by bad play or bad luck.
The Packers are now in the top spot of my Power Rankings, thanks to the road victory over the Cardinals last Thursday. They did so with a running game and good defense, not exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Packers in recent years.
Green Bay plays at Kansas City, who won on Monday night against the Giants and looked better on defense in doing so, on the road this week in a game that matches Patrick Mahomes against Aaron Rodgers, although neither is putting up the gaudy numbers of past seasons.
Even so, it’s a game that could mean a change at the top if the Chiefs were to win. That might be a theme of the season the rest of the way. The teams that do take over the top spot might not be there for long for a reason:
Right now, nobody is really that good.
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