NFL power rankings: Nos. 32-21
L, 24-9 @ Bills
The Redskins drop all the way to the last spot in our NFL power rankings, following their uninspiring road loss to the Bills.
Rookie Dwayne Haskins got the start at quarterback over Case Keenum, who is in the concussion protocol. And while Haskins didn’t turn the ball over, he was also completely ineffective in the red zone. Going 2-of-11 on third downs isn’t particularly inspiring, either.
No change for the Bengals, who at least couldn’t lose on their bye week. Seeking their first win of 2019, rookie quarterback Ryan Finley will get his first shot for Cincinnati against the Ravens in Week 10, taking over for the veteran, Andy Dalton.
L, 26-18 @ Dolphins
Losing to the previously winless Dolphins might mark the low point for head coach Adam Gase and the Jets this season.
Seriously, it’s bad. And one has to wonder if Gase survives the rest of the season.
Hopefully the Falcons figured out some much-needed things during their break, as they stay put in our NFL power rankings heading into Week 10.
W, 26-18 vs. Jets
Don’t expect the Dolphins to stay here for long. But at least it’s worth giving them some credit for finding their first victory of 2018, looking halfway decent in doing so.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick looked like his old “Fitzmagic” self, tossing three touchdowns in the one-sided win. Miami has something to cheer about, aside from a top-three NFL Draft pick next year.
L, 24-19 @ Broncos
The Browns could only settle for field goals in the first half of their road contest against the Broncos, which fielded a backup quarterback, Brandon Allen, to a good enough effect.
Cleveland went 1-of-5 in the red zone, despite outgaining Denver by nearly 50 yards and possessing the ball 10 minutes longer than the Broncos.
Such is the story for the Browns this season.
L, 40-34 @ Seahawks (OT)
For a while, it appeared as if the Buccaneers would pull off an impressive upset on the road against the highly ranked Seahawks. But a costly fourth-quarter fumble by quarterback Jameis Winston led to Seattle capturing the lead, which resulted in a back and forth into overtime.
And the Seahawks are too good to let that happen.
Winston turning the ball over once is an improvement, perhaps, and wide receiver Mike Evans was exceptional. But Tampa Bay still isn’t good enough to overcome those crucial mistakes, particularly on the road.
L, 37-18 vs. Cowboys
A little chippiness is always fun to watch when the Giants and Cowboys face off, especially on prime time. And Monday Night Football’s bout between these two NFC East rivals didn’t disappoint, at least in that regard.
Head coach Pat Shurmer’s offense, however, was pretty disappointing. Quarterback Daniel Jones was up and down, and running back Saquon Barkley was bottled up.
The Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott sure wasn’t, and New York would have been so much better off if it had made Elliott the No. 1 obstacle to stop in Week 9.
W, 24-19 vs. Browns
Let’s not crown Allen a franchise quarterback just yet, but it was refreshing to see him be more mobile in and out of the pocket than the guy he’s replacing, Joe Flacco. That seemed to spark the Broncos offense, which got some solid production from running back Phillip Lindsay, who rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Tight end Noah Fant went off, too, helping Allen out with 115 yards and a touchdown as well.
L, 22-14 @ Eagles
The Bears suffer a pretty drastic loss to the Eagles in Week 9, which winds up in a notable fall in our NFL power rankings.
Chicago’s offense has turned putrid, and fans can now openly question the team’s decision to stick with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who completed less than 50 percent of his passes, as well as trading off running back Jordan Howard.
Even the Bears defense can’t bail out this terrible and inept offense any longer.
L, 28-25 vs. 49ers
It’s hard to knock the Cardinals down in our NFL power rankings, considering the fight they put up against the 49ers on Thursday night.
Alas, the Niners did an excellent job against Arizona on third down, despite quarterback Kyler Murray and Co.’s valiant comeback in the third and fourth quarters. Give this group credit for making San Francisco’s top-tier defense look vulnerable.
At least fans around the league are starting to see why the Cardinals were so heavily invested and interested in using the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft to grab Murray. He’s fun to watch.
L, 30-20 @ Panthers
Maybe quarterback Ryan Tannehill won’t be the best answer for the Titans after all. His two interceptions proved to be disastrous against the Panthers, who managed seven points and could have had 10 off the turnover.
The bigger problem for Tennessee, though, was falling behind in the first half. The Titans offense isn’t built to come from behind, and a 17-0 halftime deficit isn’t a recipe for success for head coach Mike Vrabel and Co.