In the Week 9 NFL Power Rankings, the Denver Broncos hold onto the top spot after beating the San Diego Chargers Thursday night, while the Chicago Bears climb into the top five after narrowly defeating the Atlanta Falcons.
It might be time to hit the reset button on the Power Rankings. Tracking which teams moved up or down from week to week is part of the whole procedure, but trying to find any pattern this year has been darn near pointless.
Through eight weeks of the regular season, the Broncos have emerged as the clear No. 1 team, New England and Arizona are both rising toward the top, and then there's about a 15-spot jumble of teams who could emerge -- or implode -- over the season's second half.
Realistically, what is the gap between, say, Philadelphia and New Orleans? They're 14 spots apart in this week's rankings but a matchup between the two might be a toss-up. You could say the same for most head-to-head comparisons this season.
But the show must go on.