NFL Power Rankings Week 9: Grades for every team at midway point

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SI's NFL Power Rankings: Week 9
Wednesday November 4th, 2015

A twist on this week's Power Rankings in honor of the NFL hitting its regular-season midpoint. The actual rankings themselves are the same as ever, based on how teams are currently performing, but we're adding in a midseason grading scale.

How that works, rather unscientifically: Each team's first-half performance was measured against its expectations for the season. The resulting grade reflects how each team has played on a scale of how we thought they would do in 2015. So, you'll notice that the grades fluctuate on the way down the list—merely being top five does not guarantee an A; sitting near the bottom does not bring an automatic F (though it doesn't help).

Hope that helps. Here we go:

1
1New England Patriots
last week: 1
record: 7–0

 

2
2Cincinnati Bengals
last week: 3
record: 7–0

 

3
3Denver Broncos
last week: 5
record: 7–0

 

4
4Carolina Panthers
last week: 4
record: 7–0

 

5
5Green Bay Packers
last week: 2
record: 6–1

 

6
6Minnesota Vikings
last week: 6
record: 5–2

 

7
7St. Louis Rams
last week: 10
record: 4–3

 

8
8Arizona Cardinals
last week: 8
record: 6–2

 

9
9Seattle Seahawks
last week: 11
record: 4–4

 

10
10Oakland Raiders
last week: 15
record: 4–3

 

11
11New York Jets
last week: 7
record: 4–3

 

12
12Atlanta Falcons
last week: 9
record: 6–2

 

13
13New Orleans Saints
last week: 18
record: 4–4
14
14Pittsburgh Steelers
last week: 12
record: 4–4

 

15
15New York Giants
last week: 14
record: 4–4

 

16
16Washington Redskins
last week: 16
record: 3–4

 

17
17Philadelphia Eagles
last week: 17
record: 3–4

 

18
18Miami Dolphins
last week: 13
record: 3–4

 

19
19Kansas City Chiefs
last week: 26
record: 3–5

 

20
20Indianapolis Colts
last week: 19
record: 3–5

 

21
21Buffalo Bills
last week: 21
record: 3–4

 

22
22Baltimore Ravens
last week: 27
record: 2–6

 

23
23Dallas Cowboys
last week: 22
record: 2–5

 

24
24Cleveland Browns
last week: 20
record: 2–6

 

25
25Tampa Bay Buccaneers
last week: 28
record: 3–4

 

26
26Chicago Bears
last week: 24
record: 2–5

 

27
27Houston Texans
last week: 29
record: 3–5

 

28
28San Diego Chargers
last week: 23
record: 2–6

 

29
29Jacksonville Jaguars
last week: 30
record: 2–5

 

30
30San Francisco 49ers
last week: 25
record: 2–6

 

31
31Tennessee Titans
last week: 31
record: 1–6

 

32
32Detroit Lions
last week: 32
record: 1–7

 

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