It is time to throw away the American inferiority complex with its place in the sport, where many blindly claim that technique should come above all in choosing and developing the best prospects and that the U.S. is not an international power because it cares too much about athleticism.
2020 NFL Power Rankings Week 9
Here at the ICT Zone, our power rankings are based on a very simple philosophy. "To be the man you gotta beat the man", if a lower ranked team beats a higher ranked team, then the two teams automatically swap spots regardless of results from prior weeks.
Last week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the number 1 team in the league and they retain that spot. It was a closer call than many assumed it would be and that might be concerning going forward. The Steelers come in at second place, their highest spot all season after defeating the Baltimore Ravens. But the big mover of the week are the Cincinnati Bengals, all the way at 7th from 25th after defeating previous number 7, the Tennessee Titans.
Only time will tell if this upcoming week will give us more surprises.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
For a second there it looked like Eli Manning versus Tom Brady.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers +3
Steelers fans probably want me to continue hating on this team.
3. Arizona Cardinals
Curious to see what the next step is for this team.
4. Kansas City Chiefs
Not sure how Patrick Mahomes is not in the MVP race.
5. Baltimore Ravens -3
Uh oh, looks like the NFL has enough film on Lamar Jackson.
6. New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara is the best player on this team.
7. Cincinnati Bengals +18
That win showed a lot of promise.
8. Denver Broncos
Still hard to get a clear read on Drew Locke but that was impressive.
9. Las Vegas Raiders
Solid win for a team that needs it.
10. Buffalo Bills
Your new AFC East champs.
11. Indianapolis Colts +2
Wow, 5 and 2 is not what I expected.
12. Cleveland Browns
You have to feel for Odell Beckham Jr.
13. Detroit Lions -2
Just get to 4 and 4.
14. Miami Dolphins +2
This year's quarterback class looks absolutely incredible.
15. Seattle Seahawks +3
Back on track.
16. Los Angeles Rans -2
Yeah, they're just really not that good at all.
17. Atlanta Falcons +7
Lets goooo, changing the narrative one retained lead at a time.
18. San Francisco 49ers -3
This team DESPERATELY needs a bye week.
19. Philadelphia Eagles
Keep beating NFC East opponents and you'll get in the playoffs.
20. New York Giants
Flashes of greatness from Daniel Jones.
I am telling you, they need to listen to our suggestions for the new nickname.
22. New England Patriots
They're hot takes for a reason.
23. Minnesota vikings +7
That was an extremely random win.
24. Carolina Panthers -7
Not sure if Bridgewater is the answer long term.
25. Tennessee Titans -18
That was not the kind of loss you want on your resume.
26. New York Jets
Just hang in there, you're already halfway through the season.
27. Chicago Bears
They'll probably still get to 10 wins.
28. Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott needs a billion dollar contract after this season.
29. Los Angeles Chargers
Still on the Herbert hype train.
30. Green Bay Packers -7
Yeah that's wrap for any super bowl potential.
31. Houston Texans
Might as well trade JJ Watt at this point.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars
I don't even know what to say at this point.
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