NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where all 32 teams stand going into Week 9

Halfway through the NFL season things are finally starting to fall into place.

After it seemed parity was the new normal in the NFL, with massive upsets and upheavals happening week to week, football fans have a pretty decent picture of which teams to pay attention to heading into the second half of the season.

The Patriots, Steelers, and Chiefs remain forces in the AFC, while the Seahawks and Eagles appear to be leading the pack of the NFC, with wild cards (no pun intended) sure to reveal themselves in the coming weeks.

Take a look below at where each team stands as we head into Week 9.

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32. Cleveland Browns

Record: 0-8

Last week: Lost to the Vikings, 33-16

This week: Bye

One thing to know: The Browns nearly solved their quarterback crisis by trading for A.J. McCarron — but they reportedly botched the paperwork and timing. DeShone Kizer it is.

 (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
31. San Francisco 49ers

Record: 0-8

Last week: Lost to the Eagles, 33-10

This week: vs. Arizona Cardinals

One thing to know: With the acquisition of New England's backup/quarterback-in-waiting Jimmy Garoppolo, the Niners finally made a move that might give fans hope for the future in a largely lost season.

(Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
30. Indianapolis Colts

Record: 2-6

Last week: Lost to the Bengals, 24-23

This week: at Houston Texans

One thing to know: Andrew Luck is still apparently having shoulder pain, and doctors can't figure out why. Not great!

(Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
29. New York Giants

Record: 1-6

Last week: Bye

This week: vs. Los Angeles Rams

One thing to know: Things have been so bad for the Giants this year that they even found a way to lose on a week off — cornerback Janoris Jenkins was suspended indefinitely after failing to return from the team's bye week on time.

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
28. Arizona Cardinals 

Record: 3-4

Last week: Bye

This week: at San Francisco Cardinals

One thing to know: Head coach Bruce Arians said star running back David Johnson is unlikely to play again this season. It will be the Adrian Peterson show the rest of the season.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 1-6

Last week: Lost to the Panthers 17-3

This week: at New Orleans Saints

One thing to know: Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers' offense scored just three points last week in their fourth consecutive loss, moving them to last in the NFC South. If they have any hope of climbing back up the division standings, they'll have to steal a win here from the Saints in New Orleans.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
26. Cincinnati Bengals

Record: 3-4

Last week: Beat the Colts, 24-23

This week: at Jacksonville Jaguars

One thing to know: Defensive end Carlos Dunlap played hero by grabbing an interception for a pick-six in Week 7. Oddly enough, Dunlap was told to "stop jumping" for batted passes by coaches and teammates, according to ESPN's Katherine Terrell, but then ignored them.

(Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
25. Chicago Bears

Record: 3-5

Last week: Lost to the Saints, 20-12

This week: Bye

One thing to know: Last week Mitch Trubisky completed 14 passes for 164 yards. Both were career highs.

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
24. Los Angeles Chargers

Record: 3-5

Last week: Lost to the Patriots, 18-7

This week: Bye

One thing to know: According to ESPN, the Chargers have been outscored 50-21 in first quarters this season. Considering their score differential for the year is just -2, those slow starts have killed them.

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
23. Oakland Raiders

Record: 3-5

Last week: Lost to the Bills 34-14

This week: at Miami Dolphins

One thing to know: The Raiders' offense doesn't have the spark it had last year, and now sitting in last in the AFC West, they'll be out of the playoff picture unless the team can turn things around fast. With remaining games against the Patriots, Eagles, Chiefs, and Cowboys, it won't be an easy road. 

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
22. Washington Redskins

Record: 3-4

Last week: Lost to the Cowboys, 33-19

This week: at Seattle Seahawks

One thing to know: Washington's offensive line is badly beaten up right now, which resulted in just 49 rushing yards and eight QB hits on Kirk Cousins. Injuries are a concern all over the field for Washington going forward.

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
21. New York Jets

Record: 3-5

Last week: Lost to the Falcons, 25-20

This week: vs. Buffalo Bills

One thing to know: The Jets traded for 49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson at the deadline, catching even head coach Todd Bowles off-guard. Said Bowles: "Did we? I wasn't aware of that, but I'll go upstairs and check on it."

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
20. Miami Dolphins

Record: 4-3

Last week: Lost to the Ravens 40-0

This week: vs. Oakland Raiders

One thing to know: Miami traded away running back Jay Ajayi to the Eagles, leaving football fans to wonder what exactly the Dolphins' goals for the season are despite having a winning record halfway through the year.

 (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
19. Detroit Lions

Record: 3-4

Last week: Lost to the Steelers, 20-15

This week: at Green Bay Packers

One thing to know: The Lions didn't manage any touchdowns in Week 8, scoring five field goals instead. They rank 27th in touchdowns per red zone appearance, according to Football Outsiders

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
18. Denver Broncos 

Record: 3-4

Last week: Lost to the Chiefs, 29-19

This week: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

One thing to know: The Broncos have lost four of their last five and are reportedly making a change at quarterback and going with — Brock Osweiler!

(Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
17. Green Bay Packers

Record: 4-3

Last week: Bye

This week: vs. Detroit Lions

One thing to know: After snapping at a reporter for asking whether the Packers would reach out to Colin Kaepernick as a potential replacement for Aaron Rodgers, head coach Mike McCarthy is now getting criticism for reportedly pursuing Brian Hoyer. With Hoyer heading back to New England, the Packers will have to stick with Brett Hundley under center for the time being.

 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
16. Baltimore Ravens

Record: 4-4

Last week: Beat the Dolphins, 40-0

This week: at Tennessee Titans

One thing to know: Despite a scary hit that left him with a concussion, Joe Flacco is reportedly on track to play this week.

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
15. Atlanta Falcons

Record: 4-3

Last week: Beat the Jets 25-20

This week: at Carolina Panthers

One thing to know: The Falcons now sit in third in their division as the Saints, making this game something of a must-win if they hope to make the playoffs and have a shot at repeating as NFC champions.

(Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
14. Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 4-3

Last week: Bye

This week: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

One thing to know: The Jaguars continued to bolster their defense, trading for defensive tackle Marcell Dareus near the deadline. Their defense remains stout; their offense will need to find consistency if they hope to make a postseason run.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
13. Tennessee Titans

Record: 4-3

Last week: Bye

This week: vs. Baltimore Ravens

One thing to know: The Titans have looked up-and-down this year, and did not impress in their last game, when it took overtime to take down the lowly Browns. At home coming off a bye week it's a good spot for Tennessee to assert itself if the team wants to be considered a contender.

(Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
12. Carolina Panthers

Record: 5-3

Last week: Beat the Buccaneers, 17-3

This week: vs. Atlanta Falcons

One thing to know: The Panthers made the puzzling decision to trade wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills, leaving Newton with a lack of receivers. Benjamin disappointed at times with Carolina, but whom, exactly, will Newton throw to now?

 (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
11. Houston Texans

Record: 3-4

Last week: Lost to the Seahawks 41-38

This week: vs. Indianapolis Colts

One thing to know: Deshaun Watson impressed in the Texans' loss to the Seahawks, throwing for 402 yards and three touchdowns. The young core of the team is putting it together, but the comments of owner Bob McNair have clearly not yet been forgotten by the players.

(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
10. New Orleans Saints

Record: 5-2

Last week: Beat the Bears, 20-12

This week: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

One thing to know: Rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore has been the spark behind the Saints' five-game win streak. Quarterbacks have just 33 passer rating when targeting Lattimore and he hasn't surrendered more than 38 yards in a game, according to Pro Football Focus.

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
9. Los Angeles Rams

Record: 5-2

Last week: Bye

This week: at New York Giants

One thing to know: Running back Todd Gurley has run for 100+ yards in four of his past five games. With a week of rest and facing a less-than-stellar Giants defense, he should have a good shot at hitting three digits again this week.

(Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
8. Dallas Cowboys

Record: 4-3

Last week: Beat the Redskins, 33-19

This week: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

One thing to know: Ezekiel Elliott is currently scheduled to serve his six-game suspension, barring any reversals in court, leaving Dallas without their most productive offensive player until December. Can the Cowboys make a postseason run without him?

(Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
7. Minnesota Vikings

Record: 6-2

Last week: Beat the Browns 33-16

This week: Bye

One thing to know: The Vikings have proven to be one of the most reliable teams in the NFL, with a solid defense that has only given up 20 points once all season and an offense doing enough to win. With Aaron Rodgers out, Minnesota has all but assured themselves an NFC North title barring a total meltdown.

(Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
6. Buffalo Bills

Record: 5-2

Last week: Beat the Raiders, 34-14

This week: at New York Jets

One thing to know: The Bills have relied on their defense, with just enough from their offense, to reach 5-2 this season. After trading for Kelvin Benjamin at the deadline, they now add a No. 1 receiver to give Tyrod Taylor more options and open the field for LeSean McCoy. 

(Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
5. Pittsburgh Steelers

Record: 6-2

Last week: Beat the Lions 20-15

This week: Bye

One thing to know: After a trip to Indianapolis following their bye, the Steelers will finish the season with five of their final seven games at home, setting them up nicely for a potential bye in the AFC playoff picture.

(Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
4. Seattle Seahawks

Record: 5-2

Last week: Beat the Texans, 41-38

This week: vs. Washington Redskins

One thing to know: Lost in the hype for Deshaun Watson's performance was Russell Wilson going for 452 yards with four touchdowns, including the game-winning drive. The Seahawks traded for Duane Brown at the deadline, giving Wilson needed protection. 

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
3. New England Patriots

Record: 6-2

Last week: Beat the Chargers 21-13

This week: Bye

One thing to know: With the departure of Jimmy Garoppolo, the Patriots are counting on Tom Brady to play well into the future. At 40 years old, New England fans will hope that his TB12 method will keep him healthy and on the field.

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
2. Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 5-2

Last week: Beat the Broncos, 29-19

This week: at Dallas Cowboys

One thing to know: The Chiefs saw their defense get on track in Week 8 when they forced five turnovers against the Broncos. With an explosive offense in place, the Chiefs might be scary if their defense rebounds.

(Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
1. Philadelphia Eagles

Record: 7-1

Last week: Beat the 49ers 33-10

This week: vs. Denver Broncos

One thing to know: Philadelphia is flying high as the only one-loss team at the halfway point of the season. With the acquisition of Jay Ajayi, the Eagles added to a running back core that needed improvement and signaled to the rest of the league that they are pushing for a Super Bowl win this year.

(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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