NFL power rankings, 2020 post-Week 9 edition (previous rank in parentheses): 1. Steelers (1): QB Ben Roethlisberger is in his 17th season and – like the previous 16 – he won’t endure a losing record. First time any player in league history can claim this. 2. Chiefs (2): Andy Reid’s 230th career win (including playoffs) moved him into fifth place all-time among head coaches. Next up? Tom Landry, who has 270 victories.
3. Saints (11): Things can change so quickly in the NFL. Their complete dismantling of Tampa Bay launched New Orleans from NFC’s wild-card mix up to the conference’s projected top seed. 4. Ravens (5): Sunday’s triumph at Indianapolis wasn’t pretty, but it was the first time QB Lamar Jackson brought Baltimore back from a halftime deficit.
5. Titans (8): Offense hasn’t been same in three weeks since perennial Pro Bowl LT Taylor Lewan went down for the year, scoring 10 points fewer per game during his absence. Mike Jones:Marquee teams highlight biggest surprises, disappointments from season’s first half 32 things we learned:From Week 9 of the 2020 NFL season Jarrett Bell:Brady, Buccaneers fail biggest test yet as Saints reveal their shortcomings