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PFT’s Week 9 2022 NFL power rankings

Mike Florio and Myles Simmons praise Jalen Hurts for his four-touchdown performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers and discuss how his leadership qualities are paying off for the Philadelphia Eagles in a big way.

1. Eagles (7-0; last week No. 1): They’ve matched their best start in franchise history. Only the Texans are standing in the way of 8-0. In other words, they’ll be 8-0.

2. Bills (6-1; No. 2): They get just a little too lackadaisical at times against lesser foes.

3. Chiefs (5-2; No. 3): Kadarius Toney could be a poor man’s Tyreek Hill. Which is still better than no Tyreek Hill at all.

4. Cowboys (6-2; No. 4): If Micah Parsons wants to play offense, let him.

5. Vikings (6-1; No. 6): We’ll find out how good this team really is in November; every opponent this month is currently at or above .500.

6. Giants (6-2; No. 5): It had to end sometime.

7. Ravens (5-3; No. 8): Roquan Smith could be exactly what a defense that struggles to hold leads needs.

8. Titans (5-2; No. 9): The Titans are the most overlooked very good team of the decade.

9. Seahawks (5-3; No. 11): They keep getting better and better.

10. Dolphins (5-3; No. 12): Tyreek Hill has gotten his wish to produce like Cooper Kupp in 2021. Can the Dolphins produce like the Rams did, too?

11. Jets (5-3; No. 7): Zach Wilson could be running out of time to prove he’s the guy.

12. 49ers (4-4; No. 16): If their key players can stay healthy, they can win it all.

13. Patriots (4-4; No. 19): Every time it looks like they’re falling apart, they find a way to get it together.

14. Chargers (4-3; No. 15): Post-bye, the Chargers need to start getting more out of Justin Herbert. Otherwise, he may be the only one left next year.

15. Bengals (4-4; No. 10): They need Ja’Marr Chase back on the field ASAP.

16. Falcons (4-4; No. 21): Alone in first place in the NFC South. Just like we all expected.

17. Commanders (4-4; No. 22): The football team plays surprisingly well when ownership is under siege.

18. Packers (3-5; No. 13): It’s not hyperbole to say that any remaining hope they have hinges on beating the Lions.

19. Buccaneers (3-5; No. 14): The Rams officially ended Tom Brady’s 2021 season in January. They could unofficially end his 2022 season on Sunday.

20. Rams (3-4; No. 17): Sean McVay may be wishing he’d taken the Amazon money when he could have.

21. Browns (3-5; No. 27): Where has this team been hiding all year?

22. Bears (3-5; No. 18): They’re content to plan for a potential takeover of the NFC North, as soon as 2023.

23. Cardinals (3-5; No. 20): One step forward, one step back.

24. Colts (3-4-1; No. 23): The best outcome at this point would be for them to launch a nature-takes-it-course tank job, right into potential franchise quarterback in the draft.

25. Saints (3-5; No. 29): If the defense keeps playing like it did on Sunday, they can become a factor.

26. Broncos (3-5; No. 30): Barely beating a bad team doesn’t really change anything.

27. Panthers (2-6; No. 25): If they can recover from what happened in Atlanta, Steve Wilks definitely should keep the job for 2023.

28. Jaguars (2-6; No. 26): The clock is already ticking on Trevor Lawrence.

29. Steelers (2-6; No. 28): The fact that it’s been so long that they’ve been this bad makes it even more jarring to see.

30. Raiders (2-5; No. 24): Maybe they should have given Rich Bisaccia a chance.

31. Texans (1-5-1; No. 31): Twenty years after joining the league, they feel like an expansion team all over again.

32. Lions (1-6; No. 32): Having a coach who’s a real character is good. Having a coach who wins at least once per month would be even better.