NFL power rankings, post-Week 9 edition:

1. Saints (2): Very productive bye week as RB Alvin Kamara and TE Jared Cook got needed rest, and New Orleans’ hold on first-round bye strengthened with team entering three-week blitz through NFC South.

2. 49ers (3): NFL’s No. 1 defense suffered lapse in desert, but Jimmy G is heating up offense about to be reinforced by anticipated returns of FB Kyle Juszczyk and starting OTs Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey.

3. Ravens (6): How balanced is league’s top-scoring team? Baltimore could be first ever to average 200 yards per game on both land and in air in same year.

4. Patriots (1): Exposed? Tripped up by bad matchup? Or are apparent cracks in armor growing? Time to patch them up

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