NFC Beast Power Rankings

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

In a few hours, we'll launch the Week 9 ESPN.com power rankings. This will give you a unique opportunity to freak out over something that has no bearing on anything. Now, please rise and put your hands together for this week's NFC Beast rankings (which you're not supposed to be seeing right now).

2. Giants -- Now that was a statement game in Pittsburgh. The Giants had every reason to lose that game, what with the goal-line stand by the Steelers. But the Giants kept destroying Ben Roethlisberger, and in the end, a special teams snafu by the Steelers put them in position to win the game. Oh, and Eli Manning is ridiculously clutch.

4. Redskins -- Yes, I know they struggled in Detroit, but they found a way to win. If you haven't realized it yet, the Redskins don't blow teams out. They simply wear them down with a relentless running game. And quarterback Jason Campbell rarely makes mistakes.

8. Eagles -- You knew they'd come back with a vengeance after the bye. Brian Westbrook is one of the best players in the league, and he can carry a team when he's healthy. Well, he's healthy.

11. Cowboys -- That was a season-saving win against the Bucs -- at least for another week. Cowboys face the Giants in the Meadowlands with Brad Johnson. Talk about scary.