Week 8 power rankings:

 

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1. New England Patriots, 6-0

Another game, another win for the Defending World Champs. Keep an eye out for their matchup with division rival Miami this week, as the Fins have been playing great as of late.

2. Green Bay Packers, 6-0

The Pack returns from the bye and will duel it out with the undefeated Broncos in the best game of the season to date.

3. Cincinnati Bengals, 6-0

Cincy has been quite the surprise this year and with a potent offense and strong defense, look out for the Bengals in the coming weeks as they play a couple division games.

4. Carolina Panthers, 6-0

The Panthers just keep on winning and continually prove that they’re not a fluke team. If they can pull out a win against Indy this week, that thought should be solidified.

5. Denver Broncos, 6-0

The Broncos also come back from their bye week and will face off against the Packers in their toughest game of the year. Can the Denver defense bail out Peyton Manning again?

6. Atlanta Falcons, 6-1

The Falcons scraped by the Titans this past week, but are still a force to be reckoned with as long as Devonta Freeman keeps putting up 100-yard games.

7. Arizona Cardinals, 5-2

Arizona had a bit of good fortune last night, as Joe Flacco and the Ravens seemed to forget how to properly throw a football. They might not be the Super Bowl contender everyone thought they were.

8. Seattle Seahawks, 3-4

The Legion of Boom came through big this past week, holding San Fran to just 3 points. They seem to be back on track but get an interesting matchup this week with Dallas.

9. New York Jets, 4-2

It was a close one, but the Jets fell to the Pats on Sunday. They played great the whole game, however, and look to be like a legit wildcard contender.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4-3

Well maybe Landry Jones isn’t the short term answer at quarterback that the Steelers thought he would be, but Big Ben should return this week (let Antonio Brown rejoice).

11. New York Giants, 4-3

The Giants retook the NFC East lead with a win over the Cowboys on Sunday night, and should be able to retain that lead in the coming weeks.

12. Minnesota Vikings, 4-2

Don’t look now, but the Vikings are 4-2 and are in contention for a playoff spot. The Vikes are clicking on both sides of the ball and look like the team everyone expected them to be.

13. Philadelphia Eagles, 3-4

The Eagles offense once again was no match for the opposing defense, as Sam Bradford didn’t toss a single touchdown. If the Eagles want any chance this season, the offense needs to get rejuvenated.

14. Indianapolis Colts, 3-4

Yikes. That’s the only word to describe the Colts loss against the Saints at home on Sunday. Chuck Pagano, take your last look around Lucas Oil Stadium.

15. New Orleans Saints, 3-4

Who would’ve thought the Saints would be 3-4 after their terrible start to the season? Maybe a playoff spot is in the cards after all.

16. Miami Dolphins, 3-3

Just call them the Miami Dan Campbell’s, because it’s pretty much a fact at this point. New head coach Dan Campbell seems to have this Dolphins team turned around and now looks to take down their arch rival, the Patriots.

17. Oakland Raiders, 3-3

Wow. I was at a loss for words when I saw the halftime score of the Raiders and Chargers game. Derek Carr and Amari Cooper dominated and the Raiders might actually have something this season with the AC/DC connection.

18. San Diego Chargers, 2-5

Oh San Diego. Los Angeles isn’t going to take you if you keep losing games, no matter the fashion in which you lose those games.

19. St. Louis Rams, 3-3

Look out for these Rams; they’re playing their best football in years and should contend for a playoff spot with Todd Gurley putting the team on his back.

20. Dallas Cowboys, 2-4

The Cowboys really need Tony Romo and Dez Bryant back. That is all.

21. Buffalo Bills, 3-4

Excuses, excuses, excuses. Those were all Rex Ryan had after his team’s embarrassing loss to the Jags in London.

22. Kansas City Chiefs, 2-5

Maybe it was Tony Gonzalez banging the drum before the game at Arrowhead, but the Chiefs played great against a Big Ben-less Steelers team. Also, congrats to Eric Berry, who intercepted his first pass since being diagnosed with cancer.

23. Washington Redskins, 3-4

Call it the Comeback of the Year, but Kirk Cousins knows that “You liked that!” dramatic win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

24. Chicago Bears, 2-4

The Bears return from their bye and will look to keep on being an average squad.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars, 2-5

The Jags definitely have a bright future if they can keep the receiving corp and T.J. Yeldon together. They dismantled Buffalo in London and should keep on scoring in high volume.

26. San Francisco 49ers, 2-5

Someone should let San Francisco and Colin Kaepernick know that throwing the ball out of bounds every other play won’t win you the football game.

27. Detroit Lions, 1-6

So close, yet so far, is an accurate tribute to the Lion’s season so far. They just need to find a way to pull out victories.

28. Houston Texans, 2-5

Being outgained 275-0 in yards in the first half isn’t usually a good thing, Houston. Also, someone needs to get Ryan Mallett a watch, as he had to fly commercial to Miami because he missed the team plane (he was released by Houston this morning).

29. Baltimore Ravens, 1-6

Man, are the Ravens worse than anyone could’ve dreamed of before the season began. If it weren’t for Steve Smith Sr., the Ravens would not have their single win.

30. Cleveland Browns, 2-5

Well Cleveland, it might be Johnny Football time yet again, as Josh McCown went down with another injury. Enjoy it while it lasts.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2-4

It’s safe to say that Jameis Winston needs some time to mature in the league, but that Tampa defense needs some serious readjusting.

32. Tennessee Titans, 1-5

On the bright side of losing on Sunday, the Titans held the powerful Falcon offense to only 10 points.

 

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