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Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

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1. New England Patriots – Before Tom Brady returned from his suspension, the Patriots arguably looked like the best team. With Brady, there’s no debate.

2. Dallas Cowboys – As long as Dallas keeps Dak Prescott under center, they’ll have a great chance of coming out of the NFC.

3. Minnesota Vikings – We knew the Vikings weren’t going 16-0 and there’s no shame in losing to an upstart Eagles team on the road.

4. Oakland Raiders – Despite their lackluster performance against the Chiefs a couple weeks ago, Oakland seems poised to take the AFC West crown.

5. Denver Broncos – Consideirng the losses in the off-season, many were surprised to see Denver jump out the gates like this. However, their defense is still elite, which keeps them in most games.

6. Seattle Seahawks – This isn’t the dominant Seattle team we’re accustomed to, but they’re still one of the most formidable units in the NFC.

7. Green Bay Packers – Similar to Seattle, Green Bay doesn’t quite look the same, but whenever you have Aaron Rodgers under center, you’re always a legitimate threat.

8. Philadelphia Eagles – Following their hot 3-0 start, this young Eagles squad dropped two straight, but they displayed great resiliency by dethroning the undefeated Vikings.

9. Kansas City Chiefs – It may not be pretty, but Andy Reid’s offense is slowly starting to catch up with the defense. This healthy balance makes Kansas City a legit AFC contender.

10. Detroit Lions – It’s still early, however, Matthew Stafford is playing like the quarterback we’ve all thought he was capable of.

11. Washington Redskins – Maybe last year wasn’t a fluke after all. It’s rather early still, but the Redskins appear to be heading in the right direction.

12. New York Giants – Dallas is clearly the favorite as of today, but no one in the NFC East is out of it by a long shot.

13. Atlanta Falcons – Here we go again. Atlanta started off 5-0 last year just to finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs. Sounds pretty similar to what’s going on right now.

14. Arizona Cardinals – When seeing how bad Carolina looks, doubt started to creep in about Arizona as well after starting 1-3. In response to the critics, Arizona won two straight and just finished in a tie with division foe Seattle.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Expectations were high for this young talented group before the season and we’re finally starting to see why.

16. San Diego Chargers – It seems like every year San Diego starts off slow and begins to heat up as soon as we right them off.

17. Buffalo Bills – In the Bills three losses, they’ve lost by a combined total of only 15 points.

18. Miami Dolphins – After starting off 1-4, many wrote Miami off. Now, they’ve won two straight, which puts them right back in the wildcard hunt.

19. Pittsburgh Steelers – Big Ben going down was the worst thing that could happen to this offensive juggernaut.

20. Cincinnati Bengals – We’re just waiting for this team to break out of mediocrity. The talent is obviously there to do so.

21. Houston Texans – To say Brock Osweiler has been horrible would be putting it nicely. Luckily, Houston plays in the weak AFC South.

22. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck and company can score with just about anyone in the league. Unfortunately, their defense can’t hold down their end of the stick.

23. Los Angeles Rams – It appeared moving back to Los Angeles was all the Rams needed. Well, that theory has failed with them being losers of three straight.

24. Tennessee Titans – Before the season, no one expected Tennessee to compete for a playoff spot. In that same breath, the young Titans have shown life over the past few weeks.

25. Baltimore Ravens – Following their surprising 3-0 start, Baltimore has come back down to reality. They’re currently on a four-game losing streak.

26. New Orleans Saints – New year, same problem.  New Orleans ranks dead last in points allowed per game at 32.5.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars – This was supposed to Jacksonville’s year to compete for a playoff spot, but it’s not looking like that will be the case. To say Gus Bradley’s seat is hot would be an understatement.

28. New York Jets – The Ryan Fitzpatrick experiment completely blew up in their faces and we already knew Geno Smith wasn’t the answer. It’s time for New York to look elsewhere.

29. Carolina Panthers – Sure, this team lost a couple pieces, most notably Josh Freeman. Regardless, no one saw this coming.

30. Chicago Bears – The Bears are better than their 1-6 record indicates. Three of their losses were by single-digits, but nonetheless, you are what your record says you are.

31. San Francisco 49ers – Other than Cleveland, from a pure talent standpoint, the Niners are at the bottom of the barrel. It’s not surprising to see them struggle this badly.

32. Cleveland Browns – I’ve never seen a team go through so many quarterbacks this early in the season. This franchise is simply cursed.


About Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.