The Depth Chart: Week 8

October 23rd, 2008 - 10:32 am

My power rankings for the NFL. (Previous Rank; Last Week’s Result; Movement in the Depth Chart).

High Five

1. Tennessee Titans (6-0)
(1; W, 34-10 vs. KC; No Change)
Titans roll through the Chiefs, but now they face their biggest test to date against division rival Indianapolis.

2. New York Giants (5-1)
(2; W, 29-17 vs. SF; No Change)
Took down the 49ers and hold steady at No. 2. But can they maintain this spot after a showdown this week against No. 3?

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1)
(3; W, 38-10 vs. Cin; No Change)
Rolled right through Cincinnati and now have a tough home game against the defending Super Bowl Champions.

4. Buffalo Bills (5-1)
(4; W, 23-14 vs. SD; No Change)
Big victory over the visiting Chargers, this Bills team is for real.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2)
(7; W, 20-10 vs. Sea; Up 2)
The Giants are still probably the top team in the NFC, but the Buccaneers are close behind.

Contenders

6. Washington Redskins (5-2)
(6; W, 14-11 vs. Cle; No Change)
Remain steady at No. 6, beating a team they should have beat by a field goal.

7. Arizona Cardinals (4-2)
(10; Bye; Up 3)
Were able to move up the depth chart during their bye week thanks to some crushing defeats from the teams ahead of them.

8. Carolina Panthers (5-2)
(11; W, 30-7 vs. NO; Up 3)
Big divisional victory over the Saints; held one of the top scoring offenses to just 7 points.

9. New England Patriots (4-2)
(13; W, 41-7 vs. Den; Up 4)
They trounced the Broncos and held their high- scoring offense to 7 points.

10. Dallas Cowboys (4-3)
(5; L, 34-14 vs. St.L; Down 5)
This team needs Romo back in the lineup badly. They looked punchless against one of the worst teams in the league. But Romo won’t solve their defensive inadequacies.

11. Atlanta Falcons (4-2)
(15; Bye; Up 4)
Had to move up 4 spots during their bye week because they beat the next two teams.

12. Chicago Bears (4-3)
(16; W, 48-41 vs. Min; Up 4)
Would you have thought the Bears offense would be carrying the defense this season? The offense is playing about as well as any in the league right now.

Muddled Middle

13. Green Bay Packers (4-3)
(19; W, 34-14 vs. Ind; Up 6)
After struggling for a few weeks, this Packers team looks like it’s back in contention after a convincing 34-14 victory over Indianapolis.

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)
(12; Bye; Down 2)
Slid just two spots due to circumstances during their bye week.

15. Denver Broncos (4-3)
(9; L, 41-7 vs. NE; Down 6)
Big loss and inconsistent play recently has dropped them here.

16. Indianapolis Colts (3-3)
(8; L, 34-14 vs. GB; Down 8 )
The Colts have a chance to bounce back up if they can knock off No. 1 Tennessee.

17. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)
(17; Bye; No Change)
Hold steady during their bye week. Tough matchup against the Falcons this week.

18. Baltimore Ravens (3-3)
(22; W, 27-13 vs. Mia; Up 4)
Would have nothing of the Dolphins’ Wildcat college offense.

19. San Diego Chargers (3-4)
(14; L 23-14 vs. Buf; Down 5)
The Chargers’ offense was smothered by the Bills’ defense.

20. New York Jets (3-3)
(18; L, 16-13 vs. Oak; Down 2)
Were beneficiaries of a Tom Cable miscue when the Raiders coach called timeout on a last second field goal that the Jets ended up missing. The Jets made it and went into overtime, but couldn’t capitalize.

Pretenders

21. New Orleans Saints (3-4)
(20; L, 30-7 vs. Car; Down 1)
Embarrassed by their division rival and lost Reggie Bush on top of it.

22. Houston Texans (2-4)
(26; W, 28-21 vs. Det; Up 4)
Can you really move up 4 spots for beating the Lions. Yes, you can.

23. Minnesota Vikings (3-4)
(21; L, 48-41 vs. Chi; Down 2)
They still have a dynamic offense but their defense has holes.

24. Cleveland Browns (2-4)
(24; L, 14-11 vs. Was; No Change)
The Browns lost to the Redskins, but played them tough.

25. St. Louis Rams (2-4)
(28; W, 34-14 vs. Dal; Up 3)
Impressive victory over the Cowboys, the Rams have now won two in a row under Jim Haslett.

26. Miami Dolphins (2-4)
(23; L, 27-13 vs. Bal; Down 3)
The Dolphins’ college offense couldn’t execute against the best pro defense in the league.

27. San Francisco 49ers (2-5)
(25; L, 29-17 vs. NYG; Down 2)
The 49ers played the defending champs tough but couldn’t pull off the win.

Low Five

28. Oakland Raiders (2-4)
(30; W, 16-13 vs. NYJ; Up 2)
Nice overtime victory for the Raiders, the first for new coach Tom Cable.

29. Seattle Seahawks (1-5)
(27; L, 20-10 vs. TB; Down 2)
The Seahawks are clearly one of the worst teams in the league and it’s showing.

30. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5)
(29; L, 34-10 vs. Ten; Down 1)
No shame in losing to the best team in the NFL, but the manner in which they did it was bad.

31. Detroit Lions (0-6)
(32; L, 28-21 vs. Hou; Up 1)
Have played well the past two weeks even though they’ve lost ‘em both.

32. Cincinnati Bengals (0-7)
(31; L, 38-10 vs. Pit; Down 1)
Look a lot worse than the Lions and can’t do much without Carson Palmer.

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