Here’s a look at my power rankings for Week 8.
(Previous Rank; Rank Change; Previous Result)
1. New England Patriots
(No. 1; No Change; W, 28-18 vs. Min)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 112 yards as the Patriots knocked off former receiver Randy Moss’ Vikings.
2. Baltimore Ravens
(No. 3; Up 1; Bye)
Moved up during their bye week by virute of the Jets’ shutout loss.
3. Indianapolis Colts
(No. 6; Up 3; W, 30-17 vs. Hou)
Extracted a measure of revenge on the Texans. Colts have won five of their six games since the opening week loss to Houston.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
(No. 4; No Change; L, 20-10 vs. NO)
Lost a tough one on the road to the defending champions but don’t lose any ground in the rankings.
5. New York Giants
(No. 5; No Change; Bye)
No change during their bye week as they prepare for Seattle.
6. New York Jets
(No. 2; Down 4; L, 9-0)
Had an extra week of preparation for the Packers and got shut out. Sanchez is a bad quarterback.
7. New Orleans Saints
(No. 8; Up 1; W, 20-10 vs. Pit)
Beat a solid Steelers team behind 305 passing yards from Drew Brees.
8. Green Bay Packers
(No. 10; Up 2; W, 9-0 vs. NYJ)
Shut out a tough Jets team while on the road and did it with a depleted lineup.
9. Tennessee Titans
(No. 7; Down 2; L, 33-25 vs. SD)
Chris Johnson has been struggling for most of the season and he managed just 59 yards in the loss.
10. Houston Texans
(No. 9; Down 1; L, 30-17 vs. Ind)
Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards in the loss but the Texans couldn’t stop Peyton Manning.
11. Atlanta Falcons
(No. 11; No Change; Bye)
Had the week off to prepare for a divisional showdown with Tampa Bay for first place in the NFC South.
12. Kansas City Chiefs
(No. 14; Up 2; W, 13-10 vs. Buf)
Needed every second of overtime to knock off the pesky Bills. Jamaal Charles rushed for 177 yards and Thomas Jones added 77.
13. Washington Redskins
(No. 12; Down 1; L, 37-25 vs. Det)
There will forever be a question as to why Mike Shanahan yanked Donovan McNabb and inserted Rex Grossman late in the loss to the Lions.
14. Seattle Seahawks
(No. 13; Down 1; L, 33-3 vs. Oak)
The Raiders pummeled the Seahawks back down to earth as the Seahawks managed just 162 net yards and allowed 545 to the Raiders.
15. Chicago Bears
(No. 15; No Change; Bye)
The Bears had an extra week to prepare for the resilient, yet winless Bills.
16. Philadelphia Eagles
(No. 16; No Change; Bye)
The Eagles have a tough, Week 9 matchup against the visiting Colts.
17. Miami Dolphins
(No. 19; Up 2; W, 22-14 vs. Cin)
Chad Henne had 217 passing yards as the road Dolphins beat the Bengals.
18. San Diego Chargers
(No. 20; Up 2; W, 33-25 vs. Ten)
The Chargers finally got something going as Philip Rivers passed for 305 yards and Antonio Gates hauled in 5 catches for 123 yards and a score in the win over the Titans.
19. Minnesota Vikings
(No. 17; Down 2; L, 28-18 vs. NE)
Brett Favre got physically abused as the Patriots locked down the Vikings offense.
20. Cincinnati Bengals
(No. 18; Down 2; L, 22-14 vs. Mia)
The Bengals could not get anything going offensively against the visiting Dolphins and dropped to 2-5 on the season.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 23; Up 2; W, 35-17 vs. Dal)
The Jaguars on the road pummeled the Cowboys thanks to 135 rushing yards from Maurice Jones-Drew.
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(No. 24; Up 2; W, 38-35 vs. Ari)
Although I don’t believe him, Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris said his team was the best in the NFC. I have them ranked 22nd for a reason. Next week against the Falcons, we’ll see if their 5-2 record is legit.
23. St. Louis Rams
(No. 25; Up 2; W, 20-10 vs. Car)
The Rams pushed their record to a surprising 4-4 mark with a 20-10 victory over the lowly Panthers.
24. Oakland Raiders
(No. 26; Up 2; W, 33-3 vs. Sea)
Something certainly has sparked the Raiders’ offense in the past two weeks. This week, they put up 545 total yards compared to the Seahawks’ 162.
25. Arizona Cardinals
(No. 22; Down 3; L, 38-35 vs. TB)
Steve Breaston caught 8 passes for 147 yards in the loss to the Buccaneers.
26. Detroit Lions
(No. 27; Up 1; W, 37-25 vs. Was)
The Lions were too much for the Redskins on both sides of the ball and Matthew Stafford recorded 212 passing yards in his return.
27. Dallas Cowboys
(No. 21; Down 6; L, 35-17 vs. Jac)
From Super Bowl favorites to joke of the league, the Cowboys have had a precipitous fall since August.
28. Denver Broncos
(No. 28; No Change; L, 24-16 vs. SF)
The Broncos dropped a second straight game to a bay area team, this one in London to the lowly 49ers. Kyle Orton had 369 passing yards in the loss.
29. Cleveland Browns
(No. 29; No Change; Bye)
The Browns had a bye week to prepare for New England.
30. San Francisco 49ers
(No. 31; Up 1; W, 24-16 vs. Den)
Big victory in London for the 49ers. Frank Gore rushed for 118 yards.
31. Carolina Panthers
(No. 30; Down 1; L, 20-10 vs. Stl)
Things continue to be bad for the Panthers. Matt Moore passed for 194 yards in the loss to the Panthers.
32. Buffalo Bills
(No. 32; No Change; L, 13-10 vs. KC)
Lost in overtime for the second straight week. The Bears could be in trouble this week in Toronto against a Bills team hungry and primed for its first victory.
- Bears free agent moves creating competition at positions of need
- Replacing Alshon Jeffery could be near-impossible task
- Bears to sign wide receiver Markus Wheaton
- Bears sign tight end Dion Sims
- Bears sign veteran safety Quintin Demps
- Where do Bears go from here at wide receiver?
- Ryan Pace and John Fox season-ending joint press conference
- Bears-Packers record headed for all-time tie on Sunday
- Vic Fangio, Bears can’t be headed toward a divorce
- 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year