NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

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Tom Brady runs the Patriots to the top of the BLTD Power Rankings, again.


New England continues to run the league, with their ascent back atop the power rankings. Minnesota relinquished their weekly crown, but did not fall too far. These rankings continue to be delicious, as we are moving ever closer to the second-half of the NFL season.

Rank
Last Week
Team
Record
Comments
32
32
cleveland
0-7
It almost feels right to feel bad for the Cleveland Browns organization. There is almost nothing they can do right. The path to defeated continues.
31
31
san-francisco
1-6
Switching to Kaepernick did not work against Buffalo and failed again on Sunday against Tampa Bay. Everything is in shambles with this team.
30
30
chicago
1-6
The Bears are now without Brian Hoyer after he was sacrificed injured. Good news though! Jay Cutler is back this week. Damn, it sucks to be a Bears fan.
29
28
carolina
1-5
BYE WEEK
28
29
new-jets
2-5
The Jets won a game (!!!) but ultimately they come out of the game on the wrong side of things, after losing Geno Smith to a torn ACL. Looks like it is back to Ryan Fitzpatrick until further notice.
27
23
jacksonville
2-4
Jacksonville's seesaw
26
20
new-orleans
2-4
Drew Brees showing off again, with another 350+ yard afternoon but the Saints just can't pull it out. Their defense is atrocious and miserable.
25
25
los-angeles
3-4
Los Angeles has returned to familiar haunts, below .500. As we've said before - you can take the football team out of St. Louis but you can't take the suck out of the Rams.
24
27
tampa-bay
3-3
Tampa might've found something in Jacquizz Rodgers. 154 yards on 26 carries this week, for a 5.9 yards-per-carry average. A good way to win games is to have a strong run game. Jameis Winston also was pretty solid against the 49ers as well.
23
24
san-diego
3-4
Damn, this team is a lot of fun to watch each and every week. A fourth quarter comeback led to a win in OT. Phil Rivers was a master and Melvin Gordon continues to run all over the NFL.
22
26
cincinnati
3-4
We still await the real Bengals to please stand up. Andy Dalton gets up over 300 yards against the worst team in football and the Bengals keep pace in the AFC North. Important games coming up, if Cincinnati wants to make the playoffs.
21
18
tennessee
3-4
Tennessee had a perfect opportunity to overtake Indianapolis and climb into the AFC South penthouse, but they are not for real enough. DeMarco Murray still the real, though.
20
21
indianapolis
3-4
Indianapolis did their best and tried to blow this game, early in the fourth quarter. Luckily, the Colts defense bent but didn't break. The Colts sit a game back in the AFC South.
19
22
miami
3-4
Jay Ajayi is the truth. Ajayi became only the 4th player ever in NFL history to have back-to-back 200+ yard performances. Miami might've found a diamond in the rough here.
18
17
baltimore
3-4
After a red hot start to their season, Baltimore has dropped 4 straight. Joe Flacco is not elite.
17
19
detroit
4-3
Detroit might have something, if they keep it up but it just does not seem like there is enough steam in that team's engine. Cliches for the win.
16
12
houston
4-3
Guys, I really think Brock Osweiler might not be worth the $72 million. 131 yards, 53.7 completion percentage. *vomits* Lamar Miller got hurt too, that's not good at all. Bad news, everywhere.
15
15
arizona
3-3-1
Arizona's defense was a monster on Sunday night. The Cardinals defense held Seattle to 257 total yards in 5 quarters of football. If other parts of this team were a little more sound, Arizona might be looking at a win here. A tie works essentially as a push here.
14
11
washington
4-3
Washington said the NFC East ran through them. Well, to have the division run through you..you'll need to, you know, win games.
13
9
buffalo
4-3
Buffalo was expected to surge to 5-2 and their run defense had different plans. Tyrod Taylor played like Tyrod Taylor and the defense (specifically linebackers) just absolute stunk up the joint with failed coverages and missed tackles.
12
14
new-giants
4-3
The Giants' offense was not very impressive this week but they really did not need to be. New York's defense did the trick with 3 sacks, 7 QB hits and 1 interception returned for a touchdown. That'll do.
11
13
kansas-city
4-2
Kansas City continues to march up the charts. The Chiefs are quietly turning in a very solid first half of the NFL season and will be one of the more dangerous teams in the league.
10
7
atlanta
4-3
Atlanta is a hard-luck loser, again. They are a lot better than their 4-3 record but at the end of the day, wins and losses tell the story. Atlanta leads the NFC South, but their stranglehold is loosening ever so slightly.
9
16
oakland
5-2
Oakland turned in another good performance and their defense finally stood up. It is a Christmas miracle. Derek Carr had an off week, but the offense still churned through a poor Jaguars defense
8
10
green-bay
4-2
Green Bay still has a lot of questions to answer but those questions can be quelled for another week. Aaron Rodgers threw the ball 9,000 times (approximately), which won't win a lot of games despite his ridiculous talent.
7
5
pittsburgh
4-3
Good news for Steelers fans, Ben Roethlisberger might be back following the bye week coming up. Pittsburgh is lining themselves up for a dogfight in the AFC North.
6
8
philadelphia
4-2
Philadelphia dominated the direction of Sunday's game against Minnesota. The Eagles made the Vikings play their game and it worked to perfection. After stumbling for two weeks, it looks like they have righted the ship in Philadelphia.
5
6
denver
5-2
Denver returns to the win column, while keeping pace in the AFC West. Trevor Siemian did what he needed to do (157 yards, 1 TD) and the double-headed monster of C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker rushed 33 times for 190 yards and a TD. Monday night was good for the Broncos.
4
4
dallas
5-1
BYE WEEK
3
3
seattle
4-1-1
Seattle is very, very lucky they did not lose this game. They were outperformed on both sides of the ball. Ties are like kissing your sister, right?
2
1
minnesota
5-1
Following Sunday's loss to the Eagles, the Vikings were called soft by their head coach. Figures this would catch up to them at some point. The team is not terrible by any stretch, but they need to pull themselves together quick.
1
2
new-england
6-1
New England continues to chug down the track toward another AFC East title. Tom Brady is fantastic under center, as expected. Also, Rob Gronkowski is 1 touchdown away from the nicest touchdown of his career.

Written by Ryan Wolfe

Ryan Wolfe is the founder and editor-in-chief of BLTD Sports. He can be heard on the BLTD Podcast. Ryan's writing is also featured over at TheHockeyWriters.com.

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