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2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 8

Updated on November 3, 2015

NFL Power Ranks Week 8

What a week in the NFL. A team put up 49 points on the road...and lost. Another team scored 20 unanswered points in the 4th quarter and overtime...and lost. A battle of two undefeated teams saw one pick up their first loss. Oh and we can't forget the rash of injuries to some big name players who were lost for the season. A lot of loss really but one team's loss is another team's gain. Let's see who lost or gained ground in this week's rankings.

1. New England Patriots (7-0) ~ Some people were smelling upset when the high-flying Miami Dolphins were heading into Foxborough for last Thursday nights game. New England quickly stamped out any chance of an upset as they trottled Miami and now sit three games up in the AFC East. Long live the champs. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Denver Broncos (7-0) ~ Peyton Manning looked like Peyton Manning, the running game showed up and the Denver D forced Aaron Rodgers into his worst game as a pro. Statement game? Maybe so. (LWR 4)

3. Cincinnati Bengals (7-0) ~ The Bengals are 7-0 for the first time in franchise history and their swarming defense will welcome in Johnny Manziel on a short week. If I was a betting man, and I am, I'd be all in on Cincy picking up their 8th win this week. (LWR 3)

4. Green Bay Packers (6-1) ~ I alluded to this earlier in the Denver recap but Aaron Rodgers was held to just 77 yards passing over the weekend. That is not a misprint. He was also sacked three times and lost a fumble that resulted in a safety. Safe to say he and the rest of the Packers are glad to be out of Colorado. (LWR 2)

5. Carolina Panthers (7-0) ~ Like Cincinnati the Panthers are 7-0 for the first time in franchise history. The Panthers won just seven games all of last season. Their reward is hosting what will be an angry Green Bay team next week. Get your popcorn ready. (LWR 5)

6. Arizona Cardinals (6-2) ~ Someone named Troy Niklas caught two of Carson Palmer's four touchdown passes as the Cardinals won in Cleveland for the first time since 1985. For reference that's the same year the Kansas City Royals won the World Series. All kinds of droughts are being broken this year. (LWR 6)

7. Seattle Seahawks (4-4) ~ Richard Sherman helped spoil the return of Dez Bryant by holding the star wideout to just two catches for 12 yards as Seattle climbed their way back to .500. The defense is starting to resemble that which has helped them reach the last two Super Bowls. (LWR 9)

8. Atlanta Falcons (6-2) ~ With the overtime loss at home to Tampa Bay the Falcons are now 0-2 in the NFC South without having played undefeated Carolina yet. That doesn't bode well for them in their quest for a division crown. (LWR 7)

9. St. Louis Rams (4-3) ~ For the second straight week the Rams held their opponent out of the end zone. Couple that with Todd Gurley running rampant all over the league and this team has the look of a playoff contender. (LWR 14)

10. Minnesota Vikings (5-2) ~ Prior to last week the Vikings hadn't won a road divisional game in three years. Now they have two in two weeks and sit just a game behind the Packers for the lead in the NFC North. (LWR 10)

11. Oakland Raiders (4-3) ~ Derek Carr has 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions while keeping the Raiders in the playoff picture. Four of those came this past Sunday against the New York Jets' vaunted secondary. Looks like the Raiders may have found their quarterback. (LWR 17)

12. New York Jets (4-3) ~ Ryan Fitzpatrick has ligament damage in his thumb. Geno Smith has a bruised shoulder. Could Bryce Petty make his first NFL start this coming weekend? If you are a Jets fan I bet you're hoping against that. (LWR 8)

13. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) ~ They picked up ground on the New York Giants during their bye and are ready to travel to Dallas to face a reeling Cowboys squad with a chance to get back to .500. (LWR 12)

14. New Orleans Saints (4-4) ~ Drew Brees tied an NFL record by throwing for seven touchdowns in a shootout with the visiting New York Giants. Fitting that a game which saw the quarterbacks combine for 13 touchdowns would come down to a last-second field goal. (LWR 18)

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4) ~ Ben Roethlisberger returned to the lineup but that was overshadowed by the loss of LeVeon Bell who is out for the year with a torn MCL. Pittsburgh just can't seem to catch a break. (LWR 11)

16. New York Giants (4-4) ~ If you had told the Giants they would score 49 points against the Saints I'm sure they would start picturing that nice flight home after a big win. Well, they did score 49 points in New Orleans but the problem was their defense allowed 52. This turned out to be the third-highest scoring game in NFL history. Someone had to lose it. (LWR 13)

17. Buffalo Bills (3-4) Tyrod Taylor, Karlos Williams and Percy Harvin may all return to the field Sunday. Injuries have really taken their toll on a Bills team that started the season with a glimmer of hope to end the NFL's longest current playoff drought. (LWR 16)

18. Indianapolis Colts (3-5) ~ The Colts are now 0-5 against opponents outside of the AFC South. Their next opponent, Denver, not only doesn't play in the AFC South, but they have yet to lose a game this year. (LWR 15)

19. Miami Dolphins (3-4) ~ A week ago Ryan Tannehill set an NFL record by completing 25 consecutive passes. He found no such luck against the Patriots as the club fell to 0-3 in the AFC East. (LWR 19)

20. Kansas City Chiefs (3-5) ~ Jamaal Charles who? The Chiefs got rushing touchdowns from Charcandrick West, De'Anthony Thomas and Spencer Ware as they routed Detroit in London. While that is top notch production the Chiefs are undoubtedly a better team when Charles is in the lineup. (LWR 24)

21. San Diego Chargers (2-6) ~ Star wideout Keenan Allen will miss the rest of the season with a kidney injury. As if things weren't bad enough for the Chargers. (LWR 20)

22. Houston Texans (3-5) ~ Brian Hoyer has now set a club record by throwing multiple touchdowns for a fifth consecutive week. I know the Texans haven't been around that long but I feel like that should have happened before. (LWR 25)

23. Washington Redskins (3-5) ~ Like the Eagles Washington picked up a half-game on the Giants during their bye week. Washington also gets former Eagle DeSean Jackson back this week from an injury. Unlike the Eagles Washington has a trip to Foxborough this coming weekend. Oof. (LWR 22)

24. Cleveland Browns (2-6) ~ Josh McCown has had a remarkable year but he won't be able to add to those numbers this week. The signal-caller has been ruled out for Thursday's match-up against the unbeaten Bengals. (LWR 23)

25. Dallas Cowboys (2-5) ~ It is now five straight losses since Tony Romo broke his collarbone. Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden have been dreadful filling in and the season is quickly going down the drain after a 2-0 start. (LWR 21)

26. Chicago Bears (2-5) ~ Matt Forte had to leave the last game due to an injury and his status going forward is unknown. He has been the bulk of Chicago's offense since he came into the league. Big loss for the Bears if he has to miss extended time. (LWR 26)

27. Baltimore Ravens (2-6) ~ Another game decided by one score only this time the Ravens came out on top. They did suffer a big loss, however, when top wideout Steve Smith Sr. tore his achilles. He, of course, is done for the year. (LWR 29)

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) ~ After seeing what Drew Brees did to the Giants defense Jameis Winston has to be licking his chops with a date in New York coming up this weekend. (LWR 30)

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) ~ In their last game they beat Buffalo who was starting a backup quarterback and this week they get the Jets who may very well be starting a backup quarterback as well. Could the Jags keep pace in the weak AFC South? (LWR 31)

30. Detroit Lions (1-7) ~ A new offensive coordinator didn't help Matthew Stafford and the Lions as they mustered just 10 points across the pond. Perhaps they can regroup after the bye. (LWR 27)

31. San Francisco 49ers (2-6) ~ Vernon Davis has been traded to Denver. Colin Kaepernick has been benched. Backup Reggie Bush, starting for the injured Carlos Hyde, is not out for the year. Who exactly will be lining up on the offensive side of the ball for San Fran? (LWR 28)

32. Tennessee Titans (1-6) ~ Ken Whisenhunt became the second coach to receive his pink slip this year. The Titans are 3-20 under his watch. I'm not a math major but that just doesn't seem to be very good. (LWR 32)

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