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My Week 8 NFL Power Rankings 2017 Edition

Updated on October 31, 2017

NFL Power Rankings

Happy Halloween! Happy possible World Series clincher! Happy new NFL Power Rankings! Happy NFL trade deadline day! There’s a lot of happiness going around on a day meant for fear. I feared that with everything going on today I wouldn’t be able to squeeze in my latest power rankings, but then I thought how scary that might be for all of you waiting patiently out there for this update every week. Can’t disappoint the fans now can I?

1. New England Patriots (6-2) ~ For the second time this year the Patriots have traded one of Tom Brady’s backups. This time it was Jimmy Garoppolo who is the newest member of the San Francisco 49ers. He did get himself a Super Bowl ring last season, but moving from one of the league’s best teams to one of its worst has to smart for Jimmy G. Even if he will be afforded more playing time out by the bay than he would in New England. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Philadelphia Eagles (7-1) ~ The Patriots aren’t the only team making trades. Philadelphia, owners of the best record in the NFL, has bolstered their running attack by acquiring Jay Ajayi from Miami for a fourth round pick. The Eagles had three fourth rounders in next year’s draft so to obtain a player of Ajayi’s ability for one of those is a steal in my mind. (LWR 2)

3. Seattle Seahawks (5-2) ~ Can you say game of the year? The Seahawks and Texans traded haymakers, and the lead, in Seattle Sunday afternoon with both quarterbacks tossing four touchdowns and going over 400 yards. Russell Wilson got the best of Deshaun Watson in this one, but boy was in entertaining. (LWR 3)

4. Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) ~ Kareem Hunt has taken the NFL, and the fantasy world, by storm this season. At the halfway mark he leads the league with 763 yards rushing. What is a little troubling, however, is that even with all that success he hasn’t found the end zone since Week Three. Odds are that’s simply a fluke, but it is certainly worth noting. (LWR 4)

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) ~ Last week I mentioned that Martavis Bryant wants out of Pittsburgh. He was benched for those comments and in his place was JuJu Smith-Schuster, a rookie second-rounder out of USC. All he did Sunday night in Detroit was catch seven passes for 193 yards and a score. Small sample size, sure, but I think the Steelers would be just fine if Bryant were to leave town. (LWR 5)

6. Los Angeles Rams (5-2) ~ Boring. I get it. The first six teams are the same as they were a week ago. Pretty simple to do rankings when nobody moves up or down, right? Well, maybe. The Rams didn’t play last week and this week play the hapless Giants. Extra rest and a matchup with a one-win team? Sounds good for L.A. That said, something smells fishy about this one. I’m smelling a trap game here. (LWR 6)

7. Minnesota Vikings (6-2) ~ The Vikes are riding a four-game win streak into their bye as they sit atop the NFC North. They’re doing this without Sam Bradford. They’re doing this without Dalvin Cook. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Minnesota is the biggest surprise team since they are winning with players they didn’t think would have a prominent role this year. (LWR 7)

8. Dallas Cowboys (4-3) ~ Ezekiel Elliott watch episode eight. The suspension is back on. For now. Elliott’s six-game suspension has been reinstated and as of now he will be on the sideline when Dallas takes the field. At least until the next injunction. When will this saga end? (LWR 8)

9. New Orleans Saints (5-2) ~ Another week and another Saints win. That’s five in a row for New Orleans. The defense has looked much, much better and as long as that keeps up they will be very dangerous in the playoffs. Especially if they play at home. Their only two losses are to Minnesota and New England who are both division leaders at the halfway mark. (LWR 9)

10. Atlanta Falcons (4-3) ~ They avoided the season sweep by the AFC East in a comeback win over the Jets. The fact that Atlanta’s losses are all out of conference helps. The fact that their next game is against a divisional rival can also help. If they win. (LWR 10)

11. Carolina Panthers (5-3) ~ Carolina is 5-3 and in the thick of things in the NFC South. Can someone explain to me why they just traded away Kelvin Benjamin who is their best receiver? Talk about a puzzler. (LWR 13)

12. Buffalo Bills (5-2) ~ Buffalo has a 61% chance of making the playoffs. If they can finally break through if will be their first trip to the postseason since 1999 which is the longest current drought in the NFL. Even the Browns have been to the postseason more recently than the Bills. Think about that for a minute. I’ll wait. (LWR 14)

13. Houston Texans (3-4) ~ Since the Texans have been a franchise, their collective quarterback play has been shoddy at best. Deshaun Watson has flipped that script. The electrifying rookie could probably miss the rest of the season and take home Rookie of the Year honors. He can’t do it all himself, however. The Texans are allowing just under 27 points per game, which means they are going to have to win some shootouts. I guess that’s to be expected for a team that plays in Texas. (LWR 11)

14. Washington Redskins (3-4) ~ Three of their four losses are within the division which all but ends Washington’s hopes at the NFC East title. They do still have a shot at a wild card, but they can’t afford to pick up too many more losses along the way. A Sunday road trip to Seattle looms very large for their playoff chances. (LWR 12)

15. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-3) ~ Last week I said the Jags were due for a clunker. Turns out, it was me who was due for a clunker as Jacksonville had a bye. Maybe that means they missed their bad game and they will play well against the Bengals at home. It all lines up for a sure win. What could go wrong? (LWR 18)

16. Detroit Lions (3-4) ~ There are rumors swirling that Calvin Johnson is entertaining a return to the NFL. Easily one of the best receivers ever to play the game that would have to be music to Detroit’s fans ears. The only problem is that the rumors don’t have him returning to play for the only team he’s known in the NFL. Certainly interesting enough to keep an eye on. (LWR 15)

17. Denver Broncos (3-4) ~ Is the Trevor Siemian era nearing an end in Denver? Since throwing four touchdowns in a Week Two romp over Dallas, Denver’s quarterback has just three touchdowns against eight interceptions over his last five games. Are we nearing an instance in which Brock Osweiler will be back under center in Denver? Is that even a good thing? (LWR 15)

18. Green Bay Packers (4-3) ~ Brett Hundley has had an extra week to prepare for life as a starter in the NFL. The Packers will need to see a marked improvement in his play if they are going to have any shot at competing with Aaron Rodgers on the mend. (LWR 19)

19. Oakland Raiders (3-5) ~ Life as a Raiders fan can’t be fun. They were a laughingstock for more than a decade after their last Super Bowl appearance before showing promise last year. Then came Derek Carr’s injury. That led Raiders’s fans to have hope for 2017 only to see their team revert to sucking yet again. Just brutal. (LWR 17)

20. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) ~ It took a late defensive touchdown to avoid an upset at the hands of the Colts. That defensive touchdown could have saved their season. There’s a big, big difference between being 3-4 or 2-5. (LWR 22)

21. Tennessee Titans (4-3) ~ Corey Davis, the number five overall pick in last year’s draft, is set to return to action this weekend. That will give Marcus Mariota another reliable weapon and could help open up the passing game. Davis has only played one full game in the NFL due to a hamstring injury, and in that game he caught six passes for 69 yards. There’s a reason he was the first receiver taken in the draft. That can only help Tennessee. (LWR 23)

22. Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) ~ Joey Bosa is a beast. The Chargers defensive end took down Tom Brady over the weekend for his 19th career sack in just his 20th career game. That is the most ever to start a career. He was a force in college and thus far that has transitioned well to life in the pros. (LWR 20)

23. Baltimore Ravens (4-4) ~ Yes, the Ravens won their last game 40-0. That is quite the feat. I know. But, I still don’t believe in them. Especially if Joe Flacco misses time due to a concussion. As awful as he has been this season, and he has been awful, he is the best option the Ravens have at quarterback. No way fans in Baltimore will be brimming with confidence if Ryan Mallett is starting games. (LWR 26)

24. Miami Dolphins (4-3) ~ Miami is scoring just a hair over 13 points per game which is worst in the league. Trading away Jay Ajayi won’t help matters as the Dolphins will now turn to Damien Williams and Kenyon Drake as the primary ball carriers. (LWR 21)

25. Chicago Bears (3-5) ~ I feel like there have been a lot of gruesome injuries across the world of sports lately. Most recently, that of Bears tight end Zach Miller who dislocated his knee in New Orleans Sunday afternoon. He underwent emergency surgery and there was a chance he could have lost his leg. That….shouldn’t happen in sports. Best wishes for a full recovery to Miller. (LWR 24)

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-5) ~ Tampa certainly has offensive weapons with Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Cameron Brate et al. But they also have Doug Martin who isn't producing like he has in years past. The Bucs are averaging just 81 yards per game on the ground which is 29th in the NFL. They need more balance in their offensive attack, especially with Jameis Winston hurting. (LWR 25)

27. New York Jets (3-5) ~ The fact that the Jets have three wins is amazing in and of itself according to most preseason predictions. What's more amazing is how close they are to being 6-2. They had a shot to win each of their last three games against good competition (Patriots, Bills, Falcons) and came up just short. Imagine a world where the Jets are 6-2 and leading their division. Now that's scary. (LWR 27)

28. Arizona Cardinals (3-4) ~ Reports are out that David Johnson will not play again this season. Did anyone realistically think he would be back? Especially if they are out of contention? Why is this news? (LWR 28)

29. Indianapolis Colts (2-6) ~ They came oh so close to picking up a win in Cincy, but fell short once again. Indy's only two wins this year have come against the only two teams in the league still searching for their first wins. (LWR 30)

30. New York Giants (1-6) ~ Janoris Jenkins has been suspended indefinitely by the team for showing up a day late after the bye week. His extra day off has now turned into an extended vacation. (LWR 29)

31. San Francisco 49ers (0-8) ~ The C.J. Beathard era in San Fran may be ending with the arrival of JImmy Garoppolo. His arrival may have also ended the Kirk Cousins era in San Fran before it even started. (LWR 31)

32. Cleveland Browns (0-8) ~ In a move that can only be described as very Cleveland Browns-ish, the Browns bungled a trade for a new quarterback simply because they didn't call it in before the deadline. Word is the trade for A.J. McCarron was completed before the deadline passed and simply not called in. That's the kind of thing that gets someone fired. (LWR 32)

That's all she wrote folks. Or that's all I wrote. He. I brought this on myself didn't I.....Anyway.... Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave them right here. Or if that's not good enough you can follow/harass me on Twitter. Handle is in my profile. It wouldn't be the biggest waste of your time.


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