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Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

Updated on October 30, 2012

Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

We are nearing the halfway point of the season and the NFC is showing its dominance. Each of the division leaders have at least six wins with four others coming in with records of .500 or better. As for the AFC you ask? Well, they have one team with at least six wins (Houston) and only two with at least five! Now, wins don't necessarily mean anything until the playoffs come along; just ask the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants about that. But they are important. Without them, you don't get into those playoffs. With the frontrunners in the NFC things are becoming clear at who has a shot when 2013 rolls around. The AFC, however, is a bit murkier. But I am not here to predict the future. I tried that in my playoff predictor blog at the beginning of the year. I am here to tell you who is good right now. And all you have to do is keep on reading.

1. Atlanta Falcons (7-0) The Falcons soared into Philly and dismantled the Eagles defense under new coordinator Todd Bowles by scoring on their first six possessions. They picked up their first win in the city of brotherly love since 1988 in the process. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Houston Texans (6-1) Houston will welcome (maybe) back Mario Williams this weekend as he returns to the team that took him number one overall in 2006 as a member of the Buffalo Bills. The money may be nice but he left a really good team in Houston. (LWR 2)

3. New York Giants (5-2) I watched this game with my parents who are Giants fans and joked about what a laugher the game was going to be when it was 23-0 in the second quarter. Little did I, or they, know that they would win by a fingertip. Dez Bryant's fingertips touched out of bounds on what looked like a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds. New York survives the scare. (LWR 3)

4. Chicago Bears (6-1) Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. The Bears erased a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to escape the massive upset bid by the Carolina Panthers. Chicago maintains its cushion atop the NFC North. (LWR 4)

5. San Francisco 49ers (6-2) The Niners gave up seven yards rushing to Arizona Monday night. Seven. 7. One less than eight. FOR A WHOLE GAME. That.....says it all. (LWR 6)

6. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) Baltimore heads to AFC North doormat Cleveland on Sunday looking to maintain their lead on the fast-charging Pittsburgh Steelers. They should win this one handily. (LWR 5)

7. New England Patriots (5-3) New England made England feel like home this past week by scoring 45 unanswered points in a rout of the St. Louis Rams. I don't know what was more embarrassing: the Rams performance or the Gronk's touchdown dance in which he impersonated a British guard. (LWR 7)

8. Green Bay Packers (5-3) Since taking over the starting role for Cedric Benson running back Alex Green is averaging 2.4 yards per carry. Aaron Rodgers may have to do it all himself this year if the Packres don't bolster the run game by the trade deadline. (LWR 8)

9. Denver Broncos (4-3) Peyton Manning is officially back after throwing for more than 300 yards in his sixth consecutive game. Up next on the schedule? Cincinnati and Carolina. Not exactly a murderer's row. (LWR 12)

10. Minnesota Vikings (5-3) Thursday's loss to Tampa Bay was bad. I mean real bad. But Thursday games are always bad so I give the Vikes a pass. For now. (LWR 9)

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) No Rashard Mendenhall, no Isaac Redman, no problem for the Steelers. In their workmanlike ways Johnathan Dwyer has rushed for over 100 yards in back-to-back games. The Steelers aren't far off the Ravens and have two games left against them this year. (LWR 14)

12. Seattle Seahawks (4-4) I never bought into the hype surrounding Seattle this year but their upcoming game against Minnesota has some serious playoff implications. I did not see that coming at the beginning of the year. (LWR 10)

13. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) I may be showing a bit of homerism here. I admit it fully. While the Eagles did lose after a bye week for the first time under Andy Reid (now they are 13-1) I can't penalize them too much for losing to the only undefeated team left. That said, they need to give the ball to LeSean McCoy more. A lot more. (LWR 11)

14. Miami Dolphins (4-3) The biggest jumpers of the week. They dismantled the Jets in New York without their starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill who left with a knee injury. They play the resurgent Indianapolis Colts this week in another surprise game with playoff implications. (LWR 20)

15. Indianapolis Colts (4-3) Well, I guess the Colts tie for biggest jump this week. Whoever wins this game has officially surprised the hell out of me for this year. (LWR 21)

16. Arizona Cardinals (4-4) They won four in a row and then they lost four in a row. At least they have symmetry on their side. (LWR 13)

17. Detroit Lions (3-4) Has the Madden Curse struck again? Megatron has only one touchdown grab this year and it wasn't even thrown by Matthew Stafford. Will the real Calvin Johnson please stand up? (LWR 19)

18, Dallas Cowboys (3-4) Jason Witten went into beast mode to help Dallas crawl out of a 23-0 hole against the Giants with a team record 18 receptions. It wasn't enough to get the win but damn was that impressive. (LWR 17)

19. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) Well, the Bengals didn't lose last week thanks to the bye. This week, however, they welcome in Peyton Manning who is in a beast mode of his own lately. (LWR 19)

20. Washington Redskins (3-5) Back-to-back losses have snapped the Skins out of their hog heaven. A win against lowly Carolina before their bye week is a must. (LWR 16)

21. San Diego Chargers (3-4) Like the Eagles the Chargers are in freefall mode. Unlike the Eagles the Chargers lost to the woeful Cleveland Browns in a game in which they allowed as many points as the Cardinals had yards rushing. That's right. Seven. (LWR 15)

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) In the last three games Josh Freeman has a 9:1 touchdown to interception ratio. Dude is lighting it up and could not be more under the radar. (LWR 24)

23. New York Jets (3-5) They should be lower, but really, who else is better that is left? That's what I thought. At least Shonn Greene looked good for the third week in a row. (LWR 22)

24. St. Louis Rams (3-5) The shine is starting to wear off but the Rams have a bye this week and then play at San Francisco. A win there would put them at 3-0 in the division and keep things interesting out west. (LWR 23)

25. Oakland Raiders (3-4) Darren McFadden rushed for a season high 114 yards against the Chiefs this weekend. If he can get going they aren't out of it yet. (LWR 28)

26. New Orleans Saints (2-5) At the beginning of the year I circled this upcoming Monday nighter against my Eagles as must see TV. Now it is just a must win if either of these teams hope to save their season. (LWR 25)

27. Buffalo Bills (3-4) The Bills can get back to .500 and back in the AFC East race with a win. The problem is their next game is in Houston against the top team in the entire ARC. (LWR 27)

28. Tennessee Titans (3-5) The best thing the Titans could do was stick with Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback. Jake Locker may be the future but he doesn't appear ready just yet. (LWR 26)

29. Cleveland Browns (2-6) The Browns are 2-2 at home and 0-4 on the road. Up next, Baltimore at home. A win could really hurt Baltimore's hopes of a division title. (LWR 30)

30. Carolina Panthers (1-6) The Panthers can't seem to stop blowing fourth quarter leads. If they hang on if half of those this is a .500 or better team instead of one headed for a top three draft pick next year. (LWR 29)

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6) They may have lost MoJo but they certainly found some team mojo nearly pulling off the upset bid in Green Bay. (LWR 31)

32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-6) The Brady Quinn era may already be over after suffering a concussion last week. If he is not cleared to play Sunday Matt Cassel regains his job. (LWR 32)


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