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Week 8 Power Rankings

Updated on October 25, 2011

We saw a number of upsets this weekend, ending with the Ravens getting beat by the Jaguars on Monday Night Football. We watched the Colts give up 62 points on prime time TV to the Saints, and saw the Packers get tested in Minnesota, only to prevail at the end.

There is so much parody in the league this year its hard to rank the teams, but after researching their play thus far combined with their record and remaining schedule, I've listed the teams one through thirty-two. And here they are:

Week 8 Power Rankings

Green Bay Packers
This team is on the brink of getting beat. It's going to happen eventually, but who will be the team to take them down?
New England Patriots
Even with a poor defense this team still finds a way to get it done under Belichick
New Orleans Saints
Granted, they were playing the Indianapolis Colts, but to put up 62 points is pretty impressive under any circumstance.
New York Giants
The Giants are going to have some players coming back from injury so I only see this team getting better. Let's hope they don't have a second half let down like usual.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have shown they can beat legitmate teams and coming off a bye week they should be ready to take the division heading into mid season
Houston Texans
There is so much parody in the NFL this year it's tough to rank teams starting at this pick. Houston is coming off an impressive win over rival Tennessee, and look to have the division in hand.
Pittsburgh Steelers
This team is starting to put it together and after watching the Ravens last night, they may be the front runners to win the division again.
Buffalo Bills
The Bills can score points with anyone but the defense gives up too many points and unless they can take the ball away, they will continue to lose more games.
Detroit Lions
The Lions are coming off two straight home losses, which is tough, because their schedule doesn't get any easier going forward. The lack of a running game is killing this team and unless they can get it together quick, it's going to turn into a long season.
Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons beat the Lions and are on a streak here, but losing to the Buccaneers keeps them down the list a little.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
You never know what you're going to get with this team, they could be higher or lower on this list. I see them dropping off with no running backs healthy anymore.
New York Jets
Back to back wins has this team back on the winning track and trying to play catch up with New England and Buffalo.
Baltimore Ravens
After a lack luster performance last night, I'm wondering if the inconsistent Flaaco is capable of leading this team to the promise land. The defense is getting old so it's now or never.
San Diego Chargers
I wasn't a believer in this team going into the weekend, and I'm certainly not after them falling to the Jets.
Cincinnati Bengals
Suprisingly the Bengals are 4-2 and coming off a bye week they should be rested and ready to go.
Chicago Bears
The Bears are slowly coming back and working their way into the mix of playoff talks midway through the season. They still have a long way to go.
Oakland Raiders
What a disappointing performance last weekend, but heading into a bye and getting Palmer acclimated into the offense should help this team.
Kansas City Chiefs
All of a sudden a team that looked like they couldn't win a game is sitting at .500 Look for them to play an upset roll cause I still don't think they have enough to take the division this year over the two teams ahead of them.
Dallas Cowboys
A running game is finally rearing it's head in Dallas and making this team a bigger threat in the NFC
Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are finally coming off a victory, as well as a bye week so they should be ready to turn things around.
Jacksonville Jaguars
After looking extremely impressive defensively last night against the Ravens their is some hope, but only some because they can't score points.
Minnesota Vikings
Probably the best one win team, they played the Packers tough under rookie QB Christian Ponder. Optimism exists in Minnesota again.
Carolina Panthers
After 7 games it looks like Cam is going to be the real deal. This team will continue to get better.
Tennessee Titans
Chris Johnson apparently needs to look in the mirror after a horrible start to the 2011 season where he held out of the preseason and training camp for a new contract. Earn that money!
Washington Redskins
Why do I have a 1-6 Vikings team ahead of the Skins? Because they don't know who they are. Issues at QB and now multiple injuries at key positions has this team going no where.
Cleveland Browns
7th ranked defense in the NFL but one of the worst offenses in the league. Unless they can get something going they will be in for a long stretch playing the Steelers and Ravens each twice still.
Denver Broncos
Tebow time. I'm not as excited or optimistic about their chances moving forward. Tebow is not a QB, but he has heart and is a great athlete, which will not win too many games at this level.
Seattle Seahawks
Putting up three points against the Browns shows me this team has no offense. You can't rely on one player (Lynch) like the commentators were stating during the entire game.
Arizona Cardinals
Beanie Wells can't stay on the field which means doom for this team with no running game.
St. Louis Rams
This team is bad at all phases of the game and may get rid of their coach before the year is over.
Indianapolis Colts
Devasting thumping to the Saints has this team pointing fingers, but you can only point to one person in my opinion, Jim Caldwell. Time to cut him loose.
Miami Dolphins
They almost got their first win but letting Tebow come back from 15 down with four minutes left makes it easy to put them under the Colts on this list.

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    • Whimsical Chair profile image

      Whimsical Chair 6 years ago

      I'm surprised that you have the Steelers ranked at 7th. You must know something that I'm not aware off. I enjoy reading your rankings.

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      free-l-ramswriter 6 years ago

      Excellent comments about the Redskins

    • Bigpayno profile image

      Bigpayno 6 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Thanks for the comments guys. I do like the Giants coming off the bye week. I think it may be too late for the Eagles, especially with their schedule and having four losses already. As for the Patriots being over rated, I hate them more than anyone since I live here in Indy but you can't deny what Belichick is able to do with that team. The 49ers really need to prove they can consistently beat talented teams, but that's hard when you play the Rams, Cardinals, and Seahawks each twice a season.

      As we saw last night though, you never know who's going to win any given game this year.

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      Simon Cook 6 years ago from NJ, USA

      I'd say look out for the Giants or Eagles - Giants havea lot of players coming back from injury and are looking good for a long run in the playoffs - the Eagles - if they can stop turnovers and shore up the defense then they have a good outside chance. Of course, the colts are going to win their next 9 games, sneak into the playoffs and win the Superbowl!

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      JasonCulley 6 years ago from Cheyenne, WY

      Perfect time for a bye week Paul. We need to get some people healthy this week off including McFadden, Janikowski, Johnson, Reece just to name a few. Hindsight is 20/20 but I think Palmer should have been in there to start against the Chiefs. He couldn't have done any worse to start the game?

      Good reading Bigpayno, I enjoyed.

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      Paul Edmondson 6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I think the New England Patriots are over rated. The offense is strong, but the defense is too weak.

      I also think the 49ers are over rated. They've been playing with an emotional uplift that is hard to sustain. It's going to take improvements in the passing game for them to get better.

      I think the Raiders with a healthy Mcfadden and Carson learning the playbook, can make a run in the AFC. Good timing for a bye week.

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      Bigpayno 6 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Thanks so much!

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      Ryan Fuller 6 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      My New Orleans Saints looked good this last sunday. So glad to see us in the top five. I am hoping for another trip to the Super bowl. good sports up. voted up and useful.