Another week of NFL action means another shakeup in the top ten of the power rankings. Injuries and subpar play by many teams have resulted in a wild first seven weeks of the year. How will it all shake out? We will see.
1. New England Patriots (7-0)
Last week: 1
The Patriots won yet again this week pushing them to 7-0. They are undoubtedly the best team in the NFL in all three phases of the game. It is becoming more and more conceivable the Patriots could go undefeated and pretty obvious they will have yet another bye in the AFC playoffs.
Week 8: vs CLE; Sunday 4:25pm ET
2. New Orleans Saints (6-1)
Last Week: 2
The Saints went into Chicago against the vaunted Bears defense without their starting QB, RB, and TE. That did not stop them though, as Teddy Bridgewater improved to 5-0 as a starter in place of the injured Drew Brees. To go along with a talented offense, the Saints’ defense has been impressive. New Orleans looks to get Drew Brees back in the next few weeks along with Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook. They should be the odds on favorite to win the NFC this year.
Week 8: vs ARI; Sunday 1:00pm ET
3. San Francisco 49ers (6-0)
Last Week: 3
The 49ers won a sloppy, rainy game in Washington on Sunday. Their defense played well again, and their offense did just enough to get Robbie Gould three field goals. Nine points were all the 49ers needed to improve to 6-0. With the Seahawks losing this week, the 49ers control their own destiny in the NFC West. If they can take one of two games left against Seattle, look for the 49ers to be relaxing at home with a bye come the playoffs.
Week 8: @ CAR; Sunday 4:05pm ET
4. Green Bay Packers (6-1)
Last Week: 5
Aaron Rodgers was on fire on Sunday. He threw for 429 yards with five TDs along with another touchdown run against Oakland. Head coach Matt LaFleur has seen the Packers offense have a resurgence this season even without Davante Adams the past few weeks. The NFC North is tough, but Green Bay looks to be the best team by far through seven weeks.
Week 8: @ KC; Sunday 8:20pm ET
5. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
Last Week: 7
Realistically, the Chiefs are a top-five team with Patrick Mahomes. With Matt Moore taking over for the three to five weeks Mahomes is out, the Chiefs will face some difficulties, including a matchup with Green Bay next week. Once Mahomes is back, the Chiefs once again are the main threat to keep New England out of the Super Bowl.
Week 8: vs GB; Sunday 8:20pm ET
6. Buffalo Bills (5-1)
Last Week: 8
The Bills just keep winning. Even with a light schedule, their defense is a top-five unit, and their offense does just enough to win them games. With the AFC being pretty horrendous this year, the Bills have a very good shot at making it to the playoffs.
Week 8: vs PHI; Sunday 1:00pm ET
7. Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
Last Week: 9
The Ravens pulled off their most impressive win of the season by going into Seattle and thumping the Seahawks. Lamar Jackson continues to grow, and Marcus Peters took a Russell Wilson pick to the house in his first game with Baltimore. I love the fire and emotion from Lamar Jackson and believe the Ravens, barring injuries, should lock up the AFC North.
Week 8: BYE
8. Seattle Seahawks (5-2)
Last Week: 4
The Seahawks had no answers for Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Russell Wilson threw his first interception of the year but still remains a favorite to win MVP. With the year the 49ers are having and the always dangerous Rams, Seattle will have a tough road ahead to win the NFC West.
Week 8: @ ATL; Sunday 1:00pm ET
9. Minnesota Vikings (5-2)
Last Week: 12
Kirk Cousins and the Vikings have been on fire ever since they looked anemic in Chicago. With so many weapons, the Vikings can keep up with any offense in the NFL but will need this version of Kirk Cousins to continue to show out consistently.
Week 8: vs WAS; Thursday 8:20pm ET
10. Carolina Panthers (4-2)
Last Week: 10
Coming off a bye, the Panthers will look to give San Francisco their first loss of the season. Kyle Allen continues to play well, and Christian McCaffrey is a legit MVP candidate. A win Sunday will go a long way in showing how real Ron Rivera‘s team is.
Week 8: vs SF; Sunday 4:05pm ET
11. Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
Last Week: 13
Back-to-back impressive wins by Indianapolis have pushed them into first place in the AFC South. Jacoby Brissett threw for four touchdowns against Houston at home to secure the win. The Colts defense continues to prove they are legitimate, and general manager Chris Ballard has provided the team with great depth on both offense and defense.
Week 8: vs DEN; Sunday 1:00pm ET
12. Houston Texans (4-3)
Last Week: 6
Divisional games are tough, but the Texans offense did not play up to its potential on Sunday. If the Texans want to win the AFC South and make the playoffs, they will need to get a better showing from their offense early in games along with a much better overall showing on defense.
Week 8: vs OAK; Sunday 4:25pm ET
13. Los Angeles Rams (4-3)
Last Week: 16
The Rams offense was back on Sunday, though it was against the pitiful Atlanta Falcons defense. Jalen Ramsey made his debut by forcing a fumble and holding Julio Jones to under 100 yards. If the Rams can build off a performance like that going forward, they may still have a shot in the NFC West.
Week 8: vs CIN (London); Sunday 1:00pm ET
14. Dallas Cowboys (4-3)
Last Week: 18
The Cowboys offense came back to life this week against Philadelphia. The Cowboys still have some issues, though, so it will be interesting to see how they fare going forward. They lead the worst division in football right now and have a good shot to win it, but they cannot have any more games like they did against the Jets.
Week 8: BYE
15. Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1)
Last Week: 19
The Cardinals offense continues to impress. Kyler Murray is playing like the first overall pick. With some tougher tests down the road for Arizona, we will see what they are made of and how Murray grows.
Week 8: @ NO; Sunday 1:00pm ET
16. Oakland Raiders (3-3)
Last Week: 14
The Raiders offense has been very impressive this season, and rookie RB Josh Jacobs is a big reason why. The Raiders hung in there with the Packers on Sunday, but Aaron Rodgers was too much. The Raiders will continue to improve and look for a playoff spot, but it will be tough to top the Chiefs in the AFC West.
Week 8: @ HOU; Sunday 4:25pm ET
17. Detroit Lions (2-3-1)
Last Week: 15
After two straight tough losses to the Packers and Vikings, the Lions find themselves last in the NFC North. They are certainly a team to watch, as their offense has been playing at a high level. They may not be able to make the playoffs this year, but they are going to continue to fight week in and week out.
Week 8: vs NYG; Sunday 1:00pm ET
18. Chicago Bears (3-3)
Last Week: 11
The Bears offense is as bad as it gets, especially with all of the hype they got over the offseason. Mitchell Trubisky does not look like the answer at QB, and head coach Matt Nagy only ran the ball seven times in a blowout loss to the Saints. Things will need to change quickly if the Bears want to find themselves in the playoffs again.
Week 8: vs LAC; Sunday 1:00pm ET
19. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
Last Week: 17
The Eagles looked terrible on Sunday night against the Cowboys. The offense couldn’t get going, and the defense was bad once again. If they can’t fix their defense, there is no way the Eagles come close to the playoffs.
Week 8: @ BUF; 1:00pm ET
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4)
Last Week: 20
The Steelers are coming off a bye and look to be getting QB Mason Rudolph back. They will be a stubborn team for anyone to play, so look for them to be spoilers for the rest of the year.
Week 8: vs MIA; Monday 8:15pm ET
21. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4)
Last Week: 24
The Jaguars’ offense once again did not look great, but their defense was dominant against Cincinnati. It will be tough for the Jaguars to make the playoffs this year, but if they can find that Minshew magic again on offense, you never know.
Week 8: vs NYJ; Sunday 1:00pm ET
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4)
Last Week: 22
Tampa Bay’s offense has been high-powered, but Jameis Winston makes too many mistakes for the Buccaneers to have a shot at anything this year. Tampa Bay will be looking for a QB come the offseason.
Week 8: @ TEN; Sunday 1:00pm
23. Cleveland Browns (2-4)
Last Week: 25
The Browns have an impressive win over the Ravens this year and that is it. They have struggled on both sides of the ball as Baker Mayfield is going through a really rough stretch. They will need some help to get past the Ravens in the AFC North.
Week 8: @ NE; Sunday 4:25pm ET
24. Denver Broncos (2-5)
Last Week: 23
The Broncos have a lot of work to do on offense. Their defense is not much better either. The Broncos will be another team looking for a QB this offseason as Joe Flacco‘s time in the NFL is coming to an end.
Week 8: @ IND; Sunday 1:00pm ET
25. Tennessee Titans (3-4)
Last Week: 28
Ryan Tannehill was pretty good in Sunday’s win against the Chargers. The Titans benched Marcus Mariota after a rough first six games and gave Tannehill the start. The Titans defense has been dominant all year, giving up only 16 points per game. If Tannehill plays well the rest of the year, the Titans may resign him and draft a QB to develop behind him next season.
Week 8: vs TB; Sunday 1:00pm ET
26. Los Angeles Chargers (2-5)
Last Week: 21
The Chargers have had problems on offense all year, and it continued Sunday against Tennessee. Melvin Gordon fumbled with 15 seconds left at the one-yard line to choke the game away. It doesn’t look like the Chargers are going to dig themselves out of the hole they are in.
Week 8: @ CHI; Sunday 1:00pm ET
27. New York Jets (1-5)
Last Week: 26
The Jets went up against New England on Monday night but didn’t stand a chance from the get-go. A week ago, they pounced on the Cowboys early and showed what a healthy Sam Darnold could do. Going forward for the Jets, it will be about implementing this offense and having Darnold improve in year two.
Week 8: vs JAX; Sunday 1:00pm ET
28. New York Giants (2-5)
Last Week: 27
The Giants defense couldn’t contain Chase Edmonds on Sunday, which led to three touchdowns for the backup RB. Even with the loss, if Daniel Jones can improve, that is all that matters in a season like this for the Giants.
Week 8: @ DET: Sunday 1:00pm ET
29. Atlanta Falcons (1-6)
Last Week: 29
The Falcons have the worst defense in the NFL, and it looks like head coach Dan Quinn will be out sooner rather than later. It is officially a lost season for the Falcons after having high hopes coming into the year. They will need to address their defense this offseason in a big way.
Week 8: vs SEA; Sunday 1:00pm ET
30. Washington Redskins (1-6)
Last Week: 30
A sloppy game could have given the Redskins a major upset, but their offense, like the 49ers, could not get going. San Francisco was able to hit three field goals to put the game away 9-0. Washington has some pieces to work with going into next year, and the development of Dwayne Haskins is the most important thing going forward.
Week 8: @ MIN; Thursday 8:20pm ET
31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-7)
Last Week: 31
The Bengals’ offense is pretty bad right now, and we all know Andy Dalton is not the answer. A top-three pick next year will give the Bengals a fresh start at quarterback.
Week 8: @ LAR (London); Sunday 1:00pm ET
32. Miami Dolphins (0-6)
Last Week: 32
The Dolphins showed up and gave the Bills a game on Sunday but were outmatched in the end. Miami seems poised to end up with next year’s first overall pick, which should be used on a QB.
Week 8: @ PIT; Monday 8:15pm ET
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