NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

NFL Power Rankings: Week 8
October 22, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Week 7 has come and gone. Here are our NFL power rankings heading into Week 8 of the season.

Rank Team Record  

1.

LW: 4

 (7-0)

When you’re the only remaining undefeated in the NFL, you deserve to claim the No. 1 spot.

2.

LW: 5

 (6-1)

As expected, after trouncing the Cardinals on Thursday night, the Seahawks are making the NFC West a two-horse race with the 49ers.

3.

LW: 1

 (6-1)

Peyton Manning was pressured all night and had his first subpar game of the season. Opposing defenses will be studying the Colts game plan for the rest of the year.

4.

LW: 3

 (5-1)

Coming off a bye, the Saints will play 3 of their next four at the Superdome.

5.

LW: 6

 (5-2)

Colin Kaepernick is clearly more comfortable with a run-heavy offense. San Francisco has reeled off four straight wins.

6.

LW: 2

 (5-2)

If not for a questionable (at best) call on the Jets game-winning field goal, Rob Gronkowski’s return could’ve been celebrated with a win.

7.

LW: 7

 (4-2)

It’s great to hear Jermichael Finley is up and moving around after being carted off the field against Cleveland. Football should take a back seat to his health.

8.

LW: 8

 (5-2)

Andrew Luck outduels Peyton Manning, yet Colts owner Jim Irsay steals headlines for spouting off (once again) on twitter about the “haters.”

9.

LW: 10

 (5-2)

A.J. Green (155 yds, TD) finally broke out after a quiet four weeks and the team is building a reputation of winning close games.

10.

LW: 13

 (4-3)

The NFC East in an embarrassment of a division, but someone has to lead it.

11.

LW: 11

 (4-3)

It’s good to see Calvin Johnson return to his elite status, but the Lions were outplayed when it mattered most against Cincinnati – in the final moments of the fourth quarter.

12.

LW: 9

 (4-3)

Time for former Bearkat Josh McCown to keep the Bears afloat while Jay Cutler (groin) misses the next four weeks.

13.

LW: 12

 (3-4)

Quote the Raven, never more. Torrey Smith on Twitter: “Off to the radio show. Sucks after a loss.”

14.

LW: 15

 (4-3)

The Chargers defense has allowed just 15 points in its last two games heading into the bye week.

15.

LW: 14

 (3-3)

It feels like years ago when the Dolphins took down the Colts in Indianapolis. Miami has lost three straight.

16.

LW: 22

 (4-3)

Rex bests The Hoodie once again. Hard to believe the Jets are just a game out of first in the AFC East.

17.

LW: 21

 (3-3)

It’s not so much an indication of how good the Panthers are, but how bad back half of the NFL is right now.

18.

LW: 17

 (3-4)

Philly fans are officially off the Nick Foles bandwagon after jumping on board when he relieved Michael Vick two weeks ago.

19.

LW: 16

 (3-4)

It’s moving to see how the Titan players have remembered Bud Adams in the days after his passing.

20.

LW: 28

 (2-4)

The Steel Curtain is on its way back in Pittsburgh. Omar Epps clone Mike Tomlin is proving once again he’s one of the better coaches in the NFL.

21.

LW: 26

 (3-4)

Grabbing their first win away from upstate New York was big for the Bills. Their next two on the road will be tougher (@NO, @PIT).

22.

LW: 20

 (3-4)

After coaching Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck with the Colts, Bruce Arians picked Carson Palmer to lead the Cardinals. Guess which QB is the outlier here.

23.

LW: 27

 (2-4)

Very slowly, RG3 and the Redskins offense are showing signs of life, but Defense and Special Teams are still struggling.

24.

LW: 18

 (3-4) Dear Rob Chudzinski, please play ANYONE at Quarterback besides Brandon Weeden. Sincerely, everyone who watches NFL football.

25.

LW: 25

 (2-4)

They struggled for much of the game, but the Falcons did hang on for a division win at home over Tampa Bay.

26.

LW: 19

 (3-4) Sam Bradford is done for the season, so it looks like Ram scouts will be busy breaking down NCAA film for a replacement in next year’s draft.

27.

LW: 25

 (2-4) Bye week for the guys in the Bay. They’ll battle Pittsburgh this weekend.

28.

LW: 23

 (2-5)

When Case Keenum’s above-average (not great) performance against KC is your biggest highlight of the week, you’re in trouble.

29.

LW: 30

 (1-6)

Tom Coughlin should see if LeBron James will make good on his desire to play “one game” in the NFL and line him up at running back.

30.

LW: 29

 (1-5)

In a winnable game against the Giants, the Vikings were shut out offensively. Josh Freeman looks like he was signed mid-season.

31.

LW: 31

 (0-6) Doug Martin (shoulder) will be out for weeks. Add another depressing headline to the Bucs this season.

32.

LW: 32

 (0-7)

I wonder if the NFL will keep the Jaguars over in London for good after their matchup with the 49ers this weekend.

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