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.

Texans - Team News
Brian Cushing - LB
Texans ILB Brian Cushing will miss at least one week with a knee injury. It's a blow to an already vulnerable Houston run defense, and a nice upgrade to Bishop Sankey's Week 8 matchup. Justin Tuggle and Mike Mohamed figure to start at inside...
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Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps coming off Monday night's loss. He'll remain a WR2 for Week 8 against the Titans.
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Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans listed Foster as "not injury related," but he missed practice time last week with a groin issue. Foster has a matchup with the Titans' No. 22 ranked run...
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Jadeveon Clowney - LB
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Oct 21 3:58PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
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Oct 20 11:31PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught five passes for 77 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins each saw a team-high nine targets. There was nothing special about Johnson's night. His biggest play was a 24-yard grab on a deep in route in...
Oct 20 11:25PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 108 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Hopkins and Andre Johnson each saw a team-high nine targets. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw it to whichever receiver was working against embattled Steelers CB Cortez Allen. ...
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Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 14 yards on five carries and caught an 11-yard touchdown in the Texans'... Blue was the vulture on the opening-drive 11-yard score after Arian Foster managed 59 rushing yards to get the Texans near the goal line. Foster is an every-down back,...
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Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-32 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception... Fitzpatrick played well for much of the first half, leading the Texans on three consecutive scoring drives to open the game. It was a train wreck thereafter. One play...
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Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-23, Week 7 loss to the... Foster got off to a blazing start, rushing for 59 yards on the Texans' 94-yard opening touchdown drive, but was vultured by Alfred Blue for the 11-yard touchdown catch to...
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Jadeveon Clowney - LB
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DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins (hand) is probable for Week 7. The Texans listed Hopkins on the injury report, but his status was never in doubt. He'll be a WR3 for Monday night against the Steelers.
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Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (groin) is probable for Monday night's game against the Steelers. Foster was limited on Thursday, but practiced in full the last two days. He should have another heavy workload against a Steelers defense that's allowing 4.4 yards per carry...
Oct 18 2:48PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was upgraded to full in Saturday's practice and is listed as probable for... Johnson is good to go for Monday night's matchup with the Steelers. He's Rotoworld's No. 15 receiver this week.
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Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against... Clowney got in two limited practices this week, but said he still "can't run laterally." He could be held out in an attempt to get fully healthy for Week 8. If...
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