Week 8 NFL Power Rankings (From an Amateur)
It might seem like the NFL season is already over. Really, is anyone going to stop the Patriots? We find out next week when the best chance at taking the wind out of New England’s sails comes to Foxborough. For now, we wait and see and take a look at this week’s results. titan gel
1. New England Patriots (8-0) (Previous rank: 1): This is starting to get a little ridiculous. Forget beating this team, can anyone even make it a close game? This week’s match up against Indy will be the Patriots biggest test yet.
2. Indianapolis Colts (7-0) (Previous rank: 2): They put Carolina away easily, now onto New England. With a victory this week, the Colts can emerge out of the Pat’s shadow and become the team to beat. But, of course, that’s easier said than done.
3. Dallas Cowboys (6-1) (Previous rank: 3): No Change: Bye week.
4. Green Bay Packers (6-1) (Previous rank: 5): They weren’t outplayed by Denver, but they won when they had to. Brett Favre proved his wonderful career isn’t over yet. This was a huge road win for this team. Who would have thought they’d be 6 and 1?
5. New York Giants (6-2) (Previous rank: 4): They are better in the states than they are in Merry Old England, but a win is a win. Despite the strong game from Brandon Jacobs, the offense didn’t score many points. They might have lost this one if they were playing anyone besides Miami.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) (Previous rank: 6): The Bengals might not be the team they used to be, but give the Steelers some credit: this was a big road win. They played solid on all sides of the ball. They’re not quite in the class of the Pats and Colts, but they aren’t far behind.
7. Tennessee Titans (5-2) (Previous rank: 7): Last week they didn’t have Vince Young, this week they practically didn’t either. Nonetheless, their defense cranked out a sloppy win. It was a victory, but Vince needs to get back on track in order for this team to make the playoffs.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-2) (Previous rank: 8): Their defense gave up big yardage, but they also got big turnovers. Quinn Gray did just enough to get the job done. Their running game was solid.
9. San Diego (4-3) (Previous rank: 12): And here come the Chargers. After a horrible start, San Diego has come to life. They just flat out played better than the Texans. Phillip Rivers was great, but the Charger’s defense was even better.
10. Detroit Lions (5-2) (Previous rank: 13): Lions versus Bears, oh my! Even playing against Chicago, Detroit still showed a solid offense. Their defense was great too, only giving up seven points and making Brian Griese look like, well, a Chicago quarterback.
11. Seattle Seahawks (4-3) (Previous rank: 11): No change; bye week.
12. Cleveland Browns (4-3) (Previous rank: 15): With steady solid play, Derek Anderson continues to make fantasy football players everywhere wish they’d drafted him. It’s going to be hard to make the playoffs in the AFC, but Cleveland just might squeak in.
13. Carolina Panthers (4-3) (Previous rank: 9): They were off to a good start, but it was ultimately a bad finish. The Colts are just a better team than the Panthers. This doesn’t mean the Panthers aren’t good, they just aren’t good enough.
14. Baltimore Ravens (4-3) (Previous rank: 14): No Change; bye week.
15. Washington Redskins (4-3) (Previous rank: 10): Um, ouch. When a defense gives up 52 points there’s really nothing else to say than: Doh! This was a bad, bad game for Washington. Now we see if they rebound or if their stellar start was all for nothing.
16. New Orleans Saints (3-4) (Previous rank: 25): There are a few teams that started slow, and are now starting to ignite: the Saints are one of them. With their offense solidifying, this team is starting to look like their old selves. They are playing great football.