The NFL power rankings didn’t move that much on top in Week 8. There was a scare on Oct. 28 when the Seattle Seahawks were a goal-line stand away from losing to the St. Louis Rams. But the Seahawks avoided shaking up the top 10 of the power rankings with a 14-9 win, and the No. 32 to No. 11 spots avoided a last minute shift as well.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars: 0-8
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 0-7
30. Minnesota Vikings: 1-6
29. Atlanta Falcons: 2-5
28. Washington Redskins: 2-5
27. Houston Texans: 2-5
26. St. Louis Rams: 3-5
25. New York Giants: 2-6
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: 2-5
23. Oakland Raiders: 3-4
22. Cleveland Browns: 3-5
21. Tennessee Titans: 3-4
20. Philadelphia Eagles: 3-5
19. Miami Dolphins: 3-4
18. Buffalo Bills: 3-5
17. New York Jets: 4-4
16. Arizona Cardinals: 4-4
15. Carolina Panthers: 4-3
14. Baltimore Ravens: 3-4
13. Chicago Bears: 4-3
12. Dallas Cowboys: 4-4
11. San Diego Chargers: 4-3
While the NFL has been rife with parity in the first half of the season, it seems that nine teams are starting to break from the pack. That leaves one wild card spot at the bottom of the top 10, which the Detroit Lions stole from the Cowboys at the last minute on Oct. 27.
The order of the top 10 is still subject to change, although little of that happened in Week 8. Here is the top 10 of the NFL power rankings, consisting of teams that all won or had byes this past weekend, although some looked much better than others.
Chiefs solely No. 1
No. 1: Kansas City Chiefs (8-0)
The Chiefs were 1a in these rankings last week, but being 8-0 and having the Broncos struggle with the Redskins gives them sole possession this week. Of course, the Chiefs didn’t look very dominant against the Cleveland Browns either, as their style of winning could be less effective against better teams — like the Broncos in three weeks.
Broncos eventually roll
No. 2: Denver Broncos (7-1)
The Broncos haven’t been their formerly overwhelming selves in the last few weeks, and it extended to the first 30+ minutes against the Redskins. Scoring the last 38 points over Washington helped, but Denver is certainly not bullet proof anymore.
Brees lifts Saints
No. 3: New Orleans Saints (6-1)
The Saints’ crushing come-from-ahead loss to the New England Patriots was forgotten, once Drew Brees tossed five touchdowns at the Bills’ expense. Now the fact that New Orleans is one blown defensive drive away from being 7-0 looks much better.
Seahawks win but drop
No. 4: Seattle Seahawks (7-1)
With a dominant win over the Rams, the Seahawks could have made a case to jump the Broncos at No. 2. Yet with 135 yards of offense and a near loss to Kellen Clemens, of all quarterbacks, the Seahawks instead lost their case to keep the top ranked spot in the NFC for this week.
No. 5: Indianapolis Colts (5-2)
The Colts are still riding high from their Sunday night win over the Broncos last week, and get another Sunday night game against the much less formidable Texans after their bye. Indianapolis ceded the division to Houston for the last two years, but a win will show even more that it’s ready to take it back.
No. 6: San Francisco 49ers (6-2)
The 49ers came to London and blew out the Jaguars as expected, and even got Colin Kaepernick to turn in his best rushing performance in several weeks. This may not bode well for the Seahawks and the rest of the NFC in the second half.
No. 7: Cincinnati Bengals (6-2)
The Bengals would be the No. 2 seed in the AFC if the season ended today, after looking every bit like it against the Jets. While the Patriots, Colts, Chiefs and Broncos have all the attention in the AFC, the Bengals are content to stay quiet for the moment.
No. 8: Green Bay Packers (5-2)
The Packers sent the Vikings further into the basement of the NFC North, although the Lions and Bears are still hanging around. However, beating the Bears next Monday night would make it harder for them to keep up.
Patriots keep clinging
No. 9: New England Patriots (6-2)
The Patriots kept making the case that they may be the weakest two-loss team in the NFL, at least in the first half with the Dolphins. Yet a dominant second half kept the Patriots from being one of the worst three-loss teams in football.
Stafford, Johnson save the day
No. 10: Detroit Lions (5-3)
Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson saved the Lions’ season almost by themselves over the Cowboys. Now they have to prove it was worth saving, starting with a showdown in Chicago after the coming bye week.