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NFL Week 8 Power Rankings: Did the Steelers take the top spot?

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Biggest Riser:  Oakland Raiders (Six spots)

Biggest Faller:  New Orleans Saints (Seven spots)

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1. New York Jets (5-1); Last Week- 1

No game=no movement.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1); Last Week- 2

Some are claiming the Steelers “stole” one against Miami, but the officials made the right call.

3. New England Patriots (5-1); Last Week- 4

The Pats jump the Ravens because a victory in San Diego is a whole lot more impressive than squeaking by the Bills.  Plus New England beat the Ravens head-to-head.

4. Baltimore Ravens (5-2); Last Week- 3

Every team is allowed to slip up once in awhile, but the Ravens almost fell to 4-3 against the worst team in the NFL.

5. Indianapolis Colts (4-2); Last Week- 6

The Colts will be coming off of their bye to face Houston in a gigantic matchup next week.

6. Atlanta Falcons (5-2); Last Week- 8

The Falcons are the best team in the NFC in my opinion, but the AFC sure looks a whole lot better.

7. New York Giants (5-2); Last Week- 9

What can I say about the Giants that you didn’t witness on Monday night?

8. Tennessee Titans (5-2); Last Week- 11

The Titans are a perfect example of how important dominant offensive and defensive lines are in the NFL.  The Cowboys could learn from Tennessee.

9. Houston Texans (4-2); Last Week- 10

The schedule-makers got next Monday night’s Texans-Colts game right.  It should be an awesome duel.

10. Green Bay Packers (4-3); Last Week- 13

Green Bay really would have been in trouble had they lost to Minnesota on Sunday night, but instead they’re once again leading their division.  The entire NFC is wacky.

11. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3); Last Week- 7

With Philly’s loss to the Titans, it really is a shame how things turned out for Dallas against the Giants.  It sure would be a “good” year to be 2-4.

12. New Orleans Saints (4-3); Last Week- 5

The difference between the Saints’ offense with and without Reggie Bush is incredible.  The guy is anything but overrated, except maybe in fantasy football.

13. Miami Dolphins (3-3); Last Week- 12

The Dolphins are far from out of it, but their loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday was a heartbreaker.

14. Washington Redskins (4-3); Last Week- 17

Like I’ve said, Donovan will play well enough to put the Redskins at .500 or slightly above, but nothing more.

15. Kansas City Chiefs (4-2); Last Week- 18

The Chiefs have a firm grasp on the AFC West lead and with only Oakland currently in their rear-view mirror, they are sitting pretty.

16. Seattle Seahawks (4-2); Last Week- 16

Are the Seahawks a legitimate threat in the NFC?  Anything can happen once you make the playoffs.  It must be nice to play out west.

17. Tampa Bay Bucs (4-2); Last Week- 20

Raheem Morris has declared the Bucs the “best team in the NFC.”  Wow, the Cowboys really suck.

18. Minnesota Vikings (2-4); Last Week- 14

Brett Favre’s fairytale final season heads to New England this weekend.  Well, I guess it’s really more of a fairytale for me than for Brett.

19. Chicago Bears (4-3); Last Week- 15

Watching this Bears team struggle is excruciating since they basically dismantled the Cowboys in Big D.

20. San Diego Chargers (2-5); Last Week- 19

If the Chargers don’t take down the Titans this week, they’re in serious, serious trouble.  I have a feeling they’ll step up.

21. Arizona Cardinals (3-3); Last Week- 21

Arizona faces the Bucs this week in a contest that could propel the winner toward the postseason.

22. Oakland Raiders (3-4); Last Week- 28

Where in the helllll did that come from?  The Raiders are the only team in NFL history to put up 59 points without having a reliable starting quarterback.

23. St. Louis Rams (3-4); Last Week- 23

St. Louis has a chance to get back on track this week when they host the Panthers.  Jimmy Clausen could be motivated to take down Sam Bradford, though.

24. Cincinnati Bengals (2-4); Last Week- 24

The NFL’s most “interesting” team is currently quite boring to watch.  They displayed great heart in Atlanta to come back from a huge deficit but still ultimately fell short.

25. Dallas Cowboys (1-5); Last Week- 22

Behind the Rams?  Behind the Raiders?  Behind the Cardinals? And with Jon Kitna likely starting the rest of the season, it could get worse.

26. Cleveland Browns (2-5); Last Week- 30

Cleveland is still only 2-5, but the combined record of their previous opponents is an astounding 29-16.  They could surprise some people in the second half of the year.

27. Carolina Panthers (1-5); Last Week- 31

The Panthers put up a win but they’re still very much in contention for the No. 1 overall pick next season.

28. San Francisco 49ers (1-6); Last Week- 25

What a disappointment for San Fran.  I actually still think they’re the best team in their division.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4); Last Week- 26

I’m just not a believer in Jacksonville.  They have a sub-par defense, an offense that lacks any kind of explosion, and terrible uniforms.

30. Denver Broncos (2-5); Last Week- 27

Since his 6-0 start, Josh McDaniels is now 4-13 as head coach of the Broncos.

31. Detroit Lions (1-5); Last Week- 29

I think the Lions have a shot at taking down Washington this weekend.  They’ll need a healthy Jahvid Best, which it appears will be the case.

32. Buffalo Bills (0-6); Last Week 32

Tremendous effort against Baltimore on Sunday.

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4 Responses to NFL Week 8 Power Rankings: Did the Steelers take the top spot?

  1. Jonny Danger says:

    Is this really happening or is this all just the worst nightmare ever for a Dallas fan?Like a good fan I’m still believing saying this and that can happen to make the playoffs. Though at the same time everything happens for a reason, perhaps Dallas needed to fall hard for changes to be made. With a New Solid Coaching Staff and top 10 draft picks this team will be deadly next season.

  2. Jonny-
    I think their future next season will determined by their O-Line. Can they find capable replacements in just a year?

  3. john coleman says:

    I agree that pittsburgh should stay behind the Jets. Who would have thought that the defending champs, the Vikes, Cowboys, and Chargers would all be reeling? I need to see more from the Falcons and feel that the Giants are the best team in the NFC. Furthermore, based on how they looked Monday night, they are the best in the league period. Other than the 5 turnovers, what’s not to like? Solid/good running game, Abover average passing game, and a dominant defense. If they stay healthy they will be tough. Philly proved to be who I thought they were. As far as the Chargers go, they are done. Tennessee beats them to end their season. The Chargers are a pass only team week in and week out. Only two teams in the league have a chance passing only, Indy and New England. In todays NFL you are only as good as your last game. That makes the Cowboys terrible. Only Buffalo is worse. No way could anyone have foreseen this.

  4. It hurts to admit the Giants are a good football team. Look at the difference a D-Coordinator (Perry Fewell) can have.

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