NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Sinking Teams That Will Bounce Back
We saw several playoff contenders fall hard in Week 7 of the 2012-2013 NFL campaign, including an explosive NFC East team led by a dynamic rookie quarterback.
But you know what they say, "There's always next week."
Look for a few contenders to bounce back in Week 8, whether it be an up-and-down squad or an up-and-coming squad.
Here are three sinking teams that will emerge victorious in Week 8.
San Diego Chargers (at Cleveland Browns)
As inconsistent as the Chargers always seem to be, I find it hard to believe they will lose to the 1-6 Browns.
San Diego is averaging 24.7 points per game this season (tied for 12th in the NFL) and that should be too much for a Cleveland squad scoring just 21.0 points per game (21st) behind an ailing running game.
It's telling that the Chargers have won against three low-scoring teams (Oakland, Tennessee and Kansas City) and lost against three high-scoring teams (Atlanta, New Orleans and Denver).
Washington Redskins (at Pittsburgh Steelers)
I've been waiting for the Steelers' aging defense to be tested ever since the 31-17 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 1.
But the offenses of the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals this season haven't exactly been spectacular.
The Redskins, behind rookie Robert Griffin III, have scored 28.7 points per game this season (sixth in the NFL) and barely lost to the New York Giants in Week 7. I think they have the offense to topple the Steelers, even if it's being played at Heinz Field.
Seattle Seahawks (at Detroit Lions)
Something is seriously wrong with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
After passing for over 5,000 yards last season, with 41 touchdowns to 16 interceptions, Stafford has thrown five touchdowns to six interceptions this season.
In the 13-7 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 7, Stafford averaged 5.7 yards per pass attempt while notching one touchdown to one interception.
The Seahawks upset the New England Patriots and barely lost to the San Francisco 49ers last week,13-6. They've allowed just 15.1 points per game this season, third in the NFL, and that should pose a problem for a stumbling Lions offense.
NFL Power Rankings Week 8
|1. Atlanta Falcons||6-0|
|2. Houston Texans||6-1|
|3. San Francisco 49ers||5-2|
|4. New York Giants||5-2|
|5. Chicago Bears||5-1|
|6. Baltimore Ravens||5-2|
|7. Green Bay Packers||4-3|
|8. New England Patriots||4-3|
|9. Minnesota Vikings||5-2|
|10. Seattle Seahawks||4-3|
|11. Denver Broncos||3-3|
|12. Washington Redskins||3-4|
|13. Arizona Cardinals||4-3|
|14. Miami Dolphins||3-3|
|15. Philadelphia Eagles||3-3|
|16. Dallas Cowboys||3-3|
|17. Pittsburgh Steelers||3-3|
|18. San Diego Chargers||3-3|
|19. St. Louis Rams||3-4|
|20. Cincinnati Bengals||3-4|
|21. New York Jets||3-4|
|22. Tennessee Titans||3-4|
|23. Buffalo Bills||3-4|
|24. Detroit Lions||2-4|
|25. New Orleans Saints||2-4|
|26. Indianapolis Colts||3-3|
|27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2-4|
|28. Oakland Raiders||2-4|
|29. Carolina Panthers||1-5|
|30. Jacksonville Jaguars||1-5|
|31. Kansas City Chiefs||1-5|
|32. Cleveland Browns||1-6|
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