NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

Jordan Schwartz@jordanharrisonSenior Writer IOctober 27, 2009

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 25: Santonio Holmes #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a play against the Minnesota Vikings  at Heinz Field on October 25, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Pittsburgh won 27-17. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

One more team fell from the ranks of the unbeaten when Minnesota lost, 27-17, at Pittsburgh on Sunday, leaving three teams still undefeated, a record this deep in the season.

We know where that trio is ranked, so let's take a look at how the other 29 squads line up.


1. (1) New Orleans Saints (6-0)

The Saints proved they can also come from behind to win, overcoming a 24-3 deficit at Miami.


2. (2) Denver Broncos (6-0)

Four of the Broncos' games have come against playoff contenders and they have two more coming up at Baltimore and vs. Pittsburgh.


3. (3) Indianapolis Colts (6-0)

The Colts/Pats seven-point teaser was the easiest money I've ever made.


4. (7) New England Patriots (5-2)

In the past two weeks, the Pats have scored almost as many points (94) as they've given up all season (98).


5. (8) Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)

The Bengals absolutely manhandled the Bears, 45-10, and will now have two weeks to prepare for their second game against the Ravens since Oct. 11.


6. (12) Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)

Pittsburgh's defense outscored its offense and Minnesota's to send the Vikes to their first loss.


7. (4) Minnesota Vikings (6-1)

If not for a questionable tripping call late in the game, the Vikings could still be undefeated.


8. (9) Baltimore Ravens (3-3)

After three straight losses, Baltimore needed that bye week to make some changes and get ready for a big showdown against the Broncos.


9. (10) Green Bay Packers (4-2)

By the time the Packers take the field Sunday for their much anticipated match-up vs. Brett Favre and the Vikings, Green Bay's defense will have gone 27 days without giving up a touchdown - incidentally that last score was surrendered to Minnesota.


10. (15) Arizona Cardinals (4-2)

The Cards' defense, which allowed 22.3 points per game over its first four contests, has given up 10 ppg the past two weeks.  Too bad I didn't see a single down of this game because I was too busy watching the Yankees capture their 40th pennant .


11. (5) New York Giants (5-2)

The Giants are 1-2 vs. teams in the top half of the league in scoring and 4-0 against teams in the bottom half.


12. (14) Dallas Cowboys (4-2)

Despite a shaky start to the season, the Cowboys are just a two-point loss to the 5-2 Giants and a seven-point loss to the 6-0 Broncos away from being undefeated.


13. (6) Atlanta Falcons (4-2)

The Falcons began a very difficult stretch of four road games over the next five weeks - including three against winning teams - with a 16-point loss at Dallas, thanks to three turnovers.


14. (11) Chicago Bears (3-3)

Jay Cutler needs some help.  The Bears are 29th in rushing at just 80.7 yards per game.


15. (16) San Diego Chargers (3-3)

The Chargers' 37-7 win over the Chiefs was one of six games decided by at least four touchdowns this week.


16. (17) Miami Dolphins (2-4)

Up 24-3 on the Saints, the Dolphins had a chance to win their third consecutive game and make a statement by handing New Orleans its first loss, but the Fins curiously abandoned the run in the second half and allowed the Saints back in the game.


17. (18) Buffalo Bills (3-4)

That's the first time the Bills have won road games in back-to-back weeks since 2004.


18. (19) New York Jets (4-3)

Nothing cures a three-game losing streak like a date with Oakland.


19. (22) Houston Texans (4-3)

Here come the Texans.  Wins over the Bengals and 49ers have Houston back in the playoff chase in the AFC.


20. (13) San Francisco 49ers (3-3)

Alex Smith threw for more yards in the second half at Houston (206) than Shaun Hill has accumulated in a single game since Week 1.


21. (20) Seattle Seahawks (2-4)

Hopefully the Seahawks found their offense during the bye week.


22. (21) Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)

After a week off, Jacksonville will look to avoid becoming Tennessee's first victim this Sunday.


23. (23) Oakland Raiders (2-5)

I have no idea how the Raiders beat the Eagles.


24. (24) Philadelphia Eagles (4-2)

Philly bounced back nicely after its loss to Oakland, but a victory over No. 30 Washington isn't moving them up this list.


25. (25) Carolina Panthers (2-4)

Jake Delhomme hasn't thrown more touchdowns than interceptions in a game all season.


26. (26) Detroit Lions (1-5)

The Lions should be favored for the first time since 1973 when they host St. Louis this week.


27. (27) Cleveland Browns (1-6)

The Browns have lost eight straight home games.


28. (28) Tennessee Titans (0-6)

With two weeks to prepare for the Jags at home, I say the Titans get their first win this week.


29. (29) Kansas City Chiefs (1-6)

The Chiefs have a couple of weeks to prepare for a pair of winnable games at Jacksonville and Oakland.


30. (30) Washington Redskins (2-5)

Watching the Monday Night game, I IM'd my buddy Brad every time the 'Skins did something absolutely terrible with "skins are awful."  I sent that message seven times.


31. (31) Tampa Bay Bucs (0-7)

The Bucs have now lost on two continents this year.  They've won on none.


32. (32) St. Louis Rams (0-7)

The Rams are almost outscoring every individual player in the NFL, but that darn Lawrence Tynes still has them by nine points.


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