Welcome to the Week 8 edition of the Cubicle GM NFL Power Rankings. Every Tuesday you can look forward to our composite rankings, as well as a bit of brief insight and analysis about each of the 32 teams.
The rankings are determined by taking the average of each of the contributors here at The Cube. For Week 8, we have rankings from five members of the Cubicle GM team, including me, Gideon, Mickey, Walker, and Smokey. So remember, if you disagree with some portion of our rankings, be sure to check the individual rankings to find the culprit.
With their loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday, Minnesota fell from the ranks of the undefeated and also out of the top three. Those spots in the rankings belong to the three remaining undefeated teams in the league. The Saints held on to their unanimous place at the top of the rankings after their comeback victory over Miami on Sunday.
The No. 2 ranking is also unanimous, as the Colts received all five votes at that position. The third and fourth spots were nearly uniform, as only Smokey chose not to vote Denver at No. 3 and New England at No. 4.
After dropping three spots last week after their loss to New Orleans, the Giants fell another two this week after falling to Arizona on Sunday night The Eagles regained a spot in the top 10 after taking care of the Redskins, replacing the Falcons, who fell four spots after their loss to Dallas.
The bottom of the rankings was nearly unchanged this week, as none of the bottom eight teams moved at all from Week Seven. In fact, the only change in the bottom third of the league was Buffalo and Carolina swapping positions after the Bills win in their matchup on Sunday.
While the bottom of the rankings is pretty stable, the same cannot be said for the top and middle. Sixteen of the top 21 teams changed spots this week, with eight teams moving at least three spots up or down the ranks.
The Arizona Cardinals had the biggest upward movement, jumping four spots to No. 15 after their upset of the Giants. Not surprisingly the biggest downward mover was the Chicago Bears, falling six spots after being dismantled by Cincinnati.
The disagreements among the rankers increased this week, but are localized in the middle of the ranks. Out of the six disagreements of seven or more spots in their ranks, five were between No. 11 and No. 17. This week also marked the first time that there were no double digit disagreements between any of the contributors.
Green Bay Packers (9) – Gideon 6, Smokey 15
San Diego Chargers (8) – Smokey 11, Walker 19
Houston Texans (8) – Smokey 12, Mickey 20
Dallas Cowboys (7) – Walker 11, Smokey 18
Atlanta Falcons (7) – Smokey 9, Walker 16
Cleveland Browns (7) – Walker 23, Jacob 30
On the divisional side, the NFC East continues to lead the way with an average score of 11.85, but their lead over the AFC North is diminishing quickly, as that division improved to a 12.40 average this week.
The bottom two divisions remain the same for the fifth consecutive week, as the NFC West still cannot escape the last place Rams, checking in with a 21.80 average rank. They are trailing the NFC South, who has a 20.40 average thanks to Carolina and Tampa near the bottom.