NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Steelers Reign Supreme, Bills Scraping Bottom

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IOctober 25, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Steelers Reign Supreme, Bills Scraping Bottom

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Tom Brady #12 of the  New England Patriots passes in the pocket against the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 24, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    This is always the part that I hate the most. No, not actually putting together the power rankings each week for the NFL, but doing so is the sign that another weekend of football has come to an end. Just gets me all misty-eyed.

    OK, not really, but it also means another work week is ahead of us. Yeah, I thought that would make a few more of us a little teary.

    A few NFL teams, not to mention their fans, will be crying those same tears as they grieve their team's loss during week eight of the NFL season.

    Some lost heartbreakers, others simply got blown out. To the winners go the spoils and maybe an easier practice week.

    There were big performances and there were lack of performances. All of which will be factored in to this week's power rankings.

    So, without further ado, here are the newest power rankings as Week 8 comes to a close.

The Cellar Dwellars

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 24:  Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bills 37-34. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    Buffalo Bills - Another week, another loss. I guess that's just the way it's going for this team.

    San Francisco 49ers - As much as a certain columnist in the Bay Area wants to bang his drum against David Carr, they're not much better with Alex Smith.

    Detroit Lions - Even with a bye week, they at least keep themselves out of the bottom two spots. It's something, right?

    Denver Broncos - There's nothing worse than being blown out by the Oakland Raiders. Just ask the Broncos.

    Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals couldn't seem to get it going offensively with either Max Hall or Derek Anderson.

    San Diego Chargers - You're not going to win a lot of games with a one-dimensional offense.

    Carolina Panthers - Got their first win, even if it was against the 49ers.

    Dallas Cowboys - Maybe the most talented team in the NFL to be 1-4 right now.

    Cleveland Browns - Colt McCoy is 1-1 as the starting quarterback of the team. At least there's something good to talk about there.

    Oakland Raiders - Putting up 59 points is impressive in this day in age, especially for the NFL.

    Jacksonville Jaguars - They looked good early, but apparently, their defense was done playing for the day.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers - A win is a win, though maybe not as impressive when it's at home against St. Louis.

No. 20: Cincinnati Bengals

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons with Andrew Whitworth #77 at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    I do have to give the Bengals credit for fighting back against Atlanta. This was a game they were out of quickly, but thanks to a 22-point third quarter, climbed right back into the game.

    Carson Palmer had a heck of a game, throwing for 412 yards and three touchdowns. Tough loss for them, but this is still a good football team.

No. 19: St. Louis Rams

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams looks for an open receiver against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    Just when it looks like the Rams are going to get better or they are getting better, they seem to regress and not quite perform as well as they have in previous weeks.

    After a win at home over San Diego, they drop a disappointing 18-17 loss to Tampa Bay. Sam Bradford did have an OK day, throwing for 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the loss.

No. 18: Seattle Seahawks

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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 24:  Walter Thurmond #28 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after the Seahawks recovered a fumble in the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at Qwest Field on October 24, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals
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    The Seattle Seahawks looking to be getting into a groove over the last few weeks, and that also holds true for quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

    Hasselbeck had a good day for his team today, completing 20 of his 38 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown and got 89 yards on the ground from Marshawn Lynch.

No. 17: Chicago Bears

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    CHICAGO - OCTOBER 24: Charles Tillman #33 and Julius Peppers #90 celebrate a take-away by Tillman against the Chicago Bears of the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field on October 24, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Redskins defeated the Bears 17-14. (Photo
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    Maybe you can blame their loss to Washington on quarterback Jay Cutler. You're not going to win a lot of games when your quarterback is throwing four interceptions.

    I'm not sure whether to give credit to the Redskins' defense or if Cutler was really that bad. Any way you slice it, this was a bad loss by a good team.

No. 16: Kansas City Chiefs

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 24, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    The Chiefs finally pick up a win, and a convincing one at that, over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    After a slow start to the first half, the Chiefs went on an offensive onslaught and scored 28 points in the second after a 14-point first half.

No. 15: Miami Dolphins

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 24:  Receiver Davone Bess #15 scores a touchdown against linebacker Lawrence Timmons #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers  at Sun Life Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
    Marc Serota/Getty Images

    The Miami Dolphins played the Steelers well on Sunday. So well, in fact, that if not for an inconclusive replay on a fumble, the Dolphins may in fact have come up with a win.

    But, unfortunately, the Steelers got the call their way, and the Dolphins went home with the loss. On the good side of things, at least Chad Henne is starting to look a little better after throwing for 257 yards and a touchdown.

No. 14: Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 17: Aaron Rogers #12 of the Green Bay Packers runs for a touchdown to tie the game against the Miami Dolphins at Lambeau Field on October 17, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Dolphins defeated the Packers 23-20 in overtime. (Photo
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    The Green Bay Packers will see their old nemesis and old partner in crime, Brett Favre, back in Wisconsin for Sunday night football.

    Aaron Rodgers against Brett Favre. A matchup that continues to get better every year.

No. 13: Tennessee Titans

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    NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 24: Michael Griffin #33 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball after intercepting a pass while defended by Brent Celek #87 of the Philadelphia Eagles at LP Field on October 24, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans won 37-19
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    The Tennessee Titans were without Vince Young and seemed to be that much better under Kerry Collins after a 37-19 throttling of the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Collins threw for 276 yards and three touchdowns, all of which seem to go to wide receiver Kenny Britt with seven catches, 225 yards and all three touchdowns thrown by Collins.

No. 12: New Orleans Saints

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 24:  Drew Brees #9 hands off the ball to Chris Ivory #29 of the New Orleans Saints during the game against the Cleveland Browns at the Louisiana Superdome on October 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Browns defeated the Saints
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    The New Orleans Saints aren't the team that won the Super Bowl last year. They haven't played like it, and that goes for today as well.

    While Drew Brees threw for 354 yards against the Cleveland Browns, he was intercepted four times, and that was enough for the Browns to pick up a surprising win.

No. 11: Washington Redskins

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    CHICAGO - OCTOBER 24: DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins celebrates an interception in the final minutes of a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 24, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Redskins defeated the Bears 17-14. (Photo
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    After losing two of their first three games, the Washington Redskins have won three of their last four including wins over Philadelphia, Green Bay and Chicago, with their lone loss in that stretch coming against Indianapolis.

    Give them credit defensively; forcing six Chicago turnovers was the key to picking the win in this one.

No. 10: Minnesota Vikings

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    GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings runs on the field for pregame warmups against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. ( Jim Prisching/ Getty Images)
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    The Minnesota Vikings seem to be more inundated with questions about Brett Favre's member than they are actual football games.

    Heck, Favre finally admitted to leaving voicemail messages for Jenn Sterger. Not that it's something we didn't already know.

    As for on the field stuff, Favre is back in Green Bay to take on his former team. The team he retired from the first time.

No. 9: Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17:  DeMeco Ryans #59 and Brian Cushing #56 of the Houston Texans talk during a break in the play during  a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Reliant Stadium on October 17, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    The Houston Texans got a much needed week off, especially heading into a big road game against the Indianapolis Colts, the team they knocked off to begin their 2010 season.

    This might tell us a little more about this team and what they really are capable of.

No. 8: Atlanta Falcons

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons fails to pull in this reception against the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The Atlanta Falcon defense almost cost them the game. Giving up 22 points in the third quarter and letting the Cincinnati Bengals back into the game is a tough way to fly.

    They gave up big yards to Carson Palmer who ended the day with 412 yards and three touchdowns but Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan countered with 299 yards and three touchdowns of his own.

No. 7: Philadelphia Eagles

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    NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 24:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 24, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Kevin Kolb still remains the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, as Michael Vick still hasn't recovered from the injuries he sustained a few weeks ago.

    Kolb isn't the guy for the long term, so they're going to need Vick back sooner rather than later.

No. 6: New York Giants

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes against the Detroit Lions at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    The New York Giants will play on Monday night against their NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium.

    The Giants got to play in this stadium last year on opening night and handed the Cowboys their first ever loss in that stadium. Believe me when I tell you they'd love to do it again.

No. 5: Indianapolis Colts

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    LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 17: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 17, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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    The Indianapolis Colts are still trying to find the team they want to be. Going into their bye week, and getting ready for another shot at the Houston Texans who were the team that beat them to open the season, Peyton Manning and crew need this time to figure out what kind of team they are.

    If they can figure things out, this could be a dangerous team heading into the rest of their season.

No. 4: Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 24:  Billy Cundiff #7 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates his game winning field goal against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bills 37-34. (Photo by Larry Fre
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    The Baltimore Ravens could have been a team that everyone was wondering "what happened?" But, thankfully, they had overtime to finally get past a Buffalo Bills team that was hell bent on getting a win today.

    Even though the Ravens gave up more than 500 yards of total offense to the Bills, they still got a good enough performance from quarterback Joe Flacco as well as running backs Ray Rice and Willis McGahee to get the win.

No. 3: New York Jets

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    DENVER - OCTOBER 17:  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets celebrates his touchdown against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 17, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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    The New York Jets head into their bye week before they take on the Green Bay Packers next weekend.

    Most believe them to be the best team in football and, at 5-1, who am I to blame you? I'm just not sold on them quite yet but it may not take much to convince me.

No. 2: New England Patriots

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Safety James Sanders #36 of the New England Patriots reacts to Kicker Kris Brown #3 of the San Diego Chargers missing a field goal to tie at the end of regulation against the New England Patriots during NFL game on October 24, 201
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    Since getting rid of Randy Moss, the New England Patriots have a new identity, one that has made them a dangerous football team.

    However, against San Diego on Sunday, they almost gave up a game they had in the bag. If it weren't for a missed 50-yard field goal with less than a minute left, the San Diego Chargers may have picked up a big come from being win.

    But it was not to be.

No. 1: Pittsburgh Steelers

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 passes against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Say what you want about the Steelers getting lucky against Miami on Sunday on a fumble call. The replay was inconclusive as to who recovered it, and they ended up sneaking away with a win.

    That being said, the Steelers are still the best team in the NFL and are still the team to beat.