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