In the NFL, judgments can never be made too hastily.
Each week brings new surprises, controversies and information to be considered when deciding who should rightfully sit atop the NFL power rankings.
For example, what can one make of the Saints dreadful home loss against the 2-5 Cleveland Browns?
Surely the Saints need to be dropped in the rankings, but the power ranker would be remiss if the Saints took an egregious tumble down the rankings; after all, the Browns have proved themselves to be, at the very least, a competitive football team with a win against the defending Super Bowl champs and a strong showing against the 5-2 Baltimore Ravens.
Slotting in each team grows increasingly difficult each week as more and more data becomes available.
It's a difficult job, but somebody has to do it. That's why you came here to Bleacher Report. So sit back, relax, and enjoy these Week 8 power rankings, replete with statistics, analysis and entertainment.