NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Giants Climbing, Cowboys Falling Fast

Bailey BrautiganFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Giants Climbing, Cowboys Falling Fast

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    NFL Power Rankings Week 8:

    Week 7 of NFL football brought us incredible upsets and ridiculous blowouts, and now it's time to power-rank all of the teams in the league as we move towards Week 8.

    Teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots have continued their dominance throughout the season, and preseason favorites like the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys continue to struggle.

    The San Francisco 49ers couldn't get it together after a Week 6 win over the Oakland Raiders, and the New York Giants have left yet another team banged-up.

    So who is the best team in the NFL?

    Read on to find out.

32-21: The Bottom Of The League

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    32 (32). Buffalo Bills: The Bills came close to beating the dominant Baltimore Ravens, but "close" doesn't get you the W.

    31 (27). San Francisco 49ers: I have no idea what's going on in San Fran, but I don't like it.

    30 (31). Carolina Panthers: The Panthers finally won a game! Too bad it was over the 49ers.

    29 (26). Dallas Cowboys: The 'Boys have only one win this season, and after last night's game, you can just about stick a fork in them.

    28 (25). Jacksonville Jaguars: I felt a little sorry for the Jags when they got crushed by the Chiefs.

    27 (29). Detroit Lions: The Lions are the best one-win team in the NFL.

    26 (24). San Diego Chargers: The Chargers are known for starting the season pretty slow, but this is getting ridiculous.

    25 (22). Denver Broncos: It's perfectly respectable to lose to the New York Jets, but getting blown out by the Oakland Raiders is just embarrassing.

    24 (28). Oakland Raiders: The Raiders are starting to look like the tough football team they were in the past.

    23 (20). Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals went from the top of the AFC North last season to the bottom of the division this season.

    22 (30). Cleveland Browns: How about that Colt McCoy kid? The Browns could see themselves break the top 20 very soon.

    21 (18). Arizona Cardinals: Considering everything the Cardinals have working against them, they are playing surprisingly well this season.

20. St. Louis Rams

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    Last Week's Ranking: 21

    Why They Climb: The Rams were the worst team in the NFL last season, but the addition of Sam Bradford at quarterback has revived the franchise.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Last Week's Ranking: 19

    Why They Stay the Same: The Bucs played a close game with the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, and they find themselves standing higher than the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.

18. Minnesota Vikings

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    Last Week's Ranking: 17

    Why They Fall: Brett Favre looked all kinds of awful against the Packers on Sunday night, and the Vikings need to think of something fast. They seem to have all the right pieces, but they can't get the W.

17. Seattle Seahawks

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    Last Week's Ranking: 23

    Why They Climb: I have been riding the Seahawks bandwagon ever since they beat up on the Niners in Week 1, and they haven't disappointed me.

16. Miami Dolphins

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    Last Week's Ranking: 16

    Why They Stay the Same: The Dolphins kept it close against the dominant Pittsburgh Steelers, and they are excellent on the road. I'm putting Miami on my "watch list" this season because they are right on the cusp of becoming a very exciting football team.

15. Chicago Bears

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    Last Week's Ranking: 12

    Why They Fall: I don't want to blame all of the Bears' woes on Jay Cutler, but four picks against the Washington Redskins' banged-up defense? Come on!

14. Green Bay Packers

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    Last Week's Ranking: 15

    Why They Climb: Despite injuries, the Packers were able to defeat Brett Favre and company on Sunday night, and they have turned into the team to beat in the NFC North.

13. Philadelphia Eagles

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    Last Week's Ranking: 10

    Why They Fall: The Eagles had been looking pretty good all season...and then they played the Titans. Kevin Kolb's pair of interceptions didn't help matters, but I expect the Eagles to move back up in the coming weeks.

12. Houston Texans

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    Last Week's Ranking: 9

    Why They Fall: The Texans had a bye in Week 7, but other teams in the league had such terrific performances that we have to push Houston down to make room at the top of the list.

11. Washington Redskins

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    Last Week's Ranking: 14

    Why They Climb: The Redskins are currently No. 2 in their division, and they are in the top five teams in the NFC. It seems like Donovan McNabb is thriving in his new home.

10. New Orleans Saints

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    Last Week's Ranking: 6

    Why They Fall: The Saints lost to the Cleveland Browns...and the Arizona Cardinals. Is this the "Madden Curse" rearing its ugly head?

    Or are the Saints just not that good? They will host the Pittsburgh Steelers next week...

    We'll see how that works out for them.

9. Indianapolis Colts

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    Last Week's Ranking: 5

    Why They Fall: Maybe the Colts will get the win over Houston in Week 8, but as for right now, there are plenty of teams better than Indy.

8. Kansas City Chiefs

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    Last Week's Ranking: 13

    Why They Rise: The Chiefs are just good. Period.

    I doubted them in the beginning of the season, but now I have to give them some credit. The Chiefs have the best rushing offense in the NFL, and they will make it to the playoffs.

7. Tennessee Titans

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    Last Week's Ranking: 8

    Why They Climb: I was very impressed with the Titans' ability to come off a short week and then stomp the Philadelphia Eagles. We all knew that Chis Johnson would be awesome this season, but Kenny Britt is phenomenal. Seriously, 225 yards against the Eagles? This kid is the real deal.

6. Atlanta Falcons

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    Last Week's Ranking: 7

    Why They Climb: The Falcons are at the top of a pretty strong division, and they are definite contenders for the NFC.

5. New York Giants

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    Last Week's Ranking: 11

    Why They Climb: The Giants have been rolling through their competition and leaving a trail of carnage in their wake. Even with Eli Manning throwing three interceptions against the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants were still able to crush them. This is the best team in the NFC. Period.

4. Baltimore Ravens

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    Last Week's Ranking: 4

    Why They Stay the Same: The AFC North is the strongest division in the NFL, and the Ravens are hanging in there with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

3. New York Jets

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    Last Week's Ranking: 2

    Why They Fall: No offense to the the Jets here, but after some other teams' performances this week, I have to drop them a spot. Don't kill me, Jets fans. I'm sure they'll move back up in Week 8.

2. New England Patriots

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    Last Week's Ranking: 3

    Why They Climb: The Pats went on the road to play a desperate San Diego team, and they pulled off the win. Did anyone notice that their Week 7 and Week 6 scores are identical?

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Last Week's Ranking: 1

    Why They Stay the Same: The Steelers added yet another win to their record with a close win over a very strong Miami Dolphins squad, and now that they have Ben Roethlisberger back at the helm of their offense, they will finish this season with very few losses and definitely make a playoff appearance.