NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Cowboys Sink as Giants, Patriots Remain Teams to Beat
NFL Power Rankings Week 8 have officially been released, at least my opinion of who’s getting better and who’s in the cellar as the 2010 season rolls on.
And from Dallas’s Monday night beat-down loss to Oakland’s Sunday blowout win, we'll be taking a look at how Week 7 affected the latest NFL power rankings.
Without further ado, here are all 32 teams—ranked from the depths of disaster to the ranks of the righteous—beginning with the still-winless Buffalo Bills and the continually sinking Dallas Cowboys…
Honorable Mentions: No. 21-32
No. 32: Buffalo Bills (0-6)
The Buffalo Bills remain the lone winless team in the NFL this season, dropping a 37-34 decision to the Baltimore Ravens despite leading a majority of the game.
No. 31: Dallas Cowboys (1-5)
The Dallas Cowboys are absolutely terrible this season, and now must roll on without their starting QB, due to Tony Romo going down with an injury in the team’s 41-35 Monday night loss to Eli Manning and the New York Giants.
No. 30: San Francisco 49ers (1-6)
One week after picking up its first win of the 2010 NFL season, San Francisco had a chance of starting a streak; instead, the 49ers lost to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon, 23-20.
No. 29: Carolina Panthers (1-5)
As mentioned earlier, the Carolina Panthers picked up a win in Week 7 with a 23-20 victory over the 49ers, jumping the team a couple notches from last week’s NFL power rankings.
No. 28: Detroit Lions (1-5)
The Detroit Lions remain at No. 28 in the latest NFL power rankings, taking a bye week and a 1-5 overall record into Week 8.
No. 27: San Diego Chargers (2-5)
Despite a fourth-quarter surge, the San Diego Chargers dropped a 23-20 decision to the top-ranked New England Patriots—bringing a 2-5 overall record into Week 8.
No. 26: Cincinnati Bengals (2-4)
After falling behind early before battling back for a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Cincinnati Bengals still managed to find a way to lose—falling 39-32 to the Atlanta Falcons.
No. 25: Denver Broncos (2-5)
The Denver Broncos were absolutely destroyed on Sunday afternoon by the Oakland Raiders, 59-14, dropping the team down quite a bit in this week’s NFL power rankings.
No. 24: Cleveland Browns (2-5)
The Browns defense played superb in the team’s latest victory—a 30-17 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon—bringing Cleveland into the Top 25 realm for the first time this season.
No. 23: Minnesota Vikings (2-4)
Brett Favre and the Vikings lost another close heartbreaker to the Packers on Sunday night in Green Bay, dropping the team to 2-4 overall. Questions abound surrounding Minnesota’s QB, especially in regards to his latest injury.
No. 22: St. Louis Rams (2-5)
The St. Louis Rams dropped a nail-biting, 18-17 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7 of NFL action, dropping the team to 2-5 overall.
No. 21: Oakland Raiders (3-4)
The Raiders picked up a wild and unpredictable 59-14 blowout victory over the reeling Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon, bringing Oakland to 3-4 overall in 2010 while jumping the team to No. 21 in this week’s NFL power rankings.
No. 20: Miami Dolphins (3-3)
The Miami Dolphins dropped a 23-22 fight-to-the-finish against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7, with the team moving to 3-3 overall this season.
Miami is currently in third place in the AFC East, with an 0-3 record at home and 3-0 mark on the road.
No. 19: Philadelphia Eagles (4-3)
The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Titans, 37-19, on Sunday afternoon at Tennessee, to drop to 3-4 overall.
Philadelphia is currently in third place in the NFC East, going 3-2 in conference play and 0-1 in the division.
No. 18: Green Bay Packers (4-3)
The Green Bay Packers garnered a 28-24 victory over the slumping Minnesota Vikings to improve to 4-3 on the 2010 season.
Green Bay is currently in second place in the NFC North, with a 2-1 divisional record and 3-2 conference mark.
No. 17: New Orleans Saints (4-3)
The New Orleans Saints offense was stunned by a superior secondary on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, dropping a 30-17 decision while moving to 4-3 overall.
New Orleans is currently in third place in the NFC South, claiming a 4-2 conference mark while going 2-1 in divisional play.
No. 16: Seattle Seahawks (4-2)
The Seahawks rolled to a 22-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Sunday’s Week 7 showdown, improving Seattle’s overall record to 4-2.
Seattle is currently in first place in the NFC West, going 3-1 in conference play and 2-1 in divisional play.
No. 15: Tennessee Titans (4-2)
The Tennessee Titans destroyed the Philadelphia Eagles, 37-19, on Sunday afternoon to improve to 4-2 overall on the 2010 NFL season.
Tennessee is currently in first place in the AFC South—and although just 2-2 in the conference, the team holds a 1-0 divisional mark.
No. 14: Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)
The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7, falling 42-20 while moving to 3-3 overall.
Jacksonville is currently in last place in the AFC South and has lost two straight contests.
No. 13: Houston Texans (4-2)
The Houston Texans remain at No. 13 in this week’s NFL power rankings, taking a bye week and 4-2 overall record into a Monday Night showdown with the Indianapolis Colts.
Houston is currently in second place in the AFC South, going 3-0 in conference play while holding a 1-0 record in divisional play.
No. 12: Arizona Cardinals (3-3)
The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Seattle Seahawks, 22-10, on Sunday afternoon—dropping the team’s overall record to 3-3 in 2010.
Arizona is currently in second place in the NFC West, going 1-1 in the division and 2-2 in conference play.
No. 11: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4-2 overall this season, picked up a 18-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 7.
Tampa Bay is currently in second place in the NFC South, holding a 2-1 record in conference play and going 1-1 in the division.
No. 10: Kansas City Chiefs (4-2)
The Kansas City Chiefs picked up a 42-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon, improving to 4-2 overall this season.
Kansas City is currently in first place in the AFC West, going 3-2 in conference play and 1-0 in the division.
No. 9: Washington Redskins (4-2)
The Washington Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears, 17-14, in Week 7 while improving to 4-2 overall in 2010.
Washington is currently in second place in the NFC East, holding a 2-0 divisional record while going 4-1 in conference play.
No. 8: Chicago Bears (4-3)
The Chicago Bears fell to the Washington Redskins, 17-14, on Sunday afternoon to drop to 4-3 overall.
Chicago is currently in first place in the NFC North, going 2-0 in the division while garnering a 4-3 conference mark.
No. 7: Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
The Indianapolis Colts, 4-2 overall this season, remain at No. 7 in the Week 8 NFL power rankings and will be entering a Monday Night showdown with the Houston Texans fresh off a bye week.
Indianapolis is currently in third place in the AFC South, garnering a 2-2 conference mark while holding a 0-2 record in divisional play.
No. 6: Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1)
The Pittsburgh Steelers are continuing to find ways to win, stealing a 23-22 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon to improve to 5-1 overall.
Pittsburgh is currently in first place in the AFC North, going 1-1 in the division and 3-1 in the conference.
No. 5: Atlanta Falcons (5-2)
The Atlanta Falcons picked up a 39-32 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7, improving the team’s overall 2010 record to 5-2.
Atlanta is currently in first place in the NFC South, going 1-0 in divisional play and 3-1 in the conference.
No. 4: Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
The Baltimore Ravens battled back to secure a 37-34 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon to improve to 5-2.
Baltimore is currently in second place in the AFC North with a 2-1 record in the division and 5-2 mark in conference play.
No. 3: New York Jets (5-1)
The New York Jets had a bye week on Sunday, and will be entering Week 8’s gridiron games with a 5-1 overall record and a No. 3 ranking in the latest NFL power rankings.
The Jets are currently in first place in the AFC East, going 3-0 in divisional play while garnering a 4-1 conference mark.
No. 2: New York Giants (5-2)
The New York Giants picked up a wild 41-35 beat-down win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7’s Monday Night Football game, improving the team’s overall record to 5-2.
The Giants are currently in first place in the NFC East, going 4-0 in the conference and 1-0 in the division.
No. 1: New England Patriots (5-1)
The New England Patriots remain the team to beat, and still hold the No. 1 ranking in this week’s NFL power rankings after picking up a 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday afternoon to improve to 5-1.
New England is currently in second place in the AFC East, holding a 2-1 divisional record while going 5-1 in conference play.
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