2012 Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

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The song remains the same at the very top and very bottom of NFL power rankings, while teams such as the Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions are humming a much different tune. Eli Manning kept the Giants in the top five of this week's list, and the Texans again proved that they are the best team in the AFC. A big win over Baltimore wasn't enough, however, to propel Houston ahead of multiple NFC teams.

2012 Week 8 NFL power rankings

32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5): Does Brady Quinn really give the Chiefs the best chance of winning a game? It's absolutely astonishing to me that such a question is being asked in 2012.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5): Blaine Gabbert having a bum shoulder isn't nearly as big an issue as is MJD being out. The Jags are currently 13 point underdogs heading into their road contest at Green Bay. I think the Packers will cover that spread and then some.

30. Carolina Panthers (1-5): I didn't realize the team's GM was the guy making mistakes with the football and throwing tantrums during and after games. It's all gone wrong in Carolina.

29. Cleveland Browns (1-5): Perhaps the most coulda, shoulda, woulda team in all of American sports this fall. The Browns continue to find painful ways to lose games.

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4): Their defense just can't hang against top tier pass attacks. Pass rushers don't get into the backfield enough, and their d-backs can't defend against deep balls.

27. Oakland Raiders (2-4): The Raiders move up one big spot in NFL power rankings after surviving against lowly Jacksonville. Oakland at KC is the definition of "must miss" football.

26. Buffalo Bills (3-4): It's amazing that a team with that defense is just a game out of first place in the division. I think any opponent could run for 200 yards against Buffalo right now.

25. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4): Cincy's plummet down NFL power rankings continues. They are still very much so third-best in the AFC North.

24. St. Louis Rams (3-4): A pass defense that couldn't stop Aaron Rodgers now gets to host Tom Brady and the Patriots. Sometimes life just isn't fair.

23. New Orleans Saints (2-4): New Orleans didn't look like a team "finally putting it together" against a bad Bucs team. Drew Brees deserves a better defense.

22. Detroit Lions (2-4): Things are quickly getting out of hand for a Lions team that was again its own worst enemy on Monday. A loss to Seattle this coming weekend could prove to be the end of Detroit's playoff hopes.

21. New York Jets (3-4): There are no moral victories when you waste a dramatic fourth quarter rally. Gang Green had no business losing to New England.

20. Indianapolis Colts (3-3): Were outplayed by the Browns in Indy, but the win counts all the same for the Colts. I'm not yet convinced that they are a playoff team, but they are tough to beat when at home.

19. Tennessee Titans (3-4): If Chris Johnson is actually back, Tennessee could be one of the biggest surprises of the season. That defense is still a major concern, but a win against Indy would put the Titans at .500 heading into November.

18. Washington Redskins (3-4): RG3 is thrilling to watch and perhaps even better than advertised. The same can't be said for his defense. Maybe the rookie QB can also feature as a DB.

17. Dallas Cowboys (3-3): Eli Manning has owned the 'Boys in their shiny new home. I see no reason to believe that trend will end this fall.

16. Arizona Cardinals (4-3): The free fall in the standings and in NFL power rankings continues. Facing the Niners is not what this team needs right now.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3): Philly isn't beating Atlanta unless they learned how to hold onto the football during the off week.

14. San Diego Chargers (3-3): How San Diego responds after the heartbreaking loss to Denver will tell you quite a bit about the team. They do have to travel east for a 1:00 pm game, but the Chargers should be able to get the job done against the Browns.

13. Miami Dolphins (3-3): Coming off the Bye week and beating the Jets at MetLife Stadium would prove that the 'Phins are no fluke.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3): Finally earned a road win at Cincy, but the Steelers were far from convincing on Sunday night. Jonathan Dwyer looked like a star in the win, but he won't be facing the Bengals every weekend.

11. Seattle Seahawks (4-3): Seattle's defense is great, good enough to keep the team in games against all opponents. Their offense is just too inconsistent, especially when on the road.

10. Denver Broncos (3-3): The Broncos have to be favorites to win the division. Peyton Manning could throw for 500 yards against the Saints.

9. New England Patriots (4-3): Being the best team in the AFC East doesn't mean what it once did. New England's defense must improve if the Pats are going to contend this year.

8. Baltimore Ravens (5-2): It's soul searching time for a Baltimore team that showed zero heart at Houston. The Ravens need the upcoming Bye and badly.

7. Minnesota Vikings (5-2): Earned a nice win against Arizona, but Christian Ponder had yet another shaky afternoon. Adrian Peterson may have to put the Vikes on his back if they are going to remain atop the division standings.

6. Green Bay Packers (4-3): Losing Charles Woodson will obviously hurt, but Aaron Rodgers is again playing with chips on both shoulders. That makes the Packers one very scary team.

5. San Francisco 49ers (5-2): Just imagine what this team would be like if San Fran had an elite quarterback.

4. Houston Texans (6-1): Humbled Baltimore at home, but I can't help but wonder if that tells us more about the current state of the Ravens than it tells about Houston's true talent.

3. Chicago Bears (5-1): Keep on doubting the Bears. They just keep on winning and having the best defense in the league.

2. New York Giants (5-2): There are two types of NFL fans: Those who know Eli Manning is the best fourth quarter QB in the league, and those who have an incorrect opinion on the subject.

1. Atlanta Falcons (6-0): Undefeated and fresh coming off the Bye week, the kings of NFL power rankings can make a real statement by winning in Philly this coming weekend.

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