Every week the National Football Post brings you our NFL Power Rankings: a breakdown of how we stack up the league.
Week 8 (previous rankings in parenthesis)
1. (1) Atlanta Falcons (6-0): An interesting matchup for the Falcons coming off the bye when they head to Philly to take on Vick and the Eagles.
2. (2) New York Giants (5-2): A big play late in the game from Eli Manning and Victor Cruz? Nothing new for the Giants.
3. (3) Houston Texans (6-1): The Texans played like the team we hyped up all summer as they beat up the Ravens 43-13.
4. (6) Chicago Bears (5-1): No one takes the ball away like the Lovie Smith’s defense in Chicago.
5. (5) San Francisco 49ers (5-2): This team is physical, they play defense and there is no questioning the run game. But can Alex Smith make a big throw when they need it?
US PRESSWIRERodgers has thrown nine TD passes in his last two games.
6. (8) Green Bay Packers (4-3): Aaron Rodgers put the rest of the league on notice with his production the last two ball games.
7. (9) New England Patriots (4-3): There is plenty to clean up in New England, but the Pats are still one of the favorites in a weak AFC field.
8. (4) Baltimore Ravens (5-2): Terrell Suggs' return didn't change the results for the Ravens' defense.
9. (10) Denver Broncos (3-3): Brees vs. Manning this Sunday. That’s good football.
10. (11) Minnesota Vikings (5-2): The schedule is going to get much tougher for the Vikes—will they stick in the top 10?
11. (7) Seattle Seahawks (4-3): The game vs. the 49ers was the style of football we should expect all season in the NFC West.
12. (15) Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3): Solid night for CB Ike Taylor in a game they Steelers had to win on the road in Cincy.
13. (12) Philadelphia Eagles (3-3): Juan Castillo is out and Todd Bowles is in as the Eagles’ new defensive coordinator. Let’s see how it plays out.
14. (13) Washington Redskins (3-4): RGIII continues to impress, but the Redskins have to close out that game in N.Y.
15. (14) Arizona Cardinals (4-3): After three straight losses (and atrocious O-Line play) this club is going backwards.
16. (17) San Diego Chargers (3-3): That had to be a long bye week in San Diego after blowing the 24-0 lead vs. the Broncos last Monday night.
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17. (18) Miami Dolphins (3-3): Can Ryan Tannehill continue to play at a high level on the road in New York vs. the Jets?
18. (19) New York Jets (3-4): Tony Sparano needs to put the “Tebow Package” on the shelf and let Mark Sanchez run this offense.
19. (21) Dallas Cowboys (3-3): Losing LB Sean Lee is a major blow to Rob Ryan’s defense in Dallas.
20. (16) Detroit Lions (2-4): There is no excuse for the Lions’ red zone turnovers on Monday night in Chicago.
US PRESSWIREDrew Brees will need some help from his defense to get back in the NFC mix.
21. (23) New Orleans Saints (2-4): Brees is going to put up numbers, but can the Saints’ defense get this team back in the NFC discussion?
22. (24) Cincinnati Bengals (3-4): Why didn’t the Bengals target A.J. Green down the field on Sunday night?
23. (20) St. Louis Rams (3-4): Another test for this Rams’ defense vs. Brady and the Pats in London.
24. (25) Tennessee Titans (3-4): Chris Johnson ran for 195-yards in the Titans’ win. Where was that earlier in the season?
25. (27) Indianapolis Colts (3-3): At 3-3, Andrew Luck and the Colts are still hanging around.
26. (26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4): The Bucs college scouting department should be watching tape of CBs.
27. (22) Buffalo Bills (3-4): One week after playing good football in Arizona, the Bills’ defense struggled again.
28. (29) Oakland Raiders (2-4): The Raiders came back to the beat the Jags in a game that was hard to watch.
29. (29) Carolina Panthers (1-5): The GM is out. Who’s next in Carolina?
30. (30) Cleveland Browns (1-6): Josh Gordon needs to make that grab in the end zone.
31. (31) Kansas City Chiefs (1-5): Brady Quinn was named the starter in Kansas City. That’s no good.
32. (32) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5): The Jags were already at the bottom of our list and losing Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t going to change that.
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