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NFL Power Rankings – Week 8

Week 8 Power Rankings

Who’s up, who’s down? Frank Schwab surveys the NFL landscape following the Week 7 games.

32. Arizona Cardinals (1-6, Last Week: 32)

It’s fair to wonder if Steve Wilks will be one-and-done as coach. It’s extreme to fire a coach after one year, but if the Cardinals continue to look as unprepared as they were last week against the Broncos, it becomes a topic of conversation. (Larry Fitzgerald)

31. Oakland Raiders (1-5, LW: 31)

It’s become a popular thing to rip Jon Gruden, but give him his due: He got a first-round pick for Amari Cooper when that’s probably way more than Cooper is worth. (Jon Gruden)

30. Buffalo Bills (2-5, LW: 27)

OK, so who’s up next for the Bills after that 37-5 loss? Oh, they host the Patriots. On “Monday Night Football.” With Derek Anderson starting again at quarterback. What fun. (Derek Anderson)

29. New York Giants (1-6, LW: 29)

There’s not much gray area with Pat Shurmur’s decision to go for two after the Giants cut the Falcons lead to 20-12. Going for two gives a team a much better chance to win. (Eli Manning)

28. San Francisco 49ers (1-6, LW: 28)

This might be a lost season, but let’s recognize that George Kittle is becoming a star at tight end. There are surprisingly few productive tight ends in the NFL this season, but Kittle has become one of the best. (George Kittle)

27. Indianapolis Colts (2-5, LW: 30)

Marlon Mack had a career day, with 126 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries against a good Bills defense. It’ll be important for Indy to see which young players emerge the rest of the way. (Marlon Mack)

26. Cleveland Browns (2-4-1, LW: 22)

Assuming Hue Jackson doesn’t have a major turnaround, it will be very interesting to see if Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley gets any buzz for the job. It might be a fun fit. (Baker Mayfield)

25. Denver Broncos (3-4, LW: 26)

It makes sense for the Broncos to trade Demaryius Thomas. Amari Cooper was more attractive because of his age and salary, but if the Raiders could get a first for Cooper you’d think the Broncos could get something for Thomas. (Chris Harris)

24. Atlanta Falcons (3-4, LW: 24)

The Julio Jones touchdown thing is strange. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since Nov. 26, 2017. He’s is one of the best receivers of this or any other generation; why is this happening? (Julio Jones)

23. Tennessee Titans (3-4, LW: 23)

The decision to go for the two-point conversion was the right one. But how do you line up with an empty backfield from the 1-yard line? (Mike Vrabel)

22. Dallas Cowboys (3-4, LW: 20)

The gamble on Amari Cooper is a big one. You simply don’t trade a first-round pick for a year-and-a-half of a player who hasn’t been productive in two seasons. (Amari Cooper)

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3, LW: 21)

The Buccaneers are lucky they beat the Browns, because they did just about every single thing they could to lose it. ()

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4, LW: 10)

Will the Jaguars rally in London against the Eagles to save their season, or entirely giving up on each other? No idea what will happen. (Cody Kessler)

19. Houston Texans (4-3, LW: 25)

Houston is suddenly 4-3 and in first place. At this point, who else in the AFC South is really going to beat them for the division title? (DeAndre Hopkins)

18. New York Jets (3-4, LW: 17)

Sam Darnold was bad on Sunday against a good Vikings defense, completing 40.5 percent of his passes and throwing three interceptions. This is just life with most rookie quarterbacks. (Chris Herndon)

17. Miami Dolphins (4-3, LW: 16)

Kenyan Drake had 72 yards … on six carries. Why can’t Adam Gase can’t figure out that Drake is good and deserves more work? (Kenny Stills)

16. Seattle Seahawks (3-3, LW: 19)

Seattle’s next five games: at Lions, vs. Chargers, at Rams, vs. Packers, at Panthers. That’ll determine if the Seahawks can at least stay in the wild-card race. (Russell Wilson)

15. Detroit Lions (3-3, LW: 18)

The Lions can run the ball all of a sudden? Kerryon Johnson had 158 yards Sunday and LeGarrette Blount added 50 and a TD. (LeGarrette Blount)

14. Chicago Bears (3-3, LW: 13)

Two special-teams breakdowns killed the Bears in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots. The defense has had two bad games, but there’s a lot of talent on that side and they’ll rebound. Don’t bury these guys yet. (Jordan Howard)

13. Cincinnati Bengals (4-3, LW: 12)

Newsflash: The Bengals can’t match up with the Chiefs offense. Nothing we didn’t know before kickoff. (Andy Dalton)

12. Washington Redskins (4-2, LW: 15)

Washington is lucky the Cowboys missed that field goal, because they almost had an epic collapse. But they got the win, and the schedule remains easy for the foreseeable future. (Adrian Peterson)

11. Green Bay Packers (3-2-1, LW: 14)

The Packers play at the Rams and at the Patriots in back-to-back weeks. If they’re going to live up to their promise this season they probably want to avoid getting swept, though it’ll be hard to even split those two games. (Clay Matthews)

10. Baltimore Ravens (4-3, LW: 9)

Justin Tucker’s missed extra point was shocking, but the top-ranked defense in the NFL still shouldn’t blow a 17-7 fourth-quarter lead at home. (Justin Tucker)

9. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4, LW: 6)

If the Eagles win six of their last nine, that puts them at just 9-7 and that’s no guarantee to qualify for the playoffs. Whatever ails them, they need to fix it very soon. (Wendell Smallwood)

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1, LW: 11)

For all the issues through the first six weeks, the Steelers are in first place, thanks to a very fortunate bye week in which the rest of the AFC North went 0-3. (Ben Roethlisberger)

7. Carolina Panthers (4-2, LW: 8)

That was a heck of a win at Philadelphia. You won’t see many teams, on the road against a team as good as the Eagles, overcome a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit. (Cam Newton)

6. Los Angeles Chargers (5-2, LW: 7)

It wasn’t the most dominant win, but the Chargers are 5-2 with their two losses against the two best teams in the NFL, and Joey Bosa is probably returning after this week’s bye. Not too bad. (Denzel Perryman)

5. Minnesota Vikings (4-2-1, LW: 5)

Only quarterbacks or record-breaking running backs win MVPs in today’s NFL, but if someone outside of that group was going to make a run, it might be Vikings receiver Adam Thielen. He’s been the best receiver in the NFL so far this season and it’s really not close. (Jaleel Johnson)

4. New Orleans Saints (5-1, LW: 4)

Winning outdoors, in the whipping wind, is a good sign the Saints are here to stay. That was an impressive comeback, and under the radar due to the shock of Justin Tucker’s miss. (Ben Watson)

3. New England Patriots (5-2, LW: 3)

To win on the road against a good Bears team without Rob Gronkowski, after Sony Michel got hurt, was a quality victory. The Patriots are clearly back to being the Patriots. (Julian Edelman)

2. Kansas City Chiefs (6-1, LW: 2)

Kareem Hunt had 141 total yards and three touchdowns in Sunday night’s blowout win. When you consider the 2017 NFL rushing champ has been relatively overshadowed in this offense, I’m not sure how anyone can stop the Chiefs. (Kareem Hunt)

1. Los Angeles Rams (7-0, LW: 1)

Aaron Donald had four sacks and six tackles for loss on Sunday. Imagine how good the Rams are going to be if Donald is hitting a hot streak. (Brandin Cooks)