It was a good week for football fans as, for the first time in a while, most of the games were fun to watch. This week also gave us plenty of storylines, with the trades of Christian McCaffrey and James Robinson, along with shock losses by the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With another week behind us and plenty of games to take into consideration, here are your updated Week 8 NFL Power Rankings.
NFL Power Rankings for Week 8
1) Philadelphia Eagles (6-0) (Last Week: 1)
The Philadelphia Eagles had a bye this past week and get some extra time to prepare for the lowly Pittsburgh Steelers. They should be able to get the job done and stay at the top of our NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 9.
2) Buffalo Bills (5-1) (2)
Like the Eagles, the Buffalo Bills had their bye week this past week. With an extra week to prepare for the Green Bay Packers, the Bills have no excuse not to blow them out at home in Week 8.
3) Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) (3)
Although the Kansas City Chiefs won by a score of 44-23 over the San Francisco 49ers, the game was much closer than that. It was a five-point game in the fourth quarter until the Chiefs rattled off two touchdown drives with a 49ers safety sandwiched in between. When needed, the Chiefs’ defense stepped up to the call. They’ll have a bigger test in Week 8 against the Tennessee Titans who have won four straight.
4) Cincinnati Bengals (4-3) (4)
After a largely underwhelming victory over the New Orleans Saints in Week 6, they left nothing to chance in Week 7 against the Atlanta Falcons. Cincinnati clobbered the Falcons, 35-17, and led by 21 points on two different occasions in the game. Receiver Ja’Marr Chase looked like a star once again as he unloaded for 130 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Tyler Boyd also looked good with over 150 yards and a touchdown. The offense should be able to build on this week’s performance with a matchup against the Cleveland Browns on deck.
5) New York Giants (6-1) (5)
Once again, the New York Giants gritted out a hard-fought victory. All of their games have been decided by one possession or fewer. Still, they won and stay in the top five of our NFL Power Rankings. On the last play of the game, the Giants stopped receiver Christian Kirk at the one-yard line to seal a victory. Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley both ran for over 100 yards and, if they can just shore up some dumb mistakes, they should be able to truly challenge for the NFC East title.
6) Baltimore Ravens (4-3) (6)
If you ask Cleveland Browns fans, the refs gave the Baltimore Ravens the win. In an odd game, the Ravens led by 10 late before a missed field goal, fumble, and some interesting calls helped Baltimore slip by with a 23-20 victory. Running back Gus Edwards looked solid in J.K. Dobbins’ absence and, with a crucial late fumble by Justice Hill nearly costing them the game, Edwards should be the lead back moving forward.
7) Minnesota Vikings (5-1) (8)
The Minnesota Vikings had a bye and will took the time to focus on their matchup with the Arizona Cardinals this week. Kyler Murray will challenge the Vikings’ defense more than any other quarterback has this year. Will the Vikings continue their troubling trend of pulling away at the last second, or can they put the game to rest before it becomes a nail-biter?
8) Dallas Cowboys (5-2) (9)
The Dallas Cowboys beat the Detroit Lions at home, 24-6, in Week 7, but that’s not much of an achievement. With quarterback Dak Prescott back, the Cowboys should’ve run away with the game. They instead needed countless Detroit errors to pull away late. While some credit goes to Dallas for forcing five second-half turnovers, it was clearly more thanks to bad mistakes from the Lions. With the Chicago Bears on deck, the Cowboys need to start ramping up their offensive production.
9) Los Angeles Rams (3-3) (10)
The Los Angeles Rams had their bye last week after outlasting the Carolina Panthers, 24-10, in Week 6. With a week off, they’ll hopefully be able to prepare better than they did last time they played the 49ers and lost 24-9.
10) New York Jets (5-2) (14)
It was far from pretty, but the New York Jets won again in Week 7 with a 16-9 victory over the Denver Broncos., helping them rise in our NFL Power Rankings. The bigger issue for the Jets is rookie running back Breece Hall tearing his ACL in the victory. The Jets went out and acquired James Robinson to fill in his role and only had to give up a conditional sixth-round pick to get him. Robinson has been nothing short of solid so far in his career and he should be able to stop the Jets from missing too much of a beat offensively. Their next game against the New England Patriots will be a good barometer for their offense without Breece Hall.
11) San Francisco 49ers (3-4) (12)
12) Los Angeles Chargers (4-3) (7)
13) Miami Dolphins (4-3) (15)
14) Tennessee Titans (4-2) (17)
15) Seattle Seahawks (4-3) (23)
16) Arizona Cardinals (3-4) (16)
17) New England Patriots (3-4) (11)
18) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) (13)
19) Atlanta Falcons (3-4) (18)
20) Las Vegas Raiders (2-4) (22)
21) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) (21)
22) Green Bay Packers (3-4) (19)
23) Indianapolis Colts (3-3-1) (20)
24) Cleveland Browns (2-5) (25)
25) Chicago Bears (3-4) (30)
26) New Orleans Saints (2-5) (24)
27) Washington Commanders (3-4) (29)
28) Denver Broncos (2-5) (26)
29) Carolina Panthers (2-5) (32)
30) Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) (27)
31) Detroit Lions (1-5) (28)
32) Houston Texans (1-4-1) (31)
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