Instead of a week filled with upsets and surprises, us fans we’re treated to an unfortunate amount of injuries. From torn ACL’s, to hurt necks, NFL players had a rough week staying healthy. I wish all of the players who suffered drastic injuries this past week a full recover. The also NFL lost two legends this week. Legendary coach, Bum Phillips passed away at the age of 90, while Titans owner Bud Adams also passed away at the age of 90. Truly a sad week in the NFL.
Back to football talk, the Kansas City Chiefs are the only remaining team in the NFL that has yet to lose a game. They recently defeated the Houston Texans to overtake the Denver Broncos for first place in the AFC West and for the best record in football. Coach Andy Reid has to be the lock to win the Coach of the Year Award.
This past weekend was also a great one for the two New York teams. The New York Jets were able to defeat the Patriots with a controversial field goal in overtime, while the Giants were able to earn their first win of the season against the Vikings on Monday Night Football.
Here are my Power Rankings for week 8. Feel free to leave your comments and opinions below. Also, make sure you check back every Tuesday morning as I will continue to post my Power Rankings throughout the season.
Number 1: Kansas City Chiefs (7-0) – Last Week 2
Who would’ve thought prior to the start of the season that the Kansas City Chiefs were going to be the only remaining undefeated team through the first seven weeks? Well, they are and they are here to stay. Awesome job by Coach Reid and the staff in turning around this franchise.
Number 2: Denver Broncos (6-1) – Last Week 1
Even with a loss the Broncos only moved down one spot in my rankings. If you look at what they have done throughout the entire season it is hard to put them anywhere but two. The offense still looked pretty good in a loss, scoring 33 points.
Number 3: Seattle Seahawks (6-1) – Last Week 3
The Seahawks were impressive in a road victory on this past Thursday night in Arizona. It was by far there best road win of the season against a good team in Arizona.
Number 4: Indianapolis Colts (5-2) – Last Week 7
With wins over Seattle, San Francisco and now Denver, the Indianapolis Colts are making some big time noise in the NFL. However, the loss of Reggie Wayne is going to greatly impact them in a negative fashion. Time for the young guys to step up.
Number 5: San Francisco 49’ers (5-2) – Last Week 6
San Francisco continues their good season with a win at Tennessee. Frank Gore also continued is remarkable season. Not too shabby for a 30 year old back with the amount of mileage he has on him. Next up for San Fran, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Number 6: New Orleans Saints (5-1) – Last Week 5
Coming off their bye week the New Orleans Saints look to get back in the win column as they are set to take on the Buffalo Bills. Look for Brees to have a monster game against a pretty below average secondary.
Number 7: New England Patriots (5-2) – Last Week 4
A penalty that was called for the first time in the history of the NFL cost the Patriots their sixth win. Rob Gronkowski was huge in his return game, being targeted 17 times, with 8 catches for 114 yards.
Number 8: Green Bay Packers (4-2) – Last Week 9
The Packers injury issues continue as tight end Jermichael Finley was carted off the field with a neck injury. A couple positives to take away from the game against Cleveland was how well the defense performed and the fact that running back Eddie Lacy had another good performance.
Number 9: Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) – Last Week 10
The Bengals have had some quality wins this season. First they beat the Green Bay Packers, then the New England Patriots and now they were able to take a trip up north to Detroit the Lions. Don’t sleep on this team to win their division. Their offense is just as good as anybody’s.
Number 10: Dallas Cowboys (4-3) – Last Week 13
The Cowboys absolutely dominated the Philadelphia Eagles to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East. Dez Bryant had yet another monster game. The Boys have a tough task at hand this week as they are set to take on the Detroit Lions.
Number 11: Detroit Lions (4-3) – Last Week 11
The Lions were so close to defeating the Bengals. What a game it was. One thing that stands out to me is how efficient they were on 3rd down, converting 13-19.
Number 12: Chicago Bears (4-3) – Last Week 8
I have been real high on the Bears all season. That is slowly changing. Their defense has been a non factor in almost every game this season and now their starting quarterback, Jay Cutler is going to be out for at least a month. Their next three opponents aren’t going to help their cause as they are going to face the Packers, Lions and Ravens.
Number 13: San Diego Chargers (4-3) – Last Week 16
The Chargers continued their win streak with a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They’re off this week but are right back at it with a game at Washington on November 3rd.
Number 14: New York Jets (4-3) – Last Week 20
“You know what, it’s about time we got a break.” – Rex Ryan.. Yep. They finally caught a break. The Jets are 4-3 and are in second place in the AFC East. Who would’ve thought? And who would’ve thought that Geno Smith would outplay Tom Brady? Crazy year for football in New York.
Number 15: Baltimore Ravens (3-4) – Last Week 12
After starting off the season 3-2, the Ravens have dropped their last two games. Flacco has been solid in the past two games and they only lost both of them by a combined five points. I wouldn’t be too worried if I were a Raven fan.
Number 16: Tennessee Titans (3-4) – Last Week 15
Even with the return of Jake Locker the Titans were unable to get a victory of the 49’ers. Locker threw his first interception of the season and the team lost three games in a row. Perfect time for the bye week.