NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

Posted: October 28, 2010 in Opinions
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We’re almost to the midway point (already?) of the 2010 season folks. Time to take a look at the midseason power rankings. The following rankings, provided by ESPN.com, show who’s where in the NFL with comments from their national analysts and regional bloggers for that team’s respective division.

Easily, the AFC is dominating the ranks. Of the top 8 spots, 7 are occupied by AFC teams. The only NFC teams at this point of any significant relevance are Atlanta (5), New York (9), Green Bay (10), and Philadelphia (11).

An interesting trend has developed as of late in the NFL regarding Super Bowl champions. The last 6 consecutive Super Bowl champs (2004 Patriots, 2005 Steelers, 2006 Colts, 2007 Giants, 2008 Steelers, 2009 Saints) all wore their white road jerseys on Super Bowl Sunday. Care to take a stab at which squad will be wearing the white jerseys this year in Dallas? The AFC of course. This comes as no surprise. If an NFC team goes home with the Lombardi trophy this year, I will be incredibly shocked.

RK (LW) TEAM REC COMMENT
1 (1) Steelers 5-1 It turns out the Steelers are both lucky and good. (Walker)
2 (2) Jets 5-1 Jets are rested coming off their bye week. They seem like the No. 1 team in football. (Clayton)
3 (3) Patriots 5-1 The Patriots are quietly moving toward division title without Randy Moss, who visits Sunday. (Clayton)
4 (4) Ravens 5-2 The Ravens narrowly avoided embarrassment by beating the Bills at home in OT. (Walker)
5 (7) Falcons 5-2 Roddy White nearly made MVP Watch list a week ago; no doubt now. (Sando)
6 (5) Colts 4-2 The Colts are depleted by injuries. Watch an unlikely hero emerge Monday in crucial AFC South game vs. Texans. (Kuharsky)
7 (8) Titans 5-2 The Titans’ ability to score paired with their red zone defense is a nice combination. (Kuharsky)
8 (9) Texans 4-2 The Texans could not draw a trip to Indy for key rematch at a better time. (Kuharsky)
9 (11) Giants 5-2 Giants make an argument as the best team in the NFC through Week 7. (Clayton)
10 (15) Packers 4-3 Packers finally won a close game — and it couldn’t have come at a better time. (Walker)
11 (10) Eagles 4-3 No “wow” factor in Kevin Kolb in Week 7 loss to Titans, giving Michael Vick the start after bye. (Clayton)
12 (13) Chiefs 4-2 Next up: A breather in Buffalo before two road division games. (Kuharsky)
13 (14) Redskins 4-3 Redskins have plenty to work on, but Mike Shanahan has them winning. (Clayton)
14 (6) Saints 4-3 QB Drew Brees has more INTs in past three games than in 2004 season (15 starts). (Sando)
15 (12) Bears 4-3 QB Jay Cutler found a new favorite target: Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall. (Walker)
16 (16) Dolphins 3-3 Dolphins feeling slighted by officiating, but they need more TDs and fewer FGs. (Clayton)
17 (23) Seahawks 4-2 Seahawks off to best start since 2005 and 2006 teams also went 4-2. (Sando)
18 (19) Buccaneers 4-2 Best team in the NFC, as their coach claims? Bucs might be third-best in own division. (Sando)
19 (17) Vikings 2-4 QB Brett Favre is hurting this team on and off the field. (Walker)
20 (21) Rams 3-4 Schedule serves up Panthers, then a welcome bye with Steven Jackson hurting. (Sando)
21 (18) Cardinals 3-3 Think Cards miss Kurt Warner? They rank 32nd in yards per game. (Sando)
22 (20) Bengals 2-4 The Bengals are one of the least fundamentally sound teams in the league. (Walker)
23 (28) Raiders 3-4 After 59-point outburst in Denver, the Raiders should be feeling quite good as they prepare to host Seattle. (Kuharsky)
24 (24) Chargers 2-5 Incredibly difficult to figure out, but we must ask how much fault should fall at coach Norv Turner’s feet. (Kuharsky)
25 (25) Jaguars 3-4 David Garrard or Trent Edwards isn’t going to fix this team as it heads to Dallas. (Kuharsky)
26 (26) Cowboys 1-5 Jerry Jones is hosting the Super Bowl, but he should apply to host the 2011 NFL draft. (Clayton)
27 (22) Broncos 2-5 The Broncos have been outscored by 61 points, the third-worst mark in the league. (Kuharsky)
28 (30) Browns 2-5 With an upset of the Saints, the Browns have beaten the reigning Super Bowl champions three straight years. (Walker)
29 (31) Panthers 1-5 Panthers are 1-5 and facing four of their next six games on the road. (Sando)
30 (29) Lions 1-5 At least the Lions (bye) didn’t lose last weekend. (Walker)
31 (27) 49ers 1-6 49ers put undefeated European record on the line vs. Broncos. (Sando)
32 (32) Bills 0-6 Nice performance by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, but the Bills still fell short against the Ravens. (Clayton)
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