Moorhead’s NFL Power Rankings – Week 8

#32

New York Jets (0-7)

Previous Rank – 32

The Jets suck. They are wasting Sam Darnold’s career. Their coach is an idiot. Yet they somehow held Buffalo to no touchdowns. They still suck, and we are moving on. Chiefs are next week.

#31

New York Giants (1-6)

Previous Rank – 30

This game was the Giants’ game to win, but then it was their game to lose too. The Giants were actually able to get some points on the board against the Eagles, but sadly both sides of the ball crumbled when they shouldn’t have. It cost them a win, and they still remain last in the NFC East. They’ll take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week.

#30

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6)

Previous Rank – 29

Jacksonville certainly is now looking like the bad team we thought they would be. Aside from their week one surprise victory against the Colts, the Jaguars have nothing to show for except the gem that is James Robinson. The Jaguars will look to look at some problem areas on their bye week this week.

#29

Houston Texans (1-6)

Previous Rank – 26

In reality, the Texans shouldn’t be this bad, but here we are. They sit at a measly 1-6 record after having one of the worst schedule starts ever. The good news is that they can’t lose this week. That’s right. They’re on a bye next week.

#28

Atlanta Falcons (1-6)

Previous Rank – 25

We go from on disappointment to another as the Falcons drop three after a last second loss to the Lions. This is a joke right? This is like the fourth time this has happened this season with the Falcons. Finish the game. They should have beaten Detroit this week, but they’ll hopefully look for a silver lining in a match with the Carolina Panthers next week.

#27

Cincinnati Bengals (1-5-1)

Previous Rank – 27

Say what you want about me not dropping the Bengals, but overall they should have won this game. They only had to survive a minute against Cleveland, but they just couldn’t do it. Their defense sucked as they gave up five touchdowns to Baker Mayfield, but their offense is the real deal. Joe Burrow was the right man to draft. I just hope they can pull some more wins soon. they’ll face the Tennessee Titans next week.

#26

Minnesota Vikings (1-5)

Previous Rank – 28

The Vikings really didn’t do anything to earn moving up two spots, but rather simply this is the only place I could put them. They have nowhere to go, but up as they come off their bye week to take on their heated rival; the Green Bay Packers.

#25

Dallas Cowboys (2-5)

Previous Rank – 23

Man who knew the combination of losing Dak for the season and how bad the defense is would lead Dallas here to this point. They got absolutely demolished last weekend against the Washington Football, and demolished was putting it nicely. Dalton got taken out with an illegal shot to the head, so the rookie Ben DiNucci came in and tried to find something, but was ultimately swallowed hole by this defense. Dallas is in serious trouble here, and they’ll look to get out of the mud and muck with a game against the Eagles this Sunday.

#24

Washington Football Team (2-5)

Previous Rank – 31

It doesn’t happen often, but Washington came away with a blowout win last weekend against the Cowboys. Their run attack and defense was enough to put Dallas and Andy Dalton out of commission (literally). They’ll go into their bye week being second place in the NFC East.

#23

Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1)

Previous Rank – 24

How bad does a division have to be to have their top team be 2-4-1 on the season. Honestly, the entire NFC East is a disgrace. However, sitting up on the top is a beaten down Eagles team who’s second victory came last Thursday against the Giants. They’ll look for another divisional win this Sunday night when they take on the Dallas Cowboys.

#22

New England Patriots (2-4)

Previous Rank – 21

If there was a way to move New England down further, I would, but I can’t. I knew they would be worse than they were, but man it’s getting bad. Newton has two passing touchdowns to seven interceptions, and just can’t seem to get it going as he threw three of those interceptions against the 49ers last week, and was benched for it. The Pats have Newton as their man for now, but honestly he has to do better. They’ll take on the Buffalo Bills this weekend.

#21

Denver Broncos (2-4)

Previous Rank – 20

Another team I wish I could move down, but I can’t with how other teams are doing. The Broncos were supposed to be a better team, but honestly Coach Vangio might be finding his way out of the job sooner than later. It’s not all his fault as injuries are piling up for Denver, but they had an ugly loss to Kansas City last weekend in the cold. They’ll hopefully rebound against another divisional opponent; the Los Angeles Chargers.

#20

Los Angeles Chargers (2-4)

Previous Rank – 22

It took a while, but Herbert got his first win as a Charger beating the Jaguars last weekend. The Chargers have seemingly found their franchise quarterback as Herbert was leading in both passing and rushing in this one. The Chargers will look to go on a win streak when they take on the drained Denver Broncos this week.

#19

Carolina Panthers (3-4)

Previous Rank – 17

The Panthers suffered a hard fought loss against the Saints this past weekend. Bridgewater didn’t play bad rather the defense just got outplayed by Brees and the Saints. They will look for a win this upcoming weekend against a team they already dominated; the Atlanta Falcons.

#18

Miami Dolphins (3-3)

Previous Rank – 18

Miami has made the decision. They are rolling with Tua to start this week against the Rams. An odd choice, but some people saw this coming. I personally would have let Tua sit behind Fitzpatrick all season especially the way he’s been playing. Regardless, they come off their bye with their rookie quarterback and they’ll take on the Rams.

#17

Detroit Lions (3-3)

Previous Rank – 19

Sometimes teams are handed opportunities to win games. Man the Lions kinda didn’t deserve to win this won, but Gurley scoring a touchdown allowed the offense to come back on the field and go down and score. The Lions are third in their division and will look to reach higher when they face the Colts this weekend.

#16

Las Vegas Raiders (3-4)

Previous Rank – 13

The Raiders take a hard loss to the Buccaneers and in doing so drop three spots. The main problem from this week was that they just couldn’t get the ground game going and they fell behind because of defensive struggles. Carr is still playing good football in my opinion, and it should hopefully continue this week when they face the Cleveland Browns.

#15

Indianapolis Colts (4-2)

Previous Rank – 15

The Colts stay where they are after coming off their bye last weekend. The Colts have had some struggles on offense, but their defense has kept it together for a majority of the season. I am hoping that they stay their course when they look to defeat the Detroit Lions this week.

#14

San Francisco 49ers (4-3)

Previous Rank – 16

The 49ers pulled a big upset over the New England Patriots last weekend and essentially made them look very silly despite Garoppolo throwing two interceptions. The 49ers are experiencing some crazy bad luck with injuries, but they’ll look to push forward when they take on the Seattle Seahawks in a divisional matchup.

#13

Cleveland Browns (5-2)

Previous Rank – 14

Cleveland bounces back up one spot after Baker Mayfield put up five touchdown passes against the Bengals with Odell out in the game. They would move up a bit more, but the loss of Odell for the season might hurt Baker in the passing game. Time will tell, but overall they should be in a good matchup this weekend against the Raiders.

#12

Chicago Bears (5-2)

Previous Rank – 7

Damn Chicago bit the dust on this one. Their offense looked all out of sync, their defense aside from a fumble from Robert Woods that turned into a touchdown could not stop anything, and Nick Foles was just completely overwhelmed. The Bears got thrashed in this one, and honestly who knows if it will be different this weekend when they face the Saints this weekend.

#11

New Orleans Saints (4-2)

Previous Rank – 11

The Saints stay where they are despite a win over the Carolina Panthers. It is nothing against them, there were just better outcomes from other teams. Brees and the Saints should do just as well, but not having Thomas or Sanders might impact their performance again when they take on the Bears.

#10

Arizona Cardinals (5-2)

Previous Rank – 12

Arizona’s game with Seattle was amazing, and the fact that Arizona won in overtime made it so much better knocking Seattle off their undefeated streak. Kyler Murray is becoming a great quarterback with his throwing and rushing attack combo. They’ll have time to prepare and game plan on their bye this week.

#9

Los Angeles Rams (5-2)

Previous Rank – 10

The Rams were able to bypass the Chicago Bears with authority on route to winning yet another game this season. This division is stacked, and the Rams are proving to be the Rams of old with some of these wins. Goff was decent, the run game was great, and the defense played well. They’ll face the Miami Dolphins this week.

#8

Buffalo Bills (5-2)

Previous Rank – 8

The Bills stay put at the #8 spot despite getting a win over the New York Jets. All of their points came from field goals, and Josh Allen didn’t throw any passing touchdowns or rush any in. Their defense did well too keeping Sam Darnold and the Jets at bay with two interceptions and no touchdowns. They’ll face another divisional rival this week in the New England Patriots.

#7

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2)

Previous Rank – 9

Man, Brady looked good in this one. He was essentially carving up defenses with four passing touchdowns, and he even ran one in himself. The way it is looking now is that Brady got the better end of the deal leaving New England. Oh, and they also signed a new weapon in Antonio Brown who will make his debut in week nine. He’ll have another chance at glory when the Bucs take on the Giants Monday night.

#6

Tennessee Titans (5-1)

Previous Rank – 4

Honestly, Tennessee should have at least tied the Steelers and went into overtime, but a missed field goal by Gostkowski sealed the deal and gave Tennessee their first loss of the season. They didn’t do a lot wrong in this one, but sometimes teams just come up short. They’ll look to bounce back against the Bengals this week.

#5

Baltimore Ravens (5-1)

Previous Rank – 5

The Ravens don’t move coming off their bye week, and they have a huge divisional matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. This is going to be possibly the match of the week. The Ravens even managed to sign Dez Bryant to their team on the practice squad so there is that. It’s gonna be a hard fought game, but we will see what happens.

#4

Seattle Seahawks (5-1)

Previous Rank – 3

The Seahawks drop a spot after coming up short against the Arizona Cardinals. This game was close, and Tyler Lockett stole the show with his stats; 15 receptions, 200 yards, and three touchdowns. Absolutely insane, but the number of touchdowns also went the other way as Wilson threw three interceptions as well. They’ll look to bounce back against the 49ers this weekend.

#3

Green Bay Packers (5-1)

Previous Rank – 6

Green Bay killed it this weekend against the Houston Texans. Honestly, aside from some defensive issues, the team played great with Adams torching this secondary. Even with Aaron Jones out, Williams provided to be a great help to Rodgers and the Packers. Their next target will be a divisional rival; the Minnesota Vikings.

#2

Kansas City Chiefs (6-1)

Previous Rank – 2

The Chiefs can find so many ways to beat you, and this week it was the defense and the special teams. Each got a touchdown, and Mahomes didn’t really have to do anything besides toss a touchdown to Tyreek Hill. Again it will be hard for any team to stop them. However, the Jets will try. I know that statement made me laugh too.

#1

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0)

Previous Rank – 1

I never thought I’d see the day that the Steelers would be the only undefeated team in the NFL, but here we are, and here we go baby. The Steelers maximized themselves on offense with JuJu and Diontae going off. Ben had his first game with more interceptions than touchdowns though, but I believe in the Steelers and what they can do. They’ll look to prove it with a win over their divisional rival; the Baltimore Ravens.

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