Every week, the National Football Post brings you our weekly power rankings: a breakdown on how we stack up the league.
Week 8 (previous rankings in parenthesis)
1. (1) Pittsburgh Steelers: 5-1
Did the Steelers receive a gift on the Roethlisberger fumble? Maybe, but we still see them as the league’s top team.
ICONSanchez and the Jets host Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday.
2. (2) N.Y. Jets: 5-1
Rex Ryan the Jets come off of the bye having won five straight—and host Rodgers and the Packers.
3. (3) New England Patriots: 5-1
That 17-play drive to start the second half out in San Diego is a good sign of what to expect from Brady and the Pats moving forward.
4. (5) N.Y. Giants: 5-2
Perry Fewell’s defense makes the Giants the top squad in the NFC.
5. (4) Baltimore Ravens: 5-1
When the Ravens needed a play in OT, Ray Lewis delivered with the strip.
6. (6) Indianapolis Colts: 4-2
Host the Texans on Monday night in a crucial AFC South game.
7. (11) Tennessee Titans: 5-2
Kerry Collins gets the Titans another win, but WR Kenny Britt and Chuck Cecil’s defense are the real story in Nashville.
8. (10) Houston Texans: 4-2
Matt Schaub and the Texans can’t sweep the Colts, right?
<strong>9. (16) Green Bay Packers: 4-3
Despite the injuries, the Packers look like the top team in the NFC North.
10. (13) Atlanta Falcons: 5-2
The defense still has question marks in Atlanta, but Matt Ryan and the running game don’t.
11. (9) Miami Dolphins: 3-3
Tough way to end a game at home, but the Dolphins will be around all season.
12. (15) Kansas City Chiefs: 4-2
Twenty-one unanswered points in the win over the Jags for the AFC West’s best squad.
13. (7) New Orleans Saints: 4-3
Can’t write off the champs, but where are the big plays down in New Orleans?
ICONHaynesworth earned his paycheck on Sunday.
14. (14) Washington Redskins: 4-3
Albert Haynesworth played like a Pro Bowler and DeAngelo Hall had a career day in the win over Chicago.
15. (8) Philadelphia Eagles: 4-3
The Eagles are Michael Vick’s team—again.
16. (19) Seattle Seahawks: 4-2
Did we undersell Pete Carroll’s squad in Seattle?
17. (22) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4-2
Josh Freeman continues to look like the real deal for the 4-2 Bucs.
18. (12) Chicago Bears: 4-3
The Bears are becoming laughable on offense under Mike Martz.
19. (17) Minnesota Vikings: 2-4
Favre’s ankle is just one of the issues for Brad Childress and the Vikings.
20. (29) Oakland Raiders: 3-4
If the Raiders can get consistent QB play, they will compete in the AFC West all season.
21. (20) Cincinnati Bengals: 2-4
What happened to Mike Zimmer’s defense in Cincy?
22. (23) St. Louis Rams: 3-4
Can the Rams hang in the NFC West race all season? We think so.
23. (18) Dallas Cowboys: 1-5
Time to close the book on the 2010 Cowboys without Tony Romo.
24. (21) Arizona Cardinals: 3-3
Ken Whisenhunt is finding out quickly that he still doesn’t have an answer at the QB position. .
Rivers and the Chargers are in trouble sitting at 2-5.
25. (24) San Diego Chargers: 2-5
The Chargers continue to disappoint, despite big numbers from Philip Rivers.
26. (30) Cleveland Browns: 2-5
Rob Ryan’s defense looks legit after the win over the Saints.
27. (26) Jacksonville Jaguars: 3-4
Another blow out loss for the Del Rio and the Jags.
28. (25) Denver Broncos: 2-5
That Broncos defense looked soft—tissue soft—against the Raiders.
29. (28) Detroit Lions: 1-5
The Lions hope to get Matthew Stafford back this Sunday. Does that translate to wins?
30. (31) Carolina Panthers: 1-5
Matt Moore should have that QB job wrapped up for the remainder of the season after his numbers in the Panthers first win of 2010.
31. (27) San Francisco 49ers: 1-6
Time to start collecting resumes for the next head coach of the Niners.
32. (32) Buffalo Bills: 0-6
The Bills remain winless after blowing a big lead in Baltimore.
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