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Power Rankings: Week 8

The halfway point of the season has arrived.  Well, for some teams.  Bye weeks are stupid that way.

What have we learned?  Well, there probably are not any great teams in the NFL this year, and the last undefeated , the Minnesota Vikings, has fallen in Philly.  If they don’t get their offensive line right soon, surprise revelation Sam Bradford may not finish the season.

If any team is great, it is probably the Patriots.  Big surprise.  Meanwhile their top rivals in the AFC appear to be out west as the Raiders, Broncos, and Chiefs all have only two losses.

Back in the NFC, the the East remains surprisingly strong after the Eagles’ big win and a London stinker that saw the Giants get over .500.  But don’t sleep on the NFC North with three winning teams, and a new MVP candidate in Matt Stafford (yes, I am going to keep saying it).

On the other hand, with division leader Atlanta falling, the NFC South needs a hero.  They’re holding on for a hero ’til the end of the night.  He’s gotta be strong, he’s gotta be fast, and he’s really gotta know fresh crab legs from those that have been sitting out too long.  Its an important skill.

RANKINGS

RANK  
1New England PatriotsBigly good team. Bigly.
2Minnesota VikingsEvery team has problems this year, and for the Vikings its an atrocious offensive line.
3Dallas CowboysThanks to another Falcons loss and a debacle by Seattle, they gain a spot while sitting at home
4Seattle SeahawksHolding strong at 4 despite one ugly tie.
5Oakland RaidersThe preseason darling that might actually live up to the hype. We need to see some wins over good competition, though.
6Denver BroncosBack on track after whipping Houston and a certain (very handsome) quarterback.
7Pittsburgh SteelersBen will be back. For real.
8Philadelphia EaglesKnocking off the last undefeated team is worth five upward mobility points.
9Green Bay PackersHanging around in the top ten despite a janky offensive start. Thanks Bears!
10Kansas City ChiefsThree AFCW teams in the top ten.
11Buffalo BillsOne of a couple disappointing week 7 teams. Just when you think they are on to something, they lose to Miami.
12Atlanta FalconsI could forgive a loss in Seattle, but flopping to the most inventive losers in modern times was bad.
13Arizona CardinalsSigns of life have been noted in the desert, but its still a tough life out there.
14Detroit LionsSlowly but surely rising up the rankings. Hey, did you notice that Matt Stafford is in the MVP conversation?
15Washington RedskinsThey continue to be almost perfectly mediocre. With a chance to try and keep up with Philadelphia and Dallas, they blow a game in hand.
16Houston TexansAny buyer's remorse, Brock?
17New York GiantsUgly win in London is ugly.
18Tampa Bay BuccaneersThe division is back in play as Atlanta slides down the leaderboard.
19Cincinnati BengalsThe ship is slowly righting.
20San Diego ChargersPhilip Rivers can still play the footballs.
21Miami DolphinsDon't look now, but Miami has back-to-back wins over Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
22Indianapolis ColtsStill in the race in the worst division in football thanks to Denver.
23Tennessee TitansSucked to luck.
24Los Angeles RamsAfter a decent start, it appears they are who we thought they were.
25Baltimore RavensAfter a decent start it appears they may be worse than we thought they were.
26New York JetsMatt Forte got 100 yards.
27New Orleans SaintsCouldn't follow up on a win from a week ago, and stay in the dregs.
28Carolina PanthersLose a spot to the Jets while sitting at home.
29Jacksonville JaguarsBortles may simply never be good.
30San Fransisco 49ers So, Kaepernick then?
31Chicago BearsNot the worst! Again! Its amazing?
32Cleveland BrownsGood lord. I think this team is going to join the Lions at 0-16.