2016 NFL Week 8 Powre Rankings
As we hit the midpoint of the season, and the trade deadline is rapidly approaching, the pretenders are being separated from the true contenders week by week. While those who will be jockeying for homefield in the playoffs sit atop the rankings, those who are potentially “tanking” for the #1 spot in what promises to be a rather deep 2017 NFL Draft will be making roster moves and altering their approach to games from here on out.
1. New England Patriots (6-1).
Begrudgingly, we place them here.
2. Dallas Cowboys (5-1).
3. Seattle Seahawks (4-1-1).
Russell Wilson’s clearly not right; although we thought the bye week would have helped him heal a bit. He looked as immobile as ever in Week 7.
4. Minnesota Vikings (5-1).
Awful showing by the Vikes in Philadelphia, although they had been trending toward this for a while. The bye week clearly stalled their momentum.
5. Denver Broncos (5-2).
The B-men are fine defensively, but they need more consistency from their offense going down the stretch of this season if they have hopes of repeating.
6. Green Bay Packers (4-2).
We do not make much out of them beating up on the Bears, and that was only later in the game. The Bears actually led at one juncture.
7. Oakland Raiders (5-2).
Oddly enough, the Raiders need to find some continuity at HOME, they’re good on the road. A reversal of fortunes for them in recent years.
8. Atlanta Falcons (4-3).
The Falcons are in a dangerous spot right now. Tampa Bay could actually be in first place after this week’s games, by virtue of these two teams’ head to head match up in Week 1.
9. Kansas City Chiefs (4-2).
The Chiefs just continue to grind out games and find themselves on the left side of the ledger more times than not.
10. Detroit Lions (4-3).
The Lions are absolutely better off now using their full array (at least those who are healthy) weapons versus force-feeding Calvin Johnson 19 times per game.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3).
If the Steelers have any aspirations for the playoffs, they should 1) Be glad the Bengals took half the season to get Tyler Eifert back from injury and get going and 2) No one else in the division is currently above .500. However, they need Roethlisberger’s time on the shelf to be as short as possible, because Landry Jones is not going to carry this team far as we enter November.
12. New York Football Giants (4-3).
The Giants have serious issues on offense that they should be looking to fix during their Week 8 bye.
13. Philadelphia Eagles (4-2).
The Eagles offense still isn’t very good, and it has exposed the back end of their defense (except against Minnesota).
14. Buffalo Bills (4-3).
The Bills should be ashamed.
15. Houston Texans (4-3).
This team would be so much better off without its highest paid offensive player. Tom Savage may even be better than Brock Osweiler.
16. Washington Redskins (4-3).
The Redskins — especially defensively — are who we thought they were.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3).
The time is now for the Bucs to seize the division while the Falcons are stumbling.
18. Miami Dolphins (3-4).
Are the Fins now Jay Ajayi’s team, taking the ball (and rightly so) out of Ryan Tannehill’s hands?
19. Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1).
The Cards may be just fine defensively for the most part, but there is something “off” about their offense. And it’s not just injuries.
20. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4).
The Bengals have a golden opportunity to potentially overtake the Steelers atop the AFC North while Ben Roethlisberger is down for maintenance.
21. San Diego Chargers (3-4).
The Bolts really should be 7-0. They’ve been that good… except when it comes to closing out games. They finally did that well, for once.
22. Indianapolis Colts (3-4).
The Colts are going nowhere fast, although they do get Donte Moncrief back this week. At least they hope.
23. Tennessee Titans (3-4).
The lack of weapons really hurt the Titans down the stretch against the putrid Colts.
24. Baltimore Ravens (3-4).
Tons of injuries, four losses in a row and counting. Could very well be 0-7, with as lucky as they were in their three wins.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4).
Blake Bortles has regressed mightily, and the defense is underachieving. Gus Bradley’s last days as Jaguars coach are upon us.
26. New Orleans Saints (2-4).
At least they are at home against Seattle, instead of having to go to their personal house of horrors at CenturyLink Field.
27. Los Angeles Rams (3-4).
“Our problems are not at quarterback” — Jeff Fisher. Further proving why he should have been out of the NFL as a head coach eons ago.
28. Carolina Panthers (1-5).
They can only hope the bye week helps, but they’ve already lost to each of their division rivals en route to this 1-5 start, so any hopes of backing into a wild card, or even the division itself, are still a long shot.
29. New York Jets (2-5).
Their win vs. Baltimore was more about what Baltimore didn’t do, rather than anything the Jets actually did. But a win is a win. Naturally, Geno Smith couldn’t even make it through half a game before suffering a season-ending injury.
30. San Francisco 49ers (1-6).
How long before GM Trent Baalke is fired? Fans plan to fly a not-so-flattering banner in hopes that Baalke is gone sooner rather than later.
31. Chicago Bears (1-6).
John Fox can’t be too thrilled to have Jay Cutler as his only real option at QB for the foreseeable future…
32. Cleveland Browns (0-7).
The Browns just don’t have the talent, and what talent they do have is extremely young and unpolished; therefore their record is not shocking.