As usual, Week 7 provided plenty of entertainment for NFL fans. There was a game in London and the Cleveland Browns was in overtime yet again.
However there were many down weeks across the league. Only 14 teams could go home with another victory and four teams were on their bye week.
Here are our Week 8 NFL Power Rankings:
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- Los Angeles Rams (7-0)
This Rams squad is just filthy. Los Angeles has beaten their opponents by double digits in four out of their seven games. It’s hard to imagine any team beating them this year as they try to remain undefeated.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (6-1)
Patrick Mahomes is destroying the NFL with the Chiefs explosive offense. It’s like somebody put him on All-Madden level and the opposing defense’s on Rookie mode.
3. New England Patriots (5-2)
Tom Brady and company held their breath as they almost let Chicago tie the game. Well the Bears were short and the Patriots are back to being the topic of this week’s conversations about potential Super Bowl-bound teams.
4. New Orleans Saints (5-1)
You can’t mess with Drew Brees. The veteran quarterback mounted a comeback on a good Ravens defense by leading New Orleans to 17 points in the final quarter.
5. Los Angeles Chargers (5-2)
Tyrell Williams has been one of the hottest, if not the hottest, receiver in the past few weeks as the Chargers squeaked by the Titans. Los Angeles let Tennessee climb back into the game but they successfully stopped a go-ahead 2-point play with 31 seconds left at Wembley Stadium in London. Talk about a sigh of relief.
6. Minnesota Vikings (4-2-1)
7. Carolina Panthers (4-2)
The Panthers took advantage of a struggling Philly team in the middle of their Super Bowl hangover. They were able to come back from 17 down in the first three frames and won the game 21-17.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (4-3)
The Bengals are a really good team. Well, that was the case before Kansas City thrashed them on Sunday Night Football. We’ll have to see if they can recover this week at home against the Bucs.
9. Baltimore Ravens (4-3)
It’s not like the Ravens had a bad game. They actually controlled the outcome until the 4th quarter, but when you’re playing a quarterback destined for the hall of fame, you need to bring your best for all 60 minutes.
10. Chicago Bears (3-3)
Talk about unlucky. The Bears had virtually no time left in regulation and Mitchell Trubisky threw a Hail Mary pass for the win. The problem was that it was short by about a yard and Chicago took the loss.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1)
The Steelers are coming back from their Bye and will square off against Cleveland. Last time these two met in Week 1, they finished the game tied. A lot has changed since then and this game will be played at Heinz Field.
12. Green Bay Packers (3-2-1)
The Packer is having a decent season so far but is not quite where they want to be. How good this team is will be tested this week as they head to L.A. to face the Rams and then up to the Northeast to face the Pats.
The Redskins are in control of the NFC East at the moment thanks to a solid team effort all season long. Also for those who doubt Alex Smith, just think about how many times he’s taken a “bad” team to the playoffs.
The Eagles season is definitely not lost, but it may be time to start worrying. Can the Eagles save their season in London this week?
15. Miami Dolphins (4-3)
Brock Osweiler actually had a great game, but the Dolphins just couldn’t get the win in Miami. This team couldn’t capitalize off of Detroit’s mistakes and had difficulty playing catch up.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4)
The Jags have had one frustrating season. It’s time for them to show up but it’s clear this team is only going to go as far as Blake Bortles can take them.
17. Seattle Seahawks (3-3)
The Seahawks got a break for Week 7. This week they head to Detroit to take on a Lions team that’s had struggles finding its offensive identity.
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18. Tennessee Titans (3-4)
Tennessee did just enough to stay in the game “across the pond” against the Chargers. But a failed 2-point conversion with 31 seconds left crushed their hopes. The Titans gamble was great for entertainment purposes but many are questioning Mike Vrabel’s decision.
19. Dallas Cowboys (3-4)
Dak Prescott is having somewhat of a difficult year. Well, things just got easier as the Cowboys traded for wide receiver Amari Cooper. Cooper should give Prescott a great option as Dallas’ new number one receiver.
20. Houston Texans (4-3)
Deshaun Watson is starting to play like he did before his injury last season. With the AFC South wide open, the Texans could sneak into the lead and make the playoffs.
21. Atlanta Falcons (3-4)
22. Detroit Lions (3-3)
Kerryon Johnson is quickly becoming a household name for Lions fans. He rushed for 158 yards along with 21 yards receiving. Detroit looks like they may have found a solid running back for some time to come.
23. Cleveland Browns (2-4-1)
Overtime. Overtime. Overtime. The Browns seem like they need five quarters to finish a game whenever they play.
24. New York Jets (3-4)
Sam Darnold definitely has had ups-and-downs in the 2018 season. In Week 7 he was down. The rookie was 17-of-42 for 206 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. He also lost a fumble.
25. Denver Broncos (3-4)
Von Miller said the Broncos would “kick some ass” and that’s just what they did. Offensively, defensively, and on special teams, Denver looked unstoppable. However, this win was against a Cardinals team that is in rebuild mode. Can they get revenge on Kansas City in Week 8?
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3)
Thanks to Chandler Catanzaro the Bucs got back to .500 football. But the team should be worried as they unraveled late in the third quarter and barely got away with the win.
27. San Francisco 49ers (1-6)
The 49ers season has been one big misfortune. This week, they will have the opportunity to add a win against the Cards who are tied for last place with San Francisco in the NFC West.
28. Indianapolis Colts (2-5)
Andrew Luck only had 156 yards on 17-of-23 passing with four touchdowns. That is not a typical elite quarterback stat-line yardage wise, but the Colts played like an elite team against the Bills. Indianapolis had 220 yards on the ground led by Marlon Mack. Their defense also forced five turnovers. However, it was against a really bad Bills team. Speaking of…
29. Buffalo Bills (2-5)
The Bills are probably the most confusing team in the league. One week they can keep pace with a good team and the next they are getting throttled.
30. New York Giants (1-6)
The Giants are a train wreck and the end may be near for Eli Manning. The team is now in fire sale mode after trading away both CB Eli Apple and DT Damon Harrison. New York went all in Eli this season and it has since blown up in their face.
31. Arizona Cardinals (1-6)
The Cardinals just can’t catch a break. Josh Rosen was beaten up all day and threw two pick sixes while being sacked six times. He also fumbled three times and lost two of them. This team is a long way from being a competitor in the NFC West.
32. Oakland Raiders (1-5)
The Raiders are in full rebuild mode and have already depleted some essential pieces to their roster. Where they go from here, nobody knows except for Gruden. And we’re not sure he even knows.
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