Oct. 26, 2016
Week 8 2016 NFL Power Rankings
In this latest edition of the NFL power rankings, the Minnesota Vikings are no longer the No. 1 team after their first defeat. Who is No. 1 this week? Well, here is my Week 8 NFL power rankings.
10. Oakland Raiders: The Raiders started the game with a huge 20-6 lead at halftime against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite Derek Carr having a big game, Michael Crabtree ended his day with eight catches for 96 yards. Sebastian Janikowski also contributed with four field goals. The Raiders are undefeated on the road, which ties their four wins from last year. The Raiders stay in Florida to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Those two teams have memories playing in Super Bowl XXXVII back in 2002. Should be an interesting battle.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers: The leaders of the AFC North fought with the Patriots. But the Steelers blew opportunities and didn't take advantage of two Patriot turnovers. Chris Boswell missed two field goals, and Landry Jones threw a pick in the end zone early in the 1st quarter. The Steelers have a bye week this weekend.
8. Atlanta Falcons: another thriller for Atlanta, but this time, they were defeated in overtime. The Falcons allowed 13 unanswered points despite leading the game by seven at the half. A late pick by Matt Ryan helped the Chargers run a 12-play drive, which resulted in a 30-30 scoreline. Matt Bryant missed a 58-yard field goal, which sent the game into overtime. The Falcons will come back home to face the Packers in America's Game of the Week. My guess is that this will be a shootout. If you don't remember, both teams played a classic last year with Green Bay winning.
7. Green Bay Packers: Packers got a needed win, as they dominated the Bears at Lambeau Field. With questions about Aaron Rodgers body of work, the running game stepped up. The haters will say that they played a mediocre Bears squad. This is not hate; it's a sign that Rodgers is back.
6. Kansas City Chiefs: Not a spectacular win, but a win is a win over the New Orleans Saints. The Chiefs outgained the Saints in total yards (463-326), but the Chiefs were consistent with their game plan whereas Drew Brees and the Saints gave up the ball twice. Alex Smith threw for 214 yards and a couple of TD's. Spencer Ware ran for 131 yards and 46-yards on passing. The Chiefs continued to stay hot in the regular season by winning 14 of their last 16 games. The Chiefs offense is settling in, and that is good since they will be visiting the 3-4 Indianapolis Colts.
5. Denver Broncos: After winning four straight games to start the season, the Broncos had a two-game losing streak. But they won last night over the Houston Texans. The offense was hot, and the Defense made Brock Osweiler's day a living hell. For the second time in three weeks, the Broncos will face the San Diego Chargers. Gary Kubiak wasn't there in this last game, but he's going to be back, and the game will be played in the Mile High City.
4. Dallas Cowboys: Dallas had the bye week, but they travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles on Sunday Night Football. It's going to be the battle of rookie QB's in Dak Prescott vs. Carson Wentz. Philly's defense will be a huge test for Dallas, and this will be a major game for the NFC East.
3. Seattle Seahawks: A game that was awful, heck I even watched the season premiere of The Walking Dead all this trash game. Seattle had that opportunity to gain their NFC West lead, but they had to settle for a draw. Blame the kicking game, the penalties, but Seattle or Arizona should've won that game. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson will have his huge game against the New Orleans Saints, even though this is a road contest. The Saints have allowed 400 yards on defense per game, which gives the Seahawks a great opportunity to resurrect their offense.
2. Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota suffers their first defeat of the season against the Eagles on the road. The offense and defense were banged up for this game, and it was proof this past Sunday. Sam Bradford was sacked six times and fumbled four times. Stefon Diggs didn't have his big day, and only had 18 yards on two catches. The Vikings have a date on Halloween against the Bears in Chicago. Chicago has more questions than answers. The biggest question is who is the new QB now that Brian Hoyer is out due to arm injury? The hope is that Jay Cutler comes back after recovering from a finger injury, but if he's not ready than Matt Barkley will be under center.
1. New England Patriots: Tom Brady continued his revenge tour, but it was the running game that did the heavy lifting with LeGarrette Blount. Blount Force Trauma was on display with 127 yards rushing and two TD's. Brady didn't get sacked and threw for 222 yards and a few TD's. Brady's record against the Steelers is 9-2 and has thrown 26 passes against the Steelers. Also, he has been picked off three times in his career against the Steelers. The Patriots head to Buffalo to get some revenge after that Week 4 loss against the Bills. If I remember, the Bills shutout the Pats 16-0 at Foxborough, but if the Bills want to make history, they'll have to win and if they do that, it will be the first time since 1999 that the Bills shutout the Pats. But Jacoby Brissett won't be under center and Brady will be the guy under center this time.