Week 8 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now it's time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week's NFL Power Rankings.
BLG's WEEK 9 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 1) - The Eagles didn’t play a great game against the 49ers but still won 33 to 10 anyway. Credit to Jim Schwartz and the Philadelphia defense for picking up the slack on a day where Carson Wentz wasn’t at his best. The Eagles are still in sole possession of the NFL’s best record and best point differential. ALSO: the Eagles just traded for Jay Ajayi so that’s another big weapon for them.
2 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 2) - Pittsburgh’s defense continues to look strong while the offense has no shortage of weapons. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Nelson Agholor are showing that maybe USC skill players can succeed in the NFL after all.
3 - New England Patriots (LW: 3) - Only beat the Chargers by one possession at home, but a win is a win. New England’s quarterback depth took a hit by trading Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers. The Pats would be screwed if Tom Brady gets hurt anyway but now even more so.
4 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 4) - After losing two in a row, the Chiefs bounced back with a win over Denver. It was a good week for KC since the rest of the AFC West lost. Andy Reid is set to run away with that division.
5 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 5) - Make it five in a row for the Saints. New Orleans Saints only beat the Bears at home by one possession, so it’s not like they were dominant, but they still got the win.
6 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 6) - Seattle looked unusually vulnerable at home against the Texans. It took a late effort to win. The Seahawks boosted their roster on Monday night by adding Duane Brown at left tackle. It wasn’t cheap for them, but they desperately needed offensive line help. As some might say, the rich get richer.
7 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 7) - Bye week. The Rams still own the second best point differential in the NFL. Next up is a road game against the Giants so their winning is likely to continue.
8 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 8) - The 5-2 Bills have won four out of their last five games. Buffalo is undefeated at home this season, where they’re outscoring opponents by an average of 27.8 to 17.3.
9 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 9) - They had a “road game” against the Browns in London and won because playing Cleveland is a free win.
10 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 10) - Bye week. Jacksonville’s defense got potentially even tougher with the addition or Marcell Dareus. Up next: home game versus Cincy.
11 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 13) - Important win over Washington to stay alive in the NFC East. But with Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension potentially back in effect, the Cowboys might be in trouble.
12 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 14) - Much-needed bounce back game after losing three in a row.
13 - Houston Texans (LW: 15) - I’m moving the Texans up despite their loss because they showed great effort by going toe-to-toe with the Seahawks in Seattle. Deshaun Watson is looking like the real deal.
14 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 17) - Carolina won despite the fact Cam Newton was 18/32 for 152 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, and a 66.4 passer rating. He just hasn’t been playing great lately.
15 - Detroit Lions (LW: 12) - The Lions have lost three in a row. They’re 1-4 in their last five games.
16 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 11) - Bye week. Next up: a home game against the Lions.
17 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 27) - Not really sold on this Ravens team, but a 40-0 win is pretty good no matter how you slice it.
18 - Washington Redskins (LW: 18) - Washington’s season outlook ain’t looking so hot. They just lost to Dallas and they’re dealing with a lot of injury issues.
19 - Denver Broncos (LW: 19) - The Broncos are reportedly considering a change at quarterback. They should probably do something because Trevor Siemian is looking awful.
Broncos have scored 29 points in their last 3 games combined. 9.7 average. 3 TD in last 40 drives.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 31, 2017
Up next: at Eagles on a short week.
20 - New York Jets (LW: 20) - The Jets have lost three in a row, but all three games have been close. They’re not lacking effort.
21 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 21) - The Bolts lost by eight points in Foxborough. There are worse losses to be suffered. Travis Benjamin’s inexplicably terrible punt return (watch here) didn’t do the Chargers any favors in this game.
22 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 23) - Bye week. Now they’ll play a home game against the Ravens.
23 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 25) - The Bengals only beat the Colts by one point. I almost feel guilty for moving them up.
24 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 22) - The Raiders defense hasn’t been looking so hot. They’ve allowed an average of 27.8 points in their last four games.
25 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 16) - Pathetic 40-0 loss on Thursday Night Football. They’ll be moving forward without one of their most talented players in Ajayi.
26 - Chicago Bears (LW: 24) - The Bears finally let Mitchell Trubisky pass the ball! And it wasn’t pretty. He finished 14/32 for 164 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, and a 46.9 passer rating.
27 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 26) - Bye week. Carson Palmer was placed on injured reserve so Arizona will be rolling with Drew Stanton moving forward. The Cards are toast.
28 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 28) - This team is looking like trash. Dirk Koetter should be on the hot seat after four straight losses.
29 - New York Giants (LW: 29) - Bye week. With the Rams coming to town, the G-Men are staring 1-7 right in the face.
30 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 30) - Only lost to the Bengals in Cincy by one point. Moral victory!
31 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 31) - C.J. Beathard got beaten to a pulp as the 49ers dropped to 0-8 on Sunday. The good news is they’ve got an actual quarterback with a pulse now after trading for Jimmy Garoppolo. Their season outlook is a little brighter.
32 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 32) - You know what time it is.
The Browns are 1-23 since passing on Carson Wentz. #Eagles https://t.co/ytwTsrf1Zu— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 29, 2017