In our NFL power rankings for Week 8, the Cincinnati Bengals are rolling, while the Green Bay Packers are a complete mess.
Houston Texans 1-4-1
Last rank: 31st
The Texans came out of their bye and got blown out by the Raiders. Doesn’t bode well for the future.
Carolina Panthers 2-5
Last rank: 32nd
Give credit to Carolina for not quitting, and taking it to the Buccaneers all afternoon.
Detroit Lions 1-5
Last rank: 28th
The Lions finally played defense, and then couldn’t score. Just another bad year.
Denver Broncos 2-5
Last rank: 25th
The Broncos are the biggest embarrassment in the NFL considering their expectations.
Pittsburgh Steelers 2-5
Last rank: 27th
Pittsburgh had a chance to beat the Dolphins, but couldn’t finish a few drives late.
Cleveland Browns 2-5
Last rank: 26th
The Browns were in position to upset the Ravens, but then self-destructed.
Chicago Bears 3-4
Last rank: 30th
That was a gutsy, physical win by the Bears. Kudos.
Jacksonville Jaguars 2-5
Last rank: 23rd
Jacksonville looked like a fun, plucky team at 2-1. That feels like ages ago.
New Orleans Saints 2-5
Last rank: 21st
The defense isn’t playing well, the future quarterback isn’t on the roster, and the Saints don’t have their first-round pick. Yikes.
New England Patriots 3-4
Last rank: 19th
Brutal loss for the Patriots, and now we wonder about Mac Jones’ future.
Washington Commanders 3-4
Last rank: 29th
Washington has won two straight and suddenly has some life heading into Week 8. Still, the offense is inconsistent.
Arizona Cardinals 3-4
Last rank: 24th
When Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray weren’t yelling, the Cardinals actually looked respectable on Thursday night.
Indianapolis Colts 3-3-1
Last rank: 20th
Matt Ryan is killing the Colts with all his turnovers. Can’t win that way.
Las Vegas Raiders 2-4
Last rank: 22nd
The Raiders are the best two-win team in the league. Can they keep it rolling against the Saints on Sunday?
Atlanta Falcons 3-4
Last rank: 17th
Atlanta got down big against the Bengals, made a valiant comeback, but ultimately couldn’t come back.
Los Angeles Chargers 4-3
Last rank: 12th
The Chargers are 4-3, but thins’t a good football team. Too many errors and bad coaching.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-4
Last rank: 10th
At some point, it’s fair to wonder where the Bucs’ season is going. Nothing about the offense iOS working.
Green Bay Packers 3-4
Last rank: 9th
Los Angeles Rams 3-3
Last rank: 14th
The Rams come out of their bye at home against the 49ers. This is a huge spot for Los Angeles to finally get going. Won’t be easy.
Seattle Seahawks 4-3
Last rank: 18th
The Seahawks are the best story in football. Who thought they would trade Russell Wilson and get better? Well, maybe the Seahawks.
New York Jets 5-2
Last rank: 16th
At 5-2, the Jets are starting to become a legitimate threat to make the playoffs. Zach Wilson needs to do more, but the defense is great.
Tennessee Titans 4-2
Last rank: 15th
After losing two straight, the Titans have stepped up to take complete control of the AFC South race.
San Francisco 49ers 3-4
Last rank: 8th
The Niners have as much talent as anybody after adding Christian McCaffrey, but at 3-4, it’s time to get rolling.
Miami Dolphins 4-3
Last rank: 13th
Miami is 4-0 when Tua Tagovailoa starts and finishes games. That said, Tagovailoa needs to be much better than he was on Sunday night.
Baltimore Ravens 4-3
Last rank: 7th
The Ravens did all they could to almost blow another double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, but the Browns made sure to bail them out.
Cincinnati Bengals 4-3
Last rank: 11th
Cincinnati is starting to look like the AFC’s biggest threat to the Chiefs and Bills. Joe Burrow is rolling.
Dallas Cowboys 5-2
Last rank: 6th
The Cowboys are playing good football, marrying a terrific defense with a quality offense. The NFC East is a dogfight.
Minnesota Vikings 5-1
Last rank: 4th
Minnesota can really take a stranglehold on the NFC North with a win over the Cardinals this week, coupled with a potential Green Bay loss at Buffalo.
New York Giants 6-1
Last rank: 5th
The Giants almost had a devastating defeat to the Jaguars, but found a way to hold on. Few teams are better coached than Big Blue.
Kansas City Chiefs 5-2
Last rank: 3rd
Kansas City went into San Francisco and took apart one of the league’s best defenses with ease. Patrick Mahomes is right there in the MVP conversation.
Buffalo Bills 5-1
Last rank: 2nd
Coming out of their bye, the Bills now host the struggling Packers in primetime. Could be a major showcase.
Philadelphia Eagles 6-0
Last rank: 1st
The Eagles have an easy schedule ahead, giving them a chance to remain unbeaten for quite some time.