We are at the halfway point of the season, and it’s time again for our power rankings. Things finally seem to be getting more in line around the league, and today, we present our power ranking for week eight around the NFL.
NFC Top 5
1. NY Giants (1) – They again proved their toughness and resolve in Pittsburgh Sunday, and held the Steelers to just two fourth quarter yards and outscored them 12-0. While they have another test in the Cowboys on Sunday at home, is there any doubt right now that they are the best team in the NFC?
2. Washington (2) – Not exactly an easy game Sunday for the Skins in Detroit on Sunday, but Santana Moss had a couple of big plays to bail them out. Washington will have a stiff test on Monday night vs the Steelers at home, but if they play as they have been, it should be a great game and a great test to see how far this team can go.
3. Carolina (3) – They yet again overcame a deficit at home to the Cardinals, and were able to rally for a big 27-23 win that puts them at 6-2. Their defense got beat up a bit early, but made some big plays while they waited for the offense to finally wake up in the third quarter to score 21 points. They get a week off followed by a matchup in Oakland in two weeks.
4. Dallas (-) – The Cowboys are back after a huge 13-9 home win on Sunday vs the Bucs. This team is trying to simply tread ground till they get their leader – Tony Romo back. This week will be a monster test as they head to New York to play the Giants, but they feel if they play defense like they did Sunday, they can get the job done. We’ll see.
5. Arizona (5) – This team needs to find a way how to win on the road, or they will be done in the second round of the playoffs. I like how they controlled the game early in Carolina, but then they fell apart and the defense gave up some big plays in that third quarter before losing 27-23. I still think this team needs to run the ball more.
NFC Bottom 3
1. Detroit (1) – They played hard yet again, put were put away due to some big plays by Santana Moss. At least this team isn’t giving up, but right now with an inexperienced QB and a defense that allows about 400 yards a week, thinking they will win more than 1-2 games is a stretch.
2. San Francisco (3) – The turnover machine that is J.T. O’Sullivan has finally been shown the bench, and it’s about time. Int’s, fumbles and the such have led this QB to finally having to take a step back. The one thing about Mike Singletary’s first loss, the post-game and in-game stuff with Vernon Davis was interesting.
3. Seattle (2) – A nice win and a nice way for them to finally get back in the win column for just the 2nd time this season. Another team that will be hard pressed to get more than 3-4 wins in 08.
AFC Top 5
1. Tennessee (1) – While Jeff Fisher would never allow it, you have to wonder if the players at 7-0 are starting to think about who they will play in the second round of the playoffs. Up four games on the Colts, they all but have the AFC South title wrapped up, and now it’s just a matter of keeping sharp and no matter how many wins and losses it’s time to get ready for looking ahead to the playoffs.
2. New England (4) – The Pats are starting to look a lot better and a lot more in control with Matt Cassel at QB. They have played hard the last two weeks and gained big home wins vs the Broncos and Rams, and now this week it’s off to Indy for a matchup with old pal Peyton Manning and the Colts. This will be a good test for them.
3. Pittsburgh (2) – They were in control for about 3 and a half quarters vs the Giants Sunday, but then the bottom dropped out and mistakes caught up with them in a 21-14 loss. Ben Roethlisberger had his worst game of the season, and now he and the team must rebound against a good Redskins team on Monday night in Washington.
4. Buffalo (3) – Quite a letdown in Miami, the Bills have lost two of three and some are wondering if they are starting to feel the heat of being a team getting a lot of hype. The next two weeks at home vs the Jets and on the road at New England are going to tell us a lot about where this team is headed. The loss in Miami was a bit of a stunner.
5. Baltimore (-) – With a win at home over the Raiders, the Ravens return to our rankings this week. They have won two in a row, and this week take on the Browns, a team they beat in week three at home. Joe Flacco is looking solid as a first-year starter, and that D is for sure going to give the Browns some problems even with Cleveland playing better.
AFC Bottom 3
1. Cincinnati (1) – Can this team really go 0-16? Well, they are halfway there, and with the way they have played the last two weeks, there is no question it can happen. Carson Palmer really should just shut it down for the year, and if Ryan Fitzpatrick does not start making some plays, they should at least give a look to Carson’s little brother sitting the bench – Jordan.
2. Kansas City (2) – The Chiefs hung tough with the Jets, and could have come out with a win if they would have had a late defensive stand. Instead, it was a tough loss, but maybe one they can build on. At 1-6, now they play host to a peeved Bucs team that fell to Dallas last week. We’ll see just how much fight they have in them.
3. Oakland (-) – They were swept under by the Ravens D in Baltimore on Sunday, and even after their win vs the Jets a week ago could not follow it up. Tom Cable is 1-2 as their new coach, but maybe an even more alarming sign is the recent play of JaMarcus Russell, who has not played all that well since Lane Kiffin was fired.