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Your NFL Power Rankings heading into week 8…feel free to argue, criticize, and call me names
1. New York Jets (5-1) – A healthy Darrelle Revis could push their defense closer to their 2009 production, which means their winning streak could extend well beyond 5 if you look at their upcoming schedule.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1) – They didn’t play their best game and received a little help from the referees but ultimately gutted out a nice road win against Miami.
3. New England Patriots (5-1) – They keep finding ways to win. This past week they were benefited by San Diego’s complete incompetence at winning big games or coming up with a play in a big spot. Their secondary needs to gear up for Randy Moss, who will likely have one of his “I wanna play” days in New England.
4. Tennessee Titans (5-2) – They were more impressive in knocking off the Eagles than the Ravens were in squeaking one out at home against the pitiful Bills.
5. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) – What happened to that defense? Ryan Fitzpatrick looked like Peyton Manning carving them up.
6. Indianapolis Colts (4-2) – Why can’t anybody on this team stay healthy? Fortunately, they still have their only player that matters and now they have a chance to avenge their week 1 loss to the Texans.
7. New York Giants (5-2) – Don’t cry Giants fans, you lost to both the Titans and Colts hence you are behind them. However, the G-Men have established themselves as the NFC’s top team at least for now.
8. Atlanta Falcons (5-2) – In the AFC, they’d be struggling to make the playoffs. In the NFC, they could looking at a bye week.
9. Kansas City Chiefs (4-2) – The Chiefs are looking more and more like they will roll to a AFC West crown. Glad to see Thomas Jones still getting the job done, as always.
10. Houston Texans (4-2) – A win in Indianapolis this week would go a long way to cementing them as a legit contender in 2010.
11. Seattle Seahawks (4-2) – Big win over the Cardinals as Seattle looking capable of running away with arguably the worst division in football.
12. Green Bay Packers (4-3) – Impressive win over the Vikings but let’s see how they compete against the Jets on the road.
13. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) – Mike Vick has his job back now and has the ability to avoid the Giants lethal pass rush in their two huge remaining games.
14. Miami Dolphins (3-3) – You kind of need to win a home game at some point to be considered a contender in a top heavy AFC.
15. Washington Redskins (4-3) – That was an ugly, ugly win over Chicago.
16. New Orleans Saints (4-3) – What a humbling loss at home to rookie quarterback Colt McCoy and the Cleveland Browns.
17. Tampa Bay Bucs (4-2) – The Bucs are finding a way to beat the inferior teams on their schedule but you’d like to see them at least compete against the better teams on their schedule.
18. Oakland Raiders (3-4) – That was the Raiders most impressive win…since, well I can’t remember when.
19. Chicago Bears (4-3) – I don’t care that they are a game better than Oakland. The Bears have looked awful the past few weeks.
20. Arizona Cardinals (3-3) – Max Hall came back to reality in a harsh way this past week. The Cardinals will likely stay in the mix for the NFC West crown though.
21. St. Louis Rams (3-4) – Tough last second loss for a gutsy young team. They are headed in the right direction.
22. Cincinnati Bengals (2-4) – Plenty of big names and potential with no results and on field discipline.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4) – It looks like things are about to get ugly in a hurry for Jack Del Rio and the Jags.
24. Minnesota Vikings (2-4) – When you watch that video of Brett Favre singing “Pants on the Ground” from last year’s playoffs, you can’t help but laugh at the irony.
25. Cleveland Browns (2-5) – Eric Mangini is always good for an upset or two every year. Unfortunately that means his teams are usually way under .500.
26. San Diego Chargers (2-5) – They have no idea how to win and are beyond banged up.
27. Denver Broncos (2-5) – I guess they were still hungover from their last second loss to the Jets.
28. Detroit Lions (1-5) – At 1-5 and down to their third string quarterback, at least the Lions play with heart.
29. Dallas Cowboys (1-5) – At 1-5, the Cowboys play with no heart and are an embarrassment to themselves.
30. Carolina Panthers (1-5) – They will play hard for John Fox the rest of the season.
31. San Francisco 49ers (1-6) – Looking forward to when the 49ers are 1-10 and people around their team are still talking about making the playoffs.
32. Buffalo Bills (0-6) – Great effort from Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills last week