It’s Wednesday, which means I’ve had more than enough time to analyze the games from the 8th week of this NFL season and determine how those outcomes affect the GuysNation view of the NFL Power Rankings.  To make up for some issues I had with some of my analysis following week 5, I’ve not only indicated how a team’s current Power Rank compares to where they were ranked last week, but I’ve also included some information about how they’ve done over the past three weeks.

As always, your comments matter, and I do take them into account when I do the next week’s rankings, so certainly tell me what you think.

32 – Carolina Panthers (1-6) Dropped 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 5 with a record of 1-2 since then)

Not impressed with a narrow win in Week 7 against a cross-country foe coming to Carolina.  Losing to St Louis in Week 8 isn’t the end of the world, but the Panthers aren’t showing much…. which is bad by comparison.

31 – Dallas Cowboys (1-6) Dropped 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 5 since Week 5 with a record of 0-4 since then)

Jon Kitna showed he’s still able to rack up some stats.  Unfortunately along with the yardage stats, he also accumulated 4 interceptions in the loss to Jacksonville in a game played in Texas.  Yikes.

30 – Buffalo Bills (0-7) Climbed 2 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 2 since Week 5 with a record of 0-3 since then)

Still without a win, but their last two losses being on the road against Top 10 teams (Baltimore and Kansas City) by 3 points each is very inspiring.  Shawne Merriman might make a significant difference.

29 – Cincinnati Bengals (2-5) Dropped 6 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 13 since Week 5 with a record of 0-3 since then)

Looking like the same old Bungles again as Cincinnati follows up their bye week with two straight losses.  I can’t wait to see if TOcho is going to stay a cohesive unit.

28 – Denver Broncos (2-6) Dropped 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 9 since Week 5 with a record of 0-4 since then)

The Broncos had to follow up their BIG loss at home to Oakland in Week 7 in a strong way… and they laid an egg in San Francisco against a team who only had 1 win prior to that.

27 – Minnesota Vikings (2-5) Dropped 5 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 3 since Week 5 with a record of 1-3 since then)

This ranking is partially due to the Vikings losing a second straight (following a weak win against Dallas in Week 6 in Minnesota by 3 points), and partially because of other teams moving ahead of them.  Losing Randy Moss didn’t help either.

26 – Arizona Cardinals (3-4) Dropped 6 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 5 with a record of 1-2 since then)

Close game against a fairly good team, but it’s still a loss.  Other teams leap-frogged them with good performances.

25 – San Francisco 49ers (2-6) Climbed 3 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 4 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

Winners of two out of their last three games, the 49’ers are on the move up the rankings.  They still need to try to win a game on the road.

24 – Cleveland Browns (2-5) Dropped 5 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 3 since Week 5 with a record of 1-2 since then)

Still only having two wins keeps them in the lower portion of the rankings during their bye week.

23 – Detroit Lions (2-5) Climbed 6 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 7 since Week 5 with a record of 2-1 since then)

Losing in New York against a Top 10 team like the Giants?  No problem.  Getting Matthew Stafford and Jahvid Best back, beating a Top 16 team in the Redskins (albeit in Michigan), the defense looking good in doing so, and the Detroit fans have something to be excited about.

22 – Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4) Climbed 2 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 2 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

Beating Dallas in Texas pulls Jacksonville to an even record, but they were blown out the two weeks prior to that.  It’s a small climb, and they still haven’t shown that they’re anything more than an average team.

21 – Houston Texans (4-3) Dropped 4 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 11 since Week 5 with a record of 1-2 since then)

Losing to Indianapolis doesn’t negate the Week 1 victory over the Colts, but it does lessen it’s impact.  Not a good record since Week 5.

20 – St. Louis Rams (4-4) Climbed 6 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 2 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

Sure, their win in Week 8 was against the worst (according to GuysNation) team in the NFL, but it’s still another win, and they’re looking better each week.

19 – Chicago Bears (4-3) Dropped 4 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 10 since Week 5 with a record of 1-2 since then)

During the Bears’ bye week, their losses to Washington and Seattle took hits as both of those two teams lost.

18 – San Diego Chargers (3-5) Climbed 7 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 5 since Week 5 with a record of 1-3 since then)

The win against Tennessee was quality, as the Titans are a good team.  Losses in Weeks 6 and 7 were each of a 3 point margin, and the Week 5 loss to Oakland doesn’t look too bad given what the Raiders have done since then.

17 – Seattle Seahawks (4-3) Dropped 4 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 5 since Week 5 with a record of 2-1 since then)

Getting blown out by the Raiders, albeit in Oakland, is NOT a good thing.  Only 3 points?  That’s rough.

16 – Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) Dropped 2 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 1 since Week 5 with a record of 2-1 since then)

Other teams have pushed up a little bit, so Philly doesn’t maintain its spot during their bye week.  Something tells me they’re facing another loss coming up this week given their top-tier opponents.  Getting back DeSean Jackson will likely be great for the remainder of their season.

15 – Miami Dolphins (4-3) Climbed 6 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 6 since Week 5 with a record of 2-1 since then)

Beating the Bengals isn’t a big win, but it seems more impressive given that it was a road game.  The ‘Phins fans should be feeling fairly good about their team, given how they’ve played since week 5 with two wins and a 1 point loss to the Steelers.

14 – Washington Redskins (4-4) Dropped 5 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 9 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

Losing to Detroit in Michigan isn’t good, but it’s not as disasterous as some people want to play it up to be, as the Lions are going to continue to climb these rankings with their much improved offense and defense.  That game was closer than it looked.  I’m still really liking how the Redskins are playing.  They’re not a top 10 team right now, though.

13 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) Climbed 5 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 5 with a record of 3-1 since then)

This is probably too high, as their last three games haven’t been great.  Three of their last four have been wins, though, and tough teams find ways to win.

12 – Oakland Raiders (4-4) Climbed 4 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 16 since Week 5 with a record of 3-1 since then)

Two straight overwhelming victories, and the Raiders are looking really good.  Their decision on whether to play Campbell or Gradkowsky in their next game is a huge one.

11 – Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) Dropped 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 6 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

Sure, they won in Week 8, but it was only by 3, at home, against the only remaining team without a victory this season.  They need a signature win.

10 – New Orleans Saints (5-3) Climbed 2 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 2 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

The reigning Super Bowl champions are a top 10 team after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers.  While I think they’ll continue to move up the list, I still say that the Saints rankings have been accurate the past couple weeks.  Once they get those running backs off the injury list, they’re going to be dangerous.

9 – Atlanta Falcons (5-2) Dropped 2 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 6 since Week 5 with a record of 2-1 since then)

The Week 7 victory over Cincinnati isn’t playing all that well as the Bengals continue to slide, and with the Falcons on a bye week, they didn’t have the traction to maintain their spot from last week.

8 – New York Giants (5-2) Dropped 2 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 7 since Week 5 with a record of 3-0 since then)

Another bye week casualty with other teams in the Top 10 showing some things that convinced me to put them over the Giants.  That win against Dallas (albeit in Texas) isn’t leaving great memories of what they’re capable of doing, as they nearly gave the Cowboys a second win back in Week 7.

7 – Indianapolis Colts (5-2) Climbed 1 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 4 since Week 5 with a record of 3-0 since then)

Sweet redemption over the Texans showed that the loss to Houston (in Texas) earlier in the season was likely just one of those divisional oddities.

6 – Green Bay Packers (5-3) Climbed 5 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 1 since Week 5 with a record of 2-2 since then)

They shut out the Jets in New York (actually New Jersey), a huge victory on their resume.

5 – New York Jets (5-2) Dropped 4 from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 1 since Week 5 with a record of 2-1 since then)

Getting shut out at home is terrible, even if they only let up 9 total points.  At least it was a top 10 team.  This was much worse than either of the other two losses by Top 5 teams from Week 8.

4 – Baltimore Ravens (5-2) No Change from Week 8 Rank
(Dropping 3 since Week 5 with a record of 2-1 since then)

Bye week survivors, and the Bills’ performance in Week 8 (looking good against the Chiefs) helps justify how close the Week 7 game was between the Ravens and Buffalo.  They are ahead of the Jets due to the meeting earlier in the season.

3 – Tennessee Titans (5-3) No Change from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 11 since Week 5 with a record of 3-1 since then)

Losing to the Chargers in San Diego is rough, though not the end of the world, especially with three wins in their last 4 games.  Getting Randy Moss SHOULD help the Titans, though Minnesota only won one of four games on their schedule while Randy was back on the Vikings recently.  Certainly didn’t do enough to justify overtaking anyone.

2 – Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) No Change from Week 8 Rank
(No change from Week 5, with a record of 2-1 since then)

Losing to the Saints in New Orleans is rough, but not as bad as the other two teams in the Top 5 who lost in Week 8, so the Steelers maintain the #2 spot.

1 – New England Patriots (6-1) Climbed 4 from Week 8 Rank
(Climbing 5 since Week 5 with a record of 3-0 since then)

Losing Randy Moss might’ve changed the complexion of the Patriots, but that doesn’t seem to have hurt them enough to keep them from being a top team.  Beating Minnesota in Massachusetts isn’t a top tier win, but with three of the top 5 teams losing in Week 8, the Patriots benefited just by winning their game.