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The nfl power rankings week 8 is a weekly ranking of the NFL teams, based on voting from a panel of experts.
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The NFL Power Rankings, like everyone else, love a good meme. So, in an attempt to sum up the first quarter of the NFL season (thanks, new schedule), we created our own version of the “How it Started vs. How It’s Going” meme based on our NFL Nation writers’ confidence ratings.
Our writers rate the confidence of the teams they cover on a personal 1-10 scale depending on how they feel about their club going ahead at the moment in our weekly takeaways. We chose to compare their ratings from Week 1 (when everyone is fresh and the possibilities are limitless) to how they feel after six weeks of activity (five weeks for teams that have had their bye), as well as the process that produced the confidence development. Some have been joyful evolutions (how about those Arizona Cardinals? ), while others have been biased toward severe disappointment (South Beach isn’t looking so hot right now). It provides as an excellent trimester progress report in any case.
The following is how we rate our Power Rankings: Our power panel, which includes over 80 writers, editors, and TV personalities, assesses how teams perform during the season.
Preseason: 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | Previous rankings: 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 |
ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND JAX | KC | LV | LAC | LAR | MIA | MIN NE | NO | PHI | PIT | SF SEA | TB | TEN | WSH
Previous position: 2
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 9.0 What’s going on right now: 9.4
The Cardinals simply keep winning, and they’re becoming better and better in the process. In Week 1, it was containing Titans rushing back Derrick Henry. Then there was the Week 4 demolition of the Rams. And it was thrashing the Browns sans coach Kliff Kingsbury on Sunday. It’s an indication that this team’s success is here to stay when they win games like they do, especially on the road. If the Cardinals maintain their current scoring average of 32.3 points per game, other teams will have a difficult time stopping them this season. Josh Weinfuss (@JoshWeinfuss)
1st place previously
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 6.3 What’s going on right now: 7.8
The first ranking looked accurate based on how the Bills performed against the Steelers to begin the season. With the exception of Monday night’s defeat to the Titans, Buffalo has played like one of the top teams in the NFL since then. Buffalo’s rating might be higher, particularly given the manner in which they won at Kansas City. This group has a very high potential, and its confidence will only grow as it corrects the problems that were evident in Tennessee. The Bills can still be the greatest team in the AFC, if not the whole league. Alaina Getzenberg is a writer who lives in New York City.
3rd place before.
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 8.0 What’s going on right now: 8.4
The 5-1 Rams defeated the reigning Super Bowl champion Buccaneers in emphatic manner. They defeated the Colts and Seahawks in “ugly” fashion, as some players put it. And they completely failed to show up in a humiliating loss to the Cardinals, who had beaten the Rams in eight straight meetings. So, despite having one of the greatest records in the NFL, it’s much too early to declare the Rams Super Bowl winners, as shown by their small rise from 8 to 8.4 through six games. What’s the secret to a greater boost in self-assurance? Regardless of opponent, consistency in all three stages. Lindsey Thiry (Lindsey Thiry)
Previous position: 4
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 7.0 What’s going on right now: 8.0
The Buccaneers have had a spate of injuries after coming out of training camp as healthy as can be. Due to COVID-19 procedures, nine starters have missed a total of 22 games, with Antonio Brown missing one start. They’ve made it this far to be 5-1, which is no minor accomplishment, and it’s mainly because to the strength of their offensive and pass rush. However, the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints, two top-10 defenses, are up next. When that happens, how much will the Bucs be able to rely on their offensive firepower? Jenna Laine is a writer who lives in New York City.
Previous position: 6
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 7.5 What’s going on right now: 9.1
Coming off a closer-than-expected defeat to Tampa Bay in the opener, the confidence rating could have been higher. The Cowboys haven’t lost since, and they lead the NFC East by three games. A calf injury has put Dak Prescott’s health in jeopardy. But who would the Cowboys not be favored to defeat in their remaining 11 games if he’s healthy? Perhaps in Kansas City? Arizona? This squad has the potential to place itself in a strong playoff position and win the division. Todd Archer is a writer.
Previous position: 8
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 6.5 What’s going on right now: 9.0
John Harbaugh has done an outstanding job as coach, leading Baltimore to a 5-1 start despite having 16 players on injured reserve. With a season-opening defeat in Las Vegas, the Ravens looked like a team in danger, allowing huge plays on defense and failing to protect Lamar Jackson. Baltimore, on the other hand, swiftly turned things around with fourth-quarter comebacks against the Chiefs and the Colts, as well as Justin Tucker’s game-winning 66-yard ( goal in Detroit. After a 28-point blowout of the Chargers on Sunday, the Ravens seemed to be the team to beat in the AFC. — Hensley, Jamison
Previous position: 5
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 6.5 What’s going on right now: 7.5
The Saints’ 38-3 season-opening defeat seems like a lifetime ago. Since then, the Packers have won five consecutive games, but they still haven’t figured out their new defense. Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have maintained what is perhaps the greatest relationship in the game, but Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon have provided the ideal balance to Adams’ coverage. The only thing that seems to have the potential to derail them is if they are unable to manage their injury issue. Green Bay has had a lucky run in that department the previous two seasons (both 13-3), but now the injuries are piling up. Demovsky, Rob
Previous position: 7
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 5.4 What’s going on right now: 5.7
We didn’t sure what to expect from the Chargers, but with victories against the Chiefs, Raiders, and Browns, it’s fair to say they’ve outperformed expectations. Overachievement, like having a developing great quarterback in Justin Herbert, creates higher expectations. Will they be able to hold on to top position in the AFC West and end the season strong? That may be contingent on their ability to strengthen their run defense, which is presently ranked worst in the NFL and may be detrimental in the future. Shelley Smith says:
Previous position: 10
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 7.5 What’s going on right now: 6.0
The AFC West championship is within sight if the Chiefs can play defense like they did in Sunday’s victory against Washington instead of like they played in the first five games. They’ll win it if they can do it and minimize turnovers (they have a league-high 14 turnovers). However, those are two major ifs. The Chiefs’ issue isn’t their 3-3 record; it’s the way they’ve played over the first six weeks. Adam Teicher’s remark
Previous position: 11
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 4.5 What’s going on right now: 7.5
The Titans were punched in the face by the Cardinals to open the season. In a 38-13 defeat, Derrick Henry rushed for 58 yards on 17 attempts. Fast forward to Week 6, and Henry has rushed for 100 yards or more in five straight games. Henry has led the Titans to a 4-2 record, including a 143-yard effort against the Bills, who were allowing 75 running yards per game (third in the NFL) before Week 6. When Henry scores three or more touchdowns, the Titans are currently 6-0 in his career. With 10 touchdowns in the first six games of a season, Henry is tied for second with LaDainian Tomlinson (2005) and Priest Holmes (2004). — Davenport, Turron
14th place before.
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 7.0 What’s going on right now: 7.0
The Bengals have reacted effectively each time Cincinnati’s confidence level has dipped a bit. Another example was the victory against the Lions in Week 6. A squad with a 4-2 record would normally be ranked somewhat higher. However, the offensive is still battling early inconsistency. Against the winless Lions, the Bengals had three consecutive three-and-outs and didn’t get the offense back on track until a fourth-and-1 in the third quarter. The Bengals are best regarded with cautious optimism until those issues are resolved. – Ben Little
Previous position: 9
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 8.0 What’s going on right now: 6.0
On the attacking side, injuries are piling up, and the defense is quickly deteriorating. Baker Mayfield’s left, non-throwing shoulder issue seems to be something he’ll have to deal with all year. Nick Chubb (knee) and Kareem Hunt (calf) are both out with injuries. Jedrick Wills Jr. (ankle) and Jack Conklin (knee) are both injured offensive tackles. Over the last two games, the defense has given up 84 points and is currently ranked 24th in efficiency. There is still time for the Browns to reorganize. But six weeks into the season, this is not where they intended to be. Jake Trotter’s remark
Previous position: 17
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 8.1 What’s going on right now: 7.5
Given all the Raiders have been through in the last week, it’s remarkable their confidence level hasn’t plummeted. But a team’s confidence will be boosted after a victory in Denver. It was the Raiders’ most complete game of the season, and it came at the perfect time. The issue then becomes: Can Las Vegas, which is still reeling from Jon Gruden’s email scandal and subsequent departure, maintain emotional equilibrium in the future? Interim coach Rich Bisaccia stated, “We’ll see.” — Gutierrez, Paul
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Previous position: 13
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 8.1 What’s going on right now: 7.0
Over the first four weeks, the Saints may have experienced the most dramatic up-and-down swings in the league: a dominating win over Green Bay, a blowout defeat at Carolina, a convincing triumph at New England, and an epic fourth-quarter collapse against the Giants. But I’ve got them back to the same level of confidence that I would’ve selected before Week 1. They have several weaknesses, the most glaring of which is a dearth of accomplished pass-catchers. But I still believe this is a playoff-caliber club that will only improve as Jameis Winston becomes more comfortable in the system and the team’s eight starters return from injury and suspension (including wide receiver Michael Thomas). Triplett, Mike
Previous position: 21
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 6.8 What’s going on right now: 5.0
The Steelers got off to a great start with a victory against the Bills, who were probably the greatest team in the NFL after six weeks. Instead of setting the tone for the season, the Steelers followed it up with three straight defeats, which seemed to be an anomaly. The offense lacked rhythm, led by an erratic Ben Roethlisberger. And the defense couldn’t compensate for the offense’s deficiencies due to injuries. The Steelers, though, are showing signs of life after winning back-to-back games heading into the bye week. The Steelers’ confidence level will improve if the defense can play like it did in the fourth quarter and overtime on Sunday night. Anything less than that, and it’ll revert to its previous state. Brooke Pryor is an actress who plays Brooke Pryor.
Previous position: 23
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 5.0 Right now, it’s a 4.5.
It’s tough to tell what kind of Vikings team this is. They pushed Arizona, the league’s last remaining unbeaten club, to overtime in Week 2, losing 34-33. Kyler Murray threw two interceptions for the first time in his career. They played down and let a winless Detroit hang around until the very end a few weeks later, and they did the same with Carolina in Week 6. The Vikings have done well with Kirk Cousins at quarterback, but it’s tough to consider them a sure thing until they establish themselves in the five-game run they have coming out of the bye. Courtney Cronin (Courtney Cronin)
Previous position: 12
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 5.1 What’s going on right now: 5.0
Injuries are a convenient excuse when things go wrong, but they played a role in Carolina’s drop from 3-0 to 3-3. The loss of running back Christian McCaffrey has had a significant effect on quarterback Sam Darnold and the offense, according to statistics. The loss of cornerback Jaycee Horn and linebacker Shaq Thompson was also significant for the defense. They are two first-round selections who play important roles and are difficult to replace. Without them, the sack and pressure statistics have fallen significantly. The confidence rating should be lower than it is without the three players listed above. David Newton is an author.
Previous position: 18
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 6.5 What’s going on right now: 5.8
The 49ers have been competitive in every game they’ve played and might go 5-0 or 0-5. They are, however, 2-3 and on a three-game losing skid, all against preseason playoff contenders. The toughest thing about trusting the Niners right now is that they don’t seem to have established a confident identity. There are reasons to be optimistic, but there are even more questions that must be answered in the positive in order for this season to resume its normal course. Nick Wagoner is a writer.
Previous position: 16
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 2.0 What’s going on right now: 4.8
The Bears are a stronger team than they were against the Rams in Week 1, but their defeat to the Packers on Sunday underlined the notion that they have trouble beating quality opponents. The Bears (3-3) go to Tampa Bay (5-1) next week, so my 4.8 rating may sound severe. In the blink of an eye, Matt Nagy’s squad might be back to.500. That is reflected in the rating. Dickerson, Jeff
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15th place before.
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 7.8 What’s going on right now: 5.5
The Broncos’ offense looked like it understood what it wanted to be through the first three games of the season: more likely to go big on personnel with a great combination of tough play and a downfield throwing game. What have you done in the last three games? Not at all. The number of turnovers has increased, but the number of outcomes has decreased. In a three-game losing skid, a team with tremendous cover-rush potential hasn’t showed it enough, particularly against a Raiders offense that had just had its head coach and playcaller quit just days before Sunday’s game. Legwold, Jeff
Previous position: 19
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 6.5 What’s going on right now: 5.0
Even in a season-opening defeat, Mac Jones’ strong start had things looking bright. Then the Patriots’ up-and-down performance on defense and special teams, as well as the offensive line and a few skill-position players, sent them tumbling, as they learned not to beat themselves up with errors. On the sidelines, this turbulence has been mirrored in several questionable coaching choices. — Reiss, Mike
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Previous position: 25
5.8 out of 10 in the first week of confidence What’s going on right now: 4.8
The lack of a significant win against a playoff-caliber club — Miami and Houston are a combined 2-10 this season — coupled with the concern around the health of important players like as Carson Wentz, T.Y. Hilton, Quenton Nelson, and Brad Smith caused the rating to decrease. However, Indianapolis is beginning to feel better, and it will have a chance to win big in its next two games against San Francisco and Tennessee. Mike Wells’ remark
Previous position: 20
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 8.7 What’s going on right now: 5.0
When a club loses four of its first five games and loses its starting quarterback to injury, that sort of confidence swing occurs. The Seahawks’ ability to recover from a 14-0 hole to force overtime against the Steelers on Sunday shown that they can at least be competitive when Geno Smith fills in for Russell Wilson. They are, however, clinging by a thread at 2-4, four games behind in the difficult NFC West. To have any hope of digging out of this hole, they need Wilson to return as soon as he is eligible, in Week 10, and they need to win the next two games, both at home. Brady Henderson’s quote
Previous position: 24
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 6.3 What’s going on right now: 3.9
The Eagles’ confidence meter soared after a 32-6 thumping of the Falcons in the season opener, but the team has since fallen back to earth. The offense has been hampered by shaky playcalling, injuries along the offensive line, and uneven play from quarterback Jalen Hurts, while the defense has experienced huge swings in effectiveness. The good news for Philadelphia is that the most tough portion of their schedule is now behind them. There are victories to be gained against the Giants, Jets, Lions, and Washington Redskins. Even if it never returns to its Week 1 position, the confidence meter should continue to rise. Tim McManus, Ph.D.
22nd in the previous ranking
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 5.0 What’s going on right now: 3.7
In the opener, something wasn’t quite right with the defense, which resulted in a lower-than-expected confidence rating — plus quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was injured. It hasn’t gotten any better, as the defense now ranks 31st in points allowed and fourth in yards allowed, a long cry from fourth in scores and second in yards in 2020. Some of it is due to the timetable, but not all of it. While Taylor Heinicke is a great tale, Washington needs more offensive firepower, and Heinicke is constantly in a situation where he has to shoulder the load, which leads to errors and blunders. ‘John Keim’
Previous position: 26
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 4.2 What’s going on right now: 5.0
Because there were so many unknowns going into the season — and then there was the disaster that was Week 1 — there’s a bit more confidence today than there was in Week 1. The Falcons, on the other hand, have showed indications of progress and correction from week to week. And, as much as victories and defeats play a role, this season is about developing and growing in order to set the stage for long-term, sustainable success. That seems to be beginning to happen. Michael Rothstein is a writer and producer.
Previous position: 27
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 6.5 What’s going on right now: 2.0
The Dolphins seemed to be poised to take the next step under coach Brian Flores in 2021 after winning 10 games in 2020. That hasn’t been the case thus far. Miami is at the bottom of the league in scoring offense and defense (29th and 29th, respectively), is dead last in third-down defense, and recently lost to the Jaguars to end a five-game losing skid. There isn’t much about the Dolphins’ performance that inspires confidence six games into the season, and without their first-round selection in 2022, there isn’t even a silver lining to losing games. — Louis-Jacques Marcel
Previous position: 29
Confidence rating during the first week: 3.5 3.0 is the current state of affairs.
The Jets are the league’s youngest team, and they’re showing it, particularly on offense. The defense outperforms expectations due to an undervalued front four, but the offense can’t get out of its own way. You expected some teething pains from the offense, particularly with a rookie quarterback (Zach Wilson), but 0 points in the first quarter? Even the most pessimistic pessimists could not have predicted it. The Jets are essentially playing from behind every week, putting a huge amount of pressure on Wilson. They need to alter the algorithm, otherwise they’ll end up with 3-14 or 4-13. Cimini, Rich
32nd in the previous ranking
Confidence rating during the first week: 2.5 3.0 is the current state of affairs.
The Jaguars’ arrow is heading slightly higher thanks to Trevor Lawrence’s significant progress during the first six weeks. Lawrence’s Total QBR and completion rate increased substantially from Weeks 1 to 3 (22.4 and 54.2 percent, respectively) to Weeks 4 to 6 (56.4 and 66.3 percent, respectively), while his turnovers decreased from nine to two. On the road, the Jaguars had a chance to defeat Cincinnati as well. On defense, there are still significant problems, but Lawrence’s improvement and the greater usage of running back James Robinson provide some reason for hope. Mike DiRocco’s remark
Previous position: 28
Confidence rating during the first week: 3.5 What’s going on right now: 1.0
The confidence rating began to rise after a season-opening win against the Jaguars, which was better than anticipated. The Texans have lost five consecutive games since then, with just two of them being close. They haven’t won on the road in a long time, and they’ve lost both of their away games by a combined score of 71-3. In Week 2, Houston quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a left hamstring injury, and his replacement, 2021 third-round selection Davis Mills, has struggled. The Texans are taking things week by week with Taylor, according to David Culley, who isn’t sure when the veteran will return. It’s difficult to imagine the Texans’ offense improving unless that occurs. — Sarah Barshop is a woman who works at a bar
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30th in the previous ranking
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 4.2 What’s going on right now: 1.8
The Giants were bad at first, and they’re much worse today. That’s what happens when you lose five of your last six games, have one of the league’s weakest defenses (ranked 27th), and an injury-plagued offense. Seriously, Daniel Jones’ performance has been about the only bright spot in the early portion of the season — that is, until Sunday against the Rams, when he had four turnovers in a 38-11 defeat. Jordan Raanan is a writer.
Previous position: 31
Week 1 self-assurance rating: 4.5 What’s going on right now: 2.5
I hate to be a prisoner of the present, but the Lions’ most recent game against the Bengals was their worst of the season. Throughout these six weeks, my faith in this squad has eroded significantly, but a spate of injuries has also harmed this group. You can’t help but look back to Detroit’s previous 0-6 start, which came during the infamous 2008 season when the club went 0-16, and wonder when this squad will win. I like Lions coach Dan Campbell’s enthusiasm, but the players must equal that enthusiasm on the field. Eric Woodyard’s remark
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