2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 8

tom-bradyThere’s not much change at the top this week, with New England remaining number one again. Overall, there are still five unbeatens, though this is guaranteed to change when the Broncos and Packers meet on Sunday. See where everybody ranks in our NFL Week 8 power rankings. Also, check out our Week 7 rankings here.

1. New England Patriots (6-0); beat NY Jets 30-23, same spot – The AFC East looked to be a tough division this year…until the Patriots blew it wide open.

2. Green Bay Packers (6-0); bye week, same spot – Much is made about Aaron Rodgers and the offense. But did you know that Green Bay’s defense is giving up an NFL-best 16.8 PPG?

3. Cincinnati Bengals (6-0); bye week, same spot – This seems like a new Andy Dalton; but he has just a 32.9 career-QBR against his next two opponents, Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

4. Denver Broncos (6-0); bye week, same spot – Denver will face off against Green Bay in what’s sure to be the biggest game of the week.

5. Carolina Panthers (6-0); beat Philadelphia 27-16, same spot – While Cam Newton has the lowest QBR of his career up to this point, this is also his best start record-wise.

chris-johnson-cardinals6. Arizona Cardinals (5-2); beat Baltimore 26-18, same spot – Chris Johnson (30) has had a career resurgence, as he’s second in rushing with 567 yards.

7. Atlanta Falcons (6-1); beat Tennessee 10-7, up 1 spot – It wasn’t a pretty win, but Atlanta was at least able to keep pace with Carolina in the NFC South race.

8. New York Jets (4-2); lost to New England 30-23, up 1 spot – The key for the Jets: run the ball. They’ve rushed for 170+ yards in all four of their wins.

9. Seattle Seahawks (3-4); beat San Francisco 20-3, up 4 spots – Seattle isn’t out of it yet! They play the banged-up Cowboys in Dallas, then three straight home games.

10. Minnesota Vikings (4-2); beat Detroit Lions 28-19, up 4 spots – Minnesota is truly one of the league’s surprise teams. And their defense is the anchor, giving up just 17.0 PPG.

ben-roethlisberger-ravens11. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3); lost to Kansas City 23-13, down 2 spots  – Pittsburgh split four games in Big Ben’s absence. Now they have a tough road ahead to the playoffs.

12. New York Giants (4-3); beat Dallas Cowboys 27-20, up 3 spots – It’s almost a wonder that New York isn’t even better when considering their +10 turnover differential.

13. St. Louis Rams (3-3); beat Cleveland 24-6, up 4 spots – Todd Gurley now has three straight games with 150+ yards from scrimmage; he’s the first Rams player to do this since Marshall Faulk in 2002.

14. Miami Dolphins (3-3); beat Houston 44-26, up 6 spots – Miami took care of business the last two games; but they have a road game against New England coming up.

15. New Orleans Saints (3-4); beat Indianapolis 27-21, up 4 spots – After starting 0-3, New Orleans has put themselves back within striking distance of a postseason berth.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4); lost to Carolina 27-16, down 6 spots  – Sam Bradford has not played well, turning the ball over 11 times and featuring a league-low 29.6 QBR.

17. Indianapolis Colts (3-4); lost to New Orleans 27-21, down 5 spots – The road only gets worse from here with Carolina, Denver and Atlanta coming up on the schedule.

amari-cooper-raiders18. Oakland Raiders (2-3); beat San Diego 37-29, up 7 spots – Amari Cooper is now the first rookie since Mike Ditka (1961) to have 100-yard receiving performances in his first six games.

19. Buffalo Bills (3-4); lost to Jacksonville 34-31, down 8 spots – The dropoff from Tyrod Taylor to EJ Manuel has been immense for Buffalo.

20. Dallas Cowboys (2-4); lost to NY Giants 27-20, down 4 spots – First the Greg Hardy debacle, now the Joseph Randle controversy…

21. Kansas City Chiefs (2-5); beat Pittsburgh 23-13, up 6 spots – The Chiefs (+1) and Eagles (+4) are the only teams with positive turnover differentials that are under .500.

22. Washington Redskins (3-4); beat Tampa Bay 31-30, up 4 spots – Kirk Cousins didn’t throw an interception for the third game this season, and the Redskins won for the third time in as many games.

23. San Diego Chargers (2-5); beat Oakland 37-29, down 5 spots – Drafting Melvin Gordon in the first round has done little to change San Diego’s passing ways. Philip Rivers has passed 123 times in the last 2 games.

24. Chicago Bears (2-4); bye week, down 1 spot – One sign that Matt Forte is carrying this team: he’s gained 33.4% of the team’s yards, which is highest in the NFL.

25. Cleveland Browns (2-5); lost to St. Louis 24-6, down 4 spots – Cleveland has only scored a TD in 35% of their red-zone trips this year, second worst in the NFL.

colin-kaepernick26. San Francisco (2-5); lost to Seattle 20-3, down 2 spots – When the Niners lose, they lose big! They now have four losses by 14+ points, two more than any other team.

27. Houston Texans (2-5); lost to Miami 44-26, down 1 spot – Houston has been battered in the first three quarters of games, giving up 101 total points.

28. Detroit Lions (1-6); lost to Minnesota 28-19, down 6 spots – Detroit has held an 11-point lead or better and still lost twice this season; the rest of the NFL is 73-9 in these situations.

29. Baltimore Ravens (1-6); lost to Ariozna 26-18, same spot – Baltimore has given up 188 points in their first seven games, worst since 1996, when they allowed 196 points.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5); beat Buffalo 34-31, up 2 spots – Even with a 2-5 record, Jacksonville is off to their best start since 2011.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4); bye week, down 1 spot – The defense is giving up a league-worst 29.8 PPG.

32. Tennessee Titans (1-5); lost to Atlanta 10-7, down 1 spot – This loss drops the Titans to 1-15 over the past 16 games, with their lone win being against Tampa Bay.