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.

2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 1

marshawn-lynch-seattleThe 2015 NFL season is officially underway, with the New England Patriots securing a 28-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. This game has a little impact on our Week 1 power rankings, but not much because the Steelers were playing at Foxborough and without suspended running back Le’Veon Bell and wideout Martavis Bryant. That said, here’s a look at how teams rank going into the first Sunday of the season.

1. Seattle Seahawks (12-4 last season) – Most of Seattle’s dominating defense is back from the unit that’s allowed the fewest NFL points for the past three seasons. The offense gets a little better thanks to the edition of TE Jimmy Graham, who finally gives Russell Wilson a true No. 1 option.

2. New England Patriots (12-4 last season) – The Pats have a brutal first seven games, but they survived the first one against the Steelers. An away game against division-rival Buffalo is up next.

3. Green Bay Packers (12-4 last season) – It’s tough telling how Green Bay will fare after the loss of Jordy Nelson (ACL). But with Aaron Rodgers at QB, a Super Bowl run is never out of the question.

frank-gore-colts4. Indianapolis Colts (11-5 last season) – Indy keeps improving every year under Andrew Luck, making the AFC Championship last season. They only get better with the addition of WR Andre Johnson and RB Frank Gore.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5 last season) – Tough first loss for what should be a very explosive Pittsburgh Steelers offense; especially when they get Bell and Bryant back on the field.

6. Dallas Cowboys (12-4 last season) – Dallas still has a pretty complete team, but how much will they miss DeMarco Murray running the ball? Furthermore, can anybody emerge from their RB committee?

7. Denver Broncos (12-4 last season) – The Broncos have the tools to go deep into the playoffs. But Peyton Manning has to play better down the stretch after throwing 12 interceptions in his final 10 games last season.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6 last season) – So many moving parts in the offseason make the Eagles difficult to peg. If QB Sam Bradford and three running backs who’ve all gained 1,000 yards in a season can stay healthy, this offense could be the league’s best all around.

Carson Palmer9. Arizona Cardinals (11-5 last season) – Arizona owed a large part of its 6-0 start last season to QB Carson Palmer’s play. But when he hurt his knee, they were just 5-6 down the stretch.

10. Baltimore Ravens (10-6 last season) – Another good defense for the Ravens anchored by Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. But the offense has a lot of questions to answer at receiver.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (9-7 last season) – Largely the same good Chiefs team is back, with the addition of explosive receiver Jeremy Maclin.

12. Miami Dolphins (8-8 last season) – It’s not unfathomable to think that Miami could challenge the Patriots for the AFC East title, especially with DT Ndamukong Suh on board.

13. Detroit Lions (11-5 last season) – The Lions picked up DT Haloti Ngata who’s a pretty good run stuffer. But losing Suh to the Dolphins has to be a blow given that he’s easily the best defensive tackle in the game.

14. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1 last season) – Cincinnati has made the playoffs four straight years, and that shouldn’t change in 2015.

drew-brees15. New Orleans Saints (7-9 last season) – There are already injuries on defense, but Drew Brees and Co. could take advantage of another weak NFC South.

16. Minnesota Vikings (7-9 last season) – Teddy Bridgewater looks like the Vikings QB of the future, and now he gets to play with Adrian Peterson for a full year.

17. Buffalo Bills (9-7 last season) – Buffalo looks good at most positions, however, journeyman Tyrod Taylor at QB is a question mark.

18. San Diego Chargers (9-7 last season) – San Diego hasn’t won 10 games since 2009; can they break this streak?

19. New York Giants (6-10 last season) – Will the Giants’ stacked offense be enough to overcome a bruised defense?

julio-jones-falcons20. Atlanta Falcons (6-10 last season) – An upgraded defense could help the Falcons contend in the NFC South.

21. Carolina Panthers (7-8-1 last season) – Kelvin Benjamin loss (ACL) might ground Panthers’ offense this year.

22. Houston Texans (9-7 last season) – Not even J.J. Watt can carry a team with Brian Hoyer at QB.

23. St. Louis Rams (6-10 last season) – The defense keeps getting better, but the offense will flounder until first-round RB Todd Gurley can play.

24. Chicago Bears (5-11 last season) – Don’t blame Jay Cutler if things go wrong this year; blame the defense.

25. San Francisco (8-8 last season) – Too many free-agent losses/retirements for San Francisco to be competitive this season.

26. Cleveland Browns (7-9 last season) – With Josh McCown, Browns trot out their 23rd starting quarterback since 1999.

27. New York Jets (4-12 last season) – Secondary upgrades make this a scary defense, but QB again remains a huge problem.

khalil-mack-raiders28. Oakland Raiders (3-13 last season) – LB Khalil Mack and QB Derek Carr can be stars of the future for a franchise that’s still rebuilding.

29. Tennessee Titans (2-14 last season) – It would have been nice if Marcus Mariota started his career with decent weapons.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14 last season) – Jameis Winston has good receivers to throw to; there’s just not enough else here.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14 last season) – The offense should be vastly better than the unit that’s ranked last in points scored for two straight seasons.

32. Washington Redskins (4-12 last season) – RGIII drama dominates the perpetually toxic situation in Washington.