Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

By Akiva Wienerkur   October 24, 2022 

Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

This is as hard of a time as I’ve had ranking NFL teams in the past decade. Here are the correct current NFL power rankings with some fun statistical notes along the way. 

1. Buffalo Bills

Buffalo’s +95 point differential  is 39 points better than the next best team

2.  Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles play the Steelers, Texans, Commanders, and Colts the next four weeks. They could be 10-0 heading into their Sunday night game with the Packers Thanksgiving weekend.

3. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs’ loss to the Colts makes less and less sense every week. 

4. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens losses have come against the Bills and Giants who have only lost once and the Dolphins who are 4-0 when Tua Tagovailoa is their leading passer. 

5. Dallas Cowboys

The Lions were allowing 34.5 points per game and gave up less than half of that to the Cowboys. 

6. Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow’s 481 passing yards were 73 shy of the record set by Norm van Brocklin in Week 1 of the 1951 season. 

7. New England Patriots

After losing to Aaron Rodgers in Week 4, the Patriots face a run of Jared Goff, Jacoby Brissett, Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, Matt Ryan, Zach Wilson again, before they face Kirk Cousins on Thanksgiving.  

8. New York Giants

The Giants have wins by 1, 3, 8, 5, 4, 6. They are a 2 and a 7 away from running the entire one game gamut. 

9. Minnesota Vikings

Their week 1 win over the Packers looks less impressive every week and since then they’ve won close games over the Lions, Saints, Bears, and the Dolphins without Tua. 

10. Miami Dolphins

Miami’s next four games, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, (bye), Houston. 

11. Seattle Seahawks

Geno Smith is already just 2 TD passes away from his career-high of 13 set with the 2013 Jets. 

Oct 23, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) throws as Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. (9) moves in for the tackle during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

12. Los Angeles Rams

Let’s not write the Rams off just yet. They’ve lost to the Bills, 49ers, and Cowboys. 

13. New York Jets

Allowing just 14 points per game over the past four weeks. Last year, their season low for points allowed was 19 in Week 1.

14. Los Angeles Chargers

Much needed bye upcoming for a team plagued by injuries. 

15. Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders losses were by 1, 2, 4, and 5. Their next four games are against the Saints, Jaguars, Colts, and Broncos, and they need to be looking at a 3-1 stretch before things get tougher. 

16. San Francisco 49ers

The Chargers of the NFC, their talent hasn’t amounted to much yet this season. They will face both L.A. teams with a buy in between over the next three weeks. 

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Ravens, Rams, and Seahawks await a 3-4 Bucs team that couldn’t beat Pittsburgh or Carolina. 

18. Green Bay Packers

There’s some bad news and some good news for the Packers. The bad news? They play the Bills next week in Buffalo on Sunday Night Football this week. The good news? They go to Detroit the week after. 

19. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons look like a completely different team every week. They get the Panthers twice plus the Commanders and Bears over the next five weeks if they want to establish some semblance of normalcy. 

20. Tennessee Titans

The Titans have won four straight games with Ryan Tannehill failing to top 181 yards as Derrick Henry is back to his old tricks with three straight 100 yard games. 

21. Arizona Cardinals

If you, hypothetically, bet on the Cardinals to make the playoffs, look away. They’re 3-4 with a brutal schedule, Vikings, Seahawks, Rams, 49ers (in Mexico), Chargers, Patriots, on the horizon for their next six games. 

22. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have a pair of fantastic wins (24-0 shutout of the Colts, 38-10 win at the Chargers) and brutal losses (at Washington and vs. Houston) but they looked more like the former team against the Giants on Sunday

23. Indianapolis Colts

The bad news? They only have one game left against AFC South teams. The sad news? They’re 1-3-1 in divisional games so far. 

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) leaves the field after losing to the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. Andrew Nelles / Tennessean.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

24. Cleveland Browns

With four games until Deshaun Watson returns, the Browns knew they needed to be at least 5-6 to make a playoff run. At this point, that would mean winning three out of four against the Bengals, Dolphins, Bills, and Bucs. 

25. New Orleans Saints

The Saints have allowed 28, 32, 30, and 42 points the last four weeks. 

26. Denver Broncos

All seven Broncos games have been decided by single digits and other than their 32-23 loss at Las Vegas, they  have not scored or allowed 20 points in any game. 

27. Washington Commanders

How is this team 3-4? Has there ever been a worse game of teams around .500 than the Commanders at Colts on Sunday?

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers haven’t topped 20 points since their Week 1 debacle of a win against the Bengals. 

29. Chicago Bears

They’re 2-4 and still have the Bills, Eagles, Vikings, Packers, Dolphins, and Cowboys on the schedule. Tonight is a must win in New England. 

30. Houston Texans

They haven’t lost to an AFC South team yet but are winless against teams from outside their division. Next week, they will hope to continue that trend against the Titans. 

31. Carolina Panthers

If they actually want to compete this season, two of their next three games are against Atlanta. 

32. Detroit Lions

The same team that scored a combined 80 points against the Eagles and Seahawks mustered a total of 6 points against the Patriots and Cowboys. 

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