Week 7 brought NFL fans plenty of action, and shook up our weekly rankings quite a bit. The Eagles continue to play some of the best football in the league and the Patriots reminded the Falcons why they’re the defending champs. Also, the Browns and 49ers continue into next week’s action without a win.

Week 8 is full of intrigue as the Dolphins face the Ravens on Thursday night to open things up. This week will finish off with the league’s #1 defense in Denver squaring off with the #2 Kansas City offense. The Cardinals, Giants, Jaguars, Packers, Rams, and Titans all have Bye Weeks.

Here is the Armchair All-Americans Week 8 NFL Power Rankings:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (6-1) – Philadelphia is a force to be reckoned with after a dominating Monday night against the Redskins. The scary thing about this team is that they have the third easiest schedule left in the NFL. Cleveland missed out after trading the 2nd overall in the 2016 pick that would become quarterback Carson Wentz.
  2. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) – Kansas City is still a very dangerous team, but their late game mistakes cost them big. The defense just needs to tighten up a bit and the Chiefs would be all but unstoppable. They’ll look to get back to winning against the struggling Broncos in Week 8.
  3. New England Patriots (5-2) – Everybody is raving about how great Tom Brady played in their beat-down against the Falcons. Truth is that he has been playing great football for most of the season. The defense is starting to come around and play well enough for New England to win. If this sounds familiar it’s because the Patriots have done this for almost the past two decades.
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)- The ‘Triple Bees’ appear to be back on track and all the talk of Big Ben being washed up appears to have…well…washed away. Pittsburgh’s defense is finally starting to come around while Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown continue to be unguardable.
  5. Los Angeles Rams (5-2) – The Rams cruised to a shutout victory over the Cardinals 33-0. Todd Gurley is running like a maniac and Jared Goff is blooming into a great QB. With these two playing at the level that they are, any team is in for a long day.
  6. Minnesota Vikings (5-2) – The Vikings keep putting together hard-fought, well-earned victories. They have the chance to gain more room on top of the NFC North as they host the Browns in Week 8. Minnesota is clearly one of the best teams in the NFL and has been overshadowed for most of the season.
  7. Seattle Seahawks (4-2) – The Seahawks have only allowed one team to score over 17 points against them. On top of that, Seattle is starting to get that reliable production from quarterback Russell Wilson.  The attention may not be on the Seahawks right now, but there are playing great football and own the tiebreaker against the Rams should it come down to the last game.
  8. Buffalo Bills (4-2) – Buffalo keeps finding ways to win and are only a half game back for the top spot in the AFC East. The Bills have played every game close with the largest margin of victory being a 10-point win against Denver in Week 3. No team should sleep on how well their defense plays and how good their offense could be.
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-3) – Jacksonville is one of the most surprising squads in the entire league this season. Did you know that the Jaguars are on pace to get 75 sacks this year, which would break the single season record by the 1984 Bears? Or that the Jags are the first team to have multiple 10-plus sack games since the 1984 Bears?
  10. Oakland Raiders (3-4) – What a game on Thursday night against division rival Kansas City. Derek Carr was on point and was showing last year’s form, as Amari Cooper played as big as he got over the offseason. Although the defense still looks suspect, Carr is still one of the best young arms in the league and showed NFL fans that he is still a great threat.
  11. Washington Redskins (3-3) – Kirk Cousins and the Redskins missed their chance to make a statement Monday night against the Eagles.  But on the bright side Washington has been able to put up points.  However in the second half of all of their loses, the Redskins have been outscored 53-27.
  12. New Orleans Saints (4-2) – The Saints are on fire. They have won the last four games after starting the season 0-2. Their defense is amongst the best and we are seeing the same Drew Brees that we have become familiar with.  With the Panthers loss on Sunday, New Orleans seated itself back on top of the NFC South.
  13. Houston Texans (3-3) – Houston is coming off a Bye Week straight into a tough game at Seattle. But with the brilliant play of rookie Deshaun Watson, the Texans have found the end-zone plenty of times and added a few wins along the way. Watson will face a top tier defense in one of the toughest places to play this week though.
  14. Dallas Cowboys (3-3) – Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott played lights out Sunday, but it was against a 49ers team with no wins. That being said, the Cowboys need the two sophomores to play this good each week to bounce back and overtake the division. It’s a tall order considering that the Eagles are playing the best in the league right now.
  15. Los Angeles Chargers (3-4) – The Chargers looked lost for most of the season, but have suddenly surged back into contention in the AFC West. They didn’t do anything extraordinary in their win against the Broncos on Sunday, but the defense was solid and Travis Benjamin made plays when the team needed points on the board to seal their third win.
  16. Miami Dolphins (4-2) – The Fins are playing above expectations and have won their last three games. But quarterback Jay Cutler may miss some time after cracking multiple ribs against the Jets. Matt Moore will be stepping up for Cutler, with a 4-2 team record, a half game back from the Patriots in the division, and a tough schedule ahead.
  17. Tennessee Titans (4-3) – It wasn’t a beautiful win for Tennessee, but it kept them at the top of the AFC South for now. The Titans are playing some good ball, but it has been inconsistent at times. They will have time this week to rest their injured players and minimize their issues going into the bye.
  18. Carolina Panthers (4-3) – Virtually nobody thought the Panthers could lose to the Bears in Week 7. But to much of their surprise, Chicago’s defense played stingy all game and allowed them to do very little. Cam Newton and company were only able to rack up three points after only losing to the Eagles by five last week.
  19. Detroit Lions (3-3) – The Lions needed the Bye Week to regroup and correct their problems, but face a tough Steelers team in Week 8. Detroit has had few issues scoring this season, but has allowed opponents to score quite a bit. In their losses, the Lions have let the opponent score 109 points and have scored 88.
  20. Atlanta Falcons (3-3) – 28-3. That is a number that will always linger in the minds of the Falcons. Well after Sunday, Atlanta must think about much more than that. The offense played flat and let one of the league’s worst defensive units own their talented offense.  Last year’s NFC Champion is 3rd in their division through Week 7.
  21. Denver Broncos (3-3) – Von Miller has spoken. Denver should be in full panic after being shutout for the first time in 25 years. It’s not that the opposition has played great offense in their three loses, but a combination of the Broncos turning over the ball and struggling to score. Denver needs to become a lot better offensively to compliment their #1 overall defense.
  22. Green Bay Packers (4-3) – The Packers are clearly a different team without quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Sunday’s game illustrated some of that as fill-in QB Brett Hundley struggled throughout the game. But there still is hope in Green Bay that Rodgers could return before the end of the season.
  23. New York Jets (3-4) – Two heartbreakers in the past two weeks for the Jets. But New York is in good shape still and only two games back from the Patriots. The Jets’ big issue the past two weeks has been their second half team play. In both games, they went into the half in good shape, but squandered away the lead in the second.
  24. Baltimore Ravens (3-4) – Baltimore is dealing with a quite a few injuries this season. Defensively, the Ravens haven’t played well and have allowed over 1,000 yards on the ground. It doesn’t help that their star QB has only thrown five touchdown and eight interceptions…
  25. Chicago Bears (3-4) – It wasn’t Mitchell Trubisky or Jordan Howard that won the game for the Bears in Week 7. It was rookie safety Eddie Jackson that stole the show. Jackson is the first player in NFL history with two 75-plus yard touchdowns in one game. Jackson’s college days ended last year on the same day he accomplished this feat due to a broken leg.
  26. Cincinnati Bengals (2-4) – Cincinnati thought they found their winning formula with back-to-back wins against the Browns and the Bills. It will be back to the drawing board for the Bengals after a tough loss to the Steelers. The Bengals just couldn’t find the end-zone in the second half, and for some reason stop running the ball after a productive first half for rookie Joe Mixon.
  27. Arizona Cardinals (3-4) – It’s one thing to get shutout in a pro game, but a jar of salt was added to that wound. Quarterback Carson Palmer broke his arm on Sunday and could miss the remainder of the season. Until his return, Arizona has Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert.
  28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4) – Tampa could have easily been 3-3 this week but lost a close game to the Bills. Quarterback Jameis Winston had 384 yards with three touchdowns to only one interception. But the Bucs turned the ball over three times (2 fumbles and one interception).  When they don’t turn the ball over, the Bucs are a tough team to beat.
  29. Indianapolis Colts (2-4) – The Jaguars just wouldn’t give QB Jacoby Brissett any room on Sunday. Without Andrew Luck, it seems like a very dim season for the Colts, and their relevancy in the AFC South is slipping away. Indianapolis’ weaknesses have really shown without their star QB in the fold.
  30. New York Giants (1-6) – One week removed from the most shocking win of the season so far and the Giants fell flat against the Seahawks. A dominant performance from their defense in Week 6 was followed by allowing Russell Wilson to throw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. New York’s season looks all but finished and it would take a huge effort for them to even think playoffs.
  31. San Francisco 49ers (0-7) – The 49ers finally lost a game by more than a field goal, after losing the last five games by 2 or 3 points. San Francisco just couldn’t get a consistent offensive attack going through Sunday’s contest against the Cowboys. They also could get to the Dak Prescott who had a huge game against them.
  32. Cleveland Browns (0-7) – Cleveland could possibly be on their way to an 0-16 season. The Browns just haven’t played great football, and when they play well enough they still come up short. Their season just got worse after losing prize lineman Joe Thomas, who is expected to miss six to nine months.

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Team Manager for Armchair Broncos , The ArmChair All-Americans, LLC
I’m a Denver, Colorado native that loves almost all sports. I have a beautiful daughter that means the world to me and she also loves to watch sports. Sometimes I can be very opinionated when debating or discussing sports, but if you love a team you will definitely debate it out to the fullest. I like to be adventurous and experience the outdoors, play sports with friends, golf when I have the time and experience new foods and activities. I also want to visit other ballparks and stadiums to support Colorado teams and experience the culture at those venues. So feel free to debate or discuss sports with me anytime even if we don’t agree.
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Team Manager for Armchair Broncos , The ArmChair All-Americans, LLC
I’m a Denver, Colorado native that loves almost all sports. I have a beautiful daughter that means the world to me and she also loves to watch sports. Sometimes I can be very opinionated when debating or discussing sports, but if you love a team you will definitely debate it out to the fullest. I like to be adventurous and experience the outdoors, play sports with friends, golf when I have the time and experience new foods and activities. I also want to visit other ballparks and stadiums to support Colorado teams and experience the culture at those venues. So feel free to debate or discuss sports with me anytime even if we don’t agree.

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