Week Eight power rankings

1.  Chiefs (8-0; last week No. 1):  Andy Reid could be taking this career rebirth thing a little too far.

2. Seahawks (7-1; No. 2):  An ugly road win is still a road win, and with enough road wins — ugly or otherwise — the road to the Super Bowl will go through Seattle.

3. Colts (5-2; No. 3):  Maybe they should trade Trent Richardson back to Cleveland for Josh Gordon.

4. Broncos (7-1; No. 4):  Peyton Manning with two injured ankles probably runs even faster than Peyton Manning with two healthy ankles.

5. Saints (6-1; No. 5):  The Saints did considerably better with two weeks to prepare for a visit from the Bills than the last team that had two weeks to prepare for a visit from the Bills.

6. 49ers (6-2; No. 6):  Another week, another win over a team that wishes it had taken Colin Kaepernick in the 2011 draft.

7. Packers (5-2; No. 7):  After Sunday night’s game, Vikings receiver Greg Jennings was saying to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, “Take me with you.”

8. Bengals (6-2; No. 8):  For a change, folks in Cincinnati who want to dress for Halloween as a perennial playoff contender can wear a Bengals uniform.

9. Patriots (6-2; No. 9):  Tom Brady’s hand isn’t swollen.  The rest of his body is shrunken.

10. Lions (5-3; No. 12):  Detroit fans who hate Matt Millen need to remember that he drafted Calvin Johnson.

11.  Chargers (4-3; No. 11):  Between playing the Jaguars and having a bye, the Chargers have now had two weekends off.

12. Cowboys (4-4; No. 10): So how much worse would the defense have been if Rob Ryan hadn’t been fired?

13. Panthers (4-3; No. 17):  We’ll believe in the Panthers once they prove that they can deal with adversity.

14. Ravens (3-4; No. 14):  Even a sweep of the Bengals may not be enough to win the division.

15. Bears (4-3; No. 15):  Even Luke McCown thinks Josh McCown can’t beat the Packers.

16. Dolphins (3-4; No. 16):  The Dolphins are about to have a worse Halloween than Charlie Brown.

17. Raiders (3-4; No. 22):  Another 40 or 50 wins like that over Pittsburgh, and Raiders fans will start to feel a little better about the Immaculate Reception.

18. Jets (4-4; No. 13):  Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman’s plan for covering A.J. Green was to pray.  The plan for covering Marvin Jones was to ignore him.

19. Cardinals (4-4; No. 26):  After playing the 49ers and Seahawks in back-to-back weeks, it became a lot easier to face the Falcons.

20. Titans (3-4; No. 21):  Instead of trading Kenny Britt, maybe they should trade Chris Johnson.

21. Eagles (3-5; No. 18):  Has everyone figured out Chip Kelly’s offense?  Matt Barkley hasn’t.

22. Browns (3-5; No. 19):  Two straight losses, three straight wins, three straight losses.  Four straight wins?

23. Bills (3-5; No. 20):  After the Chiefs come to town, the Bills have six straight winnable games to lose.

24. Giants (2-6; No. 29):  The phrase “hottest team in the NFC East” doesn’t have the sizzle it used to.

25. Rams (3-5; No. 27):  We’d call it a moral victory if Jerry Jones hadn’t ruined the term.

26. Falcons (2-5; No. 23):  At least they don’t have to worry about blowing big leads.

27. Steelers (2-5; No. 24):  With a trip to Massachusetts on the docket, injured center Maurkice Pouncey definitely should stay in Pittsburgh.

28. Redskins (2-5; No. 25):  How long until RGIII is playing with a brace on each knee?

29. Texans (2-5; No. 28):  Bad news, Texans fans.  Matt Schaub is technically still the starter.  Good news, Texans fans.  He’s not actually starting.

30. Vikings (1-6; No. 30):  The only way the Vikings would have kept Sunday night’s game close is if Cordarelle Patterson would have returned every Green Bay kickoff for a touchdown.

31. Buccaneers (0-7; No. 31):  Coach Greg Schiano joked that his players are stuck with him.  Fans think the joke is on them.

32. Jaguars (0-8; No. 32):  At least they scored a touchdown during their “home” game in London.

138 responses to “Week Eight power rankings

  1. “Detroit fans who hate Matt Millen need to remember that he drafted Calvin Johnson.”

    Yeah, they need to thank the Raiders for screwing up and taking Jamarcus so the pick was so obvious even Millen couldn’t screw it up. Although he probably tried.

  2. 27. Steelers? Really? We’ll once again have to silence all the critics, it seems.

    The 10-2 run continues (meaning 8-1 from here).

    This will prove to be the most glorious one yet.

    We can’t wait to rub it in all of your faces.

    Keep hating, it only fuels us.

    Here we go, oh, here we go.

  3. Florio, your contempt for the Bengals is disgusting. A 40 point win and all you can say about that is a lame Halloween joke.

  4. Wait, so the Chiefs almost lose at home to the Browns and get to stay at no. 1, but the Browns drop to no. 21 behind the Eagles, who almost got shut out by the Giants at no. 24? Browns may not be spectacular, but give them a little more credit than that.

  5. Hey Florio, beat us in Oakland 1 time in the next 10 years buddy. You havent beat us in Oakland since 1995! I know its difficult for you, deal with it!

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!

  6. After Denver wins the division, KC will go on the road and lose in the Wild Card round.

    Andy Reid and the Chiefs will never get any closer than that.

  7. I think the offense production of the Broncos proves they are the #2 team in the league. The lack of offensive production for the Chiefs shows that the gap isn’t even that big.

  8. Lets come together all NFL fans, and laugh at the pathetic Steelers and R-Words. Two franchises in shambles, and they both are tied for the worst fair weather fans.

  9. Florio,

    The Vikings deserve to be dead last in these power rankings. I’m thoroughly convinced JAX and TB can come into our house and whoop our ass. We’re the worst team in the league.

  10. 20. Eagles (3-5; No. 18): Has everyone figured out Chip Kelly’s offense? Matt Barkley hasn’t.

    LMAO…That’s funny right there, I don’t care who you are!!

  11. No Florio, you need to remember the other 6 other WR’s (3 of whom were drafted in the first round) that Millen drafted that no one remembers, or god forbid does remember for some horrific reason or another. Millen would have drafted Russell had the raiders not saved all of us lions fans from that horrific tragedy.

  12. I agree with the rankings and thought the liners were pretty good. Well done this week Florio.

    Personal Favorites:

    22. Browns (3-5; No. 19): Two straight losses, three straight wins, three straight losses. Four straight wins?

    23. Bills (3-5; No. 20): After the Chiefs come to town, the Bills have six straight winnable games to lose.

    30. Vikings (1-6; No. 30): The only way the Vikings would have kept Sunday night’s game close is if Cordarelle Patterson would have returned every Green Bay kickoff for a touchdown.

  13. These power rankings will never be taken serious if you continue putting the Packers higher than the Bengals when Cincinnati has:
    1. A better record
    and
    2. Beat the Packers this year.

  14. Seahawks at #2 is a joke.

    The team I watched last night would get smoked by the Saints, Packers, and Niners.

  15. The NFL season is a marathon, not a sprint. I’m relaxed because despite unfair treatment by the NFL and the referees plus injuries, the Redskins are still going to win the East. Do you see how calm, cool and collective the Shanahans are? That seeps into the locker room. Remember my words. #Washingtonremainsunfazed

  16. Let me help you out, Florio & Co.

    1. Redskins – Duh. Blah blah blah RGIII, blah Snyder blah 1987 blah blah Shanahan is a genius, an so on, and so forth.

    2. Redskins – see above

    3-32. Redskins – see above

    33. Every other team but the Cowboys

    34. Cowboys

  17. ^^^^^I’m telling you guys that that ‘Skins troll works for PFT. First comment on nearly every article. Sheesh.

  18. So… the Bengals who beat Green Bay are behind….

    …..

    ……..

    ………… Green Bay ? ! ?

  19. 13. Panthers (4-3; No. 17): We’ll believe in the Panthers once they prove that they can deal with adversity.

    Like starting the year 0-2?

  20. 9. Patriots (6-2; No. 9): Tom Brady’s hand isn’t swollen. The rest of his body is shrunken.

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    2003 Patriots through 8 games
    6-2
    154 Points For
    129 Points Against
    25 Differential

    No one thought they were good enough to win, but they kept winning close games right through to the Super Bowl. McNair and Manning won CO-MVPs and Brady beat them both in the playoffs. The Patriots had a ton of injuries too.

    2013 Patriots through 8 games
    6-2
    179 Points For
    144 Points Against
    35 Differential

    Very similar start to 2003.

    2007 Patriots through 8 games
    8-0
    331 Points For
    127 Points Against
    204 Differential

    Lost Super Bowl

    2009 Patriots through 8 games
    6-2
    225 Points For
    115 Points Against
    110 Differential

    Out in first round of playoffs

    This start might not be flashy, but it’s been proven many times that the ability to win close games is important in the playoffs. I’ll take the 2003 version of the Patriots any day. Fans have become too used to how the Patriots have won since 2007. It’s not necessarily good.

  21. Andy Reid is doing a fabulous job in Kansas City. Having said that, it should be noted that Reid inherited an underachieving team that was predicted to win its division as recently as 2011. Reid also has benefited from a schedule that has included the NFC East, which is not only an awful division but also is a division that Reid knows all too well.

  22. Are you a Seahawk homer? A road win is not a road win when you come within a Brian Schottenheimer yard of losing as a double digit favorite in a half-filled stadium. This offense is going to struggle for the rest of the year now that the Rams provided the blueprint.

  23. ajgreenhof says:Oct 29, 2013 8:40 AM

    How are the Packers better then the Bengals?

    You know they beat them right?
    ===========================

    By your logic, since the Bengals lost to the Browns, shouldn’t the Bengals be below the Browns? But then the Packers beat the Browns, so then the Packers should be higher then them, but according to you the Packers have to be below the Bengals.

  24. Nothing against Cincy, but if Green Bay and Cincy played 10 times on a neutral field, Green Bay would win over half of the games. Had the fumble never happened at the end of the week 3 game, you wouldn’t have beat Green Bay, on your field. Green Bay controlled that game, with the exception of the first 5 minutes and maybe the last 10 minutes. Cincy is a good team, but they’re not quite on Green Bays level, despite beating them once.

  25. The Seahacks were a joke last night and aside from J-Ville haven’t dominated on either side of the ball, at what point will you realize they are completely over hyped?

  26. The Colts beat the Seahawks and the Bengals beat the Packers. You should really consider things like that in your rankings.

  27. Let’s review what everyone is wrong about:

    1. Steelers suck. They aren’t going on some magical win streak. They will end up 3rd in a crappy division.

    2. Pretend for a second that Washington does win the east. So what? I guess getting the s**t kicked out of you at home by the 49ers is something to root for.

    3. The Seahawks at #2 is perfectly reasonable. So they struggled on the road against a division foe. That happens all the time to every team, no matter the situation. And to the guy who thinks the 49ers would smoke them, I refer you to week 2, a 29-3 drubbing of the 49ers by the Seahawks.

  28. Andy Dalton is the #4 passer in the league right now, just dropped 49 on a good Jets defense, played one of the most complete games you’ll see this season, and the Bengals don’t move up even one spot?

    C’mon, man!

  29. dtownpayne says:
    Oct 29, 2013 9:39 AM
    The Seahacks were a joke last night and aside from J-Ville haven’t dominated on either side of the ball, at what point will you realize they are completely over hyped?
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    When everyone agrees the Chiefs are over hyped?

  30. Florio, did you swipe the Baby Reid pic off AP?

    No one believes in the Chiefs and thats okay. All KC has to do is keep winning and they control their own destiny. We need to play our playoff games in Terrorhead!

  31. Bengals should be in top 5 but at the VERY LEAST should be ahead of packers. 1. They beat packers. 2. They have a better record than the packers. Their opponents have a winning record where as the packers opponents have a losing record. The bengals are 3-0 against teams that would be in playoffs I season ended today while packers are 1-2. Please correct this. Seriously, you’re making yourself sound foolish.

  32. wrossi81 says:
    Oct 29, 2013 9:47 AM
    The Colts beat the Seahawks and the Bengals beat the Packers. You should really consider things like that in your rankings.
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    The seahawks lost to a decent team on the road. The colts lost to the dolphins and the chargers.

    The bengals scored 6 points against the browns and lost by two scores that game. The packers lost 2 games on the road by a total of 10 points.

  33. jrmbadger says:
    Oct 29, 2013 9:36 AM

    By your logic, since the Bengals lost to the Browns, shouldn’t the Bengals be below the Browns? But then the Packers beat the Browns, so then the Packers should be higher then them, but according to you the Packers have to be below the Bengals.

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    No – the logic is that the Bengals beat the Packers. They also have quality wins against the Lions (in Detroit) and the Patriots. Then they go and blow out the Jets by 40. Who do the Packers have quality wins against? The Ravens in Baltimore. The win against the Lions was without Calvin Johnson. Anyone can beat the Lions without him……..

  34. Top 5 is jacked up Florio…I agree with 1 and 2 but after that it should be Saints, Broncos, Patriots.

  35. Had the fumble never happened at the end of the week 3 game, you wouldn’t have beat Green Bay, on your field.
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    Had the fumble never happened, Franklin was still stopped on 4th down, and the Bengals (who scored on their previous 2 drives) would have had 4 minutes and 2 timeouts to score at least a field goal to tie the game.

  36. Matt Millen drafted Calvin Johnson? Wow..thanks for reminding us. Let me remind you that Millen also drafted:

    Mike Williams
    Roy Williams
    Kevin Jones
    Charles Rogers
    Joey Harrington
    Ernie Sims

    Boy, talk about your list of who’s who in the NFL.

    More like a list of who’s NOT in the NFL, because the picks sucked.

    Every blind squirrel finds a nut now and again. If Oakland hadn’t completely whiffed by taking Jamarcus Russel, who knows what player Millen would have selected in that 2007 draft?

  37. Emoney826 if I remember right this game shouldn’t have even been close but with bengals errors, the packers hung around. not to mention Aaron Rodgers was shut down. Thanks for you unintelligent imput. Whodey!!!

  38. Cincy has beaten 3 of the top 10 teams on this list. Can any other team say this? There 2 lossses were on the road. And GB fans, get real. We beat your team plain and simple. Remember the 4 consecutive turnovers we gave you, on a short field, but our D kept u from scoring? Ok it was 10 pts but be real. Cinti is 13 – 3 their last 16 games. Floria pls change the header to WEAK Power Rankings. But thats ok Who Dey Nation, keep that chip on your shoulder and just keeping mowing them down.

  39. I love how the Bengals are #8 in your rankings, yet beat #7, #9, & #10

    In fact of your entire top 10 in the power rankings, Indianapolis is the only other team to go 3-0 against the top 10.

    In fact,

    KC – 0-0
    Sea – 1-1
    Indy – 3-0
    Den – 0-1
    NO – 0-1
    SF – 1-2
    GB – 1-2
    Cin – 3-0
    NE – 1-1
    Det – 0-2

    Regardless of hype of certain teams the season is half over and Indy & Cincy deserve to be at the top

  40. 23. Bills (3-5; No. 20): After the Chiefs come to town, the Bills have six straight winnable games to lose.
    ================================================
    I have this feeling that the Bills will be the team to put a halt to the Chiefs undefeated season. Pettine will stack the box to slow down Charles and dare Alex Smith to throw the ball. Its the same thing they did to the Ravens. They forced Flacco into throwing 40+ times and let their Defensive line control the tempo of the game. Flacco was harassed non-stop and Alex Smith will be too.

  41. The Seahawks should not be in the top 10. Can’t imagine them winning even one playoff game after what I saw last night.

  42. Florio logic: The Seahawks look terrible against the Rams and barely sneak past them, and remain the supposed #2 team in the league. The Bengals beat the Jets by 40 only playing their starters for three quarters and don’t move up at all.

    More over, they completely shutdown Aaron Rodgers and beat the Packers despite Dalton having his worst game of the season and are still below them.

  43. It’s funny how you have the Cardinals ranked @ #19 behind some teams that are sub .500. And you have them 6 spots behind a team(Car) with same amount wins that the Cardinals hammered. In fact, 3 of the 4 Cardinal losses have come to the #2, #5, & #6 teams in the your rankings.

    lol @ ranking the Cardinals behind the Raiders, Dolphins, Panthers, & Cowboys.

  44. emoney826 says:
    Oct 29, 2013 9:36 AM
    Nothing against Cincy, but if Green Bay and Cincy played 10 times on a neutral field, Green Bay would win over half of the games. Had the fumble never happened at the end of the week 3 game, you wouldn’t have beat Green Bay, on your field. Green Bay controlled that game, with the exception of the first 5 minutes and maybe the last 10 minutes. Cincy is a good team, but they’re not quite on Green Bays level, despite beating them once.

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    Uh, did you not watch that game? The bengals destroyed the packers an Aaron Rodgers all game…. According to your logic, if the bengals hadn’t turned the ball over 4 times in a row ON OUR OWN SIDE OF THE FIELD, then greenbay wouldn’t have gotten 10 points they had and the bengals would have won by 14.

  45. Until they are beaten KC will remain number 1 and Seattle will remain number 2.
    That is just the way power rankings work.
    Look down the list and it is almost entirely based on record.
    Power rankings have zero bearing on the outcome of future games.

  46. As a broncos fan, I think we should be below colts, unless our defence can play how they did against Washington from now on, otherwise, our offence is doing absolutely fine

  47. Not a Chiefs hater but still need to see them play/beat a quality opponent. On a neutral field Id take Seattle, New Orleans, Denver, San Fran & Green Bay over them today. And prolly teams like Indy, Cincinnati & New England as well.

    You are what your record says you are and KC has been pretty damn impressive so far but we’ll see when push comes to shove in December & January I guess.

  48. Lets cool it with the “Millen drafted Johnson only because Oakland blew the #1 pick.”

    The Raiders needed a QB more than a WR at the time. Russell was a “sure pick” at the time. He was gonna have an Elway-like career, yada yada yada.

    If the Raiders had picked Johnson, he wouldn’t be the player he is now because he would have gone, like, five years without a QB until Oakland finally gave the ball to Pryor.

    Sure, the Raiders look stupid for not picking Johnson, but Johnson wouldn’t be the All-Pro he is now if he had been picked by Oakland.

    And I’m a Raiders fan!

  49. oldschoolomen says:
    Oct 29, 2013 10:17 AM
    Had the fumble never happened at the end of the week 3 game, you wouldn’t have beat Green Bay, on your field.
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    LOL. Had the Bengals scored 6 more touchdowns they would have blown the Packers out! What ridiculous logic.

    The fumble DID happen and they lost. Which is why you’re not supposed to fumble it.

  50. 4 out of 5 Green Bay wins have been against teams with losing records.

    4 out of 6 Cincy wins have been against teams with winning records.

    That’s just maybe some information for you to consider to improve upon your greatness. Thank you.

  51. My god can you imagine if the bungles ever won a super bowl? They are out in full forceon this post complaining about the packers being,in front of them in some meaningless power ranking! They would be insufferable if they actually fluke and win a super bowl. Worse then when the ratbirds flunked and won the super bowl last year by launching passes a mile in the air and praying! And just a reminder cause we know you all love it….. We got 6! And you don’t!!!

  52. Lions fans who hate Matt Millen are reminded he took a team that had gone 8-8 and 9-7 the previous two years, and tore it up and mismanaged it so badly it was repeatedly eligible for very high number one picks like Calvin Johnson. I’m glad to have Calvin Johnson now, but I’d rather not have finished with the 3-13 record that got Calvin Johnson in the first place, or for that matter the 0-16 record that got us Matt Stafford.

  53. Seems like Mike can’t get over the Seahawks week 2 win over SF. That was a long time ago. It’s midseason, and the ‘Hawks are falling apart on offense. They can’t run against a stacked box and they can’t protect. So they have a really loud stadium. That’s nice. Let’s see how loud it is with a QB constantly on his back.

  54. Who did Cinci lose to? I mean clearly the biased fans think they should be higher, so who did they lose to, since they’re 3-0 vs the top 10.

  55. I love my Chiefs but if we play like we did last Sunday (in the last 2 1/2 quarters) and if we don’t get the offense on track we will go 2-6 in the next half.

  56. Wow. Bengals fans are all upset over someone else’s opinion.

    How about this?

    The Packers are the only team in the NFL with a top ten offense (2nd) and defense (6th).

    If anything, they should be ranked higher.

    And let’s not kid ourselves… The Seahawks are going nowhere.

    Packers / Bengals Super Bowl, Eddie Lacy plays this time and the Bengals lose by two scores.

  57. Seriously, who wants to play the Colts come playoff time?

    Niners, Seahawks, Broncos have lost 4 games combined. 3 of them to the Colts.

    Each of those teams was considered by many to be the best team in the league at the time the Colts beat them.

  58. ramitbaby says: Oct 29, 2013 9:29 AM

    Are you a Seahawk homer? A road win is not a road win when you come within a Brian Schottenheimer yard of losing as a double digit favorite in a half-filled stadium.
    __________________________________

    No, I think it still counts as a win….

  59. What is more imporant in determining power rankings… teams you beat or teams you lose to?

    Thumbs up if teams you beat is bigger factor
    Thumbs down if teams you lose to is bigger factor

  60. Lol @ Bengal fans!

    Remind me again who led that game 95% of the day? How is that whooping the packers? Sure, Rodgers had his worst game of the year, but your team struggled all day. Overall, the packers are the better team. I hope we meet again just to shut you up. Congrats on beating the Jets. They’re a real tough team. Lol. And good game against the Browns. That was classic!

  61. tokyosandblaster says:
    Oct 29, 2013 11:19 AM
    Wow. Bengals fans are all upset over someone else’s opinion.

    How about this?

    The Packers are the only team in the NFL with a top ten offense (2nd) and defense (6th).

    If anything, they should be ranked higher.

    And let’s not kid ourselves… The Seahawks are going nowhere.

    Packers / Bengals Super Bowl, Eddie Lacy plays this time and the Bengals lose by two scores.
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    Might wanna check that again. Saw an article yesterday or the day before showing Bengals in Top 10 in both categories. Oh and you think Lacy is going to change that game that much? Seriously? We don’t turn the ball over on 4 offensive drives in a row and that game could be a blow out. Don’t think Lacy will be your saving grace there. Besides, as everyone else has said, Packers haven’t beaten many top ranked teams. Bengals have. Facts are facts home skillet. I’m not all up in arms over Florio’s opinion anyhow. The more doubters there are, the more we get to prove wrong in the end.

  62. Oh and to the Steelers fan calling the Bengals fans insufferable because we are winning?! Seriously? If that’s not the pot calling the kettle black. Now you see what we’ve had to deal with. All we hear is “6”. Who cares?! Past is the past. Obviously not getting #7 any time soon.

  63. I see no reason for the Seahawks to be ahead of the Broncos. Same record, both lost to the same team, and if they played each other right now the Seahawks would get destroyed. I can understand the Colts being above the Broncos, but they should be above the Seahawks as well.

  64. After watching Seattle play the Rams…I’m wondering why they’re even in the top 5?…The Chief’s belong in the top 5…but #1?..I don’t know..Not with Alex Smith at QB..and a receiving corp that doesn’t seem to know the meaning of “get open”…and this is coming from a Chiefs fan who’s proud of his team for their great turnaround…We have the right Coaching staff..but we need an upgrade at QB!..Alex Smith holds the ball way too long, and cant throw the deep ball accurately.

  65. Giants ranked higher than a few teams including the sliding skins. That’s funny.

    Don’t look now, we slowly creepin’ on Dallas.

    I will take a stab at the dark here and say, griffin already has a brace for the other knee on stand by, just awaiting in the locker room or in the bench. Wow, Washington’s coach actually made a decision that made some sense Sunday by taking him out, even though we all know he wanted back in.

    Sorry skin fans, it is becoming more and more evident that that goin’ all for it in that one playoff game last season was really a bad decision on your teams part. The future looks bleak. Griffin is not the same QB. He’s not comfortable in the pocket and it shows when he doesn’t make the best decision to either stay or throw. On the bright side, Cousins may just get the shot he needs to audition for a starting job out there next season.

  66. Kaz says:
    Oct 29, 2013 11:48 AM
    tokyosandblaster says:
    Oct 29, 2013 11:19 AM
    Wow. Bengals fans are all upset over someone else’s opinion.

    How about this?

    The Packers are the only team in the NFL with a top ten offense (2nd) and defense (6th).

    If anything, they should be ranked higher.

    And let’s not kid ourselves… The Seahawks are going nowhere.

    Packers / Bengals Super Bowl, Eddie Lacy plays this time and the Bengals lose by two scores.
    ______

    You may want to check the Bengals D and O stats.

  67. As a Hawk fan I fully expected us to fall down in these polls. Rams do always play us hard but the pass protection issues were on full display last night. Robert Quinn and Long weren’t even blocked at times. Its a couple of games until we get Okung back they have to protect the QB. Lynch ran for under 30 yards yesterday.

    Seattle’s defense saved the day even though they didn’t play run defense the way they normally do. Bruce Irvin/ Richard Sherman/ Earl Thomas looked like studs.

  68. Matt Millen deserves no credit for that pick. And it has nothing to do with who the Raiders chose before him. When our turn came, Johnson was the clear choice. Everyone across football knew that…including Millen, which is the shocking part. Yes, he grabbed us a few guys that turned to be out solid starters (like Raiola), but his misses and the culture he established in Detroit (taking over a playoff team and turning it into the worst team ever), deserves all the scorn he has received.

  69. northernwisc says:Oct 29, 2013 10:08 AM

    jrmbadger says:
    Oct 29, 2013 9:36 AM

    By your logic, since the Bengals lost to the Browns, shouldn’t the Bengals be below the Browns? But then the Packers beat the Browns, so then the Packers should be higher then them, but according to you the Packers have to be below the Bengals.

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    No – the logic is that the Bengals beat the Packers. They also have quality wins against the Lions (in Detroit) and the Patriots. Then they go and blow out the Jets by 40. Who do the Packers have quality wins against? The Ravens in Baltimore. The win against the Lions was without Calvin Johnson. Anyone can beat the Lions without him……..
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    I honestly don’t care, because I don’t get all upset about how my team is viewed by a blog writer. They play games to decide these things.

    My point wasn’t to argue that Green Bay was better than Cincy. I don’t care.

    My point is to make fun of people that get all upset about these things because Green Bay HAS to be ranked behind Cincy because they lost to Cincy. This is a logical fallacy as I pointed out.

  70. “Detroit fans who hate Matt Millen need to remember that he drafted Calvin Johnson.”
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    Whoop-dee-doo. One good, obvious decision doesn’t negate all of Millen’s other terrible draft picks.

  71. The sad thing is that had an undrafted rookie (Zac Stacy) not gotten hurt last night, the “#2” team in these rankings would be closer to the 10 spot than the 1 spot. That’s really all you need to know about the Seahawks.

  72. That photograph is adorable. Perfect Halloween baby costume! Well … if you live in KC. Couldn’t be happier for Andy and the Chiefs. As a Bama fan, I loved Derrick Thomas, and watching A Football Life on his career earlier in the season was a pleasant reminder of the days when KC was a real contender. Nice to see them back.

    No real argument with the rest of the list. Maybe the Rams and Bears should have placed a smidge higher. And you’re being generous to my Steelers. Thanks.

  73. ajgreenhof says:
    Oct 29, 2013 8:40 AM
    How are the Packers better then the Bengals?

    You know they beat them right?
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    They did beat them. On a fluke fumble return for TD, when GB played the game with out it’s starting RB, had it’s 3rd string RB go down with injury for part of the game and still allowed GB to score 30 straight points and rush for 182 yds.

    How many would GB rush for with Lacy and Starks for the entire game? Maybe 400?

  74. We have no control over our schedule BUT we are the only team in NFL history to start 8-0 after winning 2 or less games the previous year. Keep whining, but apparently it’s NOT just the schedule…………

  75. A win still counts as a win regardless of how many points its by. the seahawks are still beating everybody minus 2 pro bowlers on our offense and 2 offensive linemen. If you think this team is overrated good luck as you watch us win the next 3 games handily putting us at 10-1…and then we will be completely healthy for the saints at our house.

  76. florio still loving the seahawks even after the way they have played on the road. After that win i think they should drop to number 5. below colts, denver and saints.

  77. Alright Bengal fans! Bringing it strong, and getting to be a little annoying about this!

    You do realize that this list is just one man’s opinion and holds no official bearing on the standings, playoff seeds, 2014 draft position, etc., right?

    And btw, great job on that “Who Dey” chant! Did you rip that off from the New Orleans fans?

  78. Detroit fans who hate Matt Millen need to remember that he drafted Calvin Johnson.

    I recall an article before this draft that Mike Martz had to go above and beyond the call of duty to convince Millen that they had to draft CJ…so if he were left on his own…I am sure that once again he would have screwed this one up. It is amazing how many friends he still has in the media business.

  79. @ punk
    I know Denver is praying that they get to play the colts at playoff time. Peyton said this after the game. It took kick off fumbles, phantom roughing the passer calls, and a miracle day from Mathis to win by 6 in indy. When the playoffs happen and if the Broncos win the whole thing, I hope Peyton sends irsay a second ring… to make him feel better.

  80. The Seahawks offense struggled last night against a Rams defense that hadn’t played to that level all year. Kudos to the Rams defense for bring 8 man fronts against the Seahawks ailing offensive line.

    But the Seahawks still won the game. ONLY the Seahawks can play that poorly and still WIN.

    Keep on hating. Go Hawks!

  81. ajgreenhof says:
    Oct 29, 2013 8:40 AM
    How are the Packers better then the Bengals?

    You know they beat them right?

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    I’m not sure what’s dumber exactly….

    1. that you’re griping about something as trivial as power rankings halfway through the season, when power rankings only really matter in early February, or

    2. that you’re griping about the teams ranked #7 and #8 in this week’s rankings. It’s not like one team is ranked #3 and the other is ranked #23.

  82. ajgreenhof says: Oct 29, 2013 8:40 AM

    How are the Packers better then the Bengals?

    You know they beat them right?
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    You know they wouldn’t beat GB the second time around, right?

  83. I guess you have to give the lone undefeated team credit and put them at #1…

    The Broncos are still the best team, though, and the Niners, Colts, Saints, Packers, and Bengals are all better than the Chiefs. So are the Chargers and Patriots.

    But let them enjoy their moment before the string of losses come.

  84. The Bengals rocked the Whodey chant during their 1981 Superbowl run & which is based on both the Red Frazier car commercial & beer vendors at Reds/Bengals games hawking “Get ya cold HUDEY heeeeeaaah!” for MANY years prior …

    Best I can tell the Saints imported their similar Whodat chant from having been used at Dalton Hilliard’s alma mater LSU (& before that his Patterson HS) when they drafted Hilliard in 1983

    So the Bengals (1981) were using their version before the Saints (1983) ever did

    Neither one copied the other as they have different origins.

    As an NFL phenomenon feature the Bengals were indeed FIRST chronologically with theirs

  85. No one — and I mean NO ONE — can excuse or explain away that performance last night. But when are people going to realize that 7-1 is not a fluke for the Seahawks? This team handily beat the Niners and broke the Texans. And even with some of the worst offensive line play in the history of the franchise, which is saying quite a lot, they’ve still managed to pull out wins both at home and on the road. Even the sub-par playing they had at Indy nearly resulted in a win; don’t forget they were driving at the end of the game with a possibility of making the go-ahead score before the 3rd Down monster bit them again. More important, they’ve won all of their road games but that one at Indy this year to date, last night’s win giving them more road wins than last year’s team.

    Complain all you want, but Seattle is a good team with the potential for greatness, if they can shore up that line and stop hurting themselves with all the penalties. I’m not saying that last night’s game wasn’t frustrating. It was thoroughly embarrassing. But it’s not blowing smoke to rank them high as far as power is concerned.

    For some reason, NFC West teams always seem to play better and or struggle when playing in the division. In particular, Seattle has always had rough times with St. Louis. The real test will be the double whammy following their bye when they have the Saints and the Niners rematch. If they can’t pull out wins there, then question the placement. Until then, I’d still match them with the class of the league.

  86. @grabgrabgrab says: “You know they wouldn’t beat GB the second time around, right?”

    You know the Bengals are also riding a current 3-game win streak vs the Pack head-to-head & the all time series stands tied at 6-6, right?

  87. Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette said today after Tomlin’s weekly presser that, since his injury, Pouncey hasn’t traveled with the team, and that he probably won’t start doing so this week…

  88. supahjames says:
    Oct 29, 2013 9:16 AM
    These power rankings will never be taken serious if you continue putting the Packers higher than the Bengals when Cincinnati has:
    1. A better record
    and
    2. Beat the Packers this year.
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    Don’t worry we all know you guys will find a way to Bungle it. Make it through the first round of the playoffs and you’ll start getting a little respect…

  89. nowillrepeat says:Oct 29, 2013 9:16 AM

    Seahawks at #2 is a joke.

    The team I watched last night would get smoked by the Saints, Packers, and Niners.
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    They spanked the niners already. N.O. will get their spanking when they come to the Seattle. We’ll see who the joke’s on then.

  90. The Seahawks are by far the most overrated team in the league this year.

    Despite all the publicity, Russell Wilson is utterly average, and there is no way that team could keep up with the Saints or Patriots, let alone the Broncos.

  91. Of your top 10, only the Colts and Bengals have defeated multiple teams which currently have a winning record, 4 and 3 respectively. The Chiefs haven’t beaten a team with a winning record and the Seahawks, Broncos, Saints, 49ers, Packers, Patriots, and Lions have only beaten one.

  92. So I don’t know what’s worse: fans of an NFL team on a blog pointing out facts why their team is better, or the people who come on the same blog each week to criticize others for posting on a blog. I vote the latter. Come on, man! Everyone’s got the right here to make the case before opposing fans why their team is better. If that makes you butt hurt, don’t post in here at all since you say it doesn’t mean anything to you.

  93. As a Bengals fan I do think the Bengals should have been ahead of the Packers. Apart from the head to head win, the Bengals also have a better winning percentage playing a harder strength of schedule with a significantly higher strength of victory rating. However as many have already pointed out, these rankings are meaningless, especially halfway through the season. All that matters is who can win in January and February, and I’m hoping this is the year the Bengals prove they can be one of those teams. Until then, most national writers will rightfully be skeptical.

  94. i could care less about these power rankings, i just hope my bengals keep playing well and end the playoff win drought and for you lame packer fans, we tried to give you that win, and you couldn’t just accept it you gave it right back to us, 4 straight turnovers on our side of the field and you ended up with what 10 points and as far as the rushing yards you guys had, that’s all fine and dandy you still lost and the bengals don’t give up rushing yards like that very often

  95. Seahawks are destined. The best proof of this fact is that no matter how many injuries they suffer, and no matter how poorly they play, they STILL find a way to win every week.

    And when they enter the playoffs with a #1 seed, there is ZERO chance any team beats them in Seattle.

    Right now, there are two teams that could beat Seattle: Kansas City and Indy. Thank god we won’t see either one of them until the Superbowl.

  96. natigator says:
    Oct 29, 2013 10:38 AM
    I love how the Bengals are #8 in your rankings, yet beat #7, #9, & #10

    In fact of your entire top 10 in the power rankings, Indianapolis is the only other team to go 3-0 against the top 10.

    In fact,

    KC – 0-0
    Sea – 1-1
    Indy – 3-0
    Den – 0-1
    NO – 0-1
    SF – 1-2
    GB – 1-2
    Cin – 3-0
    NE – 1-1
    Det – 0-2

    Regardless of hype of certain teams the season is half over and Indy & Cincy deserve to be at the top

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    Here is the record of the top 10 teams against the top 32 teams in the league, which strangley enough is what the NFL considers when seating teams in the play-offs.

    KC – 8-0
    Sea – 7-1
    Indy – 5-2
    Den – 7-1
    NO – 6-1
    SF – 6-2
    GB – 5-2
    Cin – 6-2
    NE – 6-2
    Det – 5-3

    The answer is very simple, do not lose to a team and you do not have to justify how good or bad that team is that you lost too.

  97. geniusry says:
    Oct 29, 2013 8:59 AM
    I think the offense production of the Broncos proves they are the #2 team in the league. The lack of offensive production for the Chiefs shows that the gap isn’t even that big.

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    Well in football there is also defensive production that goes along with offensive production.

    The Broncos do have a better point differential but they have still given up a lot of points.

    Points for

    Broncos 343
    Chiefs 192

    Points against

    Broncos 218
    Chiefs 98

    It’s easier to win when you only have to score a few points to win like the Chiefs do as their defense is keeping others off the scoreboard.

    I mean a kick off return or a punt return for a TD is huge for the Chiefs as their D doesn’t allow many points.

    The Broncos on the other hand HAVE to score in the mid 30’s or so to win it seems as their D gives up a ton of points.

    I mean the Chiefs only give up 12.25 pts a game.

    On average, one TD and two field goals is enough offense for the Chiefs to win…

    Only the lowest of the low teams have given up more points than the Broncos… and they are the 1-6 Vikings, 2-6 Giants, 0-8 Jags, 2-5 Redskins.

    We all know that the Broncos lost this yr when scoring 33 points to the Colts.

    The Broncos are the #1 offensive team but they are only the 27th defensive team in the league.

    The Chiefs are the 14th offensive team but the #1 defensive team in the league.

  98. Yeah I really do wish that the Chiefs could get a more capable QB.

    I mean this Alex Smith guy sucks. The only QB’s that throw for less yards than him are some no names like: Russell Wilson, Collin Kaepernick, and Andrew Luck.

    I mean really, when your completion percentage is only good enough to top suck ass QB’s like Collin Kaepernick and Tom Brady.

    It is embarrassing when your QB has the same number of TD passes as such terrible QBs as Tom Brady, Robert Griffin and Collin Kapernick.

    To think of the fact that only a couple 4th string QBs like Jay Cutler, Mathew Stafford, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Phillip Rivers, Collin Kaepernick, Drew Bress, and Russell Wilson have thrown more INTs this season.

    I mean man, I can not believe this guy even made it out of High School ball.

  99. Naturally the Seahawks will struggle when their all-pro left tackle is replaced by a starting right guard who has never played the position? The two o-line positions involve completely different skillsets. In addition, the starting right tackle is out. Judge Seattle in week 13 against New Orleans when the starting tackles are back and Percy Harvin is compiling 200 yards from the line of scrimmage coming out of the backfield snagging passes and Marshawn is back to “beastmode” form. Furthermore, Breese will constantly be pressured by our four pass rushers (not to mention confused by the Legion of Boom) do you really think at this time, right now, you are looking at the true Seahawks….give me a break!

  100. If a team squeeked by an injury ravaged Bengal team… no one would say “but we beat them!”

    If a team squeeks by an injury ravaged Packer team…. “bah-bah-but Marvin Lewis is great – Dalton – ka-durrh!?!?”

    Enjoy not winning crap…

  101. southpaw2k says:
    Oct 29, 2013 1:18 PM

    I’m not sure what’s dumber exactly….

    1. that you’re griping about something as trivial as power rankings halfway through the season, when power rankings only really matter in early February, or

    ***********

    I agree with you, except on one point, the only thing that matters is what happens on the field. Power rankings are always an opinion until the actual results.

  102. Seahawks only manage 135 yards of TOTAL offense against an avg opponent with a backup QB and almost lose.

    Just for that alone they deserve to be moved down a spot or two….

  103. The Bucs are 31? Seriously, 31? I’m a Bucs fan and have been since 1976. I know what 0-26 tastes like and there is NO WAY this team is like the 1976-78 Bucs. You can’t compare the two. Although I don’t live in Tampa any more, I watch the Bucs every chance I get and – there is NO WAY this team is #31 – NOT EVEN CLOSE. You will regret listing the Bucs at 31 – they will prove you wrong. We’ll be #32 by the end of the season and you will have to eat your words – that I promise.

    Thank you.

  104. Seahawks need to fix some things on offense and losing Sidney Rice isn’t helping. Once they get their tackles back and with Harvin in the line up, much of the issues seen on MNF will be corrected.

    That being said; if the power rankings are reflective of not only past, but future expectations of performance, then the Seahawks are clearly in the top 5. And based on the next few upcoming games, how can you do anything but expect the team to end up 10-1 going into the New Orleans Game.

  105. 4d9erdynasty says:Oct 29, 2013 12:32 PM

    florio still loving the seahawks even after the way they have played on the road. After that win i think they should drop to number 5. below colts, denver and saints.
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    Last year it was niner fans saying Seattle couldn’t win on the road. This year it’s niner fans saying Seattle doesn’t “win impressively enough” on the road. You guys are funny.

  106. @justamoguy, Are you ignorant or are you just having a bad day? I like the sarcasm of your post and admire the passion for your team but to say Tom Brady is a sucky QB is mindless rhetoric you are just spewing. If you are indeed a Chiefs fan then just be happy that your team is playing phenomenal after the crappy year your team previously had. The Chiefs have a great defense and have numerous offensive targets to get the ball in the endzone but look at what Brady has had to adjust to this year. Pats trade away Wes Welker (stupid move), Deion Branch (where are you?), Brandon Lloyd (?), Aaron Hernandez (no comment), Danny Woodhead (another stupid move), just got Gronkowski back (still adjusting to the routine) and the injury bug comes to town! The loss of Wilfork, Mayo, Vollmer and Talib (for right now) is showing its true colors. The Patriot haters can hate all they want and talk about spygate but Tom Brady will be considered one of the best to do it at the QB position. He adjusts to great wide receivers such as Randy Moss and also adjusts to rookie receivers such as Kenbrell Thompkins. This is what great QB’s do. He is not perfect but I will take him over most QB’s anyday. Now with all of that being said and me being a Pats fan, I will say they are not the best right now but they always find a way to win games regardless if they have an easy schedule or a hard schedule. Every team goes through this. So I will just take your post as being sarcastic because I really don’t think anyone in their right mind thinks Tom Brady sucks except for a lot of Jets and Phin fans out of envy. Other than that, I agree with most of the power rankings minus a few that should be adjusted like the Bengals and Colts. Thanks for the posts guys, good reads!

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