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Week Eight power rankings

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1. Denver Broncos (Last week No. 2; 6-1):  Good news — they can handle the best the NFC has to offer.  Bad news — they may not be able to handle the Patriots.

2. Arizona Cardinals (No. 3; 6-1):  How good would this team be if it had Dansby, Dockett, and Darryl Washington?

3.  Dallas Cowboys (No. 1; 6-2):  Tony Romo says he’s fine.  Which means that the announcement of season-ending surgery should be coming any minute now.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (No. 4; 5-2):  Last year, Nick Foles carried the Eagles.  This year, he could be holding them back.

5. New England Patriots (No. 9; 6-2):  To get a full measure of revenge against the Bears for Super Bowl XX, the Pats should have let Vince Wilfork score a touchdown.

6. Detroit Lions (No. 10; 6-2):  In a year with plenty of viable candidates for coach of the year, Jim Caldwell deserves serious consideration.

7. San Diego Chargers (No. 5; 5-3):  Philip Rivers is an MVP candidate, but the Chargers may not have enough other VPs to get them where they want to be.

8. Green Bay Packers (No. 6; 5-3):  Aaron Rodgers will spend the next two weeks telling his hamstring to R-E-L-A-X.

9. Indianapolis Colts (No. 7; 5-3):  As they prepare for the latest installment of the Greatest Game Ever Played, maybe the surviving members of the ’58 Colts would do a better job of playing defense.

10. Baltimore Ravens (No. 8; 5-3):  Another game against the Bengals, another late lapse in pass defense.

11. Seattle Seahawks (No. 11; 4-3):  We’d believe that all was well in Seattle if players and coaches didn’t spend so much time trying to convince us of it.

12. Cincinnati Bengals (No. 12; 4-2-1):  Andy Dalton finally proves he can win without A.J. Green, thanks to Mohamed Sanu.

13. San Francisco 49ers (No. 13; 4-3):  The over/under of owners plotting for a run at Jim Harbaugh is currently 5.5.

14. Buffalo Bills (No. 14; 5-3):  Sammy Watkins‘ premature celebration could end up being a metaphor for his team’s 2014 season.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 18; 5-3):  It’s a good thing they didn’t listen to Snoop Dogg.  (That’s a sentence that probably has never been inaccurate.)

16. Kansas City Chiefs (No. 16; 4-3):  Maybe they should rename the battle of Missouri the Governor’s Cupcake.

17. Cleveland Browns (No. 17; 4-3):  If they’re still hovering around .500 in three weeks, it’ll be interesting to see what Josh Gordon can do for the stretch run.

18. New Orleans Saints (No. 20; 3-4):  Rob Ryan is suddenly doing a little better than Rex.

19. Miami Dolphins (No. 19; 4-3):  The next four games (Chargers, Lions, Bills, Broncos) will go a long way toward shaping the fate of the team and its coach.

20. Carolina Panthers (No. 15; 3-4-1):  And yet they somehow still have a good chance of getting to the playoffs.

21. Houston Texans (No. 22; 4-4):  Selfies are “high school.”  Letterman jackets and post-game attire exposing half of a guy’s muscle mass aren’t.

21. Chicago Bears (No. 21; 3-5):  Giving up 51 points is way more unacceptable than being 3-4.

23. New York Giants (No. 23; 3-4):  G.M. Jerry Reese thinks Eli Manning needs to be more aggressive.  Eli probably felt the same way about Reese back in March.

24. Washington (No. 27; 3-5):  See, I told you they could get a first-round pick for Colt McCoy.

25. Minnesota Vikings (No. 29; 3-5):  The combined record of the three teams they’ve beaten is 5-17.

26. St. Louis Rams (No. 24; 2-5):  The All-IR team would be dominated by Rams.

27. Atlanta Falcons (No. 25; 2-6):  If that “home” game had actually been played at home, that 21-0 lead likely wouldn’t have been blown.

28. Tennessee Titans (No. 28; 2-6):  Somewhere, Mike Munchak is cackling.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 30; 1-7):  Somewhere, Mike Mularkey is cackling.

30. New York Jets (No. 26; 1-7):  Somewhere, Rich Kotite is cackling.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 31; 1-6):  Somewhere, Greg Schiano is cackling.

32. Oakland Raiders (No. 32; 0-7):  Somewhere, Dennis Allen, Hue Jackson, Tom Cable, Lane Kiffin, Art Shell, Norv Turner, and Bill Callahan are cackling.

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  1. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 28, 2014 9:21 AM

    We didn’t have our QB, CB, LB and so on, but I Told you. I told you from Day one that you never, EVER, underestimate the Washington REDSKINS. You laughed but I told you. I told you we had the best depth in the league. I told you we had the best coaches in the sport. I told you we had the best Front office and Owner in Sports. But you didn’t believe me. Now I’m telling you Robert Griffin better play next game and beyond. Listen to me please. Colt McCoy is a nice guy and he had his moment in the sun tonight with this season changing win. Great. But he’s not a winner. He’s not a gamechanger. Sit down and let GREATNESS shine in RGIII. Please listen to me, listen to the Logical Voice Coach Gruden. You know this. You know RGIII will be the one to take this golden bar of a win and cultivate it into a Superbowl. Robert Griffin can do it. The Washington REDSKINS can do it. Hail. #HTTR

  2. abninf says: Oct 28, 2014 9:21 AM

    As a Dallas fan, I would put NE at 3 and bump everyone else down one.

  3. ctiggs says: Oct 28, 2014 9:22 AM

    WHO”SSSSS GOT IT BETTER THAN US?????NOOOOOOOOOOBODY!!!!!!!

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 28, 2014 9:23 AM

    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score — We want a lot more!
    Beat ’em, Swamp ’em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!

  5. ariani1985 says: Oct 28, 2014 9:23 AM

    Even tho Green Bay is complete garbage this year how can they be ranked 8th? Are they ranked 8th for the number of first round playoff losses in a row?

  6. thetruthcampaign says: Oct 28, 2014 9:23 AM

    Let’s not go crazy on my Lions. We’ve started the season off well a few times in the last 5 years.

    2014 6-2
    2013 6-3
    2012 4-4
    2011 5-0 (ending 10-6)

    We’ve been here before, and we’ve been more confident in the offense those years than we are this year.

    Caldwell isn’t coach of the year yet.

  7. bencoates57 says: Oct 28, 2014 9:23 AM

    OK. Let’s hear it. All the whining and moaning about how the Patriots are ranked too high.

    Guarantee you if the Pats pull off the upset against the Broncos next week, THIS is what you’re going to hear:

    “What? Pats? #4 in the ranking. What have THEY done lately? They beat the Jets and the Bears and a Bronco team that lost to the Seahawks. The SEAHAWKS!!! Who barely eked out a win against Carolina after losing to the Rams.

  8. dinothedummy says: Oct 28, 2014 9:24 AM

    Mike Florio’s Minnesota Vikings at #25. Not good😦

  9. ctiggs says: Oct 28, 2014 9:24 AM

    GO figure you would take a shot at our coach , also keep putting teams we dominated above us #Goniners

  10. vesh31 says: Oct 28, 2014 9:24 AM

    Us Bills fans never prematurely celebrate. Even though I have already booked my tickets to Arizona for February 1st. For those who dont know what that is its called sarcasm.

  11. southpaw2k says: Oct 28, 2014 9:27 AM

    Boy, if Tony Romo did have season-ending surgery for some reason, imagine the kinds of Brandon Weeden jokes that would fly around the internet.

  12. bucrightoff says: Oct 28, 2014 9:27 AM

    Bucs wouldn’t beat the Raiders, thus they should be last.

  13. itsnotforme says: Oct 28, 2014 9:28 AM

    Better slide those Cowboys down to about 15. Uncle Jerry is in the mix and time for things to start imploding.

  14. fins32 says: Oct 28, 2014 9:30 AM

    Cowboys are going to continue to drop.

  15. dvdman123 says: Oct 28, 2014 9:32 AM

    Does any thought really go into these rankings? I honestly don’t think so. The Cowboys lose AT HOME to your 27th (last week’s rankings)ranked team and only fall 2 spots? They finally looked like the REAL Cowboys last night.

  16. shaggymarrs says: Oct 28, 2014 9:34 AM

    32. Oakland Raiders (No. 32; 0-7): Somewhere, Dennis Allen, Hue Jackson, Tom Cable, Lane Kiffin, Art Shell, Norv Turner, and Bill Callahan are cackling.

    Fantastic.

  17. gmsalpha says: Oct 28, 2014 9:36 AM

    Weeden to Bryant is alive and well once more. College Cowboys become pro Cowboys. Of course, Dez could make Akili Smith look good, but I wonder how explosive the combination could once again be.

    Tony Romo should stick to his restaurant business and exit stage right.

  18. stealthjunk says: Oct 28, 2014 9:36 AM

    Doesn’t it just seem silly this week thinking about how last week’s power rankings had the Cowboys #1 over the Broncos?

  19. Ground Chuck says: Oct 28, 2014 9:37 AM

    Logicalvoicesays, are you really RGII?!

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 28, 2014 9:37 AM

    Jim Caldwell does deserve serious consideration for coach of the year, you called that well, and especially if he can beat Arians three weeks from now!

  21. igotgamenj says: Oct 28, 2014 9:40 AM

    So I guess after after Miami beats the Chargers they should be in the top 10 next week

  22. brian55906 says: Oct 28, 2014 9:40 AM

    You have to dog the Bills after whupping a divisional opponent by 20 points on the road?

    Sad……..

  23. beckzhere says: Oct 28, 2014 9:41 AM

    I hope the Falcons do not win another game and garner a top 3 pick.

  24. kelmcc says: Oct 28, 2014 9:41 AM

    Lining up perfectly for Harbaugh to Bears….

  25. iloveagoodnap says: Oct 28, 2014 9:41 AM

    The Bengals are now 2-0 on the season against the Ravens with one less loss, and yet, still 2 spots behind them. Literally, unbelievable. I would love an explanation.

  26. yourmamalovespatriotsd1 says: Oct 28, 2014 9:41 AM

    Let’s Go Patriots! 💪😎✌️

  27. pinwilly6 says: Oct 28, 2014 9:41 AM

    The bengals are 2 spots behind the ravens when the bengals are 2-0 against them

  28. txrawdog says: Oct 28, 2014 9:43 AM

    Cowboys will beat the Cardinals, losing to the Redskins can be misleading because records don’t matter when the boys and skins meet up. Plus I think they needed a loss to get them to refocus and stop believing their own HYPE

  29. ravenswhat says: Oct 28, 2014 9:43 AM

    The AFC North needs to be reevaluated in your rankings. The ravens can’t be ahead of the bengals after losing to them twice. It’s still early but based on ravens schedule, they look like an 8-8 team right now.

    This weekend against the steelers is a must win.

  30. tqaztec says: Oct 28, 2014 9:44 AM

    To Seattle fans:

    Dynasty. You keep saying that word but I don’t think you know what that word means.

  31. ebpatton says: Oct 28, 2014 9:44 AM

    If I were an NFL owner of a team like the Rams or the Jaguars, I’d want to move to London next season if I could get the 9:30 am ET slot for all my home games. You’d get eight games a year of national exposure in the US. And people talk about what a big market LA is, but London is bigger than any current NFL market (and LA) not called New York City. Expand that to all of Great Britain, and include northern and western Europe, and you have a potential gold mine.

    Move a team. Rename them something European like the London Castles — but not so European it would turn off US fans. Draft well. If you can’t sign big-name free agents, good. You don’t want those guys on your roster anyway. Spend a lot of time teaching the Brits about the nuances of American football.

    It could seriously work.

  32. iloveagoodnap says: Oct 28, 2014 9:45 AM

    14. Buffalo Bills (No. 14; 5-3): Sammy Watkins‘ premature celebration could end up being a metaphor for his team’s 2014 season
    ………………..
    Funny, I don’t know any Bills fans who are “celebrating” a 5-3 record, knowing they have Denver, GB & NE all in the month of December. In fact I know most Bills fans are cautiously optimistic at best. Seriously, when is the last time you wrote a power ranking or a pick without a snarky comment directed towards Buffalo, Cincinnati, Minnesota or any of the teams rated 28 and below?

    But keep up the integrity!

  33. azcardsfan4life says: Oct 28, 2014 9:46 AM

    Finally we get the respect we deserve! I’m fine with Denver at No. 1, I hope we get another stab at them in February. First, let’s clinch home field! Another head-to-head tiebreaker to get next week @ Dallas (we got the Philly tiebreaker last week)……..and another premier matchup against Detroit in a couple weeks, already starting to feel like playoff football! Let’s SHOCK THE WORLD! #RedbirdsareRising, #NoFlyZone, #BigRedCurtain, #BrucetheArianNation, #TheArianBrotherhood, #Arianzona, #Quest4HomeSB

  34. davexucc says: Oct 28, 2014 9:48 AM

    Bengals beat Ravens twice, have a better record and are still behind in the power ranking. I suppose that will change after the Steelers whip them.

  35. titansbro says: Oct 28, 2014 9:48 AM

    The combined record of the teams the Pats have beat is 16-29-1.

    Just some information to chew on.

  36. billswillnevermove says: Oct 28, 2014 9:48 AM

    Never, ever any respect for Buffalo. You always have to make a joke about them. Lions shouldn’t even be ranked ahead of the Bills.

  37. TheWizard says: Oct 28, 2014 9:48 AM

    To get a full measure of revenge against the Bears for Super Bowl XX

    Little known fact is they beat the Bears the following year in the regular season, I think it was 30-7 or something like that.

  38. theoriginalcardsfan says: Oct 28, 2014 9:50 AM

    For once you guys ranked the Cardinals exactly where they should be ranked. Better late than never!

  39. steelers4385 says: Oct 28, 2014 9:50 AM

    So we pound the colts and they are that much higher? I mean…statisticaly they have/had the best offense in NFL. It all makes so much sense.

  40. bencoates57 says: Oct 28, 2014 9:53 AM

    “Does any thought really go into these rankings? I honestly don’t think so. The Cowboys lose AT HOME to your 27th (last week’s rankings)ranked team and only fall 2 spots? They finally looked like the REAL Cowboys last night.”

    ——————————–

    It’s a divisional rivalry. One team could be 14-1 and the other 1-14 and yet if they’re divisional rivals, you could see a close game. Happens all the time. I remember in 2004, the year the Pats won their 3rd championship. They were 12-1 and facing a 2-11 Miami team. Miami stormed back from 11 down with some ridiculous play in the final 3 minutes to win 29-28. Of course, Miami also has a history of beating Goliaths in late year games in Miami. It was the Bears only loss in 1985.

  41. xlax1306 says: Oct 28, 2014 9:56 AM

    Totally makes sense to have the Ravens higher than the Bengals despite a season sweep.

    Totally makes sense…

  42. justafacts2014 says: Oct 28, 2014 9:57 AM

    SF at #13? They are the only team in league to play against the top 4 rated teams going 2-2…they are getting all their broken players back over the next two weeks to the top rated defense. They will go no worse than 7-2 over the remainder of the season and be the most dangerous Wild Card team at end of season…keep doubting them.

  43. whatnojets says: Oct 28, 2014 9:57 AM

    New York Jets will win Super Bowl.
    Mark my words Florio!

  44. trollhammer20 says: Oct 28, 2014 9:58 AM

    “We’d believe that all was well in Seattle if players and coaches didn’t spend so much time trying to convince us of it.”

    You have them in a no-win situation. If they say nothing, then “no one is denying it, it must be true”. If they say something, “they’re trying to convince us otherwise”.

    And people wonder why no one trusts the media.

  45. luther6 says: Oct 28, 2014 9:59 AM

    “Letterman jackets and post-game attire exposing half of a guy’s muscle mass aren’t.”

    Thank you. JJ Watt is a clown. A talented clown, but a clown. And he has no business rendering the salute.

  46. bartpkelly says: Oct 28, 2014 10:00 AM

    Seattle is ranked right, but I don’t think you can say Denver beat the best the NFC has to offer, as that would mean they lost to a team that is not the best in the NFC.
    I think Seattle and SF will be at the top of the NFC West and NFC but not a no.1 seed. Arz, is ranked too high.

  47. bradygirl12 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:02 AM

    Pats are too low and how are the Lions right behind them?

  48. bencoates57 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:05 AM

    “To get a full measure of revenge against the Bears for Super Bowl XX

    Little known fact is they beat the Bears the following year in the regular season, I think it was 30-7 or something like that.”

    ————————————————–

    It WAS the next time they faced them in the regular season. But it was 3 years later. 1988. This was the famous game where Jim McMahon accused one of the Pats defensive lineman of twisting his knee and where Mike Ditka had a heart attack either during or after the game. Doug Flutie of all people (Ditka used to scream at him on the sidelines when he briefly QBd for the Bears) led the Pats to that win. I remember one long bomb for a TD to put them up for good at 13-7.

  49. cincyfan0890 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:05 AM

    ravenswhat says: Oct 28, 2014 9:43 AM

    The AFC North needs to be reevaluated in your rankings. The ravens can’t be ahead of the bengals after losing to them twice. It’s still early but based on ravens schedule, they look like an 8-8 team right now.

    This weekend against the steelers is a must win.

    Even Ravens fans say the Bengals should be over them..
    But no really, Ravens have been more consistent, that’s probably why you’re higher.

  50. beastmode5150 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:06 AM

    Some of guys are hilarious. Season is VERY long.

  51. blitzdorsey1 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:07 AM

    The Bengals sweep the Ravens 2-0, lead the division, but are ranked behind the Ravens. That makes sense.

    Wait, no it doesn’t.

  52. campcouch says: Oct 28, 2014 10:07 AM

    It’s a blog. This isn’t the NCAA’s college football playoff rankings so relax a little. My condolences if he couldn’t place every team at number this week.

  53. bencoates57 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:13 AM

    “The combined record of the teams the Pats have beat is 16-29-1.

    Just some information to chew on.”

    ————————————–

    Ahh. Remember the 2013 Broncos and the 2011 Packers? And the 1972 Dolphins? Poeple used to say the same thing about THOSE clubs (and those combined records were far worse than 16-29). Broncos made it to the SB before being blown out. Packers were the only team to finish 15-1 before losing (and I mean losing!) their first playoff game. The Dolphins managed to win it all despite the level of competition in the regular season.

  54. bengalsfacepainter says: Oct 28, 2014 10:15 AM

    Y’all have lost your cotton-pickin’ minds… Cincy owned Baltimore this year but you put the Ravens in front of the Bengals. SMH

  55. realnflmaster says: Oct 28, 2014 10:19 AM

    Power rankings come February:
    1.Baltimore Ravens
    2-32. LOSERS.

  56. tjacks7 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:22 AM

    I think you should probably spend more time curating content as opposed to actually trying to analyze anything that’s not related to a legal situation.

  57. t8ertot says: Oct 28, 2014 10:23 AM

    Dalton already proved that he can win without Green. And they swept the Ravens who are somehow ranked ahead. Makes sense

  58. simplesimon1 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:24 AM

    My Lions are too high at this stage…but at least they are getting some notice and finally are ranked ahead of the Packers, who I still have no idea why are ranked top 10.

    KC, Buffalo are too low…..Arizona (and I love them) is too high…. No way Cincinnati should be below Baltimore after beating them twice.

    Long season and it should continue to be a roller coaster…. but the rankings are fine.

    One more thing…. If you are arguing over how your team is better than another team and, therefore, you should be ranked 31 and them 32 (ahem, I’m looking at you Oakland), while I may agree with you that Oakland should be considered 31 and Tampa 32, is that really something to get all up in arms about… Who is the worst? LOL

  59. phillysports1 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:26 AM

    I have no problem with the Eagles at 4.

  60. jwcarlson says: Oct 28, 2014 10:26 AM

    As a Packer’s fan… #8 is WAY too night for this team. They’ve looked good against garbage teams, but you put a semi-decent team in front of them and they are bad.

  61. bencoates57 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:26 AM

    “The combined record of the teams the Pats have beat is 16-29-1.

    Just some information to chew on.”

    ————————————–

    I am also reminded of one team that did deserve their 16-0 regular season record. Patriots, 2007 version. Despite the fact their division was weak, they still played 6 playoff teams during the regular season. But more than that, they beat a 5-0 Dallas team IN DALLAS (by 21 points), a 7-0 Indianapolis team IN INDIANAPOLIS (led by Manning), the eventual SB Champion Giants IN NEW YORK in the last regular season game, and the San Diego Chargers TWICE (once in a Week 2 38-14 drubbing and again in the AFCCG to stop the Chargers 11 game win streak. They beat Washington (which did qualify for the playoffs) 52-7 and they beat Pittsburgh (which also qualified for the playoffs) by 21 points despite a guarantee of victory from Aaron Smith. They beat two teams from New York twice (2-0 v. Bills / 2-0 v. Jets) and only that last minute SB loss to the Giants prevented them from making it 2-0 against a THIRD New York team.

  62. nullaereale says: Oct 28, 2014 10:26 AM

    “Last year, Nick Foles carried the Eagles. This year, he could be holding them back”. I hate to admit it but this is a Great line. Outside of Nate Allen he is the weakest link on the Eagles football team. Right now they are winning despite Foles.

  63. tjacks7 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:26 AM

    Erin and the Packers are still wildly overrated. In the history of football, has a team ever played 2 games without forcing a punt? And we’re only halfway through the season.

  64. baltimoresnativeson says: Oct 28, 2014 10:27 AM

    iloveagoodnap says:
    Oct 28, 2014 9:41 AM
    The Bengals are now 2-0 on the season against the Ravens with one less loss, and yet, still 2 spots behind them. Literally, unbelievable. I would love an explanation.

    ————————————————————————-
    There the Bengals man.

    It’s like the Clippers in basketball. Does anyone really think they will ever win anything?

    Not saying it’s right, but that’s just how it is.

  65. tjacks7 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:28 AM

    1. Denver Broncos (Last week No. 2; 6-1): Good news — they can handle the best the NFC has to offer. Bad news — they may not be able to handle the Patriots.

    —-

    Color me confused. If the Broncos can handle the best of the NFC, but maybe not the Patriots, wouldn’t the Patriots be ranked above the best of the NFC?

  66. deadlevelbest says: Oct 28, 2014 10:35 AM

    The Pats will probably continue their trend of beating bad teams to get into the playoffs and then completely blowing it once they get there against good teams.

  67. bengalsfan20 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:35 AM

    Don’t get how Ravens are ahead of Bengals when they swept them.

  68. thebiffer says: Oct 28, 2014 10:38 AM

    Broncos finally get some PTF respect with their rankings and yet slam them at the end of their post. Unless Denver runs the table they’ll never fully be appreciated for the top NFL power they truly are

  69. southpaw2k says: Oct 28, 2014 10:41 AM

    titansbro said,

    “The combined record of the teams the [Patriots] have beat is 16-29-1.

    Just some information to chew on.”

    Here we go again with this argument.

    Cincinnati beat Baltimore (2x), Tennessee, and Atlanta.

    Indy beat Houston, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Cincinnati, and Baltimore.

    Dallas beat Tennessee, St. Louis, Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, and the Giants.

    Arizona beat San Diego, the Giants, 49ers, Redskins, Oakland, and Philly.

    Are you trying to tell me that good teams’ records over bad teams are tarnished somehow? Notice that there are some common bad teams who lost to all four of those division leaders. That’s not a coincidence.

  70. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 28, 2014 10:42 AM

    Texans fan here.

    JJ Watt had nothing to do with the letter jackets. That was all Antonio Smith and Connor Barwin. Having said that: the jackets were stupid.

    I do wish Watt would have kept his mouth shut about the selfie, though.

  71. kcbulldog says: Oct 28, 2014 10:47 AM

    Surprised the Chiefs aren’t higher. They will be in the top 10 soon enough. They DEMOLISHED the Pats and DOMINATED the Chargers minus one drive. Top 5 in rushing offense and a top 5 defense including the NUMBER ONE pass defense after facing Brady, Peyton, and Rivers.

  72. dunzy22 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:47 AM

    How is anyone going to hate on the cowboys? Divison games are tough if they stick to the running game last night they win the game. Not to mention we are heading into November where Romo is 20-3!!! Only one team should be ahead of them and that’s New England! Don’t hate on them boys to much they are 6-2 and in first in the NFC east!! Even with there horrible team last year they only lost one division game! The season still has 8 games!! Brace yourself but Dallas is a good team!

  73. candidad389 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:48 AM

    Broncos 42, Patriots 30…Very good possibility if they contain Grong, pressure Brady, and if their defense plays like it has recently. This will probably be another preview of the AFC title game, and quite honestly, with Manning and Brady at the helm you could always put both teams in the top 5. Should be a great game Sunday!! Let’s enjoy it.

  74. kcbulldog says: Oct 28, 2014 10:49 AM

    No one can blame the Chiefs success this season on an easy schedule. This Chiefs team is LEGIT and the offense is about to hit their stride. Dominate time of possession and back that up with an extremely stout defense is the recipe for success.

  75. brazzz01 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:51 AM

    I am outraged that people actually think a 6th round weakling like Brady actually belongs on the same field as a REAL MAN’s quarterback named Peyton Manning.

  76. weepingjebus says: Oct 28, 2014 10:54 AM

    I’ve been keeping a running tally of all the “Brady’s washed up” comments by ESPN flapheads. It’s been fun.

  77. cnote74 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:56 AM

    wow that is ALL you could say about the Chiefs? interesting.

  78. bigben302013 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:57 AM

    As an Eagles fan I am skeptical about any defense that would let a receiver run right by you in crunch time and a QB that throws 2 picks a game and can not score in the redzone! If they don’t get it together then this could be a collapse in the making. Ranked too high with Foles doing his best Vick impersonation…and we ripped McNabb for saving Foles wasn’t a franchise qb yet! Evidently without Sproles our qb may be Sanchez by now!

  79. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 28, 2014 10:59 AM

    That’s funny, Sunday night I thought the Saints looked a lot better than 10 spots below the Packers.

  80. keenemarin says: Oct 28, 2014 11:00 AM

    Dolphins fan here.

    I honestly have a hard time seeing a lot of these rankings. The Lions have scraped by a few teams that seemed determined to lose (Saints, Falcons). The Patriots are just killing everyone they meet. The Cardinals feel like theyre good, but why #2? The Browns are still the Browns, they arent that good. The Chiefs are a whole lot better than they are listed too.

    I also disagree with the Fins ranking – but I’m not going to try and convince anyone they belong in the top 10, because they dont, but for sure, higher than they are here.

  81. bobleblah says: Oct 28, 2014 11:01 AM

    How does Manning grip the ball with those tiny hands?

  82. brazzz01 says: Oct 28, 2014 11:03 AM

    Put the Patriots at #32 where they belong. They only belong at #5 if it can be proven that they can win without spygate.

    All intelligent football minds know that they can’t.

  83. leatherface2012 says: Oct 28, 2014 11:03 AM

    green bays combined record of opponents theyve beaten……14-25-1….with 2 wins squeeked out over the jets and miami…..ranked 8? give me a break…………….just sayin

  84. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Oct 28, 2014 11:08 AM

    We’ll just say you should’ve listened. No one ever listens. And we’re Marching.

  85. citizenstrange says: Oct 28, 2014 11:18 AM

    Which Big Ben will we see on Sunday night? The 6 touchdowns against the Colts Big Ben or the 6 points against the Ravens Big Ben?

    Ravens CB Jimmy Smith is out but I still think Big Ben will revert to his usual under 20 points. As always, I hope I’m wrong.

  86. ninozlatino says: Oct 28, 2014 11:21 AM

    I’m in agreement with Big Ben. Also as an Eagles fan this team needs to get it together. We do not have a championship contending back field on D. And our QB has cement shoes. Why can’t our corners ever make an athletic move like Chromartie did on that pic? That was a beautiful catch. I would still have them in the top ten, but 4 is a little high. 7ish. But I’ll take it!!

  87. mwatts1 says: Oct 28, 2014 11:24 AM

    You guys are getting good at this. Another strong top 8!

  88. bengal4life says: Oct 28, 2014 11:36 AM

    I know these mean jack but how are you putting Baltimore, which lost twice to the Bengals, ahead of them?

  89. bengal4life says: Oct 28, 2014 11:39 AM

    Steeler fans crack me up. They have one great home win and they’re back, everyone. Mind you this is the same team that gave the Bucs their only win. lol.

  90. steelcurtainn says: Oct 28, 2014 11:48 AM

    Wow, the steelers blow out the colts defense and win the game and they sit at 15 while the colts are at 9. Makes sense, not. Are they going keep the ravens in front of the steelers when B-more loses this week too.

  91. jnks10 says: Oct 28, 2014 11:56 AM

    Are the cowboys fans serious. It was a divisional game that doesn’t mean you get an excuse to lose to such a poor poor team. THEIR QB WAS COLT MCCOY. THATS RIGHT COLT MCCOY. I don’t care if it was a divisonal game you lost to one of the worst teams in football starting their 3rd stringer who hasn’t played in the NFL in years. No excuses…. oh and that big win against seattle you guys constantly talk about keeps looking like not so much of a great win each week.

  92. mornelithe says: Oct 28, 2014 11:59 AM

    No matter what happens this week w/ the Pats v Denver, I just hope the Patriots are able to have a better game than they did in the AFCCG. And I think we should all take a moment and reflect on the 16th meeting of two absolutely easy 1st ballot HoF QB’s, who are deep into their careers, but still able to run their show at the highest of levels.

    I sincerely hope neither side suffers ANY injuries in this game, and that we get a full 60 minutes (at least), of what these two teams are truly capable of. Good luck Broncos, but…Go Pats!

  93. steelcurtainn says: Oct 28, 2014 12:01 PM

    Baltimore can have the number 1 power ranking at the end of the year while the steelers hold up the real hardware in February.

  94. The one, the only, Terrence M Pegula says: Oct 28, 2014 12:29 PM

    Sammy Watkins pre-mature celebration a metaphor for the season? Sooo, we’ll make a dumb mistake, correct it two plays (or two games) later, then still end up on top by a wide margin?

    Fine by me!

  95. 44mpo says: Oct 28, 2014 12:31 PM

    As a Raiders fan I must protest their #32 rank. Ii don’t think they are deserving of that.
    (should be more like 40th)
    Hey, at least I still have my sense of humor!

  96. 1point21jjwatts says: Oct 28, 2014 12:33 PM

    iloveagoodnap says:
    Oct 28, 2014 9:41 AM
    The Bengals are now 2-0 on the season against the Ravens with one less loss, and yet, still 2 spots behind them. Literally, unbelievable. I would love an explanation.

    =Maybe if your QB, coach, or franchise could ever win a game of note people would take them seriously. Until then same old bungles.

  97. ericn42000 says: Oct 28, 2014 12:36 PM

    Thanks Florio!

  98. phloorioisanarcissist says: Oct 28, 2014 12:46 PM

    Chiefs at 16? Really? Almost beat Denver and San Fran was a fluke. Destroyed the Pats, beat the Chargers in San Diego. You guys are so biased. Surprised you didn’t rate the Jets number 5 and the Giants number 2 (sarcasm)

  99. phloorioisanarcissist says: Oct 28, 2014 12:51 PM

    Cowboys at 3??? After Monday’s loss to the Redskins with a 3rd stringer who hasn’t started in 3 years at QB?! I know you have to cater to the large market franchises to keep your majority viewers, but come on man!

  100. theklutz13 says: Oct 28, 2014 1:10 PM

    “The over/under of owners plotting for a run at Jim Harbaugh is currently 5.5”

    Jim Harbaugh will not be in the NFL next year. U of M will pay him WHATEVER he wants. Therefore, I will take the under at 5.5.

  101. slazenger31 says: Oct 28, 2014 1:34 PM

    The format of these rankings is incredibly annoying and difficult to quickly scan through and read. The teams, rankings, and records should all be bold with the rest of the text unformatted.

  102. whoisgregtoler says: Oct 28, 2014 1:35 PM

    Be patient Shehawks band wagoners,the Cards will get to you very soon. 1st we gonna take down the team you couldn’t, Cowboys.
    Your 12th man gimmick is over. BIRDGANG!!

  103. mancave001 says: Oct 28, 2014 1:49 PM

    As concerned as I am about Nick Foles’ play, I look at this list and think that other than Denver, no team really scares me, especially in the NFC. The Packers are probably the closest, but their defense is more suspect than ours. Dallas was exposed as a fraud. Washington is all over the place, and we beat them once already. We decimated the Giants. We outplayed the Cards and Niners, but couldn’t overcome penalties and line health issues (some questionable play calling on Chip’s part, too). If Foles can knock off the back foot throws and we’re healthy, look out.

  104. shayeezy says: Oct 28, 2014 2:05 PM

    so the chiefs don’t move up at all after a dominant victory because it was a “cupcake” (when that same cupcake beat the seahawks and almost beat the cowboys), yet the cowboys aren’t punished at all for losing their cupcake game on national TV?

    there are plenty of dumb power rankings across the internet every week, but yours are consistently the most thoughtless and nonsensical.

  105. shayeezy says: Oct 28, 2014 2:08 PM

    the chiefs have also won 4 of their last 5 playing a much tougher schedule than the “cupcakes” the cowboys have faced in that same span.

  106. bobnyjets says: Oct 28, 2014 2:13 PM

    The Bears beat the Jets by a TD.

    The Pats barely beat the Jets by 2.

    The Pats knock the living sh## out of the Bears.

    Ain’t the NFL the best?

    Been a Jets fan since 65. Thought the Kittie years were the rock bottom. Now I’m not so sure.

    Oh well, at least I’m not a Raider fan.

  107. fontesmustgo says: Oct 28, 2014 2:42 PM

    The Lions seem a bit high at #6, particularly after their bit of dumb luck with the delay-of-game penalty in London. On the other hand, they’re 3-0 in games without Calvin Johnson. The ranking is justified if Bush, CJ, and at least one TE comes back healthy from the bye.

  108. rocketdogsports says: Oct 28, 2014 3:06 PM

    Browns right on at 19, Tampa, Bengals and Texans coming up. Things will come into focus in the next three weeks.

  109. lrical says: Oct 28, 2014 3:07 PM

    The Redskins are horrible. Who puts in romo after your back up has the hot hand.

  110. rocketdogsports says: Oct 28, 2014 3:08 PM

    Browns good at 17. With Tampa, Bengals and Texans coming up, the next three weeks will be very telling.

  111. thefox61 says: Oct 28, 2014 3:23 PM

    We’d believe all is well in Seattle if the media weren’t trying to convince us it is isn’t…

  112. rdubluv12 says: Oct 28, 2014 3:30 PM

    Be patient Shehawks band wagoners,the Cards will get to you very soon. 1st we gonna take down the team you couldn’t, Cowboys.
    Your 12th man gimmick is over. BIRDGANG!!…

    Didn’t the Seahawks beat the team that your team couldn’t take down (Broncos)? Who flat out embarassed you guys BTW. Any given Sunday, or Monday, or Thursday…as shown by last night’s Wash victory over Dallas. People keep saying the Seahawks don’t scare anyone, but then why does everyone keep talking about them? If they were irrelevant and sucked no one would care. But it’s actually quite the opposite. Good for you AZ, leading the division. Let’s wait and see how things play out further than 7 games into the season before crowning yourselves champs.

  113. hammertoe11 says: Oct 28, 2014 3:49 PM

    Colts, should have dropped more than 2 and the Browns, should have came up more.

  114. therealtrenches says: Oct 28, 2014 5:04 PM

    bigben302013 says:
    Oct 28, 2014 10:57 AM
    As an Eagles fan I am skeptical about any defense that would let a receiver run right by you in crunch time and a QB that throws 2 picks a game and can not score in the redzone! If they don’t get it together then this could be a collapse in the making. Ranked too high with Foles doing his best Vick impersonation…and we ripped McNabb for saving Foles wasn’t a franchise qb yet! Evidently without Sproles our qb may be Sanchez by now!

    —————————-

    dude…I agree that they’re not the fourth best team in the nfl, but get a grip.

    A “collapse in the making?” In their two losses, the eagles are a collective 3 yards from being undefeated.

    Get thicker skin.

  115. ranger40 says: Oct 28, 2014 6:02 PM

    Isn’t it about time we stop talking about the loss of Dansby? I mean what has he done in Cleveland? Foote has been stellar as his replacement. Maybe it wasn’t Dansby and Todd Bowles deserves credit for putting players in situations to be successful.

  116. TheWizard says: Oct 28, 2014 8:04 PM

    But it was 3 years later. 1988

    Wow, I got the score but botched the year.

    I remembered the Ditka heart attack but figured it would be bad taste to mention that.

    I hated him in the 80’s but ended up really liking the guy as the years went on.

  117. greej1938l says: Oct 28, 2014 8:52 PM

    The relax stuff is getting old

  118. snowdood163 says: Oct 28, 2014 10:51 PM

    They haven’t even played yet & the annoying whiny ass chowds are out in force with their anti-Manning hysteria.

  119. thetruthcampaign says: Oct 29, 2014 7:53 AM

    As far as the defensive power rankings, the Lions are #1.

  120. aljack88 says: Oct 29, 2014 9:44 AM

    “In a year with plenty of viable candidates for coach of the year, Jim Caldwell deserves serious consideration.”

    Oh please, knock it off. If there was a better example of a person looking like a deer staring in the headlights, Caldwell is it whenever a crucial and quick decision is needed during a game. It’s a trait he carries over from his time with the Colts; where his greatest success was tanking his last season there so the Colts could acquire Luck with the #1 pick.

  121. angrypurplebirds says: Oct 29, 2014 2:03 PM

    While it is true that the Bengals have won two squeakers against the Ravens this year(a touch down having to be taken off the board in the last one to seal it), it is also true that the Bengals only other wins are against the Titians and the Flacons. They were also destroyed by the Patriots and the Colts, while the Ravens haven’t lost by more than a touch down this season. That is to say, the Ravens have been in every game until the end, whereas the Bengals are up and down, hence the more consitant team getting the higher ranking.

  122. hmcfmf says: Oct 29, 2014 5:41 PM

    Opinions…..everybody has one…It’s good thing this is the NFL and not NCAA Football. Scoreboard baby!!!! That’s what really matters.

  123. professor59 says: Oct 29, 2014 6:12 PM

    Hey, did anyone notice that the Bengals swept the Ravens but are ranked behind them? No? Nobody? Cause some dude used 11 different logins to make the same point already.
    OMG just shut up.

  124. barkinatbirdsinseattle says: Oct 30, 2014 1:18 AM

    Yes a half game back, but Cleveland is ahead of Pinchedturd.

  125. bengaloz says: Oct 30, 2014 11:10 AM

    These rankings only mean something the day after the Super Bowl. Use the space for something more informative.

  126. stercuilus65 says: Oct 31, 2014 4:03 PM

    “Last year, Nick Foles carried the Eagles. This year, he could be holding them back.”

    Ugh, ridiculous post of the day…

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