PFT’s Week Eight power rankings

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1. Patriots (7-0; last week No. 1): The richest get richer, even though they had to pay a pretty rich price to get Mohamed Sanu.

2. 49ers (6-0; No. 2): The playoffs are coming into focus; the No. 1 seed eventually will, too.

3. Saints (6-1; No. 3): They continue to win without key players. What will they do if they’re ever at full strength again?

4. Packers (6-1; No. 5): It sounds like hyperbole to say Aaron Rodgers had a career game on Sunday. Aaron Rodgers had a career game on Sunday.

5. Ravens (5-2; No. 7): Their win in Seattle transformed a semi-fraudulent 4-2 record into a legitimate 5-2.

6. Bills (5-1; No. 6): The record looks great, but the individual victories aren’t as impressive. Especially the most recent one.

7. Seahawks (5-2; No. 4): If they keep losing home games, the 12th Man may get their jersey unretired.

8. Vikings (5-2; No. 11): Three straight great performances go out the window if big-play Kirk reverts to prime-time Kurt against the team that drafted him.

9. Chiefs (5-2; No. 9): Absent Mahomes, the defense will need to play like it did against a horrible Denver offense with a couple of great offenses coming to town.

10. Panthers (4-2; No. 10): On Sunday, it’s the George Seifert bowl when a couple of former NFC West rivals get together in San Francisco; for Carolina, it’s their toughest test yet.

11. Colts (4-2; No. 17): Still less than two months after Andrew Luck retired, the Colts are pretty much where they would have been if he hadn’t.

12. Rams (4-3; No. 12): Jalen Ramsey has promised not to hold out next year. The real question is whether he has promised not to fake a back injury.

13. Cowboys (4-3; No. 13): Sunday night’s win should quiet both Doug Pederson and Urban Meyer.

14. Texans (4-3; No. 8): They’re too inconsistent to be a high-level contender.

15. Eagles (3-4; No. 14): They would have fallen farther, if there weren’t so many bad teams behind them.

16. Raiders (3-3; No. 16): Derek Carr didn’t learn from the mistake he made in 2017; the Raiders may be learning from the mistake they made in 2017.

17. Jaguars (3-4; No. 24): The schedule gives Jacksonville a chance to string some wins together — and to make a run at the AFC South championship.

18. Steelers (2-4; No. 19): Of all teams with two or fewer wins, the Steelers are the one that can turn it around.

19. Lions (2-3-1; No. 18): After winning a couple of games the Lions of old would have lost, the Lions lost a couple of games the Lions of old would have lost.

20. Titans (3-4; No. 25): A win that should have been a loss is still a win.

21. Browns (2-4; No. 21): A win in New England would instantly change everything in Cleveland.

22. Bears (3-3; No. 15): The Bears are who we didn’t think they were.

23. Cardinals (3-3-1; No. 28): Three straight wins would usually push a team out of the bottom third. But when those wins come against teams in the bottom five, it’s going to take something bigger than that to bust out.

24. Broncos (2-5; No. 20): There’s a very fine line between Joe Cool and Joe Don’t Give a Crap.

25. Jets (1-5; No. 22): Sam Darnold wasn’t seeing ghosts as much as he was trying not to become one.

26. Buccaneers (2-4; No. 26): Four years after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota squared off in Week One as rookies, Mariota is benched and Winston would be if the Bucs had a decent backup option.

27. Chargers (2-5; No. 23): Holding out wasn’t Melvin Gordon‘s best leverage to force his way out of town; showing up was.

28. Giants (2-5; No. 27): The Shurmur murmurs will soon begin.

29. Falcons (1-6; No. 29): Good news — the fans aren’t booing. Bad news — the fans aren’t there.

30. Bengals (0-7; No. 30): They entered the year as the most irrelevant team in the league. And they’ve somehow gotten less relevant.

31. Washington (1-6; No. 31): But for the quagmire on which they played on Sunday, Washington would have lost by 40 or more points.

32. Dolphins (0-6; No. 32): Rarely does the same game feature appearances both by FitzMagic and FitzTragic.

148 responses to “PFT’s Week Eight power rankings

  1. The Packers absolutely deserve to be ranked ahead of the Vikings right now, but does anybody outside of Door County think the Vikings won’t beat them when they play each other again?

  2. 3. Saints (6-1; No. 3): They continue to win without key players.
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    They have the key player they need. All he does is win.

  3. How is Baltmore’s record fraudulent yet the Pats’ record is not? The Pats have played the WORSE teams in the league, but the media is sucking up to them as if they were beating the very best teams ever every week.

  4. Can’t disagree too much with these rankings, although I still think the Bears and Lions are better than the Pittsburgh team (and I’m no fan of either team.)

  5. We are pretty much the number one team. If you glance at whom New England has played. They have played no one ! look at their schedule, and they got Cleveland next lol. Anyways, we are on to 6. #GoNiners #Nobodyhasitbetter.

  6. Time for the Bears to move on from Mitch Trubisky — who is proving himself to be the second coming of Rex Grossman.

  7. The NFC East leading team isn’t even in the top 10? Don’t Power Rankings take in Playoff implications?

  8. And the Pats have faced them in 6 out of 7 games. Respect to them for their dominating wins. But wow, these teams are just plain awful.

  9. It’s pretty wild how much our perspectives change from week to week. It’s been a great season, full of drama thus far. It’s a shame so many of these franchise QB’s are out with injury (or retirement). Hopefully they recover quickly and successfully. Excited for the remainder of the season! Football season is the best time of year.

  10. I’m not surprised by the Bears. Last season’s record was puffed up by schedule, injury, and takeaway luck that isn’t sustainable. The underlying team was more like a 9-win team that had a few unsustainable things go right to get them up to 12. They are still that 9-win team.

  11. As we head into the 2nd half soon, it appears Packers and NE are best teams thus far. NFC has some really good teams, the AFC without Mahomes looks not too enticing.

    AFC is in the midst of trying to find itself going forward, just isn’t there by a long shot.

  12. There goes Florio falling in love with the 49ers. He forgets they have no quarterback Garoppolo is awful. Awful Florio …I don’t know what you’re watching

  13. Salvador Anguiano says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:14 pm
    How is Baltmore’s record fraudulent yet the Pats’ record is not? The Pats have played the WORSE teams in the league, but the media is sucking up to them as if they were beating the very best teams ever every week.

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    Waaaaaaaaaaaa

  14. 6b. Florio’s Wit (5-2; No. 12): Continuing to climb the rankings with clever wordplay, but it’s fair to wonder if there’s enough substance for 17 weeks.

  15. This season could very well be Belichick’s best season coaching wise. He seems so hands on during games this yr and it just feels like he will outcoach every other coach out there, even if the Patriots are not too strong offensively.

    They haven’t lost a game since their Dolphins, Steelers fiasco games last December.

    They won’t go undefeated but they could very well make it to the SB with that stellar coaching staff. Team has always been well coached, but BB seems to be particularly involved in defense this season during games.

  16. 4. Packers (6-1; No. 5): It sounds like hyperbole to say Aaron Rodgers had a career game on Sunday. Aaron Rodgers had a career game on Sunday.

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    Yeah against that vaunted Raiders Defense…..just like a gratuitous boob shot in and R rated movie, they gotta Get that Packas love in there!

  17. “Three straight great performances go out the window if big-play Kirk reverts to prime-time Kurt against the team that drafted him.”
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    Okay, then you can also admit that one good performance by A-Aron at home against the Raiders does not put him in the MVP discussion.

  18. why are the Pats always #1?!?!?!
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    The AFC is inferior to the NFC. Plus its 6 wins every year against the almighty Phins, Jets and Bills.

  19. From an old 49ers fan:
    Kudos for remembering those battles between the Niners and the upstart Panthers decades ago in the NFC West. Don’t forget that during the time when the NFL was profoundly geographically challenged that BOTH Carolina and Atlanta were in the NFC West.

  20. Salvador Anguiano says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:14 pm
    How is Baltmore’s record fraudulent yet the Pats’ record is not? The Pats have played the WORSE teams in the league, but the media is sucking up to them as if they were beating the very best teams ever every week.
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    Well, it was “semi-fraudulent”… but that’s because they beat Miami, AZ, Cincy and Pittsburgh and lost to KC and the Browns. Beat who they should have (minus Cleveland) and lost to a better team.

  21. Pat’s D looks pretty stout but the teams they’ve played are what 12-30 combined?

    Don’t forget the CONTEXT of how teams get where they are and why they look the way they do.

  22. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:11 pm
    The Packers absolutely deserve to be ranked ahead of the Vikings right now, but does anybody outside of Door County think the Vikings won’t beat them when they play each other again?

    \\\\\

    Absolutely.

    All you need is a pass rush and Kirk will become Kirk again. Did the last 3 teams even register a sack against that porous O-line?

    Cook is the difference maker. He is why Kirk can play statue in the pocket and play well.

    Make Kirk run for his life. Once you get close the balls will get thrown in the dirt again. Both your losses are the blueprint.

    I was in Door County two weeks ago. Plenty of Bear and Vikings fans there. Thanks for leaving your income in WI!

  23. Still not sold on the 49ers.
    Undefeated, yes with wins against:

    Buccaneers (26 in current power ranking)
    Bengals (30)
    Steelers (18)
    Browns (21)
    Struggling Rams (12)
    Redskins (31)

  24. Are the Bears really that surprising? That offense wasn’t exactly great last season and it stood to reason teams would throw some more wrinkles at Trubisky this year. You can have a great defense but if you have zero offense at all you’re going to struggle. Their #1 issue is they’re passing so much. Continual 3-and-outs on incompletions absolutely exhausts your defense. Even if they still go 3-and-out they need to consider some series where all they do is run just to burn some clock and give their D another couple minutes to rest.

  25. sb44champs says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:06 pm
    why are the Pats always #1?!?!?!
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    The AFC is inferior to the NFC. Plus its 6 wins every year against the almighty Phins, Jets and Bills.

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    The same Bills that have the 2nd best record in the AFC? The same Jets who beat the Cowboys last week?

  26. ================
    The AFC is inferior to the NFC. Plus its 6 wins every year against the almighty Phins, Jets and Bills.

    Except they have only swept the division 1 time
    There average division record is 4-2

    Next LAME excuse

  27. Whoever does these rankings is clearly a Seahawks fan. If it wasn’t for a missed field goal by the Rams, they would be 0-3 vs teams with a winning record. They beat the Bengals by 1, a QB’less Steelers by 2, the Browns by 4. Through 7 games they have given up 176 points and they are +5 (point differential) for the season.

  28. jbaxt says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    The Pats and Bills have played no one… the next 4-5 weeks will bring a strong dose of reality to several of these teams
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    Does not compute – they played each other

  29. I don’t get the “mistake the Raiders made in 2017” comment on the Raiders entry. I can only assume it’s saying extending Carr, the QB who had a 119 QB rating on Sunday despite not having any of the top 3 WRs on the depth chart entering the season, was a mistake? But that doesn’t make sense.

  30. The Bills should be ranked right where they are at, they have only lost one game, you play who is on your schedule. But also, the Bills actually have had the 3rd “easiest” schedule at .325. Know who’s had the easier ones? Patriots .273 and 49ers .272, and both of them are undefeated and ranked one and two in this poll, so say what you want about schedule.

  31. The two most overrated teams coming into the season were the Browns and Bears. The easiest first half schedule was the Packers playing home games. I suspect those three teams will lose most of their next 4-5.

  32. jimmygeewhiz says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    Time for the Bears to move on from Mitch Trubisky — who is proving himself to be the second coming of Rex Grossman.
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    That’s an insult to Rex Grossman.

  33. Are people here stating that the Ravens are a good team? i just want to establish this BEFORE NE plays them so that when the Patriots roll them too there won’t be more backtracking and claims that Baltimore really isn’t that good.

  34. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    The Packers absolutely deserve to be ranked ahead of the Vikings right now, but does anybody outside of Door County think the Vikings won’t beat them when they play each other again?
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    Are you kidding?
    The NFL is already forcing Kirk to play that game on a Monday night before a prime time audience.
    If there’s actually the pressure of playoff implications, Cousins will fold faster than cheap, purple, lawn furniture.

    Mark me down as, Affirmative, as I am one of those guys outside of Door County (Beautiful area, I might add) that believes the Vikings won’t beat the Packers when they play each other again.

  35. fordbw says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:49 pm
    Easiest schedule in NFL history and people all ready to crown ’em.
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    Aren’t the Pats still wearing the crown from last year?

  36. Vikings fans aren’t mad about these rankings. First, the rankings don’t actually mean anything. Second, the Packers have a better record and should rank higher. Third, the Packers had a sweet schedule to start at home. Fourth, talk to me in a month after Packers play 4 of 5 on the road.

  37. NE defense has been great for fantasy football. and yes i think its a solid defense.

    but please take a look at their schedule, its a absolute joke, plus they travel the least amount of miles and never play out of country.

    yes i know its not their fault the teams in their division have been trash for 20 years, but still….come on man

  38. Fun stat:

    If a QB completes 0 passes with 0 ints in a game his passer rating is 39.6.

    The Patriots pass defense is allowing a passer rating of 35.2.

    Is that good? 🙂

  39. ariani1985 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:12 pm
    Packers lost to the eagles! Let that sink in.
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    The Vikings lost to Chase Daniel. Let that sink in!!!

  40. The Packers absolutely deserve to be ranked ahead of the Vikings right now, but does anybody outside of Door County think the Vikings won’t beat them when they play each other again?
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    It’s funny that you make a point to say “anyone outside of door county”…implying we are all homers….then you make a completely homer-esque remark about your own team.

    In week 2 our offense had played ONE game together and had not come close to gelling. It’s been getting better each week. We are much improved since the first game. Imo, if KC keeps it up (that’s what she said!), I expect the next meeting to be a shoot out that comes down to whomever gets the last possession.

  41. Alan Light says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Green Bay would lose to 5-28 on this list….
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    Well, it’s obvious that they’d beat #8 because they already mopped the floor with them.

  42. Lou Ciffer says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:08 pm
    Patriots look unbeatable with that defense
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    When they play a real offense they will look beatable. Hell even the Bills took them down to the wire. When Brady plays a real defense, he seems deflated. It’s a good thing the Patriots defense went head hunting and injured Josh Allen or the Patriots would have lost. Look up Josh Allen’s 4th quarter comebacks.

  43. Salvador Anguiano says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:14 pm
    How is Baltmore’s record fraudulent yet the Pats’ record is not? The Pats have played the WORSE teams in the league, but the media is sucking up to them as if they were beating the very best teams ever every week.
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    Simple, Baltimore’s record is not fraudulent. There actually is no such thing as a fraudulent schedule. Its just some nonsense made up by those living in angry jealous delusional denial that your team is better than theirs. Congratulations, its a sign you are doing great. You can just enjoy that smug satisfaction.

  44. Pete Carroll is really excited for the games to come. His plan is to win most of them 2-1 but he doesn’t want to win them all, because every 4 games his team needs a teaching moment. Wildcard is right where he wants to be.

  45. One more time for the excuse making crybabies…

    While the Patriots’ 86-24 record against the AFC East is staggering, their winning percentage (134-44, 0.753) against everyone else is the best in the NFL, while they have 25 more non-division victories than any other team.

    New England’s record against eventual division winners (24-14) makes them the only team in the NFL with a winning record in this category. Against teams who eventually made the playoffs in a given season, the Patriots (60-33, 0.645) are the best in the league, with the Steelers at a not-so-close second with a 0.480 winning percentage.

    Their success against teams who finished with a winning record (75-45, 0.625) is also an NFL-best mark, with the Steelers trailing by a considerable margin at a 0.440 winning percentage.

    It’s settled then. The Patriots don’t just take care of business against the AFC East, but no team is even close to their level of success against teams outside their division.

  46. When the Patriots play a real offense that defense won’t look so great. Of course there is the possibility they could go out and intentionally hurt the opposing QB if he’s doing good.

  47. GoodellMustGo says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:08 pm
    Fun stat:

    If a QB completes 0 passes with 0 ints in a game his passer rating is 39.6.

    The Patriots pass defense is allowing a passer rating of 35.2.

    Is that good? 🙂
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    Remind me of those great QB’s they are playing this year.

  48. fordbw says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Easiest schedule in NFL history and people all ready to crown ’em.
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    And those people will be right come February, while you are complaining about something or other.

  49. Anybody else notice this weeks NFL Network promo commercial that features that Viking kid talking smack?

    I guess art really does imitate life…..

  50. Cardinals tied the Lions and now have one more win than they do – they lost to Ravens (close), Seakhawks and Panthers – all great teams. Honestly, I would put them at 15 as they are certainly better than all the teams below that point as of now.
    I get the argument they beat bad teams but two were on the road and you can only play who is on your schedule. So they are disrespected.
    The Bills are as well. Though not as bad, they still deserve to be above The Ravens.

  51. Flash1287 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:51 pm
    Salvador Anguiano says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:14 pm
    How is Baltmore’s record fraudulent yet the Pats’ record is not? The Pats have played the WORSE teams in the league, but the media is sucking up to them as if they were beating the very best teams ever every week.

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    Waaaaaaaaaaaa
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    Sounds like another Patriots fanboy crying. Nothing new, they complain about the refs even when the Patriots are up 38-0 with less than 5 minutes left in the game.

  52. Cardinals have 3 wins and you have other teams in front of them with 2 wins? I get it their wins came against bad teams but so has most of the top 10 teams wins. I’m not saying Cards should be in top 10 but at least put them in front of the 2-4 teams.

  53. “Holding out wasn’t Melvin Gordon‘s best leverage to force his way out of town; showing up was.”

    Oof

  54. My two cents worth power ranking

    1. Patriots 2. 49ers 3. Packers 4. Saints 5. Chiefs 6. Vikings 7. Bills 8. Colts 9. Ravens 10. Lambs 11. Panthers 12. Texans 13. Sea Dorks. 14. Lions 15 Cowboys 16. Bears 17. Jaguars 18. Cardinals 19.Eag;es 20. Raiders 21. 22. Browns 23. Titans 23. Bucs 24. Chargers 25. Giants 26. Steelers 27. Broncos 28. Falcons 29. Jets 30. Redskins 31. Bengals 32. Dolphins

    The Falcons will move up, if they beat the Sea Dorks.

  55. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:22 pm
    When the Patriots play a real offense that defense won’t look so great. Of course there is the possibility they could go out and intentionally hurt the opposing QB if he’s doing good.

    That’s about 11 or 12 comments from you about the Patriots on 3 different articles

    Tell us again how you’re not jealous

  56. The Vikings have played three very good games in a row. Naturally, the purples are all excited about this and they have a lot to say… about the Packers. For the life of me, I’ll never understand.

  57. jimmygeewhiz says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Time for the Bears to move on from Mitch Trubisky — who is proving himself to be the second coming of Rex Grossman.

    ==========

    Grossman quarterbacked the team to a Super Bowl, so I don’t think Trubisky is quite ready for the comparison yet.

  58. Flash1287 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:34 pm
    rogergoodellmyhero says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:22 pm
    When the Patriots play a real offense that defense won’t look so great. Of course there is the possibility they could go out and intentionally hurt the opposing QB if he’s doing good.

    That’s about 11 or 12 comments from you about the Patriots on 3 different articles

    Tell us again how you’re not jealous

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    Can you imagine these people’s careers or personal lives? They must be in a complete mess in real life to be this consumed by a sports team’s success.

    it’s hilarious, but sad.

  59. The Patriots are in a no win situation when it comes to the crybabies

    If they lose to the ravens in 2 weeks they will say

    “See they played a good team and lost”

    If they beat the Ravens those SAME people will say

    “Well they only played one good team”.

  60. ………..
    vaphinfan says:
    October 22, 2019 at 11:17 am
    jjfootball says:
    October 22, 2019 at 10:08 am
    Fire Goodell!
    +++++++++++
    Why? He’s the Patriots best supporter
    ………
    Can you share what universe you are from?

  61. Stop getting worked up over rankings that don’t matter one bit. Anyone who watches football has a good idea of who the best teams are, and right now that’s New England. 8 weeks does not make a season.

  62. Hey Bears fans — it’s a long season. Three weeks ago Viking fans were on suicide watch and cheesers were gleefully giggling at the state of Viking football, and now the waters are calmer. I suspect the the lake MI waters will calm around Soldier Field before this year is over as well. It’s entertaining to have 4 competent teams in the NFCN.

  63. 3 4 Rate This
    Flash1287 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:34 pm
    rogergoodellmyhero says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:22 pm
    When the Patriots play a real offense that defense won’t look so great. Of course there is the possibility they could go out and intentionally hurt the opposing QB if he’s doing good.

    That’s about 11 or 12 comments from you about the Patriots on 3 different articles

    Tell us again how you’re not jealous
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    I am surprised Roger has not come back with “look, I have the whole Pats fanbase talking about me. I am so in their head.” To make Roger’s posts more entertaining go back an read them while listening to the Benny Hill theme music – Yakety Sax. Pure gold.

  64. ctiggs says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:17 pm
    We are pretty much the number one team. If you glance at whom New England has played. They have played no one ! look at their schedule, and they got Cleveland next lol. Anyways, we are on to 6. #GoNiners #Nobodyhasitbetter.
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    NE opponents W/L records are 11/27.
    SF opponents W/L records are 11/28.

  65. pkrlvr says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    The Packers absolutely deserve to be ranked ahead of the Vikings right now, but does anybody outside of Door County think the Vikings won’t beat them when they play each other again?
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    It’s funny that you make a point to say “anyone outside of door county”…implying we are all homers….then you make a completely homer-esque remark about your own team.

    In week 2 our offense had played ONE game together and had not come close to gelling. It’s been getting better each week. We are much improved since the first game. Imo, if KC keeps it up (that’s what she said!), I expect the next meeting to be a shoot out that comes down to whomever gets the last possession.
    ___________

    Both the Packers and the Vikings had played one game in a new offense. The Vikings spotted the Packers 21 points in the first quarter, Cousins played literally the worst game of his career, a touchdown was taken off the board because of a ticky-tack OPI on review that would never be called again, and the Vikings were still in a position to win the game at the end. The offense is now light years better than it was in that game. Do you really think only a Viking homer would think they would beat the Packers at home now?

  66. imeasilyoffended says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:35 pm
    Has Florio ever said anything good about the Washington Redskins??

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    Not defending Florio, but what exactly is there good to say about them??

  67. Not sure why you and others keep calling the price for the Pats to add Sanu a high price. A late 2nd round pick for a WR who should step in and start for them seems pretty cheap. Plus, Belichick always finds a way to add more picks each draft, so they likely won’t even miss that one pick.

    By the way, is this the first season in a while where there is not a single team that doesn’t have some weakness? Even the Pats aren’t unbeatable on offense (though they may not need to be with that defense). Usually, at this point in the season, someone is running away and looks like a team with no weaknesses.

  68. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:22 pm
    When the Patriots play a real offense that defense won’t look so great. Of course there is the possibility they could go out and intentionally hurt the opposing QB if he’s doing good.

    ————

    So is the team you follow going to provide this “real offense”?

  69. ariani1985 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:12 pm
    Packers lost to the eagles! Let that sink in.

    That is a compelling arguement. Well done. How did the Vikings do against the Packers again?

  70. If the Patriots have the easiest schedule, why didn’t other teams in previous seasons with the easiest schedule set or tie multiple NFL records defensively for interceptions and points allowed? No team has had multiple road shutout victories since the 1942 Bears. They have a current plus 175 point differential, outscoring opponents 223 to 48 to start this season. That’s the largest point differential through a team’s first seven games since the 1920 Buffalo All Americans put up a plus 218 point differential through their first seven games.

  71. I’m just here for the comments as we all know anybody can come up with a Power Rankings. I must say there are a lot of PFT members who are obsessed with the Vikings and Patriots, positive and negative. Packers fans, the NFL and analysts love your team, be happy and quit obsessing over the Vikings.

    I get it, I am sick of the Pats being a top team like most other football fans, but the comments are nonsense. They have had an easy schedule, yes. But that is just lazy analysis. They have been a superior team for most of the last 20 years. And yes they have had the benefit of a playing in a bad division for most of those years, but still manage to play well through better competition, also in the payoffs, and hoist a trophy more often than other teams. In time all good things must end, and they will for the Pats eventually, but I’m sure it was a fun ride for those fans…LOL.

    As a HUGE Vikings fan, I too get frustrated by the Packers getting put on a pedestal every time #12 has a good game. ESPN has them winning the NFC or bust because Rodgers goes off and they blew out the freaking Raiders. Including QB rating statistics, Cousins has the best 3-game stretch EVER by a QB, the best RB in the game so far, better than average D, 2 top of the league receivers, and they put us in conversation of POSSIBLY contending for the NFC North.

    I understand the reservations on Cousins, but it does feel like he’s finally turned a corner in his career and feels comfortable with this offense and personnel. But boy o boy, if prime time jitters sent in again on Thursday…

  72. “The Patriots are in a no win situation when it comes to the crybabies

    If they lose to the ravens in 2 weeks they will say

    “See they played a good team and lost”

    If they beat the Ravens those SAME people will say

    “Well they only played one good team”.”

    No then they’ll actually say “the Ravens are just another terrible team the Pats have beaten no one”

    Lol

  73. “Pats D should be nicknamed “The Boogeymen”.”

    After last night it should be “the Ghosts”

    Lol the Jets never should have agreed to let Sam Darnold be mic’d up, he’s never going to live that one down.

  74. 6. Bills (5-1; No. 6): The record looks great, but the individual victories aren’t as impressive. Especially the most recent one.
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    Any given Sunday. It doesn’t matter who you play… the 32nd ranked or the 1st… The only thing that really matters is the W. Look at the Patriots… Are you going to say the same to them since their schedule is easier than Buffalo’s?

  75. How can San Francisco be ahead of New Orleans? Both teams have won six games, but the 49ers have beaten the likes of the Bucs, Bengals and Redskins; their only good win was at the Rams. The Saints on the other hand, had dominant road wins against Seattle and Chicago, and also beat both Houston and Dallas.

  76. “23. Cardinals (3-3-1; No. 28): Three straight wins would usually push a team out of the bottom third. But when those wins come against teams in the bottom five, it’s going to take something bigger than that to bust out.”

    —-

    So let me get this straight. Cardinals get burned for beating the bottom five but….

    The Patriots don’t? Weakest schedule in the league by any measure. Same standard.

  77. ivikethat8084 says:
    ESPN has them winning the NFC or bust because Rodgers goes off and they blew out the freaking Raiders. Including QB rating statistics, Cousins has the best 3-game stretch EVER by a QB, the best RB in the game so far, better than average D, 2 top of the league receivers, and they put us in conversation of POSSIBLY contending for the NFC North.

    ——-

    So… you’re mad that people think Rodgers is good just because of one game against the raiders, and then in the very next sentence you brag about Cousins playing…wait for it…The Giants, Eagles, and Lions?

    Do you ever why no one… literally NO ONE takes Vikings fans seriously?

  78. ariani1985 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Vikings have beaten the packers in 9 of the last 11.
    Let that sink in!
    _________

    More Barney lies.
    For the sake of accuracy they’re both 5-5-1, but than again, when has truth or facts ever mattered to a pathetic troll like you.

  79. I know Arizona’s three wins are against really bad teams, but their three losses are against top 10 teams: Ravens, Seahawks, Panthers. And how is Detroit above them?

  80. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:23 pm
    GoodellMustGo says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:08 pm
    Fun stat:

    If a QB completes 0 passes with 0 ints in a game his passer rating is 39.6.

    The Patriots pass defense is allowing a passer rating of 35.2.

    Is that good? 🙂
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    Remind me of those great QB’s they are playing this year.

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    Translation: 😭😭😭😭😭

  81. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:38 pm
    The Vikings have played three very good games in a row. Naturally, the purples are all excited about this and they have a lot to say… about the Packers. For the life of me, I’ll never understand.
    //////
    Just stop. You’re one of the goofs. You literally just did exactly what you’re saying Vikings fans do. Let’s not act like your fan base isn’t the same, or even worse. I just saw the Vikings released a punt returner. Guess who most of the comments were from? Packer fans of course. Now, come back and talk if you win while heading into a tough road stretch. Honestly, if your team goes 3-2 in the next 5, that will be impressive.

  82. tokyosandblaster says:
    October 22, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Do you ever why no one… literally NO ONE takes Vikings fans seriously?
    ////////
    You are literally using that word incorrectly. Again.

  83. eaststsfb says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:09 pm
    ariani1985 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:12 pm
    Packers lost to the eagles! Let that sink in.
    _____________________________________________________________
    The Vikings lost to Chase Daniel. Let that sink in!!!
    //////////
    And if the Bears wise up and switch QB’s, they will win a few more games too. Have you been watching? He is the better QB on that roster.

  84. Wafflestomp says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:12 pm
    Alan Light says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Green Bay would lose to 5-28 on this list….
    _______

    Well, it’s obvious that they’d beat #8 because they already mopped the floor with them.
    /////////////
    Dude. Why you so dumb? Held on for a home win by getting a last second INT, after blowing a large first quarter lead. I’d say that’s just a bit more accurate. The next game in Minnesota should be very good, if your QB doesn’t get hurt before then.

  85. carloswlassiter says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Are people here stating that the Ravens are a good team? i just want to establish this BEFORE NE plays them so that when the Patriots roll them too there won’t be more backtracking and claims that Baltimore really isn’t that good
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    As much as it pains me to say it, the Pats are going to roll the Ravens and everyone else in their way. They are that good.

  86. Avenging Cowboy says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:17 pm
    After that beat down of the Eagles, the Cowboys should be ranked higher

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Everyone beats up on the eagles. But only the cowboys can get beaten up by the Jets

  87. conormacleod says:
    October 22, 2019 at 6:20 pm
    Wafflestomp says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:12 pm
    Alan Light says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Green Bay would lose to 5-28 on this list….
    _______

    Well, it’s obvious that they’d beat #8 because they already mopped the floor with them.
    /////////////
    Dude. Why you so dumb? Held on for a home win by getting a last second INT, after blowing a large first quarter lead. I’d say that’s just a bit more accurate. The next game in Minnesota should be very good, if your QB doesn’t get hurt before then.
    __________

    The win was already a foregone conclusion after the first quarter, as the Vikings tallied a whopping 16 points in garbage time.

    And yes, I’m quite looking forward to the next matchup.
    Hopefully Dalvin Cook makes it all the way to that December contest.

  88. Look at the Patriots… Are you going to say the same to them since their schedule is easier than Buffalo’s?

    ___

    If it REALLY is easier, its not by much….Bills 5 wins have come against teams with a combined 6-27 record….seems everyone overlooks that for some reason

  89. tokyosandblaster says:
    October 22, 2019 at 5:59 pm
    ivikethat8084 says:
    ESPN has them winning the NFC or bust because Rodgers goes off and they blew out the freaking Raiders. Including QB rating statistics, Cousins has the best 3-game stretch EVER by a QB, the best RB in the game so far, better than average D, 2 top of the league receivers, and they put us in conversation of POSSIBLY contending for the NFC North.

    ——-

    So… you’re mad that people think Rodgers is good just because of one game against the raiders, and then in the very next sentence you brag about Cousins playing…wait for it…The Giants, Eagles, and Lions?

    Do you ever why no one… literally NO ONE takes Vikings fans seriously?

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    Just for the record, Vikings beat Philly, something the Packas could not do and beat a great Lions team on the road without the help of officating. Packas barely beat the Lions at home! Lol. typical fat mouthed Packas fan. If I was you I’d temper my enthusiasm a tad like you all told Vikings fans…….it was just the Raiders……well A A Ron, it was just the Raiders right?

  90. 6 1 Rate This
    conormacleod says:
    October 22, 2019 at 6:12 pm
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    October 22, 2019 at 2:38 pm
    The Vikings have played three very good games in a row. Naturally, the purples are all excited about this and they have a lot to say… about the Packers. For the life of me, I’ll never understand.
    //////
    Just stop. You’re one of the goofs. You literally just did exactly what you’re saying Vikings fans do. Let’s not act like your fan base isn’t the same, or even worse. I just saw the Vikings released a punt returner. Guess who most of the comments were from? Packer fans of course. Now, come back and talk if you win while heading into a tough road stretch. Honestly, if your team goes 3-2 in the next 5, that will be impressive.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Looks like I touched a nerve. 42 of them to be exact. The only thing I said about the Vikings is they’ve played three very good games in a row. That’s just the facts of the matter. Go back and reread the comments. IIRC, EVERY comment by a purple was about the Packers… which is, as I said, business as usual. And you still can’t make me love you.

  91. It sounds like hyperbole to say Aaron Rodgers had a career game on Sunday. Aaron Rodgers had a career game on Sunday

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    Against who? Against who?

  92. How the hell are the Jets #25? Last night was beyond embarrassing, it would be hard for any QB to play worse.
    Think he saw more than ghosts.Boo

  93. ariani1985 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 1:12 pm
    Packers lost to the eagles! Let that sink in.

    Vikings lost to the bears and packers! Let that sink in

  94. rickkroll says:
    October 22, 2019 at 5:44 pm
    How can San Francisco be ahead of New Orleans? Both teams have won six games, but the 49ers have beaten the likes of the Bucs, Bengals and Redskins; their only good win was at the Rams. The Saints on the other hand, had dominant road wins against Seattle and Chicago, and also beat both Houston and Dallas.

    ———————————————————
    SF is undefeated. Saints lost one. Yes the Saints schedule has been tougher, but that’s b/c the Saints won their division last year. You can only play who is on your schedule. that said, SF comes to the Dome in December and it will all sort itself out then. Two physical teams; should be a great game!!

  95. The COMBINED record of the Patriots and Niners opponents is: 23 wins and 60 losses.
    The COMBINED record of the Saints opponents is 25 wins and 22 losses.
    Yes, the Saints opponents have won two more games (yes, one was against the Saints) than the COMBINED total wins of the Patriots and Niners opponents.
    They are both good teams, but their schedules have been CREAM PUFF easy!

  96. We all know how the Packers’season is going to end. They will make the playoffs and get crushed by the new upstart NFC team. All of the media will make excuses for Rodgers’ mediocre performance and the situation will repeat itself next season.

  97. tombombadill says:
    October 23, 2019 at 7:37 am

    We all know how the Packers’season is going to end. They will make the playoffs and get crushed by the new upstart NFC team. All of the media will make excuses for Rodgers’ mediocre performance and the situation will repeat itself next season
    _______

    So when has Aaron Rodgers had mediocre performances in the postseason?
    Please give me some examples and be specific.
    You make it sound as if it’s commonplace.

    In 16 postseason games as a starter, Aaron Rodgers has posted:

    9-7 record (1 Super Bowl win and a Super Bowl MVP)
    Completion Percentage, 63.5%
    36 TDs against just 10 Ints
    YPA: 7.5
    QBR: 99.4 (Which ranks 5th all-time)

    Look, I realize you’re just a hater and you’re looking for some reason to tear this individual down, but you really should look elsewhere than to attack his postseason performances, which have been anything except mediocre.

    The overall win/loss record isn’t exactly overwhelming, but that’s because of the overall team performance and obviously doesn’t fully rest on Rodgers’ shoulder alone.
    Try again.

  98. Wafflestomp says:
    October 23, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Look, I realize you’re just a hater and you’re looking for some reason to tear this individual down, but you really should look elsewhere than to attack his postseason performances, which have been anything except mediocre.
    __________________

    Don’t take is so personal. We love the Vikings and hate the Packers. You love the Packers, hate the Vikings. It’s part of the fun, passion, and entertainment! Why else would we spend hundreds of hard earned dollars to watch grown men that could care less that we exist.

  99. NFL Strength of Schedule through 10-22

    1. TB
    2. OAK
    3. PIT
    4. NO
    5. HOU
    6. LAR
    7. NYJ
    8. DET
    9. JAX
    10. CLE
    11. ATL
    12. DEN
    13. CIN
    14. KC
    15. IND
    16. CAR
    17. SEA
    18. GB
    19. TEN
    20. MN
    21. CHI
    22. SF
    23. PHI
    24. NYG
    25. WAS
    26. MIA
    27. BAL
    28. LAC
    29. AZ
    30. BUF
    31. DAL
    32. NE

  100. NFL Strength of Schedule through 10-22

    1. TB
    2. OAK
    3. PIT
    4. NO
    5. HOU
    6. LAR
    7. NYJ
    8. DET
    9. JAX
    10. CLE
    11. ATL
    12. DEN
    13. CIN
    14. KC
    15. IND
    16. CAR
    17. SEA
    18. GB
    19. TEN
    20. MN
    21. CHI
    22. SF
    23. PHI
    24. NYG
    25. WAS
    26. MIA
    27. BAL
    28. LAC
    29. AZ
    30. BUF
    31. DAL
    32. NE

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