PFT’s Week 8 2020 Power Rankings

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1. Steelers (last week No. 3; 6-0): Good news, the Steelers are No. 1. Bad news, a trip to Baltimore is up next.

2. Chiefs (No. 4; 6-1): They’ve gotten back on track quickly, as they always seem to do.

3. Titans (No. 2; 5-1): Down 20 in the second half, the fact that their game against the Steelers came down to a missed field goal makes it a very encouraging sign for the Titans.

4. Ravens (No. 5; 5-1): Five tests are coming, with Colts, Patriots, and Titans serving as the three layers of meat in a Steelers sandwich.

5. Buccaneers (No. 8; 5-2): The most complete team in the NFC is now the best, too.

6. Packers (No. 6; 5-1): After shredding the Texans in Week Seven, Aaron Rodgers said the Week Six loss to the Buccaneers was an anomaly. They may need to reverse that anomaly at some point in the postseason.

7. Seahawks (No. 1; 5-1): The Seahawks have been living on the edge far too often, and it finally caught up with them.

8. Saints (No. 9; 4-2): They’ve become the forgotten elite team in the NFL. It will be hard to forget them once Michael Thomas returns (especially since no one made the Saints an offer they couldn’t refuse for him).

9. Bills (No. 10; 5-2): The inability to run and stop the run doesn’t bode well with Part One of the annual Patriots series looming.

10. Rams (No. 11; 5-2): They’ll be fine, as long as they don’t have to play other teams in the NFC West.

11. Cardinals (No. 15; 5-2): Can we please have Kyler Murray in prime time every week?

12. Browns (No. 16; 5-2): They won’t miss OBJ as much as many believe.

13. Colts (No. 14; 4-2): The best kind of bye is the bye during which the other three teams in the division play, and lose.

14. Bears (No. 7; 5-2): Winning ugly > losing pretty >>>>>>>>> losing ugly.

15. 49ers (No. 19; 4-3): Dr. Jekyll wishes the 49ers would figure out who they are.

16. Raiders (No. 13; 3-3): If they’re on the cutting edge of beating the virus, we’d hate to see where they’re be if they weren’t.

17. Patriots (No. 12, 2-4): They’re on the ropes, and every AFC playoff contender should be hoping that someone punches them through.

18. Dolphins (No. 18; 3-3): Tua Time > Hammer Time.

19. Panthers (No. 17; 3-4): Don’t rule out a run at the No. 7 seed, especially with Christian McCaffrey getting healthy.

20. Chargers (No. 21; 2-4): I have seen the future. And it is the Chargers becoming the kings of L.A., thanks to Justin Herbert.

21. Eagles (No. 22; 2-4-1): They’re picking themselves up off the mat earlier than usual.

22. Lions (No. 24; 3-3): Don’t look now but the lowly Lions quietly have become contenders.

23. Broncos (No. 20; 2-4): Doubts already are growing about whether Drew Lock can be a franchise quarterback.

24. Washington (No. 30; 2-5): The sentimental favorites to win the division just might.

25. Bengals (No. 23; 1-5-1): Joe Burrow deserves better.

26. Falcons (No. 25; 1-6): Todd Gurley is the Bizarro Brian Westbrook.

27. Vikings (No. 28; 1-5): Hey, Vikings, take next week off, too.

28. Cowboys (No. 26; 2-5): They’re bad, and they’re increasingly not competitive.

29. Giants (No. 27; 1-6): Tom Brady picked a good time to try to get some revenge on the Giants.

30. Texans (No. 29; 1-6): Deshaun Watson deserves better.

31. Jaguars (No. 31; 1-6): It made sense to see what Gardner Minshew can do with a full season as starter. And now we’ve seen it.

32. Jets (No. 32; 0-7): “We only lost by eight points!”

67 responses to “PFT’s Week 8 2020 Power Rankings

  1. Vikings have an opportunity for redemption heading to Green Bay Sunday — 40 degrees and clear at game time in empty Lambeau.

  2. Almost the entire top 20 are teams that teams that could be legit playoff contenders. It’s nice to see such a deep league this year.

    Also nice to see the Pats falling into the high teens. People were saying BB couldn’t lose 3 in a row. Can he lose 4 in a row?

    Stoked for this weekend’s game. Bills could put a lot of distance between themselves & New England, and pretty much flip the script on previous seasons. Biggest threat would be the Phins.

  3. cowboys belong at 31. even the jets could hang 35 points on them and shut down their passing game

  4. “Bad news?” The idea that the Steelers are at all scared of the Ravens is laughable. If anything, exactly 31 teams in the league should be afraid to face the Steelers right now

  5. Pats at 17 are still too high. When you can only score 10 points or less you ain’t winning anymore games.

  6. Pitt is not a stronger team than the Chiefs. And the Titans are not stronger than Green Bay.

    The Vikings play their fans(Florio’s) Super Bowl this week. The Vikings fan base does not care if they lose all the rest of their games this season, but this one is everything to them(him).

    See you Sunday👍 Poor Barney.😌

  7. We will be back in the top ten after we blast Seattle. Once we get through this “gauntlet” we will be top 3, and on our way to six. #goniners #nobodyhasitbetter

  8. “Bad news?” The idea that the Steelers are at all scared of the Ravens is laughable. If anything, exactly 31 teams in the league should be afraid to face the Steelers right now

    They better be scared because this may be Ben’s last game for awhile. As the GOAT used to say It’ time to HUNT and the target is #7. They Ravens just found the edge rushing to complete what is already a GREAT defense.

  9. I’m glad Pittsburgh had the 2nd half scare from Titans. Got that junk out of their system so they will be prepared to destroy the Ravens. Ravens have taken a big step back this season. Sunday will prove it definitively.

  10. Vikings need to send Cousins packing down to Dallas. Jerrah doesn’t need anything more than a .485 QB to win the division anyways.

  11. philmccracken says:
    I feel bad for Viking fans. Everyone is laughing at them again.
    ==

    Well, half that statement is true. Having read a great number of your past comments, my money is on the second half. 🙂

  12. Remember a few weeks ago when @T6 was proclaiming that despite being ranked #18 at the time, that the Patriots had the #1 defense in the NFL? Good times!

  13. Nothing says “Viking SuperBowl” like the Vikings at 1-5 against the 5-1 Packers at Lambeau.

  14. I get that the Steelers are #1 because they’re unbeaten and playing well. Are they better than the Chiefs? No, and it’s a shame they won’t meet in the regular season this year.

    Looking forward to a playoff showdown.

  15. The Saints ahead of the Cardinals and Rams?

    Are we watching the same games?

    This is coming from a Bills fan with no dog in the race.

  16. Packer fans are so used to being discouraged that the fans won’t even show up to watch this weekend.

  17. I’m impressed with the Bucs right now, but I feel they could be playing even better than they already are. They still have to play the Rams, Chiefs, and Saints again. If they can go 2-1 against these teams, they’ll be in great shape.

  18. OK, so the Texans are 1-6 and off the rails. On the other hand 5 of the 6 losses are to teams that are currently 27-4 and outscored opponents by 288 points. Good time for a bye week.

  19. Seahawks deserve to drop. Thankfully we have 3 NFC East games and the Jets left on the docket so the playoffs are a given. But let’s be realistic – teams don’t win Super Bowls relinquishing 30+ points per contest. And Russ is everything right now. It’s not a sustainable program moving forward. We desperately need a pass rush, some secondary help and…what is Tre Flowers doing in the NFL…?

  20. The Lions are contenders? The Bears and Packers and a couple other teams would have to lose out and Detroit win out to contend for anything.

  21. jimmygeewhiz says:
    October 27, 2020 at 10:04 am
    Vikings have an opportunity for redemption heading to Green Bay Sunday — 40 degrees and clear at game time in empty Lambeau.

    ___________________________

    As a Packers fan I never take any division game lightly. So I’m not taking this game with the Vikings lightly. Clearly, this game is a big game for the Vikings because they dislike the Packers so much.
    It’s also a big game for the Packers because they can’t be looking past the Vikings to their Thursday night trip to San Francisco.
    I don’t think this game will be a blow out, but I expect the Packers to win.

  22. Lol @ Dr.Jekyll wishes the 9ERS knew who they really were 😂 😂

    Dr.Jekyll has performed surgery on 10 starters and 4 key backups.
    The 4 key backups are the starting nickel back, back up tight end (Jordan reed)brought in on sub packages, the 2 back up RBs along with the starter.

    Most teams seasons would be completely over by now

  23. MNGoon says:
    October 27, 2020 at 10:37 am
    Vikings need to send Cousins packing down to Dallas. Jerrah doesn’t need anything more than a .485 QB to win the division anyways.
    ——————————-

    No, go ahead and keep your mistake. We’ve got enough mistakes to last us a few more years.

  24. I’m surprised the Patriots aren’t in the top five. After all, they can still turn it around and get to the Super Bowl. Right?

  25. Florio says: “10. Rams (No. 11; 5-2): They’ll be fine, as long as they don’t have to play other teams in the NFC West.”

    DO NOT ASSUME the Rams will beat Dolphins this coming Sunday! If Tua plays like he played at Bama and others on offense manage to block the “almighty” Aaron Donald, the Rams are toast!

    Oh, and Miami has a pretty good D as well. Jerome Baker may be the most underrated LB in the NFL right now. Goff throwing to Xavien Howard…. Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

  26. ariani1985 says:
    October 27, 2020 at 10:34 am
    Packers have lost to everyone on this list in the past 8 years….let that sink in!
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    Since 2012 they’re undefeated against Browns, Raiders, Texans, Jaguars, and Jets. Next time do your fact check before you post.

  27. The chargers? Kings of la, boy that’s a joke, rams are , then raiders, then pop warner football, then the dolts

  28. @Calvin – Ariani does extensive fact checking to make sure he doesn’t post accurate information. That’s his thing.

  29. Steelers look pretty good, despite the little meltdown in the second half against the Titans. Ravens have been inconsistent and not nearly as dominant as they were last year. Lamar looks confused out there. Not feeling good about the Ravens this week.

  30. Oh please, the Texans are way better than 30. They’ve had the toughest schedule to date, but they would wipe the floor with everyone in front of them all the way up to Washington.

    P.s. this is coming from an Indy fan

  31. Without Russell Wilson, the Seahawks are in the bottom 5 of this list. That’s a blessing and a curse for Seahawks fans. It means every game is going to be a shootout no matter what so it’s always going to be fun to watch. If Russell plays lights out, you’re going to witness some amazing football and the Seahawks will win. If Russell falters just a bit, you’ll still likely see some amazing football, but you’re probably going to lose.

  32. I agree with the Steelers being #1. Defense still win championships in my opinion, and the Steelers have the best defense in the league. Yes, even better than the Ravens and the Bucs.
    And their offense is pretty darned good, too. Ben is no longer being bashed on every throw because their offensive line is so great and he is moving much better in the pocket. They can run the ball or pass the ball — and Roethlisberger looks great with the weight he lost. The Steelers are the real deal, folks, and I am not a Steelers fan. And the remaining schedule they have is in their favor, too, with games with the Cowboys, Jags, two with the Bengals, Washington, and Cleveland again. So if they split the games with the Ravens and win their games with the Bills and Colts, they’ll wind up with a 15 and 1 record, which will give them home field throughout the playoffs. I see them with no less than 14 wins, which will still probably give them the home field throughout the playoffs.
    As for the rest, the Chiefs are always going to be near the top because of Mahomes. I think the Lions are better than people think they are, and they should be rated higher. And how can you not like what we saw out of the Cards the other night? They never quit even though they were down very late to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks and that win could really give them a lot confidence going forward. They now own a victory over the Niners and the Seahawks.

  33. Vikings too high.
    Packers too high.

    Only thing they have in common is not being a threat in the playoffs.

  34. We feel so sorry for Florio and the poor prognosticators at PFT. So tough for you guys to figure out the 48ers, eh? Here’s a one-word hint: DEPTH!

  35. The Buccaneers have beaten 1 good team, the Packers. They also lost to the Bears which got destroyed by maybe the 3rd best in the NFC West, the Rams. So they have 1 quality win and 2 bad loses. That sounds like a one and done team in the playoffs or they make it the SB and get humiliated.

  36. tqaztec says:
    October 27, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Vikings too high.
    Packers too high.

    Only thing they have in common is not being a threat in the playoffs.
    _________

    I think there’s a chance that you’re too high.
    The Vikings aren’t going to the playoffs.

  37. Wafflestomp says:
    October 27, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    tqaztec says:
    October 27, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Vikings too high.
    Packers too high.

    Only thing they have in common is not being a threat in the playoffs.
    _________

    I think there’s a chance that you’re too high.
    The Vikings aren’t going to the playoffs.

    ===============================
    That would mean no threat, right?

  38. tqaztec, the truth is, the Vikings are never really considered a threat in the playoffs anyway. Ever.

    Here’s something to chew on: if Matt LaFleur coaches the Packers to just one playoff win in January, he’ll have matched in just 2 seasons, all of Mike Zimmer’s postseason “success” over 7 years.
    Let that sink in.
    And I’m quite sure he won’t need any missed tackle miracles to get it done.

  39. I come to this site once a week to see what new way they’ve come up with to take a shot at the Rams. They may want to go back and look at what the Rams have done to the Cardinals te last three years, and what they did to the Seahawks late last year.

  40. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 27, 2020 at 2:05 pm
    The Buccaneers have beaten 1 good team, the Packers. They also lost to the Bears which got destroyed by maybe the 3rd best in the NFC West, the Rams. So they have 1 quality win and 2 bad loses. That sounds like a one and done team in the playoffs or they make it the SB and get humiliated

    —-

    Humiliated like the 1000 times you pretended to be a Pats fan so you can trash Brady with the debunked and lame “system” comments? Kinda like that??

    By the way, the next time your Jets even “make it” to the Super Bowl (as if that’s bad somehow) will be the first signal of the apocalypse.

  41. I’m sorry but the Vikings fans are just about the most annoying so it’s hard to feel sorry for them.

    According to them each year they win the preseason SB and every big game they lose is never their fault.

  42. As of now it should be #32A: Jets / #32B: Patriots.

    After the past 2 games, I’m not sure if Patriots could really beat the Jets, Jaguars, and those other bottom teams.

  43. What about the Patriots is so intimidating the rest of the league should be praying that someone punches them through the ropes. Pretty much every playoff contender in the AFC would handle them easily playing a home playoff game against them.

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