PFT’s Week Eight 2021 power rankings

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1. Cardinals (7-0, last week No. 1): Green Bay’s sudden COVID issues make 8-0 a very real possibility.

2. Buccaneers (6-1, No. 2): Beat the Saints, and the Bucs may enter the Bills game at 12-1.

3. Rams (6-1, No. 4): The Lions threw the kitchen sink at the Rams, and the Rams somehow held on.

4. Packers (6-1, No. 5): No Davante? Big problem.

5. Bills (4-2, No. 6): Plenty of winnable games are on the docket.

6. Cowboys (5-1, No. 7): They’ll keep it going as long as Dak Prescott can keep going.

7. Bengals (5-2, No. 8): These aren’t your father’s Bengals. Or your grandfather’s. Or your uncle’s. Or your cousin’s. Or anyone’s.

8. Titans (5-2, No. 9): if they can stay focused each week, they can stay among the top of the conference.

9. Ravens (5-2, No. 3): Plenty of questions suddenly arise as the Ravens embark on their bye week.

10. Chargers (4-2, No. 10): The demise of the Chiefs is great news for the Chargers, who can take over the division.

11. Raiders (5-2, No. 13): Derek Carr is better without Jon Gruden’s constant haranguing.

12. Saints (4-2, No. 12): They finally have two wins in a row, but the team that barely beat the Seahawks will have a hard time beating the Bucs.

13. Browns (4-3, No. 14): We’ll learn a lot about the Browns in their next two games, against the Steelers and the Bengals.

14. Vikings (3-3, No. 15): The post-bye schedule gets a lot more difficult.

15. Steelers (3-3, No. 17): Never, ever write off the Steelers.

16. Patriots (3-4, No. 18): Never, ever write off the Patriots.

17. Chiefs (3-4, No. 11): The Chiefs have lost their swagger, and their opponents have yet to believe that they’ve lost their swagger. The only way out of this mess then is for the Chiefs to get their swagger back.

18. Panthers (3-4, No. 16): David Tepper made his money by buying low and selling high. When it comes to quarterbacks, he’s doing the opposite.

19. Colts (3-4, No. 24): If they lose to the Titans, there’s virtually no chance of winning the division.

20. Falcons (3-3, No. 23): They’ll be hanging around for a wild-card berth.

21. Seahawks (2-5, No. 19): Will Russell Wilson‘s agent be publishing a list of the teams to which Wilson would accept a trade before next Tuesday’s deadline?

22. 49ers (2-4, No. 20): Take out 2019, and the five-year Kyle Shanahan/John Lynch era should get one or both of them fired.

23. Bears (3-4, No. 21): The record is starting to match the perception.

24. Eagles (2-5, No. 22): Why not give Gardner Minshew a shot?

25. Broncos (3-4, No. 25): Where have you gone, Trevor Siemian?

26. Giants (2-5, No. 29): The fish suddenly smells a little bit better.

27. Jaguars (1-5, No. 27): They got their win. How many more are out there this year?

28. Washington (2-5, No. 26): Who else’s jersey can they quickly retire?

29. Jets (1-5, No. 28): The decision to add a veteran quarterback was only about six months late.

30. Dolphins (1-6, No. 30): Is the Tua Mafia actually resisting the idea that Deshaun Watson would be an upgrade?

31. Texans (1-6, No. 31): Tyrod Taylor can win just enough games to screw up their draft position.

32. Lions (0-7, No. 32): The Dan Campbell approach will work, if he gets enough time to get enough players who are built for it.

46 responses to “PFT’s Week Eight 2021 power rankings

  1. I look forward to the comments Friday after Rodgers takes down the clay pigeons at the top.

  2. Man… can the Cardinals get anymore backhanded love here ???

    The Cardinals are fully capable of beating the Green Bay Packers this season at home if prime Reggie White, Sterling Sharpe and Clay Matthew’s came back…

    And this makes it seem as if their only chance of winning us because Devante Adams may be out.

  3. All this talk about Davante not playing, and why? Everyone knows that Rodgers the only one that matters. Without him, this team is NOTHING. Rodgers is our saviour and as long as we have him, we’re going to win, guaranteed. Remember, he already has 1 Super Bowel to his credit, same as Foles. So stop the fuss.

  4. I remember thinking in the offseason that the Dolphins would actually make the AFC East interesting for the Bills this year. What the heck happened to them. Many experts were picking them as AFCE Champs…

  5. 12 AFC teams are within 2 games of 1st place in the AFC. That’s crazy. Can’t tell if they’re all just above average or if the league is better. It’s only 6 teams on the NFC side.

  6. AZ is the real deal. I hope the Packers take them down since they’re my team, but even with a healthy Davante, the Cards are still the better team top to bottom. I’m hoping, but not hopeful.

  7. Mike Zimmer will have the Vikes ready to play ‘Boys by the half, and when they lose in Primetime again, he’ll still have a job Monday morning.

  8. Rodgers ‘The One Hit Blunder’ says E-X-L-A-X says:
    October 26, 2021 at 9:41 am

    All this talk about Davante not playing, and why? Everyone knows that Rodgers the only one that matters. Without him, this team is NOTHING. Rodgers is our saviour and as long as we have him, we’re going to win, guaranteed. Remember, he already has 1 Super Bowel to his credit, same as Foles. So stop the fuss.

    ^^^^^^^^^^

    Takes WAY more than one player to make a winning, no, a dominant, team. Case in point amply illustrated, Detroit under Matt Stafford went nowhere for over a decade. Get the guy to LA and look out NFL.

  9. Take out 2019, and the five-year Kyle Shanahan/John Lynch era should get one or both of them fired.
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    Both should be fired immediately.
    Long overdue.

  10. While their record may be the worst in the league the Lions would beat the Texans and Dolphins right now I believe.

  11. Looking at the entire package, Watson would not be an improvement over Tua. On the field at this point in Tua’s career, yes. After all they gave to select Tua, adding another three 1sts to the position is crazy. That’s why the “brain” trust will make the trade.

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

  13. the Lions at the very bottom of the rankings? by their sheer competitiveness and close games against some good teams they are better than jax,,wash, jets,mia and houston and would beat those teams head to head.they have had some terrible breaks go against them this season but still keep games close for the most part.

  14. If the Browns were smart, they would trade for Watson, better yet they should have drafted him instead of Jabrill Peppers and that stiff Deshone Kizer

  15. Nice to see the Bengals get out of the basement. Joe Burrow is the real deal. He could be the best QB in the NFL right now.

  16. Just keep in mind that the Packers went 3-0 against decent competition in 2019 when Davante was out for 3 games.

  17. Tampa is fools gold. Brady loves to run up the score when playing bad teams, which he learned from BB. I have no problem with it, but this the only place it helps you…rankings!

  18. Patriot fan laughing at another team? Dude you are behind the Steelers and they are not very good so ……be quiet for a change.

  19. Bench Jalen Hurts? He is the most exciting young QB in football. Had they drafted Chase instead of Smith people would see that.

  20. jimmygeewhiz says:
    October 26, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Takes WAY more than one player to make a winning, no, a dominant, team. Case in point amply illustrated, Detroit under Matt Stafford went nowhere for over a decade. Get the guy to LA and look out NFL.

    xxxxxxxxxxxx

    I disagree. I am the only one that matters, INVINCIBLE. The Packers are NOTHING without me. They would IMPLODE if they didn’t have me. Watch me single handedly destroy the Cardinals on Monday.

  21. Bills haven’t played in a week, since they missed the winning td in the last moments. And they’re down to 5th place… Packers beat Bears, Bucs beat Bears, that really must make them 2 and 3

  22. ‘Beat the Saints, and the Bucs may enter the Bills game at 12-1.’

    Have you seen how lethargic the Saints play… this game EASILY could be like the Bears/Bucs game… Especially if Winston can’t hit the China wall from 50 yards away like last night!

  23. Why is the national media So bothered by the success of AZ, and so seemingly desperate to keep propping up KC week after week, loss after loss?

    The NFL doesn’t always go the way you predict it will before the season starts, and that’s why it’s great. I have no idea why the media types seemingly pout when things don’t turn out as predicted.

  24. ‘Falcons (3-3, No. 23): They’ll be hanging around for a wild-card berth.’

    watching the NFC South teams play, I believe this WAY more than saying the Saints make the playoff!

    Prediction:
    Bucs – Division champs (by week15)
    Falcons
    Saints
    Panthers (unless they get back the rhythm they started with which will maybe land them in 3rd and Saints last)

  25. Bills are still too high considering they haven’t beaten a team with a winning record. And ranked above a team that they lost to before their bye? Nonsensical.
    And a personal theory as to why the Cardinals are continued to be questioned. They’ve been terrible for years, haven’t made the playoffs since the 2015 season, and though they’re undefeated, their wins aren’t no doubters by halftime. They were down 9 to the Jaguars late in the third quarter for example.
    People are possibly considering how they’re winning rather than focus solely on the fact that they are winning. Unfair perhaps, but they haven’t built the reputation over the years as a perennial contender so the respect remains to be earned.
    Though if they continue to win, particularly a game or two in January, it will come.

  26. tyelee says:
    October 26, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    ‘Beat the Saints, and the Bucs may enter the Bills game at 12-1.’

    Have you seen how lethargic the Saints play… this game EASILY could be like the Bears/Bucs game… Especially if Winston can’t hit the China wall from 50 yards away like last night!
    __________________________________________

    That was a bad weather game. Winston is amongst the best deep ball throwers in the league. Easily better than Brady.

  27. Vasteelerfan says:
    October 26, 2021 at 11:43 am
    Patriot fan laughing at another team? Dude you are behind the Steelers and they are not very good so ……be quiet for a change.

    ——-

    What’s funny is that you could give BB any roster in the NFL and he could still construct a game plan to beat a Mike Tomlin coached team 9/10 times all year long….

  28. charliecharger says:
    October 26, 2021 at 11:09 am
    Nice to see the Bengals get out of the basement. Joe Burrow is the real deal. He could be the best QB in the NFL right now.
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    He COULD be, if Derek Carr wasn’t playing.

  29. I wish someone would surprise change the officiating crews before every Packer game.

  30. What’s the common theme among the bottom 4 teams?

    All associated with Belichick, the one he deserted – Jets, and three with his former assistants as head coaches. What a legacy!

  31. Regardless of the delusions that Packer fans have, Green Bay is not that talented over all and their defense is seriously suspect.

    The reality is what it’s been for years – as long as AR is there, they will ALWAYS have a chance at winning. He’s just that good. He never stops competing and makes few mistakes. (Aided by a lot of home-cooking games, and calls by Refs)

    But fact is the only real DOWN season they have had with him there was when he was injured in the Vikings game and missed the majority of the season.

    If that happened again, I think you’d see this team struggle to be .500.

  32. complicatedfella says:
    October 26, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    GB would lose to 5-28 on this list….
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    Since they have ALREADY beaten 5 of those teams, this comment seems a bit foolish.

  33. This will all sort itself out when the Steelers beat the Titans on December 19th. GO STEELERS!

  34. Have you ever seen a fanbase more obsessed with the Packers than the folks in MN? Every third post is a goofy purple with a Packers related screen name. You guys should invest some of that energy into your own team.

  35. Lions are better than 32, and the Eagles are worse than 23. Which we shall see on Sunday.

  36. “7. Bengals (5-2, No. 8): These aren’t your father’s Bengals. Or your grandfather’s. Or your uncle’s. Or your cousin’s. Or anyone’s.”

    Ok, that one made me laugh

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