NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

By Teddy Covers - Covers Expert

Tom Brady has returned to the Patriots' lineup with a vengeance. He is his dominant old self, leading New England to a 3-0 SU/ATS since his return, resulting in the Patriots being in a class of their own in the latest edition of our NFL Power Rankings.

NFL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 6-1-0
-7.5 New England
Tom Brady has completed 75% of his passes with an 8-0 TD-INT ratio in his first three games, as the Pats head to Buffalo for a rare revenge matchup against the Bills.
2 7 up 5 4-2-0
-4 Green Bay
After being installed as betting market favorites in each of their first six games, the Packers will be underdogs for the first time this week as they travel to Atlanta.
3 2 down 1 4-1-1
-4 Seattle
The Seahawks defense isn’t primed to shut down New Orleans this week after being on the field for a whopping 90 plays and 46 minutes of game time at Arizona on Sunday Night.
4 5 up 1 5-1-0
-3.5 Dallas
The Cowboys come out of their bye week relatively healthy, although cornerbacks Orlando Scandrick and Morris Claiborne are both questionable to suit up against Philly.
5 6 up 1 5-2-0
-3.5 Denver
The Broncos got their ground game going on Monday Night Football, with CJ Anderson and Devontae Booker combining for 190 yards on 5.8 yards per carry.
6 9 up 3 3-3-1
-3 Arizona
The Cardinals played without three of their top five wide receivers, their starting tight end and their starting left guard on Sunday Night. No surprise, then, that the offense failed them.
7 4 down 3 4-3-0
-3 Atlanta
How did Atlanta blow a 17 point home lead to San Diego last week? Their second half drives went like this: punt, punt, field goal, interception, missed field goal.
8 8 same 4-2-0
-3 Kansas City
The Chiefs finished #2 in the NFL with a +14 turnover margin last year. They’re No. 4 this year; with a +7 margin thanks to an NFL-best ten interceptions on defense already.
9 3 down 6 5-1-0
-3 Minnesota
Mike Zimmer was not amused by the Vikings poorly played, turnover filled loss at Philly last week: “We’re going to change some things up this week (in practice).”
10 11 up 1 3-4-0
-2 Cincinnati
Former Patriot Brandon LaFell is having a major impact on Cinci’s passing game, catching four TD’s (on 14 receptions) over the last three weeks.
11 12 up 1 5-2-0
-1.5 Oakland
The Raiders are spending the week in Florida getting ready for Tampa Bay, rather than making their fifth cross-country round trip in the first eight weeks of the season.
12 10 down 2 4-3-0
-0.5 Buffalo
After Shady McCoy had run for 150 and 140 yards in the Bills previous two games, his hamstring injury left him completely ineffective on Sunday: eight carries, 11 yards.
13 15 up 2 1-5-0
0 Carolina
Do the 1-5 Panthers have any shot at another playoff run? Let’s not forget that KC started the season 1-5 last year before reeling off ten consecutive wins to earn a Wild Card spot.
14 13 down 1 4-3-0
0 Pittsburgh
Landry Jones was solid between the 20’s, but Big Ben’s backup struggled mightily in the red zone, with the Steelers settling for field goals, scoring only one TD in four tries.
15 16 up 1 4-3-0
0.5 Houston
In three road games, the Texans offense has produced one touchdown. Even that TD comes with an asterisk – it came in garbage time at Minnesota in a game they trailed 31-6.
16 17 up 1 4-3-0
0.5 N.Y. Giants
The Giants were +3 in turnovers vs. the Rams, yet New York was still ‘life and death’ to win the game until notching red zone interceptions on each of LA’s final two drives.
17 20 up 3 4-2-0
0.5 Philadelphia
Carson Wentz might be getting the headlines, but it’s the Eagles defense that has carried them this year. Philly has allowed 14 points or less in all four of their wins.
18 14 down 4 4-3-0
0.5 Washington
After two straight strong showings, the Redskins defense finally cracked late against the Lions, allowing Detroit to march 75 yards in 49 seconds for the game winning TD.
19 22 up 3 3-4-0
1 Indianapolis
With the Colts season on the line in the fourth quarter at Tennessee, Andrew Luck was nothing short of brilliant, but it was Indy’s defense that generated the game clinching touchdown.
20 24 up 4 3-4-0
1 San Diego
San Diego is getting instant impact from No. 1 draft choice Joey Bosa. Since getting healthy and into the lineup, Bosa has notched four sacks in his first three games.
21 19 down 2 3-4-0
1.5 Los Angeles
Jeff Fisher intends to keep Jared Goff on the bench indefinitely, despite the fact that Case Keenum has thrown game ending interceptions on his final drive in each of the last three weeks.
22 25 up 3 3-3-0
1.5 Tampa Bay
The betting market conundrum this week: Give credit to the Bucs for back-to-back wins, or hold off praise because both Carolina and San Fran both gifted Tampa victories?
23 21 down 2 4-3-0
2 Detroit
In all four Lions victories this season, Matthew Stafford has led them on game winning drives in the fourth quarter, showing a level of clutch play that he hasn’t shown before.
24 23 down 1 3-4-0
2 Tennessee
With the game tied at 20 in the fourth quarter against Indy last week, the Titans defense and QB Marcus Mariota played poorly in a pressure packed situation against a hated rival.
25 30 up 5 3-4-0
2.5 Miami
One hidden benefit of the Dolphins strong power rushing attack over the past two weeks? Their defense is staying fresh, on the field for only 107 plays in those two games combined.
26 26 same 2-4-0
3 New Orleans
The bad news? The Saints lost another game at KC last Sunday. The good news? They played mistake prone football throughout, yet were still in position to steal a win at the end.
27 18 down 9 3-4-0
3.5 Baltimore
The Ravens fired offensive coordinator Marc Trestman because of a lack of offensive balance. New coordinator Marty Mornhinweg called 10 run plays in 57 snaps last week.
28 27 down 1 2-5-0
3.5 N.Y. Jets
The Jets internal dissention is getting worse, not better, after starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ripped coaches and management after coming off the bench to beat Baltimore.
29 29 same 2-4-0
5 Jacksonville
The Gus Bradley era in Jacksonville could be over if they lose on Thursday Night. In four years under Bradley, Jacksonville has gone 14-40, languishing near the bottom of the league.
30 28 down 2 1-6-0
5.5 Chicago
How much is Jay Cutler worth to a pointspread? As soon as the Brian Hoyer injury was announced, the betting markets started fading Chicago.
31 31 same 0-7-0
6.5 Cleveland
You KNOW it’s been a rough first season as a head coach when it’s only Week 8 and you’re down to your fifth string quarterback. No surprise that Hue Jackson is frustrated!
32 32 same 1-6-0
7.5 San Francisco
In two full games since key linebacker Navarro Bowman got hurt, the 49ers have allowed 561 rushing yards at 6.6 yards per carry. Yikes!

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.