NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

By Matt Fargo - Covers Expert

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos widened the gap between them and the field in this week's edition of the Power Rankings. But don't look now, Peyton's old squad, the Colts now led by Andrew Luck are on fire and on the rise.

NFL Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 5-1-0
-8.5 Denver
The Broncos increased their cushion at the top of the rankings. Next up San Diego on a short week. Broncos are 3-14 ATS L17 as divisional home favorites of less than 17 points.
2 2 same 3-3-0
-5.5 Seattle
The Seahawks are on a two-game skid for the first time since early 2012 and are on the road again. They are 9-0 ATS L9 games as favorites off consecutive losses.
3 7 up 4 5-2-0
-5.25 Indianapolis
Indianapolis takes a big jump up after its fifth straight victory and now take on the resurgent Steelers. The Colts are 8-0 ATS L8 games as road favorites.
4 4 same 5-2-0
-4.5 Green Bay
Green Bay with four straight wins and covers, heads to New Orleans to face the reeling Saints. The Pack are 1-6 ATS L7 games as underdogs prior to their bye week.
5 3 down 2 4-3-0
-4.25 San Francisco
The 49ers enter a much needed bye week after getting smashed at Denver. It's their worst seven-game start since 2010. Rematch against St. Louis at home on deck.
6 10 up 4 3-3-0
-4 Kansas City
The Chiefs are back to .500 after an 0-2 start with the next three games all winnable ones before hosting Seattle. The Chiefs 1-6 ATS L7 home games.
7 6 down 1 5-1-0
-3.5 Arizona
The Cardinals dropped a spot despite winning, but now have a game and a half lead in the NFC West. The Cards are 2-9 ATS L11 home game off consecutive SU/ATS wins.
8 8 same 5-2-0
-3.25 San Diego
San Diego remains number eight despite a home loss and now has to hit the road at Denver on a short week. Sand Diego is 6-1 ATS L7 games off a loss as a favorite.
9 11 up 2 5-2-0
-3 Baltimore
Baltimore is back into the top ten as four of its five wins have been by 20 or more points and it has outgained six of seven opponents. Playing with revenge at Cincinnati.
10 12 up 2 5-1-0
-2.75 Philadelphia
The Eagles move up despite a bye week and now the slate gets tough as six of their last 10 games are on the road with three against all NFC division leaders.
11 5 down 6 5-2-0
-2.5 New England
New England took the biggest fall this week despite winning, but it was ugly. Take on reeling Bears in second of three straight at home. The Pats are 1-5 ATS L6 vs. losing teams.
12 13 up 1 6-1-0
-2.25 Dallas
Despite having the best record in football and riding a six-game winning streak, the Cowboys are getting no respect. Double-digit favorites on Monday after being double-digit dogs two games ago.
13 14 up 1 5-2-0
-1.75 Detroit
Detroit stays atop the NFC North with a come-from-behind win over the Saints and now heads to London for an early start time. They are 3-7 ATS L10 games on grass.
14 9 down 5 3-2-1
-1.25 Cincinnati
The Bengals take a huge fall after gaining just 135 total yards against the Colts. They are 11-1-1 L12 at home and 5-0 ATS L5 at home vs. teams with winning road record.
15 15 same 2-4-0
-1 New Orleans
The Saints are thankfully home for four of their next five games after falling to 0-4 on the road. The Saints are 10-2 ATS L12 at home vs. .667 or better NFC non-divisional opponent.
16 21 up 5 3-3-0
0.25 Miami
Miami's Jekyll and Hyde season continues as they look for third straight road wins this week when it faces Jacksonville. The 'Phins 7-0 ATS L7 after allowing 250 or less yards.
17 16 down 1 3-4-0
0.5 Chicago
The Bears have dropped three of their last four games, and now they travel to New England. The Bears are 3-12-1 ATS L16 games after allowing 350 or more yards.
18 17 down 1 3-3-1
0.75 Carolina
Carolina still leads the NFC South, the lone division without a team above .500. The good news is they are home, but the bad news is they are facing the Seahawks.
19 19 same 3-4-0
1.25 Houston
Houston choked at the end of the first half Monday to fall to 3-4 but did outgain its first opponent of the season. The Texans are 1-5 ATS L6 games following a game on Monday night.
20 18 down 2 4-3-0
1.5 Buffalo
Buffalo falls a couple slots despite a win over Minnesota and now faces the Jets for first time this season before their bye week. They are 8-24-1 ATS L33 games following a win.
21 20 down 1 3-4-0
1.75 N.Y. Giants
New York's three-game winning streak looks like a façade after consecutive losses. The Giants enter their bye week three games out of first place in the NFC East.
22 23 up 1 4-3-0
2.25 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is back over .500 and now have the Colts and Ravens at home in consecutive weeks. The Steelers are 5-1 ATS L6 at home vs. teams with winning road records.
23 22 down 1 3-3-0
3 Cleveland
Cleveland let a close game slip away at Jacksonville and now plays its second straight winless opponent. The Browns are 1-5-1 ATS L7 games against teams with a losing record.
24 26 up 2 2-4-0
3.25 St. Louis
The Rams won despite getting outgained by Seattle by 191 yards. They're at Kansas City this week and is the start of three straight on the road where they are 1-4 ATS L5.
25 24 down 1 2-5-0
3.5 Atlanta
Mike Smith is squarely on the hot seat after fourth straight loss. The Falcons head to London for a must win game before their bye week. They are 16-5 ATS L21 after scoring 15 or less.
26 25 down 1 2-5-0
3.75 Washington
Washington travels to Dallas after snapping a four-game skid and are double-digit divisional underdogs for the first time since 2009. They are 2-7 ATS L9 road games.
27 27 same 2-5-0
4 Minnesota
Minnesota has dropped three straight games, scoring a total of 29 points over that stretch and has been outgained in five of the last six games. The Vikes 0-5 ATS L5 vs. opponent off rest.
28 28 same 1-6-0
4.25 N.Y. Jets
The Jets played one of their best games of the season but lost their sixth straight. The streak could end here with the Bills in town, as the host has won five straight in this series.
29 29 same 2-5-0
4.5 Tennessee
The Titans last three games have been decided by a total of five points. They catch Houston on a three-game slide but Tennessee is 1-8-2 ATS L11 home games.
30 30 same 1-5-0
5.25 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay was idle following its second loss of the season by 31 or more points. Their next 5 games are against .500 or worse teams but Bucs are 3-8 ATS L11 vs. losing teams.
31 31 same 0-6-0
7 Oakland
Oakland is the last winless team left in the league and the schedule shows no signs of that being broken. The Raiders are 12-26 ATS L38 after gaining 250 or fewer yards last game.
32 32 same 1-6-0
7.25 Jacksonville
The Jaguars are finally into the win column, but remain in last place although the gap has shrunk quite a bit. Jacksonville is 3-9-1 ATS L13 games after a win.

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.