By Eric Schmidt

Several sites like to do NFL Power Rankings every week, even in the offseason. I tend to wait until we get an actual feel for whats happening on the field. With the limited amount of workouts that the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) allows, the first month of the regular season feels like an extended preseason. Most teams have not hit their peak yet and this is the time of the year where I start to do my Power Rankings. Surprises are always in store for the NFL, and this season is no different.

NFL Power Rankings-Week 8

1. Denver Broncos– Peyton Manning continues his regular season dominance. Very large game looming for the Broncos this week against the Patriots.

2. New England Patriots– Everyone was ready to write New England off after week four. Instead, the Patriots come back and blow out four games, scoring 158 points. Brady has 14 touchdowns and no interceptions in the last four contests. And, in case you missed it, Gronkowski is back.

3. Arizona Cardinals– Bruce Arians has to win coach of the year. He’s winning games with Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.

4. Dallas Cowboys– Not ready to move this club down as far as many will after losing to the Redskins on Monday night. It was a divisional game. Tony Romo was knocked around. However, the Redskins were able to exploit the Cowboys defense and offensive line. Big game on Sunday against the Cardinals.

5. Cincinnati Bengals–  The upcoming schedule is very favorable for this team.

6. Detroit Lions– When does Calvin Johnson finally return to the lineup? They have reeled off three wins in a row, and are playing very good defensive football.

7. Indianapolis Colts– The Colts had been playing good defensive football and I almost took them out of the top 10, but they still have Andrew Luck under center and will run away with the AFC South.

8. New Orleans Saints– Despite defensive issues, the Saints are on the march to take the NFC South crown. Quite the offensive explosion on Sunday night.

9. Philadelphia Eagles– The Eagles got some help from the Redskins Monday night. QB Nick Foles is on pace to throw 21 interceptions this season after tossing just three last season.

10. Green Bay Packers– Injuries in the secondary were exploited on Sunday night. Packers fan better hope Aaron Rodgers’ hamstring is healthy moving forward.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers– Yes, Ben Roethlisberger had a day for the ages on Sunday, tossing a franchise record six touchdowns. However, this is the same team that lost at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

12. Baltimore Ravens– Will the real Ravens please stand up?

13. San Francisco 49ers– Coming off a bye, facing a banged up St. Louis team. They need a dominant win to make a statement.

14. Seattle Seahawks– Super Bowl hangover? Suffering from the free agent losses? Marshawn Lynch trade rumors here at the deadline? Percy Harvin shipped to the Jets? What a difference 10 months makes in the NFL.

15. Kansas City Chiefs– Making a move in the AFC West after a slow start. RB Jamaal Charles now has 25 touchdowns since the start of the 2013 season, the most of any non-quarterback in the league during that period.

16. San Diego Chargers– Reeling after two straight divisional losses. What has happened to RB Brandon Oliver?

17. Buffalo Bills– A complete beatdown of the New York Jets on Sunday. Then again, they played the Jets. Running backs Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon combined to only run for 2 yards per carry, that is a major concern moving forward.

18. Houston Texans– Not enough talent at the quarterback position for this team to make a run at the playoffs.

19. Miami Dolphins– Three wins in the last four games over very suspect defenses. Win this week over San Diego and I’ll move you up.

20. Cleveland Browns– Yes, they are winning ugly, but at least they are winning. And Johnny Football remains on the sidelines.

21. Washington Redskins– Nice win on Monday night Washington. You still have an issue at quarterback and you need one in order to compete in the NFL.

22. Chicago Bears– Wasn’t this supposed to be the year for the Bears to make a statement under Marc Trestman? The statement is, we still stink.

23. New York Giants– The Giants have scored just 21 points in their last eight quarters of football after teasing the NFL with a three-game win streak. Tom Coughlin bows out at the end of this year. He’s had enough.

24. Carolina Panthers– What happened to that Panthers defense from 2013? Ron Rivera could be feeling some heat if this current slide continues.

25. Minnesota Vikings– A road win in Tampa. Yawn. There are some skill players on this team and the future does look promising. 2014? Not so much.

26. Tennessee Titans– Head coach Ken Whisenhunt is known for his work with quarterbacks. Too bad his team doesn’t have one.

27. Atlanta Falcons– Head coach Mike Smith told the media that he isn’t concerned about his job. Maybe the media should have talked to owner Arthur Blank.

28. St. Louis Rams– Injuries seemingly mount every year with the Rams. Maybe the warmer climate of Los Angeles will benefit the Rams players in the future.

29. Oakland Raiders– The only reason I am ranking the Raiders higher than the last three losing franchises is because I like rookie QB Derek Carr. He shows some promise. Other than that, every other facet of the team is lousy.

30. New York JetsHas Rex Ryan called a moving company yet?

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers– The defensive genius known as Lovie Smith has put a unit on the field that allows opposing teams to convert third downs at a 47% rate. This team does nothing well. See how bad this team really is.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jag fans are used to being ranked down here at the bottom. Rookie QB Blake Bortles has a league leading 12 interceptions and four of them were pick-six plays. Temper yourself. Peyton Manning threw 28 picks in his rookie year, give him a better supporting cast.

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