After eight weeks of NFL action only two undefeated teams remain while 14 teams, let me repeat, 14 teams are below .500. I don’t think in my 19 years of living that I have ever witnessed a season in which so many teams are so bad. It’s like each week the bottom feeders of the league are out to prove just how bad they really can be. Which makes me wonder is there any point in ranking teams 22 through 32 each week? Any who, here are the week 8 rankings.
1. New Orleans Saints (8-0)– The Saints continue to impress me each week with their play on both sides of the ball……Drew Brees should be the early front runner for MVP if you ask me.
2. Indianapolis Colts (8-0)- They only move up because of the Broncos’ loss. In the next six weeks, we will see just how good the Manning’s are. They have two games against the 2nd place Texans, a trip to Baltimore, and visits from the Patriots and Broncos.
3. Minnesota Vikings (7-1) – Barring a major collapse, the Vikings, along with the Saints, should be battling for home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
4. Denver Broncos (6-1) – It wasn’t like they were going undefeated. And the game was much closer than the final score indicated against an always tough Ravens D.
5. New England Patriots (5-2) – Fresh off of a bye, they get to the team that unleashed the Wildcat on them first last year. But if anyone can come up with a way to stop the Wildcat, it has to be the Hoodie.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) – Big game against the Broncos this week. Can you say Game of the Week??
7. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) – Expect a lot of fireworks and tweets from Ochocinco this week as the Bengals face the hated Ravens.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (5-2) – The Eagles are a very dangerous team and could pose a threat to a “Vikings vs. Saints” NFC Championship Game.
9. Baltimore Ravens (4-3) – They snap a 3 game losing streak against a very good Broncos team. They will need that type of performance again from the D this week if they plan on closing the gap on the leaders in the AFC North.
10. Houston Texans (5-3) – I think for the first time in history, the Texans are two games above .500. If they continue to play well, they could sneak in the playoffs with the last wildcard spot.
12. Dallas Cowboys (5-2) – J Will keeps crying to me about not respecting the Cowboys. A win against the Eagles this Sunday night may earn them that respect.
13. Arizona Cardinals (4-3) – One week I think they may have finally gotten their act together and then they go lay an egg against the team they dominated in last year’s playoffs……SMH.
14. Green Bay Packers (4-3) – Simply put, they are the 2nd best team in the NFC North. And they have proved that with two close losses against the division leading Vikings.
15. Atlanta Falcons (4-3) – If it weren’t for a couple of arid passes from Matt Ryan, the Falcons would be a lot higher in this week’s rankings.
16. Chicago Bears (4-3) – Besides that early win against Pittsburgh, Da Bears haven’t really shown me any reason to believe that they are a playoff team.
17. San Diego Chargers (4-3) – They only beat the Raiders by a combined 12 pts this year? Either the Raiders are getting better or the Chargers just aren’t the same anymore.
18. Miami Dolphins (3-4) – They get to bring the Wildcat back to it’s birthplace and try to have the same success they had last year in New England.
19. San Francisco 49ers (3-4) – The 49ers gave that game away against the Colts. Their playoff fate could be sealed with a loss this week to the Titans.
20. New York Jets (4-4) – The Jets, along with the Giants, better be thankful that the Yankees are going to win the World Series. It will take some of the fans’ focus off of how bad they are both playing.
21. Carolina Panthers (3-4) – Why do the Panthers always decide to try and make a run late, instead of playing up to their potential from the start of the season.
There really is no point in discussing the rest of these bums. But shout out to the Rams for finally winning and to the Titans for crushing the Jags and finally winning a game.
22. Buffalo Bills
23. Jacksonville Jaguars
24. Seattle Seahawks
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Oakland Raiders
27. Cleveland Browns
28. Kansas City Chiefs
29. Washington Redskins
30. St. Louis Rams
31. Detroit Lions
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers