2013 NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Chiefs Take Over Top Spot
2013 NFL Power Rankings Week 8
With another week in the books, it's time to look at the 2013 NFL Power Rankings for Week 8.
Once again, there was plenty of excitement to talk about as Sunday's games provided fans with plenty of excitement. The matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos was the most highly anticipated game of the week due to Peyton Manning's return to Indy and as expected--the game certainly didn't disappoint.
The Broncos entered Sunday's game as arguably the top team in the league, but it was the Colts who came up with the big win thanks to a strong performance by the defense and Andrew Luck. Unfortunately though, Sunday's win came with a loss for the Colts as they will have to adjust to life without Reggie Wayne--who suffered a torn ACL in the win.
While this game was the main story of the week, let's give credit where it's due as the Kansas City Chiefs are the only undefeated team remaining heading into Week 8. Give Andy Reid credit for turning this team around quickly after finishing with a 2-14 record last year.
The second half of the season is right around the corner and without wasting any more time--here's a look at the NFL Power Rankings for Week 8.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars 0-7 (32)
Another week, another disappointing performance by the Jacksonville Jaguars as they head into the final weekend of October still looking to pick up that first win of the 2013 season.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-6 (30)
Nobody expected the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to pull off their first win on the road against the Atlanta Falcons, but at least Mike Glennon and Vincent Jackson appear to be establishing a nice collection.
30. New York Giants 1-6 (31)
After six weeks of frustration, the New York Giants finally picked up their first win of the season. Unfortunately, there's still plenty of frustration considering how poorly Eli Manning and the offense played against the Minnesota Vikings in the national spotlight.
29. Minnesota Vikings 1-5 (28)
Everyone can agree that starting Josh Freeman was a huge mistake for the Minnesota Vikings as this team hit a new low on Monday Night Football with their loss against the Giants.
28. Houston Texans 2-5 (27)
For a team many expected to compete in the AFC, it's hard to believe the Houston Texans are 2-5 at this point in the season. While nobody really expected them to win on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs, give the team credit for keeping it close and at least Case Keenum showed potential at quarterback.
27. Oakland Raiders 2-4 (24)
For a team that has been back and fourth all year, it will be interesting to see how the Oakland Raiders bounce back in Week 8 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at home.
26. Washington Redskins 2-4 (29)
Sunday's win against the Chicago Bears was a big one for Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins as they finally woke up on offense. The defense still needs some work when it comes to stopping the run, but at least this team is still in the hunt for the NFC East--as crazy as that may sound.
25. Cleveland Browns 3-4 (21)
Come on--did you really expect this team to win on the road against the Green Bay Packers with Brandon Weeden at quarterback? The frustration continues to build up in Cleveland and at this point--don't be surprised if the former first-round pick gets benched soon.
24. Philadelphia Eagles 3-4 (18)
Talk about a pathetic performance as the Philadelphia Eagles just couldn't get anything going on offense against the Dallas Cowboys. All of a sudden, Philly fans are questioning if they want Nick Foles as their quarterback--which is shocking, right?
23. Atlanta Falcons 2-4 (26)
With all of the injuries surrounding this team, the Atlanta Falcons needed this win against the Buccaneers and props to Matt Ryan for stepping it up at quarterback. Hopefully, this is a sign of turning things around for a team that finished with the best record in the NFC during the regular season in 2012.
22. Arizona Cardinals 3-4 (20)
It's going to be tough to win games when Larry Fitzgerald only records two catches for 17 yards. This was a tough matchup against one of the league's top defenses in the Seattle Seahawks, but at least the Arizona Cardinals put up quite the battle considering they only lost by eight.
21. Buffalo Bills 3-4 (25)
Any time you can pull off a win on the road with Thad Lewis at quarterback, it should be considered a big win and that's exactly what happened with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
20. St. Louis Rams 3-4 (17)
For a team that was already inconsistent on the season, losing Sam Bradford to a torn ACL may be the final dagger for the St. Louis Rams--but we shall see.
19. Pittsburgh Steelers 2-4 (23)
All of a sudden, the Pittsburgh Steelers have won two games in a row after a big win at home against the defending Super Bowl champions. What's even better, the Steelers finally seem to have a ground game going thanks to Le'Veon Bell.
18. Miami Dolphins 3-3 (14)
What has happened to the Miami Dolphins? After starting off the year on a hot note, this team has lost three straight and is coming off a frustrating loss at home to the Bills--which they couldn't afford with the way the AFC East is shaking up.
17. Tennessee Titans 3-4 (15)
It was good to see Jake Locker back at quarterback, but this was a game the Tennessee Titans were never in from the beginning as all of their points came in the fourth quarter. Still, there's no reason to count the Titans out yet as they've lost some tough games this year to playoff contenders--so keep an eye on them over the next couple of weeks.
16. Carolina Panthers 3-3 (22)
Even if it was against the Rams, the Carolina Panthers are finally playing at the level everyone expected them to this season as they got back to .500. Not only does the defense deserve credit for a strong credit, but Cam Newton as well for completing 15 of 17 passes--which is impressive for any quarterback.
15. Baltimore Ravens 3-4 (12)
For a team that has been consistent all season, the Baltimore Ravens hit a new low on Sunday by losing to the Steelers. Unfortunately, the ground game was a disappointment once again as Ray Rice only managed to rush for 45 yards on 15 carries.
14. New York Jets 4-3 (19)
Huge doesn't even begin to describe how big Sunday's win was for the New York Jets. Rex Ryan has this team playing at an extremely high level of confidence and for a team many picked to win no more than four games all year--the Jets have four wins heading into Week 8.
13. San Diego Chargers 4-3 (16)
All there is to say about the San Diego Chargers is they played against the Jaguars--so let's all be grateful they ended up on the winning end in this one.
12. Chicago Bears 4-3 (8)
No team may have felt more frustration after Sunday than the Chicago Bears as they not only came up on the losing end against the Redskins, but lost key players in Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs to injuries as well.
11. Detroit Lions 4-3 (7)
Even a big game by Calvin Johnson (nine catches for 155 yards with two touchdowns) wasn't enough for the Detroit Lions to win at home against the Cincinnati Bengals. To make things even more painful, the Green Bay Packers moved into first place in the NFC North standings.
10. Dallas Cowboys 4-3 (13)
It may have been against the Eagles playing without Michael Vick, but Sunday was a big win for the Dallas Cowboys on the road. Give the defense credit for stepping it up in this one as the offense struggled throughout most of the game as Dallas now sits on top of the NFC East standings alone.
9. Green Bay Packers 4-2 (11)
Don't act like you didn't expect this to happen as the Green Bay Packers have now won three-straight games and sit alone in first place in the NFC North standings. It was an easy win at home against the Browns, but for a team dealing with numerous injuries on both sides of the ball--the Packers may need every one they can get this year.
8. New England Patriots 5-2 (4)
Losing to Geno Smith and the Jets hurts, but at least the New England Patriots have to feel good about the impact Rob Gronkowski had in his first game of the regular season.
7. Cincinnati Bengals 5-2 (9)
The Cincinnati Bengals finally look like the team everyone expected to be one of the top teams in the AFC as they pulled off a huge road win against the Lions. This team will go as far as Andy Dalton and A.J. Green will take them on offense and thanks to the Steelers, they hold a two-game lead in the AFC North.
6. New Orleans Saints 5-1 (5)
After their frustrating loss to the Patriots in Week 6, the New Orleans Saints needed the bye week to rest up and get back on track--especially when it comes to Jimmy Graham.
5. Indianapolis Colts 5-2 (10)
Nobody will ever question whether or not the Indianapolis Colts made the right decision in 2012 by selecting Andrew Luck with the top pick again after Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. It's hard to believe Luck is only in his second season and the AFC better look out as the Colts look like one of the top teams to beat.
4. Denver Broncos 6-1 (1)
They fell early and put up a battle in the second half, but in the end--the Colts were just too much for the Broncos to handle. Still, this was only one loss and there's no reason to worry about the Broncos as Peyton Manning will have this team bounce back next week without any problems.
Just look at how many weapons they have on offense--there's no reason to worry about this team.
3. San Francisco 49ers 5-2 (6)
It's hard to believe how many concerns there were over this team a few weeks ago as Frank Gore came up big once again for the ground game. With four-straight wins, the San Francisco 49ers finally look like the defending NFC Champions again as they're coming off an impressive win on the road against Tennessee.
2. Seattle Seahawks 6-1 (3)
Once again, the Seattle Seahawks proved why they're one of the top teams in the NFC with a big road win against the Cardinals. Russell Wilson continues to show he's becoming one of the great quarterbacks in the league and it will be interesting to see what happens now that Percy Harvin is expected to return to practice soon.
1. Kansas City Chiefs 7-0 (2)
Raise your hand if you had the Kansas City Chiefs undefeated at this point heading into Week 8? It's amazing how quickly Andy Reid has turned things around in Kansas City now that he has a defense as this team continues to look more impressive each week.