Week 8 power rankings: Titans stay on top

Week 8 power rankings: Titans stay on top

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 10/21/2008 - 11:13
1. Tennessee Titans (6-0): Only unbeaten team remaining routed Chiefs and rushed for 332 yards in tuneup for Monday night showdown with Colts. Last week: 1. 2. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1): Got 120 rushing yards from third-string RB Mewelde Moore and 7 sacks vs Bengals. Last week: 2. 3. Buffalo Bills (5-1): Impressive, young QB Trent Edwards (25-for-30, 261 yards) outplayed Phillip Rivers in victory over Chargers. Last week: 3. 4. New York Giants (5-1): Held 49ers Frank Gore to 11 yards on 11 rushes. Tough test this week in Pittsburgh. Last week: 4. 5. Tampa Bay Bucs (5-2): Had little trouble rolling over Seahawks with stifling defense but should have tougher time this week at Dallas. Last week: 5. 6. Carolina Panthers (5-2): Returned to strong run game and shackled high-powered Saints offense in lopsided 30-7 victory. Last week: 11. 7. Arizona Cardinals (4-2): Had off week to prepare for road trip to Carolina but hope QB Kurt Warner's hot hand doesn't cool off. Last week: 6. 8. Washington Redskins (5-2): Struggled past Browns as NFL rushing leader Clinton Portis continued to carry offense with 175 yards on the ground. Last week: 9. 9. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3): Had off week to get RB Brian Westbrook healthy and prepare for visit from Falcons. Last week: 10. 10. New England Patriots (4-2): Yo-yo season continued Monday night with blowout victory over Broncos, although pass protection still a question mark. Last week: 16. 11. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3): Good time to make their move in AFC South with Colts slumping and back-to-back games vs. Browns at home and Bengals on the road. Last week: 13. 12. Dallas Cowboys (4-3): Team turmoil going though a rough patch, but they're too talented to let it last for long, especially after Romo returns. Last week: 7. 13. San Diego Chargers (3-4): Lucky for one of NFL's most underachieving units they play in sad-sack AFC West. Last week: 12. 14. Atlanta Falcons (4-2): After off week they take show on the road to Philly and Oaktown, where rookie QB Matt Ryan hasn't performed nearly as well. Last week: 15. 15. Green Bay Packers (4-3): Their 2 long interceptions returns for TDs turned last week's clash with Colts into a rout: Last week: 18. 16. Chicago Bears (4-3): Orton and offense are pleasant surprises, but defense's inconsistency has been disappointing. Last week: 17. 17. Indianapolis Colts (3-3): The last time they started this slowly (2001) was the last time they missed the playoffs. It's not a coincidence. Last week: 8. 18. Denver Broncos (4-3): They were already getting manhandled by Patriots Monday night before Cutler got hurt, so that's no excuse. Last week: 14. 19. Baltimore Ravens (3-3): Snapped three-game losing streak by beating Dolphins in Miami as offense scored more than 20 for just second time this season. Last week: 23. 20. St. Louis Rams (2-4): Rout of Cowboys was second straight win over previously highly regarded NFC East opponent. Jim Haslett for Coach of the Year. Last week: 27. 21. Minnesota Vikings (3-4): How can a team with this much talent be so bad? Coach Brad Childress might not have much time left. Last week: 19. 22. Houston Texans (2-4): After 4 straight losses, back-to-back wins at home over Dolphins and Lions nothing to get a big head over. Last week: 25. 23. Cleveland Browns (2-4): After impressive win over Giants, QB Derek Anderson and offense reverted to pathetic production vs. Skins, scoring 10 points or less for fourth time. Last week: 22. 24. New Orleans Saints (3-4): Offense that was averaging 29 points a game got 7 last week, and Reggie Bush is hurt again. Good luck across the Pond. Last week: 21. 25. New York Jets (3-3): Rushed for 242 yards last week but still managed to lose to the Raiders in OT behind weak effort by Favre. Last week: 20. 26. Oakland Raiders (2-4): RB Darren McFadden still can't get it going, but Sebastian Janikowski's 57-yard FG put an end to three-game losing streak. Last week: 29. 27. Miami Dolphins (2-4): They've defeated Patriots and Chargers but lost to Texans, Jets, Cardinals and most recently Ravens, who held the “Wildcat” offense to 4 yards on 5 carries. Last week 24. 28. San Francisco 49ers (2-5): Good luck Samurai Mike. League's worst defense held Giants to 273 yards and kept it close for three quarters, but it didn't prevent fourth straight loss. Last week: 26. 29. Seattle Seahawks (1-5): Seneca Wallace also wasn't the answer at QB, and offense has now scored 33 points in last three games, all double-digit losses. Last week: 30. 30. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5): Week off didn't help. They've been outscored 68-10 in last two and now might lose scum-bag RB Larry Johnson, their best player, to suspension. Last week: 28. 31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-7): RB Cedric Benson isn't nearly enough to help them back to respectability, but QB Carson Palmer's return from injury might be. Last week: 31. 32. Detroit Lions (0-6): Have allowed 28 points or more in five of six games. After hosting Redskins this week they visit Soldier Field following Bears off week. Last week: 32.
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