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Week 8 NFL Power Rankings: Giants Earn Respect, Buccaneers in Free Fall

The Giants earn a top-10 spot in the NerdBall NFL Power Rankings. Here's how the teams stack up heading into Week 8.

Welcome to the NerdBall NFL Power Rankings. We love data here, and produce many statistics to help you identify those edges needed to help you win your fantasy leagues and make money playing DFS or betting on NFL games. One of the key stats we bring to you are out team NEFF ratings, a statistical analysis of team performance that allows us to rank the 32 NFL teams to show you who’s statistically good (and not so good).

In these weekly power rankings, I am going to take those NEFF rankings and look to layer on my own tape review of each team to give an alternative view of how the teams in the NFL should be ranked, with some short commentary over why the teams are ranked where they are.

After the Giants stack their sixth win of the season, they crack the top 10. Meanwhile, the shocking loss in Carolina sees the Buccaneers slide down the rankings.

Without further ado, let’s get into my NFL power rankings heading into Week 8.

RankTeamLast Week+/-NEFF RankONEFF RankDNEFF RankNotes
1Buffalo Bills
10122Bye week means the Bills stay number one
2Philadelphia Eagles
20234Same for the Eagles who stay second after their bye week
3Kansas City Chiefs
305125Statement win on the road against a top defense with the league's top-rated offense
4Minnesota Vikings
40111023Another bye week non-mover
5Dallas Cowboys
503221Dak is back to compliment that top-rated defense
6Baltimore Ravens
93171218Back on track with the win against the Browns but need to start stacking wins with the Bengals at their heels
7Cincinnati Bengals
103456Blew away the Falcons and looking like the 2021 playoff Bengals
8San Francisco 49ers
6-26175Rough loss to the Chiefs but still think they're the team to beat in the NFC West
9New York Giants
145222020Giants crack the top 10 as they stack another win
10Miami Dolphins
133261428Tua is back and the Dolphins get back on track after a 3 loss slump
11Tennessee Titans
154242619Starting to roll now and much more like the 2021 Titans
12Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7-57217Shocking loss to the Panthers and many questions to answer in Tampa
13Los Angeles Chargers
8-513826Stomped on by the Seahawks' run game and falling back behind the Chiefs. Bye week upcoming to get healthy
14Seattle Seahawks
217281729Crushed the Chargers and this week's biggest riser as they top the NFC West
15New York Jets
183102410Stacked another win though key injuries give me pause as to their ceiling this year
16Los Angeles Rams
12-419309Dropped 4 places despite the bye week as others impressed in Week 7
17New England Patriots
11-681111Disappointing loss at home to the Bears sees the Patriots slide after those impressive wins
18Arizona Cardinals
224201621Nice win on TNF. Is DeAndre Hopkins the X-factor to get the Cardinals' season on track?
19Green Bay Packers
16-3251917Another loss and another slide for the Packers who face the top-rated Bills in Week 8
20Cleveland Browns
17-396222-5 and now facing the in-form Bengals this week. Make or break game for Cleveland
21Atlanta Falcons
19-2321530Bizarre play calling against the Bengals and a blowout loss sees the Falcons slide
22New Orleans Saints
20-212827Showed some fight in the TNF loss despite the injuries but heading in the wrong direction
23Indianapolis Colts
23027318Is it a lost season in Indy? Benching Matt Ryan for Sam Ehlinger feels like a last stab at relevance
24Las Vegas Raiders
28416431Bounced back after the bye week to dominate the Texans. Can they make it back to back wins on the road in New Orleans?
25Pittsburgh Steelers
24-1312724Couldn't continue the momentum from the win over the Bucs but the Pickett to Pickens connection is intriguing moving forward
26Washington Commanders
293152413Beat the reeling Packers with Taylor Heinicke at quarterback. That'll move you up a spot
27Denver Broncos
25-218293No Russell Wilson and another limp offensive output from the Broncos drops them again
28Jacksonville Jaguars
26-2141313One yard from victory but that’'s a fourth consecutive loss for the Jags as they head to London in Week 8
29Detroit Lions
27-229732Struggled against the best defense in the league and continuing to fall down the rankings
30Chicago Bears
311212811Impressive victory in New England but it’s the Cowboys' defense up next for the Bears
31Carolina Panthers
321303216Incredulous victory over the Bucs but expectations remain limited for a transitional Panthers team
32Houston Texans
30-2232315Run all over by Josh Jacobs and the Texans drop back to the bottom spot in the rankings

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