NFL Week 8 Power Rankings: Cardinals stay on top, Bengals command respect and Falcons move on up 

Bucs move up to No. 2 spot, Saints stay in top half, Panthers fall fast

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We like to feature quarterbacks in the graphic attached to the NFL power rankings bearing my name. Seems only fitting considering the position's star power and the fact top teams are driven by those under center.

You'll look up and find Derrick Henry among some of the NFL's best passers. That's no mistake. For one, did you see his touchdown throw? Henry's officially a passer now. And, two, he's so dominant as a rusher that he's worthy of MVP consideration.

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The Titans made a massive statement by beating Kansas City so bad. While they're not the top team – nobody can unseat Arizona – the Titans are moving on up.

It's a tight pack at the top, but there's movement just below it and a bit farther down. The Falcons were on the rise after reaching .500 for the first time since the 2019 season. Can they keep ascending? That'll be something to watch as we move forward.

Right now, though, let's take a look at the NFL's hierarchy as it currently stands heading into Week 8:

(7-0)
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Arizona Cardinals
Everyone keeps waiting for Cardinals shoe to drop. Maybe, just maybe, it won’t.
(6-1)
2
1
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady threw his 600th touchdown pass in a win over Chicago. Anyone wanna bet against him having another 600? Yeah. Me, neither.
(6-1)
3
1
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Los Angeles Rams
Hard to say Matt Stafford got over on his old team. He wanted out, got to a better space and learned how the other half lives. It’s better outside Detroit.
(5-1)
4
1
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Green Bay Packers
Green Bay plays Arizona on Thursday night. For the top spot in these rankings.
(5-1)
5
1
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Dallas Cowboys
Word is that Dak Prescott is out of a walking boot. The bye did Dallas some good.
(5-2)
6
2
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Tennessee Titans
Henry for MVP. Changing my vote from away from Prescott to the NFL’s most dominate force.
(4-2)
7
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Buffalo Bills
The Bills have had a week to stew over the tough loss to Tennessee. They’ll come back motivated. That’s trouble for the opposition.
(5-2)
8
2
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Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr is playing as well as ever, leading the Raiders into the post-Gruden era.
(5-2)
9
3
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Cincinnati Bengals
I cave. It’s time to give the Bengals some R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
(5-2)
10
8
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Baltimore Ravens
That was a disastrous showing at home, against a division-rival in the Bengals. Not a great look. And, I know. No team moves more dramatically around this board. Can't figure this team out.
(4-2)
11
2
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Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert as to rally the Bolts right away in a tight AFC West race.
(4-3)
12
1
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Cleveland Browns
So. Many. Injuries. The Browns are surviving. Two big division games coming up.
(4-2)
13
1
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New Orleans Saints
That was a messy game on Monday night, but that Saints defense looked tough.


(3-4)
14
3
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Kansas City Chiefs
How long are we going to give the Chiefs a pass?
(3-3)
15
1
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Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings are still in this thing. They’d better hurry up or they’re gonna end up stuck in the middle.
(3-3)
16
2
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Pittsburgh Steelers
Steelers better start winning or they’ll live in the AFC North cellar.
(3-4)
17
5
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New England Patriots
If only New England could play the Jets every week. If so, the Pats would’ve lost since Bill Belichick took over 20-some years ago.
(3-4)
18
8
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Indianapolis Colts
Indy showing signs of life after a terrible. Same can be said of Carson Wentz. Coincidence? I think not.
(3-3)
19
6
FALCONS
The Falcons win another close one. If that can make a habit of that, this team could be in the mix all season. Why? Arthur Smith’s instilling a new mindset.
(3-4)
20
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Denver Broncos
Broncos have come back to Earth after a 3-0 start. Without a parachute.
(3-4)
21
2
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Chicago Bears
No quarterback is under more pressure than Justin Fields. No passer gets sacked at a high percentage of snaps. What a terrible way to develop a quarterback. Tough situation for a talented player.
(2-4)
22
5
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San Francisco 49ers
If you have to (hurt) quarterbacks, you literally have none. Injuries killing 49ers yet again. Time to go to Trey Lance, whenever he’s healthy.
(2-5)
23
3
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Seattle Seahawks
Whenever Russell Wilson’s able to return, it’ll be too late.
(2-5)
24
4
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New York Giants
Maybe Daniel Jones is better as a receiver? Just a thought.
(3-4)
25
10
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Carolina Panthers
Sam Darnold got benched but the Panthers are going back to him. That’s odd. What’s certain: They miss Christian McCaffrey. So. Bad.
(2-5)
26
3
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Washington Football Team
They miss Ryan Fitzpatrick. So. Bad.
(2-5)
27
3
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Philadelphia Eagles
Even Rocky might give up on this group.
(1-6)
28
4
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Miami Dolphins
Dolphins have lost six straight. When does Brian Flores’ seat get warm?
(1-5)
29
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Jacksonville Jaguars
Can’t lose on a bye. For a team as bad as Jax, that’s a win.
(1-5)
30
3
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New York Jets
Jets gave up a 50-burger to a subpar team. And they lost their quarterback. Can’t get much worse.
(1-6)
31
1
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Houston Texans
Just trade Deshaun Watson already. So the Texans can become completely irrelevant.
(0-7)
32
1
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Detroit Lions
Jared Goff exacted no revenge against the team that traded him for…a vastly superior quarterback in Matt Stafford.
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