Matt Tabeek's Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings: Falcons on the move; Redskins crack top 10


Still not feeling great about the Falcons' three wins seven games into the season? Thirteen teams total, in fact, head into Week 8 with just three wins to their names – including the Eagles, Steelers, Jaguars and Packers. I don't think the so-called experts and prognosticators saw that start coming for any of those teams, including the Falcons.

Just a little perspective for you to chew on. 


The top five teams in my Wildly Important NFL Rankings remain the same this week, which is a first all season long. But we do have two new teams cracking the top 10 this week – the Redskins and Panthers, who are both 4-2. The Redskins come in a little higher since they knocked off Carolina two weeks ago, 23-17.

And speaking of winning and the Redskins, the Falcons have now won back-to-back games for the first time all season. Atlanta jumps from 22 to 18 and heads into its bye week on a mini roll. The Falcons (3-4) return to action on Nov. 4 at ... Washington. In the meantime, check out my rankings heading into Week 8 below:

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1 Rams (7-0) The Rams continue to roll and, frankly, I don’t see anyone beating them in the regular season right now. 1
2 Saints (5-1) Sometimes even the good teams need a little luck along the way, and that’s what the Saints got in Baltimore. Impressive road win. 2
3 Patriots (5-2) They survived a late rally on the road against a pretty good team, but that’s what good teams do. They’re heading into Buffalo on a roll. 3
4 Chiefs (6-1) They annihilated what I thought was a decent Bengals team. Patrick Mahomes continues to get better every week. 4
5 Chargers (5-2) I keep saying it: Watch out for these Chargers. They are a complete team and no one wants to face them. 5
6 Vikings (4-2-1) I need some more “Dead-Arm Dance” in my life because that offense is a blast to watch. How good is Adam Thielen, by the way? 8
7 Steelers (3-2-1) BYE WEEK. Next: Home game vs. the Browns. 6
8 Packers (3-2-1) BYE WEEK. Next: Road game vs. the Rams. Uh, hello. 9
9 Redskins (4-2) Tough (and important) home win against their division rivals. I’m still skeptical of this team, but it’s time to give them their due. 13
10 Panthers (4-2) Impressive fourth-quarter rally and road win against the defending Super Bowl champs. They should only get better if they stay healthy. 14
11 Ravens (4-3) Justin Tucker has won a dozen games for the Ravens but everyone is still talking about the one he lost – and will for a while, unfortunately. Gut-wrenching loss. 10
12 Bengals (4-3) I really thought they’d go into Arrowhead and show some fight and give the Chiefs a game. Boy was I wrong. 7
13 Texans (4-3) They’ve reeled off four straight wins and the three they lost were all very close. Look out for the Texans. 18
14 Dolphins (4-3) After a 3-0 start, this team has cooled down dramatically. Up next? Those aforementioned red-hot Texans. 11
15 Bears (3-3) They didn’t quit against the Patriots, which I really liked. And they nearly pulled off a Hail Mary at the end. One yard short. 12
16 Seahawks (3-3) BYE WEEK. Next: Road game vs. the Lions. 17
17 Eagles (3-4) They squandered a late lead at home against the Panthers and now they’re throwing around the words “Super Bowl hangover.” 16
18 Falcons (3-4) Don’t look now but the Falcons are slowly climbing out of an early season hole. Two back-to-back road games await them following their bye week. 22
19 Jaguars (3-4) Is it me or does it feel like the wheels are falling off in Jacksonville? I’ve said here repeatedly that they’ll go as far as Blake Bortles can take them. 15
20 Buccaneers (3-3) Jameis Winston tossed two picks for the second week in a row, but they managed to squeak one out in overtime. They all count, even the ugly ones. 24
21 Cowboys (3-4) A snap infraction? On the game-tying kick? Are you kidding me? They’ll have to regroup in a hurry. Hey, at least they have a No. 1 receiver now, right? 19
22 Lions (3-3) The Lions have now won three of their last four – which include victories over the Patriots, Packers and Dolphins. Hmmm. 26
23 Titans (3-4) Gutsy call to go for two and the win on the road against a very good team. I liked it then and I like it now. 20
24 Jets (3-4) Sam Darnold had one of those games where he looked like a rookie quarterback playing a solid defense. Yep, three picks. But don’t panic, Jets fans. 21
25 Broncos (3-4) They easily handled a bad Cardinals team for their third win. But all they’re talking about right is Chad Kelly. Bizarre incident. 25
26 Browns (2-4-1) This team continues to scrap and lost a disappointing game to the Bucs. I really like Baker Mayfield’s passion and fight. 23
27 Colts (2-5) They got their second win of the season in convincing fashion. They might get their third in convincing fashion, too, with the Raiders up next. 29
28 Bills (2-5) This team is really struggling and they host the Patriots next. Hide the children and look the other way. 27
29 Giants (1-6) They gave the Falcons their best punch and hung in there but fell short in the end. This might be Eli Manning’s last hurrah in New York. 28
30 49ers (1-6) Injuries have hit this team hard, but they continue to fight hard despite piling up losses. They might get one this week, though, in Arizona. 30
31 Raiders (1-5) Jon Gruden continues to trade away their best players and stock pile first-round draft picks. He’s also on the verge of losing his locker room, if reports are true. 31
32 Cardinals (1-6) It’s a rebuilding year for the Cardinals and their best players (see Patrick Peterson) and growing frustrated. 32

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