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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1Rams (7-0)The Rams continue to roll and, frankly, I don’t see anyone beating them in the regular season right now.1
2Saints (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
3Patriots (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
4Chiefs (6-1)They annihilated what I thought was a decent Bengals team. Patrick Mahomes continues to get better every week.4
5Chargers (5-2)I keep saying it: Watch out for these Chargers. They are a complete team and no one wants to face them.5
6Vikings (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
7Steelers (3-2-1)BYE WEEK. Next: Home game vs. the Browns.6
8Packers (3-2-1)BYE WEEK. Next: Road game vs. the Rams. Uh, hello.9
9Redskins (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
10Panthers (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
11Ravens (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
12Bengals (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
13Texans (4-3)They’ve reeled off four straight wins and the three they lost were all very close. Look out for the Texans.18
14Dolphins (4-3)After a 3-0 start, this team has cooled down dramatically. Up next? Those aforementioned red-hot Texans.11
15Bears (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
16Seahawks (3-3)BYE WEEK. Next: Road game vs. the Lions.17
17Eagles (3-4)They squandered a late lead at home against the Panthers and now they’re throwing around the words “Super Bowl hangover.”16
18Falcons (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
19Jaguars (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
20Buccaneers (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
21Cowboys (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
22Lions (3-3)The Lions have now won three of their last four – which include victories over the Patriots, Packers and Dolphins. Hmmm.26
23Titans (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
24Jets (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
25Broncos (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
26Browns (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
27Colts (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
28Bills (2-5)This team is really struggling and they host the Patriots next. Hide the children and look the other way.27
29Giants (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
3049ers (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
31Raiders (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
32Cardinals (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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