Welcome back to another edition of the NFL Power Rankings. We saw great teams like the Bills, Eagles, Vikings, and defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams have their bye this week. But despite that, we saw a lot of action this week, including some incredible offensive performances, mostly down in Kansas City and Cincinnati! Or I should say, Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow. But the old quarterback era of Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers may be coming to an end, as both of there teams sit at 3-4. How does this affect the rankings? Let’s, get into this!
1. Buffalo Bills (5-1) – Bye Week | Even | Highest Ranking: 1 (Week 8)
The Buffalo Bills had their bye week, but let’s expect them to keep up their dominance on both sides of the ball, with Josh Allen in the MVP race, and Stefon Diggs in the offensive player of the year race. And that doesn’t include their stellar, possible #1 defense in the NFL!
Next week matchup: vs. Packers (Sunday Night Football)
2. Philadelphia Eagles (6-0) – Bye Week | Even | Highest Ranking: 2 (Week 8)
Philadelphia sports fan took a break from thinking about the Eagles, and soley focused on the Phillies, now in the World Series. But even on their bye week, the Eagles make everyone think about them. They just traded a fourth round pick for Robert Quinn, who is coming off of an 18.5 sack season with Chicago. He is going to make this Philadelphia pass rush one of the better ones in football, and continue to make this already dominant team, even better!
Next week matchup: vs. Steelers
3. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) – 44-23 over 49ers | Even | Highest Ranking: 2 (Week 3)
The Kansas City Chiefs played like the 2019, 2020 Kansas City Chiefs last week against San Francisco. Not only did their defense do what they needed to do, their offense gave them a very easy job. Mahomes, this year’s passing touchdown leader with 20 thus far, threw for 423 yards and three touchdowns in this game. His receivers also came to play. JuJu Smith-Schuster came to play, with seven receptions for 124 yards and a score. Mecole Hardman only had 60 total yards, but three total touchdowns (two on the ground). They also had other good performers including Marquez Valdes-Scantling (three receptions, 111 yards), and Travis Kelce (six receptions, 98 yards).
Next week matchup: Bye
4. New York Giants (6-1) – 23-17 over Jaguars | Up 2 | Highest Ranking: 4 (Week 8)
The New York Giants are on a roll, as they have now moved to 6-1. I keep picking against them. The Ravens. The Jaguars. But they continue to prove me wrong. This week’s NFC offensive player of the week, Daniel Jones, has had a career year this season. He had 202 yards and a touchdown (no picks) through the air on Sunday, as well as 107 yards and a score on the ground. This is the second time the Giants have received this award this season, after Saquon Barkley was awarded this in Week 1!
Next week matchup: @ Seahawks
5. Minnesota Vikings (5-1) – Bye | Down 1 | Highest Ranking: 4 (Week 7)
The Minnesota Vikings have had a lot of close games, but they sit here at 5-1. They are coming off of a bye week, but if Justin Jefferson can continue what he’s doing, which is 46 receptions, 654 yards and two touchdowns, on pace for 130 receptions for 1,853 yards, the Vikings will be good!
Next week matchup: vs. Cardinals
6. Dallas Cowboys (5-2) – 24-6 over Lions | Down 1 | Highest Ranking: 5 (Week 7)
Dak Prescott is back…but he played somewhat sloppy in his first game back. He finished 19-25 for 207 yards and a score, but some plays he seemed to have a miscommunication with his receivers. The defense, led by Micah Parsons, is actually very scary right now. The Tony Pollard-Ezekiel Elliott combination is helping this offense strive, as the Cowboys are surprising a lot of people so far this season!
Next week matchup: vs. Bears
7. Baltimore Ravens (4-3) – 23-20 over Browns | Even | Highest Ranking: 5 (Week 6)
The Baltimore Ravens special teams single handedly led them to a victory at home against the Browns. Tucker is Just-in-credible, making all of his kicking attempts, including an eventual game winning 55 yard field goal. Lamar Jackson struggled again, but Gus Edwards had 66 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in his first game back from injury. On defense, Justin Houston had two sacks and a forced fumble in his first game since Week 3 (due to injury), and Patrick Queen had a career game, which put him in the AFC defensive player of the week conversation, as he had three tackle for losses and one sack!
Next week matchup: @ Buccaneers (Thursday Night Football)
8. Cincinnati Bengals (4-3) – 35-17 over Falcons | Up 1 | Highest Ranking: 8 (Week 8)
The Cincinnati Bengals offense may have had the highest quantity of dominant individuals on the offensive end in one game this season. The AFC offensive player of the week, Joe Burrow, was 34-42 for 481 yards and three touchdowns, while he also had a score on the ground. It was the second most yards he’s ever passed for in his career. Ja’Marr Chase had eight receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Boyd had eight receptions for 155 yards and a score and Tee Higgins had five receptions for 93 yards. They’re dominating!
Next week matchup: @ Browns (Monday Night Football)
9. Miami Dolphins (4-3) – 16-10 over Steelers | Up 7 | Highest Ranking: 1 (Week 4)
10. Tennessee Titans (4-2) – 19-10 over Colts | Even | Highest Ranking: 10 (Week 8)
11. Los Angeles Chargers (4-3) – 37-23 loss to Seahawks | Down 3 | Highest Ranking: 3 (Week 2)
12. New York Jets (5-2) – 16-9 over Broncos | Even | Highest Ranking: 12 (Week 8)
13. Los Angeles Rams (3-3) – Bye | Up 1 | Highest Ranking: 5 (Week 4)
14. Indianapolis Colts (3-3-1) – 19-10 loss to Titans | Down 3 | Highest Ranking: 11 (Week 7)
15. San Francisco 49ers (3-4) – 44-23 loss to Chiefs | Down 2 | Highest Ranking: 6 (Week 6)
16. Seattle Seahawks (4-3) – 37-23 over Chargers | Up 5 | Highest Ranking: 16 (Week 8)
17. Las Vegas Raiders (2-5) – 38-20 over Texans | Up 5 | Highest Ranking: 9 (Week 2)
18. Arizona Cardinals (3-4) – 42-34 over Saints | Up 5 | Highest Ranking: 15 (Week 3)
19. New England Patriots (3-4) – 33-14 loss to Bears | Down 2 | Highest Ranking: 16 (Week 3)
20. Atlanta Falcons (3-4) – 35-17 loss to Bengals | Down 2 | Highest Ranking: 18 (Week 7)
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) – 21-3 loss to Panthers | Down 6 | Highest Ranking: 3 (Week 3)
22. Green Bay Packers (3-4) – 23-21 loss to Commanders | Down 2 | Highest Ranking: 4 (Week 4)
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) – 23-17 loss to Giants | Up 1 | Highest Ranking: 10 (Week 4)
24. Washington Commanders (3-4) – 23-21 over Packers | Up 5 | Highest Ranking: 15 (Week 2)
25. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) – 16-10 loss to Dolphins | Up 1 | Highest Ranking: 13 (Week 3)
26. New Orleans Saints (2-5) – 42-34 loss to Cardinals | Up 1 | Highest Ranking: 12 (Week 2)
27. Cleveland Browns (2-5) – 23-20 loss to Ravens | Up 1 | Highest Ranking: 17 (Week 4)
28. Chicago Bears (3-4) – 33-14 over Patriots | Up 2 | Highest Ranking: 22 (Week 6)
29. Denver Broncos (2-5) – 16-9 loss to Jets | Down 4 | Highest Ranking: 11 (Week 4)
30. Carolina Panthers (2-5) – 21-3 over Buccaneers | Up 2 | Highest Ranking: 26 (Week 4)
31. Detroit Lions (1-5) – 24-6 loss to Cowboys | Even | Highest Ranking: 20 (Week 4)
32. Houston Texans (1-4-1) – 38-20 loss to Raiders | Down 2 | Highest Ranking: 28 (Week 6)
Stay tuned for next week’s edition of Chase’s Sports News NFL Power Rankings!