NFL Power Rankings for Week 8: Something strange is going on

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The NFC is the NFL’s ascendant league yet again.

OK, it’s not arsenic lopsided present arsenic erstwhile the NFC won 13 consecutive Super Bowls from the 1984-96 seasons.

But the lone undefeated squad and the lone 4 one-loss teams each reside successful the NFC arsenic a fistful of teams effort to benignant retired a apical canine successful the AFC.

The Post’s powerfulness rankings for Week 8 see an oddity: The apical 5 teams are from 1 league and the adjacent 5 teams are from the other.

1. Arizona Cardinals, 7-0 (Last week: 1)

Trailing 5-0, the Cardinals scored the last 31 points connected the lowly Texans. Longtime Eagles prima choky extremity Zach Ertz was welcomed to Arizona with the longest touchdown of his nine-year career, a 47-yarder connected his ninth time with the Cardinals. DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt some bushed their erstwhile squad for the archetypal time, with Hopkins catching a touchdown.

2. Los Angeles Rams, 6-1 (2)

People expecting the Rams to stroke retired the Lions successful a crippled of quarterbacks facing their aged teams discounted Jared Goff’s pride. Matthew Stafford earned the triumph and threw his 300th vocation touchdown pass. Goff had the Lions successful presumption for a immense upset but threw an end-zone interception to Jalen Ramsey and fell to 0-14 successful his vocation without Sean McVay arsenic his caput coach.

3. Green Bay Packers, 6-1 (3)

Good defence by the Packers oregon hideous discourtesy by Washington? Somehow, the Packers held Washington scoreless connected 5 trips wrong the 30-yard line, including 2 wrong the 5-yard line. Aaron Rodgers threw 3 touchdown passes successful the sixth consecutive triumph since a astonishing neutral-site nonaccomplishment to the Saints.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 6-1 (5)

The two-time champion Buccaneers are disconnected to their champion seven-game commencement successful history. A twelvemonth ago, Tom Brady mislaid way of the downs successful a nonaccomplishment to the Bears. This year, helium threw his 600th vocation touchdown walk and had the Buccaneers ahead, 35-3, astatine halftime. Mike Evans caught 3 touchdowns, truthful the injured Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown weren’t missed.

5. Dallas Cowboys, 5-1 (6)

The bye came astatine conscionable the close clip for the Cowboys, who are expected to person backmost Dak Prescott (calf) disposable adjacent Sunday, according to reports. Loads of recognition should spell to antiaircraft coordinator Dan Quinn, whose first-year interaction has been melodramatic connected a portion ranked 2nd successful the NFL successful takeaways (14).

6. Tennessee Titans, 5-2 (11)

A squad that mislaid to the Jets earlier this period is the champion successful the AFC. Think astir that statement. Amidst the parity, the Titans are scorching blistery aft beating some of past year’s AFC Championship teams successful a six-day span. The Titans scored connected their archetypal 5 possessions and held the explosive Chiefs to their fewest points since 2012 successful a 27-3 victory.

TitansA.J. Green and the Titans are the top-ranked squad successful the AFC close now.USA TODAY Sports

7. Cincinnati Bengals, 5-2 (10)

A connection triumph looked similar this: Joe Burrow throwing for 416 yards and 3 touchdowns, including an 82-yarder to favourite people Ja’Marr Chase successful a 41-17 roadworthy beatdown of the Ravens. Yes, the aforesaid defence that stifled Justin Herbert’s Chargers past week. “We’re starting to gain respect,” manager Zac Taylor said. Yes, indeed.

8. Buffalo Bills, 4-2 (7)

The Bills were 1 play distant from tying oregon beating the Titans successful Week 6, truthful they aren’t acold disconnected the AFC-leading pace. And the adjacent six games are against losing teams earlier a Week 14 showdown with the Buccaneers. The Bills fig to beryllium progressive earlier the Nov. 2 commercialized deadline, looking for violative enactment and choky extremity help.

9. Baltimore Ravens, 5-2 (4)

Two five-game winning streaks ended for the Ravens: One this play and 1 successful an AFC North rivalry against the Bengals dating to 2018. Lamar Jackson was sacked 5 times but threw a touchdown walk for a short-lived 17-13 third-quarter lead. The Ravens allowed 28 unanswered points and inactive person ne'er started amended than 5-2.

BengalsLamar Jackson runs distant from the Bengals defense.Getty Images

10. Los Angeles Chargers, 4-2 (8)

The Chiefs’ struggles are precise existent and mean the AFC West is unfastened for the taking by the Chargers oregon the Raiders. The Chargers are coming disconnected a bye with the fifth-easiest remaining docket (opponents’ winning percent .427), according to Tankathon.com. One happening that needs to beryllium cleaned up is simply a NFL-worst 162.5 yards per crippled allowed connected the ground.

11. New Orleans Saints, 4-2 (12)

12. Cleveland Browns, 4-3 (13)

13. Las Vegas Raiders, 5-2 (14)

14. Kansas City Chiefs, 3-4 (9)

15. Pittsburgh Steelers, 3-3 (15)

16. Indianapolis Colts, 3-4 (21)

17. Minnesota Vikings, 3-3 (17)

18. San Francisco 49ers, 2-4 (16)

19. New England Patriots, 3-4 (24)

20. Chicago Bears, 3-4 (18)

21. Seattle Seahawks, 2-5 (20)

22. Denver Broncos, 3-4 (22)

23. Washington Football Team, 2-5 (25)

24. Atlanta Falcons, 3-3 (26)

25. New York Giants, 2-5 (27)

The injury-plagued Giants played their preseason squad connected discourtesy and cruised past the Panthers. Why? Because the defence feasted connected possibly the NFL’s worst violative enactment and Sam Darnold’s turnover bug. Daniel Jones did astir everything — 203 yards passing, 28 yards rushing and 13 yards receiving. What didn’t helium do? Commit a turnover.

26. Philadelphia Eagles, 2-5 (23)

27. Carolina Panthers, 3-4 (19)

28. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-5 (29)

29. Miami Dolphins, 1-6 (30)

Zach WilsonZach Wilson walks disconnected the tract aft getting injured connected Sunday.EPA

30. New York Jets, 1-5 (28)

A treble whammy. An embarrassing show disconnected the bye week — allowing the archetypal 17 points and trailing, 31-17, astatine halftime against the Patriots — positive a PCL wounded to rookie backmost Zach Wilson. The Patriots enactment up 551 yards and 54 points — a month’s worthy of accumulation for the Jets. Wilson is retired 2-4 weeks, truthful Mike White volition marque his archetypal vocation start.

31. Houston Texans, 1-6 (31)

32. Detroit Lions, 0-7 (32)