Effectively this all bought very fascinating in a short time. Our prime two groups from final week’s Energy Rating fell in Week 8 and meaning we have now to toss all the pieces within the blender and see what we come out with. So right here they’re: AS English’s Energy Rankings after Week 8.
1) Dallas Cowboys: 6-1 (up from third)
There’s a brand new sheriff on the town everybody. If the blue star on the helmets weren’t sufficient to tip you off, it’s America’s group. They went into their bye week on a 5 sport scorching streak, however got here out of it with out their beginning quarterback. Dak Prescott after he strained his calf in opposition to the Panthers in Week 6. Cooper Rush stepped in and threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns in his first ever begin within the NFL. The protection made Rush’s job simpler permitting 16 factors, and solely a area purpose per quarter for the ultimate three quarters.
2) Inexperienced Bay Packers: 7-1 (up from fifth)
Packers followers, let me apologize whereas as you ask yourselves what Aaron Rodgers and the Pack should do to leap to Number one. It’s true, Inexperienced Bay simply took down the beforehand undefeated Arizona Cardinals and now have a league finest 7 sport win streak, after dropping their opener 38-3 to the Saints. They’ve a longest win streak, true. They only knocked off the earlier primary ranked group, true. However for me their loss in opposition to the Saints, (which regarded loads worse at the start of the yr, earlier than we knew the Saints had been for actual) was a giant blow, and is the one cause I’ve them sitting underneath Dallas, whose solely loss got here to the Tremendous Bowl champs on a final minute drive in Week 1. Rodgers had a sub-par week, however the protection got here to the rescue, intercepting Kyler Murray twice and forcing one other fumble.
3) Arizona Cardinals: 7-1 (down from 1st)
The alarm bells aren’t sounding in Arizona simply but. They misplaced by three factors to the Packers, who’re the second-ranked group in our energy rankings. Now the robust half comes when a younger group has to face adversity. How they reply to the loss will present the Cardinals’ true colours. Kyler Murray continues to be an MVP candidate and so they πstill have the most effective defensive models in your complete league. Not a lot has modified in terms of the attention take a look at besides their document. It was the primary time we’ve seen Murray rattled this season, throwing two picks and nearly giving up a fumble. Developing within the subsequent three weeks, they’ve bought the Niners, Panthers, and Seahawks – all very winnable video games.
4) Los Angeles Rams: 7-1 (at 4th final week as properly)
There was no turbulence in Tinseltown because the Rams took care of the Texans for his or her fourth straight win. Their lone loss got here in week 4 in opposition to the then-undefeated Arizona Cardinals. Since then, the protection has given up underneath 18 factors a sport. Matthew Stafford appears to be like like he’s going by means of a renaissance. The previous Lion has thrown 22 touchdowns and simply 4 picks. He’s second solely behind Tom Brady with simply 2,477 yards passing.
5) Buffalo Payments: 5-2 (up from sixth)
Every week one loss and a final second slip are the one two blemishes of their season. The Payments received an unpleasant one in a divisional rivalry week, however they bought the job completed within the fourth quarter. The protection did the soiled work for 3 quarters, including to the rhetoric that they’re probably the most full group within the league. They’ve the highest offense within the league, scoring 32.7 factors per sport, and their protection has pitched two shutouts and permits a league finest 15.6 factors per sport. Josh Allen continues his profession finest season, he had 249 yards and two touchdowns in opposition to the Dolphins.
6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 6-2 (Down from 2nd)
Tom Brady and the Bucs tasted defeat for simply the second time this yr and simply the second time because the Chiefs beat them final November. Nobody stated it was going to simple for the Bucs, who look significantly better at this level of the season than they did final season round this time. They’ve had their fair proportion of adversity this season, with COVID points and damage issues however they’ve taken all the pieces in stride up to now. Tom Brady is Tom Brady, in order that’s one thing they’ll all the time be capable to take consolation in. At 44 years outdated he’s main the league in passing yards. His 375 yards a 4 touchdowns weren’t sufficient to prime the following group on our rankings.
7) New Orleans Saints: 5-2 (Up from 13)
I don’t know if many individuals thought the Saints had been for actual up till a few week or two in the past. They’ve been the recipients of an horrible mild schedule. The one groups with successful data that they’ve confronted, the Bucs and the Packers, had been groups they defeated. Their losses make you scratch your head. An over time loss at residence to the Giants got here two weeks after taking a pounding from the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. The standard of their wins can’t be argued. A win over the Bucs is all the time going to function a magnet for consideration and an inclination for hyperbole, however you continue to don’t know what Saints group goes to indicate up on every week to week foundation. And with the current information that Jameis Winston will possible be out for the rest of the season the Saints could have it very robust to maintain the momentum alive.
8) Tennessee Titans: 5-2 (down a spot from quantity 7)
The Titans are one of many hottest group within the league. The have rattled off 4 straight wins, together with a good one over the Payments after which laid it on the Chiefs final week, however dangerous information has rocked the Titans. Their NFL MVP candidate Derrick Henry appears to be like like he might miss the remainder of the season after needing surgical procedure to restore a damaged foot. They shouldn’t have an excessive amount of bother successful the AFC South, however competing for residence area is perhaps robust with out their operating again who had rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in 8 video games isn’t going to be simple.
9) Las Vegas Raiders: 5-2 (stayed at 9)
The Raiders loved a a lot wanted bye week after a few distracting weeks in Vegas. The Raiders have confirmed an incredible quantity of character after dropping their head coach and being continuously bombarded by the media circus surrounding the scandal. What have the Raiders completed since? They received two straight heading in to the bye week. They’ve some winnable video games, however what sort of of impact will the pause have on the Raiders and Derek Carr? Carr is among the prime passers within the sport with 2,269 and 12 touchdowns. Hope he bought some R&R as a result of he’ll have the destiny of the franchise on his shoulders popping out of the bye subsequent week.
10) Balitmore Ravens: 5-2 (keep at 10)
The Baltimore Ravens had been compelled to enter their bye week with a nasty style of their mouth after dropping to the Bengals in Week 7. Contemplating what they went by means of earlier than the season even began, dropping their prime three operating backs for the remainder of the yr what they’ve been in a position to handle is nothing in need of wonderful. A gap week loss to the Raiders in extra time, and a loss to the a lot too underrated Cincinnati Bengals has John Harbaugh’s aspect within the combine for the AFC North and they’ll even be eyeing a bid at residence area by means of out the playoffs if this retains up. Lamar has to maintain doing Lamar issues and each factor else will observe go well with.
Energy Rankings Backside 5:
28) New York Giants: 2-6 (down 4 since final week)
They’ve simply two wins on the season, although one albeit is in opposition to a prime 10 group in our energy rankings, issues should not trying up for the Giants. They missed Saquan Barkley for a 3rd straight week in Arrownhead on Monday night time, and the Giants are too susceptible to creating foolish errors that value them ball video games. On Monday night time that they had an opportunity to shut out the sport within the fourth, however a taunting name, after which an offsides flag earlier than intercepting the ball after which a tough the passer penalty gave the Chiefs the sport late within the fourth quarter.
29) Houston Texans: 1-7 (similar spot as final week)
There are greater than a handful of issues for the Houston Texans who nonetheless have Davis Mills at quarterback since Tyrod Taylor went down with damage early within the season. The Texans’ most magnifying and eyeopening downside is on the offensive finish. They will’t rating. A comfort 22 level fourth quarter meant little or no because the Rams had been up 38-0 after the third quarter on Sunday. Earlier than the Rams sport that they had scored simply 30 factors of their 4 earlier video games earlier than that.
30) Miami Dolphins: 1-7 (similar as final week)
The Dolphins sit on the backside of the AFC South, and it appears to be like like they are going to be caught there for the remainder of the season. Earlier than the 26-11 loss to the Payments final week the Dolphins had some comparatively good outings. They misplaced to the Jags on a final second area purpose in London and the Falcons wanted a sport successful final minute drive to prime the Fins. Not with the ability to shut out a sport is only one of many issues for the Dolphins who’re within the backside 4 of factors scored and factors allowed.
31) Jacksonville Jaguars: 1-6 (down three sports activities from final week)
Nobody in Jacksonville must be too stunned the Jags are struggling this yr. They’ve a rookie coach and a rookie quarterback who inherited a group on the verge of being traditionally dangerous final season. Their 31-7 loss to Seattle was an indicator of simply how dangerous issues have gone for Meyer’s guys this season. Geno Smith, a quarterback who hadn’t received a sport as a starter since 2016, regarded like Peyton Manning in opposition to the Jags gentle secondary. It’s true that Trevor Lawrence isn’t getting a lot assist from his operating sport, however the former Clemson quarterback is tasting one thing he hasn’t been compelled to swallow for many of his soccer profession: defeat.
32) Detroit Lions: 0-8 (nothing has modified since final week)
At 0-8 their document precedes them. If had been being trustworthy it’s important to really feel considerably dangerous for Detroit and the top coach Dan Campbell and his group which have been unlucky on their technique to an eighth straight loss. There was nothing unlucky or unfortunate about their 44-6 residence loss on Sunday. The Lions go into most video games realizing they’re properly outmatched, and Sunday’s sport was not completely different. The offense put up a complete of 280 yards and the protection that gave up a season excessive 44 factors.