NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where every team stands heading into Week 8

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Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown against the Chicago Bears.
Tom Brady. AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio
  • The Arizona Cardinals are the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL.

  • The Detroit Lions are already looking to next season.

  • Check out our Power Ranking for Week 8 of the NFL season in full below.

32. Detroit Lions

Dan Campbell watches players warm up ahead of a game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Dan Campbell. AP Photo/Kyusung Gong

Record: 0-7

Week 7 result: Lost to the Rams, 28-19

Week 8 opponent: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

One thing to know: Credit where credit is due. The Lions came out fighting last weekend, pulling off two fake punts and an onside kick to put the Rams on their heels early. They still lost by two scores. Despite Dan Campbell's preseason comments, the kneecaps of the NFL remain unbitten.

31. Miami Dolphins

Myles Gaskin fights off a defender against the Atlanta Falcons.
Myles Gaskin. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

Record: 1-6

Week 7 result: Lost to the Falcons, 30-28

Week 8 opponent: at Buffalo Bills

One thing to know: It's hard to imagine how the vibes in Miami could be worse until you remember the team is reportedly in trade talks with the Texans to acquire Deshaun Watson.

30. New York Jets

Zach Wilson is sacked by the New England Patriots.
Zach Wilson. AP Photo/Mary Schwalm

Record: 1-5

Week 7 result: Lost to the Patriots, 54-13

Week 8 opponent: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

One thing to know: The Patriots beat up the Jets so bad you would be forgiven for thinking Tom Brady was still in New England. Adding injury to insult, the Jets lost rookie quarterback Zach Wilson after a hit by Matthew Judon, leaving Mike White to enter the game in relief. White is set to start Sunday against the Bengals, but the Jets have also brought back QB Joe Flacco as Wilson remains sidelined.

29. Houston Texans

Davis Mills is sacked by the Arizona Cardinals.
Davis Mills. AP Photo/Darryl Webb

Record: 1-6

Week 7 result: Lost to the Cardinals, 31-5

Week 8 opponent: vs. Los Angeles Rams

One thing to know: The Houston Texans are averaging just 13.9 points per game this season and just 10 points per game over their past three outings. Meanwhile, they're giving up 29 points per game, good for fifth-worst in the NFL. That's not a winning combination.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence speaks with his teammates during a preseason game.
Trevor Lawrence. AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth

Record: 1-5

Week 7 result: Bye

Week 8 opponent: at Seattle Seahawks

One thing to know: The Jaguars are coming off of a win and a bye week and facing a Seattle team that has been decimated by injuries. Running back James Robinson should be in for a good game facing a Seahawks defense that is giving up more yards on the ground than all but two teams in the NFL.

27. New York Giants

Jabrill Peppers reacts to a safety against the Carolina Panthers.
Jabrill Peppers. AP Photo/Adam Hunger

Record: 2-5

Week 7 result: Beat the Panthers, 25-3

Week 8 opponent: at Kansas City Chiefs

One thing to know: Giants safety Jabrill Peppers is out for the season due to an ACL injury, joining the already long list of injured players on the New York roster.

26. Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Hurts gets set for a pass against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Jalen Hurts. AP Photo/Denis Poroy

Record: 2-5

Week 7 result: Lost to the Raiders, 33-22

Week 8 opponent: at Detroit Lions

One thing to know: The Eagles traded away backup quarterback Joe Flacco to the Jets, promoting Gardner Minshew into the No. 2 slot behind Jalen Hurts. With Hurts struggling through the first half of the season, another poor game against the hapless Lions could mean Minshew gets some time under center before the year is out.

25. Washington Football Team

Taylor Heinicke jumps into the crowd during a game against the Green Bay Packers.
Taylor Heinicke. AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

Record: 2-5

Week 7 result: Lost to the Packers, 24-10

Week 8 opponent: at Denver Broncos

One thing to know: Taylor Heinicke fulfilled a lifelong dream of completing a Lambeau Leap last week against the Packers. The only problem? His touchdown was overturned as he was called short of the goal line. Tough break.

24. Denver Broncos

Noah Fant fights off a defender against the Cleveland Browns.
Noah Fant. AP Photo/Ron Schwane

Record: 3-4

Week 7 result: Lost to the Browns, 17-14

Week 8 opponent: vs. Washington Football Team

One thing to know: After starting 3-0, the Broncos have lost four straight. If there was ever a spot to pull out of the tailspin, it's against a similarly struggling Washington team.

23. Seattle Seahawks

Geno Smith and Russell Wilson prepare for a game against the New Orleans Saints.
Geno Smith and Russell Wilson. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Record: 2-5

Week 7 result: Lost to the Saints, 13-10

Week 8 opponent: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

One thing to know: The Seahawks just haven't been the same since losing Russell Wilson to injury. While there's still a chance that Wilson will return this year once his hand is healed up, at 2-5, it's not clear whether the Seahawks will still be in the hunt by the time he's ready to get back onto the field.

22. Carolina Panthers

Sam Darnold reacts after getting benched against the New York Giants.
Sam Darnold. AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

Record: 3-4

Week 7 result: Lost to the Giants, 25-3

Week 8 opponent: at Atlanta Falcons

One thing to know: Sam Darnold started the season on a tear, leading the Panthers on a 3-0 opening stretch. Since then, Carolina has lost four straight, with Darnold throwing just four touchdowns against seven interceptions over the past four weeks.

21. Chicago Bears

Justin Fields walks off the field after a game against the Green Bay Packers.
Justin Fields. AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski

Record: 3-4

Week 7 result: Lost to the Buccaneers, 38-3

Week 8 opponent: vs. San Francisco 49ers

One thing to know: The Chicago Bears defense played about as well as you will ever see for a defense that gave up 38 points. Justin Fields throwing three interceptions didn't help the Bears' cause.

20. San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo makes a throw against the Indianapolis Colts.
Jimmy Garoppolo. AP Photo/Tony Avelar

Record: 2-4

Week 7 result: Lost to the Colts, 30-18

Week 8 opponent: at Chicago Bears

One thing to know: The San Francisco 49ers are hard to figure out, partly because they are still trying to figure themselves out. How long is Jimmy Garoppolo going to hold on to the starting job? How different does the offense need to look when Trey Lance inevitably takes over. The 49ers feel caught between worlds.

19. New England Patriots

Bill Belichick looks on during a game against the New York Jets.
Bill Belichick. AP Photo/Mary Schwalm

Record: 3-4

Week 7 result: Beat the Jets, 54-13

Week 8 opponent: at Los Angeles Chargers

One thing to know: The Patriots have now won 12 straight games against the New York Jets dating back to 2016. Of those 12 wins, just three have been by a touchdown or less.

18. Indianapolis Colts

Carson Wentz makes a throw against the San Francisco 49ers.
Carson Wentz. AP Photo/Tony Avelar

Record: 3-4

Week 7 result: Beat the 49ers, 30-18

Week 8 opponent: vs. Tennessee Titans

One thing to know: After an 0-3 start to the season, the Colts are turning things around, winning three of their past four games. A win this week over the Titans could vault them back into contention for the division and relevancy in a crowded AFC.

17. Atlanta Falcons

Kyle Pitts gets set for a play against the Miami Dolphins.
Kyle Pitts. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

Record: 3-3

Week 7 result: Beat the Dolphins, 30-28

Week 8 opponent: vs. Carolina Panthers

One thing to know: After a slow start to the year, rookie tight end Kyle Pitts is looking as good as advertised, finishing Sunday's game against the Dolphins with seven receptions for 163 yards.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Tomlin looks on during a game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Mike Tomlin. AP Photo/Justin Berl

Record: 3-3

Week 7 result: Bye

Week 8 opponent: at Cleveland Browns

One thing to know: Head coach Mike Tomlin was rightfully ticked off when asked about potentially leaving the Steelers to coach at USC. "Never say never, but NEVER," Tomlin said. Tomlin is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the NFL and has more job security than any coach in the league. Why would he give that up to answer to boosters?

15. Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins prepares for a play against the Arizona Cardinals.
Kirk Cousins. AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

Record: 3-3

Week 7 result: Bye

Week 8 opponent: vs. Dallas Cowboys

One thing to know: Kirk Cousins is 8-16 in his career playing in primetime, including a somewhat miraculous 0-9 run to start his career on "Monday Night Football" — a streak he broke last year with a win over the Bears. This week, Cousins faces the Cowboys on Sunday night.

14. Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes lays on the field after a play against the Tennessee Titans.
Patrick Mahomes. AP Photo/Mark Zaleski

Record: 3-4

Week 7 result: Lost to the Titans, 27-3

Week 8 opponent: vs. New York Giants

One thing to know: The Chiefs have lost four games already. Should they lose another, it will be the first time the team has tallied five regular-season losses in the Patrick Mahomes era. Going up against the Giants looks like a good spot for a get-right game from Kansas City. With games against the Packers, Raiders, and Cowboys next on the schedule, they need it.

13. Cleveland Browns

Case Keenum walks off the field after a win against the Denver Broncos.
Case Keenum. AP Photo/Ron Schwane

Record: 4-3

Week 7 result: Beat the Broncos, 17-14

Week 8 opponent: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

One thing to know: No Baker? No problem. Case Keenum stepped up in a big way for the Browns last week, doing just enough to let the Browns pull out a win against the Broncos. While Mayfield may be back on the field this week against the Steelers, Keenum has already shown that he can get the job done when called upon if Mayfield suffers a setback.

12. New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara breaks through a tackle against the Seattle Seahawks.
Alvin Kamara. AP Photo/Stephen Brashear

Record: 4-2

Week 7 result: Beat the Seahawks, 13-10

Week 8 opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

One thing to know: Alvin Kamara is now 5th on the Saints' all-time rushing list and 12th on the team's all-time receiving list. Talk about versatility.

11. Los Angeles Chargers

Joey Bosa waits for a play against the Baltimore Ravens.
Joey Bosa. AP Photo/Larry French

Record: 4-2

Week 7 result: Bye

Week 8 opponent: vs. New England Patriots

One thing to know: The Chargers have the worst run defense in the NFL, giving up 163 yards per game to opponents. That could be a good matchup for the Patriots, who have produced a 100-yard rusher in two of their last three games.

10. Las Vegas Raiders

Rich Bisaccia looks on during a game against the Denver Broncos.
Rich Bisaccia. AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Record: 5-2

Week 7 result: Beat the Eagles, 33-22

Week 8 opponent: Bye

One thing to know: The Raiders seem all-in on interim head coach Rich Bisaccia. "He has the ear of the locker room. He has the pulse, he has the heartbeat, and he's our leader," quarterback Derek Carr said of Bisaccia after last week's win. "We would love for him to still be our head coach for the future."

9. Cincinnati Bengals

JaMarr Chase spins out of a tackle against the Baltimore Ravens.
JaMarr Chase. AP Photo/Gail Burton

Record: 5-2

Week 7 result: Beat the Ravens, 41-17

Week 8 opponent: at New York Jets

One thing to know: Rookie Ja'Marr Chase now has 754 receiving yards through seven games. That's good for second in the NFL behind Cooper Kupp and first all-time in the first seven games of a player's career.

8. Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry breaks through a tackle against the Buffalo Bills.
Derrick Henry. AP Photo/John Amis

Record: 5-2

Week 7 result: Beat the Chiefs, 27-3

Week 8 opponent: at Indianapolis Colts

One thing to know: Derrick Henry is lapping the field for the rushing title this year, sitting 290 yards ahead of his nearest competition as we hit the halfway point of the season. Against the Chiefs, Henry ran for "only" 86 yards. It was only the second time this year he failed to reach 100.

7. Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson gets set for a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Lamar Jackson. AP Photo/Nick Wass

Record: 5-2

Week 7 result: Lost to the Bengals, 41-17

Week 8 opponent: Bye

One thing to know: The Ravens were due for a dud, and the Bengals gave it to them. Rather than seeing it as a disappointment, think of it as spicing up the AFC North race. When these two teams meet again on the day after Christmas, there could be a ton at stake in the division and conference.

6. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers warms up ahead of a game against the Washington Football Team.
Aaron Rodgers. AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

Record: 6-1

Week 7 result: Beat the Washington Football Team, 24-10

Week 8 opponent: at Arizona Cardinals

One thing to know: Wide receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard are both expected to miss Thursday's game against the Cardinals due to COVID-19, leaving Aaron Rodgers with few receivers. Somehow, I think he'll come up with something.

5. Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott reacts after a touchdown pass against the New York Giants.
Dak Prescott. AP Photo/Roger Steinman

Record: 5-1

Week 7 result: Bye

Week 8 opponent: at Minnesota Vikings

One thing to know: We're not even halfway through the NFL season, but the Dallas Cowboys are already basically a lock to win their division. According to FiveThirtyEight, the Cowboys have a 94% chance to win the NFC East, tied with the Bills as the biggest favorite to win their division in the NFL right now.

4. Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen looks to throw against the Tennessee Titans.
Josh Allen. AP Photo/Matt Patterson

Record: 4-2

Week 7 result: Bye

Week 8 opponent: vs. Miami Dolphins

One thing to know: The Bills are averaging 33.8 points per game this year, second only to the Dallas Cowboys. After years of teams attempting to keep pace with the scoring of the Chiefs offense to keep pace in the AFC, Buffalo now stands as the team to chase down.

3. Los Angeles Rams

Cooper Kupp scores a touchdown against the Detroit Lions.
Cooper Kupp. AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian

Record: 6-1

Week 7 result: Beat the Lions, 28-19

Week 8 opponent: at Houston Texans

One thing to know: Cooper Kupp is the most unstoppable receiver in football right now. He's scored two touchdowns in four of the seven games the Rams have played and has failed to clear 90 yards receiving just once. It's a wild pace, but if he can keep it up, he'll deserve consideration for Offensive Player of the Year.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown against the Chicago Bears.
Tom Brady. AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio

Record: 6-1

Week 7 result: Beat the Bears, 38-3

Week 8 opponent: at New Orleans Saints

One thing to know: In between Tom Brady throwing his 600th touchdown pass and the drama that followed, NFL fans might have lost track of the fact that Brady now leads the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns. Could the GOAT add another MVP award to his mantle?

1. Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray makes a pass against the Houston Texans.
Kyler Murray. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Record: 7-0

Week 7 result: Beat the Texans, 31-5

Week 8 opponent: vs. Green Bay Packers

One thing to know: The Cardinals are the last undefeated team in football, with a high-octane matchup against the Packers set for national television on Thursday night. A win there, and it's tough to see how Arizona takes a loss before December.

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