2014 NFL Power Rankings - Week 8
Here are my Week 8 NFL power rankings:
1. Denver Broncos - Record: 5-1, Last Update: No. 1
Conditions are positive for Peyton Manning to build upon his NFL-record 510 passing touchdowns on Thursday Night Football against the Chargers. As tweeted by ESPN's Field Yates, the Broncos rank first in the NFL in red-zone efficiency while the Chargers rank last in the NFL in red-zone defense.
2. Dallas Cowboys - Record: 6-1, Last Update: No. 3
Once again, DeMarco Murray rushed for 100-plus yards and he's now the sole owner of the NFL record for most 100-yard games to start a season. In five career games against Washington, Murray has yet to rush for 100 yards, but he had 96 yards against them last December. Will he go over 100 for an eighth straight week?
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3. Indianapolis Colts - Record: 5-2, Last Update: No. 8
Going into the season, it wouldn't be a shock to many to say that Ahmad Bradshaw would be more productive than Trent Richardson this year. That said, Bradshaw has scored seven touchdowns including six receiving scores in seven games and ranks fifth among all running backs in fantasy points through Week 7.
4. Philadelphia Eagles - Record: 5-1, Last Update: No. 4
Last season, Nick Foles threw only two interceptions all year against 27 touchdowns. In his past three games, he has a 4:5 TD-to-INT ratio. Through six games this season, he has a total of 10 turnovers — seven interceptions and three lost fumbles. That puts him on pace to turn the ball over 27 times this season.
5. Green Bay Packers - Record: 5-2, Last Update: No. 6
If there is anyone that is not heeding Aaron Rodgers advice to "relax," it's opposing defenses. Since Week 2, Rodgers has thrown three-plus touchdowns in five of six games and has a 17:0 TD-to-INT ratio during that span. The team's top two receivers, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, have caught touchdowns in four consecutive games.
6. Arizona Cardinals - Record: 5-1, Last Update: No. 9
Even with some key injuries to their defensive line, the Cardinals once again rank first in the NFL in rush defense. Meanwhile, the pass defense ranks second to last in the NFL. Based on PFF pass-coverage grades, Patrick Peterson (-4.3) ranks 85th of 106 cornerbacks.
7. San Diego Chargers - Record: 5-2, Last Update: No. 2
Through seven games, Keenan Allen has 34 receptions, which is tied for 17th at the position, but he has yet to catch his first touchdown of the season. No receiver has more receptions than Allen without a touchdown. Next is diminutive slot receiver Andrew Hawkins (29 catches, no TDs).
8. New England Patriots - Record: 5-2, Last Update: No. 10
The good times continue to roll for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. Over the past three games, Brady has nine touchdowns and no interceptions. And for the disgruntled fantasy owners that were growing impatient, he now has three consecutive top-seven performances.
9. Baltimore Ravens - Record: 5-2, Last Update: No. 11
Through seven games, quarterback Joe Flacco (1,854 yards) ranks eighth in the NFL in passing yards and is on pace for a career-high 4,238 yards and 32 touchdowns. Here's an interesting stat: 105 of Flacco's 156 completions, or 67-plus percent, have gone to players that weren't on the team last season.
10. Detroit Lions - Record: 5-2, Last Update: No. 12
Not only has Golden Tate played well with Calvin Johnson sidelined (or used as a decoy), but he has been dominant. In his past four games, Tate has a minimum of seven catches per game and a stat line of 32/448/2 on 44 targets. In three of those four games, Tate has at least 116 yards.
11. San Francisco 49ers - Record: 4-3, Last Update: No. 5
No team wants a 25-point loss heading into their bye (or at any point of the season), but the 49ers will face teams with a losing record in five of their first six games after the bye. The one team that doesn't have a losing record is Seattle (3-3) and they face them on a short week in San Francisco.
12. Seattle Seahawks - Record: 3-3, Last Update: No. 7
Back in August, if someone told you that the Seahawks would lose to the Cowboys at home and then to the Rams and their third-string quarterback the following week, you would have thought (s)he was crazy. What if (s)he also told you that they would trade Percy Harvin for a conditional draft pick in between those games?
13. Miami Dolphins - Record: 3-3, Last Update: No. 21
Although Mike Wallace is averaging a career-low 11.97 yards per reception and only has one game with more than five receptions, he's been consistently finding the end zone. 60 Minutes has scored in five of six games this season and has already tied his touchdown total from 2013.
14. Kansas City Chiefs - Record: 3-3, Last Update: No. 19
After getting his bell rung on a touchdown, Jamaal Charles grabbed some headlines with his comments made about that play. When he is healthy, few, if any, players are as important to their respective offenses as Charles is to Kansas City's offense. And on Sunday, he broke the franchise's rushing record.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Record: 4-3, Last Update: No. 23
Helped by Houston's turnovers, the Steelers became the first team to score 21 points in the final two minutes of a half since the Texans did the same in 2012.
16. Houston Texans - Record: 3-4, Last Update: No. 16
While DeMarco Murray generates tons of buzz about his strong start, another running back that plays in Texas is off to a great start as well. Texans running back Arian Foster now has gone over 100 rushing yards in five of his six games played. (The one exception was just six yards on eight carries in Week 4.)
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