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2018 NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Top teams dominate

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The 2018 NFL Power Rankings here on The Phinsider continue as Week 7 ends and Week 8 begins. The top of the rankings looks almost exactly how it did last week, the bottom of the rankings look very similar, and the middle of the league is now a jumble of very similar teams.

Let’s get straight to the rankings

The Top

The top eight teams from last week all won, or were on a bye, and all eight remain in the top eight teams for this week. The only change is a flip of the fifth and sixth teams, with the Los Angeles Chargers moving ahead of the Minnesota Vikings, simply because I feel like they are playing a little better. Otherwise, the top eight are still the Los Angeles Rams, the New England Patriots, the New Orleans Saints, the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of the Chargers and Vikings, then the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Carolina Panthers move up into the ninth position after beating the Philadelphia Eagles, who fall from ninth the 12, and the Houston Texans move into the top ten after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars, who fall from 10th to 13th.

Miami Dolphins

Now 4-3 on the year and continuing to be ravaged by injuries, the Dolphins fall three positions this week, down from 13th to 16th. That places them just behind Detroit, who beat them this week. Miami has a short week to try to find enough healthy players to beat the Texans on the road on Thursday Night Football.

Biggest Jump

The Detroit Lions climb nine positions this week, from 24th to 15th after beating the Dolphins. Detroit, who is 3-3 on the year, was probably a little low last week, so now they have jumped up to the middle of the pack - about where a .500 team should be.

Biggest Fall

The Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, and Dallas Cowboys all fell three positions this week.

The Bottom

The league basement still holds the New York Giants in 32nd, coming off a 23-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, and the Oakland Raiders, who were on a bye. The San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals each drop one position as the Indianapolis Colts jump out of the 30th position and up to the 27th spot. The Buffalo Bills fall two positions after a five point performance against the Colts, losing for a 37-5 final.

2018 NFL Power Rankings Week 11

Rank Team LW Results Change
Rank Team LW Results Change
1 New Orleans Saints (8-1) 2 W, 51-14 @ Bengals 1
2 Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) 3 W, 26-14 vs. Cardinals 1
3 Los Angeles Rams (9-1) 4 W, 36-31 vs. Seahawks 1
4 New England Patriots (7-3) 1 L, 10-34 @ Titans -3
5 Los Angeles Chargers (7-2) 5 W, 20-6 @ Raiders 0
6 Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1) 6 W, 52-21 vs. Panthers 0
7 Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) 8 BYE 1
8 Green Bay Packers (4-4-1) 9 W, 31-12 vs. Dolphins 1
9 Carolina Panthers (6-3) 7 L, 21-52 @ Steelers -2
10 Houston Texas (6-3) 10 BYE 0
11 Chicago Bears (6-3) 13 W, 34-22 vs. Lions 2
12 Tennessee Titans (5-4) 17 W, 34-10 vs. Patriots 5
13 Washington Redskins (6-3) 15 W, 16-3 @ Buccaneers 2
14 Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) 14 L, 14-51 vs. Saints 0
15 Atlanta Falcons (4-5) 11 L, 16-28 @ Browns -4
16 Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) 12 L, 20-27 vs. Cowboys -4
17 Miami Dolphins (5-5) 16 L, 12-31 @ Packers -1
18 Seattle Seahawks (4-5) 18 L, 31-36 @ Rams 0
19 Indianapolis Colts (4-5) 22 W, 29-26 vs. Jaguars 3
20 Baltimore Ravens (4-5) 21 BYE 1
21 Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) 19 L, 26-29 @ Colts -2
22 Detroit Lions (3-6) 20 L, 22-34 @ Bears -2
23 Dallas Cowboys (4-5) 27 W, 27-20 @ Eagles 4
24 Buffalo Bills (3-7) 28 W, 41-10 @ Jets 4
25 Arizona Cardinals (2-7) 23 L, 14-26 vs. Chiefs -2
26 Cleveland Browns (3-6-1) 30 W, 28-16 vs. Falcons 4
27 New York Giants (2-7) 31 W, 27-23 @ 49ers 4
28 San Francisco 49ers (2-8) 26 L, 23-27 vs. Giants -2
29 Denver Broncos (3-6) 29 BYE 0
30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) 24 L, 3-16 vs. Redskins -6
31 New York Jets (3-7) 25 L, 10-41 vs. Bills -6
32 Oakland Raiders (1-8) 32 L, 6-20 vs. Chargers 0