NFL POWER RANKINGS

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BRIAN BILLICK'S Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.

Week 8 Power Rankings


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Posted November 03, 2011 03:40 AM EDT

The Steelers put on a show against the Patriots — and took their spot in the Power Rankings as a result. I've got a line on who's hot and who's not going into Week 9. Enjoy. | Watch Brian Billick break down his Power Rankings

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Pittsburgh Steelers

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San Diego Chargers

FOX SPORTS NFL POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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7-0 - 1/1
The Packers get two weeks to prepare for the desperate Chargers in Week 9, but then get the Vikings and Buccaneers in back-to-back home games. If QB Philip Rivers can avoid turnovers, the Chargers are capable of spreading out the Packers and challenging tExpand Description
The Packers get two weeks to prepare for the desperate Chargers in Week 9, but then get the Vikings and Buccaneers in back-to-back home games. If QB Philip Rivers can avoid turnovers, the Chargers are capable of spreading out the Packers and challenging the league's 28th-ranked defense, but I don't see a loss for the Packers in the next three weeks. Collapse Description
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6-2 3 2/9
Ben Roethisberger was brilliant vs. the Patriots in not only making the big play, but orchestrating an offense that maintained control of the clock for almost 40 minutes. The Steelers have the offensive weapons to take advantage of the Ravens' defensive pExpand Description
Ben Roethisberger was brilliant vs. the Patriots in not only making the big play, but orchestrating an offense that maintained control of the clock for almost 40 minutes. The Steelers have the offensive weapons to take advantage of the Ravens' defensive pressure package, and the Steelers' defense is back to its old tricks. Collapse Description
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6-1 1 2/21
The 49ers are getting help from a very favorable schedule, but that is not their fault — they just line up against whoever is put in front of them. Nobody in the NFC West is capable of beating them, but this week they have to travel East again. FortunatelExpand Description
The 49ers are getting help from a very favorable schedule, but that is not their fault — they just line up against whoever is put in front of them. Nobody in the NFC West is capable of beating them, but this week they have to travel East again. Fortunately for them, it's to play the Redskins. The rich get richer. Collapse Description
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5-2 2 2/7
Hard to drop the Patriots down too much for losing on the road to a resurgent Steelers team. Still, the defense did nothing to indicate they were getting any better and it was surprising that the Steelers' secondary was able to thwart the "small ball" offExpand Description
Hard to drop the Patriots down too much for losing on the road to a resurgent Steelers team. Still, the defense did nothing to indicate they were getting any better and it was surprising that the Steelers' secondary was able to thwart the "small ball" offense of the Patriots so effectively. Collapse Description
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5-2 1 2/10
It was a good news/bad news kind of week for the Ravens. The good news was overcoming a 24-6 halftime deficit to win. The bad news was actually having a 24-6 halftime deficit to the Arizona Cardinals. The Ravens may be in the middle of a philosophical shiExpand Description
It was a good news/bad news kind of week for the Ravens. The good news was overcoming a 24-6 halftime deficit to win. The bad news was actually having a 24-6 halftime deficit to the Arizona Cardinals. The Ravens may be in the middle of a philosophical shift offensively in allowing QB Joe Flacco to operate out of the spread-gun offense more often. Collapse Description
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5-2 2 6/30
Hard to judge the Bills by the beatdown of the Redskins, but the Buffalo defense finally stepped up with nine sacks. The Bills now host the Jets to truly legitimize their status as a playoff caliber team. Earlier it was thought that they would have to comExpand Description
Hard to judge the Bills by the beatdown of the Redskins, but the Buffalo defense finally stepped up with nine sacks. The Bills now host the Jets to truly legitimize their status as a playoff caliber team. Earlier it was thought that they would have to compete for a wild-card spot, but they may be competing for a division championship. Collapse Description
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5-3 4 2/7
The Saints are minus-5 in turnover differential. Compare that to the plus-11 ratio for their Super Bowl team in 2009. This is significant not only in that the defense is not generating the turnovers it is known for, but that QB Drew Brees isn't protectingExpand Description
The Saints are minus-5 in turnover differential. Compare that to the plus-11 ratio for their Super Bowl team in 2009. This is significant not only in that the defense is not generating the turnovers it is known for, but that QB Drew Brees isn't protecting it either . . . on par with his 22 INTs last year. Collapse Description
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5-3 2 5/13
It is significant that the Texans are doing what they are without the services of superstar WR Andre Johnson. No one is going to be impressed with a dominant win against the Jags, but that is exactly the type of game the Texans might have lost in years paExpand Description
It is significant that the Texans are doing what they are without the services of superstar WR Andre Johnson. No one is going to be impressed with a dominant win against the Jags, but that is exactly the type of game the Texans might have lost in years past. Their balance between run and pass remains as good as any in the league and the signing of CB Johnathan Joseph was brilliant. Collapse Description
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4-3 - 5/14
The Falcons put together their first back-to-back wins prior to their bye in Week 8, and seem to be finally hitting their stride offensively. Now, they travel to Indy in a tune-up game before hosting the Saints, which could determine the lead dog in the NExpand Description
The Falcons put together their first back-to-back wins prior to their bye in Week 8, and seem to be finally hitting their stride offensively. Now, they travel to Indy in a tune-up game before hosting the Saints, which could determine the lead dog in the NFC South. Collapse Description
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10

6-2 1 4/15
It doesn't matter that it was just the Broncos with an ineffective Tim Tebow at QB. It was a road win and an impressive performance by a team that is still learning what it is to be a winner. They go into the bye week and then have four tough games on thExpand Description
It doesn't matter that it was just the Broncos with an ineffective Tim Tebow at QB. It was a road win and an impressive performance by a team that is still learning what it is to be a winner. They go into the bye week and then have four tough games on the horizon, starting with the Bears at Soldier Field. Collapse Description
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5-2 1 5/19
The Giants have a two-game lead in the NFC East, but it is hard to call it comfortable with the Eagles finally playing up to their potential, and the Patriots and 49ers as the next games on the schedule. Eli Manning is having a career year after losing hiExpand Description
The Giants have a two-game lead in the NFC East, but it is hard to call it comfortable with the Eagles finally playing up to their potential, and the Patriots and 49ers as the next games on the schedule. Eli Manning is having a career year after losing his two favorite targets in Steve Smith and Kevin Boss. Collapse Description
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12

4-3 1 4/17
The Jets got their bye week at the perfect time. They have two weeks to prepare for the two most important games of their season, the Bills and then the Patriots. If they want to control their own playoff destiny, it starts by going 2-0 over the next two Expand Description
The Jets got their bye week at the perfect time. They have two weeks to prepare for the two most important games of their season, the Bills and then the Patriots. If they want to control their own playoff destiny, it starts by going 2-0 over the next two weeks. Collapse Description
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4-3 6 2/22
Philip Rivers doesn't look like the Rivers we are used to. After Monday night's OT loss to the Chiefs, he leads the NFL in interceptions thrown (11), and the Chargers are in a three-way tie for the AFC West lead. Too bad for them, they face the Packers, wExpand Description
Philip Rivers doesn't look like the Rivers we are used to. After Monday night's OT loss to the Chiefs, he leads the NFL in interceptions thrown (11), and the Chargers are in a three-way tie for the AFC West lead. Too bad for them, they face the Packers, while both the Raiders and Chiefs have favorable matchups in Week 9. Collapse Description
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4-3 - 7/22
The Bears have cracked the code again and realize they can be pretty good if they run the ball and keep Cutler to 30-35 throws. The Eagles will test this winning formula by turning the game into a track meet, and if Michael Vick can open up the offense agExpand Description
The Bears have cracked the code again and realize they can be pretty good if they run the ball and keep Cutler to 30-35 throws. The Eagles will test this winning formula by turning the game into a track meet, and if Michael Vick can open up the offense against the Bears' zone defense, it could be a very long day for head coach Lovie Smith. Collapse Description
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3-4 2 6/23
Philly is beginning to look like the team we thought we would see this year. The Eagles remain explosive, but what has impressed me the most is the amount of 10-plus-play drives they have manufactured the past two games against the Redskins and Cowboys. AExpand Description
Philly is beginning to look like the team we thought we would see this year. The Eagles remain explosive, but what has impressed me the most is the amount of 10-plus-play drives they have manufactured the past two games against the Redskins and Cowboys. A dominant performance against a divisional foe is a key win for the Eagles. Having the Bears, Giants and Patriots this month will test their reclaiming of the "Dream Team" title. Collapse Description
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5-2 1 10/31
The Bengals continue to defy the odds with a rookie quarterback and a rebuilt team. QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green are proving to be a tandem to deal with, and a top-five defense doesn't hurt. Cincinnati will be challenged soon by the Steelers and RavenExpand Description
The Bengals continue to defy the odds with a rookie quarterback and a rebuilt team. QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green are proving to be a tandem to deal with, and a top-five defense doesn't hurt. Cincinnati will be challenged soon by the Steelers and Ravens, but for now, it is the real deal. Collapse Description
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4-3 1 8/30
The Bucs are dealing with the heightened expectations from last season, but QB Josh Freeman has to keep the offensive profile they previously built by limiting the turnovers. The young and talented defensive line has to put more pressure on the QB. They aExpand Description
The Bucs are dealing with the heightened expectations from last season, but QB Josh Freeman has to keep the offensive profile they previously built by limiting the turnovers. The young and talented defensive line has to put more pressure on the QB. They are 29th in the league in sacks. Collapse Description
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18

3-4 - 9/21
Owner Jerry Jones seemed oddly calm after a loss to Philly, but the Cowboys may draw confidence from the fact that they have only one winning team on the schedule in the month of November, the Bills, and they get them at home in Jerry's World. Expand Description
Owner Jerry Jones seemed oddly calm after a loss to Philly, but the Cowboys may draw confidence from the fact that they have only one winning team on the schedule in the month of November, the Bills, and they get them at home in Jerry's World. Collapse Description
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4-3 3 17/32
For the first time this season, the fans at Arrowhead really had something to cheer about. The Chiefs have won four in a row to get above .500 and into a tie for the division lead. Rookie WR Jon Baldwin made an electrifying touchdown catch against the ChaExpand Description
For the first time this season, the fans at Arrowhead really had something to cheer about. The Chiefs have won four in a row to get above .500 and into a tie for the division lead. Rookie WR Jon Baldwin made an electrifying touchdown catch against the Chargers, but still needs to be more consistent in the KC offense. Collapse Description
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20

4-3 1 10/22
The Carson Palmer era truly begins for Oakland this week, and the Raiders face the perfect team to get back on track against: the Broncos. While Palmer will have to deal with CB Champ Bailey in the Broncos' secondary, he doesn't have to worry about keepinExpand Description
The Carson Palmer era truly begins for Oakland this week, and the Raiders face the perfect team to get back on track against: the Broncos. While Palmer will have to deal with CB Champ Bailey in the Broncos' secondary, he doesn't have to worry about keeping pace with the brutal Denver offense. Collapse Description
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2-6 1 20/32
It is tough for the Panthers to not translate their impressive start into wins, but the growth of rookie QB Cam Newton continues to impress. Because of the attention to Newton, some of the flaws of the Panthers have been masked — although Olindo Mare missExpand Description
It is tough for the Panthers to not translate their impressive start into wins, but the growth of rookie QB Cam Newton continues to impress. Because of the attention to Newton, some of the flaws of the Panthers have been masked — although Olindo Mare missing an easy field-goal try to force overtime is hard to cover up. Collapse Description
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22

4-3 2 13/31
It's official: CJ2K is overpaid.
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23

2-6 3 22/32
Rookie QB Christian Ponder has had rather pedestrian numbers during his first two starts, but he reminds me a little of Aaron Rodgers in his ability to slide in the pocket and use his legs effectively on the run. It never hurts to have the best running baExpand Description
Rookie QB Christian Ponder has had rather pedestrian numbers during his first two starts, but he reminds me a little of Aaron Rodgers in his ability to slide in the pocket and use his legs effectively on the run. It never hurts to have the best running back (Adrian Peterson) in the game behind you. Collapse Description
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3-4 3 10/28
Mike Shanahan was shut out for the first time ever in his long head-coaching career, and his defense wasn't stopping the Bills either. This is a team that was once atop the division and has taken a freefall. I think it's clear that neither John Beck nor RExpand Description
Mike Shanahan was shut out for the first time ever in his long head-coaching career, and his defense wasn't stopping the Bills either. This is a team that was once atop the division and has taken a freefall. I think it's clear that neither John Beck nor Rex Grossman is the answer at QB. Collapse Description
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25

3-4 2 18/31
The Browns stayed competitive against the much better 49ers on Sunday, but they have multiple issues on offense and defense. The Browns had an identity last year with their power rushing attack, but we haven't seen that all season. QB Colt McCoy doesn't hExpand Description
The Browns stayed competitive against the much better 49ers on Sunday, but they have multiple issues on offense and defense. The Browns had an identity last year with their power rushing attack, but we haven't seen that all season. QB Colt McCoy doesn't have the skill-set to win on his arm alone. Collapse Description
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2-5 1 8/30
The offense looked very much like the offense that played in Miami for the first 55 minutes in Week 8, and to me, there isn't much evidence for it to get any better. But it wasn't QB Tim Tebow that gave up 45 points on defense.
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2-6 - 26/31
The Jaguars were coming off an emotional win against the Ravens, and it was too much to ask of an inferior team to do it in back-to-back weeks. Rookie QB Blaine Gabbert hasn't looked good, but I am not sure he has any offensive weapons in the passing gameExpand Description
The Jaguars were coming off an emotional win against the Ravens, and it was too much to ask of an inferior team to do it in back-to-back weeks. Rookie QB Blaine Gabbert hasn't looked good, but I am not sure he has any offensive weapons in the passing game to do any better. Collapse Description
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1-6 3 24/31
When RB Steven Jackson is at 100 percent, he is the difference maker for this team. But he wasn't the only reason they beat the Saints on Sunday. DE Chris Long finally played like the first-rounder the Rams have been waiting for, and he led the charge to Expand Description
When RB Steven Jackson is at 100 percent, he is the difference maker for this team. But he wasn't the only reason they beat the Saints on Sunday. DE Chris Long finally played like the first-rounder the Rams have been waiting for, and he led the charge to apply consistent pressure on Saints QB Drew Brees and force him into terrible throws down the field. Collapse Description
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2-5 1 15/31
The Seahawks were more competitive than the 34-12 score against the Bengals suggests, but they still have a long way to go before being competitive on a consistent basis, let alone winning on a consistent basis.
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1-6 1 14/30
The Cardinals played an excellent first half against the Ravens on Sunday, and they did so by applying pressure on defense and running the ball on offense. When RB Beanie Wells started having success, the passing game opened up and allowed WR Larry FitzgeExpand Description
The Cardinals played an excellent first half against the Ravens on Sunday, and they did so by applying pressure on defense and running the ball on offense. When RB Beanie Wells started having success, the passing game opened up and allowed WR Larry Fitzgerald to make plays down the field. Collapse Description
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0-7 1 20/32
How many more wins will WR Brandon Marshall guarantee this season? I maybe see potential for two wins in their remaining schedule, but surely won't guarantee it.
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0-8 - 13/32
It is a fair question at this point. Do the Colts draft Andrew Luck with the first overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft?
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Cowboys    12 4 0
Eagles    10 6 0
Giants    6 10 0
Redskins    4 12 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Seahawks    12 4 0
Cardinals    11 5 0
49ers    8 8 0
Rams    6 10 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Packers    12 4 0
Lions    11 5 0
Vikings    7 9 0
Bears    5 11 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Panthers    7 8 1
Saints    7 9 0
Falcons    6 10 0
Buccaneers    2 14 0
 

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Patriots    12 4 0
Bills    9 7 0
Dolphins    8 8 0
Jets    4 12 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Broncos    11 4 0
Chiefs    9 7 0
Chargers    9 7 0
Raiders    3 12 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Bengals    10 4 1
Steelers    10 5 0
Ravens    10 6 0
Browns    7 9 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Colts    11 5 0
Texans    9 7 0
Jaguars    3 13 0
Titans    2 14 0