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

NFL Power Rankings Week 8


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Posted October 23, 2012 11:39 AM EDT

The Falcons remain the last unbeaten team, but the Texans had a statement win. I've got a line on who's hot and who's not going into Week 8.

Also, watch Brian Billick explain his selections.

+6

New Orleans Saints

-4

Baltimore Ravens

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

6-0 - 1/15
The Falcons are the only remaining unbeaten team but will have a test coming off the bye week with a three-game run versus the Eagles, Cowboys and Saints.
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2

6-1 1 1/14
Houston put a Texas-sized beatdown on the Ravens on Sunday with a safety and a interception return for a touchdown that helped them score 43 points, the most in franchise history.
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3

5-1 1 3/20
Another stellar defensive performance for the Bears, highlighted by three fumble recoveries and an interception. On the drive that ended with a fumble by Mikel Leshoure, Charles Tillman already had forced two other fumbles, but luckily for the Lions, theExpand Description
Another stellar defensive performance for the Bears, highlighted by three fumble recoveries and an interception. On the drive that ended with a fumble by Mikel Leshoure, Charles Tillman already had forced two other fumbles, but luckily for the Lions, the ball rolled out of bounds on each. That is a ball-hawking defense.Collapse Description
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4

5-2 1 4/18
Eli Manning's 23rd fourth-quarter comeback came on a 77-yard catch-and-run to Victor Cruz. To put that into perspective, Tom Brady has 25 fourth-quarter comebacks.
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5

4-3 1 3/12
In the past two games, Aaron Rodgers has 680 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions. And the Packers have their first back-to-back wins of the season.
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6

5-2 4 2/10
The 30-point loss Sunday was the Ravens' worst since 2007. They have given up at least 180 yards rushing in three straight weeks.
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7

5-2 - 1/17
The Niners have yet to lose back-to-back games under coach Jim Harbaugh. Alex Smith's 18 wins as a starting QB is the most in the NFL since the beginning of the 2011 season.
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8

5-2 4 8/29
After Adrian Peterson rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Cardinals, he was quoted as saying "there's still a little missing" in his game. That is scary considering his productivity thus far.
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9

4-3 - 1/12
Some are saying the Patriots are just an average team right now, but I see a team that has three losses by a combined four points, and last I checked, Tom Brady is still the QB.
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10

4-3 2 5/31
The Seahawks are an entirely different team when they play at home: 3-0 in Seattle but only 1-3 on the road this season.
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11

3-3 2 1/23
Having already played Big Ben, Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers in five of their first six games, they will now host Drew Brees and the Saints. Tough duty for a defense that is called on to stop this level of QB play week in and week ouExpand Description
Having already played Big Ben, Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers in five of their first six games, they will now host Drew Brees and the Saints. Tough duty for a defense that is called on to stop this level of QB play week in and week out.Collapse Description
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12

3-3 2 5/17
Entering the game, the Steelers were worst in the league in rushing yards, but they might have found something in third-string back Jonathan Dwyer. With Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman out with injuries, Dwyer posted the second 100-yard game his careeExpand Description
Entering the game, the Steelers were worst in the league in rushing yards, but they might have found something in third-string back Jonathan Dwyer. With Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman out with injuries, Dwyer posted the second 100-yard game his career.Collapse Description
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13

3-3 3 5/18
This team is much better with DeMarco Murray in the backfield, but give them credit for winning a game on the road that included five lead changes, especially sans their most consistent offensive threat.
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14

3-4 3 8/23
It doesn't even look like Robert Griffin III is running hard out there; he just glides across the field. The Redskins' play-action passing game is the best in the league, very effective.
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15

3-4 3 4/30
Mark Sanchez was one dropped pass away from potentially upsetting the New England Patriots. Instead, he loses the game with a fumble in overtime. Such is the life of an NFL quarterback, especially one named Sanchez.
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16

2-4 6 1/28
Aaron Kromer finishes his interim-interim head coaching duties with a two-game winning streak, but we will really find out about this team with its upcoming games against the Broncos, Eagles, and Falcons.
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17

3-3 2 1/30
For as bad as it's been in Philadelphia, the Eagles still maintain a .500 record and are have only one more loss than the first-place Giants in the NFC East.
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18

2-4 1 10/28
The makeshift defensive secondary actually held up quite nicely against the Bears, but the Lions didn't produce enough offense of their own. Calvin Johnson having only three catches for 34 yards should tell you enough.
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19

4-3 3 5/29
After a 4-0 start, the Cardinals have dropped three straight. And it is going to get worse if they can't field an offensive line that can block anyone. The Vikings had 43 yards passing and threw two interceptions, and still beat this team.
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20

3-4 1 3/20
The Bengals are in desperate need of a second threat opposite AJ Green. I'm baffled as to why that person can't be Jermaine Gresham. He has all the skills but can't seem to put it all together on a consistent basis.
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21

3-3 - 14/31
I would bet you couldn't find one person who watched "Hard Knocks" and the four preseason games that would then predict this team be 3-3 after its bye week, let alone be only a half-game back in the AFC East.
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22

2-4 2 9/29
Josh Freeman posted 420 passing yards and was two fluke plays away from combining a career statistical day with a win. By rule, the illegal touching was called correctly, but more upsetting, was that Vincent Jackson got hawked by a safety on the other sidExpand Description
Josh Freeman posted 420 passing yards and was two fluke plays away from combining a career statistical day with a win. By rule, the illegal touching was called correctly, but more upsetting, was that Vincent Jackson got hawked by a safety on the other side of the field.Collapse Description
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23

3-3 3 9/28
Sunday marked the end of a very forgettable week in San Diego. First, it was giving up a 24-point halftime lead to the Broncos. Then came news that the NFL will be investigating them for using a banned sticky substance during the game.
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24

3-4 4 16/30
I'm not sure if we should credit running back Chris Johnson for an excellent game or rather discredit the Bills' defense.
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25

3-4 2 14/32
Much as they have all season, the Rams gave the Packers everything they had on Sunday. But everything they have just doesn't match up with the better teams in the league.
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26

3-3 - 2/30
Andrew Luck threw for only 186 yards and ran for another 12, but within those 12 yards came two rushing touchdowns. The difference in the game.
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27

3-4 2 14/30
What an upsetting year for such a highly touted defensive unit. The Bills' defense just isn't ery good, from the front seven all the way through the back four.
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28

1-5 1 15/31
The NFL is a general managers league right now, and that means the bull's-eyes painted on their backs are going to be little bigger. With that said, I'm not sure firing one midseason is going to accomplish much for the 2012 season.
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29

1-6 - 20/32
Brandon Weeden has been playing pretty good football the past couple of weeks, but there is no way he should be attempting more than 40 passes in a game. The team just isn’t built for it.
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30

1-5 1 11/32
Brady Quinn has been named the starter, with Matt Cassel serving as the backup for this Sunday's game against the Raiders. I predict that in no more that two weeks, the fans in KC will be asking for Ricky Stanzi to replace Quinn.
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31

2-4 1 22/32
The Raiders knocked out the Jaguars' only offensive threat in the first quarter, and it still took overtime for them to beat the worst team in the league.
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32

1-5 - 28/32
A running back holding out in the preseason for a contract never seems to end well. Maurice Jones-Drew has been ruled out for next week, but there is fear that he might miss a significant amount of time because of a Lisfranc injury.
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Cowboys    6 1 0
Eagles    5 1 0
Giants    3 4 0
Redskins    2 5 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Cardinals    5 1 0
49ers    4 3 0
Seahawks    3 3 0
Rams    2 4 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Lions    5 2 0
Packers    5 2 0
Bears    3 4 0
Vikings    2 5 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Panthers    3 3 1
Saints    2 4 0
Falcons    2 5 0
Buccaneers    1 5 0
 

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Patriots    5 2 0
Bills    4 3 0
Dolphins    3 3 0
Jets    1 6 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Broncos    5 1 0
Chargers    5 2 0
Chiefs    3 3 0
Raiders    0 6 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Ravens    5 2 0
Steelers    4 3 0
Bengals    3 2 1
Browns    3 3 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Colts    5 2 0
Texans    3 4 0
Titans    2 5 0
Jaguars    1 6 0