WhatIfSports NFL Week 8 power rankings: Big Ben lifts Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger's impending return has Pittsburgh moving up in this week's NFL power rankings.

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

WhatIfSports.com utilizes its NFL simulation engine to present a comprehensive and unbiased ranking of all 32 teams. We simulate thousands of NFL games and use the winning percentages from those games to evaluate every team. All 32 teams are ranked below with their average points for and against from the simulated games. All rosters and depth charts are up-to-date as of Tuesday of each week.

NFL Week 8 Power Rankings
  Team Change Win Pct PS/G PA/G
1. New England Patriots 77.8 27.9 17.4
2. Green Bay Packers 71.1 27.5 19.3
3. Cincinnati Bengals 70.5 26.6 18.9
4. Pittsburgh Steelers +9 66.2 28.0 22.4
5. Arizona Cardinals -1 63.9 26.5 21.3
6. Denver Broncos 61.8 24.6 20.4
7. Carolina Panthers 61.8 22.7 18.6
8. New York Jets 60.7 22.2 18.6
9. Atlanta Falcons -4 60.7 27.3 23.6
10. Seattle Seahawks -1 53.9 24.2 23.1
11. Buffalo Bills -1 53.0 23.8 22.7
12. Philadelphia Eagles 51.0 23.6 23.5
13. Minnesota Vikings +2 50.7 23.2 22.8
14. New York Giants -3 50.5 24.1 24.3
15. Miami Dolphins +7 48.4 22.9 23.7
16. St. Louis Rams +1 46.8 23.4 24.3
  Team Change Win Pct PS/G PA/G
17. Indianapolis Colts -3 46.5 24.1 25.4
18. Chicago Bears +5 44.7 24.0 26.1
19. Cleveland Browns 44.3 21.8 24.0
20. Oakland Raiders +4 44.0 22.8 24.5
21. New Orleans Saints +4 43.4 22.6 25.3
22. Washington Redskins +4 42.2 23.0 25.6
23. San Diego Chargers -7 42.0 24.7 27.6
24. Houston Texans -4 41.5 20.0 23.3
25. Kansas City Chiefs +5 40.7 22.8 25.6
26. Baltimore Ravens +3 40.7 22.1 25.5
27. Detroit Lions +1 39.4 21.9 25.3
28. Tennessee Titans -1 37.3 20.6 24.9
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -11 37.1 21.4 26.2
30. San Francisco 49ers +2 36.2 21.9 26.6
31. Jacksonville Jaguars 35.0 22.2 27.5
32. Dallas Cowboys -11 33.9 20.3 26.1

In addition, view our Week 8 predictionsWeek 8 player projections or visit our NFL archive for power rankings from past weeks. For more rankings, check out Dan Schneier’s weekly NFL power rankings.