NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where all 32 teams stand going into Week 8

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Through the first seven weeks of the NFL season, it's now the Patriots' league and everyone else is just living in it.

Sam Bradford looked terrible and the Vikings are no longer undefeated. The Steelers are struggling without Ben Roethlisberger. The Broncos and Cowboys are still relying on young quarterbacks. Somewhere in Arizona, the Seahawks and Cardinals are still missing chip-shot field goals as this is being written.

In all seriousness, the Patriots really do feel a notch above everybody else in the NFL. Gronkowski is rounding into form. Legarrette Blount can't be stopped. Tom Brady missed the first four games of the regular season and is quickly playing himself into the MVP conversation.

Luckily, the bulk of the NFL season is still in front of us. Although another New England Super Bowl appearance feels likely right now, remember that we're not even in November.

There's plenty of football left.

Here are our power rankings going into Week 8:

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32. Cleveland Browns

32. Cleveland Browns

Record: 0-7

Week 7 result: Lost to the Bengals, 31-17

Week 7 star: Well, Kevin Hogan threw two interceptions in his pro debut, but he did run for a 28-yard touchdown, so we'll give it to him. Why not?

Week 8 opponent: vs. New York Jets

One thing to know: The Browns have had six players throw at least five passes this season, and we're not even at the halfway mark. Meanwhile, if they can't beat the Jets this weekend, their chances of an 0-16 season will begin to look very likely.

31. San Francisco 49ers

31. San Francisco 49ers

Record: 1-6

Week 7 result: Lost to the Buccaneers, 34-17

Week 7 star: Gerald Hodges had an interception for the Niners defense.

Week 8 opponent: Bye Week

One thing to know: The Niners led 14-0 after the first quarter on Sunday.

30. Chicago Bears

30. Chicago Bears

Record: 1-6

Week 7 result: Lost to Green Bay, 26-10

Week 7 star: There wasn't one!

Week 8 opponent: vs. Minnesota Vikings

One thing to know: Brian Hoyer injured himself last week, and Matt Barkley was terrible off the bench. Luckily (or not), Jay Cutler is healthy again. This team is a mess.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 2-4

Week 7 result: Lost to the Raiders, 33-16

Week 7 star: Marqise Lee had 107 yards on seven catches for the Jags.

Week 8 opponent: at Tennessee Titans (Thursday)

One thing to know: Interceptions continue to kill Blake Bortles, who had one of the worst games of his career on Sunday. He has nine picks on the season.

28. Baltimore Ravens

28. Baltimore Ravens

Record: 3-4

Week 7 result: Lost to the Jets, 24-16

Week 7 star: Mike Wallace had 10 receptions for 120 yards.

Week 8 opponent: Bye Week

One thing to know: The Ravens have now dropped four in a row after starting the season with three consecutive wins.

27. New Orleans Saints

27. New Orleans Saints

Record: 2-4

Week 7 result: Lost to the Chiefs, 27-21

Week 7 star: Drew Brees threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.

Week 8 opponent: vs. Seattle Seahawks

One thing to know: The Saints have the worst defense in the NFL, giving up 32.5 points per game.

26. New York Jets

26. New York Jets

Record: 2-5

Week 7 result: Beat the Ravens, 24-16

Week 7 star: Matt Forte continues to produce out of the backfield, rushing for 100 yards and a touchdown.

Week 8 opponent: at Cleveland Browns

One thing to know: Geno Smith tore his ACL in his first start of the season, and Ryan Fitzparick (after delivering a much-needed win) blasted his coach, GM, and owner for doubting him. Everything is fine!

25. Los Angeles Rams

25. Los Angeles Rams

Record: 3-4

Week 7 result: Lost to the Giants, 17-10

Week 7 star: Alec Ogeltree led his team with seven tackles, including one for a loss.

Week 8 opponent: Bye Week

One thing to know: Case Keenum has been the worst quarterback in football this season, and his performance in London proved why. He had four interceptions, including a game-ending pick in the end zone that was so bad it looked as though he were on the Giants. Jeff Fisher has said he will remain the starter, causing many to wonder just how bad Jared Goff is.

24. Miami Dolphins

24. Miami Dolphins

Record: 3-4

Week 7 result: Beat the Bills, 28-25

Week 7 star: Jay Ajayi had his second-straight game with over 200 yards rushing.

Week 8 opponent: Bye Week

One thing to know: Arian Foster abruptly announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday night.

23. Tennessee Titans

23. Tennessee Titans

Record: 3-4

Week 7 result: Lost to the Colts, 24-36

Week 7 star: DeMarco Murray played great yet again, finding the back of the end zone and picking up 107 yards on the ground.

Week 8 opponent: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (Thursday)

One thing to know: With 143 rushing yards per game, the Titans have the third best rush offense in football. Who would've thought?

22. Indianapolis Colts

22. Indianapolis Colts

Record: 3-4

Week 7 result: Beat the Titans, 34-26

Week 7 star: Andrew Luck threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter.

Week 8 opponent: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

One thing to know: The Colts are in good shape in the AFC South at the moment, but with a brutal schedule coming up — including games against the Packers, Steelers, Vikings, and Raiders — it's going to be a battle for them to make the playoffs.

21. Carolina Panthers

21. Carolina Panthers

Record: 1-5

Week 7 result: Bye Week!

Week 7 star: There wasn't one!

Week 8 opponent: vs. Arizona Cardinals

One thing to know: Sunday's game against the Cardinals is a virtual must-win for the Panthers, who are already quickly falling out of the playoff race.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 3-3

Week 7 result: Beat the 49ers, 34-17

Week 7 star: Mike Evans had 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Week 8 opponent: vs. Oakland Raiders

One thing to know: Tampa Bay is quietly only a half-game behind the Falcons in the NFC South. Don't sleep on this young team!

19. Washington Redskins

19. Washington Redskins

Record: 4-3

Week 7 result: Lost to the Lions, 20-17

Week 7 star: Jamison Crowder had 108 yards on seven catches.

Week 8 opponent: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

One thing to know: Matt Jones had another fumble on Sunday, his third of the season. If he can't hold onto the ball, he's going to see fewer carries.

18. New York Giants

18. New York Giants

Record: 4-3

Week 7 result: Beat the Rams, 17-10

Week 7 star: Landon Collins, who had two interceptions, one of which he returned 60 yards for a wild, thrilling touchdown.

Week 8 opponent: Bye Week

One thing to know: Averaging just 30.2 yards per game on the ground, the Giants have the worst run-game in the NFL. That's hurting their passing game, too. In all, the offense (just 19 points per game) has been extremely underwhelming.

17. Detroit Lions

17. Detroit Lions

Record: 4-3

Week 7 result: Beat the Redskins, 20-17

Week 7 star: Matthew Stafford, who in his 100th start in the NFL threw a game-winning touchdown to Anquan Boldin with just 18 seconds left.

Week 8 opponent: at Houston Texans

One thing to know: Stafford is a new player under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. He's currently sixth in Total QBR this season, according to ESPN.

16. Houston Texans

16. Houston Texans

Record: 4-3

Week 7 result: Lost to the Broncos, 27-9

Week 7 star: Kicker Nick Novak had three field goals, which accounted for all of Houston's points against the Broncos.

Week 8 opponent: vs. Detroit Lions

One thing to know: Brock Osweiler is struggling against pressure. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he has the second-worst QBR (24) against five or more rushers.

15. Buffalo Bills

15. Buffalo Bills

Record: 4-3

Week 7 result: Lost to the Dolphins, 28-25

Week 7 star: Marquise Goodwin had a nice game. The wide receiver went for 93 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown.

Week 8 opponent: vs. New England Patriots

One thing to know: Tyrod Taylor is a different (read: worse) quarterback in the 4th quarter. From ESPN's Mike Rodak: "Tyrod Taylor has a 75.3 QBR in the first three quarters of games, fifth-best in the NFL. In fourth quarters, he ranks 29th with a 24.9 QBR."

14. Cincinnati Bengals

14. Cincinnati Bengals

Record: 3-4

Week 7 result: Beat the Browns, 31-17

Week 7 star: AJ Green had 169 yards and a touchdown. The TD came on a ridiculous Hail Mary at the very end of the first half, in which Green fumbled the ball to himself while falling down and surrounded by several Cleveland defenders.

Week 8 opponent: Bye Week

One thing to know: The AFC North is totally up for grabs with the Ravens in free-fall, the Steelers without Big Ben, and the Browns thoroughly incompetent. The Bengals should be able to take advantage with winnable games against the Redskins, Giants, and Bills on the horizon.

13. San Diego Chargers

13. San Diego Chargers

Record: 3-4

Week 7 result: Beat the Falcons in OT, 33-30

Week 7 star: Linebacker Denzel Perryman, whose seven-tackle effort against Atlanta earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Week laurels.

Week 8 opponent: at Denver Broncos

One thing to know: For a change, the Chargers trailed in the fourth quarter by 10 and managed to come back and win. This team is still very much alive, but imagine their record if they hadn't blown all those games earlier this season!

12. Oakland Raiders

12. Oakland Raiders

Record: 5-2

Week 7 result: Beat the Jaguars, 33-16

Week 7 star: Latavius Murray returned from his turf toe and found the back of the end zone twice.

Week 8 opponent: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

One thing to know: The Raiders are 4-0 on the road this season.

11. Philadelphia Eagles

11. Philadelphia Eagles

Record: 4-2

Week 7 result: Beat the Vikings, 21-10

Week 7 star: Josh Huff had a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown.

Week 8 opponent: at Dallas Cowboys

One thing to know: The Eagles are reportedly on the market for a wide receiver as the trade deadline approaches. They have been linked to both Torrey Smith, and Alshon Jefferey.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers

10. Pittsburgh Steelers

Record: 4-3

Week 7 result: Lost to the Patriots, 27-16

Week 7 star: Antonio Brown had 106 yards receiving on seven catches.

Week 8 opponent: Bye Week

One thing to know: Ben Roethlisberger returned to throwing during practice this week, and expects to return following his team's bye week.

9. Atlanta Falcons

9. Atlanta Falcons

Record: 4-3

Week 7 result: Lost in overtime to the Chargers, 33-30

Week 7 star: Julio Jones had nine catches fof 174 yards.

Week 8 opponent: vs. Green Bay Packers

One thing to know: The Falcons have lost two in a row, but thanks to their lousy division are still in first place. They have a huge game this weekend at home against the Packers, though.

8. Kansas City Chiefs

8. Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 4-2

Week 7 result: Beat the Saints, 27-21

Week 7 star: Spencer Ware continues to be the best offensive player on the Chiefs, picking up 77 rushing yards and 54 receiving yards, plus a touchdown.

Week 8 opponent: at Indianapolis Colts

One thing to know: The Chiefs have won 15 of their last 18 games, and are undefeated at home this season. The AFC West race is heating up.

7. Green Bay Packers

7. Green Bay Packers

Record: 4-2

Week 7 result: Beat the Bears, 26-10

Week 7 star: Aaron Rodgers looked like his old self against Chicago, throwing three touchdown passes to go with 326 yards.

Week 8 opponent: at Atlanta Falcons

One thing to know: Three key members of the Green Bay secondary are injured, which does not bode well against Matt Ryan and Julio Jones this weekend.

6. Arizona Cardinals

6. Arizona Cardinals

Record: 3-3-1

Week 7 result: Tied, 6-6, with the Seahawks

Week 7 star: David Johnson had 113 yards rushing. He is currently producing a third of his team's total offense.

Week 8 opponent: at Carolina Panthers

One thing to know: The Cardinals' tie with the Seahawks was the wonkiest game of the NFL season. It featured several missed field goals, and zero touchdowns. It also taught us something about the upcoming election.

5. Denver Broncos

5. Denver Broncos

Record: 5-2

Week 7 result: Beat Texans, 27-9

Week 7 star: The entire Broncos defense shined against the Texans and their former quarterback, Brock Osweiler. Von Miller got the revenge he was looking for.

Week 8 opponent: vs. San Diego Chargers

One thing to know: Denver is struggling with penalties this season (third most in the NFL), 12 of which have come from the offensive line. The defense is so good that the penalties have not been catastrophic, but it will start to catch up to this team soon enough.

4. Dallas Cowboys

4. Dallas Cowboys

Record:

Week 7 result: Bye Week

Week 7 star: There wasn't one!

Week 8 opponent: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

One thing to know: All of a sudden, the Cowboys are the top seed in the NFC. Still plenty of season left!

3. Minnesota Vikings

3. Minnesota Vikings

Record: 5-1

Week 7 result: Lost to the Eagles, 21-10

Week 7 star: There wasn't one in this ugly loss!

Week 8 opponent: Bye Week

One thing to know: Sam Bradford had his worst game in a Vikings uniform, completing 58% of his passes and turning the ball over three times. Vikings fans will undoubtedly hope this is a one-time thing, and not a return to old ways.

2. Seattle Seahawks

2. Seattle Seahawks

Record: 4-1-1

Week 7 result: Tied the Cardinals, 6-6

Week 7 star: Bobby Wagner made 13 tackles, and blocked a field goal by (legally!) jumping over the line of scrimmage.

Week 8 opponent: at New Orleans Saints

One thing to know: Stop us if you've heard this before: the Seahawks are the best defense in football, giving up just 14.0 points per game.

1. New England Patriots

1. New England Patriots

Record: 6-1

Week 7 result: Beat the Steelers, 27-16

Week 7 star: LeGarrette Blount ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns. He's been great all season long, finding the end zone eight times, plus a total of 566 yards rushing.

Week 8 opponent: at Buffalo Bills

One thing to know: The Patriots traded for Kyle Van Noy, a little-known linebacker on the Lions. Knowing the Patriots, he'll probably soon be a Pro Bowler.

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