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2015-2016 NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

1. Patriots (+0)

There were some people foolish enough to say the Dolphins might contend with the Patriots on Thursday. My response: HAHAHAHAHAHA

2. Broncos (+7)

Denver ousts the Packers handedly and jump to the two-spot. Who can pick apart this defense? When will Peyton’s inability at quarterback and this desolate offense finally cost Denver a game?

3. Bengals (+0)

They struggled against the Steelers and had it not been for Ben clearly not looking like himself and throwing three interceptions, they would have lost. They didn’t but Denver passes them up for the two spot.

4. Panthers (+2)

A close win over the Colts isn’t what you want to see as a Carolina fan but it’s good enough to get them into the top-five. Cam’s having the best year of his career.

5. Jets (-1)

As soon as Fitzpatrick left the game and Geno Smith took over at quarterback, the team quit. The team has no faith in Smith. I expect the Jets to look themselves if Fitzpatrick starts next week.

6. Packers (-4)

Where was Aaron Rodgers? Because he wasn’t in Denver.

7. Vikings (-2)

Another struggle against a division rival. They need to find their game again real quick or they’re out of the top-ten.

8. Rams (+0)

A win over the 49ers is no big accomplishment but it’s enough to get keep them at eight.

9. Cardinals (-2)

The Cards were picked apart by McCown but the Browns being the Browns managed to let Arizona take control and get the win.

10. Raiders (+4)

A big win over the Jets, one of the better defenses in the league. The Raiders are contending for a playoff spot right now. Who would have thought?

11. Falcons (-1)

As a Falcons fan, I’m disgusted. They have one more chance to get their game together or they’ll fall quite a couple spots.

12. Steelers (-1)

As a Steelers fan, I’m equally disgusted if not more so. The Steelers defense is a top-ten squad right now, harassed Andy Dalton all night long and the Steelers offense, mainly Ben, managed to hand the game right back to them. At home and against a division rival, that’s unacceptable. Le’Veon Bell is out for the season, only making the wound from the game that much deeper.

13. Bills (+0)

Bye. Hopefully the Bills can get their starters back from injury for next week.

14. Giants (+1)

The Giants have no defense and no way to attack the quarterback. Luckily, the offense has shown they can stick around in a shootout, which seems to be all you need to do to win the NFC East this year.

15. Seahawks (-3)

Seattle almost loss to Matt Cassel and Darren McFadden. Take a second to let that soak in. Dan Quinn’s departure has been the thorn in the side of Seattle all year long.

16. Chiefs (+0)

A Charles-less Chiefs squad put up 45 on Detroit. Let me repeat. Detroit.

17. Eagles (+0)

Bye. Philly didn’t start showing up until week 5 but it doesn’t look like it matters this year in the battered NFC East when you show up.

18. Browns (+0)

Josh McCown put the Browns up by a large margin against Arizona and then vanished. They’re starting Manziel at quarterback next week.

19. Colts (+5)

Colts decided to play this week. I’m sure they’ll decide not to next week and will fall back to 24 again.

20. Ravens (+3)

The Ravens get a much-needed win against the Chargers but have lost their biggest weapon, Steve Smith, for the season. It’s looking pretty dismal in Baltimore.

21. Redskins (+0)

Bye. The Kirk Cousins meme continues to run through my memories.

22. Cowboys (-3)

Let’s take a minute to laugh at a team with the best offensive line at football still managing to suck. Hahahaha. If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that Dallas has no depth on offense.

23. Dolphins (-1)

It seems unfair to lower someone in the rankings for losing to New England this year, so Miami only falls one spot. Who expects you to contend, honestly?

24. Chargers (-4)

The Chargers injury bug continues. Keenan Allen’s done for the year.

25. Saints (+2)

The Saints have no defense. Coincidentally, neither do the Giants!

26. Jaguars (+0)

Bye. Bortles and Jacksonville has impressed me this year even though they’ve haven’t climbed the board much yet.

27. Buccaneers (+3)

Tampa over Atlanta. There’s something I never thought would happen.

28. Titans (-3)

The Titans need Mariota desperately. He’ll return next week.

29. Texans (+2)

Houston responded to their throttling by beating Tennessee.

30. Bears (+1)

Bears will be Bears and Cutler hate aside, they’re looking better as is Cutler. Forte’s injury will cost them, however.

31. 49ers (-3)

Kaepernick is being benched and I’m overjoyed. Blaine Gabbert will start, lol.

32. Lions (+0)

Lions don’t have any fight in them this year. None at all.

Biggest Climb: Broncos (+7)

Biggest Fall: Packers, Chargers (-4)

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2015-2016 NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, fans, but I assure you the wait is over. Also, these rankings were made prior to the next week’s contests, so they’re not biased in anyway from the last few weeks’ results.

1. Patriots (+0)

New England refuses to be deterred. Another big win, this week 30-23 over the New York Jets.

2. Packers (+0)

Bye. They have a huge match-up against Denver next week.

3. Bengals (+0)

Bye. Face division-rival Pittsburgh on the road next week.

4. Jets (+3)

They are the only team that’s been able to stick with New England until the end.

5. Vikings (-1)

They shouldn’t have struggled with Detroit but it was a division match-up. Cincinnati always struggles against the Steelers so I’m willing to give Minnesota a break to an extent.

6. Panthers (+0)

They put on the heat later then I would have liked, but Carolina’s a top-ten team right now.

7. Cardinals (-2)

Again, Arizona doesn’t show up, beating Arizona late by one score. Where’s this team?

8. Rams (+2)

Dominant win over Cleveland might not be saying much but the defense has looked like it should and the emergence of Todd Gurley has been huge. I’m unsure how high they can go with only one true offensive weapon, however.

9. Broncos (+0)

Bye. At home against the Packers next week.

10. Falcons (-2)

Dan Quinn’s group looked so good through the first five weeks. That team hasn’t shown up the last two.

11. Steelers (+0)

A tough loss against Kansas City, but I’m not dropping Pittsburgh in the rankings this week. The defense has looked good and Ben is expected to return next week.

12. Seahawks (+1)

They beat San Francisco. Whoopie.

13. Bills (-1)

A loss to Jacksonville would normally drop a team much farther than this, but Buffalo’s struggles are because of a laundry list of injuries. That excuse won’t buy them much time.

14. Raiders (+2)

They beat San Diego handedly in the first half but let them get back in the game. With that said, let’s give a round of applause to Oakland. They look like a football team this year and a good one at that.

15. Giants (-1)

The NFC East is in complete shambles when a barely average team is leading the division.

16. Chiefs (+4)

No Jamaal Charles, no problem. Kansas City gets a big win against Pittsburgh at home and has an easy contest versus Detroit next week.

17. Eagles (+4)

It took forever, but the engine is starting to churn in Philly, which is not to say Chip Kelly is off the hook just yet. The team’s struggling in a struggling division.

18. Browns (-3)

One week Cleveland shows up and the next it doesn’t. Who knows what they’ll do next week against Arizona.

19. Cowboys (-1)

They haven’t won a game since Romo’s departure from the starting lineup. When will the streak end? Who knows, but if they lose next week, they enter the 20’s.

20. Chargers (-3)

No team has lost more to injury than San Diego, but a team’s potential is demonstrated by how it battles adversity. Melvin Gordon hasn’t made any sparks this year.

21. Redskins (+1)

*Insert Kirk Cousins meme here

22. Dolphins (+2)

They bombed Houston all day long. Now let’s calm down and remember they played Houston.

23. Ravens (+0)

They’ve lost by single scores multiple times this year. They’ve been in them, just can’t seem to finish.

24. Colts (-5)

Another team that doesn’t seem to show up week to week. The team’s fall from grace has been hard.

25. Titans (+2)

I’m unsure whether to credit Tennessee for hanging in there or to accredit the score to the Falcons’ disappearance.

26. Jaguars (+0)

Blake Bortles is impressing, Allen Hurns is a fantasy stud and they beat an injured Bills squad. They almost blew a huge lead though, meaning they earn no points with me this week.

27. Saints (+3)

New Orleans has no defense. Coincidentally, neither do the Colts!

28. 49ers (+0)

They loss to Seattle and aren’t likely to catch my interest any time soon.

29. Texans (-4)

They were hogtied and whipped last week by Miami. How will they come out next week?

30. Buccaneers (-1)

They blow another lead, this time to Washington. They continue to choke when victory is mere minutes away.

31. Bears (+0)

Bye. How long will the Bears hibernate?

32. Lions (+0)

Detroit’s struggles are not because of coaching, yet I feel Jim Caldwell’s firing is doomed to happen by season’s end. Detroit should have put more value into signing their defensive line, the only thing keeping the team together. That and Matt Stafford is awful.

Biggest Climb: Chiefs, Eagles (+4)

Biggest Fall: Colts (-5)

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2015-2016 NFL Power Rankings: Preseason

Hey guys! This year I’m doing my own NFL Power Rankings each week. Here’s what I’ve got going into week one.

1. Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks had few changes over the offseason and looked like a strong favorite for Super Bowl 50.

2. Packers

Even with the incredible loss of Jordy Nelson, the Packers look like the only team in the NFC who could contend with the Seahawks right now.

3. Broncos

Denver’s playoff struggles aside, Peyton Manning is still there last time I checked as is their more than serviceable defense.

4. Colts

Andrew Luck has advanced further into the playoffs every year since he entered the league and one would think that the addition of veterans Frank Gore and Andre Johnson only strengthen his case for a serious playoff run.

5. Patriots

Tom Brady’s suspension lifted, I can’t see how I can put the Super Bowl champions outside the top five. The receiving core is the same as last year and while the loss of Shane Vereen will hurt, it can’t compare with the huge losses of Revis and Cromartie. Their front seven should carry them through.

6. Cardinals

Bruce Arians is one of the best coaches in the league, demonstrated by his continual persistence and ability to coach a team despite nagging injury concerns. A healthy Palmer might be the only thing needed to put this team over the hump.

7. Chargers

If Rivers’ receivers can bounce back from last year’s woes and Melvin Gordon is the back we think he is, the Chargers are certain to grab a wild-card spot.

8. Ravens

The front seven is dangerous and Forsett was huge last year. Will they be able to handle the losses at receiver though?

9. Cowboys

The Cowboys’ offensive line is the best in the league, hands down. In a division with little defense, the Cowboys should own.

10. Eagles

However, the Eagles are right behind them. If the Eagles flop this year, the hate that Chip Kelly will get will be insurmountable and will surely end in his firing. The moves he made must work out because last year they had a great team and fans spent the offseason watching Kelly tear it apart and trade for Sam Bradford.

11. Vikings

I’ve got to believe the addition of Adrian Peterson boosts the Vikings a couple spots up. Mike Zimmer is one of the best defensive minds in football and a young squad should be up to the task.

12. Jets

The Jets are a whole different team after this summer’s additions. A whole different team. On paper, that defense looks scary.

13. Dolphins

I got to believe the Fins are right behind them. The Fins’ defense has a lot of potential and the addition of Suh is huge. Tannehill and Miller are a solid tandem.

14. Chiefs

The addition of Jeremy Maclin was huge for Kansas City. The defense is sturdy with last year’s sack-leader Justin Houston. I just worry there aren’t enough weapons on this offense for this team to succeed down the stretch.

15. Texans

I have the same concerns with Houston as I do with Kansas City. The defense is great and Vince Wilfork should be a huge addition for the defensive line. DeAndre Hopkins is a great up-and-coming receiver and Arian Foster, when healthy, is a top-five back. The when healthy part is becoming an issue for this team and I wouldn’t be surprised if they trade Foster or draft a running back next summer.

16. Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell may very well be the best trio in the league, but that secondary is one of the worst in the league.

17. Rams

Same story as with Kansas City and Houston. Where is the offense? This team’s offensive line is a huge problem and especially in the NFC West, will lead to struggles in division play.

18. Bills

The Bills are lower on this list than they should be but again, where’s the offense? Watkins wasn’t lights-out last year and uncertainties at quarterback make me skeptical.

19. Lions

The loss of almost their entire defensive line will reveal how weak this team’s secondary actually is.

20. Giants

This team’s defense? Where is it exactly?

21. Buccaneers

The defense has the talent to perform leagues better than they did last year.

22. Browns

Cleveland would have made the playoffs last year if they hadn’t choked down the stretch.

23. Bengals

This team has got to be better. They have the talent. Time to execute.

24. Falcons

Dan Quinn’s new team should make some strides on defense.

25. Panthers

This team’s receiving core is dry without Benjamin. Jonathan Stewart has big holes to fill. Can the defense take the pressure early on?

26. Saints

The loss of Jimmy Graham stings and the defense was putrid last year.

27. Bears

The defense was so bad last year. The Bears have lost their identity and are more offensive then they have been in a long time.

28. Jaguars

The defensive line had a lot of sacks last year and Posluszny returns. Bortles needs to step up to the plate.

29. 49ers

After quite possibly the worst offseason in sports history, the 49ers look doomed to struggle.

30. Redskins

All the talent on offense is there except for the quarterback position, which is what has led to continual struggles for the offense. The defense, on the other hand, is one of the worst in the league.

31. Raiders

Oakland holds a place in the bottom five once again.

32. Titans

Last and certainly least, Tennessee has a long way to go.

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