There are new kings in the power rankings.
1. New Orleans Saints (7-1)
Coming off of their bye week, the Saints have won six games in a row and play a home game against the Falcons this week. The Saints were able to dominate without Alvin Kamara in Week eight and I see them dominating again this week. The Saints are elite on both sides of the ball and will destroy the Falcons on Sunday.
Offensive MVP: N/A
Defensive MVP: N/A
Last Week’s Rank: 3
2. San Francisco 49ers (8-0)
The 49ers barely beat a struggling Cardinals team on Thursday night. The 49ers’ defense still leads the league in yards allowed per game with 241 but gave up 357 yards and 25 points to the Cardinals. That is unacceptable for a team trying to make a deep playoff run but a win is a win. Jimmy Garoppolo lead the 49ers’ offense to 411 total yards and 28 points.
Offensive MVP: Jimmy Garropolo, QB – 28-for-37 on passing for 317 yards and four touchdowns
Defensive MVP: Fred Warner, LB – nine tackles and one pass defended
Last Week’s Rank: 2
3. New England Patriots (8-1)
After winning eight straight games to start the season, the Patriots lost their first game against the Ravens on Sunday night. They only gave up around eight points per game in their first eight games, but the Patriots’ defense gave up 37 points to the Ravens. The Patriots had an extremely easy start to the season and lost their first big test of the season. The Patriots head into their bye week and then have to play the Eagles and Cowboys, which could be two tough games as well.
Offensive MVP: Tom Brady, QB – 30-for-46 on passing for 285 yards and one touchdown
Defensive MVP: Dont’a Hightower, LB – 13 tackles and one tackle for a loss
Last Week’s Rank: 1
4. Baltimore Ravens (6-2)
The Ravens have beat the Seahawks and Patriots in their last two games and are playing amazing. The Ravens’ rushing attack, led by Lamar Jackson, is almost unstoppable as they average 205 rushing yards per game. This team’s defense has been mediocre thus far as they rank 15th in the league in yards allowed per game and gave up 22 points per game. Watch for Baltimore to cruise to another victory as they play the Bengals this week.
Offensive MVP: Lamar Jackson, QB – 17-for-23 on passing for 163 yards and one touchdown, 15 carries for 115 yards
Defensive MVP: Marlon Humphrey, CB – six tackles, one fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown
Last Week’s Rank: 6
5. Seattle Seahawks (7-2)
The Seahawks won their second straight game in a shootout with the Buccaneers on Sunday. Russell Wilson had an MVP caliber performance as he threw for five touchdowns and threw the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Although the defense struggled and gave up 418 yards, the Seahawks offense was excellent as they totaled 492 yards.
Offensive MVP: Russell Wilson, QB – 29-for-43 for 378 yards and five touchdowns, one rush for 21 yards
Defensive MVP: Bobby Wagner, LB - 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, one QB hit and one sack
Last Week’s Rank: 8
6. Green Bay Packers (7-2)
After averaging 32.5 points per game in the previous four games, the Packers were held to just 11 points and 184 yards of total offense against the Chargers on Sunday. The Packers’ defense also gave up 442 yards to the Chargers’ offense. Although the Packers struggled on both sides of the ball, they are still a great team. They will bounce back.
Offensive. MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB – 23-for-35 on passing for 161 yards and one touchdown
Defensive MVP: Blake Martinez, LB – 12 tackles
Last Week’s Rank: 4
7. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)
After a tough loss last week to the Packers, the Chiefs won a close game against the Vikings on Sunday. Although the defense gave up three passing touchdowns, the Chiefs’ offense was able to outplay the Vikings defense. If Matt Moore can play like he did on Sunday in every game until Patrick Mahomes comes back, watch out.
Offensive MVP: Tyreek Hill, WR – six receptions for 140 yards and one touchdown
Defensive MVP: Damien Wilson, LB – seven tackles
Last Week’s Rank: 7
8. Houston Texans (6-3)
The Texans’ defense held the Jaguars to just three points and forced four turnovers as they cruised to a 26-3 win. The offense has scored 53 points in the last two games and looked good passing and running the ball on Sunday.
Offensive MVP: Carlos Hyde, RB – 19 carries for 160 yards
Defensive MVP: Zach Cunningham, LB – eight tackles and one fumble recovery
Last Week’s Rank: 9
9. Minnesota Vikings (6-3)
After winning the previous four games, the Vikings lost to the Chiefs on Sunday. Kirk Cousins was outdueled by Matt Moore and Dalvin Cook was contained. The Vikings face another tough team this week as they play the Cowboys on Sunday night.
Offensive MVP: Kirk Cousins, QB – 19-for-38 on passing for 220 yards and three touchdowns
Defensive MVP: Harrison Smith, S – eight tackles, one tackle for a loss, one pass defended, one QB hit and one sack
Last Week’s Rank: 5
10. Los Angeles Rams (5-3)
The Rams had their bye last week and travel to Heinz Field this week to play the Steelers. The Rams have held their opponents to just 20 points in the last two games and the offense averaged 30.5 points. This week’s performance will say a lot about this team.
Offensive MVP: N/A
Defensive MVP: N/A
Last Week’s Rank: 10
11. Dallas Cowboys (5-3)
In all five of the Cowboys’ wins this season, they have put up more than 30 points. The Cowboys started the game with an interception from Dak Prescott, but the defense held the Giants to a field goal. The Cowboys defense forced three turnovers and ended the game with a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Jourdan Lewis.
Last Week’s Rank: 12
12. Indianapolis Colts (5-3)
The Colts lost Jacoby Brissett to injury on Sunday and lost to the Steelers on a missed game-winning field goal. Brian Hoyer played decent but threw a 96-yard pick-six in the second quarter. The Colts held the Steelers to 273 yards but it was not enough to win.
Last Week’s Rank: 11
13. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)
The Eagles defense held the Bears to just 14 points and 164 yards of total offense. The offense also dominated as they totaled 373 yards of offense and rushed for 146 yards. This defense has held both the Bills and Bears under 15 points in the last two weeks.
Last Week’s Rank: 14
14. Buffalo Bills (6-2)
After a tough loss to the Eagles, the Bills bounced back and beat the Redskins on Sunday. Although the offense was held to just 268 yards, they put up 24 points. The defense also had a bounce back game as they held the Redskins to nine points.
Last Week’s Rank: 13
15. Carolina Panthers (5-3)
After a tough loss to the 49ers, the Panthers had a good game against the Titans and won 30-20. McCaffrey is having an MVP-caliber season and rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday.
Last Week’s Rank: 15
16. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)
After a rough start to the season, the Steelers have won three games in a row to improve to 4-4. The win on Sunday was highlighted by a pick-six from Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Last Week’s Rank: 19
17. Oakland Raiders (4-4)
The Raiders had a big bounce back game against the Lions after losing their previous two games. The offense dominated in both the passing game and running game in the win.
Last Week’s Rank: 18
18. Los Angeles Chargers (4-5)
After starting the season with a 2-5 record, the Chargers have won the last two games and have improved to 4-5. The Chargers had a huge defensive game as they held the Packers to just 184 yards.
Last Week’s Rank: 23
19. Detroit Lions (3-4-1)
Even with Matthew Stafford throwing for 406 yards and three touchdowns, the Lions still lost to the Raiders. The Lions have lost four of their last five games and will look to get back on track against the Bears this week.
Last Week’s Rank: 16
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5)
The Jaguars got blown out by the Texans on Sunday 26-3 and had nothing going their way. The Jaguars have a bye this week and will start Nick Foles in their next game against the Colts.
Last Week’s Rank: 20
21. Tennessee Titans (4-5)
After winning their previous two games, the Titans lost to the Panthers 30-20. The Titans’ defense had no answer for McCaffrey as he had three touchdowns.
Last Week’s Rank: 21
22. Chicago Bears (3-5)
The Bears started the season 3-1 but have lost four games in a row and are playing awful. Mitchell Trubisky only threw for 125 yards and is struggling tremendously.
Last Week’s Rank: 17
23. Denver Broncos (3-6)
After an 0-4 start, the Broncos have won three of their last five games. Phillip Lindsay had a big week as he was able to rush for 92 yards on just nine carries.
Last Week’s Rank: 25
24. Cleveland Browns (2-6)
The Browns have lost four games in a row and can’t find a way to win even with an incredible amount of talent.
Last Week’s Rank: 22
25. Arizona Cardinals (3-5-1)
Although the Cardinals lost on Thursday night, they scored 25 points on the top defense in the NFC. Kyler Murray threw for 241 yards and did not turn the ball over.
Last Week’s Rank: 24
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)
After starting the season 2-2 with wins against the Panthers and Rams, the Buccaneers have lost their last four games. The offense is scoring points, but the defense can’t stop anyone.
Last Week’s Rank: 27
27. New York Giants (2-6)
After they were down one point at half time, the Giants were outscored 24-6 in the second half. Daniel Jones is a turnover machine and the offensive line can’t block for Saquan Barkley.
Last Week’s Rank: 26
28. Atlanta Falcons (1-7)
Despite having a star-studded offense, the Falcons have been terrible this season. This team has not won a game since Week two.
Last Week’s Rank: 28
29. Washington Redskins (1-8)
The Redskins have been outscored 52-18 in the last three games. The offense is just averaging 12 points per game and Dwayne Haskins is not the franchise quarterback they were looking for.
Last Week’s Rank: 29
30. Miami Dolphins (1-7)
After losing their first seven games, the Dolphins won their first game. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for three touchdowns and propelled the Dolphins to this victory.
Last Week’s Rank: 32
31. New York Jets (1-7)
The Jets are awful. Although they beat the Cowboys this season, the offense has struggled to score all season.
Last Week’s Rank: 30
32. Cincinnati Bengals (0-8)
The Bengals are coming off of a bye and will probably lose their ninth straight game as they host the Ravens.
Last Week’s Rank: 31