Forbes NFL power rankings: Week 8

 

john_carney_saints1. New Orleans Saints (6-0, last week: #1)
Drew Brees only threw 1 TD, yet somehow the Saints put up 46 on the Dolphins.  Where are all these points even coming from?

2. Indianapolis Colts (6-0, last week: #2)
Jaguars, Dolphins, Cardinals, Seahawks, Titans, Rams.  That’s been the Colts schedule so far.  They still have yet to play any team that could be considered top 10 material.  They’re like a dude who keeps his self-esteem up by scoring with ugly chicks.

3. Denver Broncos (6-0, last week: #3)
The Broncos just signed former Steelers punter Mitch Berger to their roster, and I can assure you with all certainty that he is a downgrade from whatever their situation was before.  Even if their situation was a one-legged punter with a hook for a foot, Mitch Berger is a downgrade from that.

4. New England Patriots (5-2, last week: #4)
I’m thinking very seriously of changing my fantasy team’s name from “Death of Autodraft” to “Tom Brady’s Summer Jam Screen.”  I’ll let you know what I decide.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2, last week: #9)
Any team that forces Brett Favre into two turnovers and runs both back for touchdowns, resulting in outstanding sports photography like this is my favorite team for a week.  Just so happens my favorite team for a week is my favorite team.

6. Minnesota Vikings (6-1, last week: #5)
The Vikings run defense is running on reputation fumes at this point.  It’s just not great anymore, although it might be another few weeks before teams figure that out.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2, last week: On the bubble)
Anybody who says the Bears made a mistake letting Cedric Benson go has a terrible memory.  He was an absolutely horrible running back in Chicago, and there was no indication whatsoever that he was capable of doing what he’s doing right now.  If this was baseball, I’d be checking his bat for cork and subjecting him to hourly steroid tests.

8. New York Giants (5-2, last week: #6)
Like I said last week, the Giants fooled everybody by jumping out to a 5-0 start against bad teams.  But after back-to-back losses to teams that don’t suck, the jig is officially up.  And their second half schedule is brutal.  Like, they might not make the playoffs brutal.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (4-2, last week: #10)
It’s going to take a long, long time to wash the bad taste of last week’s Raiders loss out of the Eagles mouth.  And just in case anyone was entertaining the notion that the Raiders might not be that bad, they got shut out this week by the Jets 38-0 at home.

10. Atlanta Falcons (4-2, last week: #7)
7 TDs in 6 games is obscuring things a bit, but something appears to be not right with Michael Turner.  He’s averaging a full yard per carry less than last year (3.4 vs. 4.5), and a tougher schedule is not the problem.  Only two of the six teams he’s faced thus far rank in the top half of the league in run defense.

On the bubble: Baltimore Ravens (3-3, last week #8), Green Bay Packers (4-2), Dallas Cowboys (4-2), Arizona Cardinals (4-2), New York Jets (4-3)

Related posts:

  1. Forbes NFL power rankings: Week 2
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  3. Forbes NFL power rankings: Week 7
  4. Forbes NFL power rankings: Week 5
  5. Forbes NFL power rankings: Week 9

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