The Chiefs keep on winning and the Chiefs keep on moving up in the power rankings. This week is a huge week for the Chiefs and they can't let their guards down against a winless Dolphins team. The Chiefs also need to win these next two games before the hard part of the schedule kicks in. I for one will be more than happy with a 6-3 record when we face the Patriots in primetime. This week the Chiefs win the injury battle yet again. Hopefully, that helps translate into another win.
The Chiefs have moved up 6 spots this week and own the biggest jump. It is funny because the Chargers dropped 7 spots this week and own the biggest fall. It seems like the panel were still pumped up over the win or we hate the Chargers. If you want to see where the AFC West ranks then please follow along.
It seems like every week after the jump I talk about the Packers and how good they are. This week is no different because they have yet to give up their number 1 spot. However, there is a new team in the number 2 spot. As always I'll have the record next to the team names along with the change from last week.
There was only one tie this week between the Chargers and Buccaneers. The Bucs edged out to be the more consistently ranked team. There were 5 teams that stayed in the same spot as last week including the Packers. Let's see where everyone falls! Thanks again to the panel members for getting these rankings in every week.
1. Green Bay Packers (7-0) (+/- 0)
The Champs are well rested and ready to go, and hopefully put a hurting on San Diego.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) (+ 3)
For the first time all season the Pittsburgh Steelers begin a game with the same starting offensive line as the previous week. While this was not the main factor in their win against the Patriots, it was definitely a huge one that contributed to the win.
3. San Francisco 49ers (6-1) (+ 1)
The '9ers pretty easily handled the Browns - as well they should have. A game against the free-falling Redskins is next and making playoffs seems to be rapidly becoming a mere formality for this team.
4. New England Patriots (5-2) (- 2)
The Patriots lost a big game against the Steelers. The good news is that their second half schedule is a cake walk.
5. Buffalo Bills (5-2) (+ 2)
The Bills face the Jets and Cowboys next. Time to find out who the Bills really are down the stretch.
6. New Orleans Saints (5-3) (- 3)
What the hell?
7. Detroit Lions (6-2) (+ 1)
The Lions get a week off to prepare to play an NFL QB. They embarrassed Denver and put Tim Tebow one game closer to lining up at Tight End.
8. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) (- 2)
If there was any team that the Ravens could play like crap, and still win it had to be the Arizona Cardinals who are not only bad, but also the former team of an angry Anquan Boldin. Think that 145 yards and 7 receptions contributed to the Ravens comeback win at all?
9. New York Giants (5-2) (+/- 0)
The Giants dodged a huge bullet in a must win game against Miami considering their next six weeks is the hardest stretch any team in the league will face at any time this season.
10. Houston Texans (5-3) (+ 1)
A nice easy game for a change and the Texans took care of business as they should and still on track for the division title.
11. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) (+ 3)
Folks, we have found the 2011 version of the Chiefs from last year. A young team blossoming before it's time against a weak schedule. Hey, there job is to win the games they are schedule and the rookies in stripes are doing just that.
12. Chicago Bears (4-3) (+/- 0)
Well rested and ready for the big stage. Can the Bears go into a hostile environment and beat an improving Eagles team? This game could have huge Wildcard implications.
13. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) (+ 6)
With an unbelievable win on Monday, the Chiefs set themselves up with a potential six-game winning streak if they can beat Miami and Denver.
14. New York Jets (4-3) (- 1)
Their next two games are division games. They both are a must win.
15. Atlanta Falcons (4-3) (+/- 0)
If they lose this week to Indy, they'll have a hard time making the playoffs.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3) (+ 2)
They need to beat the Saints again this week if they want to have any hope of winning the division.
17. San Diego Chargers (4-3) (- 7)
Practice snapping the ball.
18. Oakland Raiders (4-3) (- 1)
McFadden will probably miss this game, but Denver should be beaten anyway.
19. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) (+ 2)
Eagles get a big win over a division rival but it's tough sledding ahead with playoff position teams in three of their next four.
20. Dallas Cowboys (3-4) (- 4)
All is not lost in Big D regardless of the embarrassing loss against Philly. Despite being 3-4 they have the inside track to the division crown as only four of their last nine opponents have winning records headed into week 9.
21. Tennessee Titans (4-3) (- 1)
Playing the Colts helped heal a lot of woulds from last week's beatdown at the hands of the Texans ... the Titans prove they're the second best team in the weakest division in the league.
22. Washington Redskins (3-4) (+ 1)
The Skins are sliding and it's not going to stop this week. The only thing they have going for them is a date against the Phins in week 10.
23. Carolina Panthers (2-6) (- 1)
Despite being 2-6, they only have a -20 point differential.
24. Minnesota Vikings (2-6) (+ 2)
Ponder gets his first win in the NFL, and looks a lot better than I expected. They have the week off, so you might want to make sure your daughters are not going to Lake Minnetonka this weekend.
25. Cleveland Browns (3-4) (- 1)
The Browns have to hate playing against the teams ran by the Harbaugh family. Record versus John Harbaugh: 0-6 Record versus Jim Harbaugh: 0-1 Combine: 0-7.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) (- 1)
Blaine Gabbert can at least take consolation that as long as Tim Tebow is starting for the Broncos he's not the worst QB in the league on game day.
27. Seattle Seahawks (2-5) (+ 1)
Seattle will have to play hard to get a win in Dallas against a Cowboys team desperate for a win. Then again, one should never underestimate the 'Boys' ability to beat themselves.
28. St. Louis Rams (1-6) (+ 3)
Finally some signs of life from the Rams as they pull off the upset of the week against the Saints. This is the type of win that St. Louis can build on heading into the (much) easier half of their schedule.
29. Denver Broncos (2-5) (- 2)
Is Tebow time still fun Denver?
30. Arizona Cardinals (1-6) (- 1)
Arizona seemingly realized that they had a golden opportunity against a struggling Ravens offense and promptly jumped out to a 3 score lead... before also realizing that they were still the Cardinals and promptly choking it away.
31. Miami Dolphins (0-7) (- 1)
The Dolphins might not win a game all season. However, they will end up the true winners by getting Luck.
32. Indianapolis Colts (0-8) (+/- 0)
This team looks like it's given up completely on the season and might challenge the Lions 0-16 record for futility, a sad story for a once proud franchise.