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Week 8 AP NFL Power Rankings: An all-NFC top 5

The Arrowhead Pride team ranks the league from top to bottom.

Dallas Cowboys v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Week 7 was the week of acceptance in the NFL.

Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs have to accept that our team is no longer the juggernaut it once was. The Baltimore Ravens will have to accept that the Cincinnati Bengals are now a big player in the AFC North. And finally, the New York Jets will have to accept that they will never beat the New England Patriots.

They say that acceptance is the first stage of recovery. The Chiefs will be hoping this is the case going forward.

This week’s voters were Pete Sweeney, Ron Kopp, Matt Stagner, Jared Sapp, Stephen Serda, Rocky Magana, Talon Graff, Ethan Willinger, and myself.

1. Arizona Cardinals (1st)

By far and away the best team in football right now.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3rd)

That fan should have held that ball hostage.

3. Dallas Cowboys (4th)

Dreading them coming to Arrowhead in a few weeks' time.

4. Los Angeles Rams (5th)

Dan Campbell threw everything at them, yet they still come out victorious.

5. Green Bay Packers (7th)

Back into the top five for the first time in a few weeks — let’s hope there isn’t a mass COVID outbreak in the coming weeks.

6. Buffalo Bills (2nd)

It will be interesting how they bounce back after their bye.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (10th)

Joe Burrow-to-Ja’mar Chase is a combo we will be talking about for years to come. What a win.

8. Los Angeles Chargers (8th)

Extended their advantage over the Chiefs without playing a snap.

9. Baltimore Ravens (6th)

Who saw that beatdown coming?

10. Tennessee Titans (12th)

Two statements win back-to-back. Welcome to the top 10.

11. Las Vegas Raiders (15th)

Maybe the Raiders are just a good football team after all?

12. Cleveland Browns (11th)

Are the Browns proving that running backs don’t matter?

13. Minnesota Vikings (13th)

Stay where they were after the bye.

14. New Orleans Saints (14th)

Their defense will be the reason they have any success this year

15. Kansas City Chiefs (9th)

This season wasn’t meant to pan out like this. What is happening?

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (18th)

No game this week. Still in the hunt.

17. New England Patriots (20th)

54 points! Bill Belichick hates the Jets.

18. Indianapolis Colts (22nd)

Looking better and better as the season goes on.

19. Carolina Panthers (16th)

They bit the bullet and benched Sam Darnold. Is Deshaun Watson incoming?

20. San Francisco 49ers (17th)

My preseason Super Bowl pick of the 49ers against the Chiefs is looking rather silly.

21. Atlanta Falcons (26th)

Kyle Pitts has arrived.

22. Seattle Seahawks (19th)

They should seriously think about tanking.

23. Denver Broncos (23rd)

They couldn’t beat Case Keenum....

24. Chicago Bears (21st) | This week’s high riser

Did we all go overboard with the Justin Fields hype?

25. Philadelphia Eagles (24th)

They didn’t sack Derek Carr once. That is a concern.

26. Washington Football Team (25th)

NFL officials need to have a long, hard look at themselves. There is no way that Taylor Heinicke touchdown should have been ruled out.

27. New York Giants (28th)

Daniel Jones is a better pass-catcher than he is a pass-thrower.

28. Miami Dolphins (27th)

Losing two games in a row to a last-second field goal. Killer!

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (30th)

I hope they enjoyed their rest after their epic win in London.

30. New York Jets (29th)

Things go from bad to worse for the Jets,

31. Houston Texans (31st)

Completely outmatched against the Cardinals.

32. Detroit Lions (32nd)

I’m not going to lie — I would love to play for Dan Campbell.


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