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NFL Week 8 Power Rankings: Return of Rodgers

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The Packers quarterback is starting to look like his old self.

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1. New England Patriots (7-0; Won 33-0 vs NYJ) (-)

New England’s stand-out defense had another huge day. They pitched a shutout and managed to intercept Sam Darnold four times in a Monday night massacre.

2. Green Bay Packers (6-1; Won 42-24 vs OAK) (-)

A vintage Aaron Rodgers performance saw the Packers keep their spot among the NFL’s best. The quarterback had 429 yards and five touchdowns on 31 pass attempts, only throwing six incompletions.

3. San Francisco 49ers (6-0; Won 9-0 vs WAS) (-)

The 49ers escaped the Nation's Capital with a touchdown-less victory over Washington. It was a game played on a field so wet it was basically a slip and slide, so there is not much to pull from here. The 49ers stayed undefeated, though.

4. New Orleans Saints (6-1; Won 36-25 vs CHI) (+1)

Teddy Bridgewater stayed undefeated on the season, even without Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook. Backup running back Latavius Murray had 119 yards and two scores on 27 carries, as the Saints maintained their stranglehold on the NFC South. Drew Brees could also be back soon as well.

5. Seattle Seahawks (5-2; Lost 30-16 vs BAL) (-1)

The Seahawks defense could not contain the dynamic Lamar Jackson, as they dropped a winnable game at home, falling further behind the pace in a competitive NFC West.

6. Los Angeles Rams (4-3; Won 37-10 vs ATL) (+3)

The Rams got themselves back on track, ending a three-game skid against a fledgling Falcons team. Quarterback Jared Goff looked great with 268 yards and two touchdowns.

7. Indianapolis Colts (4-2; Won 30-23 vs HOU) (+4)

A huge game from quarterback Jacoby Brissett saw the Colts cut through the Texans defense, taking them into first place in the AFC South and giving them a key win in the playoff race. The quarterback threw for 326 yards and four touchdowns.

8. Dallas Cowboys (4-3; Won 37-10 vs PHI) (+4)

The Cowboys dominated the Eagles in a key Sunday night tilt in the NFC East. Ezekiel Elliott had 111 yards and a score on 22 carries, and Dak Prescott added 239 yards and a score through the air. The Cowboys take sole possession of first in the division and look like the clear best team at the moment.

9. Houston Texans (4-3; Lost 30-23 vs IND) (-2)

Will Fuller was held silent on Sunday, only totaling one catch for 6 yards. Both Kenny Stills and DeAndre Hopkins benefited, though, each eclipsing the 100-yard mark. It was not enough, though, and the Texans came up short in a key AFC South match up against the Colts.

10. Buffalo Bills (5-1; Won 31-21 vs MIA) (-2)

It was not pretty, but the Bills managed to beat a bad Dolphins team to keep their spectacular early-season start alive.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2; Won 30-6 vs DEN) (-5)

Kansas City’s defense dominated the Broncos upfront, and racked up nine sacks en route to a huge division win to get their season back on track. Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes left the game early on with an injury, though, which could be a disaster for them long term.

12. Minnesota Vikings (5-2; Won 42-30 vs DET) (+2)

Kirk Cousins had another huge game, carrying the Vikings to another victory and quelling any concerns regarding his role as the team’s long-term quarterback. He threw for 337 yards and four touchdowns, 142 of those yards going to wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Running back Dalvin Cook had a huge day as well, with 142 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

13. Baltimore Ravens (5-2; Won 30-16 vs SEA) (+4)

Quarterback Lamar Jackson eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground once again, as he led the Ravens to a huge road upset over a streaking Seahawks team.

14. Chicago Bears (3-3; Lost 36-25 vs NO) (-4)

Mitchell Trubisky was once again a disaster through the air, while the Bears only totaled 17 rushing yards in an embarrassing offensive display.

15. Carolina Panthers (4-2; BYE) (+1)

Carolina got an extra week to prepare for an undefeated 49ers team, as their four-game win streak will be truly put to the test.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4; Lost 37-10 vs DAL) (-1)

Philadelphia was a mess on both sides of the ball, and a horrible day for quarterback Carson Wentz saw the Eagles miss out on a chance to take the lead in the NFC East.

17. Detroit Lions (2-3-1; Lost 42-30 vs MIN) (-4)

Detroit’s great defense was nowhere to be found against the Vikings. They allowed 42 points and wasted what was a great day from their own offense. Wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. had a stand-out day with 93 yards and four touchdown catches.

18. Cleveland Browns (2-4; BYE) (+1)

The Browns got a week off ahead of a huge match up against the Patriots next week.

19. Tennessee Titans (3-4; Won 23-20 vs LAC) (+3)

Ryan Tannehill earned a victory in his first start for the Titans. The quarterback threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns as the Titans got themselves back on track this season.

20. Oakland Raiders (3-3; Lost 42-24 vs GB) (-2)

Rookie running back Josh Jacobs had another huge day, 124 rushing yards on 21 attempts, but it was not enough as the Raiders defense had no answer for Aaron Rodgers on the other end.

21. Los Angeles Chargers (2-5; Lost 23-20 vs TEN) (-1)

The Chargers season has officially gone off the rails, as they fell to a fledgling Titans team. Los Angeles had Super Bowl potential coming into the year, but it looks like they are already looking towards the draft as we near the halfway point.

22. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4; Won 27-17 vs CIN) (+1)

Leonard Fournette had another huge game for the Jaguars with 131 yards on 29 carries, making up for a subpar day from quarterback Gardner Minshew. The Jaguars should have won a little more comfortably against an inferior opponent this week, but the win does keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

23. Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1; Won 27-21 vs NYG) (+5)

Chase Edmunds went off for 126 yards and three touchdowns as he carried the Cardinals to victory over the Giants. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray had a rough day at the office, only totaling 104 yards on 21 attempts, but Arizona still got the job done to get to .500. A team that looked like they would be in the running for a top-five pick now is on a three-game winning streak as things begin to click in the desert.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4; BYE) (-)

Tampa Bay got a week off after a rough game in London and have a chance to get their season on track against the Titans next week.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4; BYE) (+2)

Pittsburgh got a bye week and should have another easy week next Monday against the Dolphins.

26. New York Giants (2-5; lost 27-21 vs ARI) (-)

Saquon Barkley looked good in his return to the lineup this week, with 72 rushing yards on 18 attempts. It was not enough, though, as a rough day from rookie quarterback Daniel Jones condemned the Giants to another loss.

27. Denver Broncos (2-5; Lost 30-6 vs KC) (-6)

Denver’s offensive line could not handle the Chiefs pass rush at all, and a lifeless performance from Joe Flacco sank the Broncos once again. After a two-game win streak, Denver looks like a bottom feeder team once again.

28. Atlanta Falcons (1-6; Lost 37-10 vs LAR) (+1)

The Falcons defensive disaster continued this week, as they could not contain the Rams passing attack. Matt Ryan had a rough day as well, with only 159 yards on 27 attempts.

29. New York Jets (1-5; Lost 33-0 vs NE) (-4)

Sam Darnold could not build on a great return performance last week against the Cowboys, but a four interception game against the Patriots set the team back a bit.

30. Washington (1-6; Lost 9-0 vs SF) (-)

Washington finished second best in a game played on a flood plain.

31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-7; Lost 27-17 vs JAX) (-)

Joe Burrow has already set the program record for most touchdown passes in a single season at LSU, and it is only October.

32. Miami Dolphins (0-6; Lost 31-21 vs BUF) (-)

Tua Tagovailoa left the game against the Tennessee Vols with an ankle injury, a scary prospect for the Dolphins. In the NFL, Miami lost again but they did manage to get through an entire game without benching their quarterback.