1. New England Patriots (8-0; Won 27-13 vs CLE) (-)
New England’s defense terrorized the Browns early on and gave the Patriots a lead they would never lose. While the offense was not perfect, they did not need to be as they stayed perfect on the year.
2. Green Bay Packers (7-1; Won 24-17 vs KC) (-)
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers outlasted a Matt Moore-led Chiefs team, with an incredible late touchdown throw by the quarterback being the difference. The Packers stay near perfect and keep their large lead in the NFC North.
3. San Francisco 49ers (7-0; Won 51-13 vs CAR) (-)
San Francisco blew out the Panthers to earn a statement victory. The defense was unstoppable and running back Tevin Coleman led the offense with 118 yards from scrimmage and four total touchdowns.
4. New Orleans Saints (7-1; Won 31-9 vs ARI) (-)
Drew Brees looked great in his long-awaited return from injury. He threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns in 43 attempts to lead the Saints to their sixth-straight win.
5. Seattle Seahawks (6-2; Won 27-20 vs ATL) (-)
The Seahawks fended off a late rally by the Falcons to preserve a one-possession win. While they did come out on top, the team’s second-half struggles against an awful defense should be concerning.
6. Los Angeles Rams (5-3; Won 24-10 vs CIN) (-)
Wide receiver Cooper Kupp gave the London crowd a show, catching seven passes for 220 yards and a touchdown en route to a Rams victory heading into their bye week.
7. Dallas Cowboys (4-3; BYE) (+1)
Dallas got a week off ahead of a “Monday Night Football” matchup against the Giants next week.
8. Indianapolis Colts (5-2; Won 15-13 vs DEN) (-1)
Adam Vinatieri hit a late field goal to give the Colts a victory in a game they trailed the entire way. The Colts managed to stay in first in the AFC South, with a very favorable schedule in the coming weeks.
9. Minnesota Vikings (6-2; Won 19-9 vs WAS) (+3)
Minnesota escaped “Thursday Night Football” unscathed and have quietly put their early-season demons behind them and gotten to an impressive 6-2 record. Kirk Cousins had a huge day against his former team, completing 23 of 26 passes for 285 yards.
10. Houston Texans (5-3; Won 27-24 vs OAK) (-1)
The Texans sneaked away from the Raiders and avoided a costly upset in the race for the AFC South. DeAndre Hopkins caught 11 passes for 109 of Deshaun Watson’s 279 passing yards on the day. The quarterback had a trio of scores as well.
11. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3; Lost 24-17 vs GB) (-)
Matt Moore managed to give the Packers a fight in his first start as a Kansas City Chief. He threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns, but in the end they fell just short against a talented Green Bay team.
12. Baltimore Ravens (5-2; BYE) (+1)
The Ravens got an extra week to prepare for a huge “Sunday Night Football” game against an undefeated New England Patriots in Week 9.
13. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4; Won 31-13 vs BUF) (+3)
Philadelphia’s ground game could not be contained as they dominated a one-loss Bills team to reenter the playoff race. Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders combined for 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles got a crucial win in the playoff race.
14. Detroit Lions (3-3-1; Won 31-26 vs NYG) (+3)
The Lions finally ended their three-game skid this week. Matthew Stafford led the team with 342 yards and a touchdown through the air. The secondary had a lot of issues, but the high-flying offense earned the win.
15. Buffalo Bills (5-2; Lost 31-13 vs PHI) (-5)
Buffalo dropped their second game of the season as their defense could not handle the Eagles ground attack. The schedule ahead looks easy, and Buffalo still will most likely be a playoff team despite a weak roster for their record.
16. Chicago Bears (3-4; Lost 17-16 vs LAC) (-2)
Another rough outing from Mitchell Trubisky condemned the Bears to another loss, as the team has now dropped below .500 on the year after missing a potential game winning field goal at the end of regulation. Rookie running back David Montgomery ran for 135 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.
17. Tennessee Titans (4-4; Won 27-23 vs TB) (+2)
Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdown passes as the Titans beat the Bucs in a wild one. Running back Derrick Henry had 75 yards on 16 carries as well. The road ahead is tough, but Tennessee has clawed their way into the playoff race.
18. Los Angeles Chargers (3-5; Won 17-16 vs CHI) (+3)
Los Angeles barely survived the Chicago Bears, needing a missed field goal at the last moment. Melvin Gordon had another sub-par performance, only totaling 31 rushing yards, but the defense managed to get the job done.
19. Carolina Panthers (4-3; Lost 51-13 vs CAR) (-4)
Kyle Allen finally suffered his first loss, and it was an embarrassing one. The young quarterback threw his first three interceptions and barely completed half of his pass attempts. The team finally came back down to earth after an improbable run, as they wait for the return of Cam Newton.
20. Cleveland Browns (2-5; Lost 27-13 vs NE) (-2)
Cleveland committed three turnovers on three successive plays early on, and despite a good second half, they could never work their way back into the game. At 2-5, their promising season seems dead already.
21. Oakland Raiders (3-4; Lost 27-24 vs HOU) (-1)
Oakland gave the Texans a fight for majority of their Week 8 matchup, even leading for large portions of the game. A poor fourth quarter from their defense allowed the Texans to take over late, though, as they dropped below .500 on the year.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4; Won 29-15 vs NYJ) (-)
A trio of touchdowns by rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew and 103 receiving yards by Chris Conley was enough to lead the Jaguars to a huge win to get back to .500. A crucial three-game stretch, where they play each of their AFC South foes, awaits as they have a chance to flip the divisional race on their foes.
23. Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1; Lost 31-9 vs NO) (-)
The Cardinals were no match for the Saints in Drew Brees’ return. The addition of Kenyan Drake to the backfield from the Miami Dolphins will be welcome going forward, though.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-4; Won 27-14 vs MIA) (+1)
It looked like the Steelers were set for an embarrassing loss to the Miami Dolphins on Monday night, but 27 straight unanswered through the last three quarters and a huge day from running back James Conner led them to a comfortable win.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-5; Lost 27-23 vs TEN) (-1)
Mike Evans have 198 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Titans, but it was not enough as nobody else really contributed to the offensive effort. The defense had a lot of trouble dealing with a usually anemic Titans offense as well.
26. New York Giants (2-6; Lost 31-26 vs DET) (-)
New York dropped their fourth straight this week. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones set a career high with four touchdowns and had a great second half after a rocky start to the game. Unfortunately, the Giants poor secondary failed to contain the Lions passing offense.
27. Denver Broncos (2-6; Lost 15-13 vs IND) (-)
Denver’s defense managed to force the Colts into a slug fest, but the offense’s inability to move the ball down the stretch cost them a chance to pull off a huge upset.
28. Atlanta Falcons (1-7; Lost 27-20 vs SEA) (-)
Atlanta’s defense actually held up for much of the day, especially in the second half, but a late rally by the Matt Schaub-led offense came up short, and the Falcons failed to pull off the upset. Schaub finished the day with 460 yards and a touchdown.
29. New York Jets (1-6; Lost 29-15 vs JAX) (-)
Sam Darnold had another rough day as the Jets dropped to 1-6 on the year. They chose not to tank the season though, avoiding trading Robby Anderson, Le’Veon Bell and Jamal Adams on deadline day.
30. Washington (1-7; Lost 19-9 vs MIN) (-)
Washington gave the Vikings a fight on “Thursday Night Football,” but eventually fell short and were outmatched by a much better roster.
31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-8; Lost 24-10 vs LAR) (-)
The Bengals went all the way to Europe to lose again.
32. Miami Dolphins (0-7; Lost 27-14 vs PIT) (-)
Miami looked like they were going to finally get a victory after taking an early 14-0 lead against the Steelers on Monday night. In the last three quarters, though, they looked like the same team they were the first seven weeks of the season, and fell to 0-7 on the year.