Gunslinger Paradise: Week Eight Power Rankings

Ab Stanley

1.  Philadelphia Eagles (6-1)
Last week #2

The Eagles only loss came to the Chiefs in a game where they gained 406 yards of offense. Fifth in both points scored and yards gained. Carson Wentz is making a strong push for MVP.

2.  Pittsburgh  Steelers (5-2)

Last week #3

Pittsburgh is number one against the pass, third in points allowed, and second in yards given up. Their defense is seriously tough. The offense is coming together, gaining over 420 yards the last two games.

3.  New England Patriots (5-2)
Last week #6

If every game will be a shootout, I guess it’s nice to have Tom Brady at the helm. New England is still number one in yards gained and yards allowed. So yes, they still score and give up yards. The difference is the Patriots are only giving up an average of 12.6 points per game in their last three games, which coincidentally were all wins.

4.  Minnesota Vikings (5-2)
Last week #4

The Vikings’ defense ranks in the top five in both points and yards allowed. They continue to run the ball well despite Dalvin Cook’s injury.

5.  Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
Last week #1

They continue to be in the top three in both points scored and yards gained. Their defense is 29th in yards given up. They’ve allowed 84 points in their last three games.

6.  Los Angeles Rams (5-2)
Last week #8

The Rams’ offense has scored the most points in the NFL. The defense is now tenth in points allowed. Sean McVay is coach of the year thus far.

7.  Seattle Seahawks (4-2)
Last week #7

Russell Wilson averages 259.3 passing yards per game with 11 touchdowns and 3 picks. That’s Seattle’s offense in a nutshell. Seattle’s defense is first in points allowed and eighth in yards allowed.

8.  New Orleans Saints (4-2)
Last week #14

New Orleans is ranked fourth in points scored and yards gained. Drew Brees and the running game are in sync. The defense has come alive lately. They’ve given up 17 or less in three of their four wins.

9.  Jacksonville Jaguars (4-3)
Last week #16

The Jags’ defense has been great. Second in points allowed and sixth in yards given up. They run it well too, ranking first in rushing yards and attempts.

10.  Buffalo Bills (4-2)

Last week #12
Buffalo is fourth in points allowed and third in turnovers forced. Their offense needs to play a bit better.

11.  Carolina Panthers (4-3)
Last week #5

Carolina’s defense is ranked third in yards allowed. The offense has scored a total of 26 points the last two weeks with six turnovers, and lost both games.

12.  Green Bay Packers (4-3)
Last week #9

The Packers without Rodgers are a middle of the pack team at best. Brett Hundley had 87 yards passing on Sunday. The rest of the team is too banged up to compensate for that kind of quarterback play.

13.  Atlanta Falcons (3-3)
Last week #10

Three straight losses to the AFC East, where they’ve scored a total of 41 points. They rank 22nd in rushing attempts (11th in yards) despite having one of the best duo’s in football in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. The good news for Atlanta is they are undefeated in the NFC.

14.  Tennessee Titans (4-3)
Last week #17

Tennessee’s ground game is great and they do a good job of stopping the run too. They need a bit more consistency getting into the end zone. In seven games they’ve scored 14 offensive touchdowns which would trail Deshaun Watson’s 15 passing TDs in five starts. Not that we’re comparing the two…

15.  Houston Texans (3-3)
Last week #13

The Texans offense has catapulted itself to the number three in total points on the arm of Deshaun Watson. Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks will be a big test.

16.  Denver Broncos (3-3)
Last week #11

Denver has given up the fewest rushing  yards and fewest total yards in the NFL. Their offense continues to struggle, scoring 42 points over their last four games.

17.  Miami Dolphins (4-2)
Last week #20

The Dolphins are undefeated when running back Jay Ajayi gets 20 or more carries. Their overall offense is terrible statistically. Their defense is sixth in points allowed and has found ways to make big plays late in games.

18.  Washington Redskins (3-3)
Last week #15

Washington simply gives up too many points. They’ve played only one game where the opponent scored less than 20.

19.  Detroit Lions (3-3)
Last week #18

The Lions are eighth when it comes to scoring points. Most of that is done in come back attempts. They need to put together a complete game for a change.

20.  Dallas Cowboys (3-3)
Last week #23

Dallas is very good offensively, and are in the top seven in points scored and yards gained. Their record is a bit surprising. The defense has given up a bunch of points to the better offenses they’ve faced.

21.  Baltimore Ravens (3-4)
Last week #19

Baltimore is pretty good against the pass and awful versus the run. Their offense isn’t anything to write home about, either.

22.  New York Jets (3-4)
Last week #22

The Jets average about 8 penalties for 78 yards per game. Undisciplined football and a defense that ranks 25th in yards allowed is not a good combination.

23.  Los Angeles Chargers (3-4)
Last week #25

Since changing to Nick Novack at kicker, the Chargers are 3-0. The Chargers have given up the eighth fewest points.

24.  Oakland Raiders (3-4)
Last week #27

With Derrick Carr back playing again lets see if they can improve on a disappointing passing attack.

25.  Chicago Bears (3-4)
Last week #26

Eddie Jackson had a historic day returning two recovered fumbles for touchdowns. The Bears rank seventh in yards given up. Behind the backfield combo of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen they are seventh in rushing as well.

26.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4)
Last week #24

Tampa Bay is second in yards gained and tenth in scoring. Their defense ranks in the bottom three in both yards allowed and points allowed. There’s too much pressure on their offense to keep pouring on the points.

27.  Arizona Cardinals (3-4)
Last week #21

With Carlson Palmer out for the season, the fourth ranked passing attack will take a dive. They still rank last in rushing.

28.  Cincinnati Bengals (2-4)
Last week #28

Cincinnati is top six in both points allowed and yards given up. They are bottom four in both points scored and yards gained.

29.  Indianapolis Colts (2-5)
Last week #29

The Colts have taken over the bottom spot in points allowed. They’re 31st in yards given up.

30.  New York Giants (1-6)
Last week #30

The Giants are 30th in points scored and 27th in yards given up. A myriad of injuries and a tough schedule equates to a high draft pick.

31.  San Francisco 49ers (0-7)
Last week #31
San Francisco is third in pass attempts, but only 17th in yards. You think they might pass too much? They average 4.3 yards a carry but are ranked only 23rd in rushing. Not much to look forward to for the rest of the season

32.  Cleveland Browns (0-7)
Last week #32

With the first pick in the 2018 NFL draft the Cleveland Browns select…

Ab Stanley

Atlanta, GA

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