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NFL Power Rankings Going Into Week 8


Athlon Sports weekly rankings of the best and worst teams in the NFL starts at the top with the long remaining undefeated team, the Atlanta Falcons, and goes all the way to the bottom with the wounded Jacksonville Jaguars.

Here are our NFL Power Rankings following Week 7 of the season:

1. Falcons (6-0) Lone remaining undefeated team sits atop rankings.

2. Texans (6-1) Record crowd of 71,708 witnesses 30-point victory.

3. Giants (5-2) Eli Manning adds to big play resumé with clutch win.

4. 49ers (5-2) Now 5–0 in games after losses under Jim Harbaugh.

5. Packers (4-3) Charles Woodson breaks collarbone, out six weeks.

6. Bears (5-1) No questioning Jay Cutler’s toughness these days.

7. Vikings (5-2) Adrian Peterson runs for season-high 153 yards.

8. Ravens (5-2) Terrell Suggs records sack in first game of season.

9. Patriots (4-3) Tie record with 16th consecutive 350-yard game.

10. Broncos (3-3) Peyton Manning rests up, regroups following bye.

11. Steelers (3-3) Big Ben improves to 15–2 in home state of Ohio.

12. Bengals (3-4) Winless 0–6 vs. Steelers, Ravens past two seasons.

13. Seahawks (4-3) Pete Carroll falls to 0–3 vs. Jim Harbaugh in NFL.

14. Cardinals (4-3) Nose-diving with three losses following 4–0 start.

15. Eagles (3-3) Andy Reid, Michael Vick both firmly on the hot seat.

16. Redskins (3-4) RG3 “best QB (Giants) have played all year,” Osi says.

17. Cowboys (3-3) Jason Garrett invites Joe Gibbs to speak before win.

18. Saints (2-4) Vilma finally plays, Brees leads comeback at Tampa.

19. Chargers (3-3) Going in “wrong direction fast,” says GM A.J. Smith.

20. Jets (3-4) Mark Sanchez fumbles away OT opportunity vs. Pats.

21. Titans (3-4) Matt Hasselbeck posts 22nd career comeback win.

22. Colts (3-3) Chuck Pagano (leukemia) comes home from hospital.

23. Rams (3-4) Cheesehead faithful dominate crowd in St. Louis.

24. Lions (2-4) Megatron targeted 11 times for 34 yards in defeat.

25. Buccaneers (2-4) Josh Freeman throws for 420 yards in painful loss.

26. Dolphins (3-3) Reggie Bush in news following Kanye West drama.

27. Bills (3-4) Defense allows 197 yards, four TDs in loss to Titans.

28. Raiders (2-4) Coliseum field all grass after A’s loss in MLB playoffs.

29. Panthers (1-5) Fire general manager Marty Hurney after slow start.

30. Browns (1-6) Trent Richardson (ribs) recovery team’s top concern.

31. Chiefs (1-5) Romeo Crennel picks Brady Quinn over Matt Cassel.

32. Jaguars (1-5) Jones-Drew (foot), Gabbert (left labrum) both injured.