NFL Power Poll – Week 8
Frank Coyle/ Head Scout
NFL Power Poll – Rams Host Packers in NFC Matchup
Brees leads the Saints’ to Win over the Ravens
Teams of the Week – Saints over Ravens, 24-23
Upset of the Week – Texans over Jaguars, 20-7
Players of the Week
Offense – QB Cam Newton – Panthers
Defense – DT Aaron Donald – Rams
Rookies of Week
RB Kerryon Johnson – Lions
DT Da’Ron Payne – Redskins
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Games of Week #7 – New Orleans Saints (5-1) at Minnesota Vikings (4-2-1)
Saints continue to face tough road matchups
Draft Insiders’ NFL Power Poll
NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 -7-0 Rams
Rams’ highly rated defense preps for Aaron Rodgers coming to town.
#2 – 6-1 Chiefs
Chiefs are probably most exciting club in the league, but better find a defense to beat playoff clubs.
#3 – 5-1 Saints
Saints’ won a tough road test in Baltimore, travel to Minnesota this week.
#4 – 5-2 Patriots
Pats just know how to win with the game on the line behind Tom Terrific.
#5 – 5-2 Chargers
Chargers get their bye week after winning in London vs the Titans.
#6 – 4-2-1 Steelers
Steelers’ rested for hosting the Browns in a tough AFC North contest.
#7 – 4-2-1 Vikings
Vikings are in the spotlight Sunday night hosting the talented Saints.
#8 – 4-2 Panthers
Panthers are coming off a victory in Philly. Host Ravens Sunday.
#9 – 4-3 Ravens
Ravens continue a difficult stretch in schedule with trip to Carolina.
#10 – 4-3 Bengals
Bengals’ failed to show up in Kansas City. Host the Bucs this week.
#11 – 3-2-1 Packers
The Packers are rested for feature game vs the Rams.
#12- 3-4 Eagles
Eagles travel to London for Jaguar matchup in hopes of getting back to .500.
#13 – 4-3 Texans
Texans’ beat the Jaguars and look to step up in AFC South.
#14 – 3-3 Bears
The Bears host the Jets and look to keep pace in the balanced NFC North.
#15 – 3-3 Lions
Lions offense is hitting stride at midseason. Host the Seahawks in key contest.
#16 – 4-2 Redskins
The Redskins hoping to extend winning streak with trip to the Giants Sunday.
#17 – 3-3 Seahawks
Seahawks travel to Detroit for an interesting NFC matchup with longterm playoff ramifications.
#17 – 4-3 Dolphins
Dolphins defense was smoked by the Lions. Face the rising Texans Thursday night.
#18 – 3-4 Jaguars
Jaguars’ offense continues to struggle and it is not all Blake Bortles fault.
#19 – 3-4 Falcons
Falcons offense will have to carry this club with battered D working with limited starters.
#21 – 3-4 Cowboys
The Cowboys lost a close one to the Redskins. Adding wideout Amani Cooper is an improvement during bye week.
#22 – 3-4 Titans
The Titans get their bye week to prepare for 2nd half drive.
#23- 3-4 Broncos
Broncos face a key West matchup with tough road game in Kansas City.
#24 – 3-3 Bucs
Bucs win in OT vs the Browns. Go to Cinny in a key matchup to get to contension.
#25 – 2-4-1 Browns
Browns lost another road game in their 4th overtime game this season.
#26 – 3-4 Jets
Jets’ travel to Chitown in a winnable matchup for any longshot playoff hopes.
#27 – 2-5 Colts
Colts beat the Bills behind Andrew Luck’s 4 TD passes. Travel to Oakland hoping to extend winning streak.
#28 – 2-5 Bills
Bills struggling with backup QB Derek Anderson. Rookie QB Josh Allen is still injured.
#29 – 1-6 Giants
The Giants failed again in big spot vs Falcons. Host the East leading Redskins. Trading veterans this week.
#30 – 1-6 Cardinals
Cardinals host the 49ers in a game that should have a major bearing on the early NFL Draft 2019 selections.
#31 – 1-6 49ers
The 49ers are going through growing pains this season.
#32 – 1-6 Raiders
Da Raiders are rested for visit from the Colts in an equal matchup.
Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites