NFL Power Poll – Week 8
Frank Coyle/ Head Scout
NFL Power Poll –
Colts Claim South Top Spot, Cowboys Jump Eagles &
Ravens Brash Seahawks
Team of the Week
Colts rip Texans, 30-23
Upset of the Week
Titans outlast Chargers, 23-20
Players of the Week
Offense – QB Aaron Rodgers – Packers
Defense – DE/LB Dante Fowler – Rams
Rookies of Week
Offense – RB Josh Jacobs – Raiders
Defense – LB Nick Bosa – 49ers
Game of Week #8 – Packers (6-1) at Patriots (7-0)
Conference Leaders Clash Could Preview Super Bowl
Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 8
NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 – 7-0 Patriots
Pats continue to dominate the AFC East with the best defense in the NFL plus Tom Brady.
#2 – 6-1 Saints
Saints’ are undefeated with backup QB Teddy Bridgewater while Drew Brees is almost ready.
#3 – 6-0 49ers
The 49ers are the most improved club in the league with the acid test coming at midseason.
#4 – 6-1 Packers
The Packers are riding an early MVP performance by Aaron Rodgers back to the top of the NFC North.
#5 – 5-2 Chiefs
Chiefs’ are waiting for QB Patrick Mahomes to return, but D must improve to maintain this ranking.
#6 – 4-2 Colts
QB Jacoby Brissert has performed brilliantly after abrupt Andrew Luck retirement. The Colts defense is emerging as a solid top ten unit.
#7 – 5-2 Ravens
Ravens won a huge game beating the Seahawks on the road. Get their bye this week before facing strong schedule.
#8 – 5-2 Seahawks
Seahawks fell to the Ravens. Get the stumbling Falcons this week.
#9 – 5-2 Vikings
Vikings beat the Lions for a big NFC North victory. Host the Skins this Thursday night game.
#10 – 5-1 Bills
Bills’ QB Josh Allen is emerging as a difference maker. Host the Eagles in key interconference matchup.
#11 – 4-3 Cowboys
The Cowboys jumped the Eagles bones last week. Get their bye week before a heavy road schedule.
#12 – 4-3 Rams
Rams’ back on the beam after stomping Falcons. Face Bengals across the pond Sunday.
#13 – 3-3 Bears
The Saints made the Bears defense look ordinary in bashing.
#14 – 4-3 Texans
Texans’ lost to the Colts in key South battle. Host the Raiders in a key matchup to keep pace in the AFC.
#15 – 4-2 Panthers
Panthers have won four in a row behind backup QB Kyle Allen while Cam heals. This club faces a huge road test with the 49ers.
#16 – 3-4 Titans
The Titans took care of the Chargers. They host the Bucs to begin a critical stretch of winnable contests.
#17 – 2-3-1 Lions
Lions played the Vikings tough, but fell to their 3rd straight loss off late mistakes. Host the Giants this week.
#18 – 2-4 Browns
Browns had two weeks to prepare for the Patriots. This matchup could determine any postseason chances.
#19 – 3-4 Eagles
Eagles were bashed by the Cowboys. Go to Buffalo this week in a key tough and maybe season defining matchup.
#20 – 3-4 Jaguars
Jaguars’ beat the Bengals easily. Host pathetic Jets this week looking to get to the .500 level.
#21 – 3-3 Raiders
The improved Raiders were toasted by Aaron Rodgers. Travel to Houston for a key AFC matchup.
#22 – 2-5 Chargers
Chargers continue to fail in big spots. The Philip Rivers career window is closing quickly.
#23 – 2-4 Steelers
Steelers’ are rested to host the Dolphins in a must win situation if they want to get into AFC playoff contention.
#24 – 3-3-1 Cardinals
Cardinals’ offense is improved behind rookie QB Kyler Murray. Travel to New Orleans for a huge test.
#25 – 2-5 Giants
The Giants allowed the Cards game to get away from them. Travel to Motor City to face a gritty Lions club.
#26 – 2-5 Broncos
Broncos came up empty once again with another horrible offensive performance. Lacks firepower vs top contenders.
#27 – 2-4 Bucs
Bucs coming off their bye week. Travel to Tennessee to see if they can regroup for 2nd half of schedule.
#28 – 1-6 Redskins
The Redskins were shutout by the 49ers. Look to turn to rookie QB Dwayne Haskins over the next month.
#29 – 1-6 Falcons
Falcons have given up an NFL worst 223 points in 2019. Trade of wideout Sanu may be just the start of housecleaning.
#30 – 0-7 Bengals
Bengals’ coming up empty weekly. Look to London matchup with the Rams to get in the victory column.
#31 – 1-5 Jets
Jets’ were an embarrassment in their blowout to the Patriots. Must regroup to face the Jaguars on the road.
#32 – 0-6 Dolphins
Dolphins may not win a game. Travel to Steel city to face the desperate Steelers Monday night.
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 25 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