Sid Saraf’s NFL Power Rankings: Week 8
Going to keep the preamble short this week.
Why? Because I’m wallowing in depression. A little more than 12 hours ago (as I type this), the Dodgers lost Game 2 of the World Series in spectacular fashion. And being a lifelong diehard of the Boys in Blue, let’s just say I got very sad. And the sadness has lingered.
Side note: There’s nothing worse when people rave about a game being an “instant classic” when your team is on the losing end.
Anyway, I’m despondent. The outlook is bleak. Food has lost all its taste and I’ll probably never love again.
God, I hate baseball.
On that note, let’s see how the NFL is shaping up heading into Week 8.
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NFL’S TOP 10
1) Patriots: The win over the Falcons was classic New England. That porous defense suddenly found itself and their offensive gameplan was excellent as they pounded the rock and chewed up the clock. They’re back on top of the league where they belong.
2) Eagles: Yes, I know they have the best record in football. And yes, Carson Wentz looked like a god on Monday night. It doesn’t matter. You put them up against the Patriots and they’re coming up short.
3) Steelers: Martavis Bryant might want to clam up and get on the bandwagon. Can’t believe someone with his checkered NFL history is being this much of a problem. However, it appears Pittsburgh can get the job done without him.
4) Rams: Homer alert! Homer alert! Homer alert! Tell me I’m wrong though. The Rams put a beatdown on the Cardinals across the pond and while Jared Goff has cooled off in recent weeks, he’s solid enough. Todd Gurley looks like the comeback player of the year and Wade Phillips’ defense has stiffened against the run.
5) Seahawks: What a second half against the Giants. This team has been through the wars and it seems nothing can shake them. They can get into 10 fistfights on the sideline every week and they’ll still find a way to keep it together.
6) Vikings: They’re treading water with Case Keenum at quarterback and still have a 5-2 record. At some point, Sam Bradford will come back. Don’t want to guarantee anything, but it seems they’ve got this division race locked up. Especially with Aaron Rodgers on the shelf.
7) Chiefs: Don’t read into those two straight losses. Every season has its ups and downs. I feel they’re going to get healthy against the Broncos on Monday night.
8) Saints: Excuse me, when did New Orleans find a defense?
9) Cowboys: I know they were coming off a bye and playing the winless 49ers, but it was hard not to be impressed by that win. When the Dallas offense gets rolling, they’re frightening.
10) Texans: I know there are teams with better records, but Deshaun Watson has become must-see TV. After all these years, Houston finally has a franchise quarterback.
WHAT’S THE CHATTER?
Aaron Rodgers: News broke on Thursday that the Packers star had 13 screws inserted into his collarbone. Does that sound like he’s coming back this season?
Jay Cutler: We all knew it was going to come to this, didn’t we? As much as I’ve stuck up for him over the years, it was a guarantee that he would crack a few ribs at some point. Now it’s up to Matt Moore to carry Miami’s offense, if you can call it that.
Dont’a Hightower: More breaking news! The Patriots linebacker is reportedly out for the season with a shoulder injury. Don’t worry, Bill Belichick will somehow figure something out.
Seahawks: As if Seattle needed more pass-rushers, they just signed Dwight Freeney after losing Cliff Avril. Not bad.
Bad kicker: The Panthers signed former Buccaneers bust Roberto Aguayo to their practice squad. I have no analysis, I just thought that was funny.
Cardinals: They lose David Johnson and sign Adrian Peterson. Then they lose Carson Palmer to a broken arm. Ugh, now it’s up to Drew Stanton. Wonder if there’s a quarterback out there who could help?
WHAT TO WATCH IN WEEK 8
Texans at Seahawks: I’ve made no secret of my Deshaun Watson fandom. Now he gets tested in front of the 12s and a withering pass-rush in Seattle. Grab your popcorn, because this one is going to be good. Give me the Seahawks by a field goal.
Cowboys at Redskins: The NFL’s most nauseating rivalry renews. While I love Dallas’ offense and Dak Prescott is my fantasy quarterback, I’m rooting for a Redskins win just to piss off Skip Bayless.
Steelers at Lions: The Steelers are a different team on the road and the Lions will be looking to make a statement. This seems like a game that trips up Pittsburgh. I’m calling for the upset.
Broncos at Chiefs: Two straight weeks with watchable Monday night games? What god did we please to be so lucky? I’m looking for the Chiefs to snap out of their mini-funk by throwing Trevor Siemian to the ground many times.