10/24/2012 10:27 am ET

NFL Power Rankings: Falcons, Giants Stay On Top; Packers Bears Climb In Week 8

By National Football Post

Every week the National Football Post brings you our NFL Power Rankings: a breakdown of how we stack up the league.

Week 8 (previous rankings in parenthesis)

1. (1) Atlanta Falcons (6-0): An interesting matchup for the Falcons coming off the bye when they head to Philly to take on Vick and the Eagles.

2. (2) New York Giants (5-2): A big play late in the game from Eli Manning and Victor Cruz? Nothing new for the Giants.

3. (3) Houston Texans (6-1): The Texans played like the team we hyped up all summer as they beat up the Ravens 43-13.

4. (6) Chicago Bears (5-1): No one takes the ball away like the Lovie Smith’s defense in Chicago.

5. (5) San Francisco 49ers (5-2): This team is physical, they play defense and there is no questioning the run game. But can Alex Smith make a big throw when they need it?

6. (8) Green Bay Packers (4-3): Aaron Rodgers put the rest of the league on notice with his production the last two ball games.

7. (9) New England Patriots (4-3): There is plenty to clean up in New England, but the Pats are still one of the favorites in a weak AFC field.

8. (4) Baltimore Ravens (5-2): Terrell Suggs' return didn't change the results for the Ravens' defense.

9. (10) Denver Broncos (3-3): Brees vs. Manning this Sunday. That’s good football.

10. (11) Minnesota Vikings (5-2): The schedule is going to get much tougher for the Vikes—will they stick in the top 10?

11. (7) Seattle Seahawks (4-3): The game vs. the 49ers was the style of football we should expect all season in the NFC West.

12. (15) Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3): Solid night for CB Ike Taylor in a game they Steelers had to win on the road in Cincy.

13. (12) Philadelphia Eagles (3-3): Juan Castillo is out and Todd Bowles is in as the Eagles’ new defensive coordinator. Let’s see how it plays out.

14. (13) Washington Redskins (3-4): RGIII continues to impress, but the Redskins have to close out that game in N.Y.

15. (14) Arizona Cardinals (4-3):  After three straight losses (and atrocious O-Line play) this club is going backwards.

16. (17) San Diego Chargers (3-3): That had to be a long bye week in San Diego after blowing the 24-0 lead vs. the Broncos last Monday night.

17. (18) Miami Dolphins (3-3): Can Ryan Tannehill continue to play at a high level on the road in New York vs. the Jets?

18. (19) New York Jets (3-4): Tony Sparano needs to put the “Tebow Package” on the shelf and let Mark Sanchez run this offense.

19. (21) Dallas Cowboys (3-3): Losing LB Sean Lee is a major blow to Rob Ryan’s defense in Dallas.

20. (16) Detroit Lions (2-4): There is no excuse for the Lions’ red zone turnovers on Monday night in Chicago.

21. (23) New Orleans Saints (2-4): Brees is going to put up numbers, but can the Saints’ defense get this team back in the NFC discussion?

22. (24) Cincinnati Bengals (3-4): Why didn’t the Bengals target A.J. Green down the field on Sunday night?

23. (20) St. Louis Rams (3-4): Another test for this Rams’ defense vs. Brady and the Pats in London.

24. (25) Tennessee Titans (3-4): Chris Johnson ran for 195-yards in the Titans’ win. Where was that earlier in the season?

25. (27) Indianapolis Colts (3-3): At 3-3, Andrew Luck and the Colts are still hanging around.

26. (26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4): The Bucs college scouting department should be watching tape of CBs.

27. (22) Buffalo Bills (3-4): One week after playing good football in Arizona, the Bills’ defense struggled again.

28. (29) Oakland Raiders (2-4): The Raiders came back to the beat the Jags in a game that was hard to watch.

29. (29) Carolina Panthers (1-5): The GM is out. Who’s next in Carolina?

30. (30) Cleveland Browns (1-6): Josh Gordon needs to make that grab in the end zone.

31. (31) Kansas City Chiefs (1-5): Brady Quinn was named the starter in Kansas City. That’s no good.

32. (32) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5): The Jags were already at the bottom of our list and losing Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t going to change that.

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