The NFL wrapped up Week 8 and the Steelers remain the NFL’s lone unbeaten team after a key win over the Ravens. With the Chiefs handling their business against the Jets and the Seahawks beating the 49ers, we’ve got a three-team race for best team in the league.
The close of the week means it’s time for another round of NFL power rankings. Teams have reached the halfway point of their 2020 schedule. In spite of some hiccups along the way, the NFL is steaming along through the season and we’re seeing some separation.
Best performers, Week 8
It really is a three-team race between Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and Seattle atop the league. None of them will play each other the rest of the season, which means we’re left waiting for the playoffs. Steelers-Chiefs would be a fun AFC title game, but we’ll see if the Bills, Titans, or Colts can work their ways back into this.
Sleeper teams, Week 8
How about the Broncos? A win over the Chargers doesn’t exactly count as a massive win, but that kind of last second win to get to 3-4 is impressive. Drew Lock has a ways to go, but he can make some plays. Denver travels to Atlanta and Las Vegas and then hosts Miami and New Orleans over the next month. They have a chance to get right in the mix of the wild card race with a strong month.
More questions than answers, Week 8
The 49ers lost to the Seahawks, but more importantly they’ve lost QB Jimmy Garoppolo for at least six weeks and TE George Kittle for at least eight weeks. They still have talent on the roster, but switching to Nick Mullens and/or C.J. Beathard at quarterback leaves them out of significant playoff contention. The seventh playoff team addition could give them a shot at a wild card berth, but that seems unlikely in what is turning into a lost season.
And with that, here’s a look at my power rankings as we head into Week 9.
2020 NFL power rankings, Week 9
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||7-1||+101||1|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6-2||+82||5|
|7||New Orleans Saints||5-2||+9||11|
|11||Green Bay Packers||5-2||+32||8|
|12||Las Vegas Raiders||4-3||-16||16|
|14||Los Angeles Rams||5-3||+41||10|
|17||San Francisco 49ers||4-4||+35||15|
|18||New England Patriots||2-5||-31||17|
|21||Los Angeles Chargers||2-5||-6||20|
|29||New York Giants||1-7||-54||31|
|32||New York Jets||0-8||-144||32|