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Sport NFL Week 8 power rankings: Unbeaten Steelers take over as the new No. 1

09:06  28 october  2020
09:06  28 october  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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SportsPulse: For the first time this season, and the first time in a long time, the Pittsburgh Steelers have taken the number one spot in the power rankings . Mackenzie provides the biggest risers and fallers of the week .

Two more previously unbeaten teams fell in Week 7, but the lone perfect squad is still one rung from the top spot in The Post’s weekly NFL Power Rankings . The Kansas City Chiefs moved back into the No . 1 position despite their Week 5 loss to Las Vegas, with the 6-0 Pittsburgh Steelers knocking on

Each week during the NFL season, The Post’s Mark Maske ranks the 32 teams. This week, there’s a new No. 1 as the Steelers ascend to the top spot after the Seahawks’ overtime loss to the Cardinals. The Steelers are the league’s final unbeaten team and had a solid win at the Titans, allowing them to leapfrog the No. 2 Chiefs. The Bucs and Packers climb into the top five. The Cardinals soar to sixth; the Seahawks and Titans drop to the lower half of the top 10.

a group of football players on a field: Ben Roethlisberger throws a pass during the Steelers' narrow win Sunday at Tennessee, leaving Pittsburgh as the league's lone unbeaten team. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) © Mark Zaleski/AP Ben Roethlisberger throws a pass during the Steelers' narrow win Sunday at Tennessee, leaving Pittsburgh as the league's lone unbeaten team. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0) | Last week’s rank: 3

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The Steelers looked fantastic in the first half Sunday in Nashville and then held off the previously unbeaten Titans in the second half. Pittsburgh is the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team and is worthy of the No. 1 spot. The Steelers have emerged as the primary threat to the Chiefs, ahead of the Ravens and Titans, in the AFC.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (6-1) | Last week’s rank: 2

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3. Baltimore Ravens (5-1) | Last week’s rank: 5

The Ravens return from their bye for Sunday’s showdown with the Steelers in Baltimore. The juggling of the NFL schedule worked in the Ravens’ favor for this game, with them given an extra week to rest and prepare while the Steelers are coming off a tough win at Tennessee.

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4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) | Last week’s rank: 7

Coach Bruce Arians told Peter King of the Antonio Brown deal: “I know everybody wants to say Tom Brady lobbied us to get this done. Tom Brady lobbied me back in, gosh, June, July, August. I said no. It didn’t fit then. Now, we’re in the hunt.” So Brady eventually did get his way on Brown after Arians reconsidered his rejection. Quibbling over the phrasing and timeline doesn’t change that.

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5. Green Bay Packers (5-1) | Last week’s rank: 8

Aaron Rodgers rebounded from the shaky outing in Tampa with a four-TD, no-interception gem in Sunday’s win at Houston. Did anyone expect anything different? WR Davante Adams had a huge game, and the Packers won easily even without RB Aaron Jones and LT David Bakhtiari.

6. Arizona Cardinals (5-2) | Last week’s rank: 11

The Cardinals absolutely are for real. Coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense works in the NFL, and second-year QB Kyler Murray is a star. Things are rugged in the NFC West, but Arizona is a factor.

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There was no shortage of exciting games in Week 7 of the 2020 NFL season, though "exciting" probably isn't the word New England Patriots fans would use. Click here for new 2020 NFL Power Rankings entering Week 8 . Pittsburgh Steelers stay unbeaten as they edge past Tennessee Titans.

Power RankingOfficial /r/ NFL Week 8 Power Rankings (self. nfl ). submitted 1 month ago * by The Patriots enter the bye in first place and scratching their heads over Jamie Collins' sudden departure. The Seahawks strolled into New Orleans thinking the Saints would let them keep their win streak going.

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7. Seattle Seahawks (5-1) | Last week’s rank: 1

The defense simply isn’t getting it done, and QB Russell Wilson ran out of miracles in the late stages of the OT loss to the Cardinals. Still, WR Tyler Lockett’s performance was remarkable, and the enduring memory of the game will be DK Metcalf’s pursuit and tackle of the Cardinals’ Budda Baker on his 90-yard interception return. It was an all-time-great NFL chase-down.

8. Tennessee Titans (5-1) | Last week’s rank: 4

The Titans simply took too long to get moving Sunday against the Steelers and ran out of time. This team remains capable of beating anyone in the NFL.

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9. Indianapolis Colts (4-2) | Last week’s rank: 10

The Colts return from their bye to play Sunday at Detroit. They better beat the Lions, because the schedule then toughens considerably: home vs. the Ravens, at Tennessee, home vs. the Packers, home vs. the Titans.

10. San Francisco 49ers (4-3) | Last week’s rank: 12

Jimmy Garoppolo went back to Foxborough and beat the Patriots. That had to be satisfying on a personal level, even if it is a currently diminished version of the Patriots.

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11. Los Angeles Rams (5-2) | Last week’s rank: 13

The defense was really good Monday night against Nick Foles and the Bears, and punter Johnny Hekker was fantastic with five punts dropped inside the 20-yard line. It’s odd to ask about a Sean McVay-coached team: Is the offense good enough?

12. New Orleans Saints (4-2) | Last week’s rank: 14

From the ankle injury to the disciplinary matter to the hamstring injury, the Saints just can’t seem to get WR Michael Thomas back on the field. Without him, they’re simply not an upper-tier team in the NFC.

13. Buffalo Bills (5-2) | Last week’s rank: 15

The Bills managed to win Sunday at the Meadowlands but the manner in which they did it, with six field goals, is about as unsatisfying as it gets. Failing to get even a single TD against the Jets is a sign that the recent regression is ongoing.

14. Cleveland Browns (5-2) | Last week’s rank: 16


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15. Chicago Bears (5-2) | Last week’s rank: 6

The only Bears touchdown in Monday night’s loss at the Rams was scored by the defense. Coach Matt Nagy has already made a QB switch from Mitchell Trubisky to Nick Foles. There’s probably no going back now. It’s going to be tough for Nagy to fix this offense.

16. Las Vegas Raiders (3-3) | Last week’s rank: 9

The Raiders have no justification to be upset that Sunday’s game wasn’t pushed back a day or two. Their offensive linemen came out of isolation and played. And if the Raiders did violate coronavirus protocol, as the NFL seems to suspect, the situation was of the team’s own doing.

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17. Detroit Lions (3-3) | Last week’s rank: 21

The Lions benefited from the Falcons’ clock-management gaffe and got back to .500 with an improbable victory in Atlanta. Who knows? Maybe the Lions’ luck is turning around.

18. Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) | Last week’s rank: 25

Justin Herbert continues to impress, and he finally got a victory as a starting quarterback. Facing the Jaguars didn’t exactly hurt.

19. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1) | Last week’s rank: 26

The finest team in all the NFC East? If that’s not damning with faint praise, what is? If only the Eagles could get their best players healthy, they might be a legitimate team. But that has been elusive, and it’s a pretty big “if” at this point.

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20. Miami Dolphins (3-3) | Last week’s rank: 19

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21. Carolina Panthers (3-4) | Last week’s rank: 20

The three-game winning streak was followed by consecutive losses to the Bears and Saints. That’s okay. If the Panthers can hang around the NFC wild-card race and remain in the running to be .500 or above, that’s more than anyone should have expected from them this season.

22. Denver Broncos (2-4) | Last week’s rank: 17

The Broncos kept Patrick Mahomes mostly in check in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs. But allowing a touchdown on an interception return and a touchdown on a kickoff return in the same quarter is not exactly a formula for beating a defending Super Bowl champion. QB Drew Lock needs to be better.

23. New England Patriots (2-4) | Last week’s rank: 18

It’s impossible to say whether Tom Brady or Bill Belichick was more responsible for the Patriots’ success during their dynastic run together. But it certainly can be said that Brady is faring better in Tampa without Belichick right now than Belichick is doing in New England without Brady.

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24. Washington Football Team (2-5) | Last week’s rank: 30

LB Jon Bostic won’t be suspended for his hit Sunday on Cowboys QB Andy Dalton. That doesn’t change the fact that it was an egregious, illegal hit worthy of the ejection and exactly the type of play the league is trying to get out of the game.

a group of baseball players on a field: Andy Dalton (14) goes into his slide as Jon Bostic (53) prepares to deliver the illegal hit for which he was ejected Sunday at FedEx Field. (Photo by Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post) © Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post Andy Dalton (14) goes into his slide as Jon Bostic (53) prepares to deliver the illegal hit for which he was ejected Sunday at FedEx Field. (Photo by Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post)

25. Dallas Cowboys (2-5) | Last week’s rank: 22

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26. Atlanta Falcons (1-6) | Last week’s rank: 23

Todd Gurley II accidentally scored a touchdown when he knew he should have fallen short of the goal line to allow the Falcons to run down the clock and kick a winning field goal. These Falcons can’t do anything right, even when they score a touchdown.

27. Cincinnati Bengals (1-5-1) | Last week’s rank: 28

The Bengals, with Joe Burrow, are no longer absolutely dreadful. They’re just an ordinarily bad NFL team. That’s progress. You take what you can get, right?

28. Minnesota Vikings (1-5) | Last week’s rank: 29

The Vikings return from their bye to try to salvage their season, beginning Sunday at Green Bay. It’s difficult to like their chances.

29. New York Giants (1-6) | Last week’s rank: 24

Daniel Jones stumbled and fell on his own during his 80-yard run in Thursday night’s loss at Philadelphia. He could face a fine if it’s determined that he violated coronavirus protocols with his night out Friday in Manhattan with Saquon Barkley. It wasn’t a great two days for the Giants’ young QB.

a man playing a game of football: Daniel Jones stumbles Thursday night in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) © Chris Szagola/AP Daniel Jones stumbles Thursday night in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

30. Houston Texans (1-6) | Last week’s rank: 27

There’s no turning around this season now, even with the gifts and competitive will of QB Deshaun Watson. The terrible roster-construction decisions by former coach and GM Bill O’Brien simply became too much to overcome.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6) | Last week’s rank: 31

The opening night of the draft can’t arrive soon enough for the reeling Jaguars. In the meantime, sitting QB Gardner Minshew II would accomplish nothing. It’s not as if Mike Glennon is going to step in and turn this around.

32. New York Jets (0-7) | Last week’s rank: 32

The Jets will play the remainder of their season. NFL rules pretty much require it. But there’s no other good reason.

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After missing on his first NFL pass attempt, the Oregon State and Idaho product was facing a third-and-8. His response? A 73-yard touchdown strike to stud young receiver D.J. Chark. This is not a typo. Check it out. Second career pass by Jake Luton. 73-yard BOMB. pic.twitter.com/1YbxG06Vyx— Sportsnaut (@Sportsnaut) November 8, 2020 At 1-6 on the season, Jacksonville entered Sunday’s game having failed to score a single point on its first drive. Luton changed that big-time. It had the limited number of fans on hand in Duval partying like it was 1999.

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