There is a new team atop NFL power rankings, thanks largely to the Colts. Peyton Manning did not enjoy a successful return to Indianapolis, and the Broncos are no longer perfect. There was also a change at the very bottom of these power rankings. No 0-16 for you, Big Blue.
2013 Week 8 NFL power rankings
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7): Remember when people thought the Jags were turning things around because they lost to the Broncos by 16 points? Whoops.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-6): Nobody has picked up “HasGregSchianoBeenFiredYet.com.” Just throwing that out there.
30. Minnesota Vikings (1-5): I don't want to speak poorly about any individual, but I am confident in saying that Josh Freeman is not, in fact, the answer.
29. Houston Texans (2-5): Houston fans keep suggesting that things cannot get worse this season. They continue to be incorrect.
28. New York Giants (1-6): At least they won't go winless. Beating Minnesota doesn't mean a whole lot right now, though.
27. Washington Redskins (2-4): The offense of the Redskins is alive and well. That defense, though...
26. Cleveland Browns (3-4): Tim Tebow. David Carr. Brady Quinn. Brett Favre. Anybody, Cleveland, is better than what you currently have.
25. Atlanta Falcons (2-4): Tampa Bay is terrible. I'm not yet convinced the Falcons have righted the ship.
24. Arizona Cardinals (3-4): There is some real talent there, but the Cards just don't have the goods to consistently hang with the best of the best week in and week out. This is especially true about the team's pass defense.
23. St. Louis Rams (3-4): Sam Bradford has been lost for the season. Uh oh.
22. Oakland Raiders (2-4): This is not the best time for any team to be traveling to Pittsburgh. At least the Raiders will be well rested for that showdown.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4): It's too soon to suggest that the Steelers are back. They are winners of two straight, though, and they no longer look like the worst team in the division.
20. Tennessee Titans (3-4): After three straight losses, Tennessee could use the week off.
19. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4): Don't look now, but the Eagles are 0-3 at home in 2013. That's a sign of a bad team.
18. Baltimore Ravens (3-4): All of those concerns people had about the Baltimore offense are becoming more real with every week.
17. Miami Dolphins (3-3): That hot start isn't all so special after three straight losses. At least the 'phins don't have to travel to New England now. Oh...
16. Carolina Panthers (3-3): Beating the teams on your schedule is the name of the game. A win over lowly TB on Thursday would have Carolina at over .500.
15. Buffalo Bills (3-4): The Bills has been in every game they have played this season. New Orleans had better be on alert.
14. Chicago Bears (4-3): Jay Cutler is out for a month. Lance Briggs will be sidelined even longer. This was not the best week for the Bears.
13. San Diego Chargers (4-3): Going to the east coast and winning a 1:00 pm game isn't all that difficult when facing the worst team in football. Enjoy the Bye week, SD.
12. Detroit Lions (4-3): Only four teams in the league have a worse pass defense than does Detroit. Yuck.
11. New York Jets (4-3): They are the best football team in the NYC/NJ region. They are contenders. They are your 2013 J-E-T-S.
10. Dallas Cowboys (4-3): Dallas can claim to be the best team in the NFC East. That used to mean something not all that long ago.
9. New England Patriots (5-2): Don't blame the refs or an obscure rule, New England. You had plenty of opportunities to take care of business at MetLife Stadium.
8. New Orleans Saints (5-1): Watch out for the Bills and for the Jets, New Orleans.
7. Green Bay Packers (4-2): Cleveland's offense made life very easy for Green Bay on Sunday. The Packers were far from dominant.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2): Cincy continues to prove me wrong with each week. The Bengals are clearly the best team in the AFC North.
5. Denver Broncos (6-1): Sunday night wasn't a one off for Denver. The Broncos haven't looked unbeatable in their past three games.
4. San Francisco 49ers (5-2): That's four straight wins for the once in-crisis Niners. Does anybody think San Fran won't rout the Jags this coming weekend?
3. Indianapolis Colts (5-2): Turns out Indy got another fine quarterback in Andrew Luck. That anybody questioned how the Colts handled that situation is hilarious right about now.
2. Seattle Seahawks (6-1): Russell Wilson grabbed headlines on Thursday night, and deservedly so. That defense is also something special.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (7-0): The new kings of NFL power rankings are for real. Don't expect that to change soon, as the Chiefs will face off with the Browns on Sunday.