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NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

Things are getting interesting as the NFL moves toward the halfway point of the 2019 season.

New Orleans Saints v Chicago Bears Photo by David Banks/Getty Images

In Week 2, the favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl lost their starting quarterback. The New Orleans Saints seemed to have lost their chance at a championship before it even started as it was reported Drew Brees would be out for about six weeks. Teddy Bridgewater took over and the Saints were simply hoping to go .500 and maybe make a run once a healthy Brees returned to the lineup.

Instead, the Saints have gone 5-0 with Bridgewater under center and Sean Payton has become the favorite to win Coach of the Year. The Saints are far from done and with Brees coming back, they should win the NFC South.

Standing in their way are the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers also lost their starting QB in Week 2, when it was reported that Cam Newton would miss time with a foot injury. In stepped Kyle Allen and all he has done is lead the team to four straight wins. In fact, he’s played so well that there are now rumors that Cam Newton might be moved at the trade deadline or remain on the sideline when he is cleared to return.

When the NFL season started, no one could have predicted this would happen. It’s just further proof that trying to make even educated guesses in this league is impossible. It’s what makes the NFL fun and always entertaining.

  1. New England Patriots (7-0)
  2. San Francisco 49ers (6-0)
  3. New Orleans Saints (6-1)
  4. Green Bay Packers (6-1)
  5. Seattle Seahawks (5-2)
  6. Buffalo Bills (5-1)
  7. Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
  8. Minnesota Vikings (5-2)
  9. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
  10. Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
  11. Dallas Cowboys (4-3)
  12. Los Angeles Rams (4-3)
  13. Carolina Panthers (4-2)
  14. Houston Texans (4-3)
  15. Detroit Lions (2-3-1)
  16. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
  17. Chicago Bears (3-3)
  18. Oakland Raiders (3-3)
  19. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4)
  20. Los Angeles Chargers (2-5)
  21. Cleveland Browns (2-4)
  22. Tennessee Titans (3-4)
  23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4)
  24. New York Giants (2-5)
  25. Denver Broncos (2-5)
  26. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4)
  27. Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1)
  28. New York Jets (1-5)
  29. Atlanta Falcons (1-6)
  30. Washington Redskins (1-6)
  31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-7)
  32. Miami Dolphins (0-6)

Best Trade of The Week: Jalen Ramsey/Marcus Peters

Last week teams went crazy with trades. Two of the biggest involved the Rams, as they sent Marcus Peters to the Ravens and brought in Jalen Ramsey from the Jaguars. Jalen Ramsey is the better player, perhaps even the best corner in the league, and so it seemed liked the Rams got what they needed regardless of the cost. However, both players performed incredibly well during Week 7 and both the Ravens and Rams look like winners in these trades. Marcus Peters had a huge pick-six for the Ravens against the Seahawks and Jalen Ramsey pretty much shut down Julio Jones. While the Jaguars got two first round picks for Ramsey, picks can’t shut down Julio Jones.

Disappointing QB of the Week: Mitchell Trubisky

Trubisky is an absolute liability for the Bears. He’s just not a good quarterback. This looks even worse when you consider he was drafted before both Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. He’s been so bad that even though he was selected in 2017, people are already discussing moving on from him. Rumors are swirling that the Bears could or should make a move to acquire Cam Newton. This may be the best thing the Bears could do. We are watching the death of one of the great NFL defenses simply because their QB can’t sustain a drive. The Bears really should’ve listened to Deshaun Watson’s warning.

Teams with 2020 Vision:

These are the teams that I think have no shot at the NFL Playoffs this year. I’ll give a short explanation on why they are done, and then we can move on and forget about them until 2020.

Dolphins - Their season was done before it even started.

Redskins - Fired their head coach and won’t play a rookie QB.

Bengals - Andy Dalton + Bad OL = Losing

Falcons - Goodbye, Dan Quinn.

Broncos - John Elway just can’t find a QB.

Jets - Hard to win when your QB gets Mono.

Cardinals - Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray may be better next year, but this is a full rebuild.

Steelers - No Big Ben has doomed the Steelers.

Giants - Eli Manning’s farewell tour didn’t last long. Daniel Jones is going to take some time.

Titans - Now starting Ryan Tannehill.

Chargers - Injuries doomed this team. Melvin Gordon’s holdout didn’t help.

Bears - See Mitchell Trubisky above.