NFL power rankings: Eagles return from bye week still as league’s top team


The NFL season is through seven weeks and the difference between the great, good, middle-of-the-road and bad teams is starting to be clear.

The Philadelphia Eagles remain on top of this week’s power rankings after a bye week. The Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings also had byes.

The Kansas City Chiefs moved up to No. 3 after beating the San Francisco 49ers. The New York Giants stayed at No. 5 after a comeback win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

There are a handful of great games on the docket for Week 8. Here’s how the power rankings shake out before Thursday night’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Previous rank: 1

Week 7 result: Bye

Week 8 matchup: Sunday vs. Steelers

The Eagles are the NFL’s last remaining undefeated team. Philadelphia was on a bye last week and host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Previous rank: 2

Week 7 result: Bye

Week 8 matchup: Sunday vs. Packers

The Bills are back in action with a primetime matchup against the Packers. Buffalo was on a bye last week.

Previous rank: 4

Week 7 result: 44-23 win over 49ers

Week 8 matchup: Bye

The Chiefs had a convincing win against an injury-riddled Niners squad. Patrick Mahomes and company head into Week 8 on a bye.

Previous rank: 3

Week 7 result: Bye

Week 8 matchup: Sunday vs. Cardinals

The Vikings stay in the top five this week. Minnesota still only has one loss to their credit and will have a solid test at home against the Cardinals.

Previous rank: 5

Week 7 result: 23-17 win over Jaguars

Week 8 matchup: Sunday @ Seahawks

The Giants pulled off a comeback win against the Jaguars. For now, they remain at No. 5 in the rankings. But they travel to Seattle against a hot Seahawks team.

Previous rank: 6

Week 7 result: 24-6 win over Lions

Week 8 matchup: Sunday vs. Bears

The Cowboys have one of the best defenses in the NFL. Once Dak Prescott gets his bearings, the team could be a favorite in the playoffs. Sunday will be an important game against the Bears.

Previous rank: 7

Week 7 result: 16-9 win over Broncos

Week 8 matchup: Sunday vs. Patriots

The Jets lost two key players ahead of their divisional game against the Patriots. New York will have to find a way to win, once again.

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Previous rank: 10

Week 7 result: 35-17 win over Falcons

Week 8 matchup: Monday @ Browns

Joe Burrow is on fire and may have a field day against the Browns. He had 481 passing yards and three touchdown passes and one on the ground against the Falcons.

Previous rank: 15

Week 7 result: 19-10 win over Colts

Week 8 matchup: Sunday @ Texans

The Titans can widen their AFC South lead with a win over the Texans. Tennessee is on a four-game winning streak.

Previous rank: 9

Week 7 result: 23-20 win over Browns

Week 8 matchup: Thursday @ Buccaneers

Baltimore eked out a win over the Browns, blocking a potential game-tying field goal. On a short week, they welcome the Buccaneers to town

11). Miami Dolphins (4-3)

12). Seattle Seahawks (4-3)

13). Los Angeles Chargers (4-3)

14). Los Angeles Rams (3-4)

15). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)

16). Arizona Cardinals (3-4)

17). Atlanta Falcons (3-4)

18). San Francisco 49ers (3-4)

19). Green Bay Packers (3-4)

20). Chicago Bears (3-4)

21). New England Patriots (3-4)

22). Indianapolis Colts (3-3-1)

23). Washington Commanders (3-4)

24). Las Vegas Raiders (2-4)

25). Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5)

26). Cleveland Browns (2-5)

27). Carolina Panthers (2-5)

28). New Orleans Saints (2-5)

29). Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5)

30). Denver Broncos (2-5)

31). Houston Texans (1-4-1)

32). Detroit Lions (1-5)

The Philadelphia Eagles enter Week 8 as the team to beat. The NFC East leaders are on top of the division but the road to the postseason only gets harder.

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