NFL POWER RANKINGS WEEK 8

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Let me take you back, back in time. The year is 1996 (or maybe 1997, who knows, it blurs together) yours truly, the top ducker walks into history class and sees one of his classmates doing some last minute cramming. He asks her how she is, and if she is ready for that afternoon’s final exam. She proudly tells him how much she has studied and that she is prepared. She then asks how much he had studied, an idea he scoffed at. He told her that he had been in class, and thus felt prepared enough. A response that drew a scowl of contempt.

Fast forward two days to when class was resumed and the results of the test were handed out. Miss Study-A-Lot (the distant, boring cousin of Sir Mix-a-Lot) was pleased with her B+ result right up until it was announced that Top Ducker got an A+, acing the exam with hardly a bit of effort.

I bring this up not to gloat but because it reminds me of a situation unfolding in the NFL this season. The Miami Dolphins ventured into uncharted waters in football, they openly embraced the tanking process. They may as well have hired Sam Hinkie to run their front office. They were the girl who studied, who prepared, who were ready for this moment.

And walking into the room, with zero preparation, but ready to nail this tanking result are the Cincinnati Bengals. No studying, no trading away players, they just plain old suck the old fashioned way. No muss, no fuss, no wins.

While Tua Tagovailoa sits back in recovery for the next couple weeks he’ll have an opportunity to watch these two franchises show a lack of fight in their inevitable week 14 showdown for his services. A fight that may just see him have a moment of clarity as he says Roll Tide for the 2020 season.

Just something to keep an eye on as the season rolls along. Its not just the race to the top. The NFL is now a year round monster, and that race to the number one pick can also provide some drama and nuance.

Well, without further delay, lets get to this week’s power rankings, along with the Top 10 NFL coaches in the league right now, and the updated College Football Top 10. Wisconsin fans are not gonna be happy.

NFL POWER RANKINGS

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

BONUS FEATURES:

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Top Ten Coaches Currently in the NFL

  1. Bill Belichick – New England Patriots
  2. Sean Payton – New Orleans Saints
  3. John Harbaugh – Baltimore Ravens
  4. Pete Carroll – Seattle Seahawks
  5. Andy Reid – Kansas City Chiefs
  6. Sean McVay – Los Angeles Rams
  7. John Gruden – Oakland Raiders
  8. Kyle Shanahan – San Francisco 49ers
  9. Doug Pedersen – Philadelphia Eagles
  10. Ron Rivera – Carolina Panthers

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS: TOP TEN TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide (SEC)
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten)
  3. LSU Tigers (SEC)
  4. Oklahoma Sooners (Big 12)
  5. Clemson Tigers (ACC)
  6. Penn State Nittany Lions (Big Ten)
  7. Georgia Bulldogs (SEC)
  8. Florida Gators (SEC)
  9. Auburn Tigers (SEC)
  10. Texas Longhorns (Big 12)

 

  • Written by Jason Sullivan
  • Find us and follow on Twitter @TopDucker or on Facebook at You’re Ducking Right

 

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Comments

  1. NICE WRITING..I LIKE THE INSPIRATIONAL TALK OF BEING PREPARED..AND I LIKE THE PATRIOTS AS #1..TEEHEE…THANK YOU FOR UPDATE

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