MARK CRAIG’S POWER RANKINGS
Biggest jump: Titans No. 21 to No. 14
Biggest fall: Texans No. 13 to No. 26
1. Patriots, 6-2 (Last week: 1)
Sorry, Philly. In a head-to-head matchup, I’m sticking with these fellas.
2. Eagles, 8-1 (2)
Impressive because they don’t wobble against the floundering teams like Denver.
3. Rams, 6-2 (3)
What Sean McVay has done for Jared Goff and that offense is Coach of the Year-worthy.
4. Steelers, 6-2 (7)
Coming off a bye with a 2 1/2-game division lead and facing the Colts. Rich get richer.
5. Vikings, 6-2 (5)
The meat of the schedule has arrived to let us know if this ranking is too high … or low.
6. Cowboys, 5-3 (11)
Until Ezekiel Elliott is actually removed from the playing surface, let’s assume this is a serious NFC contender.
7. Chiefs, 6-3 (4)
They’re still good, but they’ve also lost three of their last four games.
8. Saints, 6-2 (8)
Winning streak reaches six games as Drew Brees and rookie Alvin Kamara prove to be an efficient duo.
9. Panthers, 6-3 (10)
When the Falcons game was slipping away, Cam Newton and the run game just punched Atlanta in the face.
10. Jaguars, 5-3 (12)
Finally. Team Yo-Yo puts two wins together.
11. Redskins, 4-4 (15)
Thank you, Blair Walsh.
12. Seahawks, 5-3 (6)
Curse you, Blair Walsh.
13. Bills, 5-3 (9)
Latest victim of the NFL’s insistence that Thursday night games are good for the league.
14. Titans, 5-3 (21)
Not sure how good they are because I’m not sure how good Baltimore is. But 5-3 leads the AFC South.
15. Lions, 4-4 (17)
They held the ball for more than 36 minutes and still averaged 11.4 yards per pass attempt at Green Bay.
16. Falcons, 4-4 (14)
After Julio Jones’ drop in the end zone, it’s becoming pretty clear this ain’t Atlanta’s year.
17. Bears, 3-5 (16)
They’re coming off a bye and playing a home game against a Packers team that played Monday night.
18. Jets, 4-5 (22)
They don’t seem to mind Thursday games after putting up 34 on the Bills.
19. Ravens, 4-5 (18)
Not sure what to make of this team, other than it’s not a playoff team.
20. Raiders, 4-5 (27)
A solid win in Miami against an efficient Jay Cutler.
21. Cardinals, 4-4 (26)
They call him All-Day, but can Adrian Peterson carry the ball 37 times Every Day? Probably not.
22. Chargers, 3-5 (23)
Coming off a bye week, they have to travel to Jacksonville, which suddenly is a tough assignment.
23. Packers, 4-4 (20)
Mike McCarthy said Brett Hundley isn’t the only issue. Looking at Mike’s defense, I concur.
24. Dolphins, 4-4 (19)
They can’t afford to drop home games against losing teams. Not with a Monday nighter at Carolina coming up.
25. Colts, 3-6 (29)
Too bad Andrew Luck and Deshaun Watson had to watch while Jacoby Brissett and Tom Savage played.
26. Texans, 3-5 (13)
It’s over. Injuries have destroyed this team.
27. Bengals, 3-5 (24)
Outplayed and outclassed in Jacksonville.
28. Broncos, 3-5 (25)
They haven’t hit rock bottom yet, but they are able to see Cleveland on the horizon.
29. Buccaneers, 2-6 (28)
Who knew they’d be this lost this quickly?
30. 49ers, 0-9 (31)
I moved them ahead of the Giants. But they’ll settle this in San Fran on Sunday. Plenty of seats available.
31. Giants, 1-7 (30)
When Bob McAdoo said everybody is susceptible to being benched, did he include himself?
32. Browns, 0-8 (32)
With the 49ers facing the Giants, Cleveland’s Draft Kings must be extra uncareful in Detroit this week.