After going 4-0 in Week 8, NFC East teams dominate the rankings

  • By Vic Carucci
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This is how the NFL's 32 teams stack up after Week 8:

In the hunt
Teams that look good enough to be among the 12 playoff qualifiers, but not based on conference.
Rank Team Record Prv. Comment
1. Tennessee Titans 7-0 1 The best just keeps getting better.
2. New York Giants 6-1 2 After outmuscling one of the league's more physical teams in its own stadium, the Giants can kill whatever momentum the Cowboys might have gained from beating the Bucs.
3. Washington Redskins 6-2 3 The Redskins continue to be one of the biggest surprises of the season, and can make a pretty strong statement with a victory over the Steelers on Monday Night Football.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers 5-2 4 This team's biggest vulnerability -- pass protection -- showed itself once again vs. the Giants. And it doesn't appear as if it's going to be rectified any time soon.
5. Carolina Panthers 6-2 8 Don't look now but the Panthers are making their move. And after a week's rest, they have an excellent chance to continue their roll vs. the Raiders in Week 10.
6. Arizona Cardinals 4-3 5 The Cardinals still haven't figured out how to win on the East Coast. So maybe a trip to the Midwest will help solve their road woes.
7. Buffalo Bills 5-2 6 Just when it seemed the Bills were poised to begin placing a stranglehold on the AFC East, they come up with an inexcusable clunker at Miami … and provide bountiful material for the skeptics.
8. Dallas Cowboys 5-3 -- With a victory at the Meadowlands this week, the Cowboys would be right back to elite status.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-3 8 The Bucs had a perfect opportunity to enhance their status as an elite team, and they squandered it.
10. Green Bay Packers 4-3 10 Given that their next game is at Tennessee, the Packers' Week 8 bye couldn't have come at a better time.
11. Philadelphia Eagles 4-3 -- Brian Westbrook continues to be one of the most dynamic forces in the league.
12. New England Patriots 5-2 12 Having fully come to grips with life without Tom Brady, the Pats have found a new identity.
The rest
Teams listed alphabetically
Middle of the pack Need work Week 9 games
Atlanta Falcons (4-3) Cincinnati Bengals (0-8) N.Y. Jets at Buffalo
Baltimore Ravens (4-3) Detroit Lions (0-7) Detroit at Chicago
Chicago Bears (4-3) Houston Texans (3-4) Jacksonville at Cincinnati
Cleveland Browns (3-4) Indianapolis Colts (3-4) Baltimore at Cleveland
Denver Broncos (4-3) Kansas City Chiefs (1-6) Tampa Bay at Kansas City
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4) Oakland Raiders (2-5) Houston at Minnesota
Miami Dolphins (3-4) San Francisco 49ers (2-6) Arizona at St. Louis
Minnesota Vikings (3-4) Seattle Seahawks (2-5) Green Bay at Tennessee
New Orleans Saints (4-4)   Miami at Denver
New York Jets (4-3)   Dallas at N.Y. Giants
St. Louis Rams (2-5)   Atlanta at Oakland
San Diego Chargers (3-5)   Philadelphia at Seattle
    New England at Indianapolis
    Pittsburgh at Washington

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