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.
||The best just keeps getting better.
||New York Giants
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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 â¦ and provide bountiful material for the skeptics.
||With a victory at the Meadowlands this week, the Cowboys would be right back to elite status.
||Tampa Bay Buccaneers
||The Bucs had a perfect opportunity to enhance their status as an elite team, and they squandered it.
||Green Bay Packers
||Given that their next game is at Tennessee, the Packers' Week 8 bye couldn't have come at a better time.
||Brian Westbrook continues to be one of the most dynamic forces in the league.
||New England Patriots
||Having fully come to grips with life without Tom Brady, the Pats have found a new identity.
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