NFL Power Rankings for Week 8 are here -- and for the first time this month, we don't have a new No. 1.
Much grumbling in the comments and on twitterdom (@HarrisonNFL) over the Chargers being toppled in the Power Rankings by the Broncoslast week. There was no such top-of-the-chart movement this week, although there will be plenty of people wanting a certain NFC team with stars on offense -- and a star on its helmet -- to take that spot. Not yet, folks.
Yeah, I was pretty proud of that one. Word to your lab partner.
I will never forget ... until today.
Unfortunately, bye weeks make it tough on all of us. My general rule of thumb: Don't move teams who are on their bye, and if it must be done, move them one spot only, and for a darn good reason. Can we say the Eagles should go up a rung? Have they been playing as consistently as the Cowboys? No. This last home win for Dallas was too much to ignore, as is the Cowboys' six-game win streak.
With that, let the dissension commence!
DeMarco Murray has really shown us something this season. And I'm not talking about productivity -- I'm talking about *durability*. The holes were not there much of the day against the Giants, yet Murray made something out of nothing en route to 128 rushing yards. And Tony Romo? Completed some unreal throws in some tight windows. </content:power-ranking>
](http://www.nfl.com/schedules/1997/REG/Colts) For that Week 16 triumph over Dan Marino and Co., Jim Harbaugh was the Colts' quarterback, while Peyton Manning was still looking like a 13-year-old for the Tennessee Vols. And we were all still a few years away from having to listen to Britney Spears -- OK, maybe just one.
On another note, a special lady friend asked me the following question: "Who is that in all red on the sideline? He sure is a big boy." Three guesses as to who she was asking about ... oh, and it wasn't a player.
The bad news: The Bucs actually have to play next weekend.
Hey, at least they're hosting the Vikings.