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My 2022 NFL Power Index Week 8

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2022 NFL Power Index Week 8

It is trade deadline day in the NFL. A few moves have already been made including two that sent superstars (Christian McCaffrey and Roquan Smith) to new cities. The rest of the day was a flurry of trades the likes of which I don't recall seeing for a long, long time. So many players on the move. Did your team bulk up for a playoff run? Or did they sell everything on the shelf?

1. Buffalo Bills (6-1) ~ It may not have been via trade, but the Bills are set to add a big piece to their defense. Corner Tre-Davious White is expected to be activated to the 53-man roster this week after recovering from a torn ACL last season. The former first round pick would be a boon to a secondary that has had its fair share of injuries this year. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Philadelphia Eagles (7-0) ~ Sack specialist Robert Quinn (he had 18.5 just last year) was acquired from the Chicago Bears for a fourth round draft pick. He was brought in to add depth to an already stout defensive front. Now with first round pick Jordan Davis suffering an ankle sprain, that depth will be tested. More might be asked of the defensive ends without Davis clogging up the middle. (LWR 2)

3. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) ~ The Chiefs boosted their passing game when they acquired Kadarius Toney from the New York Giants. Toney was New York’s first round draft pick just a season ago, but didn’t seem to have a fit with the new coaching regime. This seems like a case of the rich getting richer as in their last game Kansas city had two different receivers go over 100 yards and a third who found the end zone three times. That’s all without mentioning Travis Kelce. (LWR 3)

4. Minnesota Vikings (6-1) ~ The Vikings have to be the best team that nobody is talking about. Their record is better than every team in the NFL aside from Buffalo and Philly. Their only loss is to those Eagles who, so far, have yet to be beaten. They have a massive four-game lead in the NFC North in the loss column and have already defeated Chicago, Green Bay and Detroit once apiece. Oh, and they just got even better as they acquired tight end T.J. Hockenson from the Lions. LWR 4)

5. Dallas Cowboys (6-2) ~ Dallas put up a season-high 49 points in their win over Chicago. That’s the good news. Dallas also allowed a season-high 29 points in that same game. That’s the bad news. The Cowboys enter their bye week in second place in the NFC East. (LWR 5)

6. Baltimore Ravens (5-3) ~ I mentioned in the lead that Roquan Smith has a new team. That team is the Baltimore Ravens. Adding the leading tackler in the NFL and watching Cincinnati get pummeled in Cleveland has to have the Ravens feeling good about themselves. All this just a few days after they secured a come from behind victory in Tampa Bay. (LWR 7)

7. Miami Dolphins (5-3) ~ When Tyreek Hill left Kansas City, I was certain his production would suffer. Hill currently leads the NFL with 69 catches and 961 yards. The only thing he hasn’t done consistently is find the end zone. Hill has just two touchdowns, both of which came in a week two victory in Baltimore. (LWR 10)

8. Tennessee Titans (5-2) ~ Derrick Henry ran for 219 yards and two scores against the Houston Texans on Sunday. As impressive as that is, it has simply become the norm when he plays Houston. His previous two games against the Texans also saw Henry eclipse 200 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Seriously. In his last three games against the Texans Henry is averaging 227 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Imagine if he could line up against them every week. (LWR 11)

9. New York Giants (6-2) ~ Their four-game win streak came to an end as the Giants put up a season-low 13 points in Seattle. They’ll enjoy the bye this week before back-to-back home games against Houston and Detroit. That should be an easy path to get to eight wins before a potentially huge game in Dallas on Thanksgiving. (LWR 5)

10. Seattle Seahawks (5-3) ~ Seattle held the NFL’s leading rusher Saquon Barkley to just 53 yards rushing in their win over the Giants. They are alone in first place in the NFC West and have scored more points (210) than any other team in the division. It might be time to take this Mariners team seriously. (LWR 14)

11. San Francisco 49ers (4-4) ~ Christian McCaffrey with the hat trick! The Niners new toy threw for a touchdown, caught another and ran in a third on the ground for good measure. He’s the first running back to pull that off since the great LaDanian Tomlinson did so for the San Diego Chargers way back in 2005. Man was LT fun to watch. (LWR 15)

12. Cincinnati Bengals (4-4) ~ Joe Burrow is now 0-4 in his career against the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals were simply trounced in Cleveland. They didn’t get on the scoreboard until the 4th quarter when the game was already out of reach. Usually a road loss against a divisional opponent can be discounted a bit. I’m not going to do that with this one. This one felt different. (LWR 8)

13. Los Angeles Rams (3-4) ~ Just a few days ago star receiver Cooper Kupp said that all NFL stadiums should have grass fields. Artificial turf seems to have a higher injury rate as opposed to natural grass. He then went out and suffered an ankle injury while playing on, you guessed it, artificial turf. Granted, it was in his home stadium, but that had eerie timing. Early reports are Kupp will be OK, but if he is forced to miss some time, this Rams team will get a serious downgrade. (LWR 9)

14. New York Jets (5-3) ~ The other team from New York also saw their four-game win streak come to an end. This time it was at the hands of hated rival New England. I suppose we all should have seen this one coming though. It’s their 13th consecutive loss to the Patriots. (LWR 12)

15. Los Angeles Chargers (4-3) ~ The Chargers are in a tough portion of the schedule. They lost their last game to division leading Seattle. Their next game is at division leading Atlanta. That is followed up with a road game against surging San Francisco and a home game to yet another division leader in Kansas City. We should know by Thanksgiving whether or not the Chargers will be a team playing deep into January. (LWR 13)

16. New England Patriots (4-4) ~ Bill Belichick picked up his 325th career win (regular and postseason) to pass the Hall of Famer George Halas for second place on the all-time wins list. Don Shula holds the career mark with 347 wins. That means Belichick needs another 23 to take over the top spot. Seems to me he would need to coach for another two seasons after this one to have a chance. That seems do-able. (LWR 18)

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17. Atlanta Falcons (4-4) ~ Somehow, some way, the Falcons find themselves perched atop the NFC South. No team has a winning record in the division. With their win over Carolina, Atlanta improved to 1-2 inside the division. The team is 29th in passing offense and 29th in points allowed, yet, here they are. (LWR 23)

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5) ~ Tom Brady is in the midst of a three-game losing streak for the first time since 2002. That fall was my freshman year of college. It’s ages ago. Oh, and Shaq Barrett tore his achilles so he is done for the year. Things just aren’t going well right now for the Bucs. (LWR 16)

19. Washington Commanders (4-4) ~ A quarterback sneak with 22 seconds left in the game gave Washington the lead and helped get the team back to .500 after a dreadful 1-4 start. If they were in the NFC South they’d be tied for the division lead. Unfortunately, they play in the NFC East where being .500 is good for last place. (LWR 24)

20. Green Bay Packers (3-5) ~ We are essentially at the halfway point of the season and Aaron Rodgers has exactly zero 300-yard passing games. We knew it was going to be a struggle with this set of receivers, but he’s topped 250 yards just twice and his season high is 255. Those six games under 250 yards matches his total from last season. I’ve been pushing for this team to add receiver help, but at this point, I’m not sure it will be enough to save their season. (LWR 17)

21. New Orleans Saints (3-5) ~ Alvin Kamara found the end zone three times against the Las Vegas Raiders. They were his first three touchdowns of the season. Hard to believe his name was thrown around in trade talks. It would seem almost silly for him to not be a Saint. (LWR 21)

22. Arizona Cardinals (3-5) ~ We all know Kyler Murray is a fan of Call of Duty. I wonder how he felt when his former teammate Patrick Peterson celebrated an interception thrown by Murray in a manner that mocked Murray playing COD? (LWR 19)

23. Cleveland Browns (3-5) ~ Was it a season saving win? Maybe. The Browns took apart the Bengals and potentially saved their season by snapping a four-game losing streak. Three more games until Deshaun Watson is eligible to return from his suspension. I wonder if he’s just as fun under center as Jacoby Brissett. (LWR 25)

24. Indianapolis Colts (3-4-1) ~ One game after making a quarterback switch, the Colts have parted ways with offensive coordinator Marcus Brady. That almost doesn’t seem fair. Then again, this team does roster Jonathan Taylor who is 17th in the league with 462 rushing yards. This, a year after Taylor won the rushing title by nearly 600 yards. (LWR 20)

25. Las Vegas Raiders (2-5) ~ I continue to believe this team is better than their record indicates. Then again, they’ve only beaten Denver and Houston and I haven’t listed either of them yet. (LWR 22)

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) ~ In a sneaky move the Jags acquired Calvin Ridley from the Atlanta Falcons. Ridley is suspended for the remainder of the season, but he has the potential to be the best receiver to ever suit up for Jacksonville. (LWR 26)

27. Denver Broncos (3-5) ~ You might be saying, hey didn’t the Broncos just beat Jacksonville? How can they be ranked lower than the Jags? One reason is that their offensive output is putrid. Another is that their defense just took a big, big hit with the trade of Bradley Chubb to the Dolphins. I can't imagine the team thought they would be sellers at the deadline after acquiring Russel Wilson. (LWR 28)

28. Chicago Bears (3-5) ~ Can someone explain to me what the Bears are doing? They traded away Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith in recent days and now they’ve traded for Chase Claypool? They gave up a second-round pick and maybe they intend on signing him long term? He could essentially fill the role of the number one receiver that was vacated when Allen Robinson left for the Rams. Just seems curious to me why a team going nowhere added an offensive skill player. (LWR 27)

29. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6) ~ I hope you didn’t draft Najee Harris on your fantasy team this year. (LWR 29)

30. Carolina Panthers (2-6) ~ A lot of people are poking fun at the NFL for being the No Fun League again. A lot of that is aimed at the penalty assessed on D.J. Moore for taking his helmet off on the field to celebrate scoring a late touchdown to tie the game. You can make this argument either way, but it’s a clear rule that you cannot remove your helmet. If their kicker made the extra point and ended the game we wouldn’t be talking about this today. (LWR 31)

31. Detroit Lions (1-6) ~ The Lions found the end zone for the first time since October 2nd, but they blew leads of 14-0, 21-7, 24-14 and 27-17. They didn’t score after halftime. I’m not a fan, so I find entertainment value in these games, but I’m sure the Detroit fanbase feels something a little different while watching the games. (LWR 30)

32. Houston Texans (1-5-1) ~ At least there’s an Astros World Series game tonight, amirite? (LWR 32)

And that is that. That's all I've got this week. You're now free to go about the rest of your day. Or night. Whatever it may be. If you want more of me, leave a comment below or follow me on social media via the link in my bio.

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