NFL Week 9 Power Rankings: Scary trends for all 32 teams

After eight weeks of soccer, we have a cope with on what teams are doing nicely and what is still a challenge.

The Saints cracked the top 3 of our ESPN NFL Power Rankings for the first time, however, the players in their twenty eighth-ranked secondaries has been, nicely, frightening for a good deal of the season. But no group is ideal. In honor of Halloween, we had NFL Nation come up with scary first-half of tendencies for all 32 NFL teams.

How we rank: Our electricity panel — a collection of greater than 80 writers, editors, and TV personalities — evaluated how groups stack up via the primary 8 weeks of the season.


1. Los Angeles Rams
Record: 8-0
Week eight ranking: 1

The Rams are the lone undefeated crew inside the NFL, but they’re satisfied that there’s lots of room to improve. And they may be correct, beginning with the protection. The D has come through within the seize on several activities, notably in victories over the Chargers and Vikings. But it’s miles the thirteenth-ranked defense in the league, and at times it’s been susceptible against the run and greater currently towards the pass. — Lindsey Thiry


2. Kansas City Chiefs
Record: 7-1
Week eight ranking: 2

The Chiefs have had trouble completing a number of their video games. They’ve had to sweat on the give up of wins against the Chargers, Steelers, 49ers, and Broncos after having large leads. Not all of this is on their protection, which played well down the stretch in some of the one’s games. Mostly, the Chiefs haven’t been precise sufficient at killing the clock. They’ve had the traumatic tendency to head 3-and-out after they need to keep ownership. — Adam Teicher


3.New Orleans Saints
Record: 6-1
Week eight ranking: 4

The Saints’ defense came up big in Sunday night’s win at Minnesota, forcing two sport-converting turnovers. But it nevertheless ranks 28th within the NFL in passing yards allowed in line with the game, thirtieth in passing yards in line with attempt allowed and thirtieth in warring parties’ passer score. They need to preserve their recent development — in particular with the Rams’ effective offense coming to town in Week 9. — Mike Triplett



4.New England Patriots
Record: 6-2
Week 8 ranking: 3

The Patriots entered their Monday night game against Buffalo having not played a game without a turnover on offense. For a team that traditionally is among the league leaders in turnover differential, it is an area of concern that has been noted weekly by coach Bill Belichick. — Mike Reiss.

5. Los Angeles Chargers
Record: 5-2
Week eight ranking: 5

Can the Chargers be street warriors? With four in their subsequent seven games on the road — inclusive of straight to start — they will need to earn a few victories away from L.A. Inside the 2nd half of the season if you want to reach the playoffs for the primary time considering that 2013. The Chargers are 9-18 on the road for the reason that begins of the 2015 season, which ranks 25th in the NFL. — Eric Williams

6. Carolina Panthers
Record: 5-2
Week eight ranking: nine

Aside from Sunday’s win in opposition to Baltimore, the Panthers have been notorious for gradual starts offevolved — to both halves. And even in opposition to the Ravens, they fell at the back of 7-0 on the whole series. The two weeks earlier than that, they fell at the back of 17-0. Although they’re 5-2, they have got been playing a whole lot of capture-up. — David Newton

7. Pittsburgh Steelers
Record: four-2-1
Week eight ranking: 8

The Steelers have been spooked into losing the football too frequently. Pittsburgh’s offense has 11 fumbles through seven games, along with 5 for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and three for strolling again James Conner. The offense recorded 15 fumbles all of the remaining season. Though many of the fumbles have been recovered, educate Mike Tomlin values ball security above almost all else. — Jeremy Fowler

8. Minnesota Vikings
Record: four-3-1
Week eight rating: 6

The Vikings’ incapability to consistently win the turnover warfare is turning into a concern. Whether it’s miles Kirk Cousins’ untimely miscues (he leads the league in fumbles and fumbles lost on account that turning into a starter in 2015) or the barrage of mistakes that came about in the Vikings’ loss to the Saints, Minnesota is 0-3-1 in video games in which they’re on the wrong facet of the turnover differential. — Courtney Cronin

9. Philadelphia Eagles
Record: 4-4
Week 8 rating: 10

While offenses are scoring at an all-time clip, Philadelphia’s has gone in the opposite. The Eagles rank 21st with a median of twenty-two.2 factors in line with the sport, a lower of extra than six factors from their Super Bowl season (28.6 PPG). They are getting high manufacturing out of Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery, and Zach Ertz. The rest of the helping solid needs to choose up their game if Philly is going to compete with the likes of the Saints and Rams down the stretch. — Tim McManus

10. Baltimore Ravens
Record: 4-four
Week 8 rating: 7

Joe Flacco has struggled in throwing the ball deep. He has one of the most powerful arms within the NFL, however, the Ravens can’t stretch the field. Over the past 4 games, Flacco is 1-of-thirteen on passes that travel as a minimum 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. The lack of explosiveness places an excessive amount of pressure on Baltimore to grind out long drives. His five.89 yards consistent with an attempt in October is the worst in the NFL. — Jamison Hensley

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11. Green Bay Packers
Record: three-three-1
Week eight ranking: 12

The Packers cannot win on the street. They’ve misplaced at the Redskins, Lions, and Rams, and they have 3 in their subsequent 4 away from Lambeau Field — on the Patriots, Seahawks and Vikings. “We’re 3-zero-1 at home; we recognize we are hard to conquer at domestic,” Aaron Rodgers said after dropping to the Rams. “Now we recognize we can play with each person, if we failed to know that already, so we’ve got to go to New England and beat a really properly soccer team.” — Rob Demovsky

12. Cincinnati Bengals
Record: five-three
Week 8 rating: eleven

The Bengals have given up as a minimum 480 yards of offense in every of the beyond 3 video games, and they’re on pace to interrupt the NFL document for maximum yards allowed in a season. They preserve to mention they need to restore the little details and cognizance on doing their own assignments, however within the past few weeks, they haven’t corrected the hassle. That’s going to be a trouble with the Saints coming to town in two weeks. — Katherine Terrell

13. Washington Redskins
Record: five-2
Week eight ranking: 14

The Redskins have completed with less than two hundred yards passing in each of their beyond 3 games — all of which they’ve received. It’s the primary time in educating Jay Gruden’s four-plus seasons that they have thrown for less than that overall in 3 directly games. The Redskins’ run recreation on each aspect of the ball has been fantastic and the number one cause they’re five-2 and in the first vicinity. But at some point, they want the passing sport to be greater efficiency. — John Keim

14. Chicago Bears
Record: 4-3
Week eight rating: 13

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is hit or miss. His inconsistency has been a fashion almost the entire season — the fantastic exception being his super six-touchdown overall performance in opposition to the Bucs in past due September. When Trubisky is on, he’s actually good. When he’s off, he’s sincerely off. — Jeff Dickerson

Berry no longer ready to ‘give up’ on BaldwinMatthew Berry is assured that Doug 1st earl Baldwin of Bewdley will begin to have better days and improve his fable production.

15. Seattle Seahawks
Record: 4-three
Week 8 ranking: 16

The Seahawks have achieved masses of things right even as triumphing four in their past five games, however, they have yet to position their penalty problem in the back of them for exact. They’re averaging 7.Four widely wide-spread consequences consistent with the sport, the seventh maximum in the NFL. While it truly is an advanced pace from final season, once they led the league and set a doubtful franchise file with 148 established consequences (nine.Three in line with the game), it is still a challenge. — Brady Henderson

16. Houston Texans
Record: 5-3
Week eight rating: 17

At the midpoint of the season, the Texans’ offensive line has allowed Deshaun Watson to be sacked 26 times. The unit has shown a few developments over the past weeks, however, Houston wishes as a way to keep its young quarterback upright if it wishes him to get over injuries to his ribs and lung and stay wholesome the rest of the season. — Sarah Barshop


17. Atlanta Falcons
Record: three-four
Week 8 rating: 19

Third-down defense ought to certainly hang-out the Falcons this season in the event that they do not get it corrected immediately. They are permitting warring parties to transform 54.1 percentage of 0.33 downs, which ranks 2d to closing within the league; inside the Falcons’ 41-17 loss to the Steelers in Week five, Pittsburgh transformed 75 percent. In of the Falcons’ 3 wins, they have held combatants beneath 46 percent on third down. — Vaughn McClure

18. Jacksonville Jaguars
Record: three-five
Week eight ranking: 15

It’s difficult to pick simply one horrifying trend due to the fact the season is turning into a catastrophe, but the Jaguars’ incapability to run the ball (95 yards consistent with game, after main the NFL in 2017) handcuffs the offense. Injuries to walking back Leonard Fournette (hamstring), every spot at the offensive line (they may be on their 1/3-string left address) and at tight give up are the top motives. Quarterback Blake Bortles isn’t always top sufficient to carry the offense consistently without that, and his penchant for turning the ball over makes it even worse. — Mike DiRocco

19. Miami Dolphins
Record: four-four
Week 8 ranking: 18

The Dolphins’ run defense is leaking oil at a speedy tempo. Miami is tied for the 1/3-worst run defense, giving up 143.1 rushing yards in line with recreation. Teams have begun attacking Miami proper up the gut, as Detroit and Houston did during the last two games for a combined 436 rushing yards allowed. The Dolphins have surrendered 10 rushes of 20-plus yards and 3 rushes of 40-plus yards, ranking many of the worst inside the NFL in both categories. — Cameron Wolfe

Berry involved for Golladay going forwardMatthew Berry explains why he is concerned about the Lions going more run-heavy within the future, with a view to forcing Kenny Golladay to take a returned seat.

20. Detroit Lions
Record: 3-four
Week 8 ranking: 20

Detroit’s run protection might have introduced Damon “Snacks” Harrison, but it is nevertheless a piece in development. Detroit allowed Seattle to benefit 176 rushing yards (4.2 yards consistent with conveying), and the Lions knew the Seahawks were going to pound the ball at the floor. While there is a desire for improvement as the team learns to play off Harrison, the Lions may not have tons time to adjust with robust walking backs on their agenda during November and early December (Jordan Howard/Tarik Cohen two times, Christian McCaffrey, Todd Gurley II and in all likelihood Dalvin Cook). — Michael Rothstein

21. Dallas Cowboys
Record: 3-four
Week 8 ranking: 22

The Cowboys are winless away from home, and their season may be on the line with again-to-returned road video games in opposition to the Eagles and Falcons on Nov. Eleven and 18. The offense has been stifled. The Cowboys have transformed just 14 of 52 0.33-down opportunities and scored simply five touchdowns on forty-seven possessions inside the first 4 avenue video games. In Dak Prescott’s first years because the starting quarterback, the Cowboys lost simply four avenue video games. They have matched that general already in 2018. — Todd Archer

22. Tennessee Titans
Record: three-four
Week 8 ranking: 21

Opponents are scheming ways to generate explosive performs by getting the Titans’ secondary to bite on beneath routes, which allows a deep route to get open. The Chargers scored touchdowns the usage of this route combination in Week 7. The Titans’ protective backs need to be more disciplined and ignore the teaser routes. — Turron Davenport

23. Denver Broncos
Record: three-5
Week eight ranking: 23

The Broncos have been right there at instances with the league’s elite, dropping three games to the Chiefs (two times) and Rams by way of a mixed 13 points. But they keep to harm themselves with consequences, turnovers, assignment mistakes and stubbornness on offense. The Broncos profess to be better than their record, but the greater they get beat because of their own mistakes, the harder it is for everybody to trust that. — Jeff Legwold

24. Indianapolis Colts
Record: 3-five
Week 8 ranking: 26

It has taken almost eleven years, but the Colts can eventually say they have got had one hundred-backyard rusher in back-to-returned video games again. Second-12 months going for walks back Marlon Mack followed up his 126-backyard performance against Buffalo in Week 7 via dashing for 132 yards against Oakland on Sunday. Joseph Addai was the remaining Colts strolling lower back to perform that feat whilst he crowned the hundred-yard mark on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 in 2007. — Mike Wells

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Record: 3-4
Week eight ranking: 24

In 4 games and three begins, Bucs fourth-12 months quarterback Jameis Winston already has turned the ball over eleven instances, with 10 interceptions, together with four Sunday in opposition to the Bengals. With a protection, this is giving up an average of 415. Three yards in keeping with recreation, it has come to be a total nightmare as educate Dirk Koetter fights for his process. — Jenna Laine

26. Cleveland Browns
Record: 2-five-1
Week eight ranking: 25

Baker Mayfield has been sacked 19 times in his 5 begins, which projects to 61 for a complete season. Mayfield is taking too many sacks and too many hits. Anything found out approximately Mayfield this season is a high quality, but the Browns also ought to fear approximately his mental properly being for the future. — Pat McManamon

27. New York Jets
Record: three-5
Week 8 rating: 27

Isaiah Crowell has become the invisible guy given that his record-putting 219-yard speeding performance in Week Five. In the past three games, he has most effective ninety-two yards on 37 includes a meager 2.Five-backyard common. With Crowell suffering and strolling mate Bilal Powell (neck) achieved for the season, there’s too much pressure on rookie QB Sam Darnold. — Rich Cimini

28. Buffalo Bills
Record: 2-6
Week eight ranking: 29

There are lots of spooky stats surrounding the Bills’ inept offense, but the problems start at quarterback, where Josh Allen, Nathan Peterman, and Derek Anderson have combined for a 52.Eight passer rating this season. Over a whole season, that could be the 10th lowest the NFL has seen on account that 1980. — Mike Rodak

29. New York Giants
Record: 1-7
Week 8 rating: 28

Look far away from the Giants’ offense. They can’t get in the end zone until they’re down scores inside the very last mins. They did it once more in Sunday’s loss to the Redskins. It was the fifth time this season that they scored one of those past due touchdowns. They have the most effective 14 TDs general this season. — Jordan Raanan

30. Arizona Cardinals
Record: 2-6
Week 8 ranking: 32

To say the Cardinals’ halftime modifications aren’t operating is probably the understatement of the season. Arizona has scored just seven factors inside the 1/3 zone this season — all in Week 7 in opposition to Denver — that is the fewest within the NFL. The Cardinals went scoreless in the third quarter via the primary six games, making their already difficult lives even tougher whilst it came time for them to come back lower back from deficits. In order for the Cardinals to have any desire of turning their season around, they may want to discover methods to put up factors after halftime. — Josh Weinfuss

31. San Francisco 49ers
Record: 1-7
Week 8 ranking: 30

You’d be hard-pressed to find a greater terrifying fashion than the Niners’ dependency of turning the ball over on offense and now not growing takeaways on defense. Through eight games, the Niners are minus-thirteen in turnover margin, tied for the worst within the league. There’s no statistic in the game that is a higher indicator of wins and losses, so it needs to be no wonder that the Niners are sitting at 1-7 at the midway factor, given their troubles on this category. — Nick Wagoner

32. Oakland Raiders
Record: 1-6
Week 8 ranking: 31

Elite skip-rushers are difficult to locate, just like Jon Gruden said — after buying and selling away Khalil Mack. He additionally cited that Oakland’s protection changed into now not so hot with Mack remaining season. Here’s something else that is decidedly no longer so warm: the Raiders’ league-low seven sacks. That’s 20 fewer than the league-leading Ravens. In reality, seven players have more sacks than the Raiders as a team, and 10 gamers have at least as many. Yikes. — Paul Gutierrez.

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