NFL Power Rankings Week 8 | What Are the Latest Team Power Rankings 2021

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2021

There were six teams off in Week 7 and it was noticeable. The quality of the games and matchups was lacking and it was one of the worst weeks in recent memory for the NFL.

Still, there are several big takeaways that we have after watching these games that are reflected in our rankings. So without further ado, here is the Week 8 Power Rankings!

All playoff lines and odds used in the NFL power rankings series are provided via BetMGM Sportsbook, as of Tuesday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 8

32. Miami Dolphins (1-6) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +2800
  • Super Bowl Odds: +100000

The Dolphins continue to be the most disappointing team in the NFL. After nearly making the playoffs last season, they have regressed in virtually all aspects.

The defense is now among the worst in the league, which is shocking considering the number of resources they have spent on the unit over the last couple of years.

31. New York Jets (1-5) ⬇️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: +10000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +500000

Even after a bye week, the Jets couldn’t compete against the Patriots. In addition to allowing 54 points, their rookie quarterback was injured in the game.

The Jets are a long way away from contending and desperately need an influx of talent this offseason.

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30. Houston Texans (1-6) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +10000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +500000

In terms of talent, no team has less than the Texans. Their roster is void of young stars and they are relying on veterans who are well beyond their prime.

Still, they play harder than a few of the teams ranked below them, which is why they come in at No. 30 rather than No. 32.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) ⬆️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: +5000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +250000

The Jaguars didn’t even play this week, yet they’re still moving up in our power rankings. That has more to do with the teams behind them, but the gradual improvement of Trevor Lawrence should have fans looking forward to the rest of the season.

28. Detroit Lions (0-6) ⬇️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: +25000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +500000

Detroit still doesn’t have a win, but they have been competitive in just about every game. They made the Rams sweat in Week 7 and have taken other playoff teams down to the final play in previous weeks.

You have to give credit to Dan Campbell as his players seem to love him and play hard for him every week.

27. New York Giants (2-5) ⬆️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: +1800
  • Super Bowl Odds: +75000

The Giants had a great defense a year ago, but we haven’t seen that unit play well at all this season. However, they stepped up in Week 7, forcing the Panthers to bench Sam Darnold. They allowed just three points and got a much-needed win after back-to-back blowout losses.

26. Denver Broncos (3-4) ⬇️ 3

  • Playoffs Odds: +350
  • Super Bowl Odds: +15000

All three wins for the Broncos are by teams ranked in the bottom five of our list. Their four losses haven’t really even been close contests, as the offense has completely sunk to the bottom of the league.

Denver needs to clean house and start over because it’s pretty clear that this regime isn’t working.

25. Philadelphia Eagles (2-5) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +450
  • Super Bowl Odds: +25000

The Eagles opened their Week 7 game against the Raiders with an impressive touchdown drive before allowing 30 unanswered points. Jalen Hurts did not play well, but he isn’t the only problem in Philadelphia.

24. Washington Football Team (2-5) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +1000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +25000

Washington’s defense finally started to return to form again in Week 7, but the offense was a major problem. They had multiple drives stall out in the red zone and only managed to score 10 points.

23. Seattle Seahawks (2-5) ⬇️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: +300
  • Super Bowl Odds: +20000

With Russell Wilson, the Seahawks are a borderline playoff team. Without him, they are among the worst and most boring teams in the NFL.

Unless Wilson returns soon, it’s tough to imagine Seattle winning more than six or seven games this season.

22. Atlanta Falcons (3-3) ⬆️ 4

  • Playoffs Odds: +275
  • Super Bowl Odds: +20000

Since a poor performance in Week 1, Matt Ryan has played pretty well this season. One of the reasons why his play has risen is due to rookie tight end Kyle Pitts, who just recorded his second consecutive game of at least 100 receiving yards.

With a pretty soft schedule over the next few weeks, the Falcons could start to make a bit of a run for a potential Wild Card berth in the NFC.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +300
  • Super Bowl Odds: +10000

The Steelers have one of the best defenses in the NFL, but they have a quarterback who just doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence. But with games against the Browns, Lions, and Bears all up next, don’t be surprised if the Steelers are sitting at 6-3 and are right in the thick of things in the AFC.

20. Carolina Panthers (3-4) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +650
  • Super Bowl Odds: +15000

After a 3-0 start, the Panthers have lost four games in a row and appear to be unraveling at the seams. Sam Darnold was benched in favor of P.J. Walker and nothing changed on offense. The defense isn’t shutting teams down like they did earlier in the season and the offense isn’t scoring points.

You can make a strong case they should be much lower than this considering how they have played in back-to-back games.

19. Chicago Bears (3-4) ⬇️1

  • Playoffs Odds: +650
  • Super Bowl Odds: +25000

Chicago’s defense did nothing to stop Tom Brady on Sunday, and yet, the offense was somehow worse. Matt Nagy did not help protect his rookie quarterback Justin Fields and exposed him to way too many hits.

The Bears are too talented on both sides of the ball to lose by 35 points against any team.

18. San Francisco 49ers (2-4) ⬇️3

  • Playoffs Odds: +250
  • Super Bowl Odds: +5000

The 49ers are banged up, especially on offense. They need George Kittle to return to the offense to help keep them balanced. But San Francisco has some major issues elsewhere, especially on defense. The secondary commits way too many penalties and it doesn’t feel like they can get stops against quality teams.

Time is running out on this team if they want to make a run for the playoffs.

17. Indianapolis Colts (3-4) ⬆️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: +125
  • Super Bowl Odds: +8000

After a slow start to the season, the Colts are starting to play like a playoff team. Carson Wentz has really improved over the last month with four straight strong performances.

If Indianapolis can get healthy by December, they could be a really tough out in the playoffs.

16. Minnesota Vikings (3-3) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +150
  • Super Bowl Odds: +5000

The Vikings were off in Week 7 and are preparing for a showdown against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in Week 8. With a win, they could firmly cement themselves as a contender in the NFC and maybe even a challenger in the NFC North.

Bet Tip: The NFC is top-heavy, which means that we could see multiple 9-8 or even 8-9 teams make the playoffs as a wild card in the conference. Minnesota should be able to get to 9 wins, making them a good bet at (+150).

15. Kansas City Chiefs (3-4) ⬇️6

  • Playoffs Odds: -200
  • Super Bowl Odds: +1600

The magic is gone in Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL in interceptions (tied with Zach Wilson) and the Chiefs managed to score just 3 points against one of the worst defenses in the league in Week 7.

Sitting at 3-4 and a difficult schedule ahead of them, it’s going to be a grind for the Chiefs to make the playoffs in 2021.

Bet Tip: The Chiefs would likely need to go 7-3 the rest of the way to make the playoffs. That doesn’t seem realistic with the way they are playing right now. Take the Chiefs to miss the playoffs (+155) on BetMGM.

14. New England Patriots (3-4) ⬇️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: +350
  • Super Bowl Odds: +12500

The Patriots seemed to take out their frustrations from a Week 6 overtime loss to the Cowboys out on the Jets in Week 7. They scored 54 points and completely dominated New York from the opening kickoff.

The record might not reflect it, but the Patriots are a good team with a rock-solid defense.

13. New Orleans Saints (4-2) ⬇️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: -150
  • Super Bowl Odds: +4000

Yes, the Saints got a Week 7 win in Seattle over the Seahawks. But there might not be any big takeaways from that game as Geno Smith struggled and the rain and wind made for a sloppy contest.

Still, it was nice to see the Saints win a game where the conditions weren’t ideal.

12. Cleveland Browns (4-3) ⬆️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: -175
  • Super Bowl Odds: +2500

Cleveland had everything going against them in Week 7, and still, they found a way to win. Case Keenum and D’Ernest Johnson had big days against the Broncos, but will they be able to repeat their success against the Steelers in Week 8?

It’s setting up to be a huge AFC North matchup in Cleveland on Sunday.

Bet Tip: The AFC North is deep and two teams already have more wins than the Browns. With Baker Mayfield’s status still up in the air, the Browns to miss the playoffs at (+130) is a good bet heading into Week 8.

11. Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) ⬆️ 6

  • Playoffs Odds: -110
  • Super Bowl Odds: +5000

For the second week in a row, the Raiders got a double-digit win without Jon Gruden roaming the sidelines. They are now tied for the best record in the AFC and sit atop the AFC West after seven weeks.

Their next game is against the Giants in Week 9, which is another winnable contest. Everything is set up well for the Raiders to make the playoffs for the first time since 2017, especially with how well Derek Carr is playing this season.

10. Tennessee Titans (5-2) ⬆️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: -1200
  • Super Bowl Odds: +1600

The Titans have put together back-to-back impressive wins against the Bills and the Chiefs. Derrick Henry continues to be a workhorse and Mike Vrabel is finding ways for his defense to be productive despite missing several defensive backs.

Admittedly, we might be too low on the Titans going into Week 8.

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry is putting together another masterful season, rushing for a league-best 869 yards through seven games. (Image: USA TODAY Sports)

9. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) ⬇️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: -500
  • Super Bowl Odds: +1800

The Chargers were off in Week 7, but they have some serious issues on defense that need to be solved before they can go any higher on our list. Their run defense is among the worst in the NFL and they need to create a more consistent pass rush.

8. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) ⬇️ 4

  • Playoffs Odds: -650
  • Super Bowl Odds: +1100

Yes, the Ravens lost an ugly game to the Bengals at home in Week 7, but don’t panic too much here as Lamar Jackson and the offense just had a rough day. They are still one of the most battle-tested teams in the NFL and are a legit threat in the AFC.

Even after the loss, they still should be the favorites to win the AFC North.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) ⬆️ 3

  • Playoffs Odds: -200
  • Super Bowl Odds: +3000

Ja’Marr Chase has made all the difference for the Bengals. He totaled 201 yards against the Ravens on Sunday as the Bengals improved to 5-2. There is something special about this team, and Joe Burrow is clearly the real deal.

Bet Tip: The Bengals already have five wins and still have games against the Jets and Broncos on their schedule. It’s not going to be easy, but the Bengals are a playoff team and a solid value at (-200).

6. Dallas Cowboys (5-1) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: -2000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +1100

The Cowboys were off in Week 7, yet their odds to make the playoffs rose. They have a three-game lead over everyone else in the NFC East and are one of the most balanced teams in the NFL.

With Dak Prescott playing like an MVP candidate, the Cowboys have a real shot at earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC this season.

5. Buffalo Bills (4-2) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: -5000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +500

The Bills are a few yards away from being 5-1 and easily the best team in the AFC. Instead, they are 4-2 and looking to bounce back after their bye week.

They are still the team you should trust the most in the AFC.

4. Green Bay Packers (6-1) ⬆️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: -2000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +1100

Aaron Rodgers was fantastic in Week 7, but he might be without Davante Adams in Week 8. Rodgers is playing at an MVP level and the Packers look like Super Bowl contenders once again.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-1) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: -10000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +500

The Buccaneers completely dominated the Bears in Week 7 in a game that was never close. If Chicago would have put up any fight at all on offense, Tom Brady could have thrown six or seven touchdowns.

The Buccaneers come in at No. 3 on our list, but they should still be considered the favorites to win the Super Bowl.

2. Los Angeles Rams (6-1) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: -3500
  • Super Bowl Odds: +800

It took all four quarters for the Rams to put away the Lions in Week 7, but it was an emotional game for both sides. Cooper Kupp is playing outside of his mind right now, as he is on pace to break Calvin Johnson’s record for the most receiving yards in a single season in NFL history.

1. Arizona Cardinals (7-0) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: -5000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +800

The Cardinals did what good teams should do against bad opponents: dominate them. Arizona won by 26 points in a pretty stress-free game.

Now, they will take on the Packers on Thursday Night Football in a game that will tell us a lot about both squads.

Thanks for reading our NFL Week 8 Power Rankings! For more NFL betting tips, check out our NFL Week 8 Parlay Picks.


Marcus Mosher

Marcus Mosher is an NFL analyst at The Game Day, residing in Erie, PA. He covers the NFL from a betting and fantasy perspective, producing written and video content. Marcus currently hosts multiple football-related podcasts and is a managing editor at USA Today’s Sports Media Group covering the Las Vegas Raiders. He has previously worked at The Athletic and Bleacher Report.

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