NFL Power Rankings 2021: Top 10 teams ahead of Week 8


Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals are rolling.

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Burrow completed 23 of 38 passes for a career-high 416 yards with three touchdowns in a dominating 41-17 victory over the Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon. Rookie wideout Ja’Marr Chase hauled in eight receptions for 201 yards and one score.

With the win, the Bengals improved to 5-2 on the season and are in first place in the AFC North.

“We’ve got so many weapons, the defense is playing great ball right now,” Chase said after the game, via ESPN. “I think the sky is the limit for us.”

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Cincinnati entered this week’s power rankings for the first time this season. But where will the Bengals fall? Here are the NFL’s top 10 teams heading into Week 8.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert passes against the New York Jets during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Inglewood, California.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert passes against the New York Jets during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Inglewood, California.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Record: 4-2

Week 7 result: Bye

Outlook: Coming off a bye week, the Chargers will look to regroup after a 34-6 loss to the Ravens. Second-year quarterback Justin Herbert completed 22 of 39 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown in defeat.

The Chargers will face off against the Patriots in Los Angeles next.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws the ball under pressure from Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) and defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad (97) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Baltimore. 

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws the ball under pressure from Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) and defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad (97) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Baltimore. 
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Record: 5-2

Week 7 result: 41-17 loss to Bengals

Outlook: Lamar Jackson and the Ravens struggled against their AFC North rivals. Jackson threw for 257 passing yards and had 88 yards on the ground, but he was sacked five times and couldn’t get much going on offense.

The Ravens will be on their bye this week.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) runs with the ball against Baltimore Ravens safety Chuck Clark (36) and cornerback Marlon Humphrey during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Baltimore.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) runs with the ball against Baltimore Ravens safety Chuck Clark (36) and cornerback Marlon Humphrey during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Baltimore.
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Record: 5-2

Week 7 result: 41-17 win over Ravens

Outlook: Rookie wideout Ja’Marr Chase hauled in eight receptions for 201 yards and one touchdown for the Bengals. Joe Burrow threw for a career-high 416 yards and three TDs in the big victory.

The Bengals will look to carry momentum into New York when they face the Jets.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) takes a picture for a fan as he leaves the field after the Titans beat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-3 in an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) takes a picture for a fan as he leaves the field after the Titans beat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-3 in an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee.
(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Record: 5-2

Week 7 result: 27-3 win over Chiefs

Outlook: The Titans scored on their first five possessions and held a 27-0 halftime lead over Kansas City. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 270 yards and a touchdown and wide…

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