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Week 8: Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings

Week 8: Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings
Broncos coach John Fox celebrates with quarterback Peyton Manning in the third quarter against the 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Chris Humphreys, USA Today Sports)

Last week in parentheses.

1. Broncos 5-1 (1): Overlooked in hoopla surrounding Peyton Manning record was fact they crushed 49ers in every phase.

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2. Eagles 5-1 (4): Chip Kelly with extra week to prepare for trip to face talented Cardinals should make for compelling viewing.

3. Cowboys 6-1 (6): DeMarco Murray missed 11 games in 2011-13 but he has been a horse and is on pace for 2,086 yards.

4. Colts 5-2 (7): A.J. Green or not, Mighty impressive to shut out Bengals, forcing them to punt on 11 of first 12 possessions.

5. Patriots 5-2 (5): Tom Brady 3-0 vs. Bears and has had extra time to prepare after narrow Thursday win over hapless Jets.

6. Cardinals 5-1 (8): Two games up on Seahawks near halfway point, Bruce Arians has to be in running for coach of year again.

7. Chargers 5-2 (2): Chance for them to get back on track Thursday with statement game at Denver where they won last year.

8. Ravens 5-2 (10): Tops in NFL allowing only 14.9 points per game and Joe Flacco averaging 9.2 yards per pass attempt last four games.

9. Seahawks 3-3 (3): Plenty for Pete Carroll to figure out after loss to Rams but at least problematic Percy Harvin traded away.

10. Packers 5-2 (12): They keep winning and Aaron Rodgers will be at forefront of MVP talk. He has 18 touchdown passes and one pick.

11. Lions 5-2 (13): Story is first-in-league defense allowing 290.3 yards per game and second in points allowed.

12. Bengals 3-2-1 (9): Marvin Lewis needs to get this figured out and stop slide with Ravens coming to town Sunday.

13. 49ers 4-3 (11): 49ers should be OK if they can remain above .500 as Aldon Smith will return soon and NaVorro Bowman could follow.

14. Chiefs 3-3 (17): They are getting a little healthier and have chance to get on run vs. Rams and Jets at home and at Buffalo.

15. Steelers 4-3 (19): 24-point surge at end of first half Monday to stun Texans might have kept season from going south.

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16. Bills 4-3 (21): Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller out and now Bills hand over backfield duties to a real bruiser in Anthony Dixon.

17. Dolphins 3-3 (22): Running game looks better with Lamar Miller more involved; Ryan Tannehill was sharp in beating Bears.

18. Panthers 3-3-1 (14): Pressure is going to be on Cam Newton to carry club in bottom-heavy NFC South as defense just isn't same.

19. Rams 2-4 (27): Love fake punt backed up deep in own end in closing minutes. Does it spark turnaround for young team?

20. Saints 2-4 (15): Most disappointing team in the NFL this season. By far.

21. Bears 3-4 (16): Last time Jay Cutler won a game at Soldier Field was Oct. 10, 2013.

22. Browns 3-3 (18): Mike Pettine says team "briefly" considered playing Johnny Football a series or two last week. His time will come.

23. Giants 3-4 (20): Off week comes at good time. Jason Pierre-Paul says Big Blue can run table after that. Doubtful but they could be spoiler.

24. Texans 3-4 (23): The more Ryan Fitzpatrick plays the more you wonder why they didn't use high pick on quarterback in May.

25. Vikings 2-5 (25): First-round pick Anthony Barr had 10 tackles and recovered two fumble recoveries in loss at Buffalo. Defense will improve.

26. Falcons 2-5 (24): Injuries are crippling the offensive line and trip to London to face tough Lions D-line could be frustrating.

27. Redskins 2-5 (28): OK, so Kirk Cousins isn't the answer but that doesn't mean RG3 is and Colt McCoy definitely isn't.

28. Jets 1-6 (29): Who will be first to barricade himself in dark room with migraine: Rex Ryan or Percy Harvin?

29. Titans 2-5 (26): Jake Locker or Charlie Whitehurst? Charlie Whitehurst or Jake Locker? How about Zach Mettenberger?

30. Jaguars 1-6 (32): Blake Bortles had his worst game of season and it turned into first win of season. That's progress.

31. Bucs 1-5 (30): Lovie Smith will have to make a call on Josh McCown or Mike Glennon soon with McCown recovered from a thumb sprain.

32. Raiders 0-6 (31): Travel packages available for silver and black fans flocking to Chicago to see Roger Goodell announce No. 1 pick of 2015 draft.

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