NFL rankings lopsided in week 8


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Commanders defensive end Montez Sweat attempts to sack Colts quarterback Sam Ehlinger at the Oct. 8 game.

Blue and yellow confetti rains down on the screaming fans as the Los Angeles Rams celebrate their 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The whole city is celebrating this win when only nine months later this team who seemed to be unbeatable is 3-3. This NFL season you can expect the unexpected as the underdogs take over the leaderboard.

This season’s NFL rankings are upside down as the Buccaneers and Packers plummet down, while the Eagles and Giants are on the rise to the top. This NFL season started off with your top six teams the Bills, Buccaneers, Rams, Chiefs, Bengals and Packers but fast forward eight weeks into the season and it’s mayhem. The Bills stay up top ranked but next come the Eagles, Chiefs, Giants, Vikings, then Cowboys.

The NFL has seen major changes this season, “I think there’s a shift happening in the NFC than the AFC, especially with the Bucs and Packers taking a step back, while the Eagles are moving up,” social studies teacher Timothy Anderson said.

How have these top six teams changed over the past eight weeks? The Buffalo Bills have stayed up top at the number one seed, first in the AFC East. The number two seed, Buccaneers, are now ranked 17th. Tom Brady, five time super bowl MVP, is now sitting at a losing record of 3-4. The Eagles and Giants are taking advantage of this situation, though fans and spectators are left wondering why, “the legendary quarterback and reigning NFC South champions are cascading in a downward spiral,” according to CBS Sports.

The defending Super Bowl champs, LA Rams, moved down to the 12th seed with a record of 3-3. Although the Rams were hoping to continue their 2021 success after their Super Bowl win, “teams find [it] a difficult time to repeat and win a Super Bowl in back to back years,” freshman Joanna Jacobs said.

Not only have several of these powerhouse teams, like the Buccaneers and Packers, plummeted down the power rankings, but underdogs like the Eagles and Giants have made it into the top six as of week eight. The Packers who were originally sixth are now ranked 16th in the league and had a brutal defeat, 21-23, against the Washington Commanders. The Buccaneers had a devastating 21-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The Eagles are 6-0, the Giants 6-1, and the Cowboys are at 5-2, making the NFC East the best division right now but, “the NFC East has the easiest schedules and that’s why they have the best record,” ninth grader Charlie Rollins said.

While the three powerhouse teams, Bills, Chiefs, and Bengals, managed to secure their positions in the top six, the Buccaneers, Rams, and Packers have tied or even have losing records. Due to the poor performances of Brady and Rodgers, “Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner suggested that maybe it’s time for Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers to hang up the cleats,” CBS Sports said.