NFL Power Rankings 2013, Week 8: Giants No. 29 after victory

Jim McIsaac

After beating the Vikings on Monday Night Football, Giants rise from the gutter.

The mighty have fallen. Peyton Manning and the Broncos lost an emotional game against Andrew Luck and the Colts Sunday night. The loss means only the Chiefs at 7-0 remain perfect, but still they cannot grab the top spot in Big Blue View's power rankings.

The Saints had a bye week, while the Seahawks, 49ers and Packers all notched another win. New England fell to the Jets, the Bears lost and may be without their quarterback, and in the NFC East the Cowboys continue their stranglehold on the division.

Here are the Big Blue View Power Rankings for Week 8:

1. Denver Broncos (6-1): It was an emotional affair and a tough loss for the Broncos, but perhaps not going undefeated will pay off in the long run. This is still the best offense in football. (LW: 1)

2. Seattle Seahawks (6-1): Seattle is cruising, and they face four straights under .500 before their bye week. (LW: 3)

3. New Orleans Saints (5-1): The Saints will need a healthy Jimmy Graham going forward. (LW: 2)

4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-0): Even though they're unbeaten and this defense is the real deal, could the Chiefs really beat Denver, Seattle or New Orleans? I'm still not convinced. (LW: 4)

5. Indianapolis Colts (5-2): The Colts were the first team to knock the Broncos off of their perch atop the power rankings. Now, Luck and Co. have knocked off Seattle, San Fran and Denver. (LW: 7)

6. San Francisco (5-2): Quietly, the Niners have reeled off four straight wins. With Jacksonville this week, they're about to have two weeks off. (LW: 6)

7. Green Bay Packers (4-2): Despite all of the injuries, the Packers keep on rolling. (LW: 8)

8. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2): Andy Dalton, this defense -- the Bengals are the most well-rounded team in the AFC North by a long shot. (LW: 11)

9. New England Patriots (5-2): Injuries and mistakes are costing the Patriots games this season. (LW: 5)

10. Dallas Cowboys (4-3): One game above .500, the Cowboys are the best of the NFC East. I'm not sure that has too much meaning these days. (LW: 12)

11. Detroit Lions (4-3): This was a tough game to let split through their fingers, especially at home. (LW: 9)

12. San Diego Chargers (4-3): The Bolts look to be contenders under Mike McCoy. The issue is they place in the same division as the Broncos and Chiefs. (LW: 14)

13. Chicago Bears (4-3): I can't help but believe if Jay Cutler was in the game, the Bears would've found a way to win. The question now is how long the Bears will be without No. 6. (LW: 10)

14. New York Jets (4-3): The Jets may not be better than a .500 team, but as saw Sunday they have the ability to knock off top teams. (LW: 19)

15. Baltimore Ravens (3-4): This the not the Super Bowl contender from a season ago, but despite their woes the Ravens still have a high ceiling. (LW: 13)

16. Tennessee Titans (3-4): The final score does not accurately indicate how the game vs. San Fran went. (LW: 15)

17. Buffalo Bills (3-4): Even without their first-round pick, the Bills are winning some impressive games. (LW: 23)

18. Miami Dolphins (3-3): Just what Miami doesn't need right now: a matchup with a very angry Patriots squad. (LW: 16)

19. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4): Chip Kelly's offense mustered three points? Now there's a question at quarterback. (LW: 18)

20. Carolina Panthers (3-3): The suddenly surging Panthers are finding a rhythm.  (LW: 25)

21. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5): With wins against the Jets and Ravens in back-to-back weeks, the Steelers will be a menace for other AFC contenders. (LW: 29)

22. Atlanta Falcons (2-4): Even with all of the injuries, the Falcons offense looked fine. (LW: 22)

23. Houston Texans (2-5): It was a loss, but the Texans were competitive and nearly beat an undefeated squad behind Case Keenum in his first start. Not so discouraging. (LW: 20)

24. Cleveland Browns (3-4): Where has that exciting Cleveland offense been lately? (LW: 21)

25. St. Louis Rams (3-4): Sam Bradford is out for the year, which isn't too promising for an already inconsistent offense. (LW: 17)

26. Arizona Cardinals (3-4): Bruce Arians can't be happy with this offense. (LW: 24)

27. Washington Redskins (2-4): I think this was the kind of performance we expected out of the Skins. (LW: 27)

28. Oakland Raiders (2-4): The Raiders are going to be tested right out of the gate following their bye. (LW: 26)

29. New York Giants (1-6): Finally, a win. The Giants finally forged a running game and the defense played its best game of the season, albeit against a lowly Vikings offense. (LW: 30)

30.  Minnesota Vikings (1-5): Josh Freeman did not look like he could solve any of Minnesota's issues last night.  (LW: 28)

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-6): Greg Schiano has to be on the hot seat, right? (LW: 31)

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7): There is not a lot of good football being played in Jacksonville these days. (LW: 32)

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