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bama4256 10-30-2002 07:27 PM

Pro Football Rankings Week 8
Rankings reflect all games played from Sept. 5th throught Oct. 28th. Rankings are based on won-loss record, points scored, points allowed and many other factors. See where your team is ranked and why.

1.-SAN DIEGO CHARGERS--(6-1)-.857-(PF-173-PA-119)-Chargers enjoyed a bye this past weekend. Head coach Marty Schottenheimer has really helped turn this team around. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson is one reason for the team's success. He has rushed for 785 yards so far this season, scoring seven rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Drew Brees has completed 127-of-204 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. He has thrown six interceptions this season. The Chargers rank third in overall defense in the AFC, allowing 312.0 yards per game. Next game Nov. 3rd against the New York Jets at San Diego.

2.-GREEN BAY PACKERS--(6-1)-.857-(PF-203-PA-154)-Had a bye week. Packers are 3-0 playing at home. Packers offense ranks third in the NFL, averaging 368.9 yards per game. Brett Favre is the top quarterback in the NFL with a 102.0 quarterback rating. Favre has completed 153-of-233 for 1,706 yards and thrown 14 touchdown passes. Has thrown only three interceptions this year. Next game Nov. 4th against Miami on Monday Night Football at Green Bay.

3.-DENVER BRONCOS--(6-2)-.750-(PF-207-PA-170)-Broncos sent New England to their fourth straight loss, with a 24-16 win at New England. The NFL's top rookie rusher Clinton Portis, rushed for 111 yards and scored two touchdowns in that game. Portis has 562 rushing yards on the season. Quarterback Brian Griese passed for 229 yards, while completing 18-of-23. He threw for one touchdown. He did throw one interception. Tight end Shannon Sharpe caught an 8-yard pass for a touchdown in the second quarter. Broncos defense ranks first in overall defense in the AFC, allowing 270.8 yards per game. Denver has a bye this coming week.

4.-NEW ORLEANS SAINTS--(6-2)-.750-(PF-256-PA-209)-Saints lost a close one to their division rival, the Atlanta Falcons, 37-35 in the Superdome. Saints lost when Atlanta's Jay Feely kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired. New Orleans running back Deuce McAllister had another fine game, rushing for 115 yards on 17 carries and scoring two rushing touchdowns. He leads the NFC in rushing with 836 yards. Saints enjoy a bye this coming week.

5.-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES--(5-2)-.714-(PF-202-PA-105)-Eagles beat the New York Giants, 17-3 in Philadelphia on Monday Night Football. Quarterback Donovan McNabb sealed the win when he ran for a 40-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. McNabb rushed for 111 yards on seven carries. The Eagles had a total of 299 yards rushing against the Giants. Running back Duce Staley rushed for 124 yards on 24 carries. Field goal kicker David Akers kicked three successful field goals. Next game Nov. 3rd against Chicago at Chicago.

6.-MIAMI DOLPHINS--(5-2)-.714-(PF-190-PA-143)-Dolphins enjoyed a bye this past weekend. They lead the AFC East over Buffalo by half a game. Miami ranks sixth in overall defense in the AFC, allowing 325.3 yards per game. Linebacker Zach Thomas leads the AFC in tackles with 64. Next game Nov. 4th against Green Bay at Green Bay on Monday Night Football

7.-SAN FRANCISCO 49ers--(5-2)-.714-(PF-180-PA-144)-49ers beat Arizona, 38-28 in SF. San Francisco leads the NFC West by a half of game over Arizona now. Quarterback Jeff Garcia completed 18-of-28 for 252 yards and four touchdown passes. Wide receiver Terrell Owens kept his pen in the locker room and caught eight passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. One touchdown came on a 61-yard pass from Garcia in the second quarter. Safety Ronnie Heard intercepted three passes on the day for SF. They were the first of his career. Linebacker Derek Smith led the defense with nine solo tackles. 49ers defense had to really hold on as Arizona surged in the second half. Next game Nov. 3rd against Oakland in Oakland.

8.TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS--(6-2)-.750-(PF-165-PA-85)-Bucs had a hard time putting away Carolina, in a 12-9 win at Carolina. Field goal kicker Martin Gramatica provided all the points for Tampa Bay. He kicked four successful field goals. He kicked a 53-yarder to tie the game, and a 47-yarder with five seconds left to win it. Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden's offense has a lot of work to do. Bucs offense couldn't muster a first down at all in the third quarter. Quarterback Rob Johnson had to replace the injured Brad Johnson. Johnson finished 22-of-33 for 179 yards and an interception. Defensive lineman Warren Sapp ranks second in the NFL with 8.0 sacks. Next game Nov. 3rd against Minnesota in Tampa.

9.-BUFFALO BILLS--(5-3)-.625-(PF-241-PA-231)-Bills held off a feisty Detroit Lions team, winning 24-17 at Orchard Park, New York. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe completed 21-of-36 for 302 yards and a touchdown. He leads all quarterbacks in the NFL with 2,500 yards passing. Wide receiver Eric Moulds caught nine passes for 123 yards. Moulds leads the NFL in passing yardage with 785 yards. Receiver Peerless Price caught a 59-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter from Bledsoe. The Bills allowed Detroit to drive to their 20, before Bills linebacker London Fletcher tackled running back James Stewart behind the line of scrimmage on 4th and inches with 1:52 left. Job well done. Next game Nov. 3th against New England at Buffalo.

10.-PITTSBURGH STEELERS--(4-3)-.571-(PF-169-PA-140)-Steelers had an impressive win over Baltimore, winning 31-18 in Baltimore. Pittsburgh leads the AFC North by a half game over Cleveland. Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox continues to impress his team and head coach Bill Cowher, especially after he completed his first 11 passes in the game. Maddox has really revitalized this offense, since taking over from Kordell Stewart. Maddox 3-1 as the starter. He ended up completing 18-of-24 for 172 yards and two touchdown passes. Running back Amos Zereoue, filling in for the injured Jerome Bettis, ran for two scores. Wide receiver Plaxico Burress caught two touchdown passes. Steelers defense had three interceptions on the day. Steelers linebacker Joey Porter had one of those three interceptions. He has four on the season now. Next game Nov. 3rd against Cleveland in Cleveland.

11.-ATLANTA FALCONS--(4-3)-.571-(PF-167-PA-119)-Falcons offense looked impressive in win over New Orleans, 37-35 in New Orleans. As stated earlier, Atlanta's field goal kicker Jay Feely kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired to lead his team to victory. How sweet it is. Quarterback Michael Vick cousins with Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks completed 16-of-24 for 195 yards. He also rushed for 91 yards on 10 carries, scoring two rushing touchdowns. Atlanta running back Warrick Dunn had the best game of his short NFL career, by rushing for 142 yards on 23 carries, and he scored one touchdown rushing. Next game Nov. 3rd against Baltimore in Atlanta.

12.-KANSAS CITY CHIEFS--(4-4)-.500-(PF-259-PA-240)-Chiefs looked great in their win over Oakland, 20-10 in Kansas City. KC's lowest ranked defense, before coming into the game, allowed only one touchdown and instead of giving up points in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs helped create them. Defensive tackle Derrick Ransom(6-3-306) was one of the key players for the Chiefs. He blocked a Sebastian Janikowski's 44-yard field goal attempt in the first half. Chiefs have been giving up 441 yards and 32.9 points per game. Leading rusher in the NFL, Priest Holmes totaled 184 yards running and receiving for the Chiefs. He rushed for 91 yards on 23 carries and one rushing touchdown. Leads the NFL in rushing with 857 yards. KC also leads the AFC in rushing offense, averaging 5.2 yards per carry and a total of 1,275 yards rushing. Ageless field goal kicker Morten Anderson kicked two successful field goals on the day. Enjoys a bye this coming week.

13.-OAKLAND RAIDERS--(4-3)-.571-(PF-206-PA-165)-After losing to the Chiefs, 20-10, the Raiders have now lost three straight. Quarterback Rich Gannon displayed his ususal fireworks by throwing for 334 yards. He was 35-of-55. With Sunday's performance he joined Steve Young and Kurt Warner as one the only players in NFL history to pass for 300 yards or more in six consecutive games. Gannon has now passed for 2,382 yards this season, trailing only Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe. Next game Nov. 3rd against San Francisco in Oakland.

14.-CLEVELAND BROWNS--(4-4)-.500-(PF-185-PA-172)-Browns came from behind to beat the New York Jets, 24-21 at New York. Four days after the death of team owner Al Lerner, the Browns rallied from a 18-point deficit. FGK Phil Dawson kicked the winning 35-yard field goal with 3:30 left in the game. Quarterback Tim Couch completed 33-of49 for 307 yards and two touchdown passes. Next game Nov. 3rd against Pittsburgh in Cleveland.

15.-INDIANAPOLIS COLTS--(4-3)-.571-(PF-145-PA-144)-Colts lost to Washington plain and simple, 26-21 in Maryland. Colts trailed 20-0 at one point in the game. Colts had a chance to tie after rookie Ricky Williams, out of Texas Tech, caught a touchdown on a 20-yard pass from Peyton Manning, but Washington's Fred Smoot broke up the two-point conversion pass attempt to Qadry Ismail. Manning ended up completing 21-of-32 for 214 yards and two touchdowns. But he is still haunted with interceptions. Two of them as a matter of fact. Sidenote:Wide receiver Marvin Harrison leads the NFL in receptions with 58. Running back Edgerrin James was injured in that game, but a MRI on Monday revealed nothing serious. Colts lead the AFC South by one game over Jacksonville and Tennessee. Next game Nov. 3rd against Tennessee in Indianapolis.

16.-ARIZONA CARDINALS--(4-3)-.571-(PF-136-PF-131)-Cardinals got their wings clipped by San Francisco, losing 38-28 in SF. Cardinals trailed 24-0 in the first half before running back Marcel Shipp scored on a 7-yard run. He had two rushing touchdowns for the day. Quarterback Jake Plummer even rushed for a 34-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He was 24-of-36 for 286 yards, but the three interceptions just killed him. Sidenote:Wide receiver Martay Jenkins leads the NFC in kickoff returns with a 28.3 average. Next game Nov. 3rd against St. Louis in Arizona.

17.-NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS--(3-4)-.429-(PF-168-PA-158)-Pat's lost their fourth straight game after losing to Denver, 24-16 at home in New England. Quarterback Tom Brady was sacked five times on the day. Running back Antowain Smith has just not played as well as he did in 2001. Smith rushed for 58 yards on 13 carries, and scored one rushing touchdown. He now has 443 yards for the season. Getting their running game going is the main ingredient for opening up their passing attack. Smith must get more carries per game. Their rushing offense ranks 10th in the AFC. Pat's defensive end Willis McGinest had eight tackles on the day and one sack. Patriots must win at least seven out of their last nine games just to win 10 this season and have a shot at the playoffs. New England scored 115 points in their first three games, and in their last four, they have only scored 53. Next game Nov. 3rd against Buffalo at Buffalo.

18.-JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS--(3-4)-.429-(PF-147-PA-133)-Jaguars lost to the lowly Houston Texans, 21-19 at home in Jacksonville. Jags have lost three in a row. Jags had more total net yards in offense with 290, compared to Houston's 242. Jags wide receiver Jimmy Smith caught four passes for 80 yards and one touchdown from quarterback Mark Brunell. Jags defense sacked David Carr four times. Sidenote:Receiver Bobby Shaw leads the AFC in punt returns, averaging 15.3 yards per punt return. One for a touchdown. Next game Nov. 3rd against the New York Giants at New York.

19.-NEW YORK GIANTS--(3-4)-.429-(PF-89-PA-115)-Giants lost to Philadelphia, 17-3 in Philly. New York's defense allowed the Eagles 422 yards on offense. Quarterback Kerry Collins, Giants, completed 20-of-34 for 257 yards, but no touchdowns. Rookie tight end Jeremy Shockey(6-5-252),out of the University of Miami caught six passes for 69 yards. His longest catch was for 21 yards. Giants receiver Ike Hillard will be lost for the year, due to a dislocated right shoulder when hit by Eagles All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins. Bad break, no pun intended. Many Giants players thought the hard hit on Hillard was unnecessary. Next game Nov. 3rd against Jacksonville at New York.

20.-BALTIMORE RAVENS--(3-4)-.429-(PF-122-PA-142)-Ravens are lost without linebacker Ray Lewis. He may be out for the year due to a shoulder injury. Bad bad news. Ravens lost to Pittsburgh, 31-18 in Baltimore. Ex- Saints quarterback Jeff Blake started the game for the Ravens. He completed 29-of-50 for 298 yards and one touchdown. But he threw three interceptions. Running back Jamal Lewis was held to only 34 yards rushing. Next game Nov. 3rd against Atlanta in Atlanta.

21.-ST. LOUIS RAMS--(2-5)-.286-(PF-139-PA-158)-Rams enjoyed a bye this past weekend. Rams rank fourth in overall offense in the NFC , averaging 359.4 yards per game. All-purpose back back Marshall Faulk has rushed for 602 yards on 124 carries and scored seven rushing touchdowns. He leads the team in receptions with 49. Next game Nov. 3rd against Arizona in Arizona.

22.-WASHINGTON REDSKINS--(3-4)-.429-(PF-141-PA-188)-Redskins beat Indianapolis, 26-21 at Washington. Quarterback Shane Matthews took over the helm, and helped lead his team to a much needed win. He completed 17-of-35 for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Linebacker LaVar Arrington had six tackles on the day and registered two sacks. He now has seven sacks on the year. Defensive back Fred Smoot had one interception. He's always around the ball. Next game Nov. 3rd against Seattle at Seattle.

23.-CAROLINA PANTHERS--(3-5)-.375-(PF-111-PA-117)-Panthers lost a close one to Tampa Bay, 12-9 at Carolina. Offense could only gain 130 total net yards in offense. Pitiful. Quarterback Randy Fasani could only complete 5-of-18 for 48 yards, and he threw three interceptions. They have the third best overall defense in the NFC, allowing 275.1 yards per game. Has a needed bye this week.

24.-DETROIT LIONS--(2-5)-.286-(PF-149-PA-213)-Lions lost to a very offensive team the Buffalo Bills, 24-17 at Buffalo. Rookie quarterback Joey Harrington completed 20-of-42 for 199 yards and one touchdown. Also threw an interception. Harrington has really taken charge of this team. Lions linebacker Chris Claiborne had seven tackles and one sack on the day. He now has 45 tackles on the year. Next game Nov. 3rd against Dallas in Detroit.

25.-TENNESSEE TITANS--(3-4)-.429-(PF-160-PF-197)-Titans barely beat winless Cincinnati, 30-24 in Cincinnati. Quarterback Steve McNair completed 16-of-27 for 215 yards and three touchdown passes. Running back Eddie George is starting to look like his old self. He rushed for 106 yards on 21 carries. Next game Nov. 3rd against Indianapolis in Indy.

26.-DALLAS COWBOYS--(3-5)-.375-(PF-108-PA-146)-Cowboys lost to Seattle, 17-14 at Dallas. Running back Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton all-time career rushing record of 16,726 when he rushed for 109 yards in Sunday's loss. Smith now leads with 16,743. He also scored his 150th career touchdown. Congratulations! Rookie quarterback Chad Hutchinson out of Stanford was basically ineffective as Quincy Carter has been, completing 12-of-24 for 145 yards and one touchdown. Just couldn't produce enough offense to win the game. Wide receiver Joey Galloway caught four passes for 62 yards and one touchdown. I just feel they aren't using Galloway effectively as they should. Next game Nov. 3rd against Detroit in Detroit.

27.-MINNESOTA VIKINGS--(2-5)-.286-(PF-162-PA-192)-Vikings beat Chicago, 25-7 at Minnesota. Vikings had 24 first downs to Chicago's 12. Minnesota rolled up 364 total net yards in offense. Running back Michael Bennett rushed for 106 yards on 29 carries. Receiver Randy Moss had a big game, catching nine passes for 119 yards and one touchdown. He now has 49 receptions on the year. Next game Nov. 3rd against Tampa Bay in Tampa.

28.-SEATTLE SEAHAWKS--(2-5)-.286-(PF-142-PA-166)-Seahawks beat Dallas, 17-14 at Dallas. Neither team was really impressive. Quarterback Trent Dilfer tore his achilles tendon and will probably miss the rest of the season. Seattle went ahead and signed Jeff George to back-up Matt Hasselbeck. Seattle's field goal kicker Rian Lindell, kicked a 20-yard field goal to secure the win in the fourth quarter. Running back Shaun Alexander rushed for 58 yards on 23 carries, but scored two rushing touchdowns. On defense, defensive tackle John Randle had two sacks on the day. Next game Nov. 3rd against Washington in Seattle.

29.-CHICAGO BEARS--(2-5)-.286-(PF-139-PA-180)-Bears got crushed by Minnesota, 25-7 in Minnesota. Bears had only 12 first downs the entire game. Bears quarterback Chris Chandler completed 15-of-25 for 176 yards and one touchdown. He tossed an interception. Running back Anthony Thomas gained only 18 yards on nine carries. That dog won't hunt. The only bright spot was linebacker Brian Urlacher. He led the defense with 12 tackles. Leads the NFL in tackles with 73. Next game Nov. 3rd against Philadelphia at Chicago.

30.-NEW YORK JETS--(2-5)-.286-(PF-116-PA-193)-Jets lost to Cleveland, 24-21 at New York. Receiver Santana Moss returned a punt back 63-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Quarterback Chad Pennington completed 19-of-26 for 183 yards and two touchdowns. He did throw one interception. Jets linebacker Sam Cowart had 10 solo tackles to lead the defense. He's in his fourth year in the NFL, out of Florida State. Next game Nov. 3rd against San Diego in SD.

31.-HOUSTON TEXANS--(2-5)-.286-(PF-104-PA-176)-Texans surprised Jacksonville by beating them, 21-19 in Jacksonville. Quarterback David Carr completed 11-of-18 for 184 yards and one touchdown. Tight end Billy Miller caught three passes for 78 yards and one touchdown. Linebacker Kailee Wong, Texans, had two sacks on the day. Next game Nov. 3rd against Cinncinnati in Houston.

32.-CINCINNATI BENGALS--(0-7)-.000-(PF-75-PA-211)-Bengals lost to Tennessee, 30-24 in Cincinnati. Cincinnati took the lead in the fourth quarter, 24-20 when quarterback Jon Kitna hit rookie tight end Matt Schobel, out of Texas Christian, on an 8-yard touchdown pass. But the Titans came back and won it with a touchdown of their own. Kitna was 17-of-23 for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Cory Dillon rushed for 138 yards on 30 carries and scored one rushing touchdown. Cornerback Artrell Hawkins led the Bengals defense with 10 solo tackles and one sack. Next game Nov. 3rd against Houston at Houston.

Written by:Keith Thronson Mobile, Alabama

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