Welcome back NFL Fans! Week 8 of the 2022 season is behind us, and it’s time to recalculate the NFL Power Rankings for Week 9. @TheBrysh Power Rankings (PR’s) are calculated using a proprietary algorithm, each week the PR calculations will be represented in a 1-16 rating for each Conference. @TheBrysh Power Rankings are also used to calculate weekly predictions, which will be published as well. Week 8 predictions for @TheBrysh were 9/15, for a season tally of 70/122 or 57% on straight up wins. As the weeks progress, the numbers get dialed in and the predictions become even more dependable.
NFL WEEK 8: RECAP
THURSDAY NIGHT GAME
Buccaneers QB Tom Brady probably had high hopes for his team when they hosted the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night. Unfortunately, the highlight for Brady would be himself setting the NFL record for “most sacked QB” in history. The Ravens downed the Buccaneers 27-22 when they took control of the game in the second half. The Buccaneers are in 8th, the Ravens move up to 4th in the the PR’s.
EARLY SUNDAY GAMES
A total of 5 games on Sunday did not result in any significant changes in INDIVIDUAL Power Ranking scores. These games may however result in changes in relative PR’s. The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Carolina Panthers 37-34, Atlanta climbs to 12th. The Miami Dolphins beat the Detroit Lions 31-27, both teams remain 16th in their divisions. The Minnesota Vikings beat the Arizona Cardinals 34-26. The Houston Texans lost to the Tennessee Titans 17-10. As expected, the Buffalo Bills dominated the Green Bay Packers 27-17 to remain in 1st place in the AFC PR’s.
The Denver Broncos and the Jacksonville Jaguars took to the field in England, UK, the home of @TheBrysh. A sold out, record crowd of 86,215 at Wembley Stadium was treated to a disappointing game from 2 disappointing teams. Stalling offenses, punts and penalties, led to a 21-17 win for Denver. Broncos climb to 9th, Jag’s are 13th.
The Chicago Bears had been flaunting some impressive defensive performances, but this would come to a halt against the Dallas Cowboys this weekend. The Cowboys seemed to score at will with 6 TD’s and won it 49-29. The Cowboys regain 1st in the NFC (Eagles fans sigh) and Da Bears drop to 10th.
As @TheBrysh has been saying since Week 1, The Las Vegas Raiders are OVERRATED! @TheBrysh is also not a big fan of John Gruden! The New Orleans Saints embarrassed the Raiders 24-0, and held their star RB Josh Jacobs to 43 yards. The Saints are big movers, climbing all the way to 6th in the NFC, Raiders drop to 11th.
NFL Fans wondered when the gap(s) in the NY Jets’ armor would show, well this week may have given the answer. Jets QB Zach Wilson tossed 3 interceptions, and the running game gained only 51 yards, in a 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots. The Jets will drop to the 7th spot, while the Patriots move up to 3rd in the AFC PR’s.
@TheBrysh predicted a 15 point blowout by the Philadelphia Eagles over the Pittsburgh Steelers. As fate would have it, the Eagles did not disappoint with a 35-13 trouncing over the Steelers. Eagles fans will be dismayed, but due to the Cowboys performance, Philly is in 2nd this week and the Steelers at 14th.
LATE SUNDAY GAMES
Another low scoring, lackluster affair would grace our TV screens when the Indianapolis Colts hosted the Washington Commanders. The highlight was Washington QB Taylor Heinicke’s 4th quarter drive of 9 plays for 89 yards and a TD for a 17-10 win. The loss drops the Colts to 12th in the AFC, the Commanders are stuck at 15th in the NFC.
The San Francisco 49’ers defeated the LA Rams, or should I say RB Christian McCaffrey defeated the Rams? McCaffrey not only rushed for 94 yards and a TD, received for 55 and a TD, he also passed for a 34 yard TD. The career performance lifted the 49’ers to a 31-14 win to hold on to 3rd, the Rams drop to 9th in NFC PR’s.
The Seattle Mariners…’er Seahawks hosted the NY Giants on Sunday. The Seahawks, and especially their defense is on a roll with 3 straight wins and allowing only 37 points. The ‘Hawks defense continued with 5 QB Sacks and holding star RB Saquon Barkley to 53 yards. Seattle wins 27-13 and climbs to 4th, the Giants drop to 13th in the NFC PR’s.
MONDAY NIGHT GAME
The underdog Cleveland Browns thrashed the Cincinnati Bengals 32-13 on Monday Night Football. Browns RB Nick Chubb ran in 2 TD’s, while QB Jacobly Brissett ran and passed for another 2 TD’s. Bengals QB Joe Burrow was lackluster in a 232 yard passing game thanks to a relentless Browns pass rush that sacked him 5 times. The Browns pulled off another win without QB Deshaun Watson, who was probably busy with a massage therapy session. The Cleveland Browns are big climbers, making it to 6th, while the Bengals slide to 5th in the AFC PR’s.
Written by: Jack Cameron @TheBrysh