NFL power rankings, no. 2: Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals were handed their first loss of the season by the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football in Week 8 and responded by beating up on the 49ers despite having backup Colt McCoy get the start.
The only problem for Arizona is Kyler Murray's ability to stay heathy and play at a high level. While he gritted it out and played through injury last year, his second half play was not as good as the first half of the season and the Cardinals started to slide as a result.
That very well could happen again, especially if Murray has to miss any more games. McCoy can only take you so far.
As it stands right now, though, that is just conjecture and the Cardinals should be considered the top team in the AFC, but not the top team in the NFL.
NFL power rankings, no. 1: Tennessee Titans
Are the Tennessee Titans the most talented team in the league? No. Are they going to hang onto the top spot for long without Derrick Henry? Probably not. However, the 7-2 Titans have the best resume in the league and it is not even close and that includes a huge road win over the Rams without their star running back.
That may have been the most impressive win for the Titans thus far but Tennessee has been racking up impressive wins. They beat the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks with Russell Wilson. They have two wins over a good Colts team as well.
Yes, they lost to the Jets earlier in the season and lost to our second-ranked team in Week 1. With two wins over top-10 opponents and another win over an opponent who could be top 10 next week (Chiefs), the Titans should be considered no. 1.