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2019 Week 8 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots continue to toy with the rest of the league as Arizona Cardinals surge

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We seem to know who the best team in the AFC is, but there are a number of teams that can claim the top spot in the NFC.

In fact, the way things are playing out, on December 8, 2019 we could be in for a matchup between the 49ers and Saints that plays out on who is the NFC number one seed, maybe helping decide who gets to play the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Let’s take a look at the Week 8 2019 NFL Power Rankings.

  1. New England Patriots (7-0)
  2. San Francisco 49ers (6-0)
  3. New Orleans Saints (6-1)
  4. Green Bay Packers (6-1)
  5. Buffalo Bills (5-1)
  6. Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
  7. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
  8. Seattle Seahawks (5-2)
  9. Minnesota Vikings (5-2)
  10. Carolina Panthers (4-2)
  11. Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
  12. Dallas Cowboys (4-3)
  13. Houston Texans (4-3)
  14. Los Angeles Rams (4-3)
  15. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
  16. Oakland Raiders (3-3)
  17. Chicago Bears (3-3)
  18. Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1)
  19. Detroit Lions (2-3-1)
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4)
  21. Tennessee Titans (3-4)
  22. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4)
  23. Cleveland Browns (2-4)
  24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4)
  25. Denver Broncos (2-5)
  26. Los Angeles Chargers (2-5)
  27. New York Giants (2-5)
  28. New York Jets (1-5)
  29. Atlanta Falcons (1-6)
  30. Washington Redskins (1-6)
  31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-7)
  32. Miami Dolphins (0-6)

There are a couple of things. First, Lamar Jackson is the best QB of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Second, the '18 class was so inferior to the '17 class it is funny to look back at the pundits that couldn't see it.

Third, the Cardinals surge with teams like the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and Bengals show that the "OL/DL at all costs" drafts don't work.

Jets have the Williams brothers along the DL.

Falcons drafted multiple offensive and front seven players the last couple years.

Skins, same.

The Bengals the same

What it shows is even more than quarterback at all cost.

There's a fine mix that goes into creating a winning team. Much of it consists of the coach and GM being on the same page. The players buying in and the right staff behind those decisions.

It's not simply, invest in each line, or pour all the assets into the receiving corps.

Look at the top teams and it's about the right mix of guys, in the right season and in the right mindset.

Or, just be a Patriots fan.