PFF NFL power rankings for Week 8

The Patriots move into the top spot this week, with the Packers and Panthers at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.

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(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

PFF NFL power rankings for Week 8

DK Deal

In preparation for NFL Week 8, here are the updated PFF power rankings. This week, the rankings are presented alongside an interesting piece of information about a non-first round rookie for each team.

1. New England Patriots

Undrafted rookie center David Andrews has a pass blocking efficiency of 97.6, best for rookie centers.

2. Green Bay Packers

When cornerback Damarious Randall has been targeted, opposing quarterbacks have a completion percentage of just 41.9, best among cornerbacks.

3. Carolina Panthers

Undrafted rookie Ryan Delaire has a pass rushing productivity of 10.1, best for rookie 4-3 defensive ends. He has two sacks, two hits, and five hurries on 72 pass rushes.

4. Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals rookie with the most snaps this season is tight end Tyler Kroft, with 68 snaps. In that time, he has not been thrown at, but has not allowed a pressure on his six pass blocks.

5. Denver Broncos

Offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo has a pass blocking efficiency of 94.8, the best for rookie offensive tackles with at least 100 pass blocks.

6. Atlanta Falcons

Halfback Tevin Coleman has yet to allow a pressure this year. He is tied for the fourth-most pass block snaps among all halfbacks who have yet to allow a pressure, and has the most among rookies.

7. Arizona Cardinals

Halfback David Johnson has a 2.25 yards per route run, the best for rookies, and seventh best for all running backs.

8. Minnesota Vikings

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs leads all wide receivers in yards per route run at 3.27.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers non-first round pick with the most snaps this season is Leterrius Walton, who has only played 27 snaps. He has one run stop and no pressures.

10. Oakland Raiders

When linebacker Neiron Ball has been targeted, opposing quarterbacks have an NFL passer rating of 42.4, which is the best among rookie linebackers.

11. Philadelphia Eagles

Inside linebacker Jordan Hicks has a yards per coverage snap of 1.03, the lowest for rookie inside/middle linebackers.

12. New Orleans Saints

Undrafted rookie Bobby Richardson has nine run stops. No other rookie 4-3 defensive end has more than three.

13. Seattle Seahawks

Defensive end Frank Clark has a PFF Rating of 82.1 against the run, which is the best among rookies.

14. New York Jets

Of the nine 3-4 outside linebackers with 30 or more pass rushes, Lorenzo Mauldin has the second-best pass rushing productivity of 10.8.

15. New York Giants

Undrafted rookie tight end Will Tye has 1.56 yards per route run, tied for the best among rookie tight ends.

16. Dallas Cowboys

On 79 pass blocks, La’el Collins has just allowed one quarterback pressure. His pass blocking efficiency of 99.1 is fourth-best among all guards with at least 50 pass blocks.

17. Buffalo Bills

When Ronald Darby is targeted, opposing quarterbacks have an NFL passer rating of 48.6. That is the fourth lowest for all cornerbacks, and by far the best among rookies.

18. Miami Dolphins

When cornerback Bobby McCain lines up in the slot, he’s allowed a yards per coverage snap of just 0.09, the best not just among rookies, but all slot cornerbacks with at least 50 coverage snaps in the slot.

19. St. Louis Rams

Of the six rookie offensive tackles with at least 100 pass blocks, Rob Havenstein is the only one to not allow a sack this season.

20. Kansas City Chiefs

Center Mitch Morse has a PFF run block rating of 83.8, best among rookies and fifth-best among all centers.

21. Cleveland Browns

Halfback Duke Johnson has 31 catches on 34 targets for 263 yards, which are all the most for rookies and fourth-most for all running backs.

22. Indianapolis Colts

Henry Anderson has 18 run stops, best among rookie 3-4 defensive ends, and third-best for all 3-4 defensive ends.

23. Baltimore Ravens

The only two rookie tight ends with more than six catches and no dropped passes are Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars

Halfback T.J. Yeldon has had 18 players miss tackles on his carries, tied for 10th-most among all running backs, not just rookies.

25. Tennessee Titans

Rookie Jalston Fowler has the fifth-best PFF grade among fullbacks with at least 70 snaps at 68.4.

26. Chicago Bears

Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman has the best pass rushing productivity among rookie defensive tackles at 8.2. No other rookie defensive tackle is above 6.

27. Washington

Wide receiver Jamison Crowder has the best drop rate among rookies, at 3.03. He has just one drop compared to 32 catches.

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Of the nine rookie guards with at least 100 pass blocks, Ali Marpet has the best pass blocking efficiency at 97.0. He’s allowed one sack and seven hurries on 210 pass blocks.

29. Houston Texans

Inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney has a run stop percentage of 12.7, which is the best for rookie inside/middle linebackers.

30. Detroit Lions

Halfback Ameer Abdullah is the only rookie running back with more than 10 catches and no dropped passes. Abdullah has 13 catches.

31. San Diego Chargers

The only Chargers’ non-first round rookie with more than 100 snaps is outside linebacker Kyle Emanuel at 146. He has one sack, one hit, and four hurries on 65 pass rushes this season.

32. San Francisco 49ers

Backup defensive end Arik Armstead has 13 pressures on 86 pass rushes, giving him the best pass rushing productivity for rookie 3-4 defensive ends at 11.6.

| Director of Analytics

Nathan has been with Pro Football Focus since 2010. He is the Director of Analytics, an NFL analyst, and a fantasy writer.

  • 49ers fan24

    For the life of me I cannot figure out why Arik Armstead is not starting for the 49ers.

    What do they have to lose?

  • Raul Fender

    The Texans are the worst. Baltimore lost to the 49ers a week ago, have one win in OT to the Steelers without Ben R.

    • Sam Doohan

      It’s not just about wins and losses. Baltimore clearly aren’t good but have been competitive in every game despite that and the Texans at least have J.J Watt going for them. What’s happening for the 49ers? Nothing what so ever. No interesting rookies who could break out, no Flacco-Smith connection, no strong defense who might get them wins against bad teams. Just nothing. And that’s why they are at the bottom.

      When you look at teams like the Jags, the Bucs, the Titans; these are not teams who are going to win much this year and their best guys have been patchy at best. But patchy beats consistently bad.

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  • Ben

    “Non-first round rookie” Second team on the list: Damarious Randall-30th overall pick. That’s the first round, right?

    • Jaguars28

      Yeah, Armstead was a 1st rounder too.

  • Michael Angelo

    The raiders at 10? Wow

    • crosseyedlemon

      The Raiders were the joke of the league for so long that it’s hard to accept that they are an improved team finally. They can now hold their own against the other middling teams and would probably be a playoff candidate if they were in the AFC South.

      • Blindone

        They are a playoff candidate, they are a game out of the wildcard in the AFC…

        • crosseyedlemon

          Well technically everyone is still a playoff candidate but realistically a lot of things would have to fall the Raiders way for them to get there.

  • crosseyedlemon

    Tampa Bay loses to the lowly Redskins and gains 4 spots this week? Using that kind of logic means that if the Broncos beat the Patriots this season they should drop several spots in the rankings.

  • Riffle,Rod&Fly

    Ah, Power Rankings… Dolphins are about to jump 11 spots after Thursday.

    • crosseyedlemon

      That can only mean they are staying at home to play Miami Hurricanes instead of traveling north to face the Patriots.

  • Josh Stewart

    Why are the Eagles even in the top 30?

    • crosseyedlemon

      Must be because of all that shrewd off-season trading they did.

  • shaunhan murray

    Has sammy coates rreally played less than 27 snaps I tought he plasyed alot early . Oh ok I think he had a minor injury to start the season

  • Tito Puente

    Please oh mighty PFF, please drop the Raiders out of your Top 10, we’re trying to sneak up on teams — you’re not helping!

    • Raiders Suck

      Raiders aint sneaking up on shit.You guys only made the playoffs 4 times since 1993. FOREVER GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Raiders Suck

    Raiders aint sneaking up on shit. FOREVER GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!! You guys only made the playoffs 4 times since 1993.

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