Random Stats: Highest SOS: Bears .629 Lowest SOS: Giants .355 NFC is winning the Conference battle with 17-12 NFC North has best winning % with .692% and SOS with .568% 2016 POWER RANKINGS AS OF WEEK 8 1. Minnesota Vikings JSimms Record: 8-0 Strength of Schedule: .538% PPG: 24.88 PPGA: 9.50 The Vikings started out the 2016 season with a huge win versus back-to-back NFL Champion San Francisco and haven't looked back, reeling off 8 straight wins. While there offense has been playing well (#4 in Total Offense; #2 in Rushing), their defense is the main reason they've got a perfect record at the midway point in the season. The Purple People Eaters are back, allowing just 39 ypg on the ground & 135 passing ypg. In the final year of his contract, this may be AP's last chance at a ring; he leads the league in carries (180), yards (838) & TD's (14) as he continues to climb the career rushing record books. 2. Green Bay Packers: redlishus Record: 6-0 Strength of Schedule: .514% PPG: 27.00 PPGA: 14.17 The Packers have kept pace with the Vikings, and with their bye out of the way remain the only other unbeaten team in the league at 6-0. There's still a number of games to be played, but could we possible see two 10-0 teams face off in week 11?! QB Aaron Rodgers is the 2nd highest rated QB in the league, and has spread the ball around well this year with a myriad of weapons in both the passing, and now running game (Eddie Lacy/Matt Forte combo in the backfield). 3. San Francisco 49ers: MrWitness36 Record: 5-1 Strength of Schedule: .462% PPG: 23.33 PPGA: 11.17 The 49ers have rebounded well from a week 1 loss to Minnesota, and sit at 5-1 on the season. Traditionally a defensive-minded team, they currently sit outside the top 10 in defense but #5 in total offense and have the top-ranked rushing offense in the league. HB Kendall Hunter has stepped in nicely to replace long-time 49er RB Frank Gore, and is 3rd in the league in rushing with 630 yards. Always a tough division, they've got a 1-game lead over 2nd place Seattle, but only a 2-game lead over last place Arizona. 4. Baltimore Ravens: guitarDADDY1208 Record: 6-1 Strength of Schedule: .412% PPG: 16.00 PPGA: 9.43 Baltimore has quietly become the top team in the AFC, primarily behind their #3 ranked defense and +13 turnover differential. 3rd round draft pick RE Jeffrey Meyers leads the league with 9 sacks and is making a push for defensive rookie of the year. QB Joe Flacco & Co. will need to pick things up if they want to make a push deep into the playoffs this year. 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jeremy Record: 6-1 Strength of Schedule: .471% PPG: 19.86 PPGA: 10.57 The Bucs are many expert's sleeper pick to come out of the NFC this year, and might have made a deep playoff run in year 1 had that not lost their coach for the playoffs. Bottom half of the league in both offense & defense, this team wins the turnover battle - +11 on the season, and leads the league in interceptions. A very young team starting 2nd-year players at QB & HB, and their top 3 receivers are all in year 3. MLB Lavonte David is making his case for defensive player of the year - 51 tackes, 4 sacks, 6 INT's, 5 PD & 1 FF. 6. Buffalo Bills: dritsch Record: 5-1 Strength of Schedule: .519% PPG: 25.67 PPGA: 9.33 The Bills fired their coach after an embarassing week 1 loss, and new coach dritsch has stepped in and won the first 5 games of his coaching career in the Q. The Bills are playing some old school defense, tops in the league in total D, passing & rushing D and are allowing less than 150 total ypg. On the offensive side of the ball, QB EJ Manuel is finally coming into his own and leads the league in passer rating at 102 as he looks for his favorite target (Sammy Watkins) early and often - 33 catches, 555 yds, 5 TDs. 7. New York Giants: cry_havoc Record: 5-2 Strength of Schedule: .355% PPG: 24.43 PPGA: 14.86 The Giants have played well, but have certainly benefited from a weak NFC East this year (two teams sitting at 1-6). New York boasts the top offensive unit in the league (Total Offense & Passing). Phillip Rivers is playing well, and HB Legarratte Blount has seemed to have resurrected his career this year as he's top 10 in the league in rushing with 525 yards & has 7 TDs. 2nd-year CB Tharold Russell is tied for the league lead in INT's at 6, but this is definitely an older defense that may struggle versus younger offenses with speed. 8. New England Patriots: thaexistence Record: 5-2 Strength of Schedule: .490% PPG: 20.00 PPGA: 18.00 The Pats sit at 5-2 early in the season, but find themselves looking up at the 6-1 Bills in the AFC East. QB Tom Brady, in his 16th season, is hoping to get one more ring but is going to need his defense (18th vs the pass; 21st vs the run) to step up if that's going to happen. WR Percy Harvin continues to be a favorite target of Brady, and is #3 in receptions (39) & #2 in receiving yards (606) to go with 5 TDs. 9. New Orleans Saints: ThaBayouChef Record: 4-2 Strength of Schedule: .543% PPG: 22.50 PPGA: 18.43 The Saints, to the surprise of many after losing QB Drew Brees in week 1, fared surprisingly well under Kirk Cousins and find themselves in the mid-season top 10 power rankings. The team has leaned on HB Mark Ingram and their #3 rushing attack, trying to keep opposing offenses off the field but the team still has the 31st ranked passing D. The team has probably the best safety combo in the league (Byrd & Vaccaro), but their aging CB group seem to be getting beat week in, week out. Will the return of Brees this week take some pressure off this team's defense to help them remain on this list? 10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ninersfan80 Record: 3-4 Strength of Schedule:.396% PPG: 19.43 PPGA: 15.14 The 3-4 Jags actually sit in 1st place in the AFC South. This team is better than their sub-.500 record. They've lost all 4 games by 7 points or less, just recently shut out a good Chiefs team in Kansas City, and took the 8-0 Vikings to the wire. In a weaker AFC this year, the Jags have as good a chance as anyone to make a run. They just recently lost their QB, Blake Bortles, for 3-4 weeks and are starting rookie QB Brendan Stills. Lone bright spot on offense - 2nd-yr TE Kelvin Bullock (38 catches, 544 yds, 6 TDs). **Shout-out to thafuture3886 for compiling the data.