NFL Power Rankings and Awards: Week 8
Oct 29, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
Week 8 is in the books, and the NFL’s playoff picture is getting clearer and clearer. Here’s a look at our weekly awards after yet another exciting week of NFL football.
AFC MVP: Tom Brady
Do I even need to say anything? Tom Brady defies scientific laws pertaining to his age on a weekly basis. The Patriots quarterback whipped the ball all across the Dolphins’ defense, completing 26 of his 38 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns. While Peyton Manning may have beaten the Packers this week and deserves at least a mention, Brady still had the better week and has played like he’s 27-years-old on a weekly basis throughout 2015.
NFC MVP: Drew Brees
Drew Brees fleeced the New York Giants’ defense on Sunday, throwing for 505 yards, seven touchdowns and only two interceptions on a 78.0 completion rate. While the Giants’ secondary may be one of the worst units in football, Brees’ receiving arsenal isn’t much more impressive. The fact that Brees can still put together games like this at age 36 is incredible. For all the talk of Peyton Manning being back, Brees deserves similar credit. His Saints are 4-4 and are in the thick of the NFC’s playoff hunt.
Coach of the Week: Gary Kubiak
Since Peyton Manning didn’t win player of the week, Gary Kubiak deserves a nod as the coach of the week. His defense is easily the league’s best, and it could rival the 2012 Seahawks’ defense as one of the best defenses of the 21st century, or even of all-time. The Broncos fired on all cylinders, making plays on offense and defense and keeping composure when they went up. Denver may have gotten away with some lucky wins, but they’re still a 7-0 team. Kubiak deserves some credit.
With the awards handed out, let’s get right into it and take a look at this week’s Power Rankings. If you don’t agree with where your team is ranked, just remember that I purposely ranked them lower than they should be ranked as a personal attack towards you because I don’t like your team. That being said, hit me up on Twitter @HoweNFL if you want to discuss why I ranked your team where I ranked it. Without further ado, let’s get started.