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It’s Make or Break for the Jags and Eagles: Ultimate NFL Power Rankings Week 8

After the teams face off in London, one of them will be out of the playoff picture.

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Before the NFL season began, a trendy Super Bowl choice was Eagles/Jaguars.

That was a pick with good merit as the Eagles won the Super Bowl last year and the Jaguars were a game away from reaching it after losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Now, that pick is not looking too hot as both teams are 3-4 and one of them is guaranteed not to get back to .500 this week as the clubs are playing each other in London on Sunday.

Thanks to the Jaguar’s decision to bench Blake Bortles on Sunday and the in-fighting affecting the team, the troubles in Jacksonville have gotten all of the coverage, but things in Philly are not exactly rosy either.

The Eagles haven’t beaten a team with a record over .500 this year and, even if they do win this week, that won’t change.

Their defense is still playing decent – sixth in the league in points against at 19.7 – but franchise quarterback Carson Wentz has been less than stellar in his return from injury and has a raw quarterback rating (QBR) of 62.7, according to ESPN.

Jacksonville has a similar issue as their defense is ninth in the NFL at 20.9 points against per game, but Bortles has been bad and his QBR of 46.1 is not getting the job done.

To put Bortles’ and Wentz’s QBR numbers in perspective, they are behind borderline benchwarmers like Mitchell Trubisky, Jameis Winston, and Andy Dalton.

Through seven weeks of play, the mighty have fallen and depending on what happens in London on Sunday, either the Eagles or Jaguars will tumble even further in Week 8.

But how do the power rankers from ESPNNFL.com, and USA Today see it?

Find out in the latest edition of RealClearLife‘s Ultimate NFL Power Rankings, which combine ratings from those three outlets to get a single rank for all 32 teams in NFL and use segmented tiers to arrange them.

Also, for an even greater perspective on how the season has been progressing, check out how each team’s season average ranking compares with where they finished this week and last.

The Best of the Best (1.00-5.33)

No. 1.00, last 1.00, two weeks ago 1.00, season average 1.33: Los Angeles Rams (ESPN, 1), (NFL.com, 1), (USA Today, 1)

No. 2.66, last 2.00, two weeks ago 3.66, season average 5.22: New England Patriots (ESPN, 3), (NFL.com, 2), (USA Today, 3)

No. 3.00, last 3.33, two weeks ago 2.00, season average 3.52: Kansas City Chiefs (ESPN, 2), (NFL.com, 3), (USA Today, 4)

No. 3.33, last 3.66, two weeks ago 3.33, season average 5.66: New Orleans Saints (ESPN, 4), (NFL.com, 4), (USA Today, 2)

No. 5.33, last 6.33, two weeks ago 9.66, season average 9.94: Los Angeles Chargers (ESPN, 5), (NFL.com, 6), (USA Today, 5)

The Best of the Rest (5.34-10.66)

No. 5.66, last 8.00, two weeks ago 10.66, season average 8.42: Minnesota Vikings (ESPN, 6), (NFL.com, 5), (USA Today, 6)

No. 7.33, last 6.00, two weeks ago 10.33, season average 10.85: Baltimore Ravens (ESPN, 7), (NFL.com, 8), (USA Today, 7)

No. 8.33, last 8.00, two weeks ago 11.66, season average 10.80: Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN, 8), (NFL.com, 9), (USA Today, 8)

No. 8.66, last 11.66, two weeks ago 6.33, season average 9.28: Carolina Panthers (ESPN, 9), (NFL.com, 7), (USA Today, 10)

So You’re Saying There’s a Chance (10.67-15.99)

No. 11.00, last 14.33, two weeks ago 16.33, season average 15.71: Washington Redskins (ESPN, 14), (NFL.com, 10), (USA Today, 9)

No. 12.00, last 13.00, two weeks ago 13.66, season average 10.47: Green Bay Packers (ESPN, 12), (NFL.com, 13), (USA Today, 11)

No. 12.33, last 9.33, two weeks ago 14.33, season average 8.18: Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN, 10), (NFL.com, 14), (USA Today, 13)

No. 13.00, last 12.66, two weeks ago 8.00, season average 13.94: Chicago Bears (ESPN, 13), (NFL.com, 11), (USA Today, 15)

No. 13.00, last 8.33, two weeks ago 6.66, season average 11.66: Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN, 11), (NFL.com, 16), (USA Today, 12)

Stuck in the Middle with You (16.00-21.32)

No. 16.33, last 20.00, two weeks ago 22.00, season average 21.33: Houston Texans (ESPN, 17), (NFL.com, 15), (USA Today, 17)

No. 16.33, last 17.33, two weeks ago 22.00, season average 21.56: Seattle Seahawks (ESPN, 16), (NFL.com, 17), (USA Today, 16)

No. 17.00, last 21.00, two weeks ago 21.00, season average 23.88: Detroit Lions (ESPN, 20), (NFL.com, 12), (USA Today, 19)

No. 17.66, last 19.33, two weeks ago 21.33, season average 14.56: Atlanta Falcons (ESPN, 19), (NFL.com, 20), (USA Today, 14)

No. 19.33, last 17.66, two weeks ago 24.66, season average 21.66: Dallas Cowboys (ESPN, 22), (NFL.com, 18), (USA Today, 18)

No. 19.66, last 16.00, two weeks ago 17.33, season average 16.95: Miami Dolphins (ESPN, 18), (NFL.com, 21), (USA Today, 20)

No. 20.66, last 15.66, two weeks ago 6.33, season average 8.28: Jacksonville Jaguars (ESPN, 15), (NFL.com, 23), (USA Today, 24)

It’s Probably Not Your Year  (21.33-26.65)

No. 22.00, last 20.00, two weeks ago 15.33, season average 18.99: Tennessee Titans (ESPN, 21), (NFL.com, 22), (USA Today, 23)

No. 22.66, last 25.00, two weeks ago 23.66, season average 20.47: Denver Broncos (ESPN, 23), (NFL.com, 19), (USA Today, 26)

No. 23.00, last 25.33, two weeks ago 19.66, season average 17.61: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ESPN, 24), (NFL.com, 24), (USA Today, 21)

No. 24.00, last 20.66, two weeks ago 15.66, season average 22.28: Cleveland Browns (ESPN, 25), (NFL.com, 25), (USA Today, 22)

No. 26.00, last 23.00, two weeks ago 24.66, season average 25.18: New York Jets (ESPN, 27), (NFL.com, 26), (USA Today, 25)

See You in 2019  (26.66-32.00)

No. 26.66, last 27.66, two weeks ago 27.33, season average 25.94: Indianapolis Colts (ESPN, 26), (NFL.com, 27), (USA Today, 27)

No. 28.00, last 29.00, two weeks ago 28.00, season average 26.52: New York Giants (ESPN, 28), (NFL.com, 28), (USA Today, 28)

No. 29.00, last 28.00, two weeks ago 28.33, season average 29.71: Buffalo Bills (ESPN, 29), (NFL.com, 29), (USA Today, 29)

No. 30.66, last 30.00, two weeks ago 31.00, season average 30.95: Arizona Cardinals (ESPN, 32), (NFL.com, 30), (USA Today, 30)

No. 30.66, last 30.33, two weeks ago 31.33, season average 27.37: San Francisco 49ers (ESPN, 30), (NFL.com, 31), (USA Today, 31)

No. 31.66, last 32.00, two weeks ago 30.66, season average 29.71: Oakland Raiders (ESPN, 31), (NFL.com, 32), (USA Today, 32)