NFL Power Rankings - Week 8: Texans bounce back

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NFL Power Rankings - Week 8: Texans bounce back

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SK JF Comments 1 SK: Tough stretch coming up against Eagles, Cowboys and Saints.
JF: Undefeated is undefeated. 2 SK: No doubt Texans are AFC's best after shellacking of Ravens.
JF: Nearly clipped by Redskins, but Manning's TD pass to Cruz saved the day.
3 SK: Didn't have an answer for RG3, but Eli comes through in the clutch once again.
JF: Had that look in their eye again last week with blowout win over Ravens.
4 SK: Super Bowl caliber defense. Offense needs to find some consistency.
JF: Defense continues to dominate. 5-1 is a great start to the season.
5 SK: Make it 9 TD's in Rodgers last two games. Numbers should continue with JAX on tap.
JF: Got past Seattle in a battle of two of the best defenses in the NFL.
6 SK: Defense stymied Wilson, but what's going on with Alex Smith?
JF: Rodgers is starting to look scary-good again.
7 SK: Sloppy game against Jets, but pulled it out. Tough matchup in STL this weekend.
JF: Injuries have hit hard. Embarrassing loss to Texans last week.
8 SK: Continue to get it done. Adrian Peterson was beastly on Sunday.
JF: They aren't impressive, but pulled out another win over Jets.
9 SK: When will they realize they haveone of the best running backs in the NFL?
JF: Peterson has returned to form and the Vikings are 5-2.
10 SK: Could be a shootout on SNF against the Saints.
JF: Seahawks did lose, but stayed close with San Francisco. Still in the hunt.
11 SK: Impressive win in Cincy. Mendenhallinjury didn't slow down running game one bit.
JF: One stop away from pulling off a big win against the Giants.
12 SK: Offensewas miserable against SF. Need to get Sidney Rice going.
JF: Enjoyed the BYE and now ready to build off of recent success.
13 SK: Coughed up the lead late, but RG3 will keep them in games all season long.
JF: Also had a BYE, but Chargers need to get back on track.
14 SK: Let's see what the new DC in Phily cooks up with Falcons looming Sunday.
JF: Still not all the way where they need to be. Have left a few wins on the table.
15 SK: Very impressed with Miami. Philbin has them headed in the right direction.
JF: Took care of business against a worthy opponent in the Bengals.
16 SK: In a freefall after hot start. Doesn't matter who the QB is, when your line can't protect.
JF: Didn't play in Week 7, so it kind of felt like every other week this season.
17 SK: Strange team,but AFC North is up for grabs with injuries to BAL and PIT.
JF: Defense keeps them in games, but offense continues to be a huge burden.
18 SK: Defense was stout in the first half, but then Rodgers decided to do work.
JF: Had a nice relaxing BYE week, now have a winnable game against the Jets.
19 SK: Schedule is getting tougher, but Saints are playing much better as of late.
JF: Every time you think they are ready to take the next step, they don't.
20 SK: Was Norv Turner fired yet?
JF: Caught the Packers at the wrong time. Still a good Rams team.
21 SK: That's the CJ2K we remember. Think Titans have to stick with Matty H for now.
JF: Poor effort by Stafford, Megatron and the rest of the Lions offense in Chicago.
22 SK: I guess is a W is a W.
JF: Lookout! Here comes Brees and the Saints.
23 SK: Should've beat NE. Horrible clock management in the final minutes of Regulation.
JF: Questionable call cost the Bucs against New Orleans.
24 SK: Freeman looks great. Can't say the same about Tampa Bay'sdefense.
JF: Jets almost upset the Patriots. Maybe they are closer than we think.
25 SK: Ugly win. Need to find a way to get DMC going.
JF: Nothing spectacular about the Raiders.
26 SK: Majorquestion marks on the offensive side of the ball. Shouldn't be this bad.
JF: Hasselbeck worked his magic to get Titans past the Bills.
27 SK: Colts are a different team at Lucas Oil Stadium.
JF: So hot and cold. Had a win vs. Titans slip through their fingers.
28
SK: Can't expect tocompete with your giving up 176.9 yards on the ground!
JF: A win over the Browns gives Luck and the Colts their third win of the season.
29 SK: Firing their GM won't help Cam Newton's sophomore slump.
JF: Failed to build off of that win a week earlier.
30 SK: Trent Richardson's injury may be more serious than the Browns are leading on.
JF: Couldn't keep Cowboys down, not travel to Chicago for rude awakening.
31 SK: Here's your chance Brady Quinn.
JF:Have a good shot at home vs. Raiders in Week 8.
32 SK: If there was a spot for the 33rd worst team, I'd put them there.
JF: Solid effort against Oakland, but another loss is another loss.

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The Blackhawks’ starts have been all over the map this season but their finishes have usually been strong. That was the case again on Sunday night as the Blackhawks took a lead, lost a lead and regained a lead for good in their 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

This one featured a little bit of everything. So let’s just get to the Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ victory over Vancouver.

1. Jonathan Toews breaks through. If the Blackhawks captain’s confidence was a little shaken with his lack of scoring this season, it should’ve gotten a boost with his Sunday outing. Toews’ goal and three assists were as big for him as they were the Blackhawks, who needed every bit of it late against the Canucks. In his last 12 games Toews has three goals and eight assists. He’s getting there. Said coach Joel Quenneville, “it seems like he was around the puck way more and when he does that, usually good things happen.”

2. Great start. This hasn’t been written very often but it was more than evident on Sunday night. If this wasn’t the Blackhawks’ best opening period of the season it was pretty close, as they broke out to a 2-0 lead against the Canucks. The Blackhawks, outside of a 3 ½-minute sequence without a shot on goal, were tenacious and ready to shoot, taking an 18-9 shots-on-goal edge in that first.

3. Corey Crawford rebounds. Quenneville considered Scott Darling for this game, an understandable thought with Darling coming off a 30-stop shutout. But he wanted Crawford to get back to where he was prior to his appendectomy, and Crawford took a step in that direction on Sunday night. In stopping 25 of 27 shots Crawford got his 18th victory of the season and 200th of his career. Quenneville said Crawford “looked like he was in control.”

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4. Michal Kempny’s tough stretch. When Kempny has been good this season he’s been very good. When he’s been bad... The defenseman was in the penalty box when the Canucks scored their first goal and he was beaten by Bo Horvat on the Canucks’ second goal. Kempny didn’t play the final 14 minutes of the game. Quenneville, who liked what Kempny brought on the team’s road trip, said Kempny just has to work through some things. “Coverage with awareness and knowing sometimes it’s man coverage, sometimes it’s playing the puck and clearing the loose stuff,” Quenneville said. “Defenseman is a tough position as you’re growing and learning it, but the more you play the better you play and I still think he’s making progress.”

5. Brian Campbell gets to keep No. 500 this time. Campbell thought he had his 500th point against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night but it was taken away. Well he got it back on Sunday night, setting up Richard Panik’s 11th goal of the season in the first period.