New Orleans Saints lift off in Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

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From 27 to 19, the New Orleans Saints blasted up eight spots in NFL.com’s Week 8 power rankings after taking care of business on the road against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday afternoon.

At 3-4 and with a more than favorable remaining schedule, Sean Payton and company find themselves in an interesting situation, as they are slowly sketching into the edge of the playoff illustration.

Week 8 NFL Power Rankings:

1. New England Patriots (6-0)
2. Green Bay Packers (6-0)
3. Cincinnati Bengals (6-0)
4. Carolina Panthers (6-0)
5. Denver Broncos (6-0)
6. Atlanta Falcons (6-1)
7. New York Jets (4-2)
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
9. Arizona Cardinals (5-2)
10. Minnesota Vikings (4-2)
11. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
12. New York Giants (4-3)
13. St. Louis Rams (3-3)
14 Seattle Seahawks (3-4)
15. Oakland Raiders (3-3)
16. Buffalo Bills (3-4)
17. Miami Dolphins (3-3)
18. Washington Redskins (3-4)
19. New Orleans Saints (3-4)
20. Indianapolis Colts (3-4)
21. San Diego Chargers (2-5)
22. Dallas Cowboys (2-4)
23. Cleveland Browns (2-5)
24. San Francisco 49ers (2-5)
25. Chicago Bears (2-4)
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4)
27. Kansas City Chiefs (2-5)
28. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5)
29. Baltimore Ravens (1-6)
30. Tennessee Titans (1-5)
31. Detroit Lions (1-6)
32. Houston Texans (2-5)

From NFL.com:

"Can somebody wake up the Saints and let them know it’s not 2009? Talk about eerie … The manner in which New Orleans bested the Colts on Sunday is precisely how Sean Payton’s club rolled in ’09 — when, by the way, it won the Super Bowl. Forcing timely turnovers (the Saints forced 39 that year) on defense and unleashing a potent, balanced attack on offense. On the ground, Mark Ingram plowed for 143 yards and a touchdown (on just 14 carries), while Khiry Robinson added two rushing touchdowns. Then, fittingly, the game-sealer came courtesy of a Drew Brees-to-Marques Colston third-down completion. Party like it’s 2009!"

Obviously, comparing the 2015 New Orleans Saints to their 2009 Super Bowl team is just a joke.  But back-to-back wins, courtesy of vast improvements on both sides of the ball, are helping the Black and Gold climb the ladder.

They’ll host the New York Giants on Sunday in front of an electrifying home crowd, and a win could very well lift the boys on the bayou into the top half of the rankings next week.  There is much work to be done, and making the playoffs is still a tall order.  However, slowly but surely, this Saints team seems to finally be finding a rhythm and coming around.

Next: What we learned from the Saints' win against the Colts

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