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NFL Power Rankings - Week 8: Texans bounce back

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NFL Power Rankings - Week 8: Texans bounce back

Every week throughout the regular season, we'll be ranking all 32 NFL teams.

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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.

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

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Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Raby's Dq Smith McAllister

St. Xavier Team of the Week: Marist girls volleyball

This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8

 

NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

The 2017-18 IHSA boys basketball season has a lot of talented teams in the Chicagoland area. See who made the preseason top 25, headlined by five Public League powerhouses.

No. 1 Morgan Park

No. 2 Whitney Young

No. 3 Simeon

No. 4 Orr

No. 5 Curie

No. 6 Fenwick

No. 7 Bolingbrook

No. 8 Waukegan

No. 9 Niles North

No. 10 Uplift

No. 11 Romeoville

No. 12 Hinsdale South

No. 13 West Aurora

No. 14 Larkin

No. 15 St. Rita

No. 16 OPRF

No. 17 St. Charles East

No. 18 Kenwood

No. 19 Willowbrook

No. 20 Bloom

No. 21 Evanston

No. 22 Lake Zurich

No. 23 Proviso East

No. 24 Lincoln-Way East

No. 25 Libertyville