Most Surprising NFL Teams of 2017-18 After Week 8

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With the season officially halfway over here we have the teams that have shocked us either good or bad as of Week 8 in what has been a very bizarre season thus far.

The Top Ten

1 Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens The Baltimore Ravens are a professional American football team based in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens compete in the National Football League as a member club of the American Football Conference North division.

I expected the Ravens to win against the Dolphins but I definitely didn't expect a 40-0 blowout. Especially after Flacco got a concussion. I can't decide if Baltimore was just explosive on offense or if Miami just completely sucked. I'm going with the latter. - Randomator

Gotta give em credit not many people can keep going even with someone as big of an injury than Joe Flacco which looked horrifying by the way. Nevertheless the running came to life, but will it be enough to finish the stench for playoffs? - htoutlaws2012

2 Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders The Oakland Raiders are a professional American football franchise based in Oakland, California. The Raiders began playing in 1960 as a member club of the American Football League; they have been a member club of the National Football League since the 1970 AFL–NFL merger.

One week after handing Kansas City their second loss in a row in a last second fashion they looked absolutely sloppy against the Bills of all teams. Overall they have been disappointing thus far. They seem to be lacking the star power they had last year. - Randomator

Just when I thought they saved there season they lose to a rising Bills team that has got the pieces in play to finally end the playoff drought that has been held for almost 2 decades. - htoutlaws2012

3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a professional American football franchise based in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers currently compete in the National Football League as a member team of the National Football Conference South division.

The Bucs had some hype going into this season but have been a major disappointment. You'd think they would have more than 2 wins and put up more than a field goal against the Panthers(which would have tied the game against Buffalo by the way) but no. The ship is sinking fast for Tampa. Jameis Winston going down just adds further insult to injury. - Randomator

Not only a disappointment this year, but the combination of not a very good defense, and an offense that is not a threat against top defense my mark some concern moving forward. - htoutlaws2012

4 Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football franchise located in the Miami metropolitan area.

I'm still baffled that they were absolutely humiliated by a barely above average Ravens squad and they didn't even need Jay Cutler to do it. And they took Flacco out of the game and still lost! Now that I think about it this game sums up the Dolphins season perfectly. No matter what happens the Dolphins failed in every way. - Randomator

The Ajayi trade was also weird to me. The Dolphins traded their best running weapon for a for a fourth round draft pick. I still fail to understand the logic of that - Randomator

5 Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in the Buffalo–Niagara Falls metropolitan area that competes in the National Football League. Buffalo Bills had the longest playoff drought of any team which came to an end in 2017.

The Bills suddenly clicked on offense and won over a Raiders team that looked sloppy to say the least. What surprises me the most about Buffalo is that they have actually kept pace with the Pats. Don't look now but if they keep this up could Buffalo finally make the playoffs again? - Randomator

Last time they were close to getting to the playoffs was 2011, now 6 years later this could put the end to a depressing playoff drought that has gone on for 2+ decades. Bills have a defense that massively improved once Rex Ryan was outta thew facility, and the Offense takes many chances when they click on all cylinders. - htoutlaws2012

6 Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals The Cincinnati Bengals are a professional American football franchise based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals currently compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's American Football Conference North division.

The Bengals game was one where neither team was very good but someone had to win. What surprised me is that Cincy needed an interception and a rally to beat the Colts by one point. One would think that they could beat the Colts by more than they did - Randomator

Ugly game on both teams at least the predicted team got the job done even though it was by a single point nevertheless. - htoutlaws2012

7 Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference South division.

To me Atlanta was lucky to get a win. They made some crucial mistakes. It may or may not have been the weathers fault but to be on the fence after the halfway mark is so shocking especially after the great super bowl run last year. It seems like since the 3rd quarter of the super bowl they have completely collapsed. - Randomator

With a must win game the Falcons once again for the second time this season get assisted by the 10 second run-off for another what if game screw job. - htoutlaws2012

8 Houston Texans Houston Texans The Houston Texans are a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas. The team competes in the National Football League as a member club of the American Football Conference South division.

For the first time I actually believed in Deshawn Watson. The Texans played a legitimate game against Seattle. Watson looked like Russel Wilson Jr. They might have lost but man they put up a hell of a fight. Watson may very well be on his way to an MVP award or rookie of the year award. He has definitely made a strong case - Randomator

To me the Texans were not losers to me they played with no quit they came soaring back to back with Seattle in a thrilling classic. The offense is something to see meanwhile the defense takes the massive hit as I expected them to be, but the fact Watson got almost 40 on the Seahawks to me was very shocking to see. - htoutlaws2012

9 New York Jets New York Jets The New York Jets are a professional American football team located in the New York metropolitan area.

The Jets were at least competitive against Atlanta. Neither team really played good but New York surprised us by keeping it close - Randomator

Exactly the bigger chances another team is gonna get that star quarterback back like oh the Giants perhaps since they are worse then the Jets? - htoutlaws2012

I'm still confused as to what exactly the Jets are doing. Are they tanking or not? They already have 4 wins. If they are supposedly tanking they better be careful - Randomator

Are they really tanking or not? That's the question. Make up your mind Jets

10 Washington Redskins Washington Redskins The Washington Redskins are a professional American football team based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

The Contenders

11 Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks The Seattle Seahawks are a professional American football franchise based in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference West division.

Remember the Russel Wilson from a few years ago? Well he returned to that form once again against the Texans. Both teams played a good game of football. Seattle was able to rally behind Wilson to edge Houston. The division is still theirs to lose. - Randomator

Not only did Seattle win in a great game, but also got what looks to be a quality Tackle who was having issues with Houston all season getting the monkey wrench off there back, and moving forward. - htoutlaws2012

Great game from Wilson

12 Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings The Minnesota Vikings are an American football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings joined the National Football League as an expansion team in 1960, and first took the field for the 1961 season.
13 Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional football franchise based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference East division.
14 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars The Jacksonville Jaguars are an American professional football franchise based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jacksonville is really a tale of two teams. We either see the team that has playoff potential or the old Jags we have seen up until now. I'm still not seeing playoffs for them but if they keep it up then next year for sure

15 Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans compete in the National Football League as a member club of the American Football Conference South division.
16 Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams The Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
17 Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference North division. The Packers have won 4 super bowls and 13 NFL championships.
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