The ladder is starting to take shape but what teams are taking the most momentum into round eight? The Edge of the Crowd AFL team has ranked where each team is positioned. Previous rankings are in brackets.
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1. Collingwood (1)
It was a close but important win for the Pies this weekend showing they can get the job done when the game is tight and more importantly come back from difficult situations.
With a home game against a Swans outfit that is clearly without confidence, Collingwood should be able to extend their lead at the top of the ladder.
2. Melbourne (3)
After a couple of losses earlier in the season the Demons are now back on track with both of their big men in Grundy and Gawn back in action.
A huge 90-point victory over the Kangaroos on the weekend showed everyone just how dangerous the Demons' midfield and forwards are. There should be another win for the Demons this weekend as they go to the Gold Coast.
3. St Kilda (2)
The Saints are still a very competitive side, possibly even a top-four side but Port Adelaide did expose some weaknesses in their seven-point win over the Saints on Friday.
This was almost an expected loss though, with the Saints having lost 12 of their last 13 against Port. Things get easier this weekend with the Saints taking on the Kangaroos at Marvel.
4. Geelong (4)
The Cats are back up and about after another win to back up what was an extremely slow start to the season. It seems like the old Cats will have at least one more week at the top half of the ladder.
Tom Hawkins was the best for the Cats this weekend with eight goals in a 30-point win over a very strong Essendon side. The Cats have the Crows this weekend at home.
5. Brisbane (5)
The Lions continue to fly under the radar of the mainstream and got another big win at home over the weekend. This is a side with a very strong spine and importantly a midfield that most teams would spend big dollars on.
The issue might be the forward line that includes Hipwood and Daniher, but that is yet to be seen. The Lions have the Blues this weekend in Melbourne.
6. Port Adelaide (8)
An important win for the Power against the Saints on the weekend pushes them up the power rankings and into a competitive spot on the ladder.
With a strong midfield and plenty of goal-kicking options up forward this Port Adelaide side does look strong. A backline that relies on Allir Allir will be tested this weekend against the Bombers in Adelaide.
7. Sydney (7)
There is no doubt the Swans are a quality side full of quality players, but whether it's the gameplan, a lack of energy or just the natural AFL cycle it does seem the side is going down rather than up.
They were certainly more competitive this week finishing within one point of the cross-town rivals. Another tough week as the Swans travel down to Melbourne to play Collingwood.
8. Carlton (10)
The Blues again are on the rise after a key win against the Eagles in Perth, not usually an easy feat but the margin of 108 points would suggest it came pretty quickly.
It was a great all-around performance but it was the captain Patrick Cripps that Blues fans should be most impressed with. Carlton has the marquee game this weekend as they host the Lions.
9. Essendon (6)
Despite a good effort against the Cats the Bombers were clearly off the pace at home and therefore deserved to move down the rankings. The side is certainly building something special under Brad Scott and the new coaching team but it won't pay off in 2023.
This a tough challenge for the Bombers this week as they fly over to Adelaide to play against an in-form Port Adelaide side.
10. Adelaide (9)
The Crows are a good side and one that has overperformed compared to where many thought they would be at the start of the year but aren't quite ready for the top eight.
A great effort against the Pies almost got the job done but didn't have the energy to run the match out. Another tough week as the Crows travel down the coast to Geelong.
11. Western Bulldogs (11)
11th feels about right for the Bulldogs with them not rebuilding but also not at the quality of a top-eight side. The pressure is continuing to build on Luke Beveridge with the side not seven years away from their surprise Grand Final win.
The Dogs will be looking to follow up a win against Hawthorn with a win against the Giants in Canberra amidst the wintery conditions in the nation's capital.
12. GWS Giants (14)
The Giants had their best win of the season this weekend getting past the Swans by one point thanks to some key last-minute efforts from the skipper.
It was the 'green' machine in Toby and Tom that put the boys in orange over the line to get the Giants their third win of the season. The Giants are set to host the Dogs in Canberra this weekend.
13. Fremantle (12)
It's going to be a tough year for the two teams from Perth with neither currently sitting within the top eight, and the form not suggesting that either is propelling their way to finals.
It was another loss this weekend for the Dockers when they came up against the Lions away from home eventually losing by 48 points. Things should get better though with Fremantle set to host the Hawks on Saturday.
14. Gold Coast (15)
The Stuart Dew-led boys to move up the ladder this week after a key win for the club amongst another season of disappointment. Over the last decade coming to Melbourne to beat Richmond would be near on impossible yet straight goal-kicking allowed it this week by 24 points. This week the Suns have the Demons at home.
15. Richmond (13)
The dynasty is dead. That much is clear after a big loss against the Gold Coast at home. The team looks like a shell of the side that won three premierships and perhaps needs to look at a new coach and a new plan to rebuild the side.
A rebound should come this week as the Tigers host a struggling West Coast side that has proven a tonic for plenty of other teams.
16. North Melbourne (16)
After a strong start to the season, the Kangaroos are now dwelling down the bottom of the ladder, exactly where most had them at the start of the season.
An almost 100-point loss against the Demons over the weekend shows where this side is. Plenty of upside though with good players and a good game plan coming through. The Kangaroos have the Saints this weekend at home.
17. Hawthorn (17)
The rebuild continues at the Hawks with Sam Mitchell trying to get his beloved side back where they were when he was playing. A 30-point loss to the Bulldogs was a good effort but they are down the bottom of the ladder for a reason. This weekend the Hawks travel over to Perth to play the Dockers.
18. West Coast (18)
West Coast is a team destroyed by injuries. But it's worse than that, this is a team that's struggled for three years now, having won a premiership as recently as 2018.
The side needs to rebuild, get their players fit and try again. This weekend the Eagles travel to Melbourne to take on Richmond.
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