Week 7 NFL Power Rankings: Another New No. 1
Biggest Riser: Seattle Seahawks (Nine spots)
Biggest Faller: Green Bay Packers (Seven spots)
1. New York Jets (5-1); Last Week- 2
I thought the Jets would flop this season, but it appears I’ll be wrong. Their defense will keep them in every contest and Mark Sanchez doesn’t seem like he’ll lose any games for this team.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1); Last Week- 4
The Steelers were a good team without Ben Roethlisberger. Now, they’re great.
3. Baltimore Ravens (4-2); Last Week- 1
I kept the Ravens ahead of the Pats because I think that, despite Sunday’s loss, they’d beat New England more often than not.
4. New England Patriots (4-1); Last Week- 5
Don’t you just get the sense that New England is going to be playing Baltimore again down the road?
5. New Orleans Saints (4-2); Last Week- 7
New Orleans’ prime objective is to overcome the expectations enough to just reach the playoffs. There, they have the advantage over most teams.
6. Indianapolis Colts (4-2); Last Week- 8
The Colts will always be good with Peyton Manning under center, but something feels different about this team. They aren’t as invincible as they once seemed.
7. Philadelphia Eagles (4-2); Last Week- 12
Two quarterbacks who are on a roll is a scary thing for opposing teams. You could see the rare two-quarterback offense once Michael Vick fully returns.
8. Atlanta Falcons (4-2); Last Week- 3
The Falcons need to do everything possible to win the NFC South. I don’t think they can win in New Orleans in January.
9. New York Giants (4-2); Last Week- 9
In this day and age, there’s no such thing as a “bad win” in the NFL. Any team has a realistic shot of beating any other on a given day.
10. Houston Texans (4-2); Last Week- 11
This Texans team is still a mystery. Is there defense enough to get them over the hump and finally into the playoffs?
11. Tennessee Titans (4-2); Last Week- 13
Perhaps we are so accustomed to analyzing teams’ skill position players that we forget what really wins football games: dominating at the line of scrimmage. Tennessee does that every week.
12. Miami Dolphins (3-2); Last Week- 19
Some people want Chad Henne on the bench but Miami is a few plays away from being 5-0.
13. Green Bay Packers (3-3); Last Week- 6
One of my Super Bowl picks (Baltimore) is looking fine. This one. . .not so much. They’ll turn it around IF they can find some sort of a running game to make passing easier.
14. Minnesota Vikings (2-3); Last Week- 17
Look at the difference between Minny and Dallas now that the Vikings won: they’re 2-3 and right back in the hunt. The Cowboys are 1-4 and most media would tell you the season is over.
15. Chicago Bears (4-2); Last Week- 10
The Bears were lucky to start off hot and have Green Bay and Minnesota falter early, but something tells me it won’t be enough by season’s end.
16. Seattle Seahawks (3-2); Last Week- 25
Seattle looks like the best team in their division, which is sad. Meanwhile, the Cowboys may be the worst in theirs.
17. Washington Redskins (3-3); Last Week- 14
Donovan McNabb is doing what he did in Philly: playing ultra-conservatively so that his team is good, but never great.
18. Kansas City Chiefs (3-2); Last Week- 15
The Chiefs are falling back down to reality, but in the AFC West, there is still plenty of time to pick up the pieces.
19. San Diego Chargers (2-4); Last Week- 16
Somehow the Chargers’ 2-4 start just looks “normal” for them. It must be nice to play in a division like theirs.
20. Tampa Bay Bucs (3-2); Last Week- 20
The Bucs are certainly improving, but they’re still a year or two away from really contending for a playoff spot. At least they seem to have found their quarterback.
21. Arizona Cardinals (3-2); Last Week- 22
The Cards’ 2010 season is evidence enough that Kurt Warner deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
22. Dallas Cowboys (1-4); Last Week- 18
What can I really say here that hasn’t already been said? We’ll see if this team really believes its season is over come Monday night.
23. St. Louis Rams (3-3); Last Week- 27
It’s amazing what a solid quarterback can do for your team. I think St. Louis had three wins in like the past decade.
24. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3); Last Week- 21
Cincy needed this bye week badly, particularly since they travel into Atlanta next week.
25. San Francisco 49ers (1-5); Last Week- 28
San Fran is finally on the board with a win and I’m still predicting they’ll make the playoffs. I’ll stop doing that at eight losses.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3); Last Week- 23
The Jaguars could be the NFL’s most boring team. How the hell did they get a Monday night game?
27. Denver Broncos (2-4); Last Week- 26
Denver is 2-4 and tied for second in the AFC West–just 1.5 games out of first.
28. Oakland Raiders (2-4); Last Week- 24
The Raiders had a chance to get to .500 but blew it against a winless team. This week’s game in Denver is a big one.
29. Detroit Lions (1-5); Last Week- 29
Detroit gave the Giants a run for their money but now they’ll go into their bye week at a familiar 1-5.
30. Cleveland Browns (1-5); Last Week- 30
Colt McCoy did some good things in the Browns’ loss to Pittsburgh. Will the Browns throw him into the fire next week in New Orleans?
31. Carolina Panthers (0-5); Last Week- 31
The Panthers have a chance to notch their first win next week at home versus the 49ers.
32. Buffalo Bills (0-5); Last Week 32
The Bills had their best week yet: they had a bye.
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