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NFL Power Rankings Week 7 79


Where did your team land this week? Keep reading to find out. And don’t forget to tell me what you think of the rankings in the comments below! 

NFL Power Rankings
1 New York Jets
Last Week: 1
This LaDainian Tomlinson comeback has reached epic proportions. Just as everyone was ready to get him a wheelchair to roll into retirement, he starts out the season by averaging 5.3 yards per carry, tying the best mark in his 10-year, Hall of Fame career. Maybe at the end of the year, we’ll have to wheel him to pick up his league MVP trophy, instead?
 
2 Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Week: 3
Big Ben returns, shakes off the rust, tosses three touchdown passes and just like that, the Steelers are Super Bowl contenders.
 
3 New England Patriots
Last Week: 7
As the Wiz said in our football podcast this week, “Randy Moss who?” Now that the Pats speedy deep threat is gone, it will be back to the basics for New England’s offense, and the team as a whole. That’s a good thing for the Pats, who never won a Super Bowl with their high-powered offense, but won three with a scrappy team that relied on doing the little things right.
 
4 Baltimore Ravens
Last Week: 2
Another tough loss for the Ravens. I love Baltimore this season, but they still seem to blow games with stupid mistakes. This team needs to keep its cool if it wants to take the next step into that elite class of teams in the league.
 
5 Indianapolis Colts
Last Week: 6
I hate when my team has a bye week because it means I have to wait a week to watch meaningful football. But I bet Colts fans are ecstatic about Indy’s bye this week so injured players like Joseph Addai, Gary Brackett and the rest of the banged up Colts can get back to 100 percent for their Week 8 rematch with the Texans.
 
6 Philadelphia Eagles
Last Week: 12
Kolb, Vick. Vick, Kolb. No matter how the Eagles stack their depth chart, they’re starting to look like one of the best offenses in the NFC. Philly ranks in the top ten in every major offensive category this season even though they don’t seem to know who their starting signal caller is from week to week.
 
7 New Orleans Saints
Last Week: 8
What a difference a running game makes. In their last four games, the Saints have gone 2-2. In those two losses, they’ve averaged 64 yards on the ground. In their two wins, 166.5. Once Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush return from injury, this offense is really going to start humming again.
 
8 New York Giants
Last Week: 5
The G-Men’s nice little run here has them asserting some dominance. Now they can show they’re for real by ending the Cowboys season on Monday night in front of a national audience.
 
9 Tennessee Titans
Last Week: 15
So far, the Titans defense is playing like…well, titans. Tennessee’s D is first in the league in sacks and second in touchdowns allowed. Can they keep it up against the Eagles 8th ranked passing offense in Week 7?
 
10 Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: 4
That blowout road loss to the Eagles was a huge step back for the Falcons. Maybe home cooking will be the cure. After opening the season with four of their first six games on the road, the Falcons play four of their next five in Atlanta.
 
11 Houston Texans
Last Week: 14
A shaky D almost caught up to the Texans in their narrow home win over the Chiefs. Until H-Town does something about that 32nd ranked pass defense, their Week 1 win over the Colts might stand as the highlight of 2010 for them.
 
12 Miami Dolphins
Last Week: 17
The Dolphins return home to host the Steelers and go for their first home win of the season. Maybe they should stay in a hotel the night before the game and ask their fans to boo them so they feel more like they’re on the road, where they’re 3-0?
 
13 Chicago Bears
Last Week: 9
On one of these plays where Jay Cutler is running for his life, I partially expect him to keep running through the tunnel and back to safety in the locker room. Cutler has been sacked 15 times in the last six quarters he’s played and until the Bears patch up that awful offensive line, it will be hard to believe this team is as good as its record.
 
14 Green Bay Packers
Last Week: 10
I don’t think we’re going to get a good read on this team until their injuries clear out. That being said, they have to face the Vikings, the Jets and then what will surely be a very desperate Cowboys team before they reach their bye week. So a fully healthy roster might not be ready until it’s too late for a playoff push.
 
15 Kansas City Chiefs
Last Week: 11
One more loss and that 3-0 start will mean nothing to the Chiefs. But no worries. With three straight winnable games coming up (Jacksonville, Buffalo, at Oakland) and the league’s best rushing attack, I expect the Chiefs to stay comfortably above .500.
 
16 Washington Redskins
Last Week: 16
Donovan McNabb continues to hog the headlines in Washington, but it’s the defense in the nation’s capitol that deserves some attention…for all the wrong reasons. The ‘Skins D is giving up the most yards in the league.
 
17 Minnesota Vikings
Last Week: 23
I’m still not willing to call this team a Super Bowl contender. Sure, they scraped out a home win over the Cowboys, but only gained 188 yards on offense. With names like Brett Favre, Randy Moss and Adrian Peterson on that roster, that’s just inexcusable.
 
18 San Diego Chargers
Last Week: 13
The Chargers play six of their next eight at home and boy do they need it. The Chargers are still winless on the road and now their most effective offensive weapon, Antonio Gates, is nursing a toe injury.
 
19 Seattle Seahawks
Last Week: 25
The addition of dual-threat running back Marshawn Lynch was the big story heading into the weekend for Seattle, but Mike Williams stole the show. In the Seahawks upset win over the Bears in Chicago, Williams had more catches in Week 6 than he had in any one season since he was drafted in 2005.
 
20 St. Louis Rams
Last Week: 28
It’s no joke how Sam Bradford has settled the starting QB position in St. Louis, but don’t forget about this defense. After sacking Philip Rivers seven times in Week 6, they now have the third most sacks in the NFC.
 
21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last Week: 18
Speaking of standout rookies, Tampa Bay receiver Mike Williams is quietly putting together quite a fine season himself. Williams leads all rookies with 3 touchdown grabs.
 
22 Jacksonville Jaguars
Last Week: 19
Oh boy, the quarterback situation is not looking good in Jacksonville. Or should I say “Oh, Bouman.” The Jags re-signed Todd Bouman to help at QB depth after already cutting him earlier this season.
 
23 Cincinnati Bengals
Last Week: 20
It’s now or never for the Bengals coming out of their bye week. With four straight games against winning teams, Cincy’s playoff hopes could be determined by Thanksgiving.
 
24 Dallas Cowboys
Last Week: 24
The only thing worse than a team consistently beats itself is a team that uses beating itself as an excuse after every loss. If the Cowboys put as much effort into wining as they did into whining, they might not be three games under .500 so early in the season.
 
25 Arizona Cardinals
Last Week: 21
Arizona has won 12 of its last 14 games against division foes. I say that trend stops in Week 7.
 
26 Denver Broncos
Last Week: 22
The Broncos high-flying pass offense is a blast to watch, but their lack of balance (they have the worst rushing attack in the league) continues to plague them.
 
27 San Francisco 49ers
Last Week: 30
The Niners win! Is this the first step towards winning the division after starting off 0-5, like their owner promised? Stay tuned to find out.
 
28 Detroit Lions
Last Week: 26
Strong-armed Matthew Stafford should be ready to go after the Lions bye week. That’s wonderful news for a team that currently ranks 27th in the league in passing yards per attempt.
 
29 Oakland Raiders
Last Week: 27
It’s no surprise the Silver and Black find themselves this low in the rankings. Teams that don’t have stability at quarterback don’t win many games, and the Raiders are about to start their third different QB in Week 7.
 
30 Cleveland Browns
Last Week: 29
It just seems like the deck is stacked against Colt McCoy. The rookie makes the first start of his career against the sack-happy Steelers in Pittsburgh, then has to take on the defending Super Bowl champs without his most explosive playmaker in Josh Cribbs.
 
31 Buffalo Bills
Last Week: 31
Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has at least 2 TD passes in his last three games. Anyone out there think he can make it four in a row against the Ravens?
 
32 Carolina Panthers
Last Week: 32
Look on the bright side, Panthers fans, at least Carolina can’t move any lower in the rankings.
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79 Comments

STEELERS RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm a Cfan and I can't believe Romo broke his collarbone. He's done for the season likely and the Cowboys can't win a game!!!!!

most of the commite is funny not all of them.

What kind of rankings are these?

Totally agreed!! These aren't rankings!

thats give the titans and the rams and the bengals some respect come on you guys.

cool

Bears are #1 and always will be!

I dont think so with the
steelers.

go colts!!!!!!!!!patriots say goodbye to your chances

the jets are bad

the saints are the best team

the Bengals are going to lose on monday

Go Steelers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE THE EAGLES THAY ROKE

The Xtreme Enigma Charismatic and Undefeatable Boxing Champion Wanna face me?

gosh i am having a bad time here

Cardinals rock the Seattle Seahawks rock too

duh

pats overrated!!!! And jets, i agree!!!!!!

YEAH!

Sorry I regret saying the Packers being #3

Alright I'll agree with Jets being the best team...... but the Stellers being #2 they should be number 4 and the Packers should be #3 with the Pats being #2

no cuz the steelers have onoe more games

IM ok with that but where is the bears number?

Titans are number 1 and always will be number 1

What are you talking about???? The titans should be #12

What are you talking about???????

JETS ARE THE BEST!!!

Ok this is a really corny joke but: Without the steelers (steel) there would be no jets!!(jets are usually made of steel frames!!) WE SHOULD B AT NUMBER 1! (: I told u it was corny or cheesy whatev

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