Paul Ulane

NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

And the NFL just continues to keep us guessing. Besides the Packers, there were a lot of losses at the top of the rankings this weekend. How did everything shake out? Keep reading to find out.








NFL Power Rankings
1Green Bay Packers
Last Week: 1
The fact that they won handily over the Rams and didn’t even look like they were trying is bad news for the rest of the league. The first time we’ll have big news to report on the Packers will be either a loss or an injury. An undefeated season is realistic for Aaron Rodgers and the Pack.
2New England Patriots
Last Week: 4
They only played well on offense for two minutes and still pulled out the big win over Dallas on Sunday. The much maligned defense has held its own in the red zone, though, limiting their last three opponents to less than 19 points per game. With Tom Brady running the show on offense, that will be plenty of defensive support to keep racking up the wins.
3Baltimore Ravens
Last Week: 5
With a Week 1 win over the Steelers already in their back pocket, the Ravens just need to keep going about their business and beating the teams they’re supposed to. The AFC North is theirs to lose this year.
4San Francisco 49ers
Last Week: 7
We’ve already discussed the post-game handshake fireworks, so let’s talk about what really matters: the Niners play on the field. San Francisco knows how to pound the ball on offense (third in the NFC in rushing yards per game) and stuff the ball on defense (they’re second in the NFL in both rushing yards and points allowed).
5San Diego Chargers
Last Week: 8
The bye week came early for the Chargers, and that’s a good thing. Hopefully that means the return of Antonio Gates. Philip Rivers hasn’t been the same this season and the return of his All-Pro tight end would help re-ignite the Chargers passing game.
6Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Week: 9
They didn’t score any second half points against a lousy Jaguars team but the defense is still up to task. For all the talk about the Steelers lack of a run defense, Pittsburgh is still fourth in the league in points allowed, at 17 a contest.
7Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last Week: 14
Now THAT’S how you rebound from a 45-point blowout. A week after getting embarrassed on the road against San Francisco, the Bucs returned home to beat the Saints for the third time in their last four meetings to grab first place in the NFC South. Then again, after seeing how they reacted to travelling across the country to San Francisco, I’m scared to see what happens when they actually LEAVE the country this week to play the Bears in the NFL’s annual London game.
8New Orleans Saints
Last Week: 2
What’s up with Drew Brees? In the first nine years of his career, he never had more than 18 interceptions in a season. Then all of the sudden, the accurate Brees had 22 picks last season and now he’s on another cold streak, with 8 interceptions in his last four games.
9Detroit Lions
Last Week: 3
Bad week for Detroit. First they lose their first game of the season at home. Then their trade for running back Ronnie Brown gets nixed because Jerome Harrison has health issues. Now the Lions are stuck with a concussed Jahvid Best and a dinged up Jerome Harrison, with all signs pointing to Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams getting the majority of the carries this weekend.
10New York Giants
Last Week: 15
The Giants needed that home win against in-state rival Buffalo, but what they really needed was their bye week. With a week off, the Giants could be returning up to five impact players for their next game, including guys like defensive end Justin Tuck, guard Chris Snee and running back Brandon Jacobs.
11Buffalo Bills
Last Week: 6
The big-play offense gets all the attention in Buffalo, but it really comes down to turnovers for the Bills. In their four wins, the Bills are plus-9 in the turnover margin. In their two losses, they’re even.
12Cincinnati Bengals
Last Week: 12
With winnable road games coming up against the Seahawks and Titans, is it possible that Cincy can head into their Week 10 match-up with Pittsburgh at 6-2?
13Oakland Raiders
Last Week: 10
It’s time to see what Carson Palmer has left in the gas tank. The QB, who said he’d rather retire than play anymore with the Bengals, got traded to Oakland before the trade deadline and looks like the Raiders starting QB this week. Palmer has a lot of rust to shake off – he hasn’t played in an NFL game since January – if he wants to lead the Raiders to the playoff spot he was brought in to deliver.
14New York Jets
Last Week: 16
I know the Jets won, but there are still a lot of problems with this team. Problem #1: where is the running game? The Jets are second to last in the AFC, producing barely 80 yards per game on the ground.
15Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: 18
That was a season-saving division win at home for Matt Ryan and company. Now the Falcons have to ride that momentum to their first winning streak of the season.
16Chicago Bears
Last Week: 19
The Bears handled their business against an inferior opponent on Sunday night. Now the real test: the 4-2 Bucs in London. So far, Chicago’s three wins have come against teams with a combined 5-13 record, while their three losses have come against teams with a combined 15-3 record.
17Philadelphia Eagles
Last Week: 22
There’s never been a scarier 2-4 team in the NFL. The Eagles get a week off before another shot at a division rival in the Cowboys. Looks like the talent may finally be coming together in Philly.
18Dallas Cowboys
Last Week: 20
Can someone please throw Dez Bryant the ball? I know the dynamic receiver has been on and off the field a lot with injuries, but when he’s out there, the Cowboys hardly throw him the rock. In the three games he’s finished, the Cowboys have only targeted their most explosive receiver 6 times in the fourth quarter.
19Houston Texans
Last Week: 13
The injuries are starting to pile up in Houston. Already down Mario Williams and Andre Johnson, Matt Schaub is battling a hip issue now. This weekend’s game in Tennessee is a must win for the Texans if they’re to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
20Washington Redskins
Last Week: 11
As a Bears fan, and someone who’s been through the pain of watching Rex Grossman throw the ball to the wrong team over and over again, let me express my condolences to Redskins fans. After Rex’s four interception explosion, the ‘Skins are looking to John Beck to keep them in the NFC East race. A trip to Carolina and their 28th ranked scoring defense will soften Beck’s first start, but after that, it’s the turnover-happy Bills and the punishing 49ers.
21Tennessee Titans
Last Week: 17
It’s now or never for the Titans. The Texans are banged up, the Jaguars are developing a rookie quarterback and the Colts have fallen off the face of the earth without Peyton Manning. The Titans have back-to-back home division games against the Texans and Colts to get a firm grip on the AFC South.
22Seattle Seahawks
Last Week: 21
It looks like Charlie Whitehurst will be taking the snaps for the Seahawks when they return from their bye against Cleveland. Whitehurst will look to keep up his efficient, winning ways after spelling Tarvaris Jackson in the Seahawks Week 5 win over the Giants.
23Kansas City Chiefs
Last Week: 23
Coming off their bye week, the Chiefs have a chance to pounce on their division foe in disarray. The Chiefs travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders, who may be starting a quarterback who hasn’t played in nearly ten months.
24Cleveland Browns
Last Week: 24
Peyton Hillis is slowly succumbing to the Madden curse. The running back was on the cover of this year’s football video game and has barely played, averaging only 3.5 yards per carry and finding the end zone only twice all year. Now it looks like Hillis won’t even suit up against the Seahawks.
25Carolina Panthers
Last Week: 25
The close losses are adding up in Carolina. Yes, this team is fighting to the finish in each game, but a season that started out looking like a stepping stone to better things is quickly entering the danger zone. At 1-5, the Panthers need to take advantage of their upcoming three-game homestand if they want to have a meaningful season.
26Denver Broncos
Last Week: 26
The time has come for Tebow to show us what he’s got. Luckily for him, his first start of the season is against the rudderless Dolphins in Florida, a state where Tebow has had his most successful football moments.
27Jacksonville Jaguars
Last Week: 27
I’m giving Jaguars superback Maurice Jones-Drew a special shoutout here. This season has not been pretty in Jacksonville as quarterback Blaine Gabbert is learning the ropes as a pro, yet Jones-Drew continues to churn out the yards.
28Arizona Cardinals
Last Week: 29
The Cardinals come off their bye week trying to snap their four-game losing streak. Step one could be to get Kevin Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald on the same page to ignite the passing game. Unfortunately, they’re going up against Pittsburgh this weekend, who allow the fewest passing yards per game in the league.
29Indianapolis Colts
Last Week: 30
The Colts take on the Saints this weekend and my oh my how things have changed since then. It was only 20 months ago that the Colts were driving on the Saints with a chance to tie the game late in Super Bowl XLIV. Now a year and a half later and the Colts aren’t hoping to win The Big Game, they’re just trying to win any game.
30St. Louis Rams
Last Week: 31
Rarely does a team get blown out by three touchdowns and move up a spot in the rankings, but these Rams showed some spark on offense. St. Louis marched up and down the field to the tune of over 400 yards against the Pack…unfortunately they couldn’t get into the end zone. Still, that much yardage on offense amounts to progress when you’re winless.
31Minnesota Vikings
Last Week: 28
The Christian Ponder Era begins on Sunday. In other words, this might be the first time in NFL history that a team hands the ball off on every single offensive play of the game.
32Miami Dolphins
Last Week: 32
Andrew Luck is right there for the taking. All the ‘Fins need to do is lose 11 more games. Think they have it in them?
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Tebow and the broncos #1


@ least rams arent 32!


hi whats up

how are bill 9 they are number 1


The Raiders should be ahead of the Bengals. I think if Palmer doesn't have his best game, the Raiders have their running game as a great backup. The team knows how to stop Kansas City(and beaten then in the past) and they are at home. I have to admit I can't argue effectively so they could be in the 10 spot. Go Raiders!

Raiders all the way! And everybody has seemed to forget they have the number 2 running game in the league.

Come on Professer U!!! The Chiefs are only 23?????? They won two games in a row!!! They deserve to at least be in the top 20.

the eagles are the best

you know they are!!!!!!!

I kinda think San Fran should be #3

really steelers are better then the ravens although the steelers lost to them first game comm on mannn

Whats up with the Broncos and Tebow?#26 c'mon

whats up with the andrew luck sweepstakes

The vikings should be above all the losers that lost all their games!!


go rams!!

Really Prof. you dropped the Lions from #3 to #9 all because they lost!? Come on they are a better team than that and I think that htey should be higher in the rankings. Go Lions!!

I agree with CyclingShortstop. They lost one game! They're better than almost all of the top ten teams still. I think they should be 4 or 5.

lions arn t that good they need to build on their defence

Come on, CS, you know I take my rankings very seriously and I am COLD BLOODED when it comes to my top five. Your Lions lost at home in a game where they had a 10 point lead. Top five teams finish that game off, the Lions didn't. I think they still have the talent to climb back into the top five, but not for this week.

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