Week 7 NFL Power Rankings
Last week's rankings in () next to team
1. Denver (4-1) (2)
This offense’s weakness is the blitz, but can you sustain it all 4 quarters? J. Thomas is going to shatter some records.
2. Dallas Cowboys (5-1) (5)
Most impressive win of any team this season @SEA. DeMarco Murray should be the NFL MVP as of now, 140 total yards @SEA.
3. San Diego Chargers (5-1) (3)
Thought about putting them at 2, but their win vs SEA was at home. Also, the record of the teams they have played combined is 11-22. KC, @DEN, @MIA should tell us more.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1) (6)
Very impressive win at home vs NYG. Running game got going, Sproles avoided a huge injury.
5. Seattle Seahawks (3-2) (1)
Still and elite team, and arguably still the best. They have played the hardest schedule, so times should get better in SEA.
6. Green Bay Packers (4-2) (4)
Rodgers showed why he might be the best QB in the NFL. Tough win @MIA with MIA having 2 weeks to prepare. Injuries to Shields and Williams are huge.
7. Indianapolis Colts (4-2) (7)
Nice win @HOU on a short week. Andrew Luck continues to put up ridiculous stats. Cincy at home should be a test, but a little easier without AJ.
8. New England Patriots (4-2) (8)
Tom Brady is back!? He is at least the Brady of the end of last year. Injuries continue to hurt.
9. San Francisco 49ers (4-2) (9)
Some questionable calls and terrible corner play by Jenkins helped this team get to 4-2. Shorter week and @DEN is as hard as it gets, let’s see if they can pull the upset.
10. Arizona Cardinals (4-1) (11)
With Palmer back this team looks much better. They lead the NFC West and need to avoid an ugly loss @OAK. Philly and @DAL on the horizon, we will see if they can hold up in the next 3 weeks.
11. Baltimore Ravens (4-2) (14)
Flacco was phenomenal last week, and I’ll say it again, this team is quietly good this year. Forsett is a diamond in the rough, and Steve Smith continues to impress.
12. Cincinnati Bengals (3-1-1) (10)
Back to back disappointing weeks but they get the tie this time. This defense needs to get back to where they were last year and the beginning of this year, after allowing 40PPG in the last 2 weeks.
13. Detroit Lions (4-2) (13)
Defense continues to be their strength. Without Calvin, I feel this “should be win” vs NO is actually a very tough game.
14. Carolina Panthers (3-2-1) (18)
Could have been a HUGE win on the road @CIN, but get the tie. Cam had his best game and that will need to continue with game @GB, vs SEA, vs NO, and @PHI as their next 4 games.
15. Chicago Bears (3-3) (19)
Nice win in a tough environment @ATL. Marshall is healthy and that significantly helps Cutler. Need to win vs MIA with @NE and @GB their next two.
16. New York Giants (3-3) (12)
They looked horrible on SNF, falling 2 games back in the division to both DAL and PHI. @DAL, vs IND, @SEA, vs SF, vs DAL their next 5 games, they could easily be 4-7 or 3-8. They miss Jennings.
17. Cleveland Browns (3-2) (24)
This team dominated at home vs PIT. Hoyer is a good NFL QB, and with @JAC, vs OAK, and vs TB in the next 3, this team should be 6-2 after week 9. Then Josh Gordon comes back in week 11.
18. New Orleans Saints (2-3) (16)
The BYE week couldn’t have gone better for NO with the rest of the division going 0-2-1. Sitting at an unimpressive 2-3, they are just a game back in the win column of CAR for the division lead.
19. Houston Texans (3-3) (20)
Tough loss at home vs IND, getting down 24 in the first quarter was just too much. They must win their next two games @PIT and @TEN if they want to stay in the playoff race.
20. Miami Dolphins (2-3) (23)
They were 3 seconds away from a huge win vs GB. Instead they fall to 2-3 and two games back in the division. @CHI, @JAC, vs SD, and @DET are their next four games. Their season hangs in the balance.
21. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3) (21)
Just a brutal division, their eyes need to be on the 2nd wild card. After @SD, they have STL, NYJ, @BUF. They must win all 3.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) (15)
What a disappointing team thus far. They only have one impressive win, but they do have 3 home games against teams ahead of them in the playoff race. With HOU, IND, & BAL coming to town, this next 3 weeks will tell us all we need to know about PIT.
23. Buffalo Bills (3-3) (23)
They needed that win vs NE this past weekend, but Brady was too much. Their next 6 games are very winnable, so don’t count this team out quite yet.
24. Atlanta Falcons (2-4) (17)
TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT. At home vs a struggling CHI team and they lay an egg scoring only 1 TD. The bright side is they are only 1 game back in the win column of the division, the bad news is this defense and offensive line are terrible.
25. Minnesota Vikings (2-4) (26)
The Vikings start the rankings of “teams whose seasons are already over.” Bridgewater looked bad, but it was against a stout Lions DEF. They need to use the rest of the season to see what they have in Patterson and McKinnon.
26. Tennessee Titans (2-4) (28)
Ugly home win vs the worst team in the league. There is a good chance this team could be 4-4 going into their bye week, but if you watch them you know they are no threat to contend.
27. St. Louis Rams (1-4) (29)
When is it time to say that Jeff Fisher isn’t that good of a coach. Back to back 7-9 seasons, and it will take a miracle to get there this season. Tre Mason looks like he could be their future RB though.
28. Washington Redskins (1-5) (25)
Remember when they were 1-1 and beating the Eagles in Philly? Yeah, me neither. This team is bad, and what happened to getting the ball to Garcon? He’s gone from 113 receptions through 6 games in 2013, to just 30 receptions and 309 yards over the same span in 2014.
29. New York Jets (1-5) (30)
Their defense looked pretty good against a superior DEN team, but yet still a double-digit loss. This Thursday night on a short week vs NE could be ugly.
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-5) (27)
Their defense has allowed less than 24 points just once this season (19 vs STL in a loss). Their season is over and fans are already calling for Lovie Smith’s job. He will need 5-6 more wins to feel safe.
31. Oakland Raiders (0-5) (31)
Probably not the 2nd worst team in the NFL, but I refuse to move them up until they get a win. vs ARI, @CLE, @SEA, vs DEN, @SD, vs KC, and then finally @STL, it could be a while until they get the chance.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6) (32)
Temps in the 70s this week in Jacksonville, might be your last chance to swim at the stadium!
WEEK 7 MVP RACE UPDATE:
1. DeMarco Murray – DAL
940 total yards, 785 rushing, 157 YPG, 6 TDs. Came up huge in the biggest win of the season. He will shatter so many records if he keeps up this ridiculous pace.
2. Philip Rivers – SD
69.3 Comp. %, 1,756 yards, 15-2 TD/INT ratio. Another week, another 300+ yard game, another win for Rivers.
3. Andrew Luck – IND
66.2 Comp. %, 1,987 yards, 17-7 TD/INT ratio. Leads the league in passing yards and TDS. The one negative is that he is tied for the 2nd most INTs.
4. Peyton Manning – DEN
66.3 Comp. %, 1,530 yards, 15-3 TD/INT ratio. In a “not great” game on Sunday he still threw for 3 TDs and no INTS. He comp. % is tied for his lowest since 2002, but he is still on pace for 48 TDs
5. Aaron Rodgers – GB
64.6 Comp. %, 1,419 yards, 15-1 TD/INT ratio. He doesn’t have the yards or comp. % of the others, but he does have 5 straight games without an INT and a 15-1 TD/INT ratio on the season.
Others to consider: JJ Watt, Russell Wilson
Feel free to comment! Tomorrow = Hot Starters & Bench Warmers.