Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

And two divisions are dominating.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

The NFC is still showing that they are clearly the class of the NFL thus far.  Seven of the bottom eight teams are from the AFC, while five of the top six teams represent the NFC, and it doesn't stop there.  Of the top 16 teams in the league, half of those come from two divisions.  But while it may not surprise many people that the NFC North has all four teams in the top 16, if you believe that anybody on the planet had the NFC West with all four teams at 3-3 or better at this point in the season, then I have a bridge to sell you. 

Previous week's ranking in parentheses

1. (1) Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons started off their game against the Raiders horribly and were barely able to squeak by and get the win.  The only reason they stay at #1 is because they're the only undefeated team left. 

2. (13) Green Bay Packers – I thought it would be tough for the offense to get back on track against the Texans defense.  But Aaron Rodgers decided to put on his Superman cape and throw six touchdowns on Sunday night. 

3. (12) New York Giants – When firing on all cylinders, there is no team better than the Giants.  They showed that in a drubbing of the 49ers.

4. (2) Houston Texans – Two straight bad games in prime-time for Houston.  If the running game isn't clicking, the whole offense suffers.

5. (3) San Francisco 49ers – San Francisco needed to save a little bit of offense from week five for their whooping at the hand of the Giants in week six.

6. (5) Chicago Bears – With how bi-polar the Bears' offense is, I don't know if the bye week helped or hurt their spot in the power rankings.

7. (4) New England Patriots – New England had this game under control until the defense decided to choke in the fourth quarter.

8. (7) Baltimore Ravens – I might have put the Ravens a few spots higher if they didn't lose multiple players on the defense due to injury in their win over Dallas.

9. (9) Denver Broncos – I need to see this team NOT get smacked around in the first half before I move them up this list.  Comeback wins are nice, but this needs to stop.

10. (6) Minnesota Vikings – Christian Ponder once again showed he's the future for the Vikings, but turnovers kill your chances to win in this league.  

11. (17) Seattle Seahawks – A big win at home for the Seahawks, but this team needs more consistency on both sides of the ball.

12. (15) Detroit Lions – A good win late for the Lions, but the running game needs to get more consistent and Matthew Stafford needs to complete a higher percentage of his passes.

13. (11) Arizona Cardinals – Losing ugly is exactly what I expected from these Cardinals this season.  We'll see what happens if John Skelton has to start at quarterback next week.

14. (10) Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers' running game looks like it may be in trouble again with injuries to Redman and Mendenhall, but the defense isn't playing up to par either.

15. (8) Cincinnati Bengals – Two straight losses to bad teams means a big drop for the Bengals.

16. (14) St. Louis Rams – The Rams offense doesn't have enough weapons to pull off comeback victories, they'll win close and lose close every week.

17. (16) San Diego Chargers – The Chargers won the first half on Monday night, but got shut-out in the second half.  Middling effort, middling record, middling ranking.

18. (21) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – A good showing by Josh Freeman in a decimation of the Chiefs.  

19. (18) Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles are a broken record, turnovers killed them against the Lions.

20. (23) Washington Redskins – RG3 will win 3-4 games on his legs alone, this was one of those wins.

21. (25) Miami Dolphins – Three wins in a row as the Dolphins barely hold on to the win AGAIN!  

22. (20) Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys looked good against the Ravens, but this season they like to find ways to lose.

23. (27) New York Jets – The Jets ran all over a bad Colts defense, and the defense was able to keep Andrew Luck in check.

24. (22) New Orleans Saints – If the Saints can't beat the Buccaneers in week seven, their season is over.

25. (19) Indianapolis Colts – The Colts were riding an emotional high in week 5, but came crashing back down to earth against the Jets.  It will be interesting to see how the Colts perform against the Browns next week.

26. (26) Buffalo Bills – Somehow the Bills are 3-3 on the season, but it's tough to tell if they're the team that wins close or the team that gets blown out of the stadium.

27. (28) Tennessee Titans – A surprising win for the Titans against the Steelers.  Chris Johnson might finally be waking up, or might be just teasing us all again.

28. (24) Kansas City Chiefs – Opposing teams should (and will) continue to load the box to stop the run until SOMEBODY starts to throw the ball well in Kansas City.

29. (30) Oakland Raiders – Oakland looked good early against Atlanta, but this team doesn't know how to win and closeout games yet.

30. (32) Cleveland Browns – A good win at home to get their first win of the season.

31. (29) Carolina Panthers – After a bye in week six, the Panthers have a chance to surprise against the Cowboys next week.

32. (31) Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jaguars will be floating in the upper 20's/30's range for the rest of the year, even if they beat the Raiders next week.

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