Tuesday, October 20, 2015

NFL Power Rankings - Week 7

Some big changes in the top 10. There are still 5 undefeated teams left heading into Week 7.

1. Green Bay Packers: 181
Last Week: 1
Notes:  Was a nail biter, but the Packers pull off the win and remain undefeated. Even though they're facing an undefeated team on the road, the Packers are the better team and should win.

2. New England Patriots: 178
Last Week: 2
Notes: Wasn't the blow out I expected it to be, but the Patriots proved how they are still the elite in the AFC.

3. Cincinnati Bengals:176
Last Week: 5
Notes: This is the best the Bengals have looked with Andy Dalton. 

4. Denver Broncos: 151
Last Week: 6
Notes: Wasn't pretty and Peyton continues to struggle, but the Broncos pull of the win and remain undefeated. They have an extremely tough match up against the Packers next week.

5. Carolina Panthers: 139
Last Week: 7
Notes: The weakest out of the undefeated teams - they have yet to face a team with a .500 record or above. They face a more challenging stretch of 3 games against the Eagles, Colts, and Packers which will show if this is team is truly as good as their record is.

6. Arizona Cardinals 136
Last Week: 3
Notes: A surprising loss to the Steelers, but the Cardinals look, by far, the best in the NFC West still.

7. Atlanta Falcons: 125
Last Week: 4
Notes: Are the Saints better than they've been playing or are the Falcons not as good as their record? Probably a combination of both.

8. New York Jets: 119
Last Week: 8
Notes: It's not just their defense that's winning games - this team is winning with their offense too and is proving that they are the real deal this year. They face their toughest match up so far against the Patriots next week.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers: 90

Last Week: 10
Notes: Give this team credit for winning two in a row without Ben (including one against a very good Cardinals team). He should be returning soon which would make this team good enough to beat anyone in the league.

10. Philadelphia Eagles: 53
Last Week: 15
Notes: They didn't play well, but certainly outplayed the Giants and have claimed first place of the NFC East.

11. Minnesota Vikings: 44

Last Week: 12
Notes: Their next 4 games: Lions, Bears, Rams, and Raiders are all winnable. This team could quietly become 6-2 halfway through the season.

12. Buffalo Bills: 29

Last Week: 11
Notes: They should continue their pattern of win followed by loss followed by win with a game against the Jaguars next week.

13. Indianapolis Colts: 27

Last Week: 13
Notes: Luck returns, but it wasn't good enough to beat the Patriots. With the rest of the AFC South playing terribly, this division should still easily be theirs.

14. New York Giants: 20
Last Week: 9
Notes: Their worst game of the season. They looked terrible on all sides of the ball. Fortunately for them, they have a winnable game next week against Romo-less Cowboys.

15. Seattle Seahawks: 2
Last Week: 14
Notes: Even though they've been keeping games close, it's just not the same Seahawks team.

16. Oakland Raiders: -14
Last Week: 17
Notes: The upcoming game against the Chargers could decide who gets 2nd place in the division. 

17. Miami Dolphins: -15
Last Week: 27

Notes: They responded to Philbin getting fired in a big way and played their best game of the season.

18. Dallas Cowboys: -28
Last Week: 20
Notes: The Cowboys had a good bye week with the Giants and Redskins losing.

19. St. Louis Rams: -29
Last Week: 22
Notes: The Rams seem only capable of playing their best against division rivals which means a loss to the Browns is very possible.

20. Cleveland Browns: -34
Last Week: 19
Notes: At least they kept the game competitive, which is likely what last year's and the previous years Browns teams would not be able to do. They have a long way to go, but at least the Browns are showing improvements.

21. San Diego Chargers: -37
Last Week: 21

Notes: Philip Rivers throws for 503 yards and still gets the loss. Unbelievable. 

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -42
Last Week: 24
Notes: Will be a good / bad (however you want to view it) match up against the Redskins this week.

23. New Orleans Saints: -43
Last Week: 29
Notes: Have the Saints found their way? A tough road match-up against the Colts will have it figured out one way or the other.

24. Houston Texans: -44
Last Week: 28
Notes:  Well they proved that they're not the worst in the terrible AFC South, but the Texans are far removed from the team that was just shy of the playoffs a year ago.

25, Washington Redskins: -47
Last Week: 16
Notes: Technically, the NFC East is up for grabs, but the Redskins need to win against the team like Tampa Bay next week to really have a shot.

26. Tennessee Titans: -57
Last Week: 18
Notes:  This team's woes continue with Mariota spraining his MCL.

27. Baltimore Ravens: -59
Last Week: 23
Notes: The last time the Ravens were under .500 at this point of the season was in 2005.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: -67
Last Week: 25
Notes: The losses continue to pile up for Andy Reid and the Chiefs, losers of 5 straight.

29. San Francisco 49ers: -77
Last Week: 31
Notes: The 49ers look a lot better these last two weeks. Should be a good match up against the Seahawks Thursday.

30. Chicago Bears: -78
Last Week: 26
Notes: The Bears give the Lions their first win of the season.

31. Detroit Lions: -102
Last Week: 32
Notes: They had to fight hard for it, but the Lions finally get a win.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars: -108
Last Week: 30
Notes: Bortles looks decent, but the Jaguars continue to look like the worst team in the league.

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