It’s that time of the week again. We have unanimous picks at both the top and bottom of the order, as the Falcons enjoyed the bye week with their perfect 6-0 record and the Jaguars… well, they just continued to be the Jaguars. Feel free to heckle our rankings in the “Comments” section at the bottom of the page.
Week 7 Power Rankings
1. Atlanta Falcons (6-0, U) – We’re not sure how much longer they can live on the edge, but the Falcons are the class of the division; not if they can just clear that playoff win hurdle
2. New York Giants (5-2, +1) – Eli saves the day again and defuse the Redskins’ upset bid
3. Houston Texans (6-1, +1) – Right now the Texans are the undisputed class of the depleted AFC, but the loss of Cushing is still a cause for alarm
4. San Francisco 49ers (5-2, +1) – Tough divisional win is exactly the kind of thing that will help the Niners secure home field advantage
5. Chicago Bears (5-1, +1) – Give Cutler props for staying in the game on Monday, but he still won’t win any popularity contests
6. Green Bay Packers (4-3, +2) – Rodgers is getting on a roll and has the added plus of playing the Jaguars this week
7. New England Patriots (4-3, U) – Why do we get the feeling that the early season struggles are are the product of a mad genius named Bill who is already focused on how to win in January and February? Just remember to make the playoffs, Bill
8. Baltimore Ravens (5-2, -6) – The thorough destruction of the Ravens’ defense at the hands of the Texans does not bode well; they may still win the division and find an early exit in the playoffs
9. Minnesota Vikings (5-2, +5) – More and more the Vikings give the look of a team that will be in contention at the end of the season
10. Seattle Seahawks (4-3, -1) – Is this the beginning of the end of the Cinderella run?
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3, +1) – If they hang around long enough, they just catch the wounded Ravens
12. Arizona Cardinals (4-3, -2) – Losing to the Vikings is a quality loss, but that makes three losses in a row
13. Washington Redskins (3-4, U) – RG3 did all he could to engineer a win over the Giants; apparently he now needs to learn how to play Cover-2
14. Denver Broncos (3-3, -3) – The Saints are a huge test for the Broncos’ defense; look for a slugfest Sunday night
15. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3, +1) – From Dream Team to nightmare, part two
16. San Diego Chargers (3-3, +1) – The Chargers have a chance to grab the division lead again with a match-up against the Browns
17. New York Jets (3-4, +1) – The Jets may not have been scared of the Patriots, but they did catch the Patriots’ inability to close out a game
18. Detroit Lions (2-4, -3) – The defense played well on Monday, but the offense was just hideous; what is going on in Detroit… did Matt Millen come back?
19. Dallas Cowboys (3-3, +3) – Good Romo showed up this week; can he do it again against the Giants?
20. St. Louis Rams (3-4, -1) – Jeff Fisher has his team believing, but they still have too many holes to be considered a playoff threat
21. New Orleans Saints (2-4, +4) – Is two wins in a row cause for excitement? Sunday night’s game might well answer this question
22. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4, -2) – If they ever start beating good teams they just might find their way to the playoffs two years in a row
23. Indianapolis Colts (3-3, U) – Colts’ fans can be happy that the predictions of years of football irrelevance seem to be way off the mark
24. Buffalo Bills (3-4, U) – After a one week reprieve, the Bills’ defense is back to its dreadful ways
25. Miami Dolphins (3-3, -4) – Falling four spots in a bye week is tough, but it probably is an accurate reflection of where they stand
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4, U) – One heady defensive play prevented the Bucs from forcing overtime against the Saints; the Buca are capable of pulling off a quality upset or two
27. Tennessee Titans (3-4, +1) – If Hasselbeck keeps winning, will they really give Locker the ball back?
28. Carolina Panthers (1-5, -1) – Cam’s post-game meltdown isn’t helpful for an under-achieving team
29. Oakland Raiders (2-4, +1) – A win is a win, but it was the Jags; thankfully for the Raiders, now they get to play the Chiefs
30. Cleveland Browns (1-6, -1) – You can just tell they are not used to winning, can’t you?
31. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5, U) – You know it’s bad when you have to CHOOSE Brady Quinn over Matt Cassel
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5, U) – With MJD out, it’s not going to get better anytime soon