NFL Power Rankings: Updated Outlook for All 32 Teams Heading into Week 7

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2013

After a wild end to another chapter of the 2013 NFL regular season, the focus has once again shifted to the power rankings and where each team stands heading into Week 7.

Football fans were treated to blowouts, upsets and enough fun for an entire season last week, and this is how the NFL landscape looks now.

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1. Denver Broncos (6-0)

Until another team in the league shows the same offensive prowess as the Denver Broncos, who are averaging over 475 yards of total offense per game, the Broncos will remain at the top of the power rankings.


2. Kansas City Chiefs (6-0)

While Denver has maintained perfection due to the elite play of Peyton Manning and the offense, the Kansas City Chiefs hang their hat on the stellar defense. Kansas City has allowed 17 points or less in every game this season.


3. Seattle Seahawks (5-1)

The Seattle Seahawks are almost unbeatable at home, but it has been the team’s ability to win on the road this year that makes them so dangerous. Seattle must be sharp to beat the Cardinals Thursday night in Arizona.


4. New Orleans Saints (5-1)

New Orleans may have fallen from the ranks of the unbeaten, but the adversity will be a good test for the Saints. The team knows it could have won if their clock management was handled differently, and the loss will humble the dangerous team moving forward.


5. New England Patriots (5-1)

The New England Patriots beat New Orleans in a bitter battle, but Tom Brady and his once-elite offense is a shell of the unit it once was. Before New England takes the next step as a serious Super Bowl contender, the team needs a difference maker like Rob Gronkowski back on the field.


6. San Francisco 49ers (4-2)

The San Francisco 49ers have played inconsistently, but they have still managed four wins. If Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers offense can gain a rhythm through the air, there is little doubt that San Francisco will once again be in contention for a Super Bowl.


7. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)

With a top-10 defense and a well-rounded offense, the Cincinnati Bengals could be a viable contender in the AFC, espcially if the rushing attack led by rookie Giovani Bernard continues to find consistency.


8. Green Bay Packers (3-2)

The Green Bay Packers have been dealt serious blows with injuries, but there is too much raw talent on the field every week for the team to struggle much longer. As the season goes on, expect the Packers to regain their elite form.


9. Indianapolis Colts (4-2)

The Indianapolis Colts lost a heartbreaking game against the San Diego Chargers in Week 6, but it may have been because the team was looking forward to their meeting with the Denver Broncos this week. Indy is still a great franchise, but it must prove that it can hang with Denver and former Colts star Peyton Manning.


10. Detroit Lions (4-2)

The Detroit Lions have been winning despite facing adverse conditions with injuries to key players, and that is a great sign for the Lions when a bona fide star like Calvin Johnson returns to elite form.


11. Chicago Bears (4-2)

The Chicago Bears have all the potential to be a serious contender in the NFC, but every aspect of the team must find more consistency. Whether it’s the offensive, defensive or special teams units, the Bears must bring 100 percent effort on every play to be a winner. That hasn’t always been the case, though.


12. Baltimore Ravens (3-3)

The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have not played like a team that has won a championship, but their chemistry is starting to take shape. Baltimore has a tough schedule against the AFC North, but this is a high-powered team that could easily break out for a long stretch of wins.


13. Miami Dolphins (3-2)

The Miami Dolphins have struggled to find a rhythm this season. With the team coming off a bye and playing against a depleted Buffalo Bills roster, this week should provide the perfect matchup to help Miami get back on track.


14. Dallas Cowboys (3-3)

The Dallas Cowboys offensive unit is one of the best in the NFL, but a lackluster defense and quarterback Tony Romo's mistakes in key moments will result in a mediocre regular-season record and a division title. Who knew?


15. Tennessee Titans (3-3)

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick deserves immense credit for stepping up in the place of injured starter Jake Locker, but Tennessee has been exposed at times this season by elite teams, and the same will happen in Week 7 against San Francisco.


16. San Diego Chargers (3-3)

The San Diego Chargers are another team that is hard to decipher. While the franchise possesses all the weapons on offense and defense to be a viable contender, there are moments of weakness in the mental aspects of the game that will hurt San Diego's playoff chances if not corrected.


17. St. Louis Rams (3-3)

Despite serious hopes of contending for a postseason spot, the St. Louis Rams have been utterly disappointing. Head coach Jeff Fisher was expected to turn the tide of the franchise, but the inability to stop the run (No. 30 in the league) has kept the team mediocre at best.


18. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

The Philadelphia Eagles are dealing with an injury to starting quarterback Michael Vick, but backup Nick Foles played well in Week 6 and will look to carry that momentum into this week as well. An ideal matchup against Dallas may be the best possible test for the young backup.


19. Arizona Cardinals (3-3)

The Arizona Cardinals boast one of the most impressive defensive units in the league, but a non-existent rushing attack (No. 24 in the league) will be the reason the team continues to fall down the power rankings.


20. Carolina Panthers (2-3)

Cam Newton is still one of the more dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL, but inconsistent play from the offensive line and silly mistakes have been the team’s undoing. If Carolina doesn’t shape up, head coach Ron Rivera may be on his way out.


21. Cleveland Browns (3-3)

Strong play on the defensive side of the ball and the ability to keeps game close has been Cleveland’s biggest strength, but the Browns must find offensive consistency with Brandon Weeden under center if they want to be a viable contender.


22. New York Jets (3-3)

The New York Jets continue to be one of the most enigmatic teams in the league. With a top-five defense and an offense led by a rookie, there is an outside chance that the Jets could surprise the AFC and make a run at the postseason.


23. Buffalo Bills (2-4)

The Buffalo Bills signed Matt Flynn this week to push for the starting job while rookie EJ Manuel continues to recover from a knee injury (h/t USA Today). However, the flaws on defense are still too obvious to ignore.


24. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to deal with season-ending injuries, as newly acquired tackle Levi Brown is out for the season with a triceps tear, per Gerry Dulac of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A matchup with the Baltimore Ravens will make the situation even worse.


25. Atlanta Falcons (1-4)

The Atlanta Falcons started the season as Super Bowl contenders, but four losses through the first six weeks prove that the franchise is currently a pretender. It’s almost time for a coaching change in Atlanta.


26. Houston Texans (2-4)

See Atlanta Falcons.


27. Oakland Raiders (2-4)

The Oakland Raiders get a much needed bye week to get healthy and prepare for the second half of the season. With Terrelle Pryor emerging as the team’s top quarterback, expect Oakland to be one of the biggest surprises over the season's last 10 games.


28. Washington Redskins (1-4)

Second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III looks to be returning to his elite form, and that’s good news for a struggling Washington Redskins offense. No matter how well Washington plays on offense, though, the franchise will continue to struggle when the defense is as terrible as it currently is (No. 24 against the pass and No. 27 against the run).


29. Minnesota Vikings (1-4)

With the report from Jay Glazer of FOX Sports that newly-signed quarterback Josh Freeman could get the start at quarterback this week, the Minnesota Vikings will be looking to return to contending form. A Monday night matchup against the lowly New York Giants could be the perfect remedy.


30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5)

Head coach Greg Schiano has not been the natural leader the Tampa Bay Buccaneers thought they needed, and he continues to lose games. If Tampa Bay doesn’t sneak out a win against Atlanta on Sunday, the Schiano era could be over before it even started.


31. New York Giants (0-6)

Eli Manning may have two Super Bowl rings, but with six-straight losses to start the season, the New York Giants are in serious risk of becoming the worst team in the league if they don’t clean up all of their careless mistakes.


32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6)

The Jacksonville Jaguars stayed tough in their Week 6 loss to the top-ranked Denver Broncos, but the team is still clearly the worst team in the league. No moral victory to see here.



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