NFC Power Rankings: Week Seven

Richard ReschCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2009

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 11:  Margues Colston #12 and Jeremy Shockey #88 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate after Colston caught a 11-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 11, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

1. Saints (5-0)

Is it too early to start comparing this offense to the 2007 Patriots? Maybe, so I won’t go that far. But I will say that the Saints are easily the best team in the NFC right now, maybe the NFL. Their offense can score at will when they want to, and their defense is very solid at worst. They may be the only elite team in the NFC. (Last Week: 2)

2. Vikings (6-0)

After blowing a lead to a good Ravens team, they mounted an impressive comeback drive to win another tough game late, thanks to a missed 44-yard field goal. The Vikings are a very good team, but how long can they tightrope the line between good and lucky? (3)

3. Falcons (4-1)

After a loss to what now looks like a powerhouse New England team, the Falcons came back with an absolute drubbing of a good 49ers team and a hard-fought victory over a good Bears team. They get a good test with the Cowboys next week, and then a battle with the Saints, which could decide the NFC South. (5)

4. Giants (5-1)

After what was basically a three-week bye, the Giants lost their first game to only their second legitimate opponent. It may seem like dropping three spots is a Scarlet-like tumble after only one loss to the No. 1 team, but their combined opponents record in the games they won is 8-21. Their 5-0 start looks a lot less impressive after this drubbing at the hands of a contender. (1)

5. Bears (3-2)

I was all ready to come out with a bunch of complements for the Bears, win or lose … and then I saw their final drive. This is a good team, but you can’t win football games playing as sloppy as they do. (6)

6. Eagles (3-2)

I didn’t see the game, but I’ve seen enough of the Raiders to know that there is no excuse for losing to them. The Eagles aren’t this bad, but this is as embarrassing a loss as there is. (Here’s a hint: when your best player is averaging 8.3 yards per carry, hand him the ball more than six times). Good thing for Philly fans that the Phillies (who scored 11 runs to the Eagles’ nine points Sunday) are rolling into a World Series clash with the Yankees. (4)

7. Cardinals (3-2)

The defending NFC Champs have hit their stride offensively, and they again look like a contender. They have a tough test this week with the angry Giants, but a win would go a long way. Their NFC West race with the 49ers could be a good one. (10)

8. Packers (3-2)

Any time you shut an NFL team out, it’s impressive. It should, however, be noted that the Detroit Lions minus Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson is barely an NFL team. Either way, a win is a win. (8)

9. 49ers (3-2)

They got shellacked before their bye, and now four of their next five games are against quality opponents (Houston, Indianapolis, Chicago, Green Bay). Maybe rookie Michael Crabtree, the NFL’s newest diva wide receiver, will play his first game this week. (7)

10. Cowboys (3-2)

After a hard-fought win over the then-winless Chiefs, the Cowboys look to keep their momentum going against a very good Falcons team. (9)

11. Panthers (2-3)

Another win over a bad team, but this one was way too close for comfort. It’s hard to criticize a team after a win … well, no it’s not really. The Panthers are just not that good. (11)

12. Seahawks (2-4)

They were barely competitive and they lost one of their best players, Lofa Tatupu, for the season. At this point, it’ll probably be better in the long run if they keep on losing. (12)

13. Lions (1-5)

It feels like last year again. Detroit got shelled by the Packers 26-0, albeit without their QB of the future and their star WR. (13)

14. Buccaneers (0-6)

On the bright side, they got their third franchise kickoff return for a touchdown. (15)

15. Redskins (2-4)

The Redskins have literally played a winless team every week, and they have only two wins to show for it. I don’t care if that is two more wins than the Bucs. When you lose four times to winless opponents, you don’t have a right to complain. Unless you’re complaining about how bad your team is. In that case, fire away. (14)

16. Rams (0-6)

Kudos for taking a mediocre Jaguars team to overtime. Still, they may have blown their best chance at a win when they let the Redskins escape with a 9-7 victory in Week Two. (16)


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