NFL Power Rankings: Week 7
The Saints move atop the Power Rankings this week after a dominating 48-27 victory over the Giants. That leaves just four undefeateds left in the NFL.
Two big upsets also shook up the rankings this week (and knocked a lot of people out of their eliminator pools). The Jets drop 10 spots after losing at home to the Bills, and the Eagles plummet 17 spots following their awful loss to the Raiders.
1. (4) New Orleans Saints (5-0)
The Saints' strength of schedule (.483) is the best among the undefeated teams.
2. (5) Denver Broncos (6-0)
The Broncos' .471 opponents' winning percentage is second in that group.
3. (2) Indianapolis Colts (5-0)
The Colts have two weeks to prepare for the Rams. That's almost unfair.
4. (3) Minnesota Vikings (6-0)
The Vikes picked up a nice win over the Ravens, but their SOS (.333) is still last among teams without a loss.
5. (1) New York Giants (5-1)
It's a little more difficult to win when you play an offense ranked in the top 10 in scoring.
6. (6) Atlanta Falcons (4-1)
The Falcons have won 11 of their last 12 home games.
7. (10) New England Patriots (4-2)
That's the third time the Pats have topped 50 points in their past 31 regular season games.
8. (8) Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)
Coming into this season, not many thought the Bengals could lose to the Texans in Week Six and still be atop the AFC North standings.
9. (11) Baltimore Ravens (3-3)
A stunning fourth quarter comeback, combined with losses by the Jets and Eagles, has the Ravens moving up two spots, despite a hard-fought loss at Minnesota.
10. (12) Green Bay Packers (3-2)
After shutting out the Lions, the Packers now have the ninth best scoring defense in the league at 18.6 points per game.
11. (13) Chicago Bears (3-2)
It's hard to win when Jay Cutler is your leading rusher.
12. (14) Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2)
Troy Polamalu made an instant impact with an interception in his return from injury, but the four teams the Steelers have defeated have a combined record of just 4-19 (.174).
13. (17) San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
The Niners needed that bye week after that horrible performance against the Falcons. San Fran will be tested at Houston on Sunday.
14. (18) Dallas Cowboys (3-2)
Dallas' bye gives it two weeks to prepare for a difficult home game vs. Atlanta.
15. (19) Arizona Cardinals (3-2)
One of the most impressive performances of the week came from the Cards' defense, which held Matt Hasselbeck and the Seahawks to three points after they scored 41 on the Jags the Sunday prior.
16. (15) San Diego Chargers (2-3)
Darren Sproles couldn't even get me one fantasy point to break the tie in my game, so now I stand in 10th place despite my second most points in the league.
17. (16) Miami Dolphins (2-3)
That win over the Jets looked a lot less awe-inspiring after Gang Green's embarrassing loss to the Bills.
18. (28) Buffalo Bills (2-4)
The Bills beat the Jets in overtime, but Dick Jauron should still be fired for not calling time out to run another play to get Ryan Lindell closer than 46 yards on his windy field goal attempt at the end of regulation.
19. (9) New York Jets (3-3)
Mark Sanchez is tied with Jake Delhomme for the lead league in interceptions with 10.
20. (20) Seattle Seahawks (2-4)
So the Seahawks beat the Jags, 41-0, one week and then lose to the Cardinals, 27-3, the next. Gotta love the NFC West.
21. (21) Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)
That was a tense three-and-a-half hours for those, like me, that had Jacksonville in their eliminator pool.
22. (22) Houston Texans (3-3)
Matt Schaub leads the league in touchdowns with 14. The Texans are not dead yet.
23. (29) Oakland Raiders (2-4)
The Raiders actually have the 16th best pass defense (220.2 yards per game) in the NFL.
24. (7) Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)
After their loss to the Raiders, I see no reason to rank the Eagles higher than 24th because their only wins have come over Carolina (25th), Kansas City (29th), and Tampa Bay (31st).
25. (24) Carolina Panthers (2-3)
Beating the Redskins and Bucs by a combined 10 points isn't exactly an indication that things are turning around in Carolina.
26. (25) Detroit Lions (1-5)
As bad as the Lions have been, at least their offense usually shows up, but with Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson out with injuries, Detroit was shut out for the first time in eight years.
27. (27) Cleveland Browns (1-5)
The Browns were outgained, 557-213, by the Steelers on Sunday.
28. (23) Tennessee Titans (0-6)
Even the greatest 0-6 team ever shouldn't lose by 59.
29. (30) Kansas City Chiefs (1-5)
The Chiefs managed to win their first game of the year without even scoring a touchdown.
30. (26) Washington Redskins (2-4)
Because the Redskins have found the end zone just eight times all season.
31. (31) Tampa Bay Bucs (0-6)
The early line on the Pats/Bucs game next week is 14. I suggest you all mortgage your homes to bet on New England.
32. (32) St. Louis Rams (0-6)
The Rams gained a big 20 points in their battle against the kickers of the NFL for scoring supremacy, but St. Louis still trails Ryan Longwell, 55-54.
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