Week Seven NFL Power Rankings: Denver Is the Real Deal

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IOctober 20, 2009

They wear uniforms that are ugly, yet, strangely awesome and beautiful. Their quarterback has a neck-beard. And they aren't sexy.

While "sexy" gets you style points in today's NFL, running opposing offenses into the ground and playing smart, efficient football gets you wins.

I doubted the Denver Broncos as the best team in football last week, but a very solid performance from all facets of the game showed (in front of the nation, mind you), that this team just isn't "for real."

They're pretty damn good.

Read on to see who makes the top five, and then check to see where everyone else fits in :

1. Denver Broncos (6-0)

If it weren't for a Darren Sproles punt return for a touchdown, this defense would have had it's sixth straight game of allowing 17 points or less. This team is for real.


2. Minnesota Vikings (6-0)

Did they get a little lucky ? Sure, but great teams have to, especially when you're still undefeated. Brett Favre is really cooking up something special in Minnesota.


3. New Orleans Saints (5-0)

Forget about their soft opponents. They just destroyed a good Giants team. If everything works out as it "should," it could be Minnesota and New Orleans in the NFC Championship game.


4. Indianapolis Colts (5-0)

A fairly weak schedule for the next three weeks (starting with the Rams), could easily have this high-powered offense at 8-0 heading into a week 10 matchup with the New England Patriots. Talk about potential fireworks.


5. New York Giants (5-1)

Their defensive line was completely manhandled by New Orleans' offensive line. We haven't seen that happen in a while. This is a good lesson in humility for a team that was riding high and facing cakewalk teams.

They'll be ready for the Cardinals in week seven.


6. New England Patriots (4-2)

Another performance like that, and it'll be hard to keep them out of the top five. It makes you wonder, are the Patriots suddenly that good, or is Tennessee just that bad?


7. Atlanta Falcons (4-1)

They have been very impressive on offense overall, but showed their grit as they won a messy game against Chicago. The real story here is the run-stopping effort by their short-handed defensive line.


8. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2)

Their schedule has been easy lately, but good teams win when they're supposed to, and that's exactly what Pittsburgh is doing.

It's nice to have Willie Parker and Troy Polamalu back, too. With tough matchups against the undefeated Vikings and Broncos the next two weeks, they'll need all the healthy bodies they can get.


9. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)

This was a disappointment. They passed too much, were ineffective, and never got the running game going against a porous run defense. Losing Antwan Odom is going to hurt.


10. Arizona Cardinals (3-2)

They've really bounced back in a big way. While the offense has found its rhythm again, the biggest positive is their run defense, which is allowing opposing running backs a mere 2.7 yards per carry.

11. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)

Andy Reid did not call a good game, as he passed 40-plus times when the Eagles were having some success on the ground. The big story here is Donovan McNabb's poor awareness yet again hurting his team.


12. Green Bay Packers (3-2)

The defense was dominant at home against a horrible and star-depleted Lions squad. Big deal.

The more telling stat is how the Green Bay offense couldn't punch it in the end zone on their final four scoring drives. They can't play like that and expect to win against good teams.


13. Chicago Bears (3-2)

They fought hard against a good team and came up short. That will happen when you can't run the ball. Jay Cutler played well, but some of his gunslinger mistakes arose again. He has to play smarter football.


14. Baltimore Ravens (3-3)

Three straight losses after starting 3-0? That's not the part that kills Ray Lewis. It's the way they're losing these games. These Ravens could just as easily be 6-0.


15. Dallas Cowboys (3-2)

They used the bye to rest up all of their offensive stars, and they're going to need it. They face a hot Atlanta team coming up, and there will be no room for an ineffective Tony Romo.


16. San Francisco 49ers (3-2)

Their week off was likely all about self-reflection. Forget humility. The Atlanta Falcons taught them enough about that. They need to beat Houston this week to keep pace with the rising Arizona Cardinals.


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