Cubicle GM NFL Power Rankings: Week 7 Edition

Jacob NitzbergAnalyst IOctober 20, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 18:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the New York Giants at the Louisiana Superdome on October 18, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Giants 48-27.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Welcome to the Week Seven edition of the Cubicle GM NFL Power Rankings. Every Tuesday, you can look forward to our composite rankings, as well as a bit of brief insight and analysis about each of the 32 teams.

The rankings are determined by taking the average of each of the contributors here at The Cube . For Week Seven, we have rankings from four members of the Cubicle GM team, including me, Mickey, Walker, and Smokey.  So remember, if you disagree with some portion of our rankings, be sure to check the individual rankings to find the culprit.

The top four spots in the rankings belong to the four remaining undefeated teams in the league. The Saints have rightfully claimed their unanimous place at the top of the rankings after taking care of the Giants on Sunday in decisive fashion.

The Giants dropped three spots to No. 5 after their loss to New Orleans, while Indianapolis, Minnesota, and Denver each moved up one spot as a result. The only Top 10 team from last week to fall out was the Eagles after their disappointing loss to Oakland.

The bottom of the rankings remained unanimous, as all of us voted the St. Louis Rams as the No. 32 team as they remained undefeated. There were two new entries to the bottom five, as both Tennessee and Washington dropped five spots this week after bad losses.

This week’s games featured a few surprise winners, including Oakland’s win over Philly, Buffalo’s OT win over the Jets, and Houston taking down Cincinnati on the road. As a result, there were quite a few jumps in the ranks this week.

Eight teams moved at least three spots up or down the ranks, with the Falcons, Texans, Bills, and Raiders tying for the biggest positive movement after wins this week. There were three teams tied for the biggest downward mover, as the Eagles, Titans, and Redskins each dropped five places after their respective losses.

While many teams were jumping all over the rankings, the disagreements between the contributors in the ranks remained rare.  Just two weeks ago, 14 teams saw a gap of seven or more spots in their ranks, while this week there were just two, with just one in double digits.

San Diego Chargers (11)— Smokey 10, Walker 21

Cleveland Browns (7)— Walker 23, Jacob 30

Dallas Cowboys (6)— Walker 13, Jacob 19

Houston Texans (6)— Smokey 15, Mickey 21

Miami Dolphins (6)— Walker 15, Smokey 21

On the divisional side, the NFC East continues to lead the way despite the drops from the Giants and Eagles, coming in with an average score of 11.69.  Coming in second was the AFC North with a score of 13.25, even though three of its four teams lost. 

At the bottom, the NFC West cannot escape the last place Rams, checking in with a 22.06 average rank, followed by the NFC South with a 19.50 average thanks to Carolina and Tampa near the bottom.

As a reminder, you can check out all the backup data here. As always, last week’s ranks are in parentheses. Without further ado, onto the rankings:

1.  New Orleans Saints (1)— Drew Brees picked apart the Giants secondary as seven different Saints found the end zone in a big win for New Orleans.

2. Indianapolis Colts (3)— This upcoming Colts-Rams showdown could look a lot like Sunday’s Patriots-Titans blowout.

3. Minnesota Vikings (4)— The Vikings absolutely refuse to lose, holding off a three-score comeback by the Ravens to pull out their sixth victory to open the season.

4. Denver Broncos (5)— The Broncos simply cannot be scored upon in the second half, allowing just three points to the Chargers in yet another victory.

5. New York Giants (2)— Among the things the Giants have to worry about after their first loss is Brandon Jacobs, who left the game with an injury and finished with just 33 yards rushing.

6. New England Patriots (7)— The Patriots must wish it could snow every week in Foxboro after a performance like that.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (8)— Ben Roethlisberger threw for 417 yards, but somehow the Steelers only scored 27 points and won by less than two scores.

8. Atlanta Falcons (11)— The Falcons defense really stepped it up in the red zone and held on late in the 4th quarter in their win over the Bears.

9. Baltimore Ravens (10)— One positive to take away from the Ravens’ narrow loss was the performance of RB Ray Rice against the No. 1 ranked run defense in the league.

10. Cincinnati Bengals (9)— After wins over Pittsburgh and Baltimore, the Bengals lose to the Texans by double digits at home?

For the rest of this week's rankings, click on over to Cubicle GM.