NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Patriots Team To Beat, Cowboys Reach New Low

Denton RamseySenior Analyst IOctober 17, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Patriots Team To Beat, Cowboys Reach New Low

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    It's time for NFL Power Rankings Week 7 as the sixth week of the 2010 NFL season is nearly in the books.

    So, with 28 teams in action for Week 6, how did Sunday's showdown affect this week’s power rankings of all 32 NFL teams?

    Sunday’s gridiron matchups caused quite a re-mix in the latest power rankings, so let’s quickly begin the countdown…

Honorable Mentions: No. 21-32

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    Without further ado, here are the bottom dozen teams that dwell in the cellar in week 7...

     

    No. 32: Carolina Panthers (0-5)

    The Carolina Panthers had a bye-week in Week 6 and remain at the bottom of the pack with an 0-5 overall record.

     

    No. 31: Buffalo Bills (0-5)

    The Bills joined the Panthers as winless teams with bye-weeks on Sunday, as Buffalo remains grounded at No. 31 in this week’s power rankings.

     

    No. 30: Cleveland Browns (1-5)

    After being destroyed by the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-10 in Week 6, the Cleveland Browns have dropped to No. 30 in the NFL Week 7 power rankings.

     

    No. 29: Dallas Cowboys (1-4)

    Dallas just barely cracked the top 30 in this week’s power rankings, as the reeling Cowboys lost again in Week 6 and dropped to 1-4 overall.

     

    No. 28: Detroit Lions (1-5)

    Detroit lost again, as the Lions have dug deeper into the power rankings cellar, at No. 28 heading into Week 7.

     

    No. 27: San Francisco 49ers (1-5)

    The San Francisco 49ers finally won in this week, jumping the former winless team a few notches in this week’s power rankings to No. 27.

     

    No. 26: Oakland Raiders (2-4)

    After Oakland lost 17-9 to San Francisco on Sunday, the Raiders dropped a few spots from last week’s power rankings, coming in at No. 26 in week 7.

     

    No. 25: San Diego Chargers (2-4)

    For some reason, San Diego can’t find a way to win ball games this season—as the Chargers enter Week 7 at No. 25.

     

    No. 24: Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)

    The 2-4 Bengals had a bye-week on Sunday, as Cincinnati remains near the bottom of the power rankings at No. 24.

     

    No. 23: Denver Broncos (2-4)

    With Denver’s latest loss, the Broncos are now 2-4 in 2010 and sit at No. 23 in the Week 7 NFL power rankings.

     

    No. 22: Minnesota Vikings (2-3)

    The Vikings can win a close game after all, regardless of the victory coming against a terrible Dallas Cowboys team, as Minnesota jumps a few notches to No. 22 in this week’s NFL power rankings.

     

    No. 21: St. Louis Rams (3-3)

    With a 20-17 win over San Diego on Sunday, the St. Louis Rams have risen from the grave to No. 21.

No. 20: Green Bay Packers (3-3)

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    The Packers’ hopes for a successful 2010 campaign continue to twirl down the drain, as Green Bay dropped a 23-20 overtime loss to Miami on Sunday afternoon.

    Green Bay has lost two straight, holding a 2-2 conference mark and a 1-1 division record.

No. 19: Miami Dolphins (3-2)

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    The Miami Dolphins picked up a much-needed win in overtime on Sunday, defeating Green Bay, 23-20.

    Miami is 1-2 in conference play, and are 1-2 in the division.

No. 18: Seattle Seahawks (3-2)

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    Seattle defeated a very talented Chicago Bears team on Sunday afternoon,  and walked away with a 23-20 victory.

    Seattle is 1-1 in divisional play, while going 2-1 in the conference.

No. 17: Tennessee Titans (3-2)

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    The Tennessee Titans hit the gridiron for Week 6 action on Monday night, but the team remains at No. 17 in this week’s power rankings.

    Tennessee will play it's first divisional game on Monday against the Jacksonville Jaguars and hold a 1-2 conference mark.

No. 16: Philadelphia Eagles (4-2)

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    The Philadelphia Eagles blew out the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon, cruising to a 31-17 victory.

    Philadelphia has won two straight contests, going 3-2 in conference play, while holding an 0-1 record in divisional play.

No. 15: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped a 31-6 blowout loss to New Orleans on Sunday, pushing the team down to No. 15 this week.

    Tampa Bay is 1-1 in divisional play and have a 1-1 conference record.

No. 14: Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)

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    The Kansas City Chiefs did nearly everything possible to pull an upset win over the Houston Texans on Sunday, only to walk off the gridiron with a heartbreaking 35-31 loss.

    Kansas City has lost two straight games, going 2-2 in conference play, while holding a divisional record of 1-0.

No. 13: Houston Texans (4-2)

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    Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans rallied to an inspiring 35-31 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon, taking it’s first lead of the game with under 30 seconds remaining in regulation.

    Houston is now 3-0 in their conference, while holding a 1-0 divisional record.

No. 12: New Orleans Saints (4-2)

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    The New Orleans Saints picked up a much-needed 31-6 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon.

    New Orleans is 2-1 in divisional play and 4-2 in their conference.

No. 11: Washington Redskins (3-2)

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    The Washington Redskins, currently in action against the upbeat Indianapolis Colts, come in at No. 11 in this week’s NFL power rankings.

    Washington entered tonight’s contest with the Colts on a two-game winning streak, along with a 2-0 divisional mark and a 3-1 conference record.

No. 10: Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars, No. 10 in the Week 7 NFL power rankings, will face the Tennessee Titans on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

    Jacksonville enters Monday’s contest having won two straight, holding a 3-1 conference mark, and are 1-0 in the division.

No. 9: Arizona Cardinals (3-2)

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    The Arizona Cardinals had a bye-week on Sunday, swinging into the Week 7 power rankings at No. 9.

    Arizona is 1-0 in divisional play and 2-1 in the conference.

No. 8: Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1)

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers garnered a 28-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon, jumping to No. 8 in this week’s NFL power rankings.

    Pittsburgh holds a 1-1 divisional record, while going 2-1 in conference play.

No. 7: Indianapolis Colts (3-2)

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    The Indianapolis Colts, currently in a Sunday night battle with the Washington Redskins, enter the Week 7 NFL power rankings at No. 7.

    Indianapolis went into this evening’s contest with a 2-2 conference mark and an 0-2 divisional record.

No. 6: Atlanta Falcons (4-2)

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    The Atlanta Falcons were spanked by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon, dropping the former top power ranked team to No. 6 in this week’s rankings.

    Atlanta is 3-1 in conference play, while going 1-0 in the division.

No. 5: Chicago Bears (4-2)

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    The Chicago Bears dropped a disappointing 23-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, bring the team down a few notches to No. 5 in the Week 7 NFL power rankings.

    Chicago is 2-0 in divisional play and holds a 4-2 conference mark.

No. 4: Baltimore Ravens (4-2)

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    The Baltimore Ravens nearly pulled off the impossible, only to fall 23-20 in overtime and drop to No. 4 in this week’s NFL power rankings.

    Baltimore is 4-2 in the conference, while going 2-1 in divisional play.

No. 3: New York Giants (4-2)

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    Eli Manning and the New York Giants cruised to a 28-20 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday to jump into the top three in the Week 7 NFL power rankings.

    The Giants have won three straight contests, going 3-0 in conference play and have yet to play a divisional game.

No. 2: New York Jets (4-1)

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    The New York Jets beat the Broncos 24-20 on Sunday afternoon in Denver, jumping the team to No. 2 in this week’s NFL power rankings.

    The Jets have won five consecutive games, holding a 3-0 divisional record and are 4-1 in conference play. 

No. 1: New England Patriots (4-1)

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    Tom Brady and the New England Patriots top out the Week 7 NFL power rankings, picking up a huge 23-20 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

    New England has won three straight matchups, going 2-1 in the division while garnering a 4-1 conference mark.


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