NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: The AFC Is a Lot Better Than the NFC

Jordan Schwartz@jordanharrisonSenior Writer IOctober 19, 2010

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 17:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers thows a fourth quarter pass while playing the Cleveland Browns on October 17, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 28-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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I can't remember the last time the balance of power in the NFL was shifted this heavily toward one conference.

The top five and eight of the top nine teams in my Power Rankings are members of the AFC.

And the numbers back it up.

The AFC has won 15 of 26 interconference meetings and all three one-loss teams in the league belong to that conference.

1. (2) Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1)

In his first game back from suspension, Ben Roethlisberger threw an early pick, but recovered to finish with three touchdowns and an impressive 112.7 QB rating. With their best offensive player back and a defense that allows a league-best 12 points per game, the Steelers are the team to beat right now.

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2. (3) New York Jets (5-1)

The Jets held one of the league's best passing teams to just 201 yards through the air. What's unusual, however, is that New York's rush defense, which is ranked fourth in the NFL, allowed the league's worst rush offense to accumulate 145 yards. Either way, it worked for the Jets.

3. (4) New England Patriots (4-1)

Without Randy Moss, the Patriots still put up 267 yards through the air against what was the second-best pass defense in the NFL en route to a comeback win in OT over the Ravens.

4. (1) Baltimore Ravens (4-2)

Despite winning time of possession and the turnover battle, the Ravens blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead.

5. (7) Indianapolis Colts (4-2)

Just when it looked like Peyton Manning would start getting some help from someone else on his offense, Joseph Addai suffered a shoulder injury.

6. (8) New York Giants (4-2)

When the Giants were 1-2, not many thought they'd be the best team in the NFC within three weeks. I'm not sure if that's a compliment to the G-Men or a commentary on the current state of that conference.

7. (9) Miami Dolphins (3-2)

The Dolphins are the only team in football to be undefeated on the road and winless at home. They face another stiff test in Miami when the Steelers come to town on Sunday. 

8. (10) Houston Texans (4-2)

The Texans have scored at least 10 points in the fourth quarter in four of their six games.

9. (11) Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)

The Chiefs were three-and-a-half minutes away from being 4-1 before they blew a 10-point lead.

10. (6) Chicago Bears (4-2)

How do you lose at home to a team that hasn't won out of division on the road in three years? Go 0-for-12 on third down.

11. (12) Washington Redskins (3-3)

Five of Washington's six games have been decided by six points or less.

12. (13) Green Bay Packers (3-3)

Over the past two weeks, the Packers have committed 16 penalties and have gone 5-for-26 on third down en route to back-to-back overtime losses.

13. (16) Philadelphia Eagles (4-2)

Kevin Kolb's coming out party included three touchdowns and 326 passing yards.

14. (5) Atlanta Falcons (4-2)

That was a pretty horrendous showing by the Falcons' defense in Philly.

15. (14) Arizona Cardinals (3-2)

Arizona will go at least a month between offensive touchdowns, but they are over .500.

16. (15) New Orleans Saints (4-2)

The Saints' four wins are over teams with a combined record of 6-15.

17. (20) Tennessee Titans (4-2)

Despite losing Vince Young to a sprained knee, the Titans crushed the Jags, 30-3, on Monday night.

18. (17) Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)

The Jags are averaging 30.3 points in their wins and 6.3 in their losses.

19. (18) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)

The Bucs can't run the ball and they can't stop the run. Never a good combination.

20. (19) Denver Broncos (2-4)

At least they got their ground game going.

21. (28) Seattle Seahawks (3-2)

The Seahawks went 21 days without an offensive touchdown before scoring three in Chicago.

22. (21) Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)

The bye week came at a bad time for the Bengals, who had an extra seven days to stew over that painful loss to the Bucs.

23. (25) Minnesota Vikings (2-3)

Minnesota won the Win or Forget About Your Playoff Chances game.

24. (24) Dallas Cowboys (1-4)

Dallas can forget about its playoff chances.

25. (26) Detroit Lions (1-5)

The Lions have lost a record-tying 24 consecutive road games.

26. (30) San Francisco 49ers (1-5)

The Niners may not be as bad as we first thought. All five of their losses have come to teams with winning records.

27. (22) Oakland Raiders (2-4)

Over the past five seasons, the Raiders are 8-27 on the road.

28. (27) St. Louis Rams (3-3)

The Rams have won three of four for the first time in three years.

29. (23) San Diego Chargers (2-4) 

The Chargers lead the AFC with 14 turnovers.

30. (29) Cleveland Browns (1-5)

Colt McCoy did pretty well considering his first pro start came against the most ferocious defense in the league.

31. (31) Carolina Panthers (0-5)

Carolina's 10.4 points per game are by far the fewest in the NFL.


32. (32) Buffalo Bills (0-5)

The Bills -74 point differential is the worst in football.

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