NFL Week 7 Power Rankings: Pitsburgh Steelers At the Top of the Pile
Everyone else has one of these, so why can't I write one here? Now for the first edition of our NFL Power rankings.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers 4-1: With Ben Roethlisberger back and a top-five defense, the Steelers arguably have the most complete team in the NFL. You can be sure the rest of the league trembled at the site of Roethlisberger throwing for three touchdowns after missing an entire month.
2. New York Jets 5-1: The Jets have somewhat a mark of a champion, and that is winning when your starting quarterback doesn't play well. Mark Sanchez threw two interceptions in Denver, but they have other players they can depend on to win them games.
3. Baltimore Ravens 4-2: The Ravens would be in the top slot if they had held on and won in New England. Joe Flacco continues to settle in with some consistent play, but it's not yet raising any eyebrows.
4. New Orleans Saints 4-2: After coming off a poor performance in Arizona, the Saints surprised us all by blowing out their division foe, Tampa Bay. Showing that they can still blow out teams with all of their injury problems also helps.
5. New York Giants 4-2: The Giants have 15 sacks in their last three games. Add that with a powerful running attack with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs and you have a top-five team in the NFL.
6 Indianapolis Colts 4-2: The Colts are probably the deepest team on offense in the entire league. Their top-three wide receivers can start for almost any of the 32 teams.
7. Tennessee Titans 4-2: The Titans were able to flex both their offensive and defensive muscles on Monday night against Jacksonville. Add that with the most physical defense in the league, and you can contend with the top tier of the AFC.
8. Atlanta Falcons 4-2: At times this team shows that it deserves to be mentioned in or around the top-five, but then they go into places like Philadelphia and get pummeled.
9. Chicago Bears 4-2: Nobody should lose at home to an NFC West team. Maybe Jay Cutler wasn't really ready to come back from his concussion?
10. New England Patriots 4-1: Sometimes you just can't count this team out, even after they deal their top receiver. They have major questions on both sides of the ball, yet still pull out tight wins like over Baltimore on Sunday.
11. Philadelphia Eagles 4-2: Maybe Andy Reid has finally realized that Kevin Kolb is THEIR quarterback and that Michael Vick ISN'T a quarterback. IF they can manage some wins without DeSean Jackson they will be in the top 10 soon.
12 Green Bay Packers 3-3: The Packers probably have the most dire situation in football. Aaron Rodgers is banged up, Ryan Grant done for the year, Jermicheal Finley done for the year and Clay Matthews missed Sunday's game. This team's expectations went from Super Bowl, straight to possibly missing the playoffs.
13. Houston Texans 4-2: I was sold on this team for about the first week of the season. Their defense is porous and DeMeco Ryans just tore his Achilles' tendon.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-2: It was very disappointing that they couldn't hang with the Saints this week. They couldn't hang with Pittsburgh either. The Bucs are on a free fall.
15. Kansas City Chiefs 3-2: The Chiefs had a win in hand in Houston, and a spot in the top 10 as well. Not sold on this team at all anymore.
16. Miami Dolphins 3-2: Just came off a huge win in overtime over Green Bay. Might be catching fire. Chad Henne keeps improving every week and their special teams seems to be fixed for now. Should play Pittsburgh tough this week.
17. Arizona Cardinals 3-2: Just had their bye week, but they are coming off of a huge win over the defending champions. Max Hall might have a little rookie magic going.
18. Washington Redskins 3-3: Dropped interceptions, Albert Haynesworth and throwing deep on fourth down is enough to put the 'Skins 18th.
19. Seattle Seahawks 3-2: The Seahawks have had a few impressive wins so far, including on Sunday over the Bears. Pete Carroll has this team going in the right direction. Earl Thomas is a big-time player and Marshawn Lunch just might revive his career.
20. San Diego Chargers 2-4: In the words of Vince Lombardi, what the hell is going on out there? Special teams is atrocious, Antonio Gates is now injured and Philip Rivers is tending to turn the ball over. It's alright though, Norv Turner is taking full responsibility.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-3: The Jags just got punked on national television on Monday, and their starting quarterback left the game with an injury. Maybe Josh Scobee can nail a couple more 62-yard field goals.
22. Minnesota Vikings 2-3: The Vikes are the victor of the panic bowl with the Cowboys. Brett Favre's elbow tendinitis is painfully obvious and effecting his throws. Who knows what happens if he doesn't miss a wide-open Percy Harvin last week in New York.
23. Denver Broncos 2-4: Kyle Orton is second in the league in passing yards (1,942), but injuries to the backfield and defense are holding this team back. Luckily their division is weak.
24. Cincinnati Bengals 2-3: One thing: Carson Palmer NEVER was the quarterback that everyone said he was.
25. Dallas Cowboys 1-4: The loser of the panic bowl. When you don't learn from your past mistakes and continue to commit stupid penalties after big plays, then you earn records similar to the one you have now.
26. Saint Louis Rams 3-3: Sam Bradford is playing like he belongs in the NFL. Mark Clayton is on the IR, but Steven Jackson is playing like his old self.
27. Oakland Raiders 2-4: Al Davis is still insane.
28. Detroit Lions 1-5: In order for the Lions to rise a bit more, they need Matthew Stafford to get healthy and return to the lineup.
29. Cleveland Browns 1-5: Colt McCoy is this team's only bright spot, but a huge bright spot nonetheless.
30. San Francisco 49ers 1-5: Got their first win over the Raiders. Now, they only need about nine or 10 more to fulfill their owner's prophecy.
31. Carolina Panthers 0-5: Probably the only team that doesn't know how to use its personnel. RUN THE BALL!!!
32. Buffalo Bills 0-5: Any chance of still moving to Toronto?
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