NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Marcus Stroud Rates All 32 NFL Teams
I’m back to resume my duties here at B/R. This week I am gonna take a stab at ranking every NFL team from the bottom to the top. These are my opinions after sitting at home and watching the first six weeks of football. So let’s not waste any more time.
32. St. Louis Rams: This was a toss-up for me, because you have at least two more teams who are equally as bad. The Rams are averaging a lowly 10 points a game on offense, and they have no help at receiver, so defenses can continue to load the box against Steven Jackson, their only offensive weapon. Good news, though: if the Rams can turn it around and win seven games, they will make the playoffs.
31. Miami Dolphins: This is another team that happens to be without a victory. Quarterback Matt Moore was called upon to help the ‘Phins get their first victory Monday night, but thanks to some errant throws and numerous drops, the Dolphins remain near the bottom of the pile.
30. Indianapolis Colts: The Curtis Painter/Kerry Collins-led Colts just aren’t the same as Peyton Manning’s team, and we all know that. The Colts still play hard and show some fight but, without Manning, they are playing for the “Luck” of the draft.
29. Minnesota Vikings: Watching them play last week was dreadful. It was amazing to see how many balls came up short or in the turf at receivers’ feet. The Vikings will try Christian Ponder this week to try and get a spark. They still have a decent defense and AP, so hand the ball to him and let Ponder manage the game. Plus, Peterson is on my fantasy team and I could use the points!
28. Jacksonville Jaguars: After trying Luke McCown as their starting QB, the Jags quickly handed the keys over to rookie QB Blaine Gabbert. The only problem with that is the Jaguars only have two weapons: MJD and Marcedes Lewis. Hopefully the return of Mike Sims-Walker will spark some excitement in the Jags’ O. Right now, they are just plain BORING!
27. Arizona Cardinals: They’re coming off of a bye week and a loss to Minnesota. Hopefully, the week has given the Cards a chance to come back healthy and play better when they face Pittsburgh.
26. Denver Broncos: It’s Tebow Time! We will finally see if the Man—not the Myth—can actually play in the NFL. Question: Where is Brady Quinn?
25. Carolina Panthers: They’re one of my favorite teams to watch right now. They are competitive and exciting. Too bad that hasn’t equated to many wins. Once they find their running game, this team will rack up a few wins sooner rather than later.
24. Cleveland Browns: The Browns have a few pieces in place to make a run in the future, but they should play Hillis. NOW!! He’s the best thing they have.
23. Washington Redskins: After a strong start, turnovers have been the downfall of these guys lately. The ‘Skins began the season running the ball, making smart, safe throws and securing the ball. Rex Grossman then returned to being Rex Grossman and the turnovers started piling up. Next up: John Beck.
22. Seattle Seahawks: The offense was finally able to get Marshawn Lynch going, and it resulted in a win. Will they continue to unleash “Beast-mode” on opposing defenses?
21. Dallas Cowboys: Well, at least it wasn’t Romo’s fault this time.
20. Philadelphia Eagles: The “Dream Team” is back after snapping a four-game losing streak. With a bye this week, expect the Eagles to get some bodies healthy and the chemistry to be a little bit better. At least it better be.
19. Kansas City Chiefs: After a slow start, the Chiefs are coming off their bye week at 2-3. They will face a Raiders team that just acquired Carson Palmer, a QB who hasn’t played in months. The Chiefs will have a good chance to move to 3-3 this week.
18. Chicago Bears: Matt Forte and the running game are keeping the Bears in the hunt. Will that be enough against Tampa?
17. Houston Texans: Injuries are making this team fall further down in the rankings. Getting Andre Johnson back this week would go a long way towards helping the Texans’ cause against a stout Tennessee Titans defense.
16. Atlanta Falcons: After winning last week, the Falcons face a huge test in the Detroit Lions. This is a must-win for the Falcons, and the Lions are still a little testy after losing to the 49ers. This will be a good one!
15. New York Jets: Defense wins games. Darrelle Revis made sure of that. When Sanchez begins to hit his offensive weapons, the Jets will quickly fly up this list.
14. Tennessee Titans: The Titans are coming off a bye week and, if they find a way to get Chris Johnson going, they could be dangerous. If they can beat Houston this weekend, the Titans will be running the AFC South.
13. Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton and A.J. Green have the Bengals sitting at 4-2. ENOUGH SAID!
12. New York Giants: The Giants found their running game and a constant path to the quarterback last Sunday, allowing them to edge the Bills. Getting healthy over the bye week is going to be really important for the G-men.
11. Buffalo Bills: Sitting at 4-2, the Buffalo Bills get a week to kick themselves for letting another close one get away. They could easily be sitting at 6-0 right now, losing two
games by a combined total of six points. The defense gets on track after the bye and the Bills will make a run.
10. Oakland Raiders: The boys in silver and black are coming off a win versus Cleveland. And that’s just the beginning: they also acquired Carson Palmer from the Bengals. The Raiders are really trying to “Just Win” and they are trying to do it sooner than later.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Coming off of a huge win versus the Saints, the Bucs lead the NFC South.
8. Detroit Lions: The Lions fell short in their comeback attempt against the 49ers. Let’s see how these young Lions bounce back this week against the Falcons.
7. New Orleans Saints: What’s the best remedy for a tough loss? The Indianapolis Colts! Drew Brees will get the Saints back on track this week with a lop-sided win.
6. San Francisco 49ers: Who’s got it better than us? No one! The 49ers are riding high after handing Detroit their first lost of the season. The question is: when will the real Alex Smith show up? I hope he doesn’t, because I love this Alex Smith. I hope he’s here to stay.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are coming off of a victory over Jacksonville. Like them or not, they just find a way to win. That will probably continue this week over the Cardinals.
4. San Diego Chargers: After the verbal sparring between Rex Ryan and Norv Turner this week, expect a physical game with both coaches trying to prove a point. I think the Chargers may move up on my list after this game.
3. Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens are sitting pretty after beating the Texans last week.The next test will be the Jaguars on Monday night. I think that the Ravens will pass this test with flying colors.
2. New England Patriots: They go into the bye week at 5-1 and in sole control of the AFC East. Tom Brady is still the best quarterback in the NFL, and the Patriots’ defense has finally started to gel. This could pose problems for the Steelers when they face each other after the bye.
1. Green Bay Packers: Tom Brady is the best QB in the NFL, and Aaron Rodgers is the best overall player in the NFL—hands down. It’s almost scary how good these guys are right now. I’m sorry that Christian Ponder will make his NFL debut against Clay Matthews and a swarming Packers’ defense. Expect the Packers to enjoy this spot for at least another week.
Well, that’s it for me. Catch you next week, and don’t forget to follow me on twitter@marcusstroud99!
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