NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Predicting Final Records for All 32 Teams

James TateAnalyst IIIOctober 18, 2011

NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Predicting Final Records for All 32 Teams

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    We have now completed six weeks of the NFL season.  There is still a lot of football left to be played, but the Green Bay Packers have separated themselves from the rest of the field.  They occupy the top spot in this week's power rankings.

    The biggest surprise so far has to be the 5-1 San Francisco 49ers.  They got a huge win this week against the Detroit Lions.

    Click through for this week's power rankings and a prediction for each team's final record.

1. Green Bay Packers

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    The defending champs are clearly the best team in the NFL right now.  They are looking like a team poised to make a run at 16-0.

    No one in the NFL is playing better than Aaron Rodgers.  He is on his way to an MVP season. 

    The only question for their offense is how the passing game holds up when the weather turns bad.

    16-0 is a tough feat.  The Packers still have a trips to San Diego and New York plus two games with the Lions on their schedule.  They probably do not win all 16, but they will come really close.

    Final record: 14-2

2. New England Patriots

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    Tom Brady once again has the Patriots playing about as well as anyone in the NFL. 

    Their offense is just as good as the Packers, but the Patriots have some serious questions on defense.  They are giving up more than 322 yards per game through the air.

    Brady is good enough to carry this team to victory, even with the defensive issues, against anyone in the league except Green Bay.

    Final record: 13-3

3. Baltimore Ravens

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    The Ravens are winning games on the strength of a good defense and a good running game.

    Baltimore ranks third in the league in total yards allowed, seventh in the league in passing yards allowed, third in the league in rushing yards allowed and first in the league in points allowed.

    The one weakness they have is Joe Flacco.  He has played well enough, but he still has not proven he can win a game if someone shuts down the rushing attack.

    Final record: 13-3

4. San Diego Chargers

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    The Chargers have not been that impressive this year, but they just keep winning football games.  Their only loss came against the second best team in football.

    They play in a division that is pretty weak.  The only tough competition they will face in the AFC West is the Raiders.

    They do have some tough games left on their schedule, but they should still win the division pretty easily.

    Final record: 11-5

5. San Francisco 49ers

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    The 49ers are one of the biggest surprises of the 2011 NFL Season. 

    They benefit from playing in a weak division, but they proved on Sunday that they can stay on the field with the better teams in the league.

    If they are going to win in the playoffs, they are going to have to get better play from Alex Smith, but their rushing game and defense are good enough to win them an NFC West title.

    Final record: 10-6

6. Detroit Lions

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    The Lions have a high powered offense that is going to keep them in a lot of games.

    The concern in Detroit is how they will fare down the stretch if teams can limit their passing attack.  They do not run the ball very well.

    Stopping the run is also a concern for the Lions.  They are currently giving up 129.5 yards per game.  That number has to come down for them to be an elite team.

    Final Record: 11-5

7. New Orleans Saints

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    The Saints take a tumble in this week's power rankings after their loss in Tampa.

    New Orleans has some issues on defense, but they will still win double-digit games as long as Drew Brees is under center. 

    Look for them to get back on track this week against the Colts.

    Final record: 11-5

8. New York Giants

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    The Giants bounced back from an embarrassing loss against Seattle with a win over Buffalo.

    The biggest concern for New York is that they are giving up 24.5 points per game. 

    Their offense is good, but they are going to need to get that defense fixed with games left against teams like Green Bay, Dallas and New Orleans.

    Final Record: 10-6

9. Buffalo Bills

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    The Bills came back to Earth a little bit this week with a loss to the Giants.

    Buffalo has some bad numbers on defense.  They rank 29th or worse in total yards per game, rushing yards per game and passing yards per game allowed.  That suggests that the 4-2 record is not an accurate reflection of how good they are.

    Final record: 9-7

10. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Two weeks ago the Steelers were left for dead.  Now they are looking like a team that will be in the hunt after wins over Tennessee and Jacksonville.

    They have a good match-up this week against the Cardinals before the Patriots come to town the next week.

    Final record: 10-6

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    The Buccaneers bounced back from a horrific loss last week for a nice win this week against the Saints.

    The most important thing from that game was Josh Freeman finally looked like the quarterback he was last year.  They are going to need him to play well if they are going to make a playoff push.

    Final record: 9-7

12. Cincinnati Bengals

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    The Bengals are a quiet 4-2.

    Cincinnati still has the toughest part of their schedule remaining with four games left against the Ravens and Steelers.  They are much improved over last season but still not good enough to finish ahead of those two teams.

    Final record: 9-7

13. Tennessee Titans

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    The Titans have been a surprise to a lot of people.  They play in an AFC South that is wide open this season.

    The biggest question in Tennessee is whether or not Matt Hasselbeck can keep playing as well as he has.  If he does, they will win the division going away.

    We will know a lot more about this team after this week's game at home against the Texans.

    Final record: 10-6

14. Oakland Raiders

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    It appears that Jason Campbell is going to miss the rest of the season after breaking his collarbone on Sunday.  That is a huge blow to the Raiders who were looking like a team that could push the Chargers for the AFC West title.

    They still have Darren McFadden, so they will win some games, but the injury to Campbell takes them out of the playoff race.

    Final record: 8-8

15. Atlanta Falcons

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    The Falcons were a hot pick to challenge the Packers before the season started.  We have not seen that team through the first five weeks.

    Matt Ryan has not become the elite quarterback that they Falcons need him to be yet.  They will be a middle of the pack team until he does.

    They get another tough test in Week 7 when they head to Detroit.  

    Final record: 9-7

16. Chicago Bears

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    The Bears seem to still be struggling to find an identity.  Mike Martz wants to throw the ball 50 times a game, but they are actually a better team when Jay Cutler hands it to Matt Forte.

    Their defense is still good, but it is not the dominating unit that it was in years past.

    They currently sit at 3-3 and look to be a .500 team. 

    Final record: 8-8

17. New York Jets

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    Rex Ryan set expectations really high for his team before the season.  So far they have not lived up to the bar he set.

    The real surprise has been the rush defense.  They are giving up over 130 yards per game on the ground.  That is not going to be good enough on a team that needs the defense to carry it because the offense is not very good.

    Final record: 9-7

18. Washington Redskins

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    The real Rex Grossman finally showed himself with four picks against the Eagles.

    The Washington defense is good enough to win some games.  That is good because it is going to be tough to win many more games with Grossman or John Beck.

    Final record: 7-9

19. Houston Texans

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    For the fifth straight year, this was the year the Texans were finally going to break through and make the playoffs.  They got off to a good start at 3-1.

    Now they have lost their last two and look like the perennial .500 Texans teams.  Do they have enough to go into Tennessee this week and take command of the AFC South?  

    Final record: 8-8

20. Dallas Cowboys

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    The Cowboys just cannot seem to get it together.  They had a chance to really solidify themselves as a contender in New England on Sunday but could not get it done.

    They can throw the ball all over the field but cannot run it at all.  It is tough to win games with an offense that is one-dimensional.

    Final record: 8-8

21. Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Eagles are going to play much better down the stretch, but it will not be enough for them to make the playoffs after their slow start.

    They are a team no one is going to want to see on their schedule in the last six weeks. 

    Final record: 8-8

22. Cleveland Browns

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    The Browns are another team people had high hopes for heading into the season.  They have not been very good so far.

    Part of the reason they have struggled is because of injuries to Peyton Hillis.  They need him for their offense to be productive, and his status for Week 7 is up in the air with a hamstring injury.

    Final record: 6-10

23. Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Chiefs hopes to return to the playoffs took a huge blow when Jamaal Charles was lost for the season with a torn ACL, but they are still in the hunt.

    A win this week in Oakland would set up a huge game the following week against the AFC West leading Chargers.

    Final record: 6-10

24. Carolina Panthers

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    There is a lot to be encouraged about for the future in Carolina, but it is still going to take some time for it to come together.  

    The Panthers do have a couple of winnable games that could give them momentum heading into their Week 9 bye.

    Final record: 6-10

25. Seattle Seahawks

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    The Seahawks eliminated half of the nation last week in their survivor leagues with the win over the Giants.

    That is going to be as good as it gets for Seattle.  They are not very good and do not have many winnable games left on their schedule—of course no one expected them to beat the Giants either.

    Final record: 5-11

26. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The Jaguars put up a nice effort against the Steelers last week and fell just short.

    They are taking their lumps with rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert this year in hopes of it paying off in the long run.  It will be interesting to see if Jack Del Rio can keep his job after another disappointing season.

    Final record: 3-13

27. Arizona Cardinals

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    It is a tough year for the teams in the NFC West.  They drew two of the better divisions in football having to play the teams in the AFC North and the NFC East.

    That is especially tough on a Cardinals team that just is not very good.  They will find a couple of wins in games against the Rams and Seahawks, but it is hard to see them rising up and beating a contender.

    Final record: 3-13

28. Denver Broncos

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    It is finally Tim Tebow time in Denver.  The organization congratulated him on the starting job by shipping his best weapon, Brandon Lloyd, to the Rams for a conditional sixth round pick.  That was nice of them.

    They are going to need to rely heavily on the mystical "Tebow Will" to get them wins down the stretch.

    Final record: 4-12

29. Minnesota Vikings

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    It has to be tough for Adrian Peterson to be on such a bad football team.  

    They are going to have to turn to Christian Ponder eventually.  The problem is he has not looked very good in his early chances.  

    Would the Vikings take Andrew Luck if presented with the opportunity?  We might get a chance to find out.

    Final record: 2-14

30. St. Louis Rams

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    The Rams made a move this week to re-unite Brandon Lloyd with Josh McDaniels.  Lloyd put up Pro Bowl numbers under McDaniels in 2010.

    That move finally gives Sam Bradford a viable weapon, but it will not make much of a difference in the win column this season.

    Final record: 3-13

31. Indianapolis Colts

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    It is amazing what a difference one player can make to a team.  This is pretty much the same bunch that won the AFC South with Peyton Manning under center last season.

    The Colts will not be favored in any of their remaining games except maybe the one at home against the Jaguars in Week 10.

    The Colts are another team that will be faced with a dilemma if they have the first pick in the 2012 draft.  Do they pull the trigger on Andrew Luck and let him learn under Manning for a couple of years?  That thought scares the rest of the AFC South to death.

    Final record: 2-14

32. Miami Dolphins

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    The Dolphins are a historically bad football team.  There is no way Tony Sparano survives this season because the only game the Dolphins have much of a chance to win is next week when the Broncos come to Miami.

    If they do not win that one, they could be the second team in NFL history to go 0-16.

    Final record: 1-15