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2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 7

Updated on October 27, 2015

NFL Power Ranks Week 7

***SPOILER ALERT*** The top team all season, New England, survived a scare on Sunday to remained undefeated and once again top the rankings this week. ***SPOILER ALERT*** Carolina, the other undefeated team that played this weekend, also won which means there are still five undefeated teams as the calendar gets ready to turn to November. With all the uproar over the last 48 hours about spoiler alerts, or lack thereof, I figured I would give you all fair warning before telling you what happened on Sunday. Luckily for you I will stick to the NFL and not discuss The Walking Dead thought it was one hell of an episode.

1. New England Patriots (6-0) ~ For the first time in his storied career Tom Brady led the team in rushing. It may have been a modest 15 yards but it did the trick. The Pats survived a scare from the New York Jets and continue to reign supreme in these rankings. (Last Week's Rank 1)

2. Green Bay Packers (6-0) ~ Through six games it is James Starks, not Eddie Lacy, that leads the team in rushing. Regardless of who will get the carries this week they will have a tough time running the ball against Denver's stout defense. (LWR 2)

3. Cincinnati Bengals (6-0) ~ Sometimes when an NFL team has a bye week there isn't a lot to write about them. Maybe that's why there are articles pondering if Andy Dalton's new haircut has anything to do with his improved play this year. It's almost as if the author is writing something about nothing to just try and fill blank space on the page. I mean, who in their right mind would do something like that? I can't think of anyone. Nope. Nobody. Not one person. (LWR 3)

4. Denver Broncos (6-0) ~ Will this be the week that Ronnie Hillman takes the lead back role in Denver? He is averaging just under five yards per carry and has scored Denver's only two touchdowns on the ground thus far. C.J. Anderson, by comparison, is averaging under three yards per carry and has yet to even break off a run of 15 yards. (LWR 4)

5. Carolina Panthers (6-0) ~ Carolina has won 10 straight regular-season games which is a franchise-best. Their 6-0 start this year is also a club record. If they win again next week they will have equaled last season's win total. (LWR 5)

6. Arizona Cardinals (5-2) ~ The artist formerly known as CJ2K is alive and thriving in the desert. Johnson ripped off a 62-yard run Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens in which he appeared to be tackled but never touched the ground. He alertly took off once the would-be tackler let him go. That's why you always play until you hear that whistle. (LWR 6)

7. Atlanta Falcons (6-1) ~ In a game in which the offense mustered just 10 points the Falcons defense stepped up and held a Marcus Mariota-less Tennessee Titans squad to just 256 total yards. (LWR 7)

8. New York Jets (4-2) ~ If Brandon Marshall gets set on what ended up being the final play of the game maybe the Jets can pull of the upset. As it is they lost for the ninth time in their last ten against the division rival Patriots. (LWR 8)

9. Seattle Seahawks (3-4) ~ They held on to their fourth quarter lead for the first time in three weeks and basically manhandled San Francisco Thursday night. Still hard to believe that this deep into the season the Seahawks are in third place in the NFC West. (LWR 12)

10. Minnesota Vikings (4-2) ~ Sunday's win in Detroit was the first road divisional win for the Vikings in three years. Teddy Bridgewater's steady play and the return of Adrian Peterson to go along with a tough defense has the Vikes looking like a potential playoff contender. (LWR 13)

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) ~ Word on the street is that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may return to the lineup this weekend. Considering they are set to host the unbeaten Bengals it couldn't come at a better time. (LWR 9)

12. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) ~ Seven dropped passes including a crucial one on fourth down with two minutes to play did in the Eagles as their bid to hand Carolina their first loss came up short. They will have an extra week to try and fix those mistakes as Philly heads into their bye with a losing record. (LWR 10)

13. New York Giants (4-3) ~ Tom Coughlin became just the second coach in Giants history to reach 100 wins when New York defeated Dallas. The big play? Former Cowboy Dwayne Harris' 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Now that's some nice symmetry. (LWR 16)

14. St. Louis Rams (3-3) ~ Last week I told everyone to play Todd Gurley in their fantasy leagues. I hope you listened as he went off for 128 yards and his first two touchdowns. You're welcome. (LWR 18)

15. Indianapolis Colts (3-4) ~ The Colts are just 1-4 with Andrew Luck as their starter. I'm not saying they should play 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck but they need to figure out what is wrong with their franchise quarterback and they need to do it fast. (LWR 11)

16. Buffalo Bills (3-4) ~ When the Bills lost to Jacksonville this past Sunday they became a trivia answer to the question "Who lost the first NFL game that was broadcast primarily as a live stream?". Put that one in your back pocket for a few years. (LWR 14)

17. Oakland Raiders (3-3) ~ It was a silver and black attack in San Diego over the weekend. The Raiders jumped out to a 37-6 lead over their division rival Chargers before allowing them a big fourth quarter to make the score look more respectable. If it ain't the Raiders it ain't a team. (LWR 20)

18. New Orleans Saints (3-4) ~ The Saints took their 32nd ranked defense on the road and raced out to a 27-0 lead in Indianapolis before hanging on for a close victory. New Orleans has won three of four after being left for dead from a poor 0-3 start. (LWR 22)

19. Miami Dolphins (3-3) ~ Someone has awakened the Dolphins and that someone is interim head coach Dan Campbell. They have scored a whopping 82 points in the last two weeks en route to blowout wins. If they keep it rolling Thursday night against the Patriots they will officially be in playoff consideration. (LWR 24)

20. San Diego Chargers (2-5) ~ Philip Rivers is leading the NFL in yards passing but it isn't translating into wins. The two teams they've beaten thus far, Detroit and Cleveland, are a combined 3-11. (LWR 15)

21. Dallas Cowboys (2-4) ~ The Matt Cassel era in Dallas did not get off to a rosy start. He threw three interceptions and Dallas dropped their fourth straight without the injured Tony Romo. It's starting to look like a lost season in big D. (LWR 17)

22. Washington Redskins (3-4) ~ After falling behind 24-0 to lowly Tampa Bay at home it wouldn't have been a stretch to see Kirk Cousins take a seat on the bench. Instead he led his team back and pulled off the biggest comeback in the club's history. You like that? (LWR 23)

23. Cleveland Browns (2-5) ~ Gary Barnidge has emerged as a top receiving threat for a tight end. For the season he has just one fewer catch, 19 fewer yards and one fewer touchdown than Rob Gronkowski who is considered by many the best in the business. (LWR 19)

24. Kansas City Chiefs (2-5) ~ Charcandrick West, filling in for the injured Jamaal Charles, rushed for over 100 yards and his first career touchdown as the Chiefs ended their five-game losing streak with a win over the Steelers. The 1-5 hole may be too big to come back from but this team is better than their record would indicate. (LWR 28)

25. Houston Texans (2-5) ~ The quarterback controversy is officially over as Houston has released Ryan Mallett. The bigger loss in Houston is that of star running back Arian Foster who was lost for the year when he tore his achilles tendon during Sunday's blowout loss to Miami. (LWR 21)

26. Chicago Bears (2-4) ~ Safety Antrel Rolle could return to the lineup this week after missing the past two games with an ankle injury. His return would certainly boost a defense that has been porous at best. (LWR 27)

27. Detroit Lions (1-6) ~ Matthew Stafford and the Lions have the seventh best passing attack in the NFL. The problem with that is that most defenses can focus on the pass because the Lions have no running game to speak of averaging a league-worst 68 yards per game. (LWR 25)

28. San Francisco 49ers (2-5) ~ Torrey Smith, San Fran's big free agent acquisition during the offseason, has just 14 catches through seven games. Keenan Allen of the San Diego Chargers had 15 catches last week in Green Bay. Yikes. (LWR 26)

29. Baltimore Ravens (1-6) ~ Once again the Ravens lost a game by one score. Sometimes these games go your way and sometimes they don't but it's usually in a better ratio than Baltimore has experienced this year. (LWR 29)

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4) ~ For the third straight game Doug Martin has surpassed 100 yards rushing. That will help open things up for rookie quarterback Jameis Winston to get the ball to talented receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. (LWR 30)

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) ~ Allen Robinson is emerging as a legit threat from the wide receiver position. He is eighth in the NFL with 586 receiving yards and tied for first with six touchdowns. (LWR 32)

32. Tennessee Titans (1-5) ~ Since putting up 42 points in the season-opening win against Tampa Bay the Titans have topped 14 points in a game just once. That is not enough to win in today's NFL. (LWR 31)

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