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My 2017 NFL Power Rankings Week Seven

Updated on October 26, 2017

NFL Power Rankings

At this point in the year teams have played six or seven games which means we are nearing the halfway point. It also means we kind of have an idea of which teams will be making a serious run at the Super Bowl, and which will be in the running for the number one overall pick in next year’s draft. We have a big bye week looming with six teams getting a break from the action, but don’t worry, there won’t be a break from power rankings.

1. New England Patriots (5-2) ~ Well, that Super Bowl rematch was a dud. Tom Brady and the Patriots nearly shut out Matt Ryan and the Falcons and the game was never in doubt. To me, right now, the Patriots are the class of the AFC. (Last Week’s Ranking 2)

2. Philadelphia Eagles (6-1) ~ They have the best record in the NFL. Second year quarterback Carson Wentz leads the league in touchdown passes (19) and, after last night’s victory over Washington, they have a stranglehold on the NFC East. Injuries could slow them down, however, as they lost all-world left tackle Jason Peters to a season-ending knee injury and linebacker Jordan Hicks is also done for the year with a ruptured achilles. For now though, the Eagles are the cream of the crop in the NFC. (LWR 3)

3. Seattle Seahawks (4-2) ~ It’s nice to be 4-2, but three of those wins have come against the 49ers, Colts and Giants who are a combined 3-18. Not exactly world beaters. If they can contain the electric Deshaun Watson on Sunday I’ll once again start to believe Seattle is a team to fear. (LWR 4)

4. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) ~ From 5-0 to 5-2 the Chiefs now look a bit vulnerable. Defensive penalties at the end of the game continued to give Oakland untimed downs which eventually spelled doom for the Chiefs. I’ve said before that losing a close divisional road game on a short week isn’t the worst thing to happen. Now, if they lose their upcoming divisional home game after a long week, I’ll have to re-evaluate how I evaluate Kansas City. (LWR 1)

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) ~ If the playoffs ended today the Steelers would be the top seed in the AFC. Couple that with Philly leading the NFC and it’s a good time to be a football fan in Pennsylvania. Unless of course your name is Martavis Bryant. For whatever reason the wideout wants out of Pittsburgh. It’s not every day you hear a player publicly talk about wanting to leave best team in the conference. (LWR 5)

6. Los Angeles Rams (5-2) ~ They’ve scored the most points in the league (more than 30 per game) and have the biggest point differential in the league as well (+74). Things are looking good for the Rams out in L.A. as they head into their bye week atop the NFC West. (LWR 8)

7. Minnesota Vikings (5-2) ~ That’s three straight wins for the Vikes and now they get to fly to London to play the winless Browns. I think it’s safe to say they will carry a four-game win streak into their bye week. The NFC North is theirs to lose at the moment. (LWR 9)

8. Dallas Cowboys (3-3) ~ It seems like every week I talk about Ezekiel Elliott here and that may be lazy. But, really, when you talk about Dallas you HAVE to talk about their stud running back. Especially when said stud running back goes off for 219 yards from scrimmage and finds the end zone three times. Elliott will be available to play this coming weekend before potentially having his suspension re-instated. (LWR 12)

9. New Orleans Saints (4-2) ~ I didn’t think I’d have them this high, but when you look around the league, who else is there? New Orleans has ripped off four straight wins and they look like the best team in the NFC South. As long as Drew Brees is out there I won’t count them out. But I’m not counting on them either. (LWR 15)

10. Atlanta Falcons (3-3) ~ Last year Matty Ice threw 38 touchdowns and just seven interceptions en route to being named the league MVP. This year is just the opposite as he has just seven touchdowns and six picks in only six games. We all thought the offense might take a step back when coordinator Kyle Shanahan left to be the head coach in San Francisco. We didn’t think they’d take ten steps back. (LWR 6)

11. Houston Texans (3-3) ~ Deshaun Watson has been a joy to watch, so it was a bit sad to go a week without him as Houston enjoyed their bye. At least I hope they enjoyed it. What do players actually do on their bye week? Anyway, I bet they enjoyed it more than they will their upcoming trip to Seattle. Unless they’re big coffee drinkers. Who knows? What I do know is this. Watson versus the Seahawks defense is must see TV. Mark. It. Down. (LWR 14)

12. Washington Redskins (3-3) ~ Kirk Cousins threw for over 300 yards and three scores on the road in a divisional game, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Eagles. After sweeping Philly the past two seasons, Washington done got swept this time around. Cousins is now 0-6 on Monday nights. (LWR 11)

13. Carolina Panthers (4-3) ~ Christian McCaffrey was drafted as a running back who could do it all. Run. Catch. Return. You name it. So far, the Panthers have relied on him in the passing game. Heavily. McCaffrey’s 59 targets through seven games are the most for a running back in the 26 years of data out there. He’s hauling them in too as he leads the team with 44 receptions. (LWR 7)

14. Buffalo Bills (4-2) ~ When Buffalo traded away Sammy Watkins it was easy to wonder just who on the Bills could step up in the wide receiver department. Jordan Matthews has been hurt, but he leads the team’s wide receivers with 12 catches. 12! Rookie Zay Jones has hauled in just seven of his 32 targets which is unacceptable. The team is built on running the ball and defense, but at some point, a receiver has to step up and catch the ball. (LWR 17)

15. Denver Broncos (3-3) ~ Is it time to sound the alarm in Denver? Probably. They still boast one of the better defenses in the league, but the offense has been brutal since starting the season 2-0. In their last four games Denver has failed to top 16 points and it’s no surprise they went 1-3 in those contests. Trevor Siemian is simply not getting it done. Why they aren’t handing the ball off to C.J. Anderson is beyond me. (LWR 10)

16. Detroit Lions (3-3) ~ Golden Tate is still reeling, even with a bye week to aid his recovery, so the Lions will look to Marvin Jones as their number one wideout Sunday. Jones hauled in 12 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown over the past two games. He’s certainly capable of being that guy. Will he be able to step up as the Lions try to avoid falling below .500? (LWR 16)

17. Oakland Raiders (3-4) ~ Heading into Thursday night’s game against the Chiefs Amari Cooper was averaging three catches for 26 yards per game with just one total touchdown. Excuse all of us, fantasy players included, who did not see Thursday’s offensive explosion coming. Cooper went off for 210 yards on 11 catches and found himself in the end zone twice. Could this be a sign the star receiver is back to form? (LWR 18)

18. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-3) ~ It’s either the Hyde week or the Jekyll week. Still haven’t figured out which is which. Sure, I can Google it, but where’s the fun in that? Anyway, they won last week so I expect a clunker this time out. (LWR 20)

19. Green Bay Packers (4-3) ~ Hoo boy. Brett Hundley’s debut was, well, not very good. He had just 87 yards passing in Lambeau against the Saints. It really wasn’t a bad match-up. Hundley gets another week to acclimate himself as the Packers are on a bye, but he will need to be better if Green Bay wants to find themselves in the playoffs for the ninth straight year. (LWR 13)

20. Los Angeles Chargers (3-4) ~ The Chargers are winning, Kansas City and Denver are losing. Oakland just snapped their long losing streak. Things aren’t that bad for L.A. after an 0-4 start to the season. Oh, wait, up next is a trip to Foxborough to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots. Maybe I spoke too soon about things being not that bad. (LWR 26)

21. Miami Dolphins (4-2) ~ When Ryan Tannehill was lost for the year the Dolphins could have easily turned to backup Matt Moore. They didn’t. They went and brought Jay Cutler out of retirement. Now Cutler has multiple cracked ribs and the Dolphins will turn to Moore for Thursday’s game in Baltimore. For some reason I have a feeling they will be better with Moore than Cutler. We won’t have long to wait to find out. (LWR 25)

22. Cincinnati Bengals (2-4) ~ I want to believe. I really do. The Bengals just haven’t shown much reason for me to believe this year. If they’re going to do it, they need to do it quickly and a slate of games against the AFC South might help. They play the Colts, Jags and Titans over the next three weeks. They can win all of those games. If they do, they’ll be back over .500 and have a shot. If not, well, it might be Marvin Lewis’ swan song in Cincy. (LWR 19)

23. Tennessee Titans (4-3) ~ They played four and a half quarters against the winless Browns and could not find the end zone. Not once. Couple that with a Delanie Walker injury and the Titans could be in trouble. I thought they would win the AFC South handily before the season started. Now I’m not so sure. (LWR 21)

24. Chicago Bears (3-4) ~ Mitchell Trubisky completed just four passes on Sunday. The Bears had just five first downs in the game. They also won by double digits. How? Two defensive scores and otherwise stifling defense as they allowed Carolina just a field goal. I think Chicago has another upset or two ahead of them this year. I know I wouldn’t want to face these Bears. (LWR 28)

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4) ~ The NFC South is flush with star quarterbacks, and it is Tampa’s Jameis Winston who heads the league’s top aerial attack. Part of that is the Bucs need to keep scoring as their defense has given up 30 or more points in half of their games thus far. Up next is a must-win against Carolina in their first divisional game of the year. (LWR 23)

26. Baltimore Ravens (3-4) ~ Baltimore has scored just one offensive touchdown in the past two and a half games. That…..isn’t going to get it done in the NFL. They’ll need to figure something out, anything really, on that side of the ball if they have any chance of saving their season. (LWR 24)

27. New York Jets (3-4) ~ Josh McCown has thrown multiple touchdowns in each of his last three games, although two of those were one score losses to divisional opponents. That said, McCown is 38 years old and is not the future answer at the position. Maybe if the Jets lose a few more we will see Christian Hackenberg who has yet to throw a pass this season. (LWR 27)

28. Arizona Cardinals (3-4) ~ Boy, you have to feel bad for Arizona. Just a week after finding their running game with the newly acquired Adrian Peterson, Arizona sees their quarterback Carson Palmer suffer a broken arm. He is most likely lost for the year. I don’t know what the Cardinals did to deserve this, but the football gods are really sticking it to them. (LWR 22)

29. New York Giants (1-6) ~ The good news for the Giants is that they won’t lose this weekend. New York is on a bye. The bad news? They’ll go on the road to L.A. to face the league’s highest scoring offense in their next game. Can you say 1-7? (LWR 30)

30. Indianapolis Colts (2-5) ~ The Colts were shut out for the first time since 1993. That, in and of itself, is astonishing. In the Fall of 1993 I was in fourth grade. What were you doing? (LWR 29)

31. San Francisco 49ers (0-7) ~ Last week I mentioned that the 49ers were the first team in NFL history to lose five straight games by three points or less. They put an end to that streak on Sunday and not in the way they, or their fans, had hoped. San Fran had their doors blown off by Dallas in a 40-10 loss. Things won’s get easier this week as they travel to the east coast to take on Philadelphia and the best record in football. (LWR 31)

32. Cleveland Browns (0-7) ~ Oooooh they almost had it! They nearly picked up their first win of the season against the Titans Sunday afternoon. The bigger loss, however, is left tackle Joe Thomas who tore his triceps and will miss the rest of the season. That’s 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas who had not missed a snap in his NFL career until that injury. Get well soon Joe. (LWR 32)

That's all she wrote folks. Or that's all I wrote. He. I brought this on myself didn't I.....Anyway.... Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave them right here. Or if that's not good enough you can follow/harass me on Twitter. Handle is in my profile. It wouldn't be the biggest waste of your time.

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