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Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

Updated on October 30, 2012

Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

Order. It seems to have been restored. Only two of the top 10 teams lost this past week and that was due to head-to-head matchups. Not too shabby. The Atlanta Falcons remain perched atop the standings during their bye but will face a tough Philadelphia Eagles team that doesn't seem to lose after a bye under Andy Reid. They will, however, be going with a new defensive coordinator as Juan Castillo was let going during the off week. Will the defense have enough to stop the Falcons high powered attack or will Matty Ice, a native of the Philadelphia area, keep the Falcons undefeated season alive?

1. Atlanta Falcons (6-0) I sort of covered this in the intro. In a battle of the birds the Falcons take their undefeated season and top ranking into Philly to face the floundering Eagles. (Last Week's Rank 1)

2. Houston Texans (6-1) The Texans are well on their way to a number one overall seed in the AFC as they dismantled their next closest foe, Baltimore, over the weekend. (LWR 3)

3. New York Giants (5-2) Robert Griffin III led the Redskins to a go ahead touchdown in the final minutes of their game against the G-Men over the weekend. The problem with that was leaving too much time on the clock for the two-minute man (HA!) himself Mr. Eli Manning. Giants are clicking on all cylinders. (LWR 4)

4. Chicago Bears (5-1) The Bears are allowing a mere 13 points per game. If that isn't championship caliber I am not sure what is. The Bears did get a scare Monday night when Ndamukong Suh unleashed his fury on Jay Cutler. (LWR 5)

5. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) With a bye this week the Ravens will look to regroup after a shellacking in Houston, their first ever loss to the Texans. (LWR 2)

6. San Francisco 49ers (5-2) Vernon Davis has only three catches for 37 yards over the last two games. The Niners will need to get him more involved to keep this offense going. (LWR 6)

7. New England Patriots (4-3) It came down to the wire but the Brady Bunch escaped with a huge division win over the New York Jets. They sit alone atop the AFC East as one of only three teams with a winning record in the conference. (LWR 7)

8. Green Bay Packers (4-3) Aaron Rodgers has been playing like a man possessed since that loss to Indianapolis three weeks ago. In his last two games he has thrown for 680 yards and nine scores. The MVP is back in form. (LWR 8)

9. Minnesota Vikings (5-2) Christian Ponder threw for 58 yards and two interceptions. And the Vikings won. Winning an ugly game like this is a positive sign for Minnesota. (LWR 9)

10. Seattle Seahawks (4-3) Losing by a touchdown to San Fran is nothing to be ashamed of. They remain in my top 10. (LWR 10)

11. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) A team shouldn't move up when they have a bye week should they? Eh, in this instance yes. But don't get used to seeing that from me. (LWR 12)

12. Denver Broncos (3-3) So I lied. The Broncos also move up in a bye week. That is largely due to the Arizona Cardinals stinking it up and dropping their third straight game. (LWR 13)

13. Arizona Cardinals (4-3) From 4-0 to 4-3 the Cardinals season seems to be slipping away. They host division leading San Fran on Monday night in a pivotal NFC West showdown. (LWR 11)

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) They picked up their first road win of the season by squeaking by Cincinnati and reclaimed second place in the AFC North in the process. Coupld that with a loss to Baltimore and it was a good weekend in the Steel City. (LWR 16)

15. San Diego Chargers (3-3) The Chargers will look to rebound from a tough loss to Denver before their bye against the Cleveland Browns. If they lose this one I lose all faith in the Chargers season that I was yet again seduced by. (LWR 15)

16. Washington Redskins (3-4) If it weren't for Eli Manning and his last minute heroics the Redskins would be in first place in the NFC East. At the very least they have established themselves as a team not to be taken lightly. (LWR 14)

17. Dallas Cowboys (3-3) After nearly defeating Baltimore a week ago they were nearly defeated by a bad Carolina Panthers team. Nearly doesn't count in either week so the Boys are back to .500. (LWR 18)

18. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) Losers of three straight the bye is coming at just the right time for Cincy. (LWR 17)

19. Detroit Lions (2-4) The upside to the loss to Chicago is that the defense played very well in allowing only 13 points. That is the same as the Bears allow per game on the year. The problem is that the offense put up only seven. (LWR 19)

20. Miami Dolphins (3-3) The Dolphins will look to exact some revenge for an overtime loss against the Jets at home earlier this year. (LWR 20)

21. Indianapolis Colts (3-3) The Colts have surpassed last year's win total. The Luck era is starting out on the right foot, especially at home where Indy is 3-1. (LWR 24)

22. New York Jets (3-4) The Jets got to take advantage of the new overtime rules in New England Sunday. They decided to end the game on a sack/fumble. Kind of cool to see a game end like that. (LWR 23)

23. St. Louis Rams (3-4) With Daryl Richardson in a solid timeshare with incumbent Steven Jackson one has to wonder if this is the beginning of the changing of the guard in St. Louis. (LWR 21)

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4) Tampa Bay had one shot to tie it at the end of regulation against New Orleans. Josh Freeman found Mike Williams in the back of the end zone for the score. Or was it? Williams was ruled to have gone out of bounds and therefore cannot be the first to touch the ball. If I am a corner in the NFL I will now shove any receiver opposite me out of bounds and then float towards the middle of the field. Ridiculous. (LWR 23)

25. New Orleans Saints (2-4) The beneficiaries of the above call are on a two-game winning streak. The reason to think they cannot win out is that atrocious defense they put on the field every week. (LWR 27)

26. Tennessee Titans (3-4) The Titans are riding a two-game win streak of their own and picked up their first road win of the year in Buffalo. Matt Hasselbeck has steadied this offense and Chris Johnson looks like he is going to benefit from steady quarterback play. (LWR 28)

27. Buffalo Bills (3-4) After winning a game I thought they would lose (on the road in Arizona) and losing a game I thought they would win (at home against the Titans) I am done predicting what the Bills will do in a given week. Except this one. They have a bye so I think I am safe there. (LWR 25)

28. Oakland Raiders (2-4) The Raiders almost lost, at home, to a terrible Jacksonville Jaguars team that lost Maurice Jones-Drew and Blaine Gabbart to injury. Yikes. (LWR 29)

29. Carolina Panthers (1-5) They have the worst record in the NFC and only one team (Philly) has scored fewer points on the year. How about that Super Bowl prediction? (LWR 26)

30. Cleveland Browns (1-6) If the Browns are going to be without their workhorse Trent Richardson for an extended period of time it could spell doom in Cleveland. (LWR 30)

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) MJD is the Jaguars. Without him they really don't have anything. (LWR 31)

32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) The Brady Quinn era is officially under way. Color the fans in KC excited. About the high draft pick they will get next year. (LWR 32)


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