Week 7 within the NFL was a very good one for the NFC’s heavy hitters, whereas there was extra shakeup that includes the AFC’s greatest groups.
The Cardinals, Rams and Buccaneers all performed within the late afternoon and recorded victories over overmatched opponents to maintain them on the high. The Packers stayed sizzling through the Sunday early window. The AFC had the Bills and Chargers off, however among the many groups that did play, a lot modified within the battle for that convention’s supremacy.
Here’s how Sporting News sees all 32 groups within the league stacking up towards one another within the newest version of the power rankings getting into Week 8:
NFL power rankings
1. Arizona Cardinals 7-0 (earlier rank: 1)
The Cardinals flew previous the Texans, giving DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt tons of help towards their former staff. Kyler Murray and the operating recreation did their half whereas the cross rush and protection cleaned as much as assist stamp the staff’s assertion begin.
2. Los Angeles Rams 6-1 (2)
The Rams do not get loads of model factors for surviving revenge-minded Jared Goff and the gritty however winless Lions. But they did what they wanted to do, per ordinary, on offense and protection even when they maybe stepped off the gasoline.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-1 (3)
The Buccaneers dismantled one other restricted opponent at residence, this time the Bears, and Tom Brady once more delivered offense in a methodical style. They are doing what they will to loom simply behind the one two groups which were persistently higher and stay a powerful Super Bowl repeat risk.
4. Green Bay Packers 5-1 (5)
Aaron Rodgers has been a person on a mission since Week 1. He retains slaying lesser opponents along with his basic precision. The operating recreation and protection have given him a lot of assist, too.
5. Dallas Cowboys 5-1 (6)
The Cowboys have well being on their facet this season, in the beginning with Dak Prescott recovering effectively from ankle and shoulder accidents and dealing via a minor calf harm. They hope to be even more healthy after the bye. Their versatile offense is tough to cease and their tee-off protection will not change as this staff continues to forge an id as a Super Bowl contender.
6. Tennessee Titans 5-2 (12)
The Titans have taken early management of the weaker AFC by using their acquainted components of the operating recreation establishing the big-play passing recreation, with complementary help from the protection. After a gradual begin, Mike Vrabel has them locked in once more, stamped by consecutive large wins over the Bills and Chiefs, every in a unique style.
7. Buffalo Bills 4-2 (4)
The Bills stubbed their toes in Tennessee earlier than the bye, with a bit of a letdown following their large victory at Kansas City. They sitll ought to be thought of the AFC co-favorites, however issues received loads tighter in Week 7, which means they’ve a lot of work to do to nail down the highest seed.
8. Cincinnati Bengals 5-2 (10)
The Bengals are the largest shock riser of the season and are the brand new favorites within the powerful AFC North. The different groups are battling points that they are not. Joe Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase is the brand new greatest mixture within the recreation, however how about Trey Hendrickson and the revamped protection?
9. Las Vegas Raiders 5-2 (11)
The new leaders within the AFC West proceed to look decided, organized and targeted on maximizing their strengths and minimizing their weaknesses with out Jon Gruden. It nearly appears as if he was a nasty affect who was holding them again.
10. Baltimore Ravens 5-2 (7)
The Ravens’ protection appeared to determine issues out towards the Chargers at residence in Week 6, solely to have protection points once more vs. the Bengals in Week 7. Lamar Jackson can do solely a lot, particularly when the normally dominant non-Jackson operating recreation is not serving to the protection.
11. Los Angeles Chargers 4-2 (8)
The Chargers bolted into their bye after a disappointing all-around efficiency at Baltimore. They can do a lot of injury with Justin Herbert main their passing recreation and with a strong cross protection, however they should clear up their league-worst run protection to keep up their playoff possibilities.
12. Cleveland Browns 4-3 (13)
The Browns impressed with their gritty defensive-minded victory over the Broncos on Thursday evening, fueled by supersub operating again D’Ernest Johnson and guided by QB Case Keenum. They hope to be loads more healthy coming off the mini-bye earlier than dealing with the Steelers on Halloween.
13. Kansas City Chiefs 3-4 (9)
The Chiefs are falling aside quick as an offensive-minded staff that can’t win when the offense slumps or is hurting like it’s now with Patrick Mahomes. Andy Reid might want to do some superb teaching to show this round and level KC again towards a 3rd consecutive Super Bowl journey.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers 3-3 (14)
The Steelers went into their bye in playoff place after pivoting their offense to focus on rookie characteristic again Najee Harris, which is able to enable it to play higher complementary soccer for the protection. They will hope that relaxation brings out a greater Ben Roethlisberger for the second half.
15. New Orleans Saints 3-2 (15)
The Saints hope to maintain marching towards a playoff berth minus Drew Brees with a simliar method as final season: protection, a powerful operating recreation and some massive cross performs. They additionally will hope to keep away from.falling right into a post-bye lure at Seattle.
16. Minnesota Vikings 3-3 (16)
The Vikings have steered their ship in the appropriate course on the energy of their very own acquainted components — a run-heavy offense establishing a harmful downfield passing recreation, backed by a very good pressure-and-coverage protection for Mike Zimmer. They will look to be extra constant and win non-close video games after the bye. The Cowboys are a very good immedaite litmus take a look at.
17. New England Patriots 3-4 (23)
The Patriots are all for whacking opponents with restricted offenses and weak run defenses. That takes loads of strain off Mac Jones and lets him chill out and do what’s wanted to win video games. It simply must occur extra usually towards higher groups that are not the Jets.
18. Indianapolis Colts 3-4 (25)
The Colts have been developing lame early within the season with a brutal schedule, however issues have softened up properly for them they usually’ve crept again into AFC wild-card rivalry beneath Frank Reich. Catching the Titans will likely be very troublesome, even with slightly at solely twos, however Carson Wentz getting the offense again on monitor has Indianapolis again within the playoff combine.
19. Atlanta Falcons 3-3 (24)
The Falcons have fought their method again to .500 with wins over the Giants, Jets and Dolphins. Even although that comes with restricted reward given their protection continues to be a multitude, the offense is just trying a lot better for Arthur Smith as every thing is clicking for Matt Ryan.
20. Chicago Bears 3-4 (19)
The Bears could be displaying everybody why they have been reluctant to hurry Justin Fields into motion over Andy Dalton, as a result of they don’t have any likelihood on the playoffs with league-worst rookie quarterback play. That offensive ineptitude is irritating the protection on each stage. It seems to be as if Matt Nagy is simply teaching out the string.
21. Seattle Seahawks 2-4 (17)
The Seahawks are in peril of changing into a dropping staff within the Russell Wilson period for the primary time as a result of they do not have Wilson to beat their defensive points. A loss to the Saints would make it a troublesome uphill battle simply to get to 9-8.
22. San Francisco 49ers 2-4 (18)
The 49ers cannot determine how they need to function on offense as a result of they’re being very specific about their personnel and thus have misplaced Kyle Shanahan’s inventive mojo. The protection, with a weaker again seven, can not seem to deal with something, both.
23. Carolina Panthers 3-4 (20)
The Panthers have gone into free fall as the actual Sam Darnold has arrived in full drive with Christian McCaffrey not round to bail him out. Matt Rhule might go to P.J. Walker, however there must be some remorse over not drafting a possible franchise QB within the first spherical final April.
24. Denver Broncos 3-4 (21)
The Broncos received a powerful wake-up name the previous month after preying on a weak early schedule to get to 3-0. The writing is on the wall for Vic Fangio and his teaching employees as John Elway must be upset in his proficient staff once more.
25. Philadelphia Eagles 2-5 (22)
The Eagles really feel like they need to be a a lot better staff, given some of the play Jalen Hurts flashes at quarterback. But their lack of effectiveness within the conventional dashing recreation and maddeningly inconsistent protection have grown into larger issues.
26. Washington Football Team 2-5 (26)
WFT is correct there with the Eagles as an underachieving staff, particularly with the loaded protection disappointing. The offense is doing its greatest whereas in makeshift mode with Taylor Heinicke given all of the accidents.
27. New York Giants 2-5 (28)
The Giants received within the win column for the second time by beating Carolina, weeks after an upset of New Orleans. That’s nonetheless not sufficient to drag them out of the most important cluster for final place within the NFC East, far behind the runaway Cowboys.
28. New York Jets 1-5 (27)
The Jets have been hoping to play the post-bye portion of their 2021 season in full developmental and enchancment mode for Zach Wilson, however the knee injury he suffered early against the Patriots may derail that simply as different elements of their offense have been coming alive for Robert Saleh and Mike LaFleur.
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29. Jacksonville Jaguars 1-5 (31)
The Jaguars had a much-needed and much-deserved bye week after recording their first win in thrilling style in London towards the Dolphins. They will likely be on the lookout for a greater Trevor Lawrence after his first bye, with one other winnable recreation on the Seahawks in Week 8.
30. Miami Dolphins 1-6 (29)
Tua Tagovailoa cannot be blamed for this staff’s ridiculously unhealthy drop from its 10-6 end of final season. Miami has matched its 2020 loss whole because of atrocious protection, which has taken away from many of the flashes the offense has proven. A commerce for Deshaun Watson cannot repair what’s damaged for Brian Flores.
31. Houston Texans 1-6 (30)
The Texans are taking part in with a remedial roster at this level, save for a couple of proud and succesful veterans. They have been lucky to get that lone win out of the way in which in Week 1, however they don’t seem to be higher than the Jaguars anymore.
32. Detroit Lions 0-7 (32)
The Lions leapt into Los Angeles and did not appear like lambs vs. the Rams, however they merely did not have sufficient expertise to complete yet one more upset likelihood. Eventually, Dan Campbell will get a win, however at this fee, it may not be till in 2022 (ought to he final that lengthy).