Here’s a look at my power rankings for Week 7.
(Previous Rank; Rank Change; Previous Result)
1. New England Patriots
(No. 1; No Change; W, 23-20 vs. SD)
Tight road victory for the Pats against a bad team that generally plays well at home.
2. New York Jets
(No. 2; No Change; Bye)
No change as they used their bye week to prepare to host the Packers.
3. Baltimore Ravens
(No. 3; No Change; W, 37-34 vs. Buf)
Needed 37 points and an overtime period to knock off the league’s worst team.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
(No. 4; No Change; W, 23-22 vs. Mia)
Just barely edged out the Dolphins behind Ben Roethlisberger’s 302 passing yards and Hines Ward’s 131 receiving yards.
5. New York Giants
(No. 7; Up 2; W, 41-35 vs. Dal)
Probably are the NFC’s best team right now as they continue to roll and do damage on defense.
6. Indianapolis Colts
(No. 6; No Change; Bye)
Will have a rematch next week against the Texans, who knocked them off in the season opener.
7. Tennessee Titans
(No. 8; Up 1; W, 37-19 vs. Phi)
The Titans got it done with defense and 225 yards and 3 touchdowns from receiver Kenny Britt.
8. New Orleans Saints
(No. 5; Down 3; L, 30-17 vs. Cle)
For losing to one of the worst teams in the league, the Saints should drop below the Bills. Not really, but how do you lose to the Browns? Four INTs from Brees will do it.
9. Houston Texans
(No. 9; No Change; Bye)
Texans Colts both had bye weeks to prepare for their Monday night showdown in Week 8.
10. Green Bay Packers
(No. 10; No Change; W, 28-24 vs. Min)
Packers got the better of Brett Favre and the Vikings in what should be Favre’s last game in Green Bay.
11. Atlanta Falcons
(No. 11; No Change; W, 39-32 vs. Cin)
Michael Turner rushed for 121 yards and Roddy White racked up 201 receiving yards in the victory over the Bengals.
12. Washington Redskins
(No. 12; No Change; W, 17-14 vs. Chi)
DeAngelo Hall picked off Jay Cutler four times and the Redskins capitalized on six Bears turnovers.
13. Seattle Seahawks
(No. 18; Up 5; W, 22-10 vs. Ari)
The Seahawks took a firm hold of the NFC West division lead with a victory over Arizona.
14. Kansas City Chiefs
(No. 19; Up 5; W, 42-20 vs. Jac)
The Chiefs pounded the Jaguars behind 125 rushing yards from Thomas Jones.
15. Chicago Bears
(No. 13; Down 2; L, 17-14 vs. Was)
Six turnovers and continued issues along the offensive line ruined a great defensive effort from the Bears in their loss to the Redskins.
16. Philadelphia Eagles
(No. 14; Down 2; L, 37-19 vs. Ten)
The Eagles held Chris Johnson to 66 rushing yards, but they got beat by the pass and couldn’t do anything offensively.
17. Minnesota Vikings
(No. 15; Down 2; L, 28-24 vs. GB)
Adrian Peterson rushed for 131 yards in the loss to the Packers and Brett Favre got physically beat up.
18. Cincinnati Bengals
(No. 16; Down 2; L, 39-32 vs. Atl)
Carson Palmer threw for 412 yards but the Bengals couldn’t stop the Falcons.
19. Miami Dolphins
(No. 17; Down 2; L, 23-22 vs. Pit)
Dolphins fell by a point to the Steelers. Chad Henne completed 23 of 36 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
20. San Diego Chargers
(No. 20; No Change; L, 23-20 vs. NE)
The Chargers dropped to a dreadful 2-5 mark after the home loss to the Patriots.
21. Dallas Cowboys
(No. 21; No Change; L, 41-35 vs. NYG)
Fell to 1-5 on the season and lost Tony Romo for two months with a broken collarbone.
22. Arizona Cardinals
(No. 22; No Change; L, 22-10 vs. Sea)
Derek Anderson completed just 8 of 17 passes for 96 yards in the division loss.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 23; No Change; L, 42-20 vs. KC)
The Jaguars failed to stop the run in their big loss to the Chiefs.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(No. 25; Up 1; W, 18-17 vs. Stl)
Josh Freeman passed for 212 yards as the Bucs edged the Rams by a point.
25. St. Louis Rams
(No. 26; Up 1; L, 18-17 vs. TB)
Steven Jackson rushed for 110 yards in the loss to the Buccaneers.
26. Oakland Raiders
(No. 29; Up 3; W, 59-14 vs. Den)
Physically dominated the Broncos as Darren McFadden rushed for 165 yards.
27. Detroit Lions
(No. 27; No Change; Bye)
Had a bye week to prepare for Washington.
28. Denver Broncos
(No. 24; Down 4; L, 59-14 vs. Oak)
Looked terrible and got into a huge hole early against the dreadful Raiders. Couldn’t stop the run.
29. Cleveland Browns
(No. 30; Up 1; W, 30-17 vs. NO)
Somehow managed to beat the Saints thanks to four Drew Brees interceptions.
30. Carolina Panthers
(No. 31; Up 1; W, 23-20 vs. SF)
Won the battle of two terrible teams. Matt Moore passed for 308 yards.
31. San Francisco 49ers
(No. 28; Down 3; L, 23-20 vs. Car)
Frank Gore rushed for 102 yards in the loss. The 49ers dropped to 1-6.
32. Buffalo Bills
(No. 32; No Change; L, 37-34 vs. Bal)
Nearly beat the Ravens and are on the cusp of stealing a win soon. The Bears could be their first triumph.
- Bears promote QB Matt Barkley from the practice squad
- Bears taking step backward to take two steps forward?
- Robbie Gould missed, but rightfully gone
- Bears pass rush just not hitting home
- Bears offensive line makes it difficult to do much of anything
- Bears run game must pick up the slack in Cutler's stead
- Bears run defense showed signs of life before injuries
- Lamarr Houston injury opens door for Leonard Floyd
- Eddie Goldman injury is most alarming one for Bears
- Alshon Jeffery’s contract at top of mind Monday night