NFL POWER RANKINGS: WEEK SEVEN

BY ADAM GREENE

For the first time this season we have movement all over the NFL Power Rankings. While the No. 1 team enjoyed a bye in Week Six, the rest of the Top 10 shuffled all over the place as three of the league’s better teams took bad losses.

The middle of the rankings suddenly get interesting with a San Francisco 49ers squad springing back into existence and the Miami Dolphins, tired of seeing all the hype and elite play displayed by the league’s other rookie quarterbacks, deciding to unleash their own first year signal caller.


We even have changes at the bottom of the list, as the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons showed signs of life picking up their first wins of the season.

1. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (5-0)

The Seahawks got a week off and a little breathing room atop the NFC West thanks to the Rams taking a week off too against the 49ers. Last week: No. 1

2. TENNESSEE TITANS (5-0)

The Titans continue to rack up wins in spite of the demands of karma and justice. At this rate, they should just actively try to catch COVID-19 every week all the way to the Super Bowl. Last week: No. 6

3. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-0)

Speaking of the Titans, the game that was originally scheduled two weeks ago between them and the undefeated Steelers shows up on deck this week. And both teams are still undefeated. Last week: No. 4

4. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (5-1)

Kansas City would be wise to take notes on that Steelers vs Titans match up. It’s good to get an early season feel about the team you will be completely humiliating in the AFC Championship game. Last week: No. 5

5. GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-1)

Aaron Rodgers had his worst game of the season by far, was blown out and still wouldn’t let Jordan Love touch the field. Last week: No. 2

6. BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-1)

Their cakewalk schedule behind them, it’s about to get real for the Ravens with two match ups against the Steelers, and single games against the Patriots, Colts and Titans over the next month. But they have a bye week to get ready for it. They need it. Last week: No. 8

7. LOS ANGELES RAMS (4-2)

Rams, that 49ers game was the Justin Beiber’s mustache of losses. It started off hideous, and just got more ridiculous the longer it was allowed to happen: No. 3

8. BUFFALO BILLS (4-2)

No reason to cancel those championship plans after two tough losses, Bills. The Jets have arrived on the schedule in time to get you back on track for your eventual loss in the AFC’s Divisional Round. Last week: No. 8

9. CHICAGO BEARS (5-1)

The Bears and the Rams have played two grind it out games over the last couple of seasons, with a combined score of 23-22. Nick Foles, in his last two games against Los Angeles (one start and one coming off the bench) is 2-0 against his former team. Something to consider as Chicago enters as a touchdown underdog. Last week: No. 11

10. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-2)

It’s an odd numbered week so I think that means we get old, washed up Tom Brady again against the Raiders. Last week: No. 12

11. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-2)

It’s fun to figure out what key moments in any given game Sean Payton will call Taysom Hill’s number to screw up. Last week: No. 13

12. CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-2)

Take heart Browns. None of us thought you could beat the Steelers last week. It never even crossed our minds. Last week: No. 9

13. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-3)

That loss to the Broncos was so ugly that Cam Newton is going to show up at his next press conference wearing it as a hat. Last week: No. 10

14. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (3-2)

Sometimes you need a bye to regroup, but maybe you want to ride the wave of momentum after your best offensive performance in half a decade against the defending Super Bowl Champion Chiefs. But I’m sure spending a week drinking Keystone Light and playing corn hole will be fine with the Bucs coming to town. Don’t worry about it. Last week: No. 14

15. ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-2)

You can’t complain about a win, but I’m not sure what anyone can take away from a match up with the Jets other than a dangerous case of scabies. Last week: No. 16

16. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-3)

Another win, another starter lost. This time it was running back Raheem Mostert who sacrificed his health for the 49ers victory. San Francisco should have really tossed away that cursed monkey’s paw after last year’s Super Bowl. Last week: No. 18

17. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-2)

I think Philip Rivers and Tom Brady are on the same playing like garbage schedule. But that’s not a problem this week as the Colts are on a bye. Last week: No. 17

18. CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-3)

The Panthers are the camouflage pants of 3-3 teams. They’re on, but nobody seems to be able to see them. Last week: No. 15

19. MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-3)

In spite of their 3-3 start and two consecutive wins, the Dolphins are finally pulling the trigger on Tua Tagovailoa, ending the Ryan Fitzpatrick era and really hurting his feelings in the process you guys. Last week: No. 20

20. DENVER BRONCOS (2-3)

The only thing more shocking than the Broncos beating the Patriots last week would be them beating the Chiefs this week. Last week: No. 24

21. DETROIT LIONS (2-3)

Don’t hold your breath on the Lions firing Matt Patricia before the season’s done. This is the same team that in 2008 rode Rod Marinelli to 0-16 the whole way. Last week: No. 23

22. HOUSTON TEXANS (1-5)

Houston was one dumb call away from knocking off an undefeated Tennessee Titans team. Hard to believe Bill O’Brien’s right hand man Romeo Crennel might have some game management issues. Last week: No. 22

23. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-3)

We’re all excited about the emergence of Jusitn Herbert, who is giving all sorts of Cam Newton 2010 vibes, but is there any way for the sake of the 14 fans you have left that Anthony Lynn’s coaching seat can at least get a little lukewarm? Last week: No. 21

24. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-4-1)

It’s time for the Eagles to really turn this thing on and secure an NFC East championship over the next month by ensuring they’ll finish with at least a 6-9-1 record. Last week: No. 26

26. ATLANTA FALCONS (1-5)

One fired head coach equals one win. All the Falcons need to now is start dumping a coach down the garbage chute once a week and we’ve got a playoff run cooking. Last week: No. 30

27. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-5)

After signing a three year contract extension in July, Mike Zimmer now sits atop one of the hottest seats in the NFL with the only hope remaining that Kirk Cousins can somehow figure out how to work the fire hose without firing it directly into his open mouth. Last week: No. 25

28. NEW YORK GIANTS (1-5)

Look at you, Giants. Winning a game and pretending for a week you don’t play in New York with the NFL’s other blighted franchise. Last week: No. 31

29. CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-4-1)

Joe Burrow has been sacked 24 times this year and is facing a Cleveland Browns team led by Myles Garrett looking to lovingly spoon him for four quarters Sunday. Last week: No. 27

30. WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (1-5)

It looks like Washington might be stuck with the “Football Team” moniker for at least another season as they deal with copyright trolls and potential logo and helmet designs. An idea, if they do. They should go full Tecmo Bowl and Kyle Allen should change his name to QB Football Team. Last week: No. 29

31. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-5)

If the Jaguars only knew at the beginning of the season that the secret ingredients for “Tanking for Trevor” was just hiring Adam Gase as your head coach. Last week: No. 28

32. NEW YORK JETS (0-6)

Speaking of Gase, there’s just no end in sight to their losing. And the thing is, it might not all be him and probably isn’t. He got this team, THIS TEAM, to seven wins last season with one of the three worst rosters in the league. And that was with Jamal Adams and Le’Veon Bell still in gang green. They have, maybe, two winnable games left on their schedule and that’s only because both teams will be starting rookie quarterbacks (Justin Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa). Rookie quarterbacks, mind you, the Jets would trade any and all players on their roster for today if given the chance. Last week: No. 32

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