NFL Power Rankings – Week 7

Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

Who’s up, who’s down? Frank Schwab surveys the NFL landscape following the Week 6 slate.

<p>Who’s up, who’s down? Frank Schwab surveys the NFL landscape following the Week 6 slate. </p>
Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

Who’s up, who’s down? Frank Schwab surveys the NFL landscape following the Week 6 slate.

<p>David Johnson’s dip this year is staggering. In 2016 he averaged 4.2 yards per rush and 11 yards per catch. This year he’s at 3.2 and 7.9, respectively, which is terribly inefficient. (Josh Rosen) </p>
32. Arizona Cardinals (1-5, LW: 31)

David Johnson’s dip this year is staggering. In 2016 he averaged 4.2 yards per rush and 11 yards per catch. This year he’s at 3.2 and 7.9, respectively, which is terribly inefficient. (Josh Rosen)

<p>Cornerback Gareon Conley, a 2017 first-round pick, played zero defensive snaps Sunday. Oakland is also reportedly shopping 2015 first-round pick Amari Cooper in a trade, 2016 first-round pick Karl Joseph doesn’t play anymore and 2018 first-round pick Kolton Milleris struggling. That’s a really bad stretch of first-round picks. (Dwyane Harris) </p>
31. Oakland Raiders (1-5, LW: 30)

Cornerback Gareon Conley, a 2017 first-round pick, played zero defensive snaps Sunday. Oakland is also reportedly shopping 2015 first-round pick Amari Cooper in a trade, 2016 first-round pick Karl Joseph doesn’t play anymore and 2018 first-round pick Kolton Milleris struggling. That’s a really bad stretch of first-round picks. (Dwyane Harris)

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<p>The Colts put up 428 yards and 34 points on a pretty good Jets defense. A lot of that came in garbage time, but still. Yes, the Colts are 1-5, but over the next few years as they build a team for Frank Reich and Andrew Luck to work with, they’ll do some damage. (Andrew Luck, Eric Swoope) </p>
30. Indianapolis Colts (1-5, LW: 29)

The Colts put up 428 yards and 34 points on a pretty good Jets defense. A lot of that came in garbage time, but still. Yes, the Colts are 1-5, but over the next few years as they build a team for Frank Reich and Andrew Luck to work with, they’ll do some damage. (Andrew Luck, Eric Swoope)

<p>It’s hard to explain how new Giants coach Pat Shurmur was so good with last year’s Vikings but are both struggling in their new roles. Giants fans are also searching for an explanation. (Odell Beckham Jr.) </p>
29. New York Giants (1-5, LW: 27)

It’s hard to explain how new Giants coach Pat Shurmur was so good with last year’s Vikings but are both struggling in their new roles. Giants fans are also searching for an explanation. (Odell Beckham Jr.)

<p>The 49ers deserved better on Monday night. Aaron Rodgers just beat them in the end. But they played hard, again. The results just aren’t there. (Marquise Goodwin) </p>
28. San Francisco 49ers (1-5, Last Week: 32)

The 49ers deserved better on Monday night. Aaron Rodgers just beat them in the end. But they played hard, again. The results just aren’t there. (Marquise Goodwin)

<p>Now we wait to see if Josh Allen’s elbow injury allows him to start this week. (Josh Allen) </p>
27. Buffalo Bills (2-4, LW: 28)

Now we wait to see if Josh Allen’s elbow injury allows him to start this week. (Josh Allen)

<p>Vance Joseph might not survive a loss to a bad Arizona team on Thursday night. If the Broncos were so inclined, they’d have three extra days to make a move, and it’s hard to believe John Elway would stay patient if they fell to 2-5. </p>
26. Denver Broncos (2-4, LW: 26)

Vance Joseph might not survive a loss to a bad Arizona team on Thursday night. If the Broncos were so inclined, they’d have three extra days to make a move, and it’s hard to believe John Elway would stay patient if they fell to 2-5.

<p>You won’t find many .500 teams less impressive. And this one is tied for first place. (Benardrick McKinney) </p>
25. Houston Texans (3-3, LW: 22)

You won’t find many .500 teams less impressive. And this one is tied for first place. (Benardrick McKinney)

<p>It’s hard to see the offense winning enough shootouts to get this team in the playoffs, no matter how good Matt Ryan and friends have been. (Calvin Ridley) </p>
24. Atlanta Falcons (2-4, LW: 24)

It’s hard to see the offense winning enough shootouts to get this team in the playoffs, no matter how good Matt Ryan and friends have been. (Calvin Ridley)

<p>A couple weeks ago, Titans stock looked like a good buy. Not anymore. The offense is just awful right now, Marcus Mariota is struggling big-time. (Marcus Mariota) </p>
23. Tennessee Titans (3-3, LW: 19)

A couple weeks ago, Titans stock looked like a good buy. Not anymore. The offense is just awful right now, Marcus Mariota is struggling big-time. (Marcus Mariota)

<p>It was telling to hear quarterback Baker Mayfield take the blame for the Browns’ 38-14 loss. There were many things that went wrong other than Mayfield, but that’s what you want your quarterback to say. (David Njoku) </p>
22. Cleveland Browns (2-3-1, LW: 20)

It was telling to hear quarterback Baker Mayfield take the blame for the Browns’ 38-14 loss. There were many things that went wrong other than Mayfield, but that’s what you want your quarterback to say. (David Njoku)

<p>Firing defensive coordinator Mike Smith probably had to happen, but two years ago he was a hot name in the head-coaching market. There are other issues in Tampa that firing Smith won’t fix. (Jameis Winston) </p>
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3, LW: 16)

Firing defensive coordinator Mike Smith probably had to happen, but two years ago he was a hot name in the head-coaching market. There are other issues in Tampa that firing Smith won’t fix. (Jameis Winston)

<p>Dak Prescott wasn’t playing great but he was never Dallas’ biggest problem either. He’s still good enough to take Cole Beasley and any other castoffs the front office has given him and play well in a 40-point game against the Jaguars. (Dak Prescott) </p>
20. Dallas Cowboys (3-3, LW: 23)

Dak Prescott wasn’t playing great but he was never Dallas’ biggest problem either. He’s still good enough to take Cole Beasley and any other castoffs the front office has given him and play well in a 40-point game against the Jaguars. (Dak Prescott)

<p>Doug Baldwin’s 91-yard day was huge for Seattle. Tyler Lockett has finally found consistency and if Baldwin is back to himself, it gives the Seahawks’ passing game a chance. Baldwin gets a bye week to get even healthier, too. (Doug Baldwin) </p>
19. Seattle Seahawks (3-3, LW: 21)

Doug Baldwin’s 91-yard day was huge for Seattle. Tyler Lockett has finally found consistency and if Baldwin is back to himself, it gives the Seahawks’ passing game a chance. Baldwin gets a bye week to get even healthier, too. (Doug Baldwin)

<p>Kenny Golladay has been a revelation, although his talent was obvious as a rookie last season. Even with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, it feels like the Lions need to feature Golladay even more. (Matthew Stafford) </p>
18. Detroit Lions (2-3, LW: 17)

Kenny Golladay has been a revelation, although his talent was obvious as a rookie last season. Even with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, it feels like the Lions need to feature Golladay even more. (Matthew Stafford)

<p>Sam Darnold looks like a really good pick, and tight end Chris Herndon might be too. (Avery Williamson) </p>
17. New York Jets (3-3, LW: 25)

Sam Darnold looks like a really good pick, and tight end Chris Herndon might be too. (Avery Williamson)

<p>Albert Wilson has been a nice free-agent addition: 23 catches, 15.6 yards per catch and four touchdowns. It’s a little surprising the Chiefs never got more out of him. (Brock Osweiler) </p>
16. Miami Dolphins (4-2, LW: 18)

Albert Wilson has been a nice free-agent addition: 23 catches, 15.6 yards per catch and four touchdowns. It’s a little surprising the Chiefs never got more out of him. (Brock Osweiler)

<p>Of all the teams in sole possession of first place in the NFL through six weeks, the Redskins might be the one most people couldn’t name. (Josh Norman) </p>
15. Washington Redskins (3-2, LW: 15)

Of all the teams in sole possession of first place in the NFL through six weeks, the Redskins might be the one most people couldn’t name. (Josh Norman)

<p>Fun, exciting win. But as the Packers head to their bye, they can’t feel great. They have to play better than they have. (Davante Adams) </p>
14. Green Bay Packers (3-2-1, LW: 12)

Fun, exciting win. But as the Packers head to their bye, they can’t feel great. They have to play better than they have. (Davante Adams)

<p>It’s hard to believe the Bears’ defense let Brock Osweiler torch them in the fourth quarter and overtime. Playoff teams find a way to win games like that. (Tarik Cohen) </p>
13. Chicago Bears (3-2, LW: 9)

It’s hard to believe the Bears’ defense let Brock Osweiler torch them in the fourth quarter and overtime. Playoff teams find a way to win games like that. (Tarik Cohen)

<p>No way around it: That was a crushing loss to the Steelers. And now the Bengals go on the road to face a very good Chiefs team. That’s a tough turnaround. (Joe Mixon) </p>
12. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2, LW: 11)

No way around it: That was a crushing loss to the Steelers. And now the Bengals go on the road to face a very good Chiefs team. That’s a tough turnaround. (Joe Mixon)

<p>The Steelers won Sunday’s game late and now everyone thinks they’re back on the right track. Never forget how thin the margins are in the NFL. (Antonio Brown) </p>
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1, LW: 14)

The Steelers won Sunday’s game late and now everyone thinks they’re back on the right track. Never forget how thin the margins are in the NFL. (Antonio Brown)

<p>Think about this: The Jaguars drafted Leonard Fournette fourth overall, seven picks ahead of Patrick Mahomes. It’s far from a guarantee that Mahomes would have developed like he has with the Chiefs. But it’s a reminder that running back gambles early in the draft often aren’t worth it. (Blake Bortles) </p>
10. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3, LW: 8)

Think about this: The Jaguars drafted Leonard Fournette fourth overall, seven picks ahead of Patrick Mahomes. It’s far from a guarantee that Mahomes would have developed like he has with the Chiefs. But it’s a reminder that running back gambles early in the draft often aren’t worth it. (Blake Bortles)

<p>The Ravens dffense gave up 34 points on a Thursday night to the Bengals. In the five other games they’ve allowed 3, 14, 14, 12 and 0. (Michael Crabtree) </p>
9. Baltimore Ravens (4-2, LW: 13)

The Ravens dffense gave up 34 points on a Thursday night to the Bengals. In the five other games they’ve allowed 3, 14, 14, 12 and 0. (Michael Crabtree)

<p>Receiver D.J. Moore, the team’s first-round pick, lost two fumbles in the first two quarters. But he rebounded well, with four catches for 59 yards and an 18-yard run. (Cam Newton) </p>
8. Carolina Panthers (3-2, LW: 5)

Receiver D.J. Moore, the team’s first-round pick, lost two fumbles in the first two quarters. But he rebounded well, with four catches for 59 yards and an 18-yard run. (Cam Newton)

<p>Philip Rivers is getting a lot of praise and some very early MVP love, but here’s a telling stat: He’s tied for 22nd in the NFL at 32.3 attempts per game. He has thrown it more than 30 times in just two of six games. Rivers doesn’t need to do it all, and he’s been quite efficient as a result. (Melvin Gordon) </p>
7. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2, LW: 10)

Philip Rivers is getting a lot of praise and some very early MVP love, but here’s a telling stat: He’s tied for 22nd in the NFL at 32.3 attempts per game. He has thrown it more than 30 times in just two of six games. Rivers doesn’t need to do it all, and he’s been quite efficient as a result. (Melvin Gordon)

<p>The best thing going for the Eagles is that the rest of the NFC East isn’t scary. Philadelphia looked last Thursday night like they’re ready to make a run. (Nelson Agholor) </p>
6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3, LW: 7)

The best thing going for the Eagles is that the rest of the NFC East isn’t scary. Philadelphia looked last Thursday night like they’re ready to make a run. (Nelson Agholor)

<p>Latavius Murray was fantastic in a 155-yard day on Sunday. It says something about the depth of the Vikings that they can be without Dalvin Cook, and can just plug in someone like Murray. (Mackensie Alexander) </p>
5. Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1, LW: 6)

Latavius Murray was fantastic in a 155-yard day on Sunday. It says something about the depth of the Vikings that they can be without Dalvin Cook, and can just plug in someone like Murray. (Mackensie Alexander)

<p>The Bucs are slumping. The Falcons won Sunday, but they’re 2-4 with a bad defense. The Panthers lost a winnable game at Washington. All of a sudden the Saints are looking like a heavy favorite in the NFC South. (Drew Brees) </p>
4. New Orleans Saints (4-1, LW: 4)

The Bucs are slumping. The Falcons won Sunday, but they’re 2-4 with a bad defense. The Panthers lost a winnable game at Washington. All of a sudden the Saints are looking like a heavy favorite in the NFC South. (Drew Brees)

<p>There were so many things to like about Sunday night’s game, but let’s not overlook kicker Stephen Gostkowski. He hit all nine kicks (five field goals, four extra points) and there was no doubt that he’d hit the game-winner as time expired. (Dont’a Hightower) </p>
3. New England Patriots (4-2, LW: 3)

There were so many things to like about Sunday night’s game, but let’s not overlook kicker Stephen Gostkowski. He hit all nine kicks (five field goals, four extra points) and there was no doubt that he’d hit the game-winner as time expired. (Dont’a Hightower)

<p>The Chiefs aren’t falling in the rankings for a few reasons: There’s no shame in a last-play loss at New England, and their entire body of work is still very impressive. (Tyreek Hill) </p>
2. Kansas City Chiefs (5-1, LW: 2)

The Chiefs aren’t falling in the rankings for a few reasons: There’s no shame in a last-play loss at New England, and their entire body of work is still very impressive. (Tyreek Hill)

<p>It’s hard to believe Cooper Kupp was OK after being carted off following that horse-collar tackle. It seems like a really poor decision to let him play the second half. (Todd Gurley) </p>
1. Los Angeles Rams (6-0, LW: 1)

It’s hard to believe Cooper Kupp was OK after being carted off following that horse-collar tackle. It seems like a really poor decision to let him play the second half. (Todd Gurley)

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