Pickswise NFL Week 7 Power Rankings

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Ricky Dimon

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

It is time for yet another addition of NFL power rankings as some teams were able to make quite the job up our list. However some teams have fallen flat and are nearing the bottom of the rankings. Here are the NFL Week 7 Power Rankings.

1. Los Angeles Rams (6-0) – The only remaining undefeated team has bona fide MVP candidates in Todd Gurley and Jared Goff, plus a star-studded defense.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) – When the only blemish on the schedule is a last-second loss at New England, you know Patrick Mahomes and company are doing something right.

3. New England Patriots (4-2) – The Patriots generally get better and better as seasons progress and this one is shaping up to be no different. Once 1-2, they are now 4-2.

4. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) – A high-powered San Diego team is also in the midst of a three-game winning streak, led by Philip Rivers’ 15 touchdown passes.

5. New Orleans Saints (4-1) – Drew Brees (11 TDs, 0 INTs), who recently became the NFL’s all-time passing leader, is showing no sings of slowing down at 39 years old.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1) – The Steelers have won two straight on the heels of a slow start. Le’Veon Bell may be back and James Conner is a strong insurance policy.

7. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) – This may be a little high for the Eagles based on record, but they remain the champs until they are officially dethroned. Carson Wentz is healthy and playing well.

8. Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1) – The race for the NFC North title is shaping up to be a great one. Minnesota, which has won two in a row, may the most well-rounded team in the division.

9. Baltimore Ravens (4-2) – Baltimore boasts the second-best point differential in the NFL (plus-76), just two points behind the Rams. Of course, it helps when you blow out Buffalo 47-3.

10. Chicago Bears (3-2) – Chicago’s gain (trading for Khalil Mack) is Oakland’s pain. The Bears’ offense, however, has been far from convincing.

11. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) – Not unlike the NFC North, the AFC North could be a wild wide among three teams. Cincinnati currently has the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Ravens.

12. Green Bay Packers (3-2-1) – Even if he is not 100 percent, Aaron Rodgers is one of the best and most clutch quarterbacks in the league. Mason Crosby is also back on track.

13. Carolina Panthers (3-2) – Cam Newton has 12 total touchdowns and four interceptions, but he will have to be even better if Carolina wants to keep up with New Orleans in the NFC South.

14. Dallas Cowboys (3-3) – The Cowboys have alternated losses and wins the whole way. They are inconsistent on offense, inconsistent on defense, and inconsistent with their coaching.

15. Washington Redskins (3-2) – Has any team taken a lead in its division more quietly than Washington? Well, maybe Tennessee. The ‘Skins have a bye to get ready for Dallas.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) – You know things are not going well when Jalen Ramsey doesn’t have anything to say. The Jags have dropped two straight.

17. Miami Dolphins (4-2) – The Dolphins have no bad losses (at New England and at Cincinnati). But they also have just one good win (last week over Chicago in OT).

18. Seattle Seahawks (3-3) – Seattle played the Rams tough in Week 5, but it needed to win that one in order to have a real shot in the NFC West.

19. Houston Texans (3-3) – On paper, Houston should be able to win the AFC South behind the likes of Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt, and Jadeveon Clowney.

20. Atlanta Falcons (2-4) – The Falcons remain a force on offense with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, but the ridiculous injuries they have suffered are too much to overcome.

21. Denver Broncos (2-4) – Denver has dropped four consecutive contests. Its only wins have come by three points over Seattle and by one over Oakland—both at home.

22. Detroit Lions (2-3) – If nothing else, things have at least gotten marginally better for the Lions since they got humiliated 48-17 by the Jets in Week 1.

23. Tennessee Titans (3-3) – How bad is the AFC South? Tennessee leads it (via tiebreakers) despite sporting a minus-20 point differential.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) – Jameis Winston…Ryan Fitzpatrick…. It doesn’t really matter who is under center when the defense is so terrible.

25. New York Jets (3-3) – We will find out a lot more about the Jets when they return from a bye week to face Minnesota, Chicago (away), and Miami (away) in succession.

26. San Francisco 49ers (1-5) – Kings of the close losses, the 49ers are far better than their 1-5 record suggests—even with Jimmy Garoppolo (ACL) out for the season.

27. Cleveland Browns (2-3-1) – With Baker Mayfield on board, the Browns are a lot better than last year. They have tied a game! And won! And won again!

28. Arizona Cardinals (1-5) – Arizona has at least been serviceable in recent weeks, with a win at San Francisco and a competitive 16-14 loss to Chicago.

29. Buffalo Bills (2-4) – Josh Allen is expected to miss a couple of games with an elbow injury, which could mean additional doses of…gasp!…Nathan Peterman.

30. Indianapolis Colts (1-5) – Without much help around him, Andrew Luck has been forcing the issue to the tune of eight interceptions.

31. New York Giants (1-5) – Rookie running back Saquon Barkley is awesome, but that is just about where the good news ends for the Giants.

32. Oakland Raiders (1-5) – The Raiders are saddled with the worst point differential in the NFL (minus-66) and their only win has come via a 45-42 shootout against Cleveland.

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