Going into the seventh week of the regular season, we’ve seen at least 20 quarters of football from each of the 32 teams (and in some cases, some over time), and that’s plenty of information with which to put together the NFL Power Rankings. As you read it, keep in mind that by responding on Facebook or Twitter, you just might get a mention in our response article and/or a retweet if it’s good enough (or clever enough).

From the bottom:

32 – Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6)
Score more, get a win and you’ll move up. When Cecil Shorts comes back, it’ll be all the easier.

31 – New York Giants (0-6)
They looked better against the Bears, but still couldn’t get a win.

30 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5)
Being close a few times has kept them out of the lowest spots, but they need to figure things out.

29 – Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)
Now that they’ve got a running game, I expect they’ll move up this list.

28 – Atlanta Falcons (1-4)
Anyone who can explain how this happened might get a job here.

27 – Minnesota Vikings (1-4)
One win, and it’s over Pittsburgh? Not good enough.

26 – Washington Redskins (1-4)
RGIII’s pre-season is lasting too long, and a loss this weekend to Chicago will be tragic with Denver coming up.

25 – Houston Texans (2-4)
Their situation at QB and defense has me scratching my head, wondering how it went so wrong.

24 – Oakland Raiders (2-4)
This is a dangerous team when everyone’s healthy.

23 – Buffalo Bills (2-4)
They’re competitive, but they still need to take it to the next level.

22 – Carolina Panthers (2-3)
Their defense can be surprisingly good.

21 – St Louis Rams (3-3)
If their defense can get into gear, they could challenge a lot of teams in the league. They’ve put up points.

20 – New York Jets (3-3)
Their rookie QB has room to improve, but he’s not quite playing like a rookie.

19 – Arizona Cardinals (3-3)
If Andre Ellington keeps playing like this, they’re going to be far more competitive than at the beginning of the season. They still need a bit of help on defense though.

18 – Cleveland Browns (3-3)
They trade their highest profile player, have issues at QB, and they’re still competitive. That defense has serious potential.

17 – Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)
They’ve been scoring some points, but their defense looks a little suspect.

16 – Dallas Cowboys (3-3)
They kept close with the Chiefs, Chargers and Broncos, but they don’t have any signature wins to go with those losses.

15 – Miami Dolphins (3-2)
This young team looks to be just as competitive at home as they are on the road.

14  – Baltimore Ravens (3-3)
You can’t actually fault them for losing to the Broncos and Packers, but they haven’t done anything else against a team ahead of them.

13 – San Francisco 49ers (4-2)
They’ve laid an egg a couple times against legit competition, but otherwise they’re lighting up the scoreboard.

12 – Tennessee Titans (3-3)
Decent weapons on both sides of the ball, but they need to be more consistent and Jake Locker needs to improve if they’re going to get any higher than this.


11 – Green Bay Packers (3-2)
I’ve got no issues with a close loss in San Francisco and an even closer loss in Cincinnati. They’d be higher than this if not for the injuries to Cobb and Jones from last week.

10 – San Diego Chargers (3-3)
They’ve yet to score fewer than 17, and Rivers looks like he can take mediocre weapons to the next level.

9 – Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)
Both losses were on the road, one in the division and the other was a 3-point loss to a really good team. They’re legit contenders.

8 – Detroit Lions (4-2)
Apart from the hiccup against the Packers where Megatron wasn’t a factor, the Lions have yet to score lower than 21 this season, and have shown they can step on the gas in the 4th Quarter.

7 – Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
Consistent scorers, and the game against Seattle was legit. We should learn a lot about them this week against Denver.

6 – Chicago Bears (4-2)
Very strong in all three facets of the game.

5 – New England Patriots (5-1)
The win against the Saints kept them in the Top 6, but don’t go thinking it was a great win because they’ve shown some vulnerabilities as of late.

4 – New Orleans Saints (5-1)
The loss to the Patriots in New England shouldn’t bother people, especially if they watched the game. They’re at least the second best team in the NFC.


3 – Kansas City Chiefs (6-0)
They’ve won at home and on the road against good teams, average teams and bad teams. Their first loss should help us understand them better, but for now it’s hard not to have them in the Top 3.

2 – Seattle Seahawks (5-1)
If they’re at home, they’re an easy-money winner, but they’ll have to improve on the road if they want to remain as an elite team. Nothing wrong with a close loss in Indy, but the Week 1 hiccup is hard to ignore.


1 – Denver Broncos (6-0)
Is there any doubt that Peyton and crew are the top team in the league?

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