NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

40-year old Brett Favre is playing some of the best football of his career and has lead the the Minnesota Vikings to a 6-0 start.
40-year old Brett Favre is playing some of the best football of his career and has lead the the Minnesota Vikings to a 6-0 start.
1. Minnesota Vikings (6-0) Brett Favre shows off his amazingly strong 40-year old arm, AP runs for a buck forty, and they pull out a late-game win versus a good Baltimore team. What’s not to love?They’re my undoubted number 1 for this week.
2. New Orleans Saints (5-0) Drew Brees looks like this year’s MVP as he puts up 4 TD’s against last week’s number one, New York Giants. With Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush both scampering for scores, this team is as balanced as any in the NFL.
3. Denver Broncos (6-0) Kyle Orton: 2 TDs and no picks. This sounds about right for the type of mistake-free season he is having thus far. With his surprising play and the unbelievable defense in the second half of all of the Broncos games, this team is as good as it gets in the NFL right now.
4. Indianapolis Colts (5-0) They were idle this week, so it’s hard to say anything about them. I dropped them from number two simply because they didn’t give me any material, but Peyton Manning is God, by the way.
5. New York Giants (5-1) They got wrecked this weekend by the Saints. Despite putting up 27 points, it wasn’t nearly enough to elapse the 48 points put up by Brees and company, who made quick work of the Giants “stellar” defense.
6. New England Patriots (4-2) Score 59 points in the snow against a team that was 13-3 a year ago and not move up significantly in the power rankings? I don’t think so.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) Took care of a bad Cleveland team, just the way good teams should. Big Ben is on-fire; Rashard Mendenhall looks like the guy they’ve been looking for, and this all sets up next week’s showdown with #1 Minnesota.
8. Miami Dolphins (2-3) They had a bye-week. So nothing new to report hear, except one message to opposing teams: Beware the Wildcat.
9. Atlanta Falcons (4-1) Matt Ryan and company outdueled Chicago savior Jay Cutler in a game that made me look silly for ranking Chicago ahead of Michael Vick’s former team last week.
10. Chicago Bears (3-2) Losing to Atlanta 21-14 on a red-zone stand by the Atlanta defense, not the worst thing in the world, especially for the power rankings. I’m still a believer in this team to go deep in the postseason.
11.  Baltimore Ravens (3-3) 3 straight tough-road losses, against New England (4-2), Cincinnati (4-2), and Minnesota (6-0). This is a good football team waiting to meet a non-playoff opponent to regain its swagger.
12. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) Tough loss against the Texans leaves me waiting for this surprise team to redeem itself against Chicago.
13. San Diego Chargers (2-3) Lost to a good Denver Broncos team with shutdown second half defense play. If their defense can get rolling, then I think the Chargers can make a run at an AFC wild-card berth.
14. Houston Texans (3-3) Schuab is playing out-of-his-mind and led Houston to a win over a team that has beaten the likes of Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) Really Philadelphia? The Raiders? Well, that explains this drop from 6 to 15.

The Best of the Rest (16-32)

16.  Green Bay Packers (3-2)
17.  San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
18.  Dallas Cowboys (3-2)
19.  Arizona Cardinals (3-2)
20.  New York Jets (3-3)
21.  Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)
22.  Carolina Panthers (2-3)
23.  Buffalo Bills (2-4)
24.  Oakland Raiders (2-4)
25.  Kansas City Chiefs (1-5)
26.  Detroit Lions (1-5)
27.  Seattle Seahawks (2-4)
28.  Washington Redskins (2-4)
29.  Cleveland Browns (1-5)
30.  Tennessee Titans (0-6)
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-6)
32. St. Louis Rams (0-6)

-Jon Harris


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