I apologize for my week absence for not putting out a power ranking for week 6 as I had some things come up that gobbled my time. For those who were curious however, Here was my top 10 for week 6. 10) Cardinals 9) Bills 8) Bears 7) Packers 6) Ravens 5) Seahawks 4) Buccaneers 3) Chiefs 2) Titans 1) Steelers.
Now this week was nothing short of spectacular. Very close games including a exciting game between my top two teams and an absolute thrill ride in the Desert. As we are almost at the halfway point of the season, we are now more aware of who are the contenders and who are the pretenders. Here are the NFL top 10 power rankings for week 7.
10. Buffalo Bills (4-2)
You would think this team would blow out the New York Jets right? That wasn’t the case as the Bills found their way down 10-0 entering the second quarter. Tyler Bass attempted 8 field goals and made 6 of them to give the Bills a 18-10 victory over the Jets. The defense was not the same defense from last year and the offense is getting killed by penalties that called back a couple touchdowns. That being said, the defense started showing signs of their old self in the second half by allowing 4 yards and two interceptions against the Sam Darnold led Jets offense. The Bills upcoming schedule getting tougher as they face the Patriots this week. I still believe the Bills we saw in September will be the Bills going forward and still believe this team will win the AFC East. They just have more work to do to climb back up in my rankings.
9. Los Angeles Rams (5-2)
The Rams took full control of their game against the Bears on Monday night and it was behind the defensive line. Aaron’s Donald was still a presence but it was the other guys including Leonard Floyd getting pressure on Nick Foles all night. The secondary had 3 interceptions and the Bears offense was held to just 279 years of total offense. Also, worth to mention that the Rams have the best punter in the game in Johnny Hekker. He positioned the ball inside the opposing 10 yard line on all 5 of his punts. Field position is very key in the NFL and the Hekker is the best at pinning opponents deep. Rams are a sleeper team in a stacked NFC West.
8. Arizona Cardinals (5-2)
What a wild and crazy game that was against Seattle on Sunday night. The Cardinals were able to come back to force overtime and win it on their second field goal try. Kyler Murray and the Arizona offense was able to keep up with Cooking Russ putting up 519 yards of total offense. The defense snagged three interception off of Russell Wilson and force a couple of punts giving Arizona the extra possessions that was needed to get the win against their divisional rivals. This team is solid and picked up a critical win that will be key in the playoff race in December. Watch out for Arizona.
7. Baltimore Ravens (5-1)
A bye week gave this team enough time to prep up for their big matchup this week with their inner-division rivals in the Pittsburgh Steelers. The offense was showing signs of slowing down from last years explosive offense. Opposing defense are now figuring out ways to slow down Lamar Jackson and crew into situations this offense wasn’t use to. They did acquire Pro Bowl defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in a trade from the Vikings to help an already loaded defense. Baltimore is still a top contender in the AFC but the offense needs to get the tires rolling against the Steelers to build confidence going into November.
6. Seattle Seahawks (5-1)
It is definitely Russell Wilson’s team but the team is relying on Wilson a bit too much. The Seahawks have struggled drastically on defense giving Wilson pressure to bail out the Seahawks week after week. They need to be more well-balanced to win games when they matter most. Russell can only do so much. He’s on pace to break the passing touchdown record but that won’t get Seattle far against quality opponents. The defense needs a lot of help and the return of Jamal Adams may not be enough. On the flip side, they got a great offense that will win them a bunch of games to stay atop of the NFC West. The schedule doesn’t get that much lighter so they need to make moves to help that defense.
5. Tennessee Titans (5-1)
It wasn’t the start Tennessee wanted against the Steelers as they found themselves in a 20 point hole in the second half. The Titans rallied back and came a last second missed field goal away from forcing overtime and potential staying undefeated. The Titans need to do a better job at getting off the field on third down as Pittsburgh was 13 of 18 on third down. They also didn’t control the clock which had Tannehill and Henry on the bench for majority of the game. That being said, this team was just shy of pulling off the victory controlling their own destiny in the AFC South. They are still a dangerous contender from the AFC.
4. Green Bay Packers (5-1)
Aaron Jones being a last-minute scratch didn’t phase this team at all. Aaron Rodgers turned to his star receiver in Davante Adams early and often on Sunday. Adams had 13 receptions for 196 yards and two touchdowns in a blowout win against the Texans. The pairing of Rodgers and Adams is an incredibly dangerous combo for defenses to stop. The Green Bay defense made it a very long day for Deshaun Watson getting pressure on him early and often. This was a great team win for the Packers after a disappointing loss against the Bucs last week. That loss is totally behind them.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2)
The GOAT is back. He’s back with a vengeance too putting up 369 yards and four touchdowns while sneaking one in on the goal line in a blowout victory against the Raiders. Gronk is also back into his old form adding another touchdown to his resume. Even the Bucs defense made it a long day for Derek Carr and the Raiders offense. The Bucs aren’t just another hype team that falls under expectations. They are in fact the best team in the NFC and show no signs of slowing down either.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (6-1)
A little snow fleury won’t slow down the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes managed just one touchdown pass and 200 yards through the air which sounds like it was a tough day for the Chiefs right? Nope. They blew out the Broncos in the snow winning 43-16. The defense forced 4 turnovers givingKansas City great field position all game long. They also accounted for a 50-yard pick six by linebacker Daniel Sorensen. The Chiefs also scored off a 102-yard kickoff return by Byron Pringle. This victory proves that Kansas City doesn’t need to rely on the high-powered offense to blow out teams and that’s a scary thought.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0)
The Steelers survived the battle of unbeatens and are now the only undefeated team left in the NFL. They came flying out the gate in the first half but allowed Tennessee to come back and attempt a game-tying field goal but Gostkowski missed it. Ben Roethlisberger had an inconsistent day throwing the ball with two touchdowns but three interceptions. Besides Big Ben, the rest of the Steelers team looks like the complete package. Depth at the receiver position, a good running game led by James Connor, solid offensive line, and a voracious defense. Pittsburgh is the most complete roster in the NFL right now and they’re playing like a team that is destined to get their seventh ring.