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My 2022 NFL Power Index Week 7

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2022 NFL Power Index Week 7

Seven weeks of games are in the books. Seven is a lucky number for some teams. Others found absolutely no luck this past weekend. My top three teams from last week all enjoyed the bye, but does that mean they will stay locked into those positions this time around? Oh, and you may have heard about a big name running back being traded just a few days ago. He isn’t the only one at his position who will don some new laundry the next time they take the field.

1. Buffalo Bills (5-1) ~ The best team in football is coming off of the bye and gets to play host to the stumbling Green Bay Packers. Sunday night. Primetime. I’m sure just about everyone on this squad is licking their lips in anticipation of that game. I’m also sure no folding table will be safe in upstate New York. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Philadelphia Eagles (6-0) ~ Sometimes, the schedule works in mysterious ways. The Philadelphia Phillies are in the World Series which begins Friday in Houston. The first off day will be Sunday when the Eagles play the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then games again on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before an off day on Thursday when the Eagles play, you guessed it, the Houston Texans. I’d say you can’t make this stuff up, but someone made up the NFL schedule and someone else made up the MLB schedule so, yeah. (LWR 2)

3. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) ~ Kansas City eclipsed 40 points for the third time this season and this time was against a stout San Francisco defense. Even without Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs are the highest scoring team in the NFL at just a hair under 32 points per game. Patrick Mahomes is leading the league in passing yards (2,159), touchdowns (20) and QBR (76.8). Can he secure his second MVP award this season? (LWR 4)

4. Minnesota Vikings (5-1) ~ Justin Jefferson hasn’t found the end zone since he scored twice against the Packers in the season opener. Look for that to change this weekend when Minnesota hosts Arizona. The Cardinals have allowed the fourth most passing touchdowns so far this season including the four they allowed Thursday night to Andy Dalton. (LWR 3)

5. New York Giants (6-1) ~ This Giants defense may be for real. Through seven games they are allowing under 19 points per game and haven’t allowed more than 23 points in any contest. That 23-point game was their one loss of the season to Dallas. Defense tends to travel well and they will need that to be the case when they go cross country to face a resurgent Seattle team that just hung 37 on the Los Angeles Chargers. (LWR 6)

6. Dallas Cowboys (5-2) ~ Speaking of defense, that is certainly the strength of the Dallas Cowboys. They are giving up just under 15 points per game and have allowed a mere eight touchdowns all season. The offense should begin to click again with Dak Prescott back from his thumb injury. Three teams from the NFC East are in the top six. This is hands down the best division in football. (LWR 7)

7. Baltimore Ravens (4-3) ~ Last week I was miffed that J.K. Dobbins took a backseat to Kenyan Drake thus hurting my fantasy team. So I picked up Drake from the waiver wire and then he took a backseat to Gus Edwards who was reinstated from injured reserve. At least he wasn’t in my lineup. I’m not sure if any Baltimore running back should be in anyone’s lineup until there is some more clarity. (LWR 8)

8. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) ~ The Bengals absolutely lit up Atlanta’s defense. Joe Burrow had 481 yards passing and three touchdowns. Nearly all of that came in the first half when Cincy built a 28-7 lead. Wherever you look in the box score the Bengals dominated. Ja’Marr Chase? Eight catches for 130 yards and two scores. Tyler Boyd? Eight catches for 155 yards and a score. Joe Mixon found the end zone and, oh yeah, so did Burrow which makes his day even more impressive. (LWR 9)

9. Los Angeles Rams (3-3) ~ If you told me that two running backs would have been on the move this past week I would have put money on it that Cam Akers would have been one of them. I’m glad I didn’t make that bet because, as of this writing, Akers is still a Ram. For a team that is bereft of draft picks (their last pick in the first round was Jared Goff in 2016), they should try and stockpile a few picks while moving Akers if they aren’t going to use him. (LWR 10)

10. Miami Dolphins (4-3) ~ Was it big news that Tua Tagovailoa returned to the lineup? Yes. Was he the reason Miami picked up a win Sunday night? Eh. I’d lean more towards the two fourth quarter interceptions the Dolphins defense came up with after Pittsburgh drove deep into Miami territory. Believe it or not, those were the first interceptions for the Dolphins since the season opener. (LWR 14)

11. Tennessee Titans (4-2) ~ Tennessee grabbed control of the AFC South with their second victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the past month. More important, however, is the artist’s rendering of their new stadium. I can’t unsee this. (LWR 15)

12. New York Jets (5-2) ~ Breece Hall may have been well on his way to Offensive Rookie of the Year honors before blowing out his knee Sunday in Denver. Instead of trusting second year back Michael Carter, the Jets made a trade with Jacksonville to bring in James Robinson. As a Robinson owner in fantasy, I am curious if he will be the lead back in New York who is a run heavy team. (LWR 16)

13. Los Angeles Chargers (4-3) ~ The injuries continue to mount for the Chargers. Prized free agent corner J.C. Jackson is done for the year and wideout Mike Williams will miss at least a few weeks with a high ankle sprain. Sure, Keenan Allen suited up for the first time since Week One, but I can’t imagine any Chargers fan feeling positive as the team enters their bye week. (LWR 5)

14. Seattle Seahawks (4-3) ~ The Seattle Seahawks are the only team in the NFC West with a winning record. A division that has last year’s Super Bowl winner as well as the other team that was in the NFC Championship Game. Arizona was also in the playoffs a season ago. None of them have a winning record through seven weeks. The NFL, man. (LWR 19)

15. San Francisco 49ers (3-4) ~ Yes, they got pasted. They got pasted at home. They also added Christian McCaffrey to the lineup. That’s gotta count for something. Once he is acclimated to the playbook this team will be able to give defenses all sorts of fits. What do you do if CMC and Deebo Samuel line up in the backfield together? You can’t say cry, but that might be the reality of it all. (LWR 12)

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) ~ How it started vs how it’s going. (LWR 11)

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17. Green Bay Packers (3-4) ~ A week ago I thought it was time to push the panic button in Green Bay. After a loss to the Carson Wentz-less Washington Commanders, I’d say it’s time to start mashing that button like some of those crazies do on slot machines at casinos. It might not change the outcome, but maybe it will let them feel like they have some sort of control over the situation. (LWR 13)

18. New England Patriots (3-4) ~ Last week I said that there won’t and shouldn’t be a quarterback controversy in New England. After seeing starter Mac Jones return from injury, only to be pulled in favor of rookie Bailey Zappe, it looks like there is and will be a quarterback controversy in New England. Now we just need to know if Bill Belichick is a fan of Fountains of Wayne. (LWR 18)

19. Arizona Cardinals (3-4) ~ DeAndre Hopkins’s season debut went about as well as Arizona could have hoped: 10 catches on 14 targets for 103 yards. If only their fans knew how to spell his name correctly. (LWR 23)

20. Indianapolis Colts (3-3-1) ~ The Matt Ryan era in Indy appears to be over. Head Coach Frank Reich stated that Sam Ehlinger will be the starter for the rest of the year. Philly Super Bowl hero Nick Foles will be his backup. Ryan is expected to be inactive for this weekend’s game. Could the Colts look to move the veteran qb after acquiring him in the offseason? (LWR 17)

21. New Orleans Saints (2-5) ~ If Andy Dalton never gives us anything else on the football field, at least he left us with this. (LWR 20)

22. Las Vegas Raiders (2-4) ~ Prior to the season, the Raiders declined their option on Josh Jacobs. While that seemed to indicate the team was moving on, it hasn’t played out that way on the field. Jacobs is third in the NFL with 633 rushing yards and he is tied for second with six touchdowns. Seems to me he is the MVP of the team and is playing his way into a big contract. (LWR 27)

23. Atlanta Falcons (3-4) ~ Not to beat the same drum of get Kyle Pitts the ball, but can they get anyone the ball? The Falcons fell behind 28-7 early and continued to run the ball throughout the game. Marcus Mariota finished with just 13 pass attempts. It doesn’t make any sense. (LWR 22)

24. Washington Commanders (3-4) ~ Two wins in a row have saved Washington’s season from ending before Halloween. They’ll get a crack at the aforementioned Ehlinger-led Colts this weekend with a legit chance of getting back to .500. If Taylor Heinicke plays well, does Washington hand the ball back to Carson Wentz when he is fully healed from finger surgery? (LWR 29)

25. Cleveland Browns (2-5) ~ Another notch in the loss column along with a big one on the field. Tight end David Njoku, who has been enjoying a breakout season, will miss a few weeks with an ankle injury. There are talks the team is looking to trade running back Kareem Hunt. This might be the white flag on Cleveland’s year. (LWR 21)

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) ~ It’s the Travis Etienne show in Jacksonville. With the trade of James Robinson to the Jets, all things are clear for Etienne to be the guy for the Jags. It will be fun to watch him with his old college quarterback Trevor Lawrence, but you’ll have to wake up early to do just that this Sunday as the Jags head to London for what seems like the 30th year in a row. (LWR 24)

27. Chicago Bears (3-4) ~ Can someone explain to me how the Bears put up a season-high 33 points in New England Monday night? Explain it to me like I’m five. (LWR 30)

28. Denver Broncos (2-5) ~ The Broncos have scored 16 or fewer points in six of their seven games this season. After last year everyone thought this team was a quarterback away from taking the next step. In came Russell Wilson. The team still looks like they are a quarterback away. Good thing Wilson is signed through 2028 and is the second highest paid player in the league. Yikes. (LWR 25)

29. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) ~ The only team the Steelers are outscoring this season is the Broncos. Second year back Najee Harris has struggled. His 329 yards rushing is behind the likes of Cordarrelle Patterson who has played only four games, Rashaad Penny who has played in five, and even Daniel Jones. Yes, the Giants quarterback has more rushing yards than the Steelers lead running back. (LWR 26)

30. Detroit Lions (1-5) ~ The Lions have scored a total of six points in their last two games. Six. This from a team that was averaging 42.5 points over their first four games. (LWR 28)

31. Carolina Panthers (2-5) ~ Their 21-3 beatdown of Tampa Bay has to be the biggest surprise game of the season. I challenge you to find another. (LWR 32)

32. Houston Texans (1-4-1) ~ Could Brandin Cooks be on the trading block? I’ve mentioned before that the Packers should look into Odell Beckham Jr. Maybe they should ask Houston about Cooks. Maybe they should get Cooks AND OBJ to help out Mr. Rodgers. (LWR 31)

And that is that. That's all I've got this week. You're now free to go about the rest of your day. Or night. Whatever it may be. If you want more of me, leave a comment below or follow me on social media via the link in my bio.

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