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My 2021 Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

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2021 Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

Another week is in the books and it’s at this point in the season when we really start to separate the contenders from the pretenders. After three weeks everyone was buying what the Carolina Panthers were selling. Four straight losses and they now find themselves alone at the bottom of the NFC South. After three weeks everyone had written off the Indianapolis Colts. With three wins in their last four games, Indy finds themselves just one game back in the playoff hunt. One thing that hasn’t changed is the Arizona Cardinals hold on the top spot in these rankings. They are putting that on the line this week with a juicy matchup against Green Bay. This is one Thursday night game I may have to turn on.

1. Arizona Cardinals (7-0) ~ Zach Ertz made an immediate impact on his new team by hauling in a 47-yard touchdown pass. I was surprised to learn that was the longest touchdown catch of his career. I wish him nothing but success on his new team. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Los Angeles Rams (6-1) ~ They’ve lost just once so far this season, and that was to the one team above them in the rankings. It’s easy to talk about Cooper Kupp, but let’s look at the man who is getting him the ball. Matthew Stafford is third in the league with 2,172 passing yards. His 19 touchdowns are second in the league and he’s thrown just four picks. If QBR is your thing, well, nobody has a better one than Stafford’s 78.6. Very quietly putting up MVP numbers in his first year in L.A. (LWR 2)

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-1) ~ Tom Brady has now thrown more than 600 touchdowns across his Hall of Fame career. To put that in perspective, John Elway, whom I thought was the best quarterback of all time until Brady came along, finished his career with an even 300. Joe Montana, whom a lot of people widely regard as the greatest of all time ended up with 273. That means that Brady has thrown 29 more touchdowns than Elway and Montana combined. Let that sink in for a minute. (LWR 4)

4. Buffalo Bills (4-2) ~ Is it me or does it feel like it’s been a while since we’ve seen the Bills in action? They had an extra week to think about their loss to Tennessee the last time they were on the field. I feel bad for the incoming Dolphins who already lost 35-0 the last time they played the Bills. And that was in Miami. (LWR 3)

5. Green Bay Packers (6-1) ~ I mentioned their Thursday night showdown with Arizona in the lead. What I left out was the fact that it appears Green Bay will be without all-world receiver Davante Adams who was placed on the injured/covid list yesterday. If this game were Sunday I’d think there’s a good chance he can play, but, the Thursday kickoff might be too soon. It’s a shame that one of the best players in the game might not be able to take the field in what is the best matchup in this week’s games. (LWR 7)

6. Dallas Cowboys (5-1) ~ CeeDee Lamb seems to have the makings of a number one receiver. He leads the team in catches (33), targets (49), receiving yards (497) and is tied for the team lead with four receiving scores. With Amari Cooper on the other side, Dalton Schultz emerging as a go-to tight end and Zeke running the ball, this offense is going to be hard to stop. (LWR 6)

7. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) ~ If the season ended today, the Bengals would be the top seed in the AFC playoffs. I know. I can’t believe it either. Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase have an undeniable chemistry. Chase just absolutely torched Baltimore with 201 yards receiving. He is behind only the aforementioned Cooper Kupp in receiving yards and leads the NFL with an eye-popping 21.5 yards per catch. The AFC leading Bengals. Not something I thought I’d write this year. (LWR 10)

8. Tennessee Titans (5-2) ~ In consecutive weeks they took down the Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, they trounced Kansas City, but I’ll get to that later. How is it that this team also lost a game to the Jets? I still can’t quite wrap my head around that one. It’s the only thing that gives me pause about this team. The fact that they seem to always play to the level of their opponent. (LWR 12)

9. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) ~ Is Marquise Brown turning into a number one receiver? That is the big question in Baltimore. Brown leads the team in catches (37) and his 566 yards receiving are good for seventh in the NFL. The Ravens haven’t had a true number one since, um, I don’t even know. Anquan Boldin at the end of his career? The Ravens thought Brown could be their number one, which is why he was drafted in the first round back in 2019, and it’s starting to look like they might have been right. (LWR 5)

10. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) ~ Last season the Tampa Bay Bucs became the first team to play in their home stadium in the Super Bowl. This year it could happen twice. If the Rams and Chargers win their respective conferences they would meet at Sofi Stadium, the stadium the teams share out in Los Angeles. I am so rooting for this. (LWR 8)

11. Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) ~ Derek Carr completed 31 of 34 passes against my sorry Philadelphia Eagles’ secondary. That marks the second time in Carr’s career that he completed more than 90% of his passes while attempting at least 30 in the game. Every other quarterback in NFL history has combined to do that just once. (LWR 13)

12. Cleveland Browns (4-3) ~ Let’s give credit where credit is due. The Browns won a game in which Case Keenum was the starting quarterback and someone named D’Ernest Johnson was the lead back. Johnson had himself a day rushing for 146 yards and a touchdown. Nick Chubb should suit up this weekend against Pittsburgh, but Johnson might still see some action with Kareem Hunt still out due to injury. (LWR 11)

13. New Orleans Saints (4-2) ~ Previously on the Alvin Kamara Show. Kamara came into Monday night’s game in Seattle Kamara had 15 catches for 113 yards. On Monday Kamara hauled in 10 catches for 128 yards. He was the Saints Monday night. Michael Thomas is eligible to return from the pup list, but it sounds like he will need a few more weeks. The Saints offense can use all the help it can get as Kamara can’t be counted on to do it all every week. (LWR 14)

14. Kansas City Chiefs (3-4) ~ Patrick Mahomes is leading the NFL in….interceptions. Mahomes has thrown nine picks so far this year which is tied for worst in the league with Jets rookie Zach Wilson. This Chiefs team looks completely lost. There’s still time for them to turn it around, but through seven weeks the only team they beat that looks like a potential playoff team is Cleveland. And that was a nail biter in the opening week. (LWR 9)

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) ~ In one of the more hilarious rumor stories to come about recently, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was on his way to USC to fill their vacant coaching position. Tomlin, who has coached the Steelers since 2007, has never had a losing record in the NFL. He also said “never say never….but never” when asked if he would leave Pittsburgh for the college ranks. (LWR 15)

16. Minnesota Vikings (3-3) ~ Who are the Vikings? Their record indicates a middle of the road team with wins over Detroit, Carolina and Seattle (albeit when Russell Wilson was still healthy). Their record also indicates they could be much more with very close losses to Cincy, Arizona and Cleveland. Perhaps will we find out more about this team Sunday night when they host the Cowboys. (LWR 17)

17. Indianapolis Colts (3-4) ~ Carson Wentz may have made one of the most Carson Wentz moves in Sunday’s win over the 49ers, but the key is they picked up the win. The Colts are starting to round into form as they get past the brutal opening slate of their schedule. (LWR 19)

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18. San Francisco 49ers (2-4) ~ Four straight losses for the 49ers, although this was the first one by more than one score. Eli Mitchell had 18 carries for 107 yards and a score. It seems safe to say that he is the lead back for the rest of the year barring injury. Just another example of running backs thriving in coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense. (LWR 18)

19. New England Patriots (3-4) ~ They put up 54 points. Yes, it was against the Jets, but they put up 54 freaking points. That is the 12th straight game in which the Patriots have dispatched the Jets. Six straight season sweeps. Tom Brady or not, the Pats just have the Jets’ number. (LWR 22)

20. Carolina Panthers (3-4) ~ Sam Darnold was benched for XFL standout PJ Walker. Rumors about trading for Deshaun Watson have resurfaced. Call me crazy, but if the Panthers are really searching for a new quarterback, I believe Cam Newton is out there on the streets. Just sayin’. (LWR 16)

21. Denver Broncos (3-4) ~ Denver has seven, count em, seven linebackers on injured reserve. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that they just acquired two new linebackers, Stephen Weatherly from Minnesota and Kenny Young from the Rams. They could make their team debuts as early as this Sunday against Washington. (LWR 20)

22. Atlanta Falcons (3-3) ~ Mike Davis is no longer the starting running back for Atlanta. Cordarrelle Patterson handled 14 carries and was targeted twice in the passing game. Davis had four carries and was not targeted for the first time all season. I would have won my fantasy matchup this week if I had started Eli Mitchell over Davis. Sigh. (LWR 26)

23. Seattle Seahawks (2-5) ~ Geno Smith is no Russell Wilson, but this is where we're at. Wilson may be able to return from his finger injury in week 10 which would keep Smith under center through the bye week. Sunday's game against Jacksonville becomes a must win to keep Seattle's playoff hopes alive. (LWR 21)

24. Chicago Bears (3-4) ~ Justin Fields is having a tough go of things. He threw three picks and was sacked four times against Tampa Bay. It was the second straight game in which Fields was sacked four times. During those two games there have been exactly zero called quarterback run plays. Why are the Bears not giving him a few carries a game? He was prolific at Ohio State. Seems like poor coaching and/or play calling to me. (LWR 23)

25. Philadelphia Eagles (2-5) ~ They were finally running the damn ball. Miles Sanders had six carries before exiting with an ankle injury, but he seemed well on his way to setting a new season high in carries (15 in week one) before getting hurt. Sanders has had double digit carries just three times this season. The Eagles won two of those three games. (LWR 24)

26. Washington Football Team (2-5) ~ Where has the running game gone? Antonio Gibson went for 90 yards in the first game of the season, but hasn’t topped 70 in any of the last six. His yards per carry are down nearly a full yard from last season and he’s found the end zone just three times after scoring 11 rushing touchdowns last year. Are teams keying on the run game since Ryan Fitzpatrick is out? (LWR 25)

27. New York Giants (2-5) ~ Daniel Jones is leading the team in passing, rushing and may have made the catch of the year. All that and he still might lose his job. (LWR 28)

28. Miami Dolphins (1-6) ~ Six straight L’s for the Dolphins. Their lone win was a one-point road victory against a rookie quarterback making his NFL debut in New England. Will Brian Flores be the first coach to lose his job this year? You can make a case for Washington, but I think Miami is the biggest disappointment so far this season. (LWR 27)

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) ~ The positives for the Jags are they got an extra week to relish that first win of the season and that, thanks to that win, they have the best record of any NFL team in the state of Florida. Must be tough being a fan of Florida football right now. (LWR 31)

30. New York Jets (1-5) ~ Zach Wilson is out 2-4 weeks with an injured knee. Someone named Mike White (no relation) finished that blowout loss to the Patriots. White could get his first start this weekend against the Bengals, but the Jets did just pull off a trade for their old friend Joe Flacco. Regardless of who takes the snaps, I think I’m sticking with Cincy in my last man standing pool this week. (LWR 29)

31. Detroit Lions (0-7) ~ I get it. They’ve lost every game they’ve played this year. How can I move them up in the rankings? The answer is that they’ve at least been competitive. They would have beaten the Ravens if not for an NFL record-long field goal. They put a scare into the Rams. This is a team that fights every week which scares me as an Eagles fan. I have a bad, bad feeling the Lions get their first win this weekend against my birds. (LWR 32)

32. Houston Texans (1-6) ~ No matter how you slice it, the Texans are bad. They’ve been outscored 62-8 in their last two games. They haven’t found the end zone since early in the third quarter of their game against the Patriots. On October 10th. They have the worst point differential (-106) in the league and get to host the Rams this weekend. There’s not one bright spot on this team right now. Not one. (LWR 30)

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, be sure to give me a follow on Twitter or just leave a comment below.

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