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My 2020 Week Seven NFL Power Rankings

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Week 7 Power Rankings

And then there was one. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the lone undefeated team in the NFL. Is that enough to get them to the top of the rankings? Maybe. Maybe not. There’s no set criteria really. It’s basically just how I view things, but you knew that, didn’t you? I mean, I’d hope you didn’t come here every week thinking that these are officially sanctioned NFL rankings that use in depth next gen stats and formulas to produce a flawless list. I’m just glad you come every week. That’s why I do this. I do it for you. Yes, you. OK, now that I’ve got you feeling good about yourself, it’s time to dive into these so you can see just what I think about your team.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (6-1) ~ Last week I mentioned how Le’Veon Bell was the newest Chief. I did not, however, notice the upcoming schedule. Kansas City plays host to Bell’s former squad, the New York Jets, this coming Sunday. How much do you want to bet that Andy Reid draws up a play or two to get Bell into the end zone? (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0) ~ Make no mistake that they held on in Tennessee, escaping with the victory when Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski went wide right on a 45-yard field goal. That said, they DID race out to a 20-point lead, on the road, against an undefeated team. The Steelers are now 98-1-1 with Ben Roethlisberger at the held when they have a 14-point lead in a game. (LWR 4)

3. Baltimore Ravens (5-1) ~ Guess who’s back? Back again? Dez is back. Tell a friend. Well, he’s ALMOST back. Dez Bryant, who hasn’t played in an NFL game since December 2017 if you can believe that, has officially signed on to be a member of Baltimore’s practice squad. Considering that through six games, Baltimore has just one wide receiver with at least a dozen catches on the year (Marquise Brown has 26), I’d say it’s worth a shot to bring in a guy with 531 career catches. (LWR 3)

4. Seattle Seahawks (5-1) ~ I could talk about how Seattle blew a 10-point 4th quarter lead in a divisional game. I could talk about how my early season MVP Russell Wilson threw three interceptions in that game. All I want to talk about is this play from DK Metcalf. Last week I talked up his receiving prowess. After seeing this live, he is officially one of my favorite players. (LWR 2)

5. Green Bay Packers (5-1) ~ Coming off a stinker in Tampa Bay, Green Bay was without top back Aaron Jones for a road game in Houston. Would Aaron Rodgers bounce back? Have dumber questions been asked? Maybe. But this seemed like a gimme. Rodgers torched Houston’s secondary for four touchdowns and nearly 300 yards as the Packers put up at least 30 points in a game for the fifth time this season. Up next? A home date against a Minnesota team that I’m not sure even HAS a secondary. (LWR 6)

6. Tennessee Titans (5-1) ~ I mentioned earlier how Gostkowski’s missed field goal Sunday could have cost the Titans the game. Let’s dig deeper into their kicker’s struggles this year. After the miss, Gostkowski has converted just 62.5% of his field goals attempts on the season. That’s 32nd in the league. There are only 32 teams in the league. What’s even weirder about seeing this All-Pro struggle is that he is a perfect 5-for-5 on field goals of 50+ yards. He is just 5-for-11 under 50 yards. The Titans have legit Super Bowl aspirations and one has to wonder if they will make a move at kicker. (LWR 5)

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) ~ Since week 3, Tom Brady has been lighting up the league. The Bucs are 4-1 and a large part of that is Brady’s 15 touchdowns (best in the league), 15-1 touchdown to interception ratio (best in the league) and 1,454 yards (tied for fourth). Oh, and let’s not forget that Antonio Brown is about the join the receiving corps. (LWR 7)

8. Buffalo Bills (5-2) ~ They couldn’t find the end zone against the sad sack Jets. I find that a bit troubling. What I find more troubling is the fact that Buffalo has a -4 point differential putting them as the only division leader outside of the pitiful NFC East to have a negative point differential. Four of their five wins have been by just one score and that fifth win? A season opening 10-point win over the Jets. (LWR 8)

9. New Orleans Saints (4-2) ~ Three straight wins for Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara. That’s essentially it. Michael Thomas has been out since the opener with various injuries. Emmanuel Sanders was scratched due to Covid-19. Brees and Kamara have been the constants. Well, that and letting their opponent score seemingly at will. The Saints have allowed their opponent to score at least 23 points in every game. Brees and Kamara will need some help, especially with a road game in Chicago coming up this weekend. (LWR 9)

10. Los Angeles Rams (5-2) ~ Is Darrell Henderson starting to emerge as a, dare I say it, feature back in L.A.? He leads the team with 87 carries and 412 yards and seems to be the focal point in the backfield recently. Not that the Rams need a feature back. Henderson, Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers are all averaging over four yards per carry. (LWR 11)

11. Arizona Cardinals (5-2) ~ If you didn’t think he had arrived just yet, there’s no denying in now. Kyler Murray can play. Last year’s number one overall pick piled up 360 yards and three touchdowns through the air along with 67 yards and another score on the ground in a signature win to keep Arizona from falling three games back of Seattle. It’s safe to say Arizona made the right move by drafting Murray just a year after taking Josh Rosen in the first round the year before. (LWR 13)

12. Chicago Bears (5-2) ~ Where is the ground game in Chicago? David Montgomery is averaging just a hair over 50 yards per game. Losing change-of-pace back Tarik Cohen hasn’t helped, but Chicago needs more out of the ground game to help open things up for Nick Foles. After coming off the bench in Atlanta with three touchdown passes, Foles has just three touchdowns in the past four games. (LWR 10)

13. Indianapolis Colts (4-2) ~ After six games, I really don’t know what to make of the Colts. They are 4-2, yes, but aside from the Bears, they haven’t really played anyone. The combined record of their other opponents outside of Chicago is 8-24-1. Up next? The 3-3 Lions who just got a miracle win in Atlanta. More on that later. (LWR 12)

14. Cleveland Browns (5-2) ~ Speaking of miracle wins, Cleveland got one in the battle for Ohio. Baker Mayfield’s fifth touchdown pass of the day, with just 11 seconds left on the clock, gave the Browns the lead, and the win. They did, however, also suffer a big loss on the field that day. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season. A season in which the Browns have legit playoff hopes. (LWR 14)

15. San Francisco 49ers (4-3) ~ Another week and another spate of injuries for the 49ers. Jeff Wilson, the backup to the backup running back, was put on IR. Deebo Samuel will also miss some time. Credit the 49ers for playing hard despite all of these setbacks. Undrafted rookie JaMycal Hasty could start at running back for San Fran next week in a pivotal game when the Seahawks come to town. The NFC West man. The only division in football in which every team is over .500. (LWR 17)

16. Las Vegas Raiders (3-3) ~ There will be fans at Allegiant Stadium this week in Las Vegas. The problem with that? They won’t be there to see the Raiders. UNLV’s football team will play at the NFL stadium Saturday and they have been given the OK to allow about 2,000 spectators which is 3% of the stadium’s capacity. I maintain the stance that any fans being allowed in a stadium is a step in the right direction as this country continues to battle the pandemic. (LWR 16)

17. Miami Dolphins (3-3) ~ All eyes will be on rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa as he is the new starter in Miami. Tua, the number five overall pick in this year’s draft, will see Aaron Donald, perhaps the NFL’s best defensive player, lined up against him Sunday. Not exactly an ideal game to get your first start. (LWR 18)

18. Carolina Panthers (3-4) ~ Christian McCaffrey is expected to play this week. If he is on your fantasy team, I’m not sure I’d plug him into the lineup just yet with confidence. The Panthers play Thursday night, and have a juicy matchup against the Falcons, but he is coming off a serious ankle injury. Mike Davis has also filled in probably better than even the Panthers expected. It will be nice to see him back in the lineup, but he should remain on your fantasy bench. At least until he can prove capable of handling a full game. (LWR 19)

19. New England Patriots (2-4) ~ They said they didn’t need Tom Brady. They said they’d be fine. After the first two weeks, it looked like they were right. Maybe that was a rush to judgment. Cam Newton was benched Sunday and deservedly so. Over his last four games, the former MVP has two touchdowns and seven interceptions. I bet the fans, and even the players, in New England wish TB12 was still in town. (LWR 15)

20. Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) ~ Austin Ekeler hasn’t played since getting hurt early in week four. Ekeler still leads the team in rushing with 248 yards. Rookie Joshua Kelley has stumbled when given the chance to produce. Justin Jackson hasn’t been much better. The fact that Justin Herbert is lighting up opposing defenses without the benefit of a dependable run game makes it all the more impressive. (LWR 22)

21. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1) ~ The first place Philadelphia Eagles. The team that couldn’t beat winless Cincinnati at home. The team that has lost nine of 11 projected offensive starters. The team that needed a frantic 4th quarter comeback to beat the New York Giants at home last week. The team with the best odds of winning the division. All of these things are true. As a fan, I don’t know how, but if they can beat the similarly injured Dallas Cowboys this week, could go into the bye feeling good about their playoff prospects. (LWR 23)

22. Dallas Cowboys (2-5) ~ When Dak Prescott when down, Cowboys fans had to feel like their season might be in jeopardy. When Andy Dalton went down, and the team got crushed by Washington, well, I'm thinking that "might be in jeopardy" turned into an "is in jeopardy". (LWR 20)

23. Detroit Lions (3-3) ~ In a surprising move, the Lions have upgraded their pass rush by acquiring Everson Griffin from the Cowboys for a 6th round draft pick. Griffin returns to the NFC North where he spent the bulk of his career before signing with Dallas this past offseason. (LWR 24)

24. Denver Broncos (2-4) ~ Melvin Gordon has not been great for the Broncos. The former Charger came to town looking to be the lead back, but so far, he hasn't looked the part. Let's remove the game against the Jets because everyone has a good game against the Jets. In the other four games Gordon has played he has averaged just over 60 yards per game. Oh, and he is fresh off of a DUI arrest. Maybe he should switch to weed. I think that's a little more accepted in Denver. (LWR 21)

25. Minnesota Vikings (1-5) ~ Are they punting the season? I don't think they can catch Chicago or Green Bay at this point. Their best defensive player, Danielle Hunter, just had neck surgery. Their other star defensive player, Yannick Ngakoue, was shipped off to Baltimore. Feels like they are punting the season. (LWR 26)

26. Washington Football Team (2-5) ~ The bad news for Washington has been confirmed. Star safety Landon Collins has a torn achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season. This team may not be great, but Ron Rivera seems to have instilled a culture that has been missing in the nation's capital for some time. (LWR 29)

27. Houston Texans (1-6) ~ Last place. The Texans are dead last in the NFL in rushing with just under 85 yards per game. That total INCLUDES the 147 yards Deshaun Watson has piled up. David Johnson, who came over in the DeAndre Hopkins deal, is averaging a mere 56 yards per game. (LWR 25)

28. Cincinnati Bengals (1-5-1) ~ They're better than you think. Yes, their record stinks, but remember, this was the worst team in the NFL last year. This season Cincy has actually had a lead in the fourth quarter in five of their seven games. They have just one win, but this is a team that is getting better even if it doesn't show up in the win column just yet. (LWR 28)

29. Atlanta Falcons (1-6) ~ Amongst Saturday's college football games my alma mater, Penn State, flubbed a game when a running back scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter that allowed the opposing team to get the ball back and drive down the field to score. Apparently nobody on the Falcons saw that game. Todd Gurley scored to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, but left too much time on the clock. The Lions took advantage. Falcons gonna Falcon. (LWR 27)

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6) ~ This nugget is just too good not to share. The Dolphins, Bengals and Texans all picked up their first wins of the season against Jacksonville. Excluding season openers, that makes the Jags the first team in NFL history to lose three straight games to winless teams. (LWR 30)

31. New York Giants (1-6) ~ We've all seen it by now. Daniel Jones had the end zone in sight. Nobody to beat. And then, the turf monster got him. Jones fell down on an 80-yard run and was ultimately short of the end zone. What I found most interesting about it, is that his top speed of 21.23 mph was faster than any Lamar Jackson run this season. Jackson has topped out at 21.02 mph. (LWR 31)

32. New York Jets (0-7) ~ In the tank for Trevor race, the Jets might be their own worst enemy. Perhaps fearing joining a dysfunctional franchise, Clemson stud quarterback Trevor Lawrence hasn't publicly said whether or not he would enter next year's NFL draft. Lawrence is widely perceived to be the top pick should he make himself available. (LWR 32)

Well, that’s it. All 32 NFL teams. All in one little list that can cause a reader a bevy of emotions. Do you like where your team is ranked? Do you hate it? Do you think I have no clue what I’m talking about? Maybe you should tell me about it. Leave a comment below or reach out to me on Twitter. Handle is in the profile. See you next time kids.