NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

By Teddy Covers - Covers Expert

There are no more unbeatens in the NFL after the Chiefs fell at home to the Steelers this past week and the loss was just enough for the Patriots to reclaim their throne atop our latest NFL Power Rankings. The Packers take an epic tumble thanks to Aaron Rodgers' value to the pointspread, while Titans got quite the boost thanks to the return of Marcus Mariota. Where does your favorite team rank?

NFL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 4-2-0
(2-4-0)
-4.5 New England
Despite the tight win over the Jets, Matt Patrica’s defense just became the first in NFL history to allow six consecutive opponents to throw for 300-plus yards against them!
2 1 down 1 5-1-0
(5-1-0)
-4 Kansas City
The Chiefs explosive skill position talent is banged up, with WR Tyreek Hill and rookie of the year frontrunner RB Kareem Hunt both dealing with nagging injuries.
3 5 up 2 3-2-0
(2-3-0)
-3 Seattle
Seattle’s injury riddled offensive line is still problematic coming out of their bye week, with left guard Luke Joekel out following arthroscopic knee surgery.
4 7 up 3 5-1-0
(4-2-0)
-3 Philadelphia
Carson Wentz ranks No. 3 in the NFL in QBR and No. 7 in the NFL in passer rating, with an impressive 13-3 TD – INT ratio through the first six weeks of the season.
5 12 up 7 4-2-0
(3-3-0)
-2 Pittsburgh
The Steelers defense was dominant in their upset at KC, at least half of the reason why Pittsburgh is 6-0 to the Under through their first six games.
6 10 up 4 4-2-0
(3-3-0)
-2 Minnesota
The Vikings have an upcoming QB conundrum, with Teddy Bridgewater returning to practice this week after a 14 month absence while Sam Bradford recovers from his knee injury.
7 22 up 15 3-3-0
(3-3-0)
-2 Tennessee
Legendary defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau made excellent halftime adjustments on Monday Night, holding the Colts to just 93 passing yards in the second half.
8 3 down 5 3-2-0
(2-3-0)
-1.5 Atlanta
Five games into the new season, one thing is clear – Steve Sarkisian is no Kyle Shanahan when it comes to calling plays that work for the Falcons offense.
9 6 down 3 4-2-0
(3-3-0)
-1.5 Carolina
The Panthers have got to figure out a way to get their run game going. Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey have combined for just 2.8 yards per carry.
10 8 down 2 3-2-0
(2-2-1)
-1 Denver
The Broncos run D went into their game against the Giants with elite stats, but they gave up 148 rushing yards at 4.6 per carry against a one dimensional offense.
11 9 down 2 2-3-0
(2-3-0)
-1 Dallas
The betting markets made virtually no adjustment to the Cowboys power rating after the Ezekiel Elliott suspension news, proving once again that even elite RB’s are replaceable.
12 14 up 2 3-2-0
(3-2-0)
-1 New Orleans
In their last two games, the much maligned Saints defense has pitched a shutout in one contest and scored three touchdowns in the other!
13 15 up 2 3-3-0
(4-2-0)
-0.5 Houston
The legend of Deshaun Watson continues to grow by the week, as Watson just broke the All-Time record for most TD passes thrown in his first six NFL games.
14 19 up 5 4-2-0
(3-3-0)
-0.5 Los Angeles
Head coach Sean McVay made the decision to stay in Florida after their win over the Jags, not choosing to fly to their upcoming game in London until Thursday.
15 11 down 4 3-3-0
(3-3-0)
0 Detroit
Detroit is struggling in the trenches due to injuries. Two starting DL are out for the year and Matthew Stafford has been sacked 17 times in the last three games.
16 13 down 3 3-2-0
(2-3-0)
0 Washington
Washington cashed another Over bet on Sunday, an under-the-radar 20-6 to the Over in its last 26 games under Jay Gruden, dating back to 2015.
17 16 down 1 2-3-0
(3-2-0)
0.5 Cincinnati
The Bengals are just 8-20 SU against the Steelers in the Marvin Lewis era, but No. 1 pick WR John Ross is back at practice and might suit up on Sunday.
18 18 same 3-2-0
(4-1-0)
0.5 Buffalo
Bills tight end Charles Clay- - their top pass catcher -- is out with a knee injury and leading WR Jordan Matthews is dealing with a bad thumb, unable to use his right hand.
19 24 up 5 3-3-0
(1-5-0)
2 Arizona
The injury bug has hit the Cards defense hard, with pro bowl CB Patrick Patterson dealing with a quad injury and pass rusher Markus Golden on IR with a torn ACL.
20 17 down 3 2-3-0
(1-4-0)
2 Tampa Bay
Jameis Winston has a bum shoulder, Tampa’s running game isn’t working and the Bucs defense has been shredded to the tune of 6.0 yards per play, No. 30 in the NFL.
21 21 same 3-3-0
(3-3-0)
2 Jacksonville
The Jags lack of homefield edge was on full display in front of their lethargic fans last week. Jacksonville is now 0-2 at home this year on the heels of a 1-6 SU mark in 2016.
22 20 down 2 3-3-0
(3-2-0)
2.5 Baltimore
The Ravens offensive woes are getting worse. Joe Flacco’s ratio of 4 TD’s to 8 interceptions speaks more about his banged up receivers and offensive line than himself.
23 23 same 2-4-0
(2-3-1)
2.5 San Diego
The Chargers SU win at Oakland last Sunday was their first road victory over an AFC West foe since 2014 and Philip Rivers’ 24th come-from-behind 4th quarter win in his career.
24 25 up 1 3-2-0
(3-2-0)
3 Miami
Despite scoring an NFL low 12.2 points per game with Jay Cutler behind center, the feisty Dolphins are just a half-game out of first place in the AFC East.
25 26 up 1 2-4-0
(2-4-0)
3 Oakland
The Raiders deep passing game has been non-existent, with Derek Carr completing only three passes that traveled 20-plus yards downfield in his five games as the starter.
26 28 up 2 3-3-0
(4-2-0)
3.5 N.Y. Jets
Forget the No. 1 overall pick – this Jets team is thinking playoffs! Defensive tackle Steve McLendon: “In order to have a playoff team, we have to beat Miami” on Sunday.
27 27 same 2-4-0
(3-3-0)
4 Indianapolis
Indy can’t finish! The Colts have led or been tied at halftime in each of their last five contests, but they’ve been outscored 82-35 in the second half of those games.
28 4 down 24 4-2-0
(3-3-0)
4.5 Green Bay
The markets have moved about 11.5 points adjusting for the drop-off from Aaron Rodgers to Brett Hundley. Don’t forget to adjust for the myriad of other Packers injuries!
29 29 same 1-5-0
(3-3-0)
5 N.Y. Giants
Ole Miss rookie tight end Evan Engram was the only Giants receiver with more than one catch last week – this injury riddled offense isn’t getting fixed anytime soon.
30 30 same 2-4-0
(4-2-0)
5 Chicago
The Bears have been very feisty home underdogs, suffering only one pointspread defeat in their eight tries on this field in this role over the past two seasons.
31 31 same 0-6-0
(4-2-0)
5 San Francisco
San Francisco hung tough in the mother of all bad spots at Washington on Sunday and CJ Beathard is a clear upgrade over the benched Brian Hoyer at QB.
32 32 same 0-6-0
(2-4-0)
7.5 Cleveland
It’s not just the 1-22 straight up record in Cleveland’s last 23 games. Let’s not forget how bad they’ve been against the pointspread, just 5-18 vs. the Vegas number.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.

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