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NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

Week seven was highlighted by huge receiving performances. Eleven receivers had 90 or more receiving yards. Of the 11, three receivers stood out the most. Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers caught eight passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. T.Y. Hilton of the Indianapolis Colts caught four passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Rookie Amari Cooper caught five passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. However, their team’s combined record was (1-2).

Week seven was also highlighted by four interleague matchups on Sunday. In the AFC East, the Jets played the Patriots. In the AFC West, the Raiders played the Chargers. In the NFC East, the Cowboys played the Giants. In the NFC North, the Lions played the Vikings.

The Kansas City Chiefs snapped a five-game losing streak as they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-13.

Five teams remain undefeated: The Patriots, Bengals, Packers, Broncos and Panthers.

  1. New England Patriots (7-0): In a battle of AFC East Rivals, Quarterback Tom Brady is the difference. Brady shredded the Jets passing for 355 yards and two touchdowns in a win.
  2. Green Bay Packers (6-0): Bye-Week: will face the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football.
  3. Carolina Panthers (7-0): The Panther defense caged the Eagles in a 27-16 win. Carolina had five sacks and an interception in the win.
  4. Cincinnati Bengals (6-0): Bye-Week: will face their AFC North Rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday.
  5. Denver Broncos (5-0): Bye-Week: will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.
  6. Arizona Cardinals (5-2): Arizona legitimately has a two-player punch in Carson Palmer and Chris Johnson. Palmer passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns while Johnson rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals beat the Ravens 26-18 on Monday Night Football.
  7. Atlanta Falcons (6-1): Big players make big plays. Wide Receiver Julio Jones caught nine balls for 92 receiving yards and a score and running back Devonta Freeman rushed for 116 yards in the Falcon’s 10-7 win.
  8. New York Jets (4-2): Reason To Hope: The Jets were a few plays from defeating their AFC East Rival, the New England Patriots. Reason To Mope: The Jets rushed for 89 yards off 29 carries and lost 30-23 to the Patriots.
  9. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3): Ouch. Quarterback Landry Jones had a rough start throwing two interceptions and coughing up a fumble in a 23-13 loss to the Chiefs.
  10. New York Giants (4-3): Giant win for New York. The Giants defense picked off quarterback Matt Cassel three times in a 27-20 win over their NFC East Rival Cowboys.
  11. Minnesota Vikings (4-2): The Vikings are digging deep. Rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs caught six passes for 108 yards and a score in a 28-19 win over the Lions. The Vikings defense also contained Detroit holding them to only 19 points.
  12. Seattle Seahawks (3-4): Beast Mode. Running back Marshawn Lynch had 27 carries rushing for 122 yards and a touchdown as Seattle annihilated the San Francisco, 20-3.
  13. Oakland Raiders (3-3): AC/DC, what a combination that’s been this year. Wide receiver Amari Cooper caught five passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Derek Carr threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns in 37-29 win over the Chargers.
  14. New Orleans Saints (3-4): Two wins in a row. This time a 27-21 win over the Colts. New Orleans is clicking on all cylinders. Offensively, they rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, they picked of Andrew Luck twice and recorded four sacks.
  15. St. Louis Rams (3-3): St Louis rammed Cleveland 24-6 behind their batting ram, Todd Gurley. The rookie running back rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
  16. Miami Dolphins (3-3): Offensive fireworks in Miami. A 44-26 win over the Texans was highlighted by big performances. Dolphins back Lamar Miller had 236 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns while Ryan Tannehill went 18-19 passing for 282 yards and four touchdowns.
  17. Indianapolis Colts (3-4): Indianapolis, we have a problem, on both sides of the ball. The defense gave up 183 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns to the Saints. Andrew Luck threw two interceptions in a 27-21 loss.
  18. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4): Philadelphia receivers need to pay more attention during there catching drills because they really know how to drop the ball. The Eagles had 11 total dropped passed in 27-16 loss to the Panthers. Quarterback Sam Bradford continued to prove he is a back up, throwing, yet another, interception in the loss.
  19. Washington (3-4): A tale of two halves. Quarterback Kirk Cousins was dominant against the Bucs. Cousins threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns, as the Skins held on 31-30 against the Bucs. His three scores were all in the second half.
  20. Buffalo Bills (3-4): R.I.P Bills Defense, R.I.P. to Buffalo’s season. Bills lost 34-31 to the Jaguars. This was the second game in London this year.
  21. Kansas City Chiefs (2-5): The Chiefs snapped a five-game losing streak with a much needed win against the Steelers. Running back Charcandrick West rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown in the win. Plus, Alex Smith looked like a starting quarterback for once.
  22. San Diego Chargers (2-5): The Chargers need an entire new defense if they expect to win any games this year. San Diego surrendered over 412 yards and four scores in a 37-29 loss to Oakland.
  23. Dallas Cowboys (2-4): Is Matt Cassel your starting quarterback? Yes. Did the Cowboys lose? Yep. Cassel threw three interceptions in a 27-20 loss to the Giants.
  24. Cleveland Browns (2-5): Six points. That’s all the Browns could muster up in a 24-6 loss to Rams. Cleveland’s running defensive struggle continued as they gave 158 on the ground and two touchdowns.
  25. San Francisco 49ers (2-5): The 49ers need an offense. Period. San Francisco rushed for 61 yards of 15 carries while quarterback Colin Kaepernick was sacked six times in a 20-3 drubbing by the Seahawks.
  26. Chicago Bears (2-4): Bye-Week.
  27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4): Sometimes you just can’t win. That describes the Buccaneers season in a nutshell. They lost 31-30 to the Redskins despite putting up 479 total yards on offense.
  28. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5): London calling! Running Back T.J. Yeldon rushed for 115 yards and one touchdown in a 34-31 win over the Bills.
  29. Baltimore Ravens (1-6): This is becoming a running problem. Baltimore rushed for only 55 yards off 16 carries. Arizona rushed for 150 yards off 28 carries. The Ravens lost 26-18 in a close one to the Cardinals.
  30. Tennessee Titans (1-5): The Titans can’t score points. They didn’t in a 10-7 loss to the Falcons. Oh, and quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw two interceptions as well.
  31. Houston Texans (2-5): The Texans lost starting running back Arian Foster for the season after an Achilles injury. They lost to Miami 44-26 too.
  32. Detroit Lions (1-6): Started from the bottom and they’re still here. The Lions defense was lit up for 425 total yards by the Vikings, in a 28-19 loss.