Power Rankings; Week Seven: Eagles soar and Raiders bore

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Oct 12, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills (31) celebrates an interception in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The 1972 Dolphins can finally pop the cork as the last undefeated team has fallen. The Chiefs failed to reach 6-0, however, the loss was not enough to knock them from the top spot in the rankings. With that said, the Rams and Eagles of the NFC are breathing down their neck.


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The loss of Aaron Rodgers is devastating for the Packers and they take a hit in this week’s rankings. Although, time will tell if the investment made over the last three season in backup quarterback, Brett Hundley, is worth it as they seem set on rolling forward with him behind center.

Now on to the rankings!

Rank Team The Skinny
1 Record (5-1); Previous (1) – Game Recap One loss isn’t enough to knock the Chiefs out of the top spot this week, especially considering the state of the rest of the league. However, their grasp is loosening.
2 Record (5-1); Previous (2) – Game Recap

Could the Eagles really be the best team in the NFC? Right now, especially with Aaron Rodgers done for the season, Carson Wentz is playing like one of the top signal callers in the NFC.
3 Record (4-2); Previous (6) – Game Recap
Don’t look now but the Patriots are slowly rounding into form. They still have a long way to go but if there is one team you can bank on playing their best football later in the season, it’s the Patriots. Tom Brady tops almost every quarterback category so far at age 40.
4 Record (4-2); Previous (8) – Game Recap
The Rams may challenge the Eagles for ‘best team in the NFC’ title as they have shown they are not to be taken lightly. The looming Wentz/Goff showdown is looking bigger and bigger with each passing week.
5 Record (4-2); Previous (11) – Game Recap
Of course, the Vikings benefitted from the Packers loss of Aaron Rodgers. However, the Vikings are the last team to have any sympathy for games lost due to injury. They are in the driver’s seat for the NFC North crown.
6 Record (3-3); Previous (12) – Game Recap
So far, so good without J.J. Watt. If any team knows how to adjust without its best defensive player, it’s the Texans.
7 Record (3-2); Previous (7) – Game Recap Coming out of the bye, the Seahawks will be looking up at the Rams who hold sole possession of first place in the NFC West.
8 Record (3-2); Previous (4) – Game Recap
After jumping out to a 17-0 lead, the Falcons watched as they squandered the lead late and eventually lost to the Dolphins. Where have we heard that before? By the way, it is Super Bowl rematch week.
9 Record (4-2); Previous (15) – Game Recap
This was a huge win for the Steelers being able to knock off the undefeated Chiefs. However, who knows what Steelers team will show up next week. Perhaps, the win over the Chiefs gets them moving in the right direction.
10 Record (4-2); Previous (3) – Game Recap
Losing a quarterback the caliber of Aaron Rodgers is an impossible role to fill for the Packers. However, Brett Hundley has been groomed for three years. Let’s see what he can do before we write off the Packers.
11 Record (4-2); Previous (9) – Game Recap
After stringing together a few strong outings, Cam Newton had a tough go of things against the surging Eagles. Newton threw three interceptions and the Panthers offense converted just 4-of-12 third-down attempts.
12 Record (3-3); Previous (5) – Game Recap At one point, they were trailing the Saints 45-10. 28 unanswered points got them to within seven but a Matthew Stafford pick six sealed their fate. The Lions are now losing games they won last year, a bad sign for the Lions moving forward.
13 Record (2-2); Previous (13) – Game Recap
Kirk Cousins threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns in the closer than expected win over the 49ers. The Redskins are still looking up at the Eagles with a showdown on Monday Night Football just five days away.
14 Record (3-2); Previous (20) – Game Recap
When you see the Saints put up 52 points, you assume Drew Brees had an all-time great performance. With that said, the defense for the Saints accounted for three touchdowns, including what would be the game-winner.
15   Record (3-2); Previous (10) – Game Recap
The Broncos laid a dud coming out of the bye. Trevor Semien threw two interceptions and fumbled once, however it was recovered by the Broncos. Demaryius Thomas hauled in 10 passes but lost a fumble in the loss.
16 Record (3-3); Previous (19) – Game Recap
21 points in the fourth quarter saved the Titans from a bad loss within the division. Derek Henry sealed the victory with a 72-yard run in the fourth to avoid the upset.
17 Record (3-3); Previous (14) – Game Recap

The Jaguars had a chance to upset the Rams, however, a blocked punt returned for a touchdown sealed their fate late in the fourth quarter. Blake Bortles was sacked five times in the loss.
18 Record (3-2); Previous (18) – Game Recap
The Cowboys are fortunate to have the 49ers coming out of the bye week as they look for their first win without running back, Ezekiel Elliot.
19 Record (3-2); Previous (24) – Game Recap
Jay Ajayi rushed for 130 yards and the Dolphins pulled off the comeback over the Falcons after falling behind 17-0. Jay Cutler completed just over 50 percent of his passes, tossing two touchdowns and throwing a pick.
20 Record (2-4); Previous (16) – Game Recap
Derek Carr returned and the result wasn’t much different. Perhaps the addition of Navarro Bowman lights a fire but that seems unlikely at this point.
21 Record (3-2); Previous (21) – Game Recap
For the first time in weeks, the Bills are not first in the AFC East. This, of course, is due to a bye week. They will look to keep the momentum going against the Buccaneers.
22   Record (3-3); Previous (23) – Game Recap

The Jets had an opportunity to silence the Patriots when they jumped out to a 14-0 lead, however, the offense stumbled and the Patriots scored 24 unanswered points.
23 Record (3-3); Previous (17) – Game Recap
For the second straight week, Joe Flacco failed to throw a touchdown pass. He now owns a 4:8 touchdown to interception ratio for the season.
24 Record (2-3); Previous (22) – Game Recap
Jameis Winston was just 5-of-10 before leaving the game due to injury. Journeyman, Ryan Fitzpatrick, came in and tossed three touchdowns and two interceptions as he nearly brought the Bucs back from a 31-6 deficit.
25 Record (2-3); Previous (25) – Game Recap
The good news is that the Browns and Ravens both reside in the AFC North. The Bengals could build some momentum coming out of the bye week.
26 Record (3-3); Previous (26) – Game Recap
Adrian Peterson had an impressive debut for the Cards, rushing for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Including a 27-yard scamper to open the scoring for the Cardinals.
27 Record (2-4); Previous (29) – Game Recap
Melvin Gordon had 150 total yards and had a receiving and rushing touchdown for the Chargers and surprisingly the Bolts have now won two-in-a-row.
28 Record (2-4); Previous (28) – Game Recap
Mitch Trubisky wasn’t great but fortunately, they went up against Joe Flacco and the Ravens. Running back Tarik Cohen had the highlight of the day for the Bears with a 21-yard touchdown pass.
29 Record (1-5); Previous (31) – Game Recap
Of course, the Giants picked up their first win of the season minus their top four receivers. Just another example of the NFL has been this season. Wacky.
30 Record (2-4); Previous (27) – Game Recap
Jacoby Brissett didn’t turn the ball over but he was far from great. Marlon Mack carried the ball just twice for 18 yards. His longest rush was 22 yards. Not a formula for sustainable success.
31 Record (0-6); Previous (30) – Game Recap
He came close, however, rookie Head Coach, Kyle Shanahan, is still in search of his first win. It may be awhile.
32 Record (0-6); Previous (32) – Game Recap
The Browns. What more is there to say?


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