NFL Power Rankings Week 11, 2016

seattle-vs-new-englandLast weekend, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots faced off in a rematch of Super Bowl XLIX. Seattle stopped New England four straight times on the one-yard line to preserve a 31-24 victory.

See where Seattle rises and New England falls in our Week 11 power rankings. And you can check out our week 10 power rankings here.

1. Dallas Cowboys (8-1); beat Pittsburgh 35-30, up 1 spot – While many eyes were on the Seattle-New England game, Dallas vs. Pittsburgh was the most exciting. Ben Roethlisberger threw a TD strike to Antonio Brown with 42 seconds left, but Ezekiel Elliott scored on an 83-yard catch-and-run to win the game.

2. Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1); beat New England 31-24, up 1 spot – After a slow start this year, both Seattle’s offense and defense look in tune.

3. New England Patriots (7-2); lost to Seattle 31-24, down 2 spots – Losing to Seattle wasn’t the only loss that New England took. Rob Gronkwoski is believed to have a punctured lung and will miss time.

kelvin-benjamin-panthers4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-2); beat Carolina 20-17, same spot – It looked like Carolina might be the one with a chance to win. But Marcus Peters stripped Kelvin Benjamin, leading to a Cairo Santos game-winning field goal.

5. Oakland Raiders (7-2); bye week, same spot – The Raiders host the Houston Texans while hoping to stay atop the AFC West.

6. Denver Broncos (7-3); beat New Orleans 25-23, same spot – What a reversal of fortunes as Justin Simmons blocked an extra point, then Will Parks ran it back for a defensive two-point conversion that won the game.

7. Arizona Cardinals (4-4-1); beat San Francisco 23-20, up 3 spots – The third time was a charm for Chandler Catanzaro, as he made his first game-winning field goal in three tries this season.

8. Atlanta Falcons (6-4); beat Philadelphia 24-15, down 1 spot – Atlanta’s high-powered offense was stifled in this one, and they couldn’t slow down Ryan Matthews (108 rushing yards, 2 TDs).

eli-manning-future-19. New York Giants (6-3); beat Cincinnati 21-20, up 3 spots – Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes, including a game-winner to rookie Ben McAdoo in the fourth quarter.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-5); lost to Dallas 35-30, down 2 spots – Ben Roethlisberger looked to be himself again while Pittsburgh gave Dallas all they could handle. But the end result was still a loss and a 4-5 overall record.

11. Washington Redskins (5-3-1); beat Minnesota 26-20, up 4 spots – After a rocky 0-2 start, Washington is now looking to defend their NFC East crown.

12. Minnesota Vikings (5-4); lost to Washington 26-20, down 3 spots – Minnesota has now lost four straight games and desperately needs a win to keep their season on track.

13. Detroit Lions (5-4); bye week, same spot – Detroit has a great chance to go two games above .500 by beating Jacksonville at home.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4); beat Atlanta 24-15, up 2 spots – Philadelphia showed their elite defense by shutting down the high-scoring Falcons’ running game and holding Matt Ryan in check.

15. Houston Texans (6-3); beat Jacksonville 24-21, up 2 spots – Brock Owseiler only threw for 99 yards, but he also got two important touchdown passes to win this game.

16. Green Bay Packers (4-5); lost to Tennessee 47-25, down 5 spots – Things are in disarray with the Packers, and the schedule isn’t easy from here on out.

joe-flacco17. Baltimore Ravens (5-4); beat Cleveland 28-7, up 1 spot – Joe Flacco threw three TDs while Baltimore won for the second straight week.

18. Miami Dolphins (5-4); beat San Diego 31-24, up 1 spot – Miami took advantage of a Philip Rivers interception spree, capped off by Kiko Alonso’s interception-return TD.

19. Cincinnati Bengals (3-5-1); lost to NY Giants 21-20, down 5 spots – It’s looking more and more like Cincinnati might miss the postseason for the first time in 6 years.

20. Indianapolis Colts (4-5); bye week, same spot – Indianapolis has some ground to make up in the AFC South since they’re two games behind Houston, and a game behind Tennessee.

21. Buffalo Bills (4-5); bye week, same spot – Buffalo will try to stop a three-game slide as they travel to Cincinnati this week.

22. Tennessee Titans (5-5); beat Green Bay 47-25, up 2 spots – Tennessee jumped out to a 21-0 lead on the Packers and never looked back. They now face a tough division opponent in the Colts this week.

23. San Diego Chargers (4-6); lost to Miami Dolphins 31-24, down 1 spot – The Chargers may have seen their postseason hopes vanish since they’re now at least 2 1/2 games behind everybody in their division.

24. New Orleans Saints (4-5); lost to Denver 25-23, down 1 spot – New Orleans is reeling after seeing a potential win against Denver reversed by a blocked kick and defensive two-point conversion return.

jay-cutler-john-fox25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6); beat Chicago 36-10, up 1 spot – The Buccaneers defense turned out a good effort by forcing four turnovers and sacking Jay Cutler four times.

26. LA Rams (4-5); beat NY Jets 9-6, up 1 spot – Despite the win, Jeff Fisher has seen enough poor offensive play to finally start Jared Goff. The rookie faces a tough assignment against a strong Miami defensive line.

27. Carolina Panthers (3-6); lost to Kansas City 20-17, down 2 spots – Eric Berry intercepted Cam Newton and returned it 42 yards to highlight the Chiefs’ 17-point fourth quarter.

28. New York Jets (3-7); lost to LA Rams 9-6, same spot – The New York Jets offense hasn’t been a juggernaut this season, but it was downright anemic with Bryce Petty starting at quarterback.

29. Chicago Bears (2-7); lost to Tampa Bay 36-10, same spot – Outside of Jay Cutler’s 50-yard hail mail to Cameron Meredith, this Bears team did very little on offense.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7); lost to Houston 24-21, same spot – Jacksonville made a strong comeback attempt at the end, with Blake Bortles hitting Allen Robinson for both a touchdown and 2-point conversion. But the defense couldn’t get the ball back with under three minutes left.

31. San Francisco (1-8); lost to Arizona 23-20, same spot – This is the best that San Francisco has played in a while, but it wasn’t enough as they’ve now lost eight in a row.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-10); lost to Baltimore 28-7, same spot – This loss drops Cleveland to their worst start in franchise history.

NFL Power Rankings Week 10, 2016

derek-carrAre the Oakland Raiders just overachievers? Certainly not, now that the Raiders gained firm control over the AFC West with a 30-20 victory over the Denver Broncos.

See where Oakland moves up to in our Week 10 power rankings and where Denver falls. Also, take a look at last week’s power rankings here.

1. New England Patriots (7-1); bye, same spot – The Patriots come out of the bye and into a re-match of the 2014 Super Bowl. Just like then, we like New England over Seattle this week.

2. Dallas Cowboys (7-1); beat Cleveland 35-10, up 1 spot – It would’ve taken a Browns upset to create the possibility of Tony Romo starting over Dak Prescott. That obviously didn’t happen, and we see Prescott leading this team the rest of the season.

3. Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1); beat Buffalo 31-25, up 1 spot – Jimmy Graham is experiencing a resurgence this season, as he showed by tallying two touchdowns and 103 receiving yards against Buffalo.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (6-2); beat Jacksonville 19-14, up 1 spot – Kansas City did just enough down the stretch to preserve this win. But it didn’t help their cause that 5 offensive starters were out.

latavius-murray-raiders5. Oakland Raiders (7-2); beat Denver 30-20, up 4 spots – Defying all preseason expectations, Oakland is now leading the AFC West. Latavius Murray was the hero of this game, running for 114 yards and three touchdowns.

6. Denver Broncos (6-3); lost to Oakland, down 4 spots – Denver lost the turnover battle against the Raiders, and their normally stout defense was run over by Murray.

7. Atlanta Falcons (6-3); beat Tampa Bay 43-28, up 1 spot – Matt Ryan’s outstanding season continued in this one as he threw for 344 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead Atlanta to victory.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4); lost to Baltimore 21-14, down 2 spots – Ben Roethlisberger surprised everybody by returning for this game. But his knee injury possibly held him back as he looked frustrated until the fourth quarter, when he directed a 75-yard scoring drive.

9. Minnesota Vikings (5-3); lost to Detroit 22-16, down 2 spots – Three weeks ago, Minnesota was a Super Bowl contender. Now, they’ve lost three straight games and are in a fight for the NFC North.

10. Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1); bye week, up 1 spot – With immense talent on both sides of the ball, Arizona comes out of the bye hoping to have worked out the kinks.

11. Green Bay Packers (4-5); lost to Indianapolis 31-26, down 1 spot – Looking at Aaron Rodgers’ stats – 297 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception – you’d think that Green Bay would’ve won. But they allowed two rushing scores to Frank Gore and gave up an opening kick-off TD to Jordan Todman.

eli-manning12. New York Giants (5-3); beat Philadelphia 28-23, up 5 spots – Eli Manning got off to a hot start, throwing for four early touchdowns. The Giants defense did the rest to hang onto this win.

13. Detroit Lions (5-4); beat Minnesota 22-16, up 5 spots – Matt Prater kicked a clutch 58-yard field goal, and Golden Tate scored an acrobatic TD to help the Lions win.

14. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1); bye week, down 1 spot – The Bengals visit the New York Giants this week, trying to keep their playoff hopes alive.

15. Washington Redskins (4-3-1); bye week, down 1 spot
 – Washington hosts the Vikings, with both clubs fighting to keep pace in their division.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4); lost to NY Giants, down 4 spots – Carson Wentz looked like a rookie from a small school as he was often confused by the Giants’ coverage schemes.

17. Houston Texans (5-3); bye week, down 1 spot – Houston’s lead in the AFC South is down to one game with the Colts’ win.

18. Baltimore Ravens (4-4); beat Pittsburgh 21-14, up 1 spot – Baltimore’s only offensive touchdown came on a 95-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Mike Wallace. But this was enough for the win.

jay-ajayi-dolphins19. Miami Dolphins (4-4); beat NY Jets 27-23, up 1 spot – Kenyan Drake had a 96-yard TD return, and Jay Ajayi turned in another strong performance with 111 yards and a rushing score.

20. Indianapolis Colts (4-5); beat Green Bay 31-26, up 1 spot – At age 33, Frank Gore is having yet another strong season, rushing for 592 yards and 4 touchdowns so far this year.

21. Buffalo Bills (4-5); lost to Seattle 31-26, down 6 spots – Buffalo has now lost three straight games and has fallen into third place in the AFC North.

22. San Diego Chargers (4-5); beat Tennessee 43-35, up 6 spots – Melvin Gordon continues his tear, rushing for 196 yards in this contest. He now leads the NFL with 11 touchdowns.

23. New Orleans Saints (4-4); beat San Francisco 41-23, up 2 spots – Mark Ingram redeemed himself for fumbling issues by running for 158 yards and scoring two touchdowns.

marcus-mariota24. Tennessee Titans (4-5); lost to San Diego 43-35, down 1 spot – Marcus Mariota put up numbers with 313 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. But he also produced 3 crucial turnovers.

25. Carolina Panthers (3-5); beat LA 13-10, up 2 spots – It wasn’t pretty, but Carolina grabbed their second-straight win.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6); lost to Atlanta 43-28, down 4 spots – For the second straight week, Tampa Bay’s secondary was ripped, giving up a big game to Matt Ryan this time.

27. LA Rams (3-5); lost to Carolina 13-10, down 3 spots – The chants of “We want Goff!” grew their loudest yet during this poor offensive display.

28. New York Jets (3-6); lost to Miami 27-23, down 2 spots – New York has already equaled their loss total from last season with seven games left in the year.

29. Chicago Bears (2-6); bye week, same spot – Coming off a win two weeks ago over Minnesota, Chicago returns to action against Tampa Bay.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6); lost to Kansas City 19-14, same spot – If the losing continues, expect head coach Gus Bradley to be gone before the 2016 campaign ends.

31. San Francisco (1-7); lost to New Orleans 41-23, same spot – In other potential firing news, San Francisco GM Trent Baalke is likely to be ousted in the near future.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-9); lost to Dallas 35-10, same spot – Some thought that Dallas could be walking into a trap game since they’d potentially overlook the Browns. But as the score shows, this definitely wasn’t the case.

NFL Power Rankings Week 9, 2016

cowboys-vs-eaglesLast weekend, the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys battled for supremacy in the NFC East. Dak Prescott led the Cowboys to yet another victory, leaving them 6-1 and firmly in control of the East.

See where Dallas moves up to in our Week 9 power rankings, and check out last week’s rankings here.

1. New England Patriots (7-1); beat Buffalo 41-25, same spot – Tom Brady broke this game open on a 53-yard TD pass to Rob Gronkowski. New England also scored 27 points on five consecutive possessions, and they look unstoppable right now.

2. Denver Broncos (6-2); beat San Diego 27-19, same spot – Denver harassed Philip Rivers into 20-of-47 passing and stopped the Chargers on several crucial drives at the end.

3. Dallas Cowboys (6-1); beat Philadelphia 29-23 (OT), up 1 spot – Prescott had a shaky start, but he played well enough down the stretch to win the game. There’ll be no quarterback controversy until Dallas starts losing.

4. Seattle Seahawks (4-2-1); lost to New Orleans 25-20, down 1 spot – Russell Wilson had a chance to win the game, but his end-zone completion to Jermaine Kearse was ruled out of bounds.

nick-foles-chiefs5. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2); beat Indianapolis 30-14, up 3 spots – Much like last year, the Chiefs are putting together a win streak after a slow start. Nick Foles will start against the Jaguars as Alex Smith sits with a concussion.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3); bye week, up 1 spot – It was thought that Ben Roethlisberger would be out for several weeks. But odds are that he’ll play against the Ravens this week.

7. Minnesota Vikings (5-2); lost to Chicago 20-10, down 2 spots – This shocker was partly the result of Minnesota’s normally stout defense giving up 153 rushing yards to Jordan Howard.

8. Atlanta Falcons (5-3); beat Green Bay 33-32, up 2 spots – Matt Ryan found Mohamed Sanu in the end zone with 31 seconds left to notch a huge win against Green Bay.

9. Oakland Raiders (6-2); beat Tampa Bay 30-24 (OT), up 2 spots – Derek Carr was outstanding, passing for a franchise-record 513 yards as Oakland looks like the surprise team of the year.

aaron-rodgers-vs-patriots10. Green Bay Packers (5-3); lost to Atlanta 33-32, down 1 spot – Aaron Rodgers threw for four touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Atlanta’s charge in the end.

11. Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1); lost to Carolina 30-20, down 5 spots – As talented as Arizona is, they aren’t even close to a playoff spot halfway through the season.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3); lost to Dallas 29-23 (OT), same spot – Rookie Carson Wentz had a solid performance in this big game. However, he couldn’t move his team downfield in the fourth quarter and overtime.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1); tied Washington 27-27, up 1 spot – Despite their subpar play in the first half of the season, Cincinnati is only one game out of the division lead.

14. Washington Redskins (4-3-1); tied Cincinnati 27-27, up 1 spot
 – Dustin Hopkins took a lot of heat after missing a 34-yard field goal with 2:13 in overtime.

15. Buffalo Bills (4-4); lost to New England 41-25, down 2 spots – Buffalo was bad on both sides of the ball…so bad in fact that one of their fans threw a sex toy on the field out of frustration.

brock-osweiler-texans16. Houston Texans (5-3); beat Detroit 20-13, up 2 spots – Brock Osweiler bounced back from a terrible performance to throw for a modest 186 yards and a TD.

17. New York Giants (4-3); bye week, down 1 spot – New York will come out of their bye week and jump right into a tough NFC East matchup with Philadelphia.

18. Detroit Lions (4-4); lost to Houston 20-13, down 1 spot – Detroit had a three-game win streak snapped as they failed to muster any offense until the fourth quarter.

19. Baltimore Ravens (3-4); bye week, up 2 spots – Baltimore has lost four straight games, and they need to beat Pittsburgh this week to stop their decline.

20. Miami Dolphins (3-4); bye week, up 2 spots – Jay Ajayi will try to become the first-ever running back with three straight 200-yard rushing performances against the Jets.

21. Indianapolis Colts (3-5); lost to Kansas City 30-14, down 2 spots – Indianapolis couldn’t stop Nick Foles when he came in for an injured Alex Smith. Foles threw two touchdowns to put this game away.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5); lost to Oakland 30-24, down 2 spots – Tampa Bay’s defense was shredded by Derek Carr, including the game-winning touchdown drive in overtime.

23. Tennessee Titans (4-4); beat Jacksonville 36-22, up 3 spots – DeMarco Murray has been running the ball extremely well, but coach Mike Mularkey wants to lighten his load by getting Derrick Henry more involved.

24. LA Rams (3-4); bye week, down 1 spot – LA will try to get back to .500 as they host the Carolina Panthers at home.

25. New Orleans Saints (3-5); beat Seattle 25-20, up 3 spots – New Orleans has been playing much better over the past few weeks, and it showed in this home victory over Seattle.

26. New York Jets (3-5); beat Cleveland 31-28, up 1 spot – The Jets got off to a slow start, but Matt Forte ran for two second-half touchdowns to help them get a comeback victory over the lowly Browns.

New Orleans Saints v Carolina Panthers27. Carolina Panthers (2-5); beat Arizona 30-20, up 2 spots – It was a bittersweet victory as Cam Newton took a tough shot and blasted NFL officials afterward (justifiably so).

28. San Diego Chargers (3-5); lost to Denver 27-19, down 4 spots – Melvin Gordon has been a bright spot in the Chargers season, rushing for 572 yards and scoring 10 overall touchdowns so far.

29. Chicago Bears (2-6); beat Minnesota 20-10, up 1 spot – After missing five games, Jay Cutler had a solid comeback, throwing for 252 yards and a touchdown in this win.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5); lost to Tennessee 36-22, down 5 spots – Somebody had to go after yet another dismal Jaguars start, and it was offensive coordinator Greg Olson, rather than head coach Gus Bradley.

31. San Francisco (1-6); bye week, same spot – Perhaps the bye week gave Colin Kaepernick more time to work on things and regain his form from 2012 and ’13.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-8); lost to NY Jets 31-28, same spot – The Jets may have been one of the Browns’ last chances to get a win this season. Their best hope now is playing good combined with an emotional letdown by a superior team.

NFL Power Rankings Week 8, 2016

eagles-vs-vikingsThe Minnesota Vikings put their undefeated record on the line against a Philadelphia Eagles team that had lost two consecutive games. And the Vikings lost 21-10, leaving no unbeaten teams this season.

See where Minnesota falls in our Week 8 power rankings. Also, take a look at our Week 7 rankings here.

1. New England Patriots (6-1); beat Pittsburgh 27-16, same spot – An average day for Tom Brady, with 222 passing yards and two TDs. But the big number for Brady is that he’s now 9-2 all time against the Steelers.

2. Denver Broncos (5-2); beat Houston 27-9, up 3 spots – The good news for Denver is that they got their offense clicking again and picked up a solid win. The bad news is that CJ Anderson might miss the rest of the year.

3. Seattle Seahawks (4-1-1); tied Arizona 6-6, same spot – Stephen Hauschka has had some kicking troubles the past couple weeks, missing a short overtime field goal that would’ve won this game. But then again, Arizona’s Chandler Catanzaro also missed a potential game winner.

4. Dallas Cowboys (5-1); bye week, same spot – The Dak Prescott/Tony Romo controversy looms as the latter is getting healthy. But if Prescott plays well against Philadelphia, he could keep the starting job all season.

5. Minnesota Vikings (5-1); lost to Philadelphia 21-10, down 3 spots – It was definitely a forgettable day for Sam Bradford, who was sacked six times en route to giving up 3 turnovers.

Carson Palmer6. Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1); tied Seattle 6-6, up 1 spot – Statistically, Arizona dominated this game, with Carson Palmer racking up 342 passing yards and David Johnson running for 113 yards. But they just couldn’t punch any of their offense in for scores.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3); lost to New England 27-16, down 1 spot – Since coming of suspension, Le’Veon Bell has provided almost 40% of the Steelers’ offense. With Ben Roethlisberger out for several more weeks, expect to see plenty more Bell.

8. Kansas City Chiefs (4-2); beat New Orleans 27-21, up 1 spot – Jamaal Charles suffered a setback with his knee, making Spencer Ware the unquestioned centerpiece of this offense.

9. Green Bay Packers (4-2); beat Chicago 26-10, down 1 spot – Chicago looks like the team that everybody will get bounce-back performances against in 2016. Green Bay suffered a tough loss to Dallas last week, but is still in good shape after this dominating game.

10. Atlanta Falcons (4-3); lost to San Diego 33-30 (OT), down 1 spot – Is this 2016 all over again? Atlanta started off 6-2 last season, only to finish 8-8. This year the Falcons started 4-1, but have since lost two straight.

amari-cooper-raiders11. Oakland Raiders (5-2); beat Jacksonville 33-16, up 1 spot – With a 5-2 record, strong defense, and high-powered offense, this Oakland team looks to be for real.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (4-2); beat Minnesota 21-10, up 3 spots – Philadelphia’s defense was excellent against Minnesota, getting 6 sacks and forcing 3 turnovers.

13. Buffalo Bills (4-3); lost to Miami 28-25, down 3 spots – On paper, this looked like it could be another win for Buffalo. But their normally strong defense was gashed by Jay Ajayi.

14. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4); beat Cleveland 31-17, up 1 spot – Cincinnati started this year off poorly. But with a 3-4 record, it’s not too late to make the postseason for the seventh straight year.

15. Washington Redskins (4-3); lost to Detroit 20-17, down 2 spots
 – Kirk Cousins’ touchdown pass with 1:05 left looked like it could propel Washington to their fifth-straight win. But a late Lions’ drive erased this thought.

16. New York Giants (4-3); beat LA 17-10, same spot – This wasn’t the Giants’ greatest offensive performance, but they got four interceptions to pull away.

anquan-boldin-lions17. Detroit Lions (4-3); beat Washington 20-17, up 1 spot – At age 36, Anquan Boldin proved that he still has it by scoring the game-winning TD with 16 seconds left.

18. Houston Texans (4-3); lost to Denver 27-9, down 1 spot – With just 131 passing yards on 41 attempts, Brock Osweiler is being heavily questioned about leaving Denver for Texas.

19. Indianapolis Colts (3-4); beat Tennessee 34-26, up 1 spot – Despite a subpar O-line, Andrew Luck continues to impress, racking up 353 yards and 3 touchdowns in this game.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3); beat San Francisco 34-17, up 4 spots – Written off after another dismal 1-3 start, Tampa Bay has climbed back to .500 with wins over Carolina and the Niners.

21. Baltimore Ravens (3-4); lost to NY Jets 24-16, down 2 spots
 – Baltimore has now lost four straight contests after beginning the year 3-0.

22. Miami Dolphins (3-4); beat Buffalo 28-25, up 3 spots – Jay Ajayi ran himself into the record books last weekend, becoming just the fourth player to post back-to-back 200-yard rushing performances.

23. LA Rams (3-4); lost to NY Giants 17-10, down 2 spots – Case Keenum followed up a great performance with a terrible one against New York. The pressure is on Jeff Fisher to start rookie Jared Goff.

philip-rivers24. San Diego Chargers (3-4); beat Atlanta 33-30 (OT), up 4 spots – San Diego was involved in yet another close contest, finishing on the right side of this one.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4); lost to Oakland 33-16, down 3 spots – Blake Bortles has been labeled as nothing more than a garbage-time quarterback, and he’s done little to dissuade that notion in 2016.

26. Tennessee Titans (3-4); lost to Indianapolis 34-26, down 3 spots – Tennessee can leap over Jacksonville in our rankings if they beat them tonight.

27. New York Jets (2-5); beat Baltimore 24-16, up 2 spots – Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t have to sit on the bench long since he came in for the injured Geno Smith and threw for 120 yards and a score.

28. New Orleans Saints (2-5); lost to Kansas City 27-21, down 1 spot – New Orleans was playing catch-up the entire time in this contest, running out of time at the end.

29. Carolina Panthers (1-5); bye week, down 1 spot – The once-proud Carolina will try to revive their season against Arizona this week.

30. Chicago Bears (1-6); lost to Green Bay 26-10, same spot – Things aren’t about to get any better in Chicago, with rumors about coach John Fox saying he’s “done” with Jay Cutler.

31. San Francisco (1-6); lost to Buffalo 45-16, same spot – Colin Kaepernick again struggled, throwing for just 143 yards and turning the ball over twice. He looks long removed from the 2012 and ’13 seasons, when he led San Francisco deep in the playoffs.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-7); lost to Cincinnati 31-17, same spot – Cody Kessler took a hard hit in the second quarter, leaving the way for undrafted rookie Kevin Hogan to play. Josh McCown will start this weekend, making him the sixth Browns QB to suit up in seven games.

NFL Power Rankings Week 7, 2016

dak-prescottThe Dallas Cowboys continue to be the NFL’s surprise team, getting another win with rookie Dak Prescott under center. Prescott is playing so well that he’s causing a quarterback controversy over whether Tony Romo will start when healthy.

See how far the Cowboys have moved up in our Week 7 NFL power rankings. You can also take a look at the previous week’s rankings here.

1. New England Patriots (5-1); beat Cincinnati 35-17, same spot – More big numbers for the Patriots in Tom Brady’s return. The QB had 376 passing yards and 3 TDs, while tight end Rob Gronkowski tallied 162 receiving yards and a touchdown.

2. Minnesota Vikings (5-0); bye week, same spot – Minnesota puts their undefeated record on the line as they head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles.

3. Seattle Seahawks (4-1); beat Atlanta 26-24, up 2 spots – Outside of a surprising third quarter, where Atlanta put up 21 points, Seattle dominated the other three quarters on offense and defense.

4. Dallas Cowboys (5-1); beat Green Bay 30-16, up 4 spots – A team that couldn’t buy a win last year without Romo, Dallas has run out to the NFC’s second-best record. This dominating win in Green Bay has been the highlight of their strong start.

5. Denver Broncos (4-2); lost to San Diego 21-13, down 2 spots – Two weeks ago, it was Paxton Lynch who couldn’t move Denver down the field. This week, QB Trevor Siemian and the running game both struggled. The Broncos need some offensive support behind their elite defense.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2); lost to Miami 30-15, down 2 spots – It was a forgettable week for the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger was hurt, and the defense gave up 204 yards to Jay Ajayi on the ground.

david-johnson-cardinals7. Arizona Cardinals (3-3); beat NY Jets 28-3, up 2 spots – Arizona is finally starting to resemble the elite team that we envisioned in our first power rankings.

8. Atlanta Falcons (4-2); lost to Seattle 26-24, down 1 spot – Credit Atlanta for battling back in this game. But the result is still a loss as they couldn’t hold Seattle in the end.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (3-2); beat Oakland 26-10, up 1 spot – Kansas City gets a big win over their division rival to stay in the AFC West hunt.

10. Green Bay Packers (3-2); lost to Dallas 30-16, down 4 spots – Aaron Rodgers hasn’t resembled the 2-time MVP that he is. And he believes that it’s all about poor accuracy.

11. Buffalo Bills (4-2); beat San Francisco 45-16, up 2 spots – After a slow start by Tyrod Taylor and the offense, Buffalo really got it going in the last three quarters to dominate San Francisco.

12. Oakland Raiders (4-2); lost to Kansas City 26-10, down 1 spot – Oakland got off to a hot start, scoring a TD on their first drive. But the offense couldn’t do anything against the Chiefs after this.

kirk-cousins-steelers13. Washington Redskins (4-2); beat Philadephia 27-20, up 2 spots – Washington looked like an offensive juggernaut, piling up 493 yards against a Philadelphia defense that was only giving up 267 yards per game. Although Washington still trails Dallas, they believe that they run the [NFC] East.

14. Cincinnati Bengals (2-4); lost to New England 35-17, down 1 spot – There’s no much shame in losing to the Patriots. But Cincinnati has to be worried about even making the playoffs this year.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2); lost to Washington 27-20, down 2 spots – For the first time this year, Philadelphia had no defensive answer for a run game, allowing Washington to rush for 230 yards.

16. New York Giants (3-3); beat Baltimore 27-23, up 4 spots – Odell Beckham has had his share of struggles this year. But that was put behind him in this contest, as he racked up 222 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.

17. Houston Texans (4-2); beat Indianapolis 26-23 (OT), up 2 spots – Brock Osweiler shook off a tough start and an earlier argument with coach Bill O’Brien to throw for 2 touchdowns in the final two minutes of regulation.

18. Detroit Lions (3-3); beat LA Rams 31-28, up 4 spots – After a 1-3 start, Detroit has claimed victories over solid teams in LA and Philadelphia.

joe-flacco19. Baltimore Ravens (3-3); lost to NY Giants 27-23, down 2 spots – Joe Flacco had over 300 yards passing, but his good game was spoiled by Baltimore’s inability to contain the Giants’ passing attack.

20. Indianapolis Colts (2-4); lost to Houston 26-23 (OT), down 2 spots – After controlling the Texans’ game for 58 minutes, Indianapolis let a win slip through their fingers.

21. LA Rams (3-3); lost to Detroit 31-28, down 1 spot – Case Keenum is playing really well for LA right now, connecting on 20 straight passes at one point in this game. But unfortunately, it wasn’t enough against Detroit.

22. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3); beat Chicago 17-16, up 2 spots – Down 13-0 in the fourth quarter, Jacksonville mounted a big comeback to win in the closing minutes. Blake Bortles’ 51-yard touchdown strike to Arrelious Benn was the defining moment.

23. Tennessee Titans (3-3); beat Cleveland 28-26, up 2 spots – Just six games into the season, Tennessee has already matched their win total from 2015.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3); bye week, down 1 spot – Tampa Bay will look to even their record at San Francisco this weekend.

jay-ajayi-dolphins25. Miami Dolphins (2-4); beat Pittsburgh 30-15, up 1 spot – Benched earlier this season for pouting, Jay Ajayi turned some heads with his 204-yard, 2-touchdown performance.

26. New Orleans Saints (2-4); beat Carolina 41-38, up 2 spots – Drew Brees torched the once-feared Carolina defense for 465 yards and four touchdowns.

27. Carolina Panthers (1-5); lost to New Orleans 41-38, down 11 spots – At what point does this become not just a slow start, but a bad football team?

28. San Diego Chargers (2-4); beat Denver 21-13, up 2 spots – This win may have saved coach Mike McCoy’s job, who’s been taking a lot of heat after a poor start.

29. New York Jets (1-5); lost to Arizona 28-3, down 2 spots – The Jets have become desperate enough that they’re going to start Geno Smith against the Baltimore Ravens.

30. Chicago Bears (1-5); lost to Jacksonville 17-16, down 1 spot – Not only did Chicago lose this game, but one of their fans got beatdown after getting mouthy.

31. San Francisco (1-5); lost to Buffalo 45-16, same spot – A different quarterback, same result as San Francisco was unable to move the ball after the first half.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-6); lost to New England 33-13, same spot – One more loss and the Browns will have equaled their worst start since 1999, when they were an expansion team.

NFL Power Rankings Week 6, 2016

tom-brady-vs-brownsThe big story this past weekend was Tom Brady’s return from the Deflate-Gate suspension. Any worries about rust or age were quickly dispelled as he passed for 406 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns. Sure, it was the Browns…but it was still an outstanding game.

See where Brady’s successful return leaves the Patriots in our Week 6 power rankings. Also, check out Week 5 rankings here.

1. New England Patriots (4-1); beat Cleveland Browns 33-13, up 1 spot – With Brady and Rob Gronkowski (109 receiving yards) already picking up where they left off, New England once again sports an elite offense.

2. Minnesota Vikings (5-0); beat Houston 31-13, up 1 spot – Minnesota goes into the bye week as the only undefeated team. Their defense is easily top 5, while Sam Bradford has improved the passing game from last season.

3. Denver Broncos (4-1); lost to Atlanta 23-16, down 1 spot – Paxton Lynch definitely isn’t ready to be a starting NFL QB, which means that the Broncos are hoping more than ever that Trevor Siemian returns for tomorrow’s San Diego game.

sammie-coates4. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1); beat NY Jets 31-13, up 1 spot  – Sammie Coates is emerging as quite a deep threat, tallying 139 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns last game.

5. Seattle Seahawks (3-1); bye week, down 1 spot – The Seahawks return to action this week by hosting the surprising Atlanta Falcons.

6. Green Bay Packers (3-1); beat NY Giants 23-16, same spot – Green Bay didn’t look the sharpest, with Aaron Rodgers throwing two interceptions and being victimized by several drops. But the pass rush picked up the slack and made life hard on Eli Manning.

7. Atlanta Falcons (4-1); beat Denver 23-16, up 1 spot – Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman obliterated the defending champs with a combined 286 yards and 2 touchdowns.

8. Dallas Cowboys (4-1); beat Cincinnati 28-14, down 1 spot – The Cowboys have already matched last season’s win total, and Tony Romo hasn’t even played a regular-season snap yet.

9. Arizona Cardinals (2-3); beat San Francisco 33-21, up 2 spots – Drew Stanton only threw for 124 yards, but his two touchdown passes were a big difference in this win.

10. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2); bye week, same spot – With another week to prepare, we should see a lot more of Jamaal Charles against the Oakland Raiders.

11. Oakland Raiders (4-1); beat San Diego 34-31, up 3 spots – The Raiders are taking advantage of a soft early season schedule. But this game against the Chiefs won’t be easy.

12. Buffalo Bills (3-2); beat LA 30-19, up 4 spots – Buffalo continues to climb after an 0-2 start. LeSean McCoy was the big difference-maker here, rushing for 150 yards.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3); lost to Dallas 28-14, down 1 spot – The talk at the beginning of the season was whether Cincinnati could finally win a playoff game under Marvin Lewis. But they have to make the postseason first.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1); lost to Detroit 24-23, down 1 spot – Carson Wentz finally looked like a rookie as he threw into double coverage and gave Detroit a game-winning interception.

15. Washington Redskins (3-2); beat Baltimore 16-10, up 6 spots – Washington got some unusual help from their 29th-ranked defense and an 85-yard Jamison Crowder punt return to win this game.

New Orleans Saints v Carolina Panthers16. Carolina Panthers (1-4); lost to Tampa Bay 17-14, down 7 spots – Carolina heads on the road to New Orleans this week in a must-win situation…if it’s not already too late.

17. Baltimore Ravens (3-2); lost to Washington 16-10, down 2 spots – Baltimore scored on their opening possession for the first time in 2016. But after this, their offense went flat.

18. Indianapolis Colts (2-3); beat Chicago 29-23, up 2 spots – Even with poor offensive line play, Andrew Luck found ways to throw for 322 yards and two touchdowns. This is the first time ever that the Colts have beaten the Bears in Indy.

19. Houston Texans (3-2); lost to Minnesota 31-13, down 2 spots – After losing 27-0 to New England last week, Houston put up another poor performance in this blowout loss. A late touchdown made the score look a little better than it was.

odell-beckham-jr20. New York Giants (2-3); lost to Green Bay 23-16, down 2 spots – Odell Beckham Jr. had his first TD catch of the year, but beyond this, there was little reason to celebrate for New York.

21. LA Rams (3-2); lost to Buffalo 30-19, down 2 spots – The Rams lost a golden opportunity to take control of the NFC West, losing to Buffalo at home.

22. Detroit Lions (2-3); beat Philadelphia 24-23, up 5 spots – The Eagles hadn’t given up a point in the first quarter prior to this contest. But Matthew Stafford connected with Theo Riddick on two TD passes in the first to jump out to an early lead.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3); beat Carolina 17-14, up 2 spots – This is quite a win for a Tampa Bay team that was looking doomed for another bad season.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3); bye week, same spot – The Jaguars should have some confidence coming out of the bye week since they beat the Colts two weeks ago. Now they get Chicago, the team that Indianapolis just beat.

25. Tennessee Titans (2-3); beat Miami 30-17, up 5 spots – Tennessee may be a running football team, but it was the Marcus Mariota show as the second-year QB scored 4 total touchdowns.

ryan-tannehill26. Miami Dolphins (1-4); lost to Tennessee 30-17, down 4 spots – The Dolphins offense was so bad that fans were chanting for Ryan Tannehill’s backup Matt Moore, who hasn’t started a game since 2011.

27. New York Jets (1-4); lost to Pittsburgh 31-13, down 4 spots – The Jets defense was dominated in this one, giving up scoring drive after scoring drive to Pittsburgh’s offense.

28. New Orleans Saints (1-3); bye week, same spot – New Orleans comes out of the bye week to face a Carolina Panthers team that must win to save their season.

29. Chicago Bears (1-4); lost to Indianapolis 29-23, down 4 spots – With 322 passing yards and two touchdowns, Brian Hoyer may cause a QB controversy when Jay Cutler returns.

30. San Diego Chargers (1-4); lost to Oakland 34-31, down 1 spot – San Diego just lost their fourth close game of the season, and they’re directing their anger at the laughing kicker, Josh Lambo.

31. San Francisco (1-4); lost to Arizona 33-21, same spot – With four straight losses, the 49ers will now hand the reigns over to Colin Kaepernick.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-5); lost to New England 33-13, same spot – The Cleveland Browns have now played 5 quarterbacks in five games. They’re hoping that number-four, Cody Kessler, can return this week; otherwise we’ll see more Charlie Whitehurst.