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.