WEEK 7 POWER RANKINGS – TOP TEAMS TUMBLE

WEEK 7 POWER RANKINGS – TOP TEAMS TUMBLE

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 11:55
1. Tennessee Titans (5-0): Probably didn't need off week to prepare for road game vs. Chiefs this week. They've won 8 straight regular-season games and have two-game lead in AFC South. Last week: 2. 2. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1): Another team coming off bye and going on the road to face a supposedly inferior opponent in winless Bengals, but Pitt is dangerously thin at RB. Last week: 3 3. Buffalo Bills (4-1): Third team to benefit from off week, as each of the top eight teams who played last week were defeated. Coach Dick Jauron's team is coming off 41-17 loss to Cardinals in Week Five, but QB Trent Edwards (concussion) is expected back. Last week: 8. 4. New York Giants (4-1): Suffered huge letdown in blowout loss to Brown in Cleveland Monday night, but have great opportunity for bounce-back win at home against weak 49ers. Last week: 1. 5. Tampa Bay Bucs (4-2): Now that Genius Jon Gruden is starting his best QB with Jeff Garcia replacing Brian Griese, the Bucs are even tougher, as they demonstrated in rout of Panthers to forge three-way tie atop NFC South. Last week: 12. 6. Arizona Cardinals (4-2): Coach Ken Whisenhunt's surprising squad gets a week off to savor OT victory against Cowboys that gave it a two-game lead in weak NFC West and a six-game win streak at home. Last week: 15. 7. Dallas Cowboys (4-2): Considering the loss to Arizona and injuries to QB Tony Romo and RB Felix Jones, they might not deserve to be this high. But, as a team, they should get well in St. Louis this week. Last week: 5. 8. Indianapolis Colts (3-2): Offense looked like Super Bowl XLI edition, finally winning in Lucas Oil Stadium for first time in five tries as as Manning, Harrison and Wayne more than made up for crippled RB corps. Last week: 14. 9. Washington Redskins (4-2): After just 1 turnover in first 5 games, they lost 3 of 4 fumbles in inexplicable letdown at home vs. Rams after having defeated Cowboys and Eagles on the road. Last week: 4. 10. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3): Correll Buckhalter did tremendous Brian Westbrook imitation filling in for injured starter with 178 yards from scrimmage (93 rushing, 85 receiving) in 40-26 win over 49ers. Last week: 13. 11. Carolina Panthers (4-2): Strong run game failed to show, accounting for just 40 yards in demoralizing loss to Bucs. Still have a chance to hold on to share of NFC South lead if they can defeat explosive Saints at home this week. Last week: 6. 12. San Diego Chargers (3-3): Which team will show up this week in Buffalo, the one that trounced the Patriots 30-10 last week or the one that lost to the Dolphins a week earlier? Last week: 16. 13. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3): They'll enjoy off week after impressive victory over Broncos in Denver. Jones-Drew finally got ground game rolling with 125 yards and 2 touchdowns. Last week: 17. 14. Denver Broncos (4-2): Facing Pats on the road this week on Monday night, they'll need to get back some of the several key offensive stars they were missing last week. Offense averaged 38 points in first three games but just 17 in past three. Last week: 10. 15. Atlanta Falcons (4-2): They're lucky, but they're pretty good, too, especially in the run game. And QB Matt Ryan hasn't played like a typical rookie; he looks like the real deal, unless it's just because he was playing the Bears. Last week: 20. 16. New England Patriots (3-2): Looks like it'll be an up-and-down season with Matt Cassel at QB, with shortcomings in the run game really highlighted. Still only one game out in AFC East with Broncos coming to town for Monday nighter. Last week: 7. 17. Chicago Bears (3-3): One of several Jekyll-Hyde teams on the league. They lose when expected to win and vice versa. QB Kyle Orton and offense are exceeding expectations, while defense disappoints. Last week: 9. 18. Green Bay Packers (3-3): QB Aaron Rodgers evidently learned well from Brett Favre; he's playing well and playing hurt. Sturdy defense gets tested by Colts at home this week: Last week: 21. 19. Minnesota Vikings (3-3): Visit the Bears Sunday for early NFC North showdown after squeaking past lousy Lions. RB Adrian Peterson could struggle, but ex-Bear Bernard Berrian, who had 86-yard TD last week, could be latest WR to gash secondary. Last week: 19. 20. New York Jets (3-2): With the Patriots' descent, Favre and Co. have an opportunity to fill the power void in AFC East, especially if defense continues to play well, but they have to get past Raiders this week in Oakland. Last week: 18. 21. New Orleans Saints (3-3): Behind QB Drew Brees, they've scored 27 or more points in last four games, including last week's 34-3 rout of Raiders in which maligned defense finally stepped up. Last week: 23. 22. Cleveland Browns (2-3): On Monday night upset victory over Giants, they finally played up to and beyond expectations. QB Derek Anderson's resurgence will keep Brady Quinn on the bench. Last week: 27. 23. Baltimore Ravens (2-3): Tough schedule finally caught up to them last week in 31-3 loss to Colts who made great defense look ordinary and QB Joe Flacco look like a rookie. Last week: 11. 24. Miami Dolphins (2-3): After back-to-back wins vs. Patriots and Chargers, lost 29-28 in Houston and host Ravens this week. They continue to get excellent play from castoff QB Chad Pennington. Last week 22. 25. Houston Texans (1-4): Finally got first win last week over Dolphins. QB Matt Schaub is playing extremely well, and DE Mario Williams has 2 sacks in back-to-back games. Last week: 25. 26. San Francisco 49ers (2-4): Have allowed league-worst 167 points, 101 in past three games, including 40-26 loss to Eagles last week. Good luck on the road vs. angry Giants team this week. Last week: 24. 27. St. Louis Rams (1-4): It didn't take new coach Jim Haslett long to make an impact. They needed some breaks, and especially some takeaways last week, to get their first win over strong Redskins unit. Last week: 32. 28. Kansas City Chiefs (1-4): Had last week off after losing to Panthers 34-0, and they'll need it to prepare for invasion of undefeated Titans this week. Last week: 30. 29. Oakland Raiders (1-4): The Cable guy is here, but it doesn't matter. New head coach, same old story. Some young, skill-position talent, but this is a team in disarray. Last week: 26. 30. Seattle Seahawks (1-4): Without injured QB Matt Hasselbeck (knee, back) for at least another week, this bad team becomes dreadful. They were the NFC's winningest home team the previous seven seasons, but not anymore. Last week: 29. 31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-6): It's not like their record is a shocker. This is third 0-6 start since 2000. Without QB Carson Palmer they don't have much chance. Run game, including Cedric Benson, had 43 yards on 21 attempts last week. Last week: 28. 32. Detroit Lions (0-5): Blew 10-2 lead vs. Vikings last week. Only Chiefs and Rams have scored fewer points. QB Dan Orlovsky doesn't look like the answer. Last week: 31.
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