Last week, I kept some teams lower than some people probably liked because, even though the teams were winning, I wasn’t sure how good they really were. Two teams in particular, the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, had convincing victories in Week 6 and deservedly moved up these Power Rankings.
For my Week 6 Power Rankings, click here.
For my Week 7 NFL Picks and Predictions, click here.
Here are my 2010 NFL Power Rankings going into Week 7 of the NFL season (last week’s Power Ranking in parentheses):
Biggest Gainers: Philadelphia Eagles (+7), New Orleans Saints (+5), New York Giants (+5), Minnesota Vikings (+5), St. Louis Rams (+5)
Biggest Losers: Green Bay Packers (-7), Oakland Raiders (-6), Atlanta Falcons (-6)
1 (2) Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1)
After shaking off some rust and throwing an interception on Pittsburgh’s first drive, Ben Roethlisberger settled down and looked like the elite QB that he’s been in recent years. The Steelers already had a strong defense, but now they also have a good offense to go with it.
2 (4) New York Jets (5-1)
The New York Jets’ streak of four straight games without a turnover ended. Mark Sanchez’s streak of looking like a good QB ended with a very poor showing against the Denver Broncos. In the end, though, the Jets still managed to win their fifth game, and that’s without having Darrelle Revis at full strength.
3 (5) New England Patriots (4-1)
New England showed that they don’t need Randy Moss to still win ballgames. It took until the final minutes of overtime, but the Patriots still came out with the victory over a very good Baltimore Ravens team.
4 (1) Baltimore Ravens (4-2)
The Baltimore Ravens defense was sharp in the first half of Sunday’s game, limiting the Patriots to only seven points, but they weren’t able to hold onto the lead and eventually fell in overtime. Don’t be surprised if the Ravens and Patriots end up seeing each other again in the playoffs.
5 (6) Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
Peyton Manning currently has thirteen touchdown passes to only two interceptions and is sporting a 103.4 passer rating. The Indianapolis Colts still need to show that they can consistently play defense, but they can easily win 10 or 11 games with Manning at the helm.
6 (11) New Orleans Saints (4-2)
The defending champs bounced back from a tough loss against Arizona by absolutely destroying the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was also the first time this season that the New Orleans Saints offense has looked like the juggernaut that rolled through the regular season last year.
7 (12) New York Giants (4-2)
The New York Giants now have three straight wins, outscoring their opponents 79-33 over those three games. Eli Manning is playing better did he did during the Giants’ 1-2 start, but the big story is how well the defense has played.
8 (10) Tennessee Titans (4-2)
The Titans rolled through Jacksonville on Monday Night, even though Vince Young had to leave the game early with an injury. I like Young’s overall skill-set more than Kerry Collins’ skill-set, but Collins played extremely when called on to replace Young.
9 (3) Atlanta Falcons (4-2)
It’d be easy to hit the panic button if you’re the Atlanta Falcons, as they just got stomped by the Philadelphia Eagles and didn’t looked strong in any of their last three wins. I still think Matt Ryan and company are a good team, however, and I’m keeping them near the top of my Power Rankings…for now.
10 (13) Houston Texans (4-2)
The Houston Texans made their second huge fourth quarter comeback of the season in Week 6, stunning the Kansas City Chiefs. Houston still has the worst pass defense in the NFL, though, something that could easily prevent them from making the playoffs.
11 (9) Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)
For the second straight week, the Kansas City Chiefs come away with a loss in a game that they easily could have won. They’re still young and inconsistent, but the Chiefs have a legitimate shot at winning the AFC West.
12 (19) Philadelphia Eagles (4-2)
I’ve been fairly harsh on the Philadelphia Eagles in these Power Rankings. I didn’t think they could win with Kevin Kolb as their QB. I didn’t trust them after they lost to the Redskins and almost lost to the Lions and 49ers. The Eagles are going to have their work cut out for them if Desean Jackson misses any time with his concussion, but they are playing extremely well right now.
13 (7) Chicago Bears (4-2)
Jay Cutler was sacked six times in his return after missing a game with a concussion. The Bears need to find a way to protect their quarterback if they plan on keeping some of the momentum from their hot start.
14 (16) Miami Dolphins (3-2)
The new special teams coach and the week off helped out the Dolphins, who came away with an impressive road victory against the Green Bay Packers.
15 (8) Green Bay Packers (3-3)
The injuries are mounting up for the Packers. They’re without starting running back Ryan Grant, starting tight end Jermichael Finley, and starting linebacker Nick Barnett. In addition, they have guys like rookie safety Morgan Burnett also on the injured reserve. The Packers still have the talent to make a run at the playoffs, but their Super Bowl hopes are fading fast.
16 (14) Washington Redskins (3-3)
The Redskins had their chances to beat the Colts, but the defense dropped a couple of surefire interceptions and Donovan McNabb wasn’t able to come through in the end.
17 (22) Minnesota Vikings (2-3)
The game against the Cowboys was a must-win for the Minnesota Vikings, and they finally came through in the clutch, albeit barely. The Vikings still have Brett Favre’s texting scandal hanging over their heads, however, and there is still the chance that Favre ends up getting suspended by the league for his actions.
18 (20) Denver Broncos (2-4)
Kyle Orton had his worst game of the season against the Jets, but the Denver Broncos still almost won the game. The Broncos are not out of the playoff race yet, but they have to find a way to win some of these ballgames.
19 (15) San Diego Chargers (2-4)
For the first time this season, the San Diego Chargers didn’t gain more yards on offense than their opponent. It’s not a good sign for a team that had already dropped three games despite seeming to be the better team in each of those games.
20 (18) Dallas Cowboys (1-4)
I continue to keep the Cowboys ranked relatively high in the Power Rankings, but Dallas has been chronically inconsistent this season. They routinely gain more yards than their opponents, yet they turn the ball over so often and commit so many penalties that they’ve only won one game so far this season. Jerry Jones has vowed not to fire head coach Wade Phillips during the season, but I can’t see many scenarios that have Phillips returning as the head coach next season.
21 (17) Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)
David Garrard reverted back to his early season form before leaving Monday’s game with a concussion. The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to be in trouble if Garrard can’t play next week, though. Trent Edwards threw two interceptions and generally looked poor in his first playing time with the Jaguars.
22 (27) St. Louis Rams (3-3)
The Rams were able to bounce back from their embarrassing loss to the Lions and pull out a close victory against the Chargers. St. Louis has already tripled its win total from 2009, and Sam Bradford has looked good in his first six NFL starts. He still has a lot of room to improve (mainly by reducing his interception totals), but he can probably already be considered a success.
23 (21) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are better than expected this year after finishing last season at 3-13, but they’ve been blown out in their two losses. The Bucs are good enough to hang with (and beat) other mid-level teams, but they just don’t have enough playmakers to win against the top 10 or 15 teams in the league.
24 (24) Arizona Cardinals (3-2)
Somehow, the Cardinals sit tied atop the NFC West despite running with a QB tandem of Derek Anderson and undrafted rookie Max Hall. Arizona has two games against co-leader Seattle in the next four games, after which we’ll probably know whether the Cardinals have a realistic shot at winning the NFC West.
25 (28) Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
The Seahawks are still picking up the wins, yet they always seem to look decidedly mediocre when they play. I’m holding off moving them up the Power Rankings quite yet, but if they keep winning, you’ll see them slowly make their way up.
26 (25) Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)
I know I’m being harsh on the Bengals, but what exactly have they done to earn my trust? Carson Palmer is playing like a quarterback irrevocably damaged from years of taking bad sacks and losing big games, and neither Chad Ochocinco or Terrell Owens are stepping up consistently. The way they’ve played, the Bengals are lucky to have the two wins they have.
27 (30) San Francisco 49ers (1-5)
The 49ers weren’t great against the Raiders, but they won because they finally won the turnover battle and QB Alex Smith didn’t throw a single interception for the first time this season.
28 (26) Detroit Lions (1-5)
The Lions have a Bye Week coming up, after which Matt Stafford should be able to return as the starting QB. That’s good news for Detroit, as backup Shaun Hill broke his non-throwing arm against the Giants.
29 (23) Oakland Raiders (2-4)
Oakland’s offense only managed to gain 179 yards against the 49ers, and their defense wasn’t able to force a single turnover against a team that came into Week 6’s matchup with the worst turnover rate in the NFL.
30 (29) Cleveland Browns (1-5)
The only consolation the Cleveland Browns can get from their loss to the Steelers was that Colt McCoy played about as well as one could expect from someone making their NFL debut against one of the league’s toughest defenses.
31 (31) Buffalo Bills (0-5)
The Bills get to follow their Bye Week up with road games against the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs. Needless to say, I don’t think Buffalo will be winning either of those contests.
32 (32) Carolina Panthers (0-5)
There are probably too many things going wrong with the Carolina Panthers for a single week off to be much help.
All stats and records from ESPN.com
Time of possession and penalty data from nfl.com