As you may have noticed, it can be difficult to know which rankings to trust for NFL Power Rankings Week 7, as various sites have various different rankings at different times of the day.
Case in point: the table Bruce Ciskie provides over at NFL Fanhouse, where he listed the Chiefs at rank 15 as of about 9:30 this morning. That can be a little confusing for football fans trying to accurately judge where their teams stand. The Chiefs, who ended up ranking in at 10 according to my other sources, were thought to possibly hit a lower rank– that much is true. Just yesterday Joel Thorman at Arrowhead Pride speculated that the Chiefs would fall somewhere in the 12-16 range (because of their recent loss) for NFL Power Rankings Week 7.
Ciskie is listing the New York Giants at No. 9. He warns that Houston (No. 11) needs to keep up their momentum to stay in good standing. The Bears are at No. 12, but the Vikings are getting better too (No. 19), so watch out. Other assessments: The Buccaneers look slow, and rank at 16; the Cardinals (No. 17) game in Seattle will help decide a favorite; the Broncos (#22) loss to the Jets means they will have to have excellent scoring games coming up; Wade Phillips is in trouble with the Cowboys (#28); and the Panthers (#32) don’t know how to properly run their own team.
Updated from my last article earlier today, it seems the New York Jets are at the No. 1 spot for the NFL Power Ranking Week 7, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are actually now at No. 2. My previous sources indicated that Steelers had rank 1. As Aaron Fentress at Oregon Live puts it (and you can check out his table, which will differ from Ciskie’s), both teams have “disruptive, turnover-creating defenses”. Most are agreeing that the Steelers are Number 2 at this point, with Ciskie pointing out that now that Ben Roethlisberger has returned, the team is more “dangerous”. Fentress however feels that the Jets No. 1 rank could still be flipped. Mark Sanchez has been doing an excellent job, looking more masterful than a second-year quarterback. Coach Rex Ryan thinks that having luck is nice, but that Sanchez is doing great work.
Fentress ranks the Colts at 6, and says they’ll need their week off to rest. Washington he lists at 16, saying that Albert Haynesworth has contributed “virtually nothing”. Other assessments: Arizona takes 20, and he puts an eye on Max Hall; Oakland is #25, and he sarcastically thinks quarterback Kyle Boller will work out; Dallas is 27 and the “whipping boy” is named as Jason Garrett; the San Francisco 49ers (#30) win over Oakland doesn’t mean they’re going anywhere.
For NFL Power Rankings, Week 7, depending on what hour of the day you checked in and/or who you find more reliable, your favorite team could be Number 1 or Number 2; in the Top 5 or Top 10; or, not on top at all.
Bruce Ciskie, NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: Jets Soar Back to Top, NFL Fanhouse
Joel Thorman, NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Where Do the Chiefs Land?, Arrowhead Pride
Elizabeth Eng, NFL Power Rankings Week 7 2010, Associated Content
Aaron Fentress, NFL Power Rankings Week 7: The New York Jets and Pittsburgh are the class of the NFL (links), Oregon Live