Week 6 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now it's time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week's NFL Power Rankings.
BLG's WEEK 7 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 3) - Surprised? You shouldn’t be. The Eagles have a strong case as the best team in the NFL. They’re the league’s hottest team with four wins in a row. Carson Wentz is an MVP candidate. Philly’s offense can put up points and their run defense ranks No. 1 in the league. Yes, the Eagles lost to the Chiefs earlier this season. But how could I not move KC down given how they struggled in Week 6? With their next three games all being played at home, the Eagles have a big opportunity to secure their lead and remain on top.
2 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 1) - Take away the Chiefs’ running game and all the pressure is on Alex Smith to perform. Smith couldn’t get much going against Pittsburgh’s defense. Down goes the consensus No. 1 team in the NFL.
3 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 10) - Pittsburgh bounced back from a bad loss at home to beat the NFL’s only remaining undefeated team on the road. Props. The good news is that Le’Veon Bell looks great. The bad news is that Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t look as good.
4 - New England Patriots (LW: 4) - Probably should have lost to the Jets but found a way to win anyway. While the Patriots certainly aren’t bad, they appear more mortal than ever in recent history.
5 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 19) - Big leap for the Saints here. New Orleans has won three in a row. They rank sixth in point differential. Drew Brees and company are heating up.
6 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 2) - With Aaron Rodgers potentially done for the season, the Packers’ streak of making the playoffs (currently eight years in a row) is in jeopardy. Brett Hundley didn’t look so great filling in for Rodgers.
7 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 5) - Cam Newton’s hot streak came to an end against Philly’s defense. The Panthers’ running game needs to take some pressure off his arm.
8 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 9) - Not the best bye week for them since the Cardinals and Rams won. The good news is the Giants are up next.
9 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 12) - Quality win for the Rams to travel across the country and beat Jacksonville. L.A. is on top of the NFC West right now.
10 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 6) - 17-0 is the new 28-3. This team is just really good at blowing big leads.
11 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 11) - Bye week. Buffalo could advance to 4-2 with a home game against the Bucs up next.
12 - Detroit Lions (LW: 7) - Detroit showed some good fight to bounce back in New Orleans but it wasn’t enough. Matthew Stafford isn’t fully healthy and the Lions’ defense has some issues.
13 - Denver Broncos (LW: 8) - Rotoworld’s Evan Silva most accurately described the Broncos’ effort this week: “the most pathetic performance by any team in any game all season, all six Browns losses included.”
14 - Washington Redskins (LW: 14) - Washington needed a missed Robbie Gould field goal and a bad offensive pass interference penalty near the end of the game to defeat the winless 49ers ... at home.
15 - Houston Texans (LW: 15) - Deshaun Watson continues to look like the real deal.
16 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 16) - The Vikings’ chances of winning the NFC North increased with the Rodgers injury. Minnesota might also be getting Teddy Bridgewater back soon.
17 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 13) - The Jags are a roller-coaster. Win, loss, win, loss, win, loss. They’ve shown some positive flashes but they’ve yet to been able to play with consistency.
18 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 17) - Terrible bye week for the Cowboys. All the other teams in the NFC East won, the owner caused a rift in the locker room, and Ezekiel Elliott might miss six games.
19 - New York Jets (LW: 21) - The Jets lost due to a bad call. That’s a shame for them because they could’ve been on top of the AFC East with a win. This team is showing a lot of fight despite expectations they’d be the worst team in the league. Props to them.
20 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 20) - Bye week. Still in the mix in the AFC North despite a bad start to the season.
21 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 24) - Things were looking ugly for Miami as they were down 17-0 in Atlanta. But then they fought back to beat the defending NFC champions. Impressive.
22 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 25) - Marcus Mariota returned from injury to keep the Titans’ hopes alive in the AFC South.
23 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 27) - Who knew a 32-year-old Adrian Peterson was the missing piece for the Cardinals?
24 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 26) - The Bolts are showing some signs of life after starting out 0-4.
25 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 18) - All three of the Ravens’ wins have come against bad teams. They’ve been beaten soundly by good teams. This squad just isn’t that impressive.
26 - Chicago Bears (LW: 29) - Want to hear a depressing stat? Chicago’s win over the Ravens was their first road victory since 2015. The Bears announced an extension with Fox.
BREAKING NEWS: #Bears and Fox announce 5-year extension: pic.twitter.com/EfCpzhWRaN— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) October 16, 2017
27 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 23) - It felt like the Raiders turned a corner last season, but here they are with a 2-4 record. They’re actually last in the AFC West now. Yikes.
28 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 22) - It feels like the Bucs have been the “oh they’re actually going to be good this year!” team for quite some time now. The only problem is they’re never actually good. Jameis Winston hasn’t been awesome and now he’s dealing with a shoulder injury.
29 - New York Giants (LW: 31) - When you remove context, beating the Broncos in Denver was a great win for the Giants. When you add context, all the Giants are doing is blowing their shot at the No. 1 overall pick.
30 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 28) - Andrew Luck has already been ruled out for Week 7 and there’s no timetable for his return. The Colts’ hopes continue to slip away.
31 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 30) - The 49ers probably aren’t as bad as their winless record suggests. They’re the first team in NFL history to lose five consecutive games by three points or less. They have to catch a lucky break and win at some point. Right?
32 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 32) - Going to be here all season.
The Browns are 1-21 since passing on Carson Wentz. #Eagles— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 15, 2017