NFL POWER RANKINGS: Here's Where Every Team Stands Going Into Week Seven

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This season is making a mockery of power rankings.There are no dominant teams, and no clearly defined tiers of contenders and pretenders. Nearly all of the 32 teams are some shade of average, meaning the #9 team in our rankings is maybe a hair better than the #19 team.

NONETHELESS, we saw a big shake-up in the rankings this week, with three of the top-five teams falling flat, and chaos taking over at the fringes of the playoff picture.

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Once again, here’s how we came up with them.

We took our rankings from last week and moved teams up and down based on the following criteria:

  • A win: up 2 spots
  • A loss: down 1 spot
  • A loss by 10+ points: down 2 spots
  • A win against a top-5 team from the week before: up 2 spots
  • A win against a top-12 team from the week before (aka, a playoff team): up 1 spot
  • Covering the point spread: up 1 spot
  • A one-loss record: up 2 spots
  • A one-win record: down 2 spots

1. Atlanta Falcons (#1 last week): Beat the Raiders

Record: 6-0

Biggest thing we learned this week: Matt Ryan is human. For the first time this year he looked slightly below MVP-level.

2. Baltimore Ravens (#5 last week): Beat the Cowboys

Record: 5-1

Biggest thing we learned this week: That defence is going to struggle without Lardarius Webb, and Flacco is going to keep the scoring going come winter. They also lost Ray Lewis for the year.

3. Green Bay Packers (#7 last week): Beat the Texans

Record: 3-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: Shocker! The Packers scored the most points possible in our system this week, and vaulted above the three top-five teams that lost.

4. Houston Texans (#2 last week): Lost to the Packers

Record: 5-1

Biggest thing we learned this week: Despite the gaudy record, Houston hasn't looked good for three weeks. The Jets game was sloppy, and they got mauled against Green Bay.

5. New York Giants (#9 last week): Beat the 49ers

Record: 4-2

Biggest thing we learned this week: They're getting more balanced as the season goes on. Their running game was once again strong in the second half.

6. Chicago Bears (#6 last week): Bye

Record: 4-1

Biggest thing we learned this week: Nothing!

7. New England Patriots (#4 last week): Lost to the Seahawks

Record: 3-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: The pass defence is so bad that it nullifies most of the other things they do well.

8. San Francisco 49ers (#3 last week): Lost to the Giants

Record: 4-2

Biggest thing we learned this week: They have trouble coming from behind. Both of their losses came when they went behind early.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (#8 last week): Lost to the Lions

Record: 3-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: This has got to be the most depressing 3-3 team that narrowly lost two games on last-second field goals ever.

10. Seattle Seahawks (#15 last week): Beat the Patriots

Record: 4-2

Biggest thing we learned this week: Russell Wilson has a Tebow-y quality where he connects on exclusively deep balls.

11. New York Jets (#13 last week): Beat the Colts

Record: 3-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: They're going back to the ground and pound. Sanchez had 82 passing yards. 82.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (#10 last week): Lost to the Titans

Record: 2-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: It's impossible to win when your entire offensive line gets injured.

13. Arizona Cardinals (#11 last week): Lost to the Bills

Record: 4-2

Biggest thing we learned this week: The shine is starting to come off of Kevin Kolb.

14. Detroit Lions (#18 last week): Beat the Eagles

Record: 2-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: They can't run the ball at all, so they might be best off pretending like they're down 14 at all times.

15. Washington Redskins (#17 last week): Beat the Vikings

Record: 3-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: Their only hope is to outscore people. Lucky for them, they have RG3 to do that.

16. Dallas Cowboys (#14 last week): Lost to the Ravens

Record: 2-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: Coach Jason Garrett continues to be a young Andy Reid when it comes to clock management.

17. San Diego Chargers (#12 last week): Lost to the Broncos

Record: 3-2

Biggest thing we learned this week: Phillip Rivers had six turnovers by himself.

18. Denver Broncos (#21 last week): Beat the Chargers

Record: 3-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: Teams are onto Peyton Manning's weakened arm, but now that defenses are drawing coverage closer to the line, he's able to float balls over the top of them. Six passes of 20+ yards against SD.

19. Cincinnati Bengals (#16 last week): Lost to the Browns

Record: 3-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: The Great Cincy defence Mystery of 2012 continues. They had arguably their worst performance yet against the Browns.

20. Buffalo Bills (#25 last week): Beat the Cardinals

Record: 3-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: When they can use the running game (ie, the defence doesn't give up a ton of points early), they can be really effective.

21. Minnesota Vikings (#19 last week): Lost to the Redskins

Record: 4-2

Biggest thing we learned this week: Laid their first real stinker of the season. We'll learn more about them next week against Arizona.

22. Miami Dolphins (#24 last week): Beat the Rams

Record: 3-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: No huddle! Ryan Tannehill is running it to Texas A&M levels!

23. Carolina Panthers (#20 last week): Bye

Record: 1-4

Biggest thing we learned this week: Nothing!

25. Tennessee Titans (#26 last week): Beat the Steelers

Record: 2-4

Biggest thing we learned this week: When you face a crippled defence, you have a much better chance to score points. Not rocket science.

25. St. Louis Rams (#23 last week): Lost to the Dolphins

Record: 3-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: Greg Zuerlein, the phenom kicker, is human. St. Louis dominated the game statistically but 3 missed FGs cost them.

26. New Orleans Saints (#22 last week): Bye

Record: 1-4

Biggest thing we learned this week: Nothing!

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (#27 last week): Beat the Chiefs

Record: 2-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: Yeah, it's the Chiefs, but a 124.7 QB rating is still a huge number and a confidence booster for Josh Freeman.

28. Cleveland Browns (#32 last week): Beat the Bengals

Record: 1-5

Biggest thing we learned this week: The defence isn't good, but least it can force turnovers. Four takeaways came up huge.

29. Indianapolis Colts (#28 last week): Beat the Packers

Record: 2-3

Biggest thing we learned this week: Andrew Luck, as awesome as he is, is going to get straight-up overmatched in a few games this season.

30. Oakland Raiders (#29 last week): Lost to the Falcons

Record: 1-4

Biggest thing we learned this week: Probably its best performance of the year, but still lost. That tells you a lot.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (#31 last week): Bye

Record: 1-4

Biggest thing we learned this week: Nothing!

32. Kansas City Chiefs (#30 last week): Lost to the Bucs

Record: 1-5

Biggest thing we learned this week: They haven't held a lead in regulation all season.

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