NFL Power Rankings – Week 7. Ravens Surge

NFL Power Rankings – Week 7. Ravens Surge
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In our NFL Power Rankings heading into week 7, we have some key movers up and some dramatic movers down. The Browns see a significant fall while the Bills and the Chargers move down after slipping up this weekend.

Here are our NFL Power Rankings going into week 7!

#UP/DOWNRECORD
1.File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia CommonsARIZONA CARDINALS6-0
2.File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsTAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS5-1
3.File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsBALTIMORE RAVENS5-1
4.File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia CommonsLA RAMS5-1
5.File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsDALLAS COWBOYS5-1
6.File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsGREEN BAY PACKERS5-1
7.File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsBUFFALO BILLS4-2
8.File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsLA CHARGERS4-2
9.File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsKANSAS CITY CHIEFS3-3
10.File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsCINCINNATI BENGALS4-2
11.File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsTENNESSEE TITANS4-2
12.File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsCLEVELAND BROWNS3-3
13.File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsNEW ORLEANS SAINTS3-2
14.File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia CommonsSAN FRANCISCO 49ERS2-3
15.File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsMINNESOTA VIKINGS3-3
16.File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsLAS VEGAS RAIDERS4-2
17.File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsPITTSBURGH STEELERS3-3
18.File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia CommonsNEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS2-4
19.File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsCAROLINA PANTHERS3-3
20.File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsSEATTLE SEAHAWKS2-4
21.File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsDENVER BRONCOS3-3
22.File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsPHILADELPHIA EAGLES2-4
23.File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsCHICAGO BEARS3-3
24.File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsINDIANAPOLIS COLTS2-4
25.File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia CommonsATLANTA FALCONS2-3
26.File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsWASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM2-4
27.File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia CommonsNEW YORK GIANTS1-5
28.File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsNEW YORK JETS1-4
29.File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsJACKSONVILLE JAGUARS1-5
30.File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsMIAMI DOLPHINS1-5
31.File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia CommonsHOUSTON TEXANS1-5
32.File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsDETROIT LIONS0-6

NFL POWER RANKINGS ANALYSIS

TOP HALF

Lamar Jackson - NFL Power Rankings
Image Credit: Baltimore Beatdown

The Cardinals continued their unbeaten streak against a Browns team who were viewed among the elite in the AFC. The Arizona offence is explosive and is schemed perfectly around their playmakers.

On the other hand, the Browns could not get anything going. The Cleveland offence continues to look better when Odell Beckham is on the sideline and Baker Mayfield needs to start showing why he deserves his second contract.

Last weekend’s big game was the Chargers against the Ravens, and if you are a fan of Baltimore, it did not disappoint. Lamar Jackson well and truely announced himself in the MVP conversation and the Ravens offence showed they can beat you in anyway possible. We also got glimpses of what first round pick Rashod Bateman will have to offer in the passing game as the Ravens continue to successful evolve.

For the Chargers, Justin Herbert didn’t look horrendous, but he probably put in the worst performance of his young, blossoming career. He looked inaccurate and void of ideas at times, but Herbert will have games like this so early on.

The Vikings continue their march up the rankings after an overtime win in Carolina. But, in truth the game should have been finished off by Minnesota well before Sam Darnold had the chance to put a game tying drive together.

Coming off their bye, the 49ers will be interesting this week. Many had week 7 pencilled in as the week we finally got to see Trey Lance. Lance has, of course, had to take to the field before then as an injury cover for Garoppolo, but not in a favourable scheme. However, Lance suffered a knee sprain during the 49ers week 5 loss. With Garoppolo now back in training, does he get his job back?

BOTTOM HALF

Trevor Lawrence - NFL Power Rankings
Image Credit: CBS Sports

The Jaguars finally got their first win of the season in London! What an ending to their game against the Dolphins in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which saw both quarterbacks put in good performances. Jacksonville will be hoping that this is the catalyst for further success. They have finally got the monkey off their back.

As for the Dolphins, it was always going to be difficult with both starting cornerbacks out. But, some poor play calling, especially on defence and in the 4th quarter, cost them. Miami are in a difficult place. Tua was not the problem in this game, but with Deshaun Watson’s name being banded around and waiting in the wings, he needs to show he can get the Dolphins out of this slump.

As the only team without a win, the Lions almost go to bottom of the NFL Power Rankings by default. They have shown promise and fight while being competetive in games. But, ultimately that only gets you so far.

The Seahawks continue to freefall with Geno Smith at QB. We expect them to bounce back when Russell Wilson returns, but there are more holes in the roster in than originally thought.

The Washington Football Team are another team who have surprised. Many thought that the FT’s defence would be the best in the NFL and would be able to carry them. Instead, they rank among the worst. They haven’t been much better on offence either. Taylor Heinicke hasn’t shown he is better than a back up and with limited options at QB up coming, it could be a tough off season in Washington.

Who are you higher on and who are you lower on? Let us know what you think of our NFL Power Rankings over on Twitter @NinetynineYards and @Owain_Jones_

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