Oct. 18, 2016
Week 7 2016 NFL Power Rankings
In this week's power rankings, I see the Green Bay Packers take a decline while the Kansas City Chiefs rise into the top-ten. How does the rest of the power rankings shape up? Well, let's get into it.
10. Buffalo Bills: The Buffalo running game was the theme this week, as they exposed the San Francisco 49ers. LeSean McCoy finished the day rushing for 140 yards. But that's not all; the team finished with 312 yards on the day. Buffalo's total offense was 491 yards. Buffalo renews their rivalry with the Miami Dolphins this weekend. If history serves me correctly, Buffalo swept Miami last year and outscored them 74-31.
9. Kansas City Chiefs: For the four straight year, the Chiefs went into Oakland and came out victorious. 406 total yards on offence and the Chiefs were 7-of-13 on 3rd down conversions. Spencer Ware rushed for 131 yards, Jamaal Charles rushed for 33 yards, and the Chiefs rushed for 183 yards. Kansas City has a dogfight this weekend against the New Orleans Saints, and this will be the Saints first visit to Arrowhead since 2008. Can the Chiefs win out next week? I'm not sure since the Saints have won three out of the last four in Arrowhead.
8. Green Bay Packers: The Packers drop big time in these rankings due to playing mediocre football against the Cowboys. The Packers fumbled three times, and Aaron Rodgers got picked off. Green Bay has the Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears. The Packers have the opportunity to get back on track. We know that Rodgers likes his prime-time games, especially at Lambeau Field, and that gives the Packers the advantage.
7. Denver Broncos: After starting 4-0, the reigning and defending Super Bowl champions are on a two-game losing streak. The running game only managed 84 yards on 16 carries, and the longest passing play came from Emmanuel Sanders' 20-yard pass. Following their Thursday night loss, the 4-2 Broncos have an extended vacation. Hopefully, Gary Kubiak comes back with the Broncos facing their former QB in Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers: The main story for the Steelers is the injury to Ben Roethlisberger, who left Sunday's game with a knee injury. Big Ben did come back but managed to throw for 189 yards and one TD, with a pair of turnovers. I'll get more into their matchup in just a bit.
5. Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta almost went to 5-1, but turnovers became the latest casualty. Atlanta has to be devastated by this loss after blowing a nine-point lead, in which earlier in the game they scored 21 unanswered points. Tevin Coleman only managed 17 yards after a huge game last week, and Devonta Freeman averaged 3.3 yards per carry. One highlight was Julio Jones scoring his 38th career TD and puts him closer to breaking the franchise record. Atlanta comes back home for the first time since October 2nd. That team that comes to Atlanta is San Diego, where I see the Falcons as the favorites. Also to note, Matt Ryan is undefeated against the Chargers.
4. Dallas Cowboys: It was remarkable to see a rookie QB and a rookie RB go into Lambeau Field and defeat the Packers. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are on pace to break records this season, and the Cowboys have the best offensive line in football. With Dez Bryant inactive, Prescott threw to Cole Beasley twice for TDs, and Elliott rushed for over 150 yards. Dallas has a bye week, but the debate is just heating up. Will Prescott or Tony Romo start for the Cowboys under the lights in Philadelphia?
3. Seattle Seahawks: After blowing a 14-point lead in the second half, the Seahawks came out victorious to win three games in a row. They scored a touchdown and a field goal on their last two drives. Russel Wilson stepped up, and Christine Michael scored two rushing TDs. Alex Collins scored his first ever TD on a two-yard run. The Seahawks travel to the University of Phoenix Stadium to face the Cardinals in primetime. A critical Sunday Night Football telecast, as SNL square off against the most anticipated season premiere of The Walking Dead. Can both of these clubs up the ratings with Seattle growing their lead in the NFC West, or Arizona getting that pick me up game they need? Plus, Carson Palmer is back for this game.
2. New England Patriots: The Pats offensive line had some issues in the first half with Tom Brady being sacked three times. But Brady threw for 376 yards with three TDs. The Patriots travel to Pittsburgh for the first time since 2011 in what was a crucial AFC showdown. Sure, the Pats are 9-3 in their last 12 matchups, but with Roethlisberger inactive, can the Pats go 10-3? More on that this week.
1. Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings had the bye week. But this weekend, they travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles. Weeks ago, they made a trade, in which led to Carson Wentz being the starting QB for the Eagles. But now things get serious with the Vikings winning their last matchup back in 2014 with a 48-30 scoreline.