2012 NFL Power Rankings: WEEK 7

We’re at a point in the season where we’re not going to see as large as fluctuations as we’ve seen in the past.  The Falcons remain the last undefeated team and while the Texans were embarassed by Green Bay, I still believe they are the 2nd best team in the NFL.  There’s some slight fluctuation this week with the top 10 remaining largely unchanged.  For the second time this year the Seahawks have skyrocketed up the rankings, I have yet to figure out this team.

1. Atlanta Falcons (6-0)
Last Week: 1 (-)

At the end of the day they win games.  Blowing out good ones, winning close ones over bad ones – it doesn’t matter.  In the NFL, 6-0 is 6-0.

2. Houston Texans (5-1)
Last Week: 2 (-)

This team was absolutely crushed by a struggling Packers team but all that means is they might have to wait until Thanksgiving to clinch the AFC South instead of the week before.

3. Baltimore Ravens (5-1)
Last Week: 4 (+1)

Lately the Ravens have been just squeaking by lesser opponents but they are still winning.  Has Ray Lewis played his last game?

4. New York Giants (4-2)
Last Week: 9 (+5)

For the second time this year, excellent quarterback play made the 49ers defense look subpar.

5. Chicago Bears (4-1)
Last Week: 6 (+1)

Devin Hester gets to go against an anemic Lions special teams after the bye.  5-1 should be here soon enough for the 1st place Bears.

6. San Francisco 49ers (4-2)
Last Week: 3 (-3)

The defense has shown themselves prone to the big play at times.  Alex Smith has not shown an ability to get his offense back in games.  This team looks elite at times and at other like the 49ers of a few years ago.

7. Seattle Seahawks (4-2)
Last Week: 16 (+9)

This defense continues to hold some of the most prolific offenses in the NFL in check.  Last week they looked like a playoff team – what will they look like next week?

8. New England Patriots (3-3)
Last Week: 6 (-2)

Like the Seahawks, this team is hard to figure out.  One week they look like Super Bowl Champs, the next week they look like a 5 or 6 win team.

9. Minnesota Vikings (4-2)
Last Week: 7 (-2)

The defense that got this team off to a 4-1 start was nowhere to be seen in Washington.  One thing is for sure though, Christian Ponder is the future of this franchise.

10. Green Bay Packers (3-3)
Last Week: 13 (+3)

Now these are the Green Bay Packers everyone was expecting.

11. Arizona Cardinals (4-2)
Last Week: 8 (-3)

The Cardinals have lost two straight since starting off 4-0.   This offensive line needs to improve if they hope to win games again.

12. Denver Broncos (3-3)
Last Week: 18 (+6)

Are we finally allowed to say that Peyton is back?  That might’ve been the greatest Monday Night Football game I’ve ever seen.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3)
Last Week: 11 (-2)

This team has yet to play a complete game on the road.  Will Ben Roethlisberger be able to rediscover his 4th quarter heroics?

14. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)
Last Week: 12 (-2)

When will the turnovers end?

15. San Diego Chargers (3-3)
Last Week: 10 (-5)

Remember how I said the Packers vs. Colts was the worst meltdown I’ve ever seen?  Scratch that.

16. Washington Redskins (3-3)
Last Week: 19 (+3)

R.G.Must See

17. Miami Dolphins (3-3)
Last Week: 20 (+3)

We’re all talking about Luck and RG3 but what Ryan Tannehill has done the last two weeks is nothing short of impressive.

18. St. Louis Rams (3-3)
Last Week: 14 (-4)

Greg the Leg failed 3 more times than I expected him to this season.  Gotta love a coach that has faith in his kicker to go for the 66 yarder though.

19. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
Last Week: 15 (-4)

They looked great on Sunday but they just didn’t come away with the win.

20. Cincinnati Bengals (3-3)
Last Week: 17 (-3)

Andy Dalton has got to take better care of the ball if he hopes to compete in the always-tough AFC North.

21. Detroit Lions (2-4)
Last Week: 22 (+1)

It’s amazing that this team has won 2 games, they spend the 3 quarters doing everything they can to lose.

22. New York Jets (3-3)
Last Week: 23 (+1)

When the Jets run the ball well they win, it’s that simple.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)
Last Week: 24 (+1)

The Buccaneers offense finally came alive last week.  Can Freeman perform against better defenses?

24. Buffalo Bills (3-3)
Last Week: 27 (+3)

There’s the defense we’ve been expecting to see all year.  I had almost forgotten the Bills signed Mario Williams.

25. Indianapolis Colts (2-3)
Last Week: 21 (-4)

This team has struggled on the road but Luck continues to impress.

26. New Orleans (1-4)
Last Week: 24 (-)

Good news Saints fans, your team hasn’t lost since Week 4.

27. Tennessee Titans (2-3)
Last Week: 29 (+2)

If Chris Johnson can run the ball this team can win games.

28. Carolina Panthers (1-4)
Last Week: 25 (-3)

Was Cam Newton just a one year wonder?

29. Oakland Raiders (1-4)
Last Week: 28 (-1)

The Raiders were impressive against the Falcons last week and will hope to build off a tough loss.

30. Cleveland Browns (1-5)
Last Week: 32 (+2)

The Browns got a big win on the road in the division.  This is huge for a young rebuilding team.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)
Last Week: 31

Hopefully the receiving corps got better over the bye week.

32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5)
Last Week: 30 (-2)

There was once such high hopes for this team but right now I don’t know how they win another game.

Questions? Comments? Snide Remarks? Let me hear ’em!
Where does your favorite team belong?


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