NFL Power Rankings Odds and Predictions Week 7: Were Packers Overrated?

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 20, 2020

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Here’s an updated NFL Power Rankings off the Week 6 results.

We are down to just three unbeaten teams in the NFL, and that number will shrink by at least one – barring a tie – this Sunday because two of them face off.

NFL Week 7 Power Rankings

1. Seattle (5-0): The Seahawks are off their bye week and there was no reason to penalize them for not playing. They have a tough game at Arizona on Sunday and could again be without injured Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams.

2. Pittsburgh (5-0): How good has Steelers rookie wideout Chase Claypool been? The British Columbia native had another rushing TD in Week 6 and his six TDs combined in his first five games are tied for the most TDs by a rookie wide receiver in his first five career games since 1970.

3. Kansas City (5-1): The Chiefs proved they can win with their running game and defence, too, in Monday impressive effort in rainy Buffalo.

4. Baltimore (5-1): Reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson is struggling to throw the ball this year, but he’s still incomparable as a runner.

5. Tennessee (5-0): For some reason, I can’t get on this bandwagon yet because for the most part the Titans are squeaking games out at the end. They will definitely move up this list, though, with a Week 7 home win over Pittsburgh.

6. Indianapolis (4-2): The Colts looked awful for a half Sunday vs. Cincinnati but then staged a huge rally. Philip Rivers became is the sixth player to reach 30 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in NFL history.

7. Chicago (5-1): Are the Bears the seventh-best team in the NFL? Absolutely not with that offence, but they are 5-1. The schedule starts to get much tougher Monday night at the LA Rams.

8. Tampa Bay (4-2): The Bucs shredded the visiting Packers on Sunday in perhaps the last Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers matchup. The Tampa defence is legit.

9. Green Bay (4-1): Aaron Rodgers’ MVP chances took a huge hit as he played one of the worst games of his Hall of Fame career in Sunday’s loss at Tampa, but A-Rod and the Pack will be just fine and still win the NFC North.

10. Buffalo (4-2): I’m starting to wonder if the Bills are overrated. They have been dominated in back-to-back losses to Tennessee and Kansas City and QB Josh Allen is regressing.

11. Arizona (4-2): The Cardinals and Kyler Murray made a huge statement with Monday night’s demolition of Dallas. Monday marked the fifth time this season that Murray had a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown, the most in the first six games of a season in NFL history.

12. New Orleans (3-2): The Saints have made some noise about moving their home games to Baton Rouge this year as fans are being allowed for LSU games but not yet in New Orleans. However, the Saints will stay at the Superdome at least this week vs. Carolina.

13. Cleveland (4-2): The Browns have now lost 17 straight games in Pittsburgh. Baker Mayfield continues to struggle and Odell Beckham Jr. is back to complaining. However, Cleveland is favoured this week in Cincinnati.

14. LA Rams (4-2): Who are the Rams? They are 4-0 against the historically bad NFC East and 0-2 vs. Buffalo and San Francisco. We’ll find out more Monday vs. Chicago.

15. Las Vegas (3-2): The Raiders should be happy at 3-2 as they had a very tough start to the season, and it gets no easier coming out of the bye as Tom Brady makes his first-ever visit to Las Vegas.

16. San Francisco (3-3): The Niners showed they aren’t dead yet with Sunday’s big upset of the Rams, but they were hit with yet another injury as top running back Raheem Morris will miss at least three weeks.

17. New England (2-3): The Patriots below .500 in October? These aren’t your Tom Brady Patriots. All of a sudden, there are questions about Cam Newton.

18. Miami (3-3): The Dolphins finally let Tua Tagovailoa take a few snaps in Week 6, and he will be the new starting QB under centre when Miami comes out of its Week 7 bye.

19. Carolina (3-3): We don’t want to speculate, but the Panthers have put two players on the COVID-19 list since Friday. Something to monitor.

20. Denver (2-3): Stunning upset by the Broncos in New England on Sunday as the team welcomed back starting QB Drew Lock from injury. Brandon McManus made six field goals and two from at least 50 yards, tying Baltimore’s Justin Tucker (six) for the most such games in NFL history.

21. Dallas (2-4): If Coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t fire good friend and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan very, very soon, McCarthy himself might not make it out of Year 1. The Cowboys were thoroughly embarrassed on Monday.

22. LA Chargers (1-4): Perhaps the Week 6 bye will reverse the Chargers’ fortunes of continually blowing close games. L.A. was very banged up, so the week off came at a good time.

23. Atlanta (1-5): The Falcons have way too much offensive talent to be 1-5, and they showed that in a Week 6 blowout of Minnesota in their first game under interim coach Raheem Morris.

24. Detroit (2-3): Matt Patricia keeps his coaching job for at least one more week after Detroit played one of its best games under him Sunday in routing Jacksonville. Rookie D’Andre Swift broke out with 116 yards rushing and two TDs.

25. Houston (1-5): Deshaun Watson has been spectacular in two games under interim coach Romeo Crennel, but Crennel made a terrible decision on a two-point try that would eventually cost Houston an upset in Tennessee this past Sunday.

26. Philadelphia (1-4-1): The Eagles had two more offensive starters go down Sunday in running back Miles Sanders and tight end Zach Ertz. They could be without an incredible nine starters on that side of the ball Thursday vs. the Giants.

27. Cincinnati (1-4-1): Former-first round WR bust John Ross has asked for a trade. But the big question is whether the Bengals trade fellow wideout and franchise icon AJ Green.

28. Minnesota (1-5): Will Coach Mike Zimmer survive the Week 7 bye? Will Kirk Cousins survive the season as the starting QB? He has been terrible.

29. NY Giants (1-5): At least the Giants aren’t the Jets. Big Blue has been playing much better of late.

30. Jacksonville (1-5): Coach Doug Marrone is making news about potentially benching QB Gardner Minshew. Ownership needs to bench Marrone.

31. Washington (1-5): Washington hasn’t won since Week 1 but is only a game in the win column out of first in the NFC East.

32. NY Jets (0-6): Running out of things to say about this joke of a franchise. Here’s one: Every team in the NFL has run at least 10 plays at the opponents’ goal line. Except for the Jets, who have run all of two.

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