NFL Power 10: Week 7

As top teams stumble, the list takes a few hits.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

1. Green Bay Packers (7-0)

It's almost a good thing that the Packers have an average defense because anything better and it just wouldn't be fair. Their offense is just ridiculously good as Aaron Rodgers continues to light up the score board. The whispers in the back of the room are already using the words perfect season but I'm curious how this pass happy O will roll once the weather gets a little nippy in Lambeau.

 

2. New England Patriots (5-1)

The Pats got to sit back and watch some games last weekend as they were enjoying a restful bye break. They may need that rest as they head into Pittsburgh this weekend to do battle with the always physical Steelers. Tom Brady is 6-1 against Pittsburgh but this time has the feel of a real battle as Pits offense has never been better and I don't think New England's defense has ever been worse.

 

3. San Francisco 49ers (5-1)

Another team that enjoyed a bye week in week 7 was the 49ers. They can come out of it feeling a little better than the Patriots as they get to stay home and face the Cleveland Browns. It's hard to put a finger on just how good the Browns are but with two weeks to prepare, it should be San Fran's game to win.

 

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)

After a woefully inconsistent first four games, the Pittsburgh Steelers are finally starting to look like the defending AFC Champions. With a receiving corps that is arguably the best in the league, Pittsburgh's only weakness, ironically, is running the ball. Rashard Mendenhall needs to find the burst he had last season if Pitt is going to return to the SuperBowl this year.

 

5. Baltimore Ravens (4-2)

When you bring up a list of inconsistent teams, then Baltimore has to be near the top. That last Monday nights loss to the Jaguars was absolutely the worst offensive performance seen this season. They had an anemic 16 total yards at halftime and was unable to do much better in the second half. Granted, they still have some time to iron things out but with the Steelers on the horizon (in 2 weeks) in a game that could decide the AFC North, they better figure it out soon.

 

6. New Orleans Saints (5-2)

Well, what can you say, they looked pretty darn good against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. Sitting at 5-2, the Saints have to be happy at where they are at right now. They are on top of the NFC South and are clicking on all cylinders. Now they just have to work on maintaining this level of play because the Falcons are starting to heat up.

 

7. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)

Not much to say about these Bengals as they are coming off of a bye week. It's really hard to say how good they are due to the lack of quality opponents they have faced. But hey, give them credit, good teams win the games they should win.

 

8. Detroit Lions (5-2)

Because I'm FREE…FREE FALLING! Anyone else out there feeling less and less excited about that Thanksgiving game with Green Bay? The Lions need to right this ship and do it now! A loss to Denver this week would be the worst thing to happen to this young team.

 

9. San Diego Chargers (4-2)

In a year where offensive numbers are soaring, the Chargers just don't seem to be clicking on that side of the ball. Hopefully, for their sake, with the return of TE Antonio Gates to the starting line-up, San Diego can find some of the groove that made them the number 1 Offense of a year ago.

 

10. Chicago Bears (4-3)

Don't look now but the Bears are quietly starting to build some momentum. With a solid win over Tampa Bay last week, a game I thought they would lose, Chicago improves to 1 game above .500 and in the thick of the Wild Card chase. Do I think they will catch Green Bay…nah…but they are better built for playoff football than the Packers if they can keep the turnovers down and the sacks manageable.

 

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