The NFL never fails to give us shocking moments and performances. Week 7 was no different.
The Bengals and Jets won on thrilling last minute field goals, the Kansas City Chiefs remained undefeated, Peyton Manning’s return to Indy was bittersweet and the New York Football Giants earned their first victory of the season on Monday Night Football.
Seven weeks are gone, Week 8 is around the corner and with that, here are the Power Rankings!
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs are now the only unbeaten team left in the NFL. Who would have thought? The Chiefs held off the Texans, while Jamaal Charles ran for 86 yards and Alex Smith ran for a score on what looked like a botched play, but turned into 7 points. The Chiefs are on cloud 9 at the moment.
It was the Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch show as the Seattle Seahawks put a pounding on their division rival, Arizona. Wilson threw for 3 touchdowns while Lynch rushed for 91 yards. Meanwhile, the Seahawks defense stepped up and sacked Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer a whopping 7 times. The Seahawks are flying high.
San Francisco 49ers
You can’t knock the San Francisco 49ers. They rolled over the Titans on Sunday in a tilt that was all controlled by San Fran. The Niners have won their fourth straight and might be hard to stop after such a compelling performance. The Gold Rush is in full force.
On a thrilling last second field goal, the Bengals were able to overcome the vigorous Lions. It was Mike Nugent who knocked through the game winner, giving the Bengals a boost to 5-2. Andy Dalton threw for 3 scores and A.J. was over 150 yards receiving. The AFC North race has opened up in a big way for Cincinnati.
The Colts brought down the house with a gigantic victory over the Denver Broncos in the return of Peyton Manning to Indy. The Colts lit up the scoreboard and gave fans a big reason to cheer on Sunday night.
Peyton Manning had a very emotional return to Indy and maybe his emotions got the best of him. Denver is still one of the best teams in the league, but was proven to be mortal.
New Orleans Saints
After the bye week, the Saints look to improve their already amazing record and season thus far.
Green Bay Packers
Even with an undermanned offense, Aaron Rodgers guided the Packers to an easy win over the Cleveland Browns. Rodgers had 260 yards through the air, while Eddie Lacy pounded out 82 yards on the turf. The Packers have had several key injuries, but if they continue to play like they did on Sunday, Green Bay might be a force to look out for.
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots haven’t looked like the powerhouse team they have been over the past decade. Injuries and poor play have really affected this team and Tom Brady’s game play this season has been less than stellar. The Patriots are still a team to be reckoned with, but even with the return of Rob Gronkowski, New England still couldn’t get the job done. Maybe when this team is healthy again, they will return to form.
After a sluggish start, the Dallas Cowboys found some rhythm on both offense and defense and managed to hold off the Philadelphia Eagles. Tony Romo had 317 yards through the air, while Dez Bryant racked up 110 yards receiving. It wasn’t the most impressive of wins, but a win is a win.
Week 7 was an example of how the Panthers can be a dominate force in the NFL. Cam Newton and Carolina rolled to an easy victory over the St. Louis Rams as Newton threw for over 200 yards and a score. It was a much needed boost for a Panthers team what likes to play the seesaw game each week.
San Diego Chargers
The Bolts charged up after a thrilling victory a week ago and stuck it to the winless Jaguars. Philip Rivers and Ryan Mathews had big days and the Chargers showed just how dangerous they can be when they are playing lights out. With a week of rest coming up, the Chargers could be due for a big year.
New York Jets
Geno Smith had a good day through the air and the Jets surprised the Patriots on Sunday. With this win, the Jets have a new lease on life.
The Chicago Bears suffered some major injuries on Sunday both offensively and defensively. Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs are both expected to miss at least four weeks as the Bears limp into their bye week. Josh McCown replaced Cutler in the second quarter and fared quite well, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Redskins.
The Buffalo Bills managed to force a fumble with less than 3 minutes left to set up the game winning field goal to defeat the Miami Dolphins. It was ex-Dolphin Dan Carpenter who gave his new team the victory. It was a well deserved win for the injury plagued Bills as they need to cover some ground in the AFC East.
The defending Super Bowl Champs have found themselves in a bit of trouble. The Ravens have lost their last three of four games and need to dig themselves out of an early grave if they hope to make it back to the big dance this season.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams let their emotions get the better of them and lost.. Personal foul calls and the loss of Sam Bradford buried St. Louis early against the Panthers and they were never able to get back on track.
No Michael Vick and the loss of Nick Foles on Sunday paved the way for young Matt Barkley to get under center for the Eagles. Unfortunately, the offense was less than productive, managing only 3 points the entire afternoon. This is a major setback for the injury riddled Eagles. Chip Kelly’s offense has taken a major blow.
Time and time again, the Lions offense proves to be explosive and yet sometimes your special teams unit can blow it for you. A botched punt helped set-up the game winning field goal for the Bengals in the final minutes, giving the Lions their third loss of the season. The Lions did enough to send the game to OT, yet fate had other plans. Detroit has now entered into a cat and mouse game with Green Bay and Chicago.
The Cleveland Browns struggled offensively and defensively in a mediocre effort against the Green Bay Packers. Brandon Weeden struggled to move the offense, while the defense was able to nearly keep the Browns within reach of the powerful Packers. This loss pushed the Browns back in in the AFC North race, but they can still manage to get back on track if they improve their gameplay.
After winning its first three games of the season, the Dolphins have dropped the last three. This team overcame a 14-point deficit, but lost it when the Bills rallied late. Miami needs to figure out how to win again and fast if they hope to keep up with Jets and Patriots in the East.
With a mere 45 seconds left to play, it was Roy Helu who punched in the game winning touchdown, marking his third of the day to top the Chicago Bears. Washington put up 45 points on the day, while RGIII looked like his former self. This could be the week where the Redskins finally get back on track.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have won two straight, earning a big victory against division rival Baltimore over the weekend. It was Shaun Suisham who drilled the 42-yard game winner lifting the Steelers out of the rut they have been in. Black and Yellow is on the rise.
The Atlanta Falcons snapped a surprising three game skid and got back on track with a relatively easy win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Matt Ryan had three touchdown passes, two of which went to Jacquizz Rodgers while Harry Douglas had the third and 7 receptions for 149 yards. The Falcons may have found their talons again…
The Arizona Cardinals can’t expect to win if the offense line doesn’t protect their quarterback. Carson Palmer was sacked 7 times. He also threw 2 interceptions, which now puts him second in the league this season for most interceptions thrown next to Eli Manning. Arizona has looked improved this season, but needs an offense that can keep up with its defense.
The Tennessee Titans have lost their third straight, even with Jake Locker back at the helm. Locker had a stellar performance, but after the Titans went down 17-0 at the half, they just couldn’t muster up the strength to get back into the game.
After a week off, the Oakland Raiders have a lot of ground to cover in the AFC West…
New York Giants
The New York Giants are no longer winless. Monday night proved to be a nice win for the Giants, who easily defeated a sloppy Vikings team. It was one of the first games where the Giants didn’t have turnovers, but more forcefully made the Vikes turn over the ball. This win might have given the Giants new life this season.
The Houston Texans have lost five straight and have struggled to find meaning in the 2013 campaign. Case Keenum made his first NFL start in place of the injured Matt Schaub and fared well, but Houston just couldn’t manage to push past the defensive powerhouse at is Kansas City. The Texans just aren’t the same team they were a year ago.
Josh Freeman got to start for the Vikings, but a minimal knowledge of the playbook and a less than mediocre performance made the Vikings look like a high school team. Minnesota is losing ground fast. Thank goodness Adrian Peterson has stuck around this long.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This team is still in disarray. The Bucs can’t simply catch a break and things didn’t improve for them against the Falcons on Sunday. Tampa Bay utilized a majority of the clock, but managed only minimal points.
This team has lost every contest by more than double digits this season, becoming the first team since the 1984 Houston Oilers to achieve such an honor. Things can’t get much worse in Jacksonville right now, but at least they have pretty cheerleaders.
Chris Strong is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan living in the heart of Chicago and though he gets many strange looks wearing his green and gold, he represents his team proudly in the windy city. By day, Chris is a supervisor at a Chicago Cubs merchandise store located across the way from Wrigley Field, not to mention an avid film and media writer. By night, Chris continues to pursue a sports writing career as he loves all things football, especially the NFL.