RankingsOctober 27, 2011

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NFL Rankings: Ravens, Lions and Chargers Fall in Week 7

By R.J. White

Week 7 wound up being very interesting, with three of our top six teams posting losses. The fact that the Chargers lost on the road against the Jets doesn’t shock many people, while it was probably a little surprising to see the Lions lose at home to the Falcons. Remember, though, that the Falcons are accustomed to playing in a dome, and the Atlanta defense really didn’t have to respect the run at all with Jahvid Best out. Our huge surprise wound up being the Ravens, a team that totaled 16 yards of offense in the first half of their Monday night game before ultimately losing to a sorry Jaguars team.

How did our NFL rankings shake out after the losses at the top? Let’s find out now.

RankPreviousTeamRecordWeek 7Week 8
11Green Bay Packers7-0W, MIN 33-27Bye
The Packers hung in there against a better-than-expected Vikings team to enter the bye undefeated.
23San Francisco 49ers5-1Byevs. CLE
The best part about San Francisco’s fast start? Five of their last seven games are against NFC West teams.
34New England Patriots5-1Byeat PIT
The Patriots have a lot of success against the Steelers, but Big Ben is coming in hot. Winner: No. 1 seed?
47New Orleans Saints5-2W, IND 62-7at STL
Well, that was a grade-A beatdown. Drew Brees seems unstoppable, but the defense must keep up.
52Baltimore Ravens4-2L, JAC 7-12vs. ARI
What in the world happened here? Let’s chalk this up to a fluke and assume this is still a great team.
68Pittsburgh Steelers5-2W, ARI 32-20vs. NE
The Steelers’ next two weeks (home against the Patriots and Ravens) will decide their playoff seed.
75Detroit Lions5-2L, ATL 16-23at DEN
The Lions were the toast of the town after 5-0 start, but they need to bear down after second straight loss.
89Buffalo Bills4-2Byevs. WAS
The AFC’s top scoring team, even after a bye, needs a solid win against a reeling Redskins team.
96San Diego Chargers4-2L, NYJ 21-27at KC
The Chargers have just one convincing win this year despite a very easy schedule. Overrated?
1011Cincinnati Bengals4-2Byeat SEA
The Bengals took a three-game winning streak into the bye, and they’ll look to regain momentum in Seattle.
1115Atlanta Falcons4-3W, DET 23-16Bye
The Falcons enjoyed a huge win heading into the bye, one that could get them a Wild Card berth come January.
1216Chicago Bears4-3W, TB 24-18Bye
The Bears hop back across the pond with a big win against a solid Buccaneers team. Enjoy that week off.
1318Dallas Cowboys3-3W, STL 34-7at PHI
The one thing the Cowboys were seemingly missing was a quality RB. The NFC may now be in big trouble.
1419New York Jets4-3W, SD 27-21Bye
Nice win for the Jets headed into the bye, and now two November games against the upstart Bills loom large.
1520Houston Texans4-3W, TEN 41-7vs. JAC
Most expected this game to be competitive, but the Texans staked their claim to the AFC South with ease.
1617New York Giants4-2Byevs. MIA
The Giants get to take a second bye by taking on Miami this week, but the schedule goes south after that.
1712Tampa Bay Buccaneers4-3L, CHI 18-24Bye
The Bucs had better hope LeGarrette Blount gets healthy during the bye, because the RB depth chart is ugly.
1823Kansas City Chiefs3-3W, OAK 28-0vs. SD
The Chiefs followed up two games against zero-win teams by facing Boller/Palmer. Don’t overrate them.
1910Oakland Raiders4-3L, KC 0-28Bye
Unless Carson Palmer gets good in a hurry, this team is going to keep free-falling down the rankings.
2014Tennessee Titans3-3L, HOU 7-41vs. IND
The excuses have run out for Chris Johnson: if he doesn’t destroy the Colts, he can’t deny his suckitude.
2121Philadelphia Eagles2-4Byevs. DAL
The Eagles come out of a bye to play a big rival, and they’ll need a win here to stay in playoff shape.
2213Washington Redskins3-3L, CAR 20-33at BUF
Next man up means Ryan Torain is primed for a big performance, unless Roy Helu (or another RB) beats him to it.
2324Cleveland Browns3-3W, SEA 6-3at SF
Least impressive 3-3 team ever? Can’t we just hand both the Browns and Seahawks losses for Week 7?
2425Denver Broncos2-4W, MIA 18-15vs. DET
The Broncos will need a miracle (wink, wink) to get by a mad Lions team this week. Don’t count that out, though.
2527Carolina Panthers2-5W, WAS 33-20vs. MIN
A win this week would give Carolina their first winning streak since the end of 2009. Can Cam do it?
2629Jacksonville Jaguars2-5W, BAL 12-7at HOU
Um, OK. Congrats on the win, but the Jaguars are just costing themselves draft position at this point.
2722Seattle Seahawks2-4L, CLE 3-6vs. CIN
Actually, can we give the Browns a loss and the Seahawks two losses for Week 7? Defensive battle this week.
2828Minnesota Vikings1-6L, GB 27-33at CAR
Christian Ponder didn’t look all that bad, and he sure opened things up for Adrian Peterson. A road win would be big.
2926Arizona Cardinals1-5L, PIT 20-32at BAL
Think the Ravens plan on triple covering Larry Fitzgerald and making Alfonso Smith beat them? Sucks to be Fitz.
3030St. Louis Rams0-6L, DAL 7-34vs. NO
Another week, another bad loss, and it doesn’t get better with a trip to New Orleans. Take the over.
3131Indianapolis Colts0-7L, NO 7-62at TEN
I say the Colts draft Andrew Luck, let Peyton play 2-3 more years, then make him their head coach. Am I crazy?
3232Miami Dolphins0-6L, DEN 15-18at NYG
However, the Dolphins just let their best chance for a win pass, leaving them as Luck frontrunners.

R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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