The NFL Power Rankings are entering week seven of the 2021 season (previous rank in parentheses🙂
1. Cardinals (1): The only unbeaten team in the league is COVID-19 struggle on the scoreboard. Although Arizona reported that its roster was fully vaccinated last month, the cards have an NFL-high 24 coronavirus cases entering Week 7 within the organization. The schedule is far more merciful than in the pandemic, serving Houston next, but then the acrid Packers desert.
2. Ram (2): WR Cooper Kupp appears to be leading for a career year, leading the league in goals (68) – the only NFL player with at least 10 in each game – receptions (46) and TD grabs (7).
3. Buccaneers (3): They are throwing the ball 68% of the time. Tom Brady may be the goat, but is this a permanent formula for the 44-year-old quarterback?
4. Cowboys (4): The Dallas defense may still be only 24th after surrendering a season-low 335 yards to New England, but it leads the NFC with 14 takeaways—the first time since 1976–77 in 10 games in a row. With at least two. Coordinator Dan Quinn & Co. is getting it done.
5. Ravens (7): First-round WR Rashod Bateman made his NFL debut on Sunday with a four-ball catch. An emerging team that has won five straight, getting healthy around potential MVP Lamar Jackson? look outside.
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6. Packers (9): They have won five in a row and may soon find All-Pro LT David Bakhtiari, who tore the ACL in December, back in the lineup to defend QB Aaron Rodgers. To accumulate
7. Titans (11): The Latest Bullet Point for RB Derrick Henry’s MVP Resume? He personally hung 18 points Monday Night at Buffalo Defense Who entered the game and allowed a league-low 12.8 per game and did not return to the end zone.
8. Bill (5): His four-match streak with at least 35 points ended up in nashville As was their status as the prohibitive AFC favorite, Buffalo are now projected as the conference’s fourth playoff seed through six weeks.
9. Chargers (6): After converting all three fourth-down attempts in Week 5, Bolt was 1–4 in Sunday’s defeat in Baltimore. They are now also the worst team in the league defending runs.
10. Head (10): He’s had a lot of great backs and tight ends over the years. But Tyrek Hill is claiming as the best wideout in team history, with his 63 TD among the most receivers in Kansas City history and third behind RB Jamal Charles.
11. Saint (13): Although the bye turned somewhat skewed after the week, who would have guessed that the Sean Payton team would have attempted 29 fewer passes than any other club in the NFL?
12. Brown (8): your being is never ideal Tore the whole offensive backfield, but less so when you have to walk around and play on a Thursday night.
13. Bengal (15): Remember back in August, when we were all so obsessed about dice falling rookie WR Ja’Marr Chase? now that we’re playing Real game, he averages 20.5 yards per reception, and his 553 receiving yards is the second-highest by six games in his career.
14. Vikings (18): They have returned to relevance winning three out of four. They can be legitimately dangerous as soon as the running game with the lowest TD(2) in the league is humming.
15. Panthers (12): After allowing 573 yards in the first three weeks, Carolina’s defense was burned for 571 by Minnesota on Sunday.
16. Bear (14): Rookie QB Justin Fields has now started game four… so what’s next to animate the league’s worst offense?
17. Raiders (23): WR Henry Rugs III makes his receptions, all 20 of them, counting – he tops the NFL with 22.3 yards per grab.
18. Steelers (16): Notice All-Pro FS Minkah Fitzpatrick has gone invisible this season? He had 12 takeaways during his first two seasons at Pittsburgh, but Nada in 2021.
19. Seahawks (19): Backup QB Geno Smith has been substantial during Russell Wilson’s absence, but hasn’t scored any wins either. Enter Cam Newton? “So I talked to him a couple of times,” coach Pete Carroll said on Monday, “just trying to see what was going on in his world and all that.” Really serious going on.
20. 49ers (20): Hopefully the bye helps clear the head of poor performer WR Brandon Ayuk, who has eight catches for 90 yards in the season.
21. Broncos (17): He has been reality-checked back at .500, his 3-0 start as doubtful as it seemed. Our advice? More carries for the RB pair of Melvin Gordon and Jevont Williams, who collectively average 4.7 yards per rush.
22. Colts (24): They are showing signs of life despite the brutal starting schedule, and QB Carson Wentz is a major reason. He has only been picked once in 193 throws this season, his 0.5% INT rate, giving the league momentum.
23. Patriot (26): Damien Harris may be New England’s first 1,000-yard rusher in five years… Of course, these days, that only means you need an average of 59 yards a week.
24. Eagles (21): Since a strong showing on Opening Day in Atlanta, QB Jalen Hurts has completed less than 60% of his passes and averaged north of 240 yards through the air. His ability to make plays with his feet is good, but hands do better if he wants to keep this up till 2022.
25. Washington (22): Tough start for the defending NFC East champs and now this – they’ve only got four more home games in the final 12 weeks of the season.
26. Falcon (25): WRs Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage appear ready to return to the 20th rank offense who could use reinforcements.
27. Jet (29): Coming out of their goodbye week, they’ll be holding a salty Patriots team in New England… a spot the Jets haven’t won since their surprise reversal in the 2010 playoffs. “Can’t wait,” right?
28. Jaguar (32): The jags are 4-4 (.500) … in the United Kingdom and 174-240 (.420) in the United States. London calling, Mr Khan?
29. Dolphins (27): Brian Flores was outcoached by Urban Mayor on Sunday in what was one of the big ups and downs of a youth NFL season.
30. Giants (31): Among his many flaws, a league-worst 41.2% touchdown conversion rate in the red zone.
31. Texans (28): Congratulations to OLB Whitney Mersillas, the latest Houston player to escape NFL purgatory and a good guy who deserves a better football fortune.
32. Lion (30): If they become completely disillusioned with QB Jared Goff – in case you were wondering – David Blow, Tim Boyle and Steven Montez are the in-house replacement options. Therefore.
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