Now that Week 6 of the 2022 NFL season is in the books, it’s time for everyone’s favorite meaningful exercise: the NFL Power Rankings! What differentiates these rankings from others is that they are the only really accurate throughout the universe. So let’s see how the 32 teams rank heading into Week 7.
BLG WEEK 7 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 – Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 1) – The No. 1 team overall in the DVOA. The No. 1 team in points differential. The Bills are a juggernaut. Buffalo justified its first place with a victory in KC. The Bills are not that far from winning their last three trips to Arrowhead, which just isn’t an easy place to play.
2 – Philadelphia Eagles (AG: 2) – By beating Dallas, the Eagles have confirmed that they are the best team in the NFC. Jalen Hurts and the offense put on a huge drive immediately after the Birds’ 20-0 lead was reduced to three points. Philadelphia’s defense also hit home the night with three takeaways. The Eagles have led by at least 14 points every week this season. And they haven’t even played a full game yet.
3 – Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 3) – Chiefs can’t kick each other too hard after losing to a superior opponent while being heavily bumped in the secondary. They will be fine in the future. But potentially losing the No. 1 seed to Buffalo could prove costly in the playoffs.
4 – Minnesota Vikings (LW: 5) – The Vikings are the second-best team in the NFC. Their only loss came to the best team in their conference. They haven’t always won convincingly and some of the biggest tests still await them. For now, they are well placed as favorites to win the NFC North.
5 – Baltimore Ravens (LW: 4) – I miss Lamar Jackson MVP speech after watching him give away the game like he did at MetLife Stadium. The Ravens likely squandered their chances of getting the No. 1 seed, which could have been helpful in helping a quarterback who is struggling so badly in the playoffs.
6 — Dallas Cowboys (LW: 6) — Cowboys fans seem to be tweeting about the merits of a “moral victory” in their loss to the Eagles. A loss in which they didn’t even cover the spread. While it’s true that Dallas still has a favorable outlook with an easy schedule ahead, the loss to Philadelphia was very detrimental to their chances of winning the NFC East and the No. 1 seed. The Cowboys are happy to recover Dak Prescott but remember he didn’t look good before he ran out of time. And is he really healed or will there be lingering effects from his thumb injury?
7 – New York Giants (LW: 11) – I’m still having a hard time buying the Giants are GOOD good…but they’re undeniably a respectable team hanging around. All of their wins are by score, which is usually not sustainable over a larger sample. They are due to bad luck at some point. But they have the possibility to win more matches in the near future with at JAX, at SEA, against HOU and against DET next.
8 – San Francisco 49ers (LW: 7) – San Fran was missing the following six defensive starters in Atlanta: Nick Bosa, Emmanuel Moseley, Jimmie Ward, Azeez Al-Shaair, Javon Kinlaw and Arik Armstead. Some important contributors there. The Niners need to get healthy.
9 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 8) – Tell me the Bucs vibes are good. You can not. They are pretty bad. Tom Brady looks unhappy.
10 – Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 10) – Their last two wins have been more about surviving against inferior opponents than looking good. Justin Herbert used as Alex Smith is disconcerting; he recorded just 4.2 yards per attempt on Monday night. I know ribs might be a factor, but maybe let him use his special arm skills?
11 – Miami Dolphins (LW: 9) – Too high for a team that has lost three in a row? Maybe. But it’s not like there are good alternatives below them. And getting Tua Tagovailoa back obviously improves the Dolphins’ prospects.
12 – Los Angeles Rams (LW: 13) – They eventually beat Carolina by 14 points but the Rams fell to PJ Walker at halftime. They only regained the lead at the end of the third quarter. The thing is, LA continues to look fragile. Doesn’t score many style points.
13 – Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 14) – Ja’Marr Chase is out for the first time since Week 1. If he can continue to stay hot, the Bengals will be in good shape. Baltimore’s bad loss keeps Cincy alive for a possible AFC North repeat.
14 – New England Patriots (LW: 16) – Bailey Zappe is 2-0 as a starter. His passing stats so far: 51/70 (72.9% completion), 4 TD, 1 INT, 111.4 passer rating. The Pats have officially found their new Tom Brady. OK, maybe not, but maybe Zappe can play.
15 – New York Jets (LW: 20) – Zach Wilson doesn’t even look good, but that hasn’t mattered to the Jets lately. The rest of their roster is playing well. Brece Hall? More like Beast Hall.
16 – Green Bay Packers (LW: 12) – Will the Packers even make the playoffs? They look like asses right now. And they have the seventh toughest remaining schedule force in the NFL. There’s always a chance that Aaron Rodgers will start cooking, but there’s no indication that will happen any time soon.
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17 – Tennessee Titans (LW: 19) – The Titans will return from their bye to host Indy. A great opportunity for them to prove that they are the best team in AFC South. The benefit of rest could be a nice boost for them.
18 – Denver Broncos (LW: 17) – We’ve been exposed to far too many prime-time Broncos this season. And we are all worse off for it. Trash aesthetic. Russell Wilson continues to look cooked.
19 – New Orleans Saints (LW: 18) – At least the Saints have a high draft pick to look forward to in the 2023 NFL Draft. Haha, just kidding, they currently owe the No. 9 overall pick to Philly. The good news for the Saints, however, is that their division and conference are pretty open.
20 – Atlanta Falcons (LW: 26) – Marcus Mariota didn’t exactly lead the Falcons to victory considering he only attempted 14 pass attempts. But he was extremely efficient completing 13 of them for two touchdowns and a passer rating of 144.6. Mariota also had a quick score. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the Falcons are dashing.
21 – Seattle Seahawks (LW: 27) – Kenneth Walker III was a beast at Michigan State and he looked good early on in Seattle. He’s recording 5.5 yards per carry.
22 – Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 28) – Bet on Mike Tomlin as an underdog at your own risk. The Steelers may not be good, but they’re still scrappy.
23 – Indianapolis Colts (LW: 29) – Indy has a chance to overcome a slow start to the season by beating Tennessee to take the division lead. The Colts were swept away by their AFC South rivals last year.
24 – Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 15) – The Jags lost a game where Trevor Lawrence had just two misses. Of course, he only had 136 net passing yards. Jacksonville is going to need more of him. And more of their defense.
25 – Detroit Lions (LW: 22) – They are coming back from their goodbye as seven-point underdogs on the road in Dallas. The Lions look 1-5 in the face.
26 – Washington Commanders (LW: 23) – The Commanders beat Chicago but they did not surpass them. Washington was overwhelmed and took a break with his opponent’s red zone incompetence. Commanders are going to have to turn to Taylor Heinicke with Carson Wentz injured his finger. Could this actually be an upgrade for them?
27 – Las Vegas Raiders (LW: 25) – The Raiders will return from time off to play in Houston. Chance for them to get their second victory.
28 – Arizona Cardinals (LW: 21) – Stealing this from my former manager Joel Thorman: “I’m guessing Cardinals fans must be the most depressed in the NFL right now. You paid the QB and you stink this year. There is hope for Arizona as the return of DeAndre Hopkins could have a big impact, but it may not be enough.
29 – Cleveland Browns (LW: 24) – Not doing a good enough job of treading water in Deshaun Watson’s absence. The Browns currently sit 13th in the AFC playoff standings with games against Baltimore, Cincy, Miami and Buffalo. More losses are coming. The damage may already be done before Watson returns.
30 – Chicago Bears (LW: 30) – People want to talk about Justin Fields not getting enough help. And there is certainly some truth in that. But he doesn’t help either. Knocking down a tight end wide and open in the end zone left four points on the field.
31 – Houston Texans (LW: 31) – The Texans return from their bye to host Las Vegas.
32 – Carolina Panthers (LW: 32) – The Panthers held on to the defending Super Bowl champions for a bit before ultimately losing decisively. Things are probably not going to work out for Carolina. They would be wise to sell some of their winning pieces now. Trading Robbie Anderson was a start.
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