NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Patriots and Niners defenses dominate

Find out which teams moved up and which teams fell in the PFN Power Rankings after Week 6 in the NFL

Welcome back to the Pro Football Network NFL Power Rankings. We head into Week 7 of the NFL season with plenty to review after an exciting Week 6 of action. 

The Patriots continue their stranglehold on the top spot, but the San Francisco 49ers make a jump after their dominating performance over the Los Angeles Rams. The Houston Texans took care of the Kansas City Chiefs while the New Orleans Saints shut down Minshew Mania and the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

I would be embarrassed if I didn’t include the Washington Redskins’ big win over the Miami Dolphins in a battle of winless teams. 

Where does your favorite NFL team land in our latest rankings?

Find out here in the Week 7 NFL Power Rankings. 

1. New England Patriots (6-0) 

Week 5 Rank: 1st

Week 6 Result: Patriots took care of the New York Giants,  35-14.

Next four opponents: @Jets, Browns, @Ravens, BYE

The New England Patriots defense forced four turnovers against an undermanned New York Giants who were missing four of their offensive starters. Tom Brady rushed for two touchdowns, and the Patriots continued to beat up on weaker opponents. In Week 7, they get a rejuvenated Jets squad that looks a lot different with Sam Darnold under center.

2. New Orleans Saints (5-1)

Week 5 Rank: 2nd

Week 6 Result: Saints defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 13-6.

Next four opponents: @Bears, Cardinals, BYE, @Titans

The New Orleans Saints won their fourth straight game, as they earned the victory with their defense. The defense put a stop to Minshew mania by sacking him three times and holding the Jags offense to 226 total yards of offense. 

3. Seattle Seahawks (5-1)

Week 5 Rank: 3rd 

Week 6 Result: Seahawks outlasts the Cleveland Browns, 32-28.

Next four opponents: Ravens, @Falcons, Buccaneers, @49ers

Current MVP favorite Russell Wilson threw two touchdowns and ran for one, all while still not throwing an interception this season. It was a great comeback effort for the Seahawks, who gave up touchdowns on the Browns’ first three possessions. Chris Carson continues to be the hardest runner in the league, gaining 124 yards on 24 carries and a score. 

4. San Francisco 49ers (5-0)

Week 5 Rank: 7th

Week 6 Result: 49ers dominate the Los Angeles Rams, 20-7.

Next four opponents: @Redskins, Panthers, @Cardinals, Seahawks

Ladies and gentlemen, the 49ers are for real. The 49ers defense stopped the Rams on all nine of their third-down tries, adding four sacks while limiting Jared Goff to 78 passing yards and the Rams offense to 157 total yards. Jimmy Garoppolo was efficient and scored a rushing touchdown to go with one for Tevin Coleman. In Week 7, the Niners play the Redskins, who barely beat the Dolphins in a battle of winless teams. 

5. Green Bay Packers (5-1) 

Week 5 Rank: 4th

Week 6 Result: Packers win on last-second FG to defeat the Detroit Lions, 23-22. 

Next four opponents: Raiders, @Chiefs, @Chargers, Panthers 

Mason Crosby kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Packers a come from behind victory on Monday night. Aaron Rodgers threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns, while Jamal Williams returned from injury and produced 136 scrimmage yards and a score. The Packers lost another wide receiver when Geronimo Allison left the Week 6 matchup with a concussion and a chest injury. The Packers will be hoping both Allison and Davante Adams will be available when they welcome the Oakland Raiders in Week 7. 

6. Indianapolis Colts 3-2

Week 5 Rank: 6th

Week 6 Result: BYE

Next four opponents: Texans, Broncos, @Steelers, @Dolphins

The Colts will take on their AFC South rival the Houston Texans in a battle for first place in the division in Week 7. 

7. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

Week 5 Rank: 6th

Week 6 Result: BYE

Next four opponents: Dolphins, Eagles, Redskins, @Browns

The Bills look to move to 5-1 when they take on the winless Miami Dolphins in Week 7. 

8. Baltimore Ravens (4-2)

Week 5 Rank: 9th 

Week 6 Result: Ravens keep the Cincinnati Bengals winless, 23-17

Next four opponents: @Seahawks, BYE, Patriots, @Bengals 

The Bengals witnessed the Lamar Jackson show on Sunday. Lamar Jackson became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to pass for at least 200 yards and rush for 150 yards in a single game. The Ravens held the Bengals rushing attack to 33 yards, including stifling Joe Mixon to an eight rush, 10-yard game. The Ravens head to CenturyLink Stadium to take on the 5-1 Seattle Seahawks.

Related Articles