The Rams sit atop the NFL as the only team that remains unbeaten. The Chiefs went into Foxborough and the Pats sent them home with their first loss of the season. Only Sam Darnold, of the starting rookie quarterbacks, came out with a victory this week. Josh Allen suffered an injury that could keep him out an extended period of time. Todd Gurley had a career day, gashing the Broncos for over 200 yards on the ground. The Falcons sit at 2-4, but Matt Ryan is quietly having a great season. The Cowboys made the Jags defense look average this week. Lets dive in to the week 7 power rankings.
32.) Oakland Raiders (Last Week: 31) (1-5) 31.) New York Giants (30) (1-5) 30.) Buffalo Bills (29) (2-4) 29.) San Francisco 49ers (32) (1-5) 28.)Indianapolis Colts (27) (1-5) 26.) Arizona Cardinals (28)(1-5) 25.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (21) (2-3) 24.) Cleveland Browns (15) (2-3-1) 23.) Atlanta Falcons (24) (2-4) 22.) New York Jets (25) (3-3) 21.) Dallas Cowboys (23) (3-3) 20.) Seattle Seahawks (22) (3-3) 19.) Detroit Lions (17) (2-3) BYE 18.) Houston Texans (19) (3-3) 17.) Washington Redskins (18) (3-3) 16.) Chicago Bears (9) (3-2) 15.) Miami Dolphins (20) (4-2) 14.) Tennessee Titans (13) (3-3) 13.) Jacksonville Jaguars (7) (3-3) 12.) Carolina Panthers (6) (4-2) 11.) Baltimore Ravens (16) (4-2)
10.) Cincinnati Bengals (5) (4-2)
The last time the Bengals bested the Steelers was 2015. Cincy still sits atop their division, but their next few weeks aren’t a breeze. The Ravens have the same record as Cincy, and the Steelers are not close behind. I wouldn’t be surprised if two or three of these teams snuck their way into the playoffs this season.
9.) Green Bay Packers (10) (3-2-1)
Some won’t be impressed with the comeback win Rodgers led against the now 1-5 49ers. Aaron is still banged up and two of his starting receivers were out. Shanahan is arguably the best play caller in the NFL today. The Packers get a much-needed bye this week with several players nursing injuries. Coming off the bye, the Pack have back-to-back road games against the Rams and Patriots.
8.) Philadelphia Eagles (11) (3-3)
Philly got back in the win column this past week by defeating the Giants. Ajayi was placed on IR and it appears for now they will remain with their current committee. Jason Peters and Lane Johnson are both battling injuries. It appears Peters may be out a week or two, but will try to play through a torn bicep. Philly hosts the Panthers this week.
7.) Pittsburgh Steelers (14) (3-2-1)
The Steelers have now won seven straight games against the Bengals. Pittsburgh got a much-needed victory over the divisional rival, who still sits atop of their division. It was recently reported that Le’Veon Bell will be back in the building next Monday, but only time will tell.
6.) Los Angeles Chargers (12) (4-2)
The Chargers have two losses this season. Those two losses are to the Rams and Chiefs. Joey Bosa has yet to play a snap this season, but they are hopeful he will be back sometime soon. The Chargers look to keep pace with divisional rival Chiefs with a favorable schedule lying ahead the next few weeks.
5.) Minnesota Vikings (8) (3-2-1)
Adam Thielen is balling out this year. He has the most receptions through six weeks in NFL history, and is the first player to have at least 100 receiving yards in every game to start the season since 1961. Dalvin Cook remains on the shelf, but is close to returning. Minnesota gets to take on another rookie quarterback this week in Sam Darnold.
4.) New Orleans Saints (4) (4-1) BYE
The Saints went into the bye flying high with a dominant win over the Washington Redskins. Their defense had a rough start to the season, but has been better as of late. Ingram and Kamara look to split the workload going forward, allowing them to both be fresh for the entirety of games. Brees will have a tough test ahead coming out of the bye against one of the league’s better defenses in Baltimore.
3.) Kansas City Chiefs (1) (5-1)
The Chiefs came up short against Tom Brady and the Patriots in week 6. Patrick Mahomes threw two costly interceptions in the first half, then fell short of leading a comeback, as the Pats kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired. The Chiefs are back home this week against the Bengals in primetime.
2.) New England Patriots (3) (4-2)
The Patriots found themselves in a shootout against a red hot Chiefs team. Mahomes missed some throws early on in the game, but got Kansas City right back in it in the second half, only to come up short. The Patriots started the season off 1-2, but they have been on a roll since getting back key offensive players. They travel to Soldier Field this week to take on a Bears team that allowed Brock Osweiller to throw for nearly 400 yards and 3 touchdowns against them.
1.) Los Angeles Rams (2) (6-0)
Todd Gurley had a career game, rushing for over 200 yards against Denver this past week. Cooper Kupp sustained a sprained knee in the matchup and could miss time. The Rams travel to San Francisco to face a CJ Beathard-led 49ers team who almost outdueled Rodgers in Lambeau this past week.
— Zach Brunner (@FantasyFlurry) October 17, 2018
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