Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Rams hold; Patriots rise

Oct 16, 2018, 7:20 AM | Updated: 7:30 am

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) breaks free from Denver Broncos defensive back Trama...

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) breaks free from Denver Broncos defensive back Tramaine Brock (22) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

And then there was one.

The Los Angeles Rams offense didn’t produce points at the head-spinning rate it had for the season’s first five weeks, but they escaped Denver with a 23-20 win over the Broncos to become the league’s last unbeaten team. As such, Sean McVay’s team is once again on top in this week’s Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings.

The New England Patriots, by virtue of their thrilling Sunday night win over Kansas City, have moved up back into the top three, while the Arizona Cardinals dropped one spot closer to the cellar following a flat road loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Here’s a full look at this week’s pecking order.

Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings – Week 7

Rank Team Record Result Movement Comment
1. Los Angeles Rams 6-0 beat Denver 23-20 (–) Someone finally held the Rams to under 33 points.
2. New Orleans Saints 4-1 Bye Week (▲1) Fresh off the bye, have a tough game in Baltimore Sunday.
3. New England Patriots 4-2 beat Kansas City 43-40 (▲1) Sony Michel could be the best RB the Pats have had in a long time.
4. Kansas City Chiefs 5-1 lost to New England 43-40 (▼2) Chiefs outgained on offense for second straight week; turnovers loomed large.
5. Baltimore Ravens 4-2 beat Tennessee 21-0 (▲6) Ravens defense showed no mercy to Marcus Mariota.
6. Minnesota Vikings 3-2-1 beat Arizona 27-17 (▲2) The running game actually showed life, but it was only against the Cardinals.
7. Los Angeles Chargers 4-2 beat Cleveland 38-14 (▲3) Chargers feasting on early schedule.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers 3-2-1 beat Cincinnati 28-21 (▲4) Still no word from Le’Veon?
9. Green Bay Packers 3-2-1 beat San Francisco 33-30 (▲5) Gotta feel good for Mason Crosby. Unless you’re a Niners fan.
10. Cincinnati Bengals 4-2 lost to Pittsburgh 28-21 (▼4) Gotta be wondering what they have to do to beat the Steelers.
11. Chicago Bears 3-2 lost to Miami 31-28 (OT) (▼6) Can’t say they didn’t have chances to win.
12. Jacksonville Jaguars 3-3 lost to Dallas 40-7 (▼3) Dallas did the unthinkable: they shut up Jalen Ramsey.
13. Washington Redskins 3-2 beat Carolina 23-17 (▲6) Can someone please explain the Redskins to me? Seriously.
14. Philadelphia Eagles 3-3 beat NY Giants 34-13 (▲1) Carson Wentz looked good in Eagles’ most convincing win of the year.
15. Carolina Panthers 3-2 lost to Washington 23-17 (▼8) D.J. Moore a little too generous with the football for Carolina’s liking.
16. Miami Dolphins 4-2 beat Chicago 31-28 (OT) (–) Miami rolled up 541 yards on Bears’ D with Brock Osweiler at the helm?
17. Seattle Seahawks 3-3 beat Oakland 27-3 (–) Completely shut down Raiders’ offense in London.
18. Dallas Cowboys 3-3 beat Jacksonville 40-7 (▲6) Where did that come from?
19. New York Jets 3-3 beat Indianapolis 42-34 (▲3) Another team that is really difficult to figure out.
20. Houston Texans 3-3 beat Buffalo 20-13 (▲3) Almost seemed unfair to victimize Nathan Peterman like that.
21. Tennessee Titans 3-3 lost to Baltimore 21-0 (▼8) They’ve scored 12 points and have given up 13 sacks over the last two weeks.
22. Atlanta Falcons 2-4 beat Tampa Bay 34-29 (▲3) Defense still atrocious, but when Ryan doesn’t turn the ball over, they can outscore you.
23. Detroit Lions 2-3 Bye week (▲3) Losing record, but have beaten two pretty good teams in NE and GB.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-3 lost to Atlanta 34-29 (▲6) Remember when the Bucs were the talk of the early season?
25. Denver Broncos 2-4 lost LA Rams 23-20 (▼5) Defense was a little better, but to no avail. Vance Joseph’s seat is scorching hot.
26. Cleveland Browns 2-3-1 lost to LA Chargers 38-14 (▼5) First game the Browns haven’t been in all year.
27. New York Giants 1-5 lost to Philadelphia 34-13 (–) Hey look — Odell is making a spectacle of himself. That’s odd.
28. Buffalo Bills 2-4 lost to Houston 20-13 (–) Can somebody explain how Peterman is considered an NFL quarterback?
29. Indianapolis Colts 1-5 lost to NY Jets 42-34 (–) Colts have given up 117 points over the last three games.
30. San Francisco 49ers 1-5 lost to Green Bay 33-30 (▲1) Hung tough until Beathard threw a pick late in the fourth.
31. Arizona Cardinals 1-5 lost to Minnesota 27-17 (▼1) The issues that popped up in Week 1 still haven’t been addressed.
32. Oakland Raiders 1-5 lost to Seattle 27-3 (–) I vaguely remember Raiders fans being happy about Gruden’s return.

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