The Baltimore Ravens, as we all know, did not have their best "performance" in week seven against the Houston Texans, but how much will it effect Baltimore in the power rankings? Do not get me wrong, I do not put any importance in power rankings because, unlike NCAA football, the rankings do not matter, all you have to worry about is getting into the playoffs, these "rankings" do however provide some fun and room for debate, and let's face it, football fans love to debate.
- Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons are the only undefeated team so they are the defacto number one team, but their combined opponents record this season is 13-24, good for the easiest schedule in the NFL thus far.
- Houston Texans – The Texans showcased their talent against the Ravens this week in their beatdown of Baltimore and the road to the Super Bowl for the AFC will go through Houston.
- Chicago Bears – People love to hate on Jay Cutler, but the Bears defense has only allowed 78 points in 6 games this season, Cutler will not have to score many points to win
- San Francisco 49ers – It is apparent they are not a one hit wonder from last year, the offense is still a bit shaky, but their defense will win them a lot of games.
- New York Giants – We have seen the Giants get off to a hot start before and cool off, will Eli Manning be able to keep history from repeating itself?
- Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers and the Pack have figured themselves out and are back to being the team we all expected them to be. The defense will have to step up with Charles Woodson out for a while.
- Baltimore Ravens – Yes, they just got exposed for the whole league to see, but with a bye week this week and the Browns coming up after the bye, they should still be 6-2 with a firm grasp on the second first round bye position.
- Minnesota Vikings – Who would have thought the Vikes would be this high before the season started? Adrian Peterson has returned to form and Christian Ponder is doing a good job at not losing ball games.
- New England Patriots – The Pats have not been themselves this season, but are still in first place in the AFC East, but unlike years past, they will actually have to play all the way through week 17.
- Denver Broncos – They currently sit atop the AFC West, and oh by the way….they have Peyton Manning
- Seattle Seahawks – Russell Wilson will be the deciding factor on whether this team can make the playoffs, but with their defense, they should be in every game.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Don't look now, but the Steelers are back at .500 and with a win this week, they will only be one game behind the Ravens in the AFC North.
- Philadelphia Eagles – If Michael Vick doesn't get rid of his turnover bug, he may not be the starter much longer as the Eagles are still in the hunt for a playoff spot in the NFC.
- Miami Dolphins – At .500 they are still in the race in the AFC playoff picture and only one game back in the AFC East, not to mention they have a soft schedule coming up.
- Dallas Cowboys – They are sitting at .500 with a big game against the Giants this week, if they lose, the playoffs may be a "long shot".
- Washington Redskins – RGIII continues to impress and almost pulled it out against the Giants last week, if they had, they would have been tied for first place in the NFC East.
- San Diego Chargers – OK, so they are .500, but they blew a huge lead to the Broncos two weeks ago, at Home! Norv Turner will need to make the playoffs or he is done in San Diego.
- Cincinnati Bengals – They have lost three straight and Andy Dalton had his worst game of the season at home against the Steelers this past week.
- Arizona Cardinals – How is a team with a winning record ranked this low? Easy, after a 4-0 start they have lost three straight and have the 49ers this week on MNF.
- Detroit Lions – A prolific offense a year ago has disappeared, and Calvin Johnson only has one touchdown reception this year, Madden curse?
- New Orleans Saints- They have won two straight after their 0-4 start, but still have a long road ahead to get into playoff contention in the NFC.
- St. Louis Rams – Sam Bradford is struggling some weeks and looks great other weeks, but they have the Pats to deal with this week.
- Tennessee Titans – Chris Johnson appears to be returning to form, but will it be enough to make a playoff run?
- New York Jets – Why would they trade for Tim Tebow? So people would have something to talk about once their team is eliminated from playoff contention.
- Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck has this team at .500 and in the AFC playoff race….for now. Can't see this team sticking around, but it sure is a nice story.
- Buffalo Bills – I thought their defense was supposed to be the strength of this team, doesn't look that way and tough to overcome that bad of a defense in this league.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Josh Freeman is looking like the 2010 version, but is it too little to late for the Bucs?
- Oakland Raiders – They needed overtime at home to be a Jaguar team that did not have its starting quarterback or running back for most of the game.
- Cleveland Browns – The best of the one win teams in the league and Cleveland should be happy with how their future looks with Richardson and Weeden.
- Carolina Panthers – Cam Newton looks overwhelmed in his second year, where he looked like a veteran in his rookie season, not a good sign.
- Kansas City Chiefs – Quinn? Cassell? Doesn't matter, big disappointment this season, but at least Chiefs fans get to watch Jamaal Charles run the football.
- Jacksonville Jaguars – One win, and now they are without Maurice Jones-Drew for a "while". Could Los Angeles be in the future?
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