NFL Power Rankings - Week 7

There's a definite AFC influence in the top of the Week 7 ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings. Once again the Pittsburgh Steelers lead the pack, slightly edging the New York Jets for the top slot. The New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts round out the Top 5. The No. 6 New Orleans Saints emerge as the top-rated NFC team.


1 Steelers 4-1 If a rusty Ben Roethlisberger is good for three TDs, wait until the QB gets in midseason form. (Walker)

2 Jets 5-1 Rex Ryan enters the bye week with what he bragged about -- the league's best record. (Clayton)

3 Patriots 4-1 Deion Branch looks as though he never left Tom Brady. It's a dangerous combo. (Clayton)

4 Ravens 4-2 Road losses to New England and Cincinnati prove this team still has room to grow. (Walker)

5 Colts 4-2 WR Pierre Garcon's one-handed catch vs. Washington barely outpoints DB Aaron Francisco's one-handed pick. (Kuharsky)

6 Saints 4-2 Not sure how the Saints are the highest-ranked NFC team with home loss to Falcons on record. (Sando)

7 Falcons 4-2 Even good teams lose road games, so let's not overreact following rough game at Philly. (Sando)

8 Titans 4-2 Titans' workmanlike effort nets a victory in Jacksonville in first division game. (Kuharsky)

9 Texans 4-2 Loss of Pro Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans is an absolute killer. (Kuharsky)

10 Eagles 4-2 Andy Reid now has two top QBs to choose from in Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick (Clayton)

11 Giants 4-2 Eli Manning is quietly having a great season running a high-powered offense. (Clayton)

12 Bears 4-2 Rumor has it Jay Cutler was sacked again Tuesday. (Walker)

13 Chiefs 3-2 With game against Jacksonville, the Chiefs will play their third consecutive AFC South foe. (Kuharsky)

14 Redskins 3-3 Donovan McNabb has an important showdown against Bears in his native Chicago. (Clayton)

15 Packers 3-3 It's looking more and more like this team cannot overcome its injuries. (Walker)

16 Dolphins 3-2 Chad Henne calmed criticism with a strong game against the Packers in Green Bay. (Clayton)

17 Vikings 2-3 A win Sunday at Green Bay would suddenly put the Vikings back in the NFC North race. (Walker)

18 Cardinals 3-2 Cardinals surprisingly lost ground in the NFC West race during their bye week. (Sando)

19 Buccaneers 3-2 Tampa Bay has improved, but Bucs have been blown out by both winning teams they've played. (Sando)

20 Bengals 2-3 Will the bye week cure all of Cincinnati's issues? (Walker)

21 Rams 3-3 How, again, did this team lose by 38 to the Lions? Great bounce-back victory over San Diego. (Sando)

22 Broncos 2-4 The Broncos' early schedule has been brutal; softens now. (Kuharsky)

23 Seahawks 3-2 In Chicago, the Seahawks looked like a new team with Marshawn Lynch, Russell Okung up to speed. (Sando)

24 Chargers 2-4 The Chargers rank well in a lot of departments -- except wins. (Kuharsky)

25 Jaguars 3-3 How does QB David Garrard respond to a Week 6 concussion as Jags head to KC? (Kuharsky)

26 Cowboys 1-4 So much for hosting the Super Bowl. The Cowboys are running out of time to turn around their season. (Clayton)

27 49ers 1-5 Baby steps, baby steps. Beat the Raiders one week, visit the winless Panthers the next. (Sando)

28 Raiders 2-4 The Raiders failed to capitalize on early chances and gave the 49ers life. (Kuharsky)

29 Lions 1-5 Until the Lions learn how to run and stop the run, the losing will continue. (Walker)

30 Browns 1-5 Rookie QB Colt McCoy at least gives the Browns something to build on this season. (Walker)

31 Panthers 0-5 After this week, all remaining Panthers home games are against teams with current winning records. (Sando)

32 Bills 0-5 The Bills had their best Sunday of the season, a bye week. (Clayton)

The 4 voters: Mike Sando, John Clayton, Paul Kuharsky and James Walker

Power Rankings: How the voters voted