NFL energy rankings: Stunning Giants, Jets proceed to rise; Packers, 49ers, Buccaneers fade for Week 7

Week 6 within the NFL was an excellent showcase for the robust prime two groups in Sporting Information’ energy rankings to additional flex in entrance of massive nationwide audiences. As for another acquainted playoff contenders within the NFC and AFC, it was a tough week, giving upset-minded upstarts extra legs.

There isn’t any change in the very best groups from every convention because the Eagles and Payments received large video games towards rivals. The NFC division races received tighter throughout the board, whereas there’s extra cloudiness within the AFC wild-card image.

With that in thoughts and contemplating the 4 groups on bye, here is how all 32 groups stack up towards one another going into Week 7:

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NFL energy rankings Week 7

1. Philadelphia Eagles 6-0 (earlier rating: 1)

The Eagles rolled out of the gate towards the Cowboys with extra of their environment friendly, explosive and balanced offense. They backed it up with sharp go protection from Darius “Huge Play” Slay and others to convey Cooper Rush crashing all the way down to earth. However they nonetheless have to work ending video games in addition to they begin them to remain undefeated.

2. Buffalo Payments 5-1 (2)

The Payments made their share of offensive errors with Josh Allen towards a sport Chiefs’ protection, however in the long run, Von Miller’s go rush and their energetic secondary made the distinction towards Patrick Mahomes. There isn’t any doubt they’re heavy AFC championship favorites now.

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3. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 4-2 (3)

The Chiefs fought the Payments arduous with Mahomes, falling only one profitable possession brief. Mahomes confronted the higher protection in Buffalo’s, nevertheless it’s encouraging for a possible rematch Kansas Metropolis’s D hung in there properly.

4. New York Giants 5-1 (7)

The Giants will be thought-about “for actual” solely a sport behind the Eagles with their lone loss coming to the Cowboys. They took benefit of a weak schedule early, however their Packers and Ravens victories stamp their impressed all-around arrival beneath coach of the yr frontrunner Brian Daboll.

5. Minnesota Vikings 5-1 (8)

Daboll’s greatest competitors could come from one other offensive-minded rookie coach. Kevin O’Connell has unlocked the Vikings to grow to be extra explosive round Kirk Cousins with talent principals Dalvin Prepare dinner, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Irv Smith Jr. They’re a robust menace to steal the NFC North from the Packers, whom they beat soundly in Week 1.

6. Los Angeles Chargers 3-2 (10)

The Chargers have quietly fought by way of their rash of offensive and defensive accidents to get above .500 and so they proceed their groove with Justin Herbert and Austin Ekeler on Monday night time towards the battered Broncos.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-3 (4)

The Bucs appeared like they had been going by way of the motions round Tom Brady offensively with poor execution whereas the protection did its greatest. Tampa Bay wants to seek out its explosive self, stat, to do greater than win the weak NFC South another time with Brady.

8. San Francisco 49ers 3-3 (5)

The 49ers went from Carolina to Atlanta with a cease in West Virginia and neglect defend the ball and work over a weak protection. A lot for the Kyle Shanahan revenge end result towards the Falcons. Maybe they had been waiting for a Tremendous Bowl rematch with the Chiefs?

9. Dallas Cowboys 4-2 (6)

The Cowboys fought arduous within the second half to push the Eagles however they miss the additional firepower they’ve with Dak Prescott. Credit score the protection for preventing arduous to facilitate the rally, nevertheless it wants extra of the burden of profitable relieved.

10. Tennessee Titans 3-2 (13)

The Titans loved their bye with a three-game profitable streak to relaxation hammering Derrick Henry for the stretch run. Their protection is discovering its typical gritty self regardless of some expertise limitations and Ryan Tannehill is quieting any noise of dropping his job.

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11. Cincinnati Bengals 3-3 (14)

The Bengals are going through extra challenges with their offense this season, however Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Mixon had been sure to work them out of it. Their protection is getting pushed round extra, however the huge performs will come there as soon as the offense constantly begins quicker.

12. Los Angeles Rams 3-3 (15)

The Rams wanted that pull-away comeback win towards the sputtering Panthers. Matthew Stafford nonetheless made a vital mistake, however the Sean McVay and the group helped him, working to unfold the ball round within the passing and operating video games. The protection additionally wanted it as a get-well sport.

13. Baltimore Ravens 3-3 (9)

The Ravens bumped into the Giants’ buzzsaw and could not maintain one other late lead. They want extra of an aggressive pour-it-on passing sport with Lamar Jackson and higher go protection to maintain avoiding that frustration.

14. New York Jets 4-2 (16)

The Jets joined the crosstown Giants in stomping the Packers. They’re performed impressed defensive-minded soccer for Robert Saleh with rookie Sauce Gardner and lots of different modifications paying off. The run-heavy offense retains rocking with rookie Breece Corridor to elevate Zach Wilson.

15. Inexperienced Bay Packers 3-3 (11)

What was that? The Packers regarded residence hungover after going from Lambeau to London. They need to have run the ball higher and performed higher run protection, as a result of their passing sport with Aaron Rodgers and go protection with Jaire Alexander really want that assist.

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16. New England Patriots 3-3 (17)

The Patriots’ protection has assembled the best locations on each stage for Invoice Belichick and per typical, they enhance with every sport. The operating sport has been nice with Rhamondre Stevenson within the lead, nevertheless it’s actually the QB play of Bailey Zappe that has sparked them again into wild-card rivalry.

17. Indianapolis Colts 3-2-1 (18)

The Colts regarded like an offensive catastrophe with Matt Ryan beneath Frank Reich early, however credit score them for preventing again with Ryan taking part in a lot better by way of clutch moments and the operating sport getting on observe, even with out a wholesome Jonathan Taylor. Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce are rapidly changing into a harmful receiving duo.

18. Miami Dolphins 3-3 (12)

The Dolphins have gone from 3-0 to 3-3 in a blink, and it goes past their injury-marred revolving door at quarterback. Their protection is beginning to be uncovered with shaky protection and giving up chunk runs. They’re trending to an anomalous freefall out of the playoffs.

19. Atlanta Falcons 3-3 (25)

The Falcons have nearly been in each sport with Arthur Smith getting essentially the most out of Marcus Mariota and a run-heavy offense with a calculated passing assault. The protection has performed over its head at occasions  however that can get more difficult with the cornerback accidents.

20. Seattle Seahawks 3-3 (26)

The Seahawks’ offense has been environment friendly, versatile and typically explosive with Geno Smith alongside his gifted extensive receivers and tight ends behind an improved offensive line. It went to a different stage that includes rookie Kenneth Walker within the operating sport. Now Pete Carroll is scheming up the protection to overachieve, too.

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21. Denver Broncos 2-3 (19)

The Broncos have an enormous alternative to push themselves again into the AFC West race on Monday night time. Russell Wilson has nearly run out of time to show issues round together with his new offense. It should occur towards the Chargers.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers 2-4 (28)

The Steelers’ protection determined to get up to thwart Tom Brady and maintain up higher towards the operating sport. Sadly, simply as their offense was beginning to really feel it extra with rookie Kenny Pickett, he received concussed. They nonetheless have one other huge shot towards one other Florida group with a Sunday night time journey to Miami in Week 7.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars 2-4 (21)

The Jaguars began to positive extra offensive pop once more with Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne Jr. and others in Indianapolis. However their younger, improved protection has began to wilt towards the run and quit huge go performs

24. New Orleans Saints 2-4 (23)

The Saints preserve attempting to march away with victories with a dominant and all of the sudden deeper operating sport, however the injury-forced adjusted offensive identification from downfield passing hasn’t bene useful, particularly with the protection struggling greater than count on with Dennis Allen.

25. Arizona Cardinals 2-4 (20)

The Cardinals have someway grow to be an offensive mess with Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray, regardless of having loads of operating and receiving talent. Marquise Brown could have to miss time, however that is timed with DeAndre Hopkins’ return. The coach and QB have to reside up extra to their new contract expectations, stat.

26. Cleveland Browns 2-4 (22)

The Browns have hit a wall relying on Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. Their operating sport can carry them solely a lot when the protection is not cooperating with vital complementary soccer. Their schedule will most likely doom their season earlier than Deshaun Watson can return.

27. Las Vegas Raiders 1-4 (24)

Davante Adams and the Raiders wanted the bye badly in any case their irritating shut losses, culminating with the one-point defeat towards the Chiefs. They’re positively pointing up as the very best one-win group within the NFL. They first have to get to .500 quickly with the Texans, Saints and Jaguars the following three weeks.

28. Washington Commanders 2-4 (31)

The Commanders do not get any type factors for producing simply sufficient factors to beat the Bears. Carson Wentz’s inconsistencies and accidents are regarding, however they should construct on their greatest defensive efficiency above all else to push towards .500.

29. Chicago Bears 2-4 (27)

What was that? The Bears aren’t serving to Justin Fields with a pressured run-heavy offense and never benefiting from his mobility within the passing sport. The protection must be protected higher given its main weak point towards the run.

30. Houston Texans 1-3-1 (29)

The Texans have been scrappy in division play with a win over the Jaguars and a tie with the Colts, due to Lovie Smith getting the a lot of the protection. However Davis Mills wants to indicate much more taking part in off Dameon Pierce and the operating sport to not grow to be a lame-duck QB.


31. Detroit Lions 1-4 (30)

The Lions went into their bye after a shutout loss to the Patriots that all of the sudden left them questioning rather a lot about their offense. That ought to get again to being higher with a cleaner invoice of well being, however the protection will proceed to sink them.

32. Carolina Panthers 1-5 (32)

The Panthers performed slightly extra impressed on either side of the ball with out Matt Rhule towards the Rams, together with getting huge performs from their protection beneath Steve Wilks and much more of Christian McCaffrey. It nonetheless wasn’t sufficient.

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