MARK CRAIG’S POWER RANKINGS
Biggest jump: Raiders No. 29 to No. 22 • Biggest fall: Panthers No. 4 to No. 13
1. Patriots, 5-2 (Last week: 2)
They’ve given up 38 points in the last three games. Let’s just cut to the chase and return them to No. 1.
2. Eagles, 6-1 (2)
A league-best five-game winning streak followed by a home game against the 49ers.
3. Rams, 5-2 (8)
London got another boring blowout as Rams topped 32 points for the fourth time this season.
4. Chiefs, 5-2 (1)
Late loss to Raiders hurts, but Andy Reid will right the ship at home against Denver on Monday night.
5. Vikings, 5-2 (6)
Third-ranked run D controlling games, setting tone for the third-down playmakers.
6. Seahawks, 4-2 (7)
Here they come, rising quietly in the NFC with a three-game win streak.
7. Steelers, 5-2 (9)
Le’Veon Bell helping turn the offensive tide with 192 yards on 38 touches vs. Bengals.
8. Saints, 4-2 (10)
Drew Brees with a defense equals four straight wins by a combined 64 points.
9. Redskins, 3-3 (5)
They’re 3-0 against teams outside of Philadelphia and Kansas City.
10. Bills, 4-2 (12)
Leslie Frazier’s defense gets a takeaway to set up late game-winning field goal vs. Tampa Bay.
11. Texans, 3-3 (11)
They’re coming off a bye and get Duane Brown back, but they also have to travel to Seattle.
12. Jaguars, 4-3 (14)
Team Yo-Yo keeps it going. Jaguars on pace for an NFL-record 75 sacks after shutout win at Indy.
13. Panthers, 4-3 (4)
Another hot-and-cold team that’s tough to figure. They hold the host Bears to five first downs. And lose?
14. Dolphins, 3-2 (17)
Jay Cutler goes down, but who cares? Matt Moore throws two fourth-quarter TDs in comeback win over Jets.
15. Bears, 3-4 (20)
In two weeks, the Bears went from worst to most feared when it comes to defensive takeaways.
16. Lions, 3-3 (16)
Can the sinking Lions use the bye week to regroup at home against Pittsburgh Sunday night?
17. Cowboys, 3-3 (21)
Ezekiel Elliott beat the 49ers on the field and stayed undefeated against the NFL in the courtroom.
18. Falcons, 3-3 (15)
Who are these people and what have they done with the Falcons’ offense?
19. Jets, 3-4 (13)
Fourth-quarter collapse gives me a sense that the Jets are ready to settle in where they belong.
20. Packers, 4-3 (18)
Tony Dungy said he’s serious about the Packers signing Brett Favre. How … cool … would … that … be?
21. Titans, 4-3 (23)
You won but you came within 1:55 of tying the Browns. Even a millennial doesn’t get a trophy for that.
22. Raiders, 3-4 (29)
The Chiefs upset was impressive, but will mean little unless it’s followed up by a win at Buffalo.
23. Chargers, 3-4 (28)
The worst teams in the AFC West spent Week 7 flip-flopping with the best teams in the AFC West.
24. Broncos, 3-3 (22)
Someone questioned my sanity for ranking Denver 22nd last week. Good point. That was too high.
25. Bengals, 2-4 (19)
Reality check for Andy Dalton in Pittsburgh after two-game winning streak.
26. Cardinals, 3-4 (24)
Add Carson Palmer’s left arm and the Cardinals’ season to the pile of broken limbs.
27. Ravens, 3-4 (25)
Joe Flacco isn’t one of those quarterbacks who overcomes the flaws and injuries around him.
28. Buccaneers, 2-4 (26)
Tampa Bay is the kind of team that teases with its talent, but falls short on Sundays.
29. Colts, 2-5 (27)
Of the three NFL shutouts on Sunday, only the Colts were blanked at home.
30. Giants, 1-6 (30)
Back to reality, but the trendy Super Bowl pick will always have Denver to remember.
31. 49ers, 0-7 (31)
After five losses by three or fewer points, the 49ers finally fell apart.
32. Browns, 0-7 (32)
Teams preach consistency. At 1-22, no coach has been more consistent than Hue Jackson the past two years.