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NFL power rankings, Week 7: 49ers at the bottom, but not rock bottom

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We break down some of the notable teams around the NFL in our latest power rankings.

Week 6 is officially a wrap, which means it is time to move on to Week 7 NFL power rankings. The week wrapped with the Arizona Cardinals thumping the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. The Cardinals improved to 3-3, and are two games out of first in the NFC West. The Jets dropped to 1-5 and are firmly in competition with the San Francisco 49ers for a high draft pick.

The 49ers dropped to 1-5 with another ugly loss, this time to the Buffalo Bills. The 49ers kept things close in the first half, trailing 17-13 heading into the third quarter. However, a turnover, horrific run defense, and nothing on offense led to the team getting bulldozed through the second half.

At this point, I’ve just dropped the 49ers to the bottom of the power rankings. The Cleveland Browns are winless, but they’re at least seeing something positive from Cody Kessler. Kaepernick may or may not build on his Week 6 performance, but odds are pretty good he’ll be gone next year anyway. The 49ers are just spinning their wheels right now.

I’m leaving the New England Patriots at the top of my power rankings. Minnesota went through their bye week and remains at No. 2. The Seahawks are back in their customary spot atop the NFC West. After some early season struggles, it feels like they have gotten things back on track. The Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons round things out. The Cowboys head into their bye with Tony Romo getting closer to being able to return. I’m really fascinated to see if they actually bench Dak Prescott given how well they are playing.

Here are my Week 7 NFL power rankings.

Rank Team LW
1 New England Patriots (5-1) 1
2 Minnesota Vikings (5-0) 2
3 Seattle Seahawks (4-1) 9
4 Dallas Cowboys (5-1) 8
5 Atlanta Falcons (4-2) 5
6 Green Bay Packers (3-2) 3
7 Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) 4
8 Oakland Raiders (4-2) 6
9 Denver Broncos (4-2) 7
10 Buffalo Bills (4-2) 11
11 Washington (4-2) 12
12 Houston Texans (4-2) 13
13 Kansas City Chiefs (3-2) 14
14 Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) 10
15 Arizona Cardinals (3-3) 17
16 New York Giants (3-3) 19
17 Baltimore Ravens (3-3) 15
18 Detroit Lions (3-3) 21
19 Tennessee Titans (3-3) 20
20 Los Angeles Rams (3-3) 16
21 Cincinnati Bengals (2-4) 18
22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) 22
23 Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3) 25
24 San Diego Chargers (2-4) 27
25 New Orleans Saints (2-3) 30
26 Carolina Panthers (1-5) 23
27 Miami Dolphins (2-4) 31
28 Indianapolis Colts (2-4) 24
29 New York Jets (1-5) 26
30 Chicago Bears (1-5) 28
31 Cleveland Browns (0-6) 32
32 San Francisco 49ers (1-5) 29