Big shake up in the Power Rankings this week. A devastating injury to Ben Roethlisberger has left the Steelers reeling and resulted in a loss to the Miami Dolphins. It’s unknown how long Ben will actually be out, but without him this offense is not quite the threat it has been to begin the season. Can Landry Jones keep the team afloat until Ben returns? Can Antonio Brown catch a touchdown from any other QB? Will Leveon Bell still be effective? These are just a few of the questions that have Pittsburgh plunging in the rankings this week.
Other action in the top ten saw Atlanta almost beat the Seattle Seahawks, but thanks to a no call on Defensive Pass Interference, the hawks were able to stop the Hotlanta offense and pull out the victory. In another top ten matchup, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau, leaving Green Bay looking like a team in the dumps.
Week 7 presents two more top ten matchups. Before Week 6, this could have been a battle of the top two ranked teams, but it ends up being #1 New England travelling to #6 Pittsburgh to take on a Roethlisbergerless team. The other matchup is #5 Seattle visiting division foe #10 Arizona.
Check out the previous weeks Power Rankings here.
1.New England Patriots (5-1) (ESPN #1) – Up 1
With Roethlisberger out of action, New England becomes the clear cut best team in the AFC, if they weren’t thought to have been already. Brady started his second gamer slower than his first, but eventually got on track and got going like the Brady everyone expected.
2.Minnesota Vikings (5-0) (ESPN #2) – Up 1
The Vikings benefited from the Steelers loss the most this week in the rankings, as they were on a bye and still moved up one spot. They get a struggling Eagles team after a bye week and should be able to make it to 6-0.
3.Dallas Cowboys (5-1) (ESPN #4) – Up 3
It’s good to see the running game look just as good if not better than the 2014 version. Dak Prescott had two turnovers in this game but didn’t let that get to him on the road. Ezekiel continues to run wild and leads the league in rushing, next guy up in 116 yards behind.
4.Atlanta Falcons (4-2) (ESPN #6) – Up 1
This offense is for real right now. Atlanta got screwed by the refs by not getting the Pass Interference call at the end, which would have given the Falcons a chance to win this game. Despite this, Matt Ryan and the rest of the offense has looked good against two of the better defenses in the league.
5.Seattle Seahawks (4-1) (ESPN #3) – Up 3
The Seahawks should be sitting at 3-2 after that no call this weekend. They’re lucky that Pass Interference is challengeable (is that a word?), or the Falcons would have more than likely gotten into field goal range and won this game. However they did win, but I’m not as high on this team as the experts at ESPN. They are much more beatable than they have been in the past.
6.Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) (ESPN #7) – Down 5
That was an embarrassing loss to the Dolphins this week, but if Ben played the whole game, they probably would have gotten the victory. Ben came back but wasn’t himself. Steelers dropped the most because of the question regarding his return time. This is a different team without Ben at QB.
7.Buffalo Bills (4-2) (ESPN #8) – Unranked
They are now averaging more than 100 yards rushing since they switched Offensive Coordinators. That’s a big swing, but now Shady is expected to miss some time. Will it show not having McCoy in the lineup?
8.Denver Broncos (4-2) (ESPN #5) – Down 4
Denver has struggled the last two weeks, first without their starter and even once he returned. They are still in the division race, but will need better play from Siemian if they want to keep it that way.
9.Washington Redskins (4-2) (ESPN #9) – Unranked
Since dropping their first two games, Washington has now won four straight including two division match ups. A month ago they were at the bottom of the division, now thanks to their winning streak, they are in second behind Dallas.
10.Arizona Cardinals (3-3) ESPN #13) – Unranked
David Johnson is rolling right now with 250+ yards rushing and five touchdowns in the last two games. Arizona had a rough start, but find themselves only one win behind the division leader. If the passing game gets back to what it was expected to be, paired with the running game, they will be the dangerous team they were expected to be.
Biggest Jump: Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks
Biggest Drop: Pittsburgh Steelers
Dropped out of Top 10: Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles
Just Outside of Top 10:
11. Houston Texans (4-2) (ESPN #17)
12. Oakland Raiders (4-2) (ESPN #14)
13. Green Bay Packers (3-2) (ESPN #10)
14. New York Giants (3-3) (ESPN #12)
15. Kansas City Chiefs (3-2) (ESPN #11)
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