Week 7 brought a dominating offensive performances by a couple of the league’s brightest up-and-coming stars and history for one of it’s longest-tenured veterans. How does the top 10 of the power rankings look as we creep into Halloween? (Sorry)
1. Arizona Cardinals 7-0
Previous ranking- 1
Newly acquired tight end Zach Ertz made an immediate impact in his first game in Arizona. Ertz caught a 47 yard touchdown pass from Kyler Murray, the longest of Ertz’ career. Murray threw for two other touchdowns in a 31-5 rout of the lowly Texans. The Cardinals defense, which features former Texan J.J. Watt, limited Houston to just 160 total yards.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-1
Previous ranking- 2
Tom Brady threw his 600th career touchdown pass as a part of a 4 TD performance in a 38-3 blowout of the Bears. Mike Evans caught the historic touchdown as well as two other scores and finished with 76 yards on six catches. The Tampa defense forced five turnovers, all from rookie QB Justin Fields. Fields was picked off three times and fumbled three times as well, losing two of them. He was also sacked four times by the Tampa front.
3. Tennessee Titans 5-2
Previous ranking- 10
For the second time in two weeks, the Titans beat an AFC powerhouse in impressive fashion, this time blowing out the Chiefs at home by a score of 27-3. They scored on their first five possessions and led 27-0 at the half. Derrick Henry was held under 100 yards and had just 3 YPC, but he did throw his first career touchdown pass on a trick play. The Tennessee defense meanwhile made life miserable for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense. The Titans forced three turnovers, two from Mahomes, and sacked the star QB four times.
4. Los Angeles Rams 6-1
Previous ranking- 4
The Rams survived an early 10-0 deficit to the Bills and rallied to a 28-19 win. The game featured the first meeting of the trade partners since they swapped QBs in the offseason. Matthew Stafford, now of the Rams, threw for 334 yards and 3 TDs against his former team. Jared Goff, now of the Lions, threw for 261 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions against his former team in L.A.. The Rams defense held the Lions to just 3 points in the second half.
5. Cincinnati Bengals 5-2
Previous ranking- Honorable Mention
The Bengals posted their biggest win of the young Joe Burrow-era, thumping the Ravens 42-17 on the road. Burrow threw for a career-high 416 yards and added three touchdowns with an interception. His former college teammate and offensive Rookie of the year candidate Ja’Marr Chase had his best day of his young career as well. Chase caught 8 passes for 201 yards including an 82 yard touchdown. Cincinnati all of a sudden finds itself in first place in the highly competitive AFC North.
6. Dallas Cowboys 5-1
Previous ranking- 5
The Cowboys had their bye this week and will face the Vikings on the road on Sunday Night Football this week.
7. Green Bay Packers 6-1
Previous ranking- 6
The Packers easily handled Washington at home and won 24-10 for their sixth win in a row. Aaron Rodgers tossed 3 TDs and totaled 274 yards while DeVante Adams caught six passes from Rodgers for 76 yards and a score. The Green Bay defense held Taylor Heinicke and the Washington offense scoreless in the red zone with a perfect 0-4. The Packers’ win streak will now be tested as they will go on the road to face Arizona on Thursday.
8. Buffalo Bills 4-2
Previous Ranking- 7
The Bills had their bye week and will face the Dolphins at home on Sunday this week.
9. Baltimore Ravens 5-2
Previous ranking- 3
The Ravens were torn to shreds at home by Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase. Baltimore allowed 520 total yards of offense and allowed 28 points in the second half. Meanwhile, their offense totaled just 7 points in that second half and struggled to protect Lamar Jackson. Jackson was sacked five times and hit seven times. He still managed to throw for 257 yards and a touchdown and was Baltimore’s leading rusher with 88 yards on 12 carries however.
10. Las Vegas Raiders 5-2
Previous Ranking- 9
The Raiders dominated the Eagles at home on both sides of the ball at home in a 33-22 win. A garbage time rally by Philadelphia was the only reason it was close. Derek Carr set a new personal best for completion percentage at 91.2% by completing 31/34 passes for 2 TDs and an interception. Vegas’ bottom ranked rushing attack totaled 119 yards and 2 TDs on 29 carries. The Raiders scored on five straight possessions after a Carr pass was tipped off of a receiver’s hands for a pick on the opening drive.