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Publish Date: 10/20/2020
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Six weeks into the season, we have an idea of who the best teams in the NFL are. However, as Week 6 proved, contenders can fall at a moment’s notice. These are the NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 7 of the 2020 season.
Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill are running a pristine operation on offense, and Tennessee’s defense offers just enough to keep the Titans at No. 1 in the NFL.
After a surprising loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, Patrick Mahomes and Clyde Edwards-Helaire embarrassed the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football.
Russell Wilson is determined to win an MVP and get the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl. He’s the best quarterback in the NFL. Unfortunately, Seattle’s defense might not be up to the task.
Despite some up and down play on both sides of the ball, the Steelers are 5-0 for the first time since 1978. Pittsburgh wins with quality defense and an efficient offense.
The Buccaneers went from losing to the Chicago Bears to decimating the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers. With the offense getting healthy and the defensive front continuing to play at a high level, Tampa Bay could end up in the top three sooner rather than later.
A humiliating loss to the Buccaneers dropped Green Bay a few spots, but Rodgers still has his team in the conference title race.
I thought the Ravens would compete with the Chiefs for the top spot in the AFC entering this season. Baltimore still might reach that point, but the team isn’t playing as well as it did last year.
The Bills and Josh Allen started 4-0 before consecutive bad losses to elite teams. Luckily, Buffalo can get back on track against the New York Jets this weekend.
Drew Brees took a few weeks to get going, but the Saints are starting to find their identities this season. Michael Thomas returns in Week 7.
Jared Goff has the Rams playing like a playoff team again. However, I think they’re a few pieces short of being one of the NFL’s elite teams.
At this point, it’s close to a guarantee that the Bears will find a way into the playoffs. Chicago’s defense is going to do a lot of heavy lifting down the stretch.
Jimmy Garoppolo might’ve returned just in time to save San Francisco’s season. I still don’t view them as a Super Bowl contender with all of the injuries and losses they’ve suffered.
Derek Carr is playing some of the best football of his career as young players continue developing around him.
I don’t know how, but the Colts and Philip Rivers are 4-2, making them one of seven teams in the AFC with at least four wins. Indianapolis has one of the NFL’s best offensive lines, but the running game isn’t taking off like some analysts predicted.
Bill Belichick will fix this, right? Frankly, I’d give him Coach of the Year if he makes the playoffs with this roster.
They’ll find a way to mess this up. With Nick Chubb injured, the offense isn’t running at 100%, and Baker Mayfield isn’t playing well enough to take advantage of his top options.
Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Rhule are overachieving in their first season together. They’ve gotten to 3-3 mostly without Christian McCaffrey.
Somehow the Eagles are only half a game out of first place. Once again, injuries have decimated Doug Pederson’s squad. I trust Pederson and Carson Wentz to turn this season around for Philadelphia, even if that only means winning the division at 7-8-1.
While the Cardinals are 4-2, they’re extremely inconsistent outside of DeAndre Hopkins. Kyler Murray has flashes of greatness now and then, but they’re too infrequent.
Brian Flores and the Dolphins are turning to Tua Tagovailoa in Week 8. We finally get to see the former Heisman candidate.
Deshaun Watson is great, but the rest of Houston’s roster isn’t. They should be happy Watson signed an extension before this season.
Justin Herbert looks like Los Angeles’ future through his four games. Unfortunately, he’s still looking for his first NFL win.
Andy Dalton didn’t have a good night in his first game with Mike McCarthy. Things are going to get ugly in Dallas if this keeps up.[mytwitter url=”https://twitter.com/SlaterNFL/status/1318602459300974595″]
If the Lions don’t make the playoffs, Matt Patricia should be fired. Detroit can’t win close games against competitive teams.
Atlanta has given up some of the worst comebacks in the NFL over the past decade. That got Dan Quinn fired, and it could get Julio Jones or Matt Ryan traded.
Kirk Cousins is going to match Jameis Winston’s interception totals from last season. Unless Dalvin Cook comes back soon, the Vikings will continue losing.
Joe Burrow has the potential to develop into an All-Pro, but he can’t do much with his offensive line and an underwhelming defense.
Drew Lock isn’t the future in Denver. Neither is Vic Fangio. This is a lost season for the Broncos.
Ron Rivera’s team is contributing to the NFC East sinking to the bottom of the NFL. At least Washington has some young pieces on the defensive front.
Gardner Minshew isn’t a bad quarterback, but he’s surrounded by one of the worst talent pools in the NFL.
No Saquon Barkley means no offense in New York. The defense isn’t half bad, but Daniel Jones is a turnover machine.
I feel bad for Sam Darnold. What did Adam Gase do to deserve this long of a leash?