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Blitzalytics' Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

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Which teams are trending in the right direction heading into Week 7?

Written by: Greg Lehr | @greglehr3

Power Rankings by: The Blitz Team | @Blitzalytics

Almost to the halfway point of the regular season, we are starting to see some real separation between early playoff contenders and pretenders. As we enter Week 7 of the season, check out which teams are rising or falling in this week’s Blitzalytics Power Rankings.

Week 7 Risers:

San Francisco 49ers (+3)

Current Ranking: 2

Last Week: 5

It almost feels like we've been waiting for San Francisco to drop off into mediocrity, but that's not likely to happen anytime soon. They continue to get even better week by week, putting together dominant wins over the Browns and Rams the last two weeks despite missing a few key starters. The 49ers finally have a clear identity which is to run the football and play tough, fast defense. Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman lead the second-ranked rushing attack in the league (180 YPG), while a loaded front-seven has the defense ranked second overall, giving up just 237 YPG, only 3 yards behind New England for the top spot. The secondary is certainly not forgotten here, as the Niners currently allow the fewest passing yards per game in the league. Kyle Shanahan's team looks to keep the ball rolling when they travel cross-country to play at Washington this week.

Houston Texans (+6)

Current Ranking: 6

Last Week: 12

It's easy to have some reservations about the Texans' 4-2 start to the season, but winning on the road in Arrowhead is a great way to help put those concerns to rest (at least for now). After falling behind early 17-3 due to an electric start by Mahomes and Tyreek Hill, DeShaun Watson led Houston to 20 second-quarter points to take the lead by the half. From there, the Texans continued to pound the ball on the ground to keep the Chiefs' offense off the field. Carlos Hyde (116), Watson (42), and Duke Johnson (34) combined for 192 yards and three scores on the ground, helping Houston double-up Kansas City in time of possession to secure the win. The Texans now play two of their next three games against division opponents, beginning with a trip to Indianapolis (3-2) this coming week.

Week 7 Fallers:

LA Rams (-8)

Current Ranking: 16

Last Week: 8

Although the Rams started 3-0, including wins over the Saints and Browns, it was evident the offense lacked the same rhythm and firepower of a year ago. The issues mostly point back to Todd Gurley's lack of explosiveness and efficiency compared to his last two (All-Pro) seasons. Through the five games he has played this season, Gurley is experiencing career-lows in both rushing and receiving yards per game. Add in the struggles of an aging offensive line and all these factors have put much more pressure on Jared Goff to shoulder the load. Without Gurley against an excellent 49ers defense in week six, Goff only put up 78 yards passing and failed to throw a touchdown (7 TD, 7 INT on the year). McVay and the Rams will need to solve some of these issues in order to keep pace with the 49ers and Seahawks in the NFC West. A matchup against the Falcons' porous defense this week could be just what the doctor ordered.

Dallas Cowboys (-7)

Current Ranking: 18

Last Week: 11

Well, this is going to sound familiar to the other team sliding downward, as the Cowboys have followed up their 3-0 start with a three-game losing streak of their own. This past week's loss to the previously winless Jets, albeit in the return of starting QB Sam Darnold, had to have stung the worst. With both offensive tackles out with injuries, not to mention Amari Cooper exiting after the Cowboys' first drive of the game, the offense had a difficult time getting much of anything going until late in the 4th quarter. Dak and Zeke stepped up in the second half to help bring Dallas within a two-point conversion with less than a minute remaining, but Jamal Adams' A-gap blitz forced Prescott to get rid of the ball before Witten was even able to turn around in the endzone. Dallas now faces a gut-check game in a matchup for the division lead when the Eagles come to town on Sunday Night Football.

Full NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

Rankings by: The Blitz Team

  1. New England Patriots

  2. San Francisco 49ers

  3. New Orleans Saints

  4. Seattle Seahawks

  5. Green Bay Packers

  6. Houston Texans

  7. Kansas City Chiefs

  8. Buffalo Bills

  9. Minnesota Vikings

  10. Baltimore Ravens

  11. Detroit Lions

  12. Indianapolis Colts

  13. Chicago Bears

  14. Carolina Panthers

  15. Philadelphia Eagles

  16. Los Angeles Rams

  17. Oakland Raiders

  18. Dallas Cowboys

  19. Cleveland Browns

  20. Los Angeles Chargers

  21. New York Giants

  22. Jacksonville Jaguars

  23. Pittsburgh Steelers

  24. Arizona Cardinals

  25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  26. Tennessee Titans

  27. Denver Broncos

  28. New York Jets

  29. Atlanta Falcons

  30. Washington Redskins

  31. Cincinnati Bengals

  32. Miami Dolphins



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