NFL Week 7 Power Rankings: Bears still in Top 25
|Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 6:00 PM- -|
Five weeks of the 2021 NFL season have come and gone, and it has not been disappointing. This year may look slightly different, with 17 games in 18 weeks and seven teams in each league earning a playoff berth. Nonetheless, we won't have a week without football until February 2022, and we couldn't be more excited to cover another year of NFL football.
We at BearsHQ decided to give our power rankings ahead of the NFL's seventh week.
*We decided to explain the top 16 and the Bears*
1. Arizona Cardinals 6-0 (up one spot)
Six weeks into the NFL season, and the Cardinals are 6-0, riding a potent pass rush and an electric offense to their success so far. They are in one of the hardest divisions in the NFL but have looked like a playoff team thus far, beating the Titans, Vikings, Jaguars, Rams, 49ers, and creaming the Browns this past week.
2. Buffalo Bills 4-2 (down one spot)
It may have surprised some people last year, but the Buffalo Bills being one of the league's best teams this season should come as no surprise. Buffalo is led by superstar QB Josh Allen and a brilliant coaching staff. The Steelers gave the Bills some trouble in week one, but after dominating the Dolphins, the Washington Football Team, the Texans, and the reigning AFC Champion Chiefs, they were the top team in the NFL, I believe. But, on Monday Night Football, the Titans handed the Bills their first loss since week one, putting Buffalo at No. 2.
3. Los Angeles Rams 5-1 (no change)
The LA Rams may be the most improved team of the offseason just because of their upgrade at QB. Instead of Jared Goff, the Rams have Matthew Stafford leading their speedy offense — and of course, still have Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald on the defensive side of the ball. The new-look Rams are 4-1 to show for it, losing to the Cardinals and including an impressive beat down of the reigning champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers — earning our second spot. Rams blew out the Giants this week to keep their spot.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-1 (no change)
It's hard not to rank Tampa Bay in the top five in our rankings. First and foremost, the Bucs are our reigning Super Bowl Champion — and they did not lose a single starter over the offseason. The Bucs have a roster construction that could win another Super Bowl, and Tom Brady is never content. But after dropping to the LA Rams, the Bucs fell to number two. Despite winning against the Patriots in Tom Brady's return to Foxborough and then the Dolphins, the Bucs fell one spot because of the Cardinals and Bills' dominance. Getting past the Eagles keeps Tampa at No. 4.
5. Baltimore Ravens 5-1 (up two spots)
The Ravens quietly have one of the league's best rosters. Despite not winning the division in 2020 and being in one of the NFL's hardest divisions, the Ravens boast a legit chance to win a Super Bowl behind a star quarterback in Lamar Jackson and a defense that consists of the best secondary in the sport. The Ravens lost a stunner in week one against the Vegas Raiders, and the schedule won't ease up for a while, but they are certainly a top 10 team despite their injuries. Beating the Chiefs in primetime, defeating the Lions, handling the Broncos, storming from behind to beat the Colts, and blowing out the Chargers lock that in without a doubt.
6. Green Bay Packers 5-1 (up one spot)
For most of the offseason, the Packers were one of the most questionable teams — and it all depended on reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers. Well, he's back… but the Packers were thumped by the Saints in week one, dropping the Packers out of the top 5. A dominating win on Monday Night Football over the Lions, a come from behind win over the 49ers, a dominating win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night, a narrow win over the Bengals, and a beat down of the Bears should be enough to defend the Packers being near the top 5.
7. Dallas Cowboys 5-1 (up one spot)
Dallas is flying under the radar this offseason, but a healthy offensive line plus Dak Prescott back from injury leaves Dallas with one of the best offenses in the NFL (which includes Ezekiel Elliot, Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup.) The defense is still the clear weakness of this team but has been much better in 2021 — with Trevion Diggs leading the way with a ton of interceptions. The Cowboys gave the Bucs a tough fight in week one and have not lost since, making them a top-10 team.
8. Los Angeles Chargers 4-2 (down three spots)
LA might have had the best offseason in the AFC. Justin Herbert is coming off of an impressive campaign in which he won Rookie of the Year, and the Chargers have added to his offensive line - while also making some key acquisitions to the defense, the team's weakness in 2020. That, plus some opt-outs and injuries back, leave the Chargers with one of the most talented and intriguing rosters in 2021. It wasn't particularly pretty, but the Chargers gutted out an impressive week one win and took a hard to swallow week two loss against Dallas, but handling the Kansas City Chiefs and earning a win in week three, beating the Las Vegas Raiders in prime time and winning a shootout over Cleveland solidified LA as a top 5 team for me. With a chance to prove that, LA lost to the Ravens, handily, and fall now to 8th.
9. Kansas City Chiefs 3-3 (no change)
It would be hard to imagine the Chiefs falling out of the top 10 this season so long as Patrick Mahomes is healthy. This team easily boasts the best offense in the league — while also adding to an offensive line that was exposed in the Super Bowl last year. Keep an eye on a motivated Chiefs team this season, especially after losing week two to the Ravens and in week three to the Chargers. The Chiefs got back on track Sunday against the Eagles but then suffered a blowout loss to the Bills in week five. The Chiefs rebounded nicely with a strong win over Washington.
10. Tennessee Titans 4-2 (up one spot)
The Titans are the reigning AFC South champion. They have made the playoffs in consecutive seasons — oh, and they've added Julio Jones to an offense that already had Ryan Tannehill, AJ Brown, and Derrick Henry, who just ran for over 2,000 yards. In 2021, no team is going to be looking forward to playing the Titans. The Titans' 2021 season got off to a tough start, though, getting blown out by the Cardinals, but they rebounded nicely with a come-from-behind win over the Seahawks and a solid win over the Colts before dropping to the New York Jets in week four. Beating the Jaguars in week five and the Bills in week 6 puts them back in the top 10.
11. Las Vegas Raiders 4-2 (up two spots)
If you want to talk about the grittiest team in the NFL, the Raiders deserve to be in that conversation. The Raiders were touchdown underdogs in week one against the Raves and week two against the Steelers — two of the toughest teams in the sport. To everyone's surprise, the Raiders pulled off wins. After starting 3-0, the team has unraveled with losses to the Chargers and Bears. PLUS, head coach Jon Gruden has resigned due to emails of his past resurfacing — but the Raiders got back on track this week against the Broncos.
12. Cleveland Browns 3-3 (down two spots)
Yes, you read that right. After years of being the NFL's laughing stock, the Cleveland Browns have constructed a roster good enough to win a division and make a run in the playoffs. The Browns displayed dominance in their week two win over Houston and their week three win over the Bears and their week four win over Minnesota, and this team has all the makings of a top 10 team in the NFL. They lost a shootout to the Chargers in week five, were blown out by the Cardinals in week six, and fell out of the top 10.
13. Cincinnati Bengals 4-2 (up three spots)
Joe Burrow and the Bengals are off to a great start this season. Their only losses were in a game that Burrow threw interceptions of three straight plays and one where their kicker missed the game-winner twice. The defense may have holes, but the offense is loaded with weapons — including Ja'Mar Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd, a three-headed monster of receivers for Joe Burrow to throw to. Wins over the Steelers, Vikings, Jaguars, and Lions keep the Bengals as a top 16 team.
14. New Orleans Saints 3-2 (up one spots) - coming off BYE
The Saints are back in our top 16 after a nice win over the Washington Football Team. The team has a much different identity than they did with Drew Brees as the quarterback, but the Saints have been able to win games. Jameis Winston and the offense have some explosiveness, and the defense has been solid. Wins over the Packers, Patriots, and Football Team show why this team is top 14.
15. Minnesota Vikings 3-3 (up eight spots)
For the first time in a long time, the Minnesota Vikings are in our top 15. The Vikings have ridden a strong offense to three consecutive gritty wins to even their record at 3-3. A potent offense of Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Theilen have helped the Vikings get back on track after a few tough losses to start the season. Wins over Seattle, Detroit, and now Carolina put the Vikings where we have them.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers 3-3 (up four spots)
The Steelers have cracked back into our top 16 after strong wins over the Broncos and Seahawks. The recipe may not be pretty with Ben Roethlisberger aging, but the Steelers have figured out how to make their offense work with their tremendous defense. They are in a very tough division in the AFC but are definitely a tip 16 team.
17. Seattle Seahawks 2-4 (down five spots)
18. San Francisco 49ers 2-3 (down four spots) - coming off BYE
19. Carolina Panthers 3-3 (down one spot)
20. Denver Broncos 3-3 (down one spot)
21. New England Patriots 2-4 (down one spot)
22. Chicago Bears 3-3 (no change)
It's been up and down for the Bears, with ugly losses against the Rams and the Browns. But in week four, Matt Nagy handed over play-calling to Bill Lazor, and the Bears looked like a much different/better team since. The key to victory for this Bears team is running the ball and the defense carrying its weight — the formula was there in week five. However, that formula was not enough against the Green Bay Packers — back to the drawing board for Justin Fields and the Bears.
23. Indianapolis Colts 2-4 (down one spot)
24. Philadelphia Eagles 2-4 (no change)
25. Atlanta Falcons 2-3 (no change) - coming off BYE
26. Washington Football Team 1-5 (no change)
27. Miami Dolphins 1-5 (no change)
28. New York Giants 1-5 (no change)
29. Houston Texans 1-5 (no change)
30. New York Jets 1-4 (no change) coming off BYE
31. Jacksonville Jaguars 1-5 (up one spot)
32. Detroit Lions 0-6 (down one spot)
Stay tuned as we update these rankings every week.