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BRIAN BILLICK'S Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.

Week 7 Power Rankings


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Posted October 25, 2011 12:33 PM EDT

The Packers are still on top this week, but they did show a chink in the armor against the Vikings. I've got a line on who's hot and who's not going into Week 8. Enjoy. | Watch Billick break down his Power Rankings

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Kansas City Chiefs

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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7-0 - 1/1
Surprisingly, Green Bay was outgained by the Vikings, 435 to 421. But it didn't matter. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers couldn't have been much more efficient. He was 24 of 30 for 335 yards with three touchdown passes. Letting the Vikings stay close, albeit in Expand Description
Surprisingly, Green Bay was outgained by the Vikings, 435 to 421. But it didn't matter. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers couldn't have been much more efficient. He was 24 of 30 for 335 yards with three touchdown passes. Letting the Vikings stay close, albeit in Minnesota, and moving the ball the way they did does give the rest of the NFC hope.Collapse Description
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5-1 1 2/7
With a win at Pittsburgh, the Patriots can take a big step toward being something more than just Tom Brady. The offense is ideally suited to take on the Steelers' defense, but Ben Roethlisberger may stretch their defense in a way they can't handle. Expand Description
With a win at Pittsburgh, the Patriots can take a big step toward being something more than just Tom Brady. The offense is ideally suited to take on the Steelers' defense, but Ben Roethlisberger may stretch their defense in a way they can't handle. Collapse Description
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5-2 3 2/7
It is not fair to dismiss the performance on Sunday night just because of who they were playing: 62 points is 62 points. Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles are proving to be perfect complements to one another, and the New Orleans defense got itExpand Description
It is not fair to dismiss the performance on Sunday night just because of who they were playing: 62 points is 62 points. Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles are proving to be perfect complements to one another, and the New Orleans defense got its identity back by forcing three turnovers. Collapse Description
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5-1 1 2/21
With Cleveland, Washington and Arizona on the schedule for three of the next four, this team could easily be 8-2 after 10 games. After that, the 49ers will have their biggest test, traveling to Baltimore as Alex Smith faces the vaunted Ravens defense. Expand Description
With Cleveland, Washington and Arizona on the schedule for three of the next four, this team could easily be 8-2 after 10 games. After that, the 49ers will have their biggest test, traveling to Baltimore as Alex Smith faces the vaunted Ravens defense. Collapse Description
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5-2 3 2/9
The Steelers remain near the top of the league in most defensive categories, but it just doesn't feel that way. They are not all that different from last year's Super Bowl team that was not dominant in any offensive category but was very effective nonetheExpand Description
The Steelers remain near the top of the league in most defensive categories, but it just doesn't feel that way. They are not all that different from last year's Super Bowl team that was not dominant in any offensive category but was very effective nonetheless. An interesting two weeks at home against the Patriots and the Ravens. Collapse Description
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6

4-2 4 2/10
The Ravens should have learned their lesson in Week 2, when they overlooked the struggling Titans. Once again, it didn't look like this offense was mentally prepared for a physical football game.
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4-2 3 2/22
Have to drop the Chargers, but there is no shame in losing on the East Coast to a good team. It was disappointing to give up an 11-point lead, and totally botching the two-minute drill is curious. The Chargers' secondary got eaten up by Plaxico Burress inExpand Description
Have to drop the Chargers, but there is no shame in losing on the East Coast to a good team. It was disappointing to give up an 11-point lead, and totally botching the two-minute drill is curious. The Chargers' secondary got eaten up by Plaxico Burress in the red zone. Collapse Description
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8

4-2 2 6/30
After their bye week, the Bills now host the Redskins and the Jets. They need to beat the 'Skins to keep pace with New England, but holding serve against the Jets will have a major impact within the division.
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4-3 2 5/14
The Falcons found their stride with their game plan in Detroit, finishing with 129 yards rushing and playing punishing defense. Tony Gonzalez settled into his position as the second-leading receiver in the history of the game. Roddy White made maybe the bExpand Description
The Falcons found their stride with their game plan in Detroit, finishing with 129 yards rushing and playing punishing defense. Tony Gonzalez settled into his position as the second-leading receiver in the history of the game. Roddy White made maybe the best catch of the year at the back of the end zone. Collapse Description
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10

4-3 3 5/13
The Texans have survived a difficult first half of the season. After dominating the Titans, they seem poised to put the division away. It is hard not to expect the other shoe to drop as we wait to see if the Texans can deliver, finally, on the promise of Expand Description
The Texans have survived a difficult first half of the season. After dominating the Titans, they seem poised to put the division away. It is hard not to expect the other shoe to drop as we wait to see if the Texans can deliver, finally, on the promise of their potential. Collapse Description
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11

5-2 4 4/15
The Lions' defense has been run through the past two weeks, and that has to be a concern for coach Jim Schwartz. Likewise, the lack of a running game, or a runner for that matter, may prove to be a problem for the Lions, who are coming up on a difficult pExpand Description
The Lions' defense has been run through the past two weeks, and that has to be a concern for coach Jim Schwartz. Likewise, the lack of a running game, or a runner for that matter, may prove to be a problem for the Lions, who are coming up on a difficult part of their schedule. Collapse Description
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12

4-2 - 5/19
After the Giants dispatch the Dolphins this week, they embark on a brutal second-half schedule. A 5-2 start is a must, given the rest of the schedule. If they make the playoff's, they will have earned it.
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13

4-3 1 4/17
In the next month, New York has a chance to do some major damage within the division. They have two games against the Bills and a rematch with the Patriots. In order to win those games, they are going to have to find a way to generate pressure without briExpand Description
In the next month, New York has a chance to do some major damage within the division. They have two games against the Bills and a rematch with the Patriots. In order to win those games, they are going to have to find a way to generate pressure without bringing six and seven men. Collapse Description
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14

4-3 2 7/22
I don't understand why it always takes the Bears a little while at the beginning of the season to crack the code. But once again, they are beginning to show signs of the balance that is their winning formula. If the takeaways continue to pile up like theyExpand Description
I don't understand why it always takes the Bears a little while at the beginning of the season to crack the code. But once again, they are beginning to show signs of the balance that is their winning formula. If the takeaways continue to pile up like they did vs Tampa Bay, the Bears could make a run akin to last year. Collapse Description
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4-2 2 10/31
It was a good week's work even in a bye week. The Bengals picked up potentially two first-round draft picks by trading a player they had pretty much written off while sitting at 4-2 with a three-game winning streak. The Bengals have a great chance of imprExpand Description
It was a good week's work even in a bye week. The Bengals picked up potentially two first-round draft picks by trading a player they had pretty much written off while sitting at 4-2 with a three-game winning streak. The Bengals have a great chance of improving to 6-2 over the next two weeks, but then they have to face the Steelers and Ravens back to back. If they can split that tandem, they will be in business. Collapse Description
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16

4-3 7 8/30
Don't know what to make of the loss in London, as Josh Freeman looked absolutely terrible. Great time for a bye week to prepare for a run through New Orleans, Houston and Green Bay. That stretch will determine the fate of the Bucs.
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17

2-4 1 6/23
The "Dream Team" can reclaim the title if the Eagles are able to sweep the Cowboys and Bears over the next two weeks. They are feeling better about their defense after beating the Redskins, but that may seem less impressive after watching the 'Skins lose Expand Description
The "Dream Team" can reclaim the title if the Eagles are able to sweep the Cowboys and Bears over the next two weeks. They are feeling better about their defense after beating the Redskins, but that may seem less impressive after watching the 'Skins lose to the Panthers. They will still need to turn their games into track meets. Collapse Description
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18

3-3 3 9/21
If DeMarco Murray's explosion for 253 yards rushing, which allowed Tony Romo to have to attempt only 24 passes, can be a template for the Cowboys going forward, then they can become a legitimate force in the NFC. If, brother, if.
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19

4-3 4 10/22
They have a favorable two-week schedule (bye, Broncos at home) to get Carson Palmer ready for the the season-defining Thursday night matchup with the Chargers on Nov. 10. Must not get away from the formula of playing good defense and running the ball. Is Expand Description
They have a favorable two-week schedule (bye, Broncos at home) to get Carson Palmer ready for the the season-defining Thursday night matchup with the Chargers on Nov. 10. Must not get away from the formula of playing good defense and running the ball. Is T.O. on the horizon? It would be fitting. Collapse Description
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20

2-5 2 20/32
Watching the continued progress of Cam Newton is worth the price of admission. Very impressed with what may have been his most efficient game thus far, against a defense that shows you a great deal and has played very well. This, combined with balance in Expand Description
Watching the continued progress of Cam Newton is worth the price of admission. Very impressed with what may have been his most efficient game thus far, against a defense that shows you a great deal and has played very well. This, combined with balance in the running game, has the arrow pointing up for the Panthers. Collapse Description
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21

3-3 2 10/28
Not sure that it matters whether John Beck or Rex Grossman is the QB right now. Tight end Fred Davis continues to be a factor in the passing game, but the Redskins have to run the ball to win and they have not done that the past two games. Defense was a lExpand Description
Not sure that it matters whether John Beck or Rex Grossman is the QB right now. Tight end Fred Davis continues to be a factor in the passing game, but the Redskins have to run the ball to win and they have not done that the past two games. Defense was a little disappointing against the Panthers. Collapse Description
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22

3-3 4 17/32
Give KC credit for keeping it together after a tough start. Sometimes, going through what the Chiefs did early in the season has the bonding effect that will make this team worth watching. After three wins against teams with a combined five wins, Monday nExpand Description
Give KC credit for keeping it together after a tough start. Sometimes, going through what the Chiefs did early in the season has the bonding effect that will make this team worth watching. After three wins against teams with a combined five wins, Monday night against the Chargers will be the key. Collapse Description
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23

3-3 2 18/31
Seattle and Cleveland could play each other 10 times, and the score would probably be the same. At least Cleveland is trying to develop a QB. Having said that, it is hard to watch him throw the ball 35 times for only 178 yards.
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24

3-3 4 13/31
After an impressive start, the Titans have fallen back to where most thought they would be this year. Tough opponents, to be sure, the past two games, but they have a chance to get healthy vs. the Colts this week. Allowing the Texans to rush for 222 yardsExpand Description
After an impressive start, the Titans have fallen back to where most thought they would be this year. Tough opponents, to be sure, the past two games, but they have a chance to get healthy vs. the Colts this week. Allowing the Texans to rush for 222 yards was a surprise. Collapse Description
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25

2-4 2 8/30
Let's keep it basic. The Broncos got a win on the road with a big fourth-quarter comeback. The first 55 minutes leave you questioning the future of Tim Tebow and the Broncos, but coach John Fox and the Broncos fans will take the wins when they come. Expand Description
Let's keep it basic. The Broncos got a win on the road with a big fourth-quarter comeback. The first 55 minutes leave you questioning the future of Tim Tebow and the Broncos, but coach John Fox and the Broncos fans will take the wins when they come. Collapse Description
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26

1-6 3 22/32
Very impressed with Christian Ponder, albeit in a loss with rookie-like numbers. Remember that he, of all the drafted QBs, came out of the most pro-ready offense. The Vikings are doing the right thing developing him and must start thinking about the next Expand Description
Very impressed with Christian Ponder, albeit in a loss with rookie-like numbers. Remember that he, of all the drafted QBs, came out of the most pro-ready offense. The Vikings are doing the right thing developing him and must start thinking about the next step: What else has to develop for next year? Collapse Description
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2-5 1 26/31
Pretty impressive performance against the Ravens in front of a national audience Monday night. Forcing early turnovers and winning the field-position battle in the first half was the major difference in this game. Great win for Jack Del Rio and his coachiExpand Description
Pretty impressive performance against the Ravens in front of a national audience Monday night. Forcing early turnovers and winning the field-position battle in the first half was the major difference in this game. Great win for Jack Del Rio and his coaching staff. Collapse Description
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28

2-4 5 15/31
I'm not sure where Seattle goes from here, but it needs to start with getting a franchise quarterback. Good news for the Seahawks, it looks like a good year in the draft for college quarterbacks.
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1-5 5 14/30
Coach Ken Whisenhunt has a lot more on his list of issues than Kevin Kolb. That is where everyone wants to lay the blame, but poor defensive play and the inability to run the ball is at the heart of their issues.
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0-6 2 20/32
It is hard to reward a team two spots in the rankings for losing a 15-point lead in less than five minutes, but St. Louis and Indianapolis were just that much worse. Tony Sparano is handling this situation in the right way. He is not the one to ask aboutExpand Description
It is hard to reward a team two spots in the rankings for losing a 15-point lead in less than five minutes, but St. Louis and Indianapolis were just that much worse. Tony Sparano is handling this situation in the right way. He is not the one to ask about his future. He will remain focused on trying to win the next game until someone tells him not to. Collapse Description
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0-6 1 24/31
Giving up 253 yards rushing to a rookie who has done nothing up to this point will bring into serious question what the Rams are doing. Steve Spagnuolo's credentials will likely begin to be called into question, given his experience on the defensive side Expand Description
Giving up 253 yards rushing to a rookie who has done nothing up to this point will bring into serious question what the Rams are doing. Steve Spagnuolo's credentials will likely begin to be called into question, given his experience on the defensive side of the ball. In fairness, he has been dealt a bad hand with lack of talent, injury and schedule. Collapse Description
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0-7 1 13/32
This goes beyond just the loss of Peyton Manning. There are several teams at the bottom of this list without a quarterback that would not have lost to the Saints 62-7.
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