NFL Week 7 Power Rankings 2022
From the NFC East’s surprise supremacy to the 4-2 New York Jets, it’s been difficult to anticipate what will happen week to week. This is reflected in the Power Rankings. However, a new No. 1 club may be seen after the Buffalo Bills defeated the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday (16 Oct 2022), and the state of New York now has three teams in the top ten.
In addition to updated rankings, new voting had been done by NFL Nation reporters from throughout the league and asked to suggest one aspect that the general public got wrong about each team. Reporters look at expectations that have been reached and those that have not been realized over the first six weeks of the season.
As per the rankings, below are the top teams that can be seen:
- Buffalo Bills: The Buffalo Bills were expected to be the top team in the league, and teams have proven why many thought they could be the best. Quarterback Josh Allen is excelling at an MVP level, and pass-rusher Von Miller is delivering as expected with six sacks. Many observers did not expect the Bills to maintain winning despite the absence of important players. Buffalo has had numerous starters injured, including safety Micah Hyde, who suffered a season-ending neck injury. The squad is getting healthier, but the backups have largely performed admirably, demonstrating how well-rounded GM Brandon Beane’s roster is.
- Philadelphia Eagles: According to the quarterback, Jalen Hurts will improve in his second full season as the starter, but he is not expected to be in the early MVP conversation. His progress in the passing game has been especially impressive. Through six games, he is seventh in completion percentage (66.8%), up from 26th last year (61.3%). He ranks third in yards per attempt (8.23), and he has only two turnovers while dropping back 221 times and running 77 times. The Eagles’ undefeated record is largely due to injuries.
- Kansas City Chiefs: The pass rush has improved, with 14 sacks in five games. The Chiefs were 29th in the NFL with 31 sacks over 17 games last season. When the Chiefs don’t blitz, they need to enhance their pass rush with their front four other than Chris Jones. The Chiefs’ defensive lineman have eight sacks, including three from Jones. The remaining six are held by linebackers or defensive backs.
- Minnesota Vikings: After an unusual summer fueled by sports performance theories, there was significant pessimism that coach Kevin O’Connell would have the team physically prepared for the start of the season. Despite a schematic redesign, key players saw little to no preseason action, and there were only a few very physical workouts. Not only were the Vikings prepared to start 5-1, but 21 of their 22 starters have started every game. The lone exception was safety Harrison Smith, who was sidelined for one game due to a concussion.
- New York Giants: This season, the Giants were not anticipated to win many games. The team hadn’t won more than six games in any of the previous five seasons. But all that is done so far is win, whether it’s by going for two in the opening, shutting down Aaron Rodgers in the second half, or collecting their first interception of the season to beat Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. It makes little difference that the Giants are ranked 23rd in total offense and 15th in defense. Coach Brian Daboll has this team believing and determined to win. They’ve outscored opponents in the second half 87-49.
- Dallas Cowboys: First and foremost, nothing went wrong. People believe that the defense will be a strength and that the run game will be better than projected. Nobody outside of the franchise thought that the team would win four straight games without Dak Prescott, and no one else did either. Cooper Rush deserves a lot of credit for what he was able to accomplish while Prescott was out. He has earned a spot as a backup in the NFL for as long as someone needs him to be a backup. He saved the season since there was nothing but despair and gloom following Prescott’s injured thumb in the season opener. The Cowboys play Detroit and Chicago before heading into the bye week. If Prescott plays as expected, the Cowboys will be in the thick of the playoff chase.
- Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens were expected to have the finest secondary in the NFL when they arrived. However, Baltimore ranks 28th in pass defense, allowing an average of 267.7 yards via the air. The true issue has come in the fourth quarter when the Ravens have given up 552 yards passing and six touchdown passes. This is surprising given that Baltimore has three first-round picks in the secondary (cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, as well as Kyle Hamilton) and a top free-agent acquisition (safety Marcus Williams). It will be difficult without Williams, who is sidelined for a lengthy period of time after dislocating his wrist in Week 5.
- Los Angeles Chargers: After finishing among the weakest units in the NFL (No. 29 overall) in 2021, yielding an average of 27 points per game, it was widely expected that the Bolts defence would rocket up the rankings following big summer personnel reinforcements. Despite the signings of All-Pro edge rusher Khalil Mack, Pro Bowl cornerback J.C. Jackson, and defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day, the Chargers’ defence (No. 26 overall) remains among the league’s worst, allowing an average of 25.3 points per game. And a lack of improvement and performance cannot be put only on the absence of Pro Bowl edge rusher Joey Bosa, who was placed on injured reserve after suffering groyne surgery in Week 3.
- New York Jets: The rookie class is maturing faster than predicted. Cornerback Sauce Gardner and running back Breece Hall have made such an impression that they should be considered for Defensive and Offensive Rookie of the Year, respectively. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Gardner has eight pass breakups, one interception, and has only allowed one reception in man coverage. Hall took over as the starter for Michael Carter and now ranks seventh in the league with 609 yards from scrimmage.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The 2022 Buccaneers do not appear to be the same club that won the Super Bowl in 2020 or scored 30 points on opponents last year. They are averaging 20 points a game and scoring touchdowns on only half of their red zone drives, ranking them 21st in the NFL. They scored touchdowns on 64.4% of their red zone drives last season.
- Los Angeles Rams: It was hoped that wide receiver Allen Robinson II would come in and make an early impact alongside Cooper Kupp. While Robinson is coming off his finest game of the season for the Rams (five catches for 63 yards and a touchdown), he has struggled to connect with Matthew Stafford for much of the season. The pair – and the Rams’ offense – took a step forward on Sunday, but it remains to be seen whether they can maintain their production against tougher opponents in the coming weeks.
- Cincinnati Bengals: An upgraded offensive line did not result in an immediate improvement in offense. Despite replacing 80% of the starting five in the offseason and significantly improving blocking rates, the Bengals trailed in several crucial measures. That might be attributed to a variety of causes, including QB Joe Burrow’s emergency appendectomy prior to the season’s start. Cincinnati is currently in the middle of the pack in terms of projected yards per play, but a 30-26 victory over the New Orleans Saints suggested that the unit may be on the rise.
- Green Bay Packers: If only there was one thing. On offense, the Packers’ six-game point total is the lowest in Aaron Rodgers’ career. Even without Davante Adams, this was not expected due to players like Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. The defense, which is stocked with first-round choices and high-priced free agents and was expected to be a top-tier defense, is still unable to stop the run. Even the special teams, which appeared to be greatly improved, reverted Sunday, with both a field goal and a punt blocked. That’s how an overwhelming division favorite can fall so rapidly to mediocrity.
- New England Patriots: The fear at the start of the season was that the offense, overseen by coaches Matt Patricia and Joe Judge with backgrounds in defense and special teams, would be an Achilles’ heel. Instead, the coaches have played an important role in bringing rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe up to speed in an emergency circumstance. Zappe is 2-0 as a starter, going 51-of-70 for 596 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in just over 11 quarters.
- Tennessee Titans: Ryan Tannehill has thrown 26 touchdown passes to tight ends since taking over as Tennessee’s starter in 2019. Veteran free agent Austin Hooper appeared to be a perfect fit to benefit from Tannehill’s propensity to use the tight ends. During training camp, Hooper and Tannehill worked hard to develop chemistry. Back in July, Hooper appeared to be on his way to a strong season based on how frequently the two players connected in practice. However, this has not been the case. Through five games, Hooper has only caught six catches for 55 yards and has failed to score a touchdown.