NFL Week 7 Power Rankings: Dak Prescott’s Cowboys Continue Upward Climb


Here’s a look at where each team stands in’s NFL power rankings as we head into Week 7. (To see our Week 6 rankings, click here.)

1. New England Patriots (5-1; last week: 1): The Pats overcame a slow start to beat the Bengals on Sunday and improve to 2-0 with Tom Brady at the helm.

2. Minnesota Vikings (5-0; 2): Idle.

3. Seattle Seahawks (4-1; 6): A fourth-quarter rally — and a blatant missed pass interference call — propelled Seattle past Atlanta in the best game of the weekend.

4. Dallas Cowboys (5-1; 7): It’s now clear Dak Prescott can play. The question now is what the Cowboys should do with him once Tony Romo is ready to return.

5. Atlanta Falcons (4-2; 8): I mean, c’mon.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2; 3): The Steelers lost to the 1-4 Dolphins and won’t have Ben Roethlisberger for this Sunday’s showdown with the Patriots.

7. Green Bay Packers (3-2; 4): Aaron Rodgers has looked very un-Aaron Rodgers-like of late.

8. Denver Broncos (4-2; 5): The reigning Super Bowl champs have dropped two straight after starting 4-0.

9. Buffalo Bills (4-2; 11): The Bills looked dead in the water after Week 2. They haven’t lost since, extending their win streak to four game with a 45-16 demolition of the miserable 49ers.

10. Kansas City Chiefs (3-2; 12): K.C. blanked Oakland in the second half to win 26-10 in a game that could have major AFC West implications.

11. Oakland Raiders (4-2; 9): The Raiders technically sit in first place in the AFC West even after losing to the Chiefs.

12. Arizona Cardinals (3-3; 13): Wins over the bottom-feeding Niners and Jets have helped Bruce Arians’ club climb back to .500.

13. Washington Redskins (4-2; 17): The Skins are riding a sneaky four-game winning streak after beating the division rival Eagles.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2; 10): That’s two straight losses now for Carson Wentz & Co.

15. Houston Texans (4-2; 15): The Texans prevailed in overtime against the Colts in a surprisingly entertaining Sunday night tilt.

16. Cincinnati Bengals (3-3; 14): Cincy kept it close for 30 minutes against the Pats before coming undone — in more ways than one — in a 35-17 loss.

17. New York Giants (3-3; 18): The G-Men edged the Ravens after managing just seven first-half points.

18. Detroit Lions (3-3; 23): The Lions are nipping at the second-place Packers’ heels in the NFC North.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3; 22): Idle.

20. San Diego Chargers (2-4; 24): The Chargers are a better team than their unsightly record would indicate.

21. Tennessee Titans (3-3; 21): Marcus Mariota’s big day helped the Titans hold off the winless Browns.

22. Carolina Panthers (1-5; 13): The NFL’s biggest disappointment, bar none.

23. Baltimore Ravens (3-3; 19): Since starting 3-0, it’s been loss, loss, loss for Baltimore.

24. Los Angeles Rams (3-3; 20): Jeff Fisher is back in his natural habitat at .500.

25. Miami Dolphins (2-4; 29): Raise your hand if you predicted Jay Ajayi would be the first player this season to rush for more than 200 yards in a game. No, you didn’t, put your hand down.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3; 26): Arrelious Benn (remember him?) caught the game-winning touchdown in the Jags’ come-from-behind win over the Bears.

27. New Orleans Saints (2-3; 28): The Saints held off the free-falling Panthers in a 79-point barnburner.

28. Indianapolis Colts (2-4; 25): The Colts are not a better team than their unsightly record would indicate.

29. New York Jets (1-5; 27): The Jets are a disaster.

30. Chicago Bears (1-5; 30): Chicago held the Jags scoreless through three quarters, then allowed 17 fourth-quarter points in a 17-16 loss. Woof.

31. San Francisco 49ers (1-5; 31): Turns out Colin Kaepernick is not an upgrade over Blaine Gabbert.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-6; 32): This has been Cleveland’s year. Apparently, the Browns never got that memo.

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