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NFL News: NFL Power Rankings For Week 7 As Of 10/15/14

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Here are the NFL power rankings as we get ready for Week 7 of the 2014 season.

1. Dallas Cowboys - The Dallas Cowboys did the impossible by beating the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, and did so by dominating them on both sides of the ball. Like it or not, the Dallas Cowboys are for real.

NFL News: NFL Power Rankings For Week 7 As Of 10/15/14

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2. Denver Broncos - The Denver Broncos have been a little shaky lately and now may struggle more without a healthy Montee Ball. Stilly, Peyton Manning is good enough to carry Denver in most games.

3. Seattle Seahawks - I’m starting to think the Seattle Seahawks are getting what the Miami Heat had a couple years of ago. Lack of motivation in the regular season? Either way, the Seahawks are still one of the better teams in the league and are tough to beat anywhere.

4. San Diego Chargers - The San Diego Chargers have won five straight games against mostly subpar competition. The Chargers schedule starts to pick up and we’ll see just how legit they are soon enough.

5. Indianapolis Colts - The Indianapolis Colts were my preseason Super Bowl pick, and they’re finally starting to play like a potential championship team. And don’t look now, but Trent Richardson has scored in two of his last three games.

6. Philadelphia Eagles - Maybe my eyes are fooling me, but I think the Philadelphia Eagles pitched a shutout last week. Letting Philly’s defense gain any confidence is absolutely scary for the rest of the NFC that already had to worry about their offensive attack.

7. New England Patriots - Remember when everybody was writing Tom Brady off as an elite quarterback?  The 37-year-old has six touchdown passes and zero interceptions in his last two games.

8. Baltimore Ravens - The Baltimore Ravens have won eight straight regular season games when scoring more than 21 points. With their improved offense, this trend could continue for many weeks.

9. Detroit Lions - Guess what team is allowing the fewest yards per game and has the most sacks? The answer is the Detroit Lions. As if Stafford and Calvin Johnson weren’t enough to deal with.

10. Green Bay Packers - The Green Bay Packers have won three straight games since Aaron Rodgers told everybody to relax. A last-second win over the Miami Dolphins was a huge confidence boost for the Packers moving forward.

11. Cincinnati Bengals - The last two weeks haven’t been pretty for the Cincinnati Bengals, especially after their kicker misses a cheap shot to prevent a tie against the Carolina Panthers. We’ll learn more about Cincy this week against the Indianapolis Colts.

12. San Francisco 49ers - Just like that the San Francisco 49ers have won three straight games and head into Denver with some momentum. Now isn’t the time to start sleeping on the 49ers.

13. Arizona Cardinals -  The Arizona Cardinals have Carson Palmer back at quarterback and a defense that is ranked third against the run. An improved offense could do wonders for this Arizona team.

14. Carolina Panthers - I still have no idea what’s up with the Carolina Panthers defense, but the improved play of quarterback Cam Newton is enough to put this team back on the map somewhat.

15. Cleveland Browns - The Cleveland Browns have won three of their last four games and have the third best rushing attack in the league. The Browns are gaining some steam and slowly changing their losing culture. There’s still room left on the Cleveland bandwagon.

16. Chicago Bears - Two of the Chicago Bears three losses have been decided by one possession and a road win over the Atlanta Falcons was impressive. The Bears have won four straight when Jay Cutler doesn’t throw an interception.

17. New Orleans Saints - We’ll quickly learn what the New Orleans Saints are all about. I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt with them coming off a bye.

18. Kansas City Chiefs - The Kansas City Chiefs were on a bit of a hot streak before their bye week. KC is starting to look a little like last year’s team but needs Alex Smith to start showing he’s worth that big boy money.

19. Houston Texans - The Houston Texans had games against the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts come down to the wire. The Texans are a lot more competitive than a year ago and just need breaks to start going their way.

20. New York Giants - The New York Giants  laid an egg against the Philadelphia Eagles, which set back some of their progress. The bright side is that Eli Manning has thrown just one interception in his last four games.

21. Miami Dolphins - The Miami Dolphins went toe-to-toe with the Green Bay Packers and probably should have won. The Dolphins are one of the better losing teams in the league and have a chance to prove that this week against the Chicago Bears.

22. Atlanta Falcons - The Atlanta Falcons have lost four of their last five games and are playing horrible defense. It’s starting to look like last year’s failures weren’t a fluke.

23. Buffalo Bills - The Buffalo Bills have competed and beaten some of the better teams in the league. Next year the Bills should mature into a legit playoff contender.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers - For three straight weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers have either lost or struggled to beat some of the worst teams in the league. It’s getting so rocky that former Steelers are now criticizing this year’s squad.

25. Minnesota Vikings - If the Minnesota Vikings could get even decent quarterback play, they’d be a team to watch out for. Until then, the Vikings will remain somewhat competitive but continue to lose.

26. New York Jets - It’s the same song and dance with the New York Jets. Um, when is Michael Vick going to start?

27. Washington Redskins - Boy, things have gotten ugly for the Washington Redskins pretty quickly, huh? It seems like a decade ago the Redskins were happy with a moral victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

28. St. Louis Rams - The St. Louis Rams have hung around with most of their opponents, but they’re still an ugly 1-4 on the season. This week’s matchup against Seattle could get ugly.

29. Tennessee Titans -  The good news for the Tennessee Titans is that they didn’t become the first team to lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The bad news is that they almost became the first team to lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

30. Oakland Raiders - The Oakland Raiders still have lost double-digit games in a row, but they did hang around with a solid San Diego Chargers team last week. That’s more than what the two teams below can say.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Hey, at least the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can’t lose this week due to a bye.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars - Besides Blake Bortles, the Jacksonville Jaguars have shown little signs of life. For god sakes, Jacksonville is averaging less than 70 rushing yards per game!

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