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Rant Sports Official NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

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Rant Sports' Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

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Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

More upsets equal more drama in the NFL and who would have it any other way? Those who predicted the Green Bay Packers to beat the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football didn’t forecast the absolute demolition that took place at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Six touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers?

Holy Hannah...

What about the Seattle Seahawks topping the New England Patriots? Predicting that was about as likely as predicting Richard Sherman getting in Tom Brady’s face afterward.

All of these exciting happenings in Week 6 of NFL play, including Peyton Manning’s historic comeback in San Diego on Monday Night Football, have led us to arguably the most uncharacteristic set of power rankings in recent memory. We hope you enjoy! Special thanks to the following RantSports.com writers who contributed:

Andy Schmidt

Derek Kessinger

Joe Morrone

Trisity Miller

James Taylor

Patrick Schmidt

Shannon Smallwood

Clyde Speller

Jeff Shull

Curt Popejoy

Tyler Brett

Jason Evans

Jon Presser

Ryan Ruiz

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32. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

The Jaguars started off their season well, but haven’t done much since. A trip to Oakland probably won’t change that.

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31. Kansas City Chiefs

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Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The 1-5 Chiefs are well on their way to the first overall pick and get a much-needed bye in Week 7.

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30. Tennessee Titans

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Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

The Tennessee Titans (2-4) saved their season with a win over the Steelers in Week 6 and hit the road to play the inconsistent Bills in Week 7.

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29. Oakland Raiders

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Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

The Oakland Raiders (1-4) almost beat the Falcons this week and will likely take out their frustration on the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars next.

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28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Buccaneers (2-3) crushed the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6 and get the awful Saints at home next.

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27. Indianapolis Colts

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Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The Indianapolis Colts (2-3) got demolished by the Jets (weird to say, we know) and get the red hot Browns (also weird) at home next.

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26. Cleveland Browns

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David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

The 1-5 Cleveland Browns got their first win of the season in Week 6.

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25. Carolina Panthers

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Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

At 1-4, the Carolina Panthers are absolutely reeling and get the inconsistent Cowboys at home next.

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24. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

The Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) are not off to a good start to the season and now must go on the road to Cincinnati for a primetime game in Week 7.

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23. New York Jets

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Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

The Jets (3-3) finally found the way to win in Week 6, but will likely forget it by the time they get to New England in Week 7.

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22. New Orleans Saints

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Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The New Orleans Saints (1-4) are not good. Period. If they can’t beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road this week after a bye, they can kiss this season goodbye.

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21. Detroit Lions

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Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

The Lions (2-3) are slowly climbing back from a slow start and a win over the reeling Eagles is definitely a step in the right direction.

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20. St. Louis Rams

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Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The St. Louis Rams (3-3) gave up a surefire win to the surprising Dolphins. Every time the Rams gain some momentum, some teams bursts their bubble.

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19. Cincinnati Bengals

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Raj Mehta-US PRESSWIRE

The Cincinnati Bengals (3-3) got beat the Cleveland Browns in Week 6, which is...interesting.

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18. San Diego Chargers

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Chuck Cook-US PRESSWIRE

The Chargers (3-3) are likely in for a coaching change after a 24-point blown lead on Monday Night Football.

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17. Dallas Cowboys

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Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

The Cowboys (2-3) continued their inconsistent play by beating the Ravens in every aspect of the game except points on Sunday. Shocking, we know.

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16. Buffalo Bills

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Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The Buffalo Bills (3-3) fit right in with all the other .500 teams in the AFC East after knocking off the Cardinals in Week 6.

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15. Philadelphia Eagles

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Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

The Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) can’t win for losing. Rookie quarterback Nick Foles might replace the $100 million man, Michael Vick, if that doesn’t change.

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14. Miami Dolphins

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Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The 3-3 Miami Dolphins get a bye in Week 7 before they get another shot to show they’re for real.

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13. Washington Redskins

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Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Redskins beat the Vikings in a shootout on Sunday to improve to .500 but haven’t shown any consistency this year. A trip to New York likely won’t help that.

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12. Denver Broncos

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Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

A 24-point halftime deficit is nothing for Peyton Manning. The Denver Broncos scored 35 unanswered points in the second half on Monday night to beat the reeling San Diego Chargers and improve to .500.

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11. Arizona Cardinals

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Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The Arizona Cardinals started the season off very strong at 4-0 but have since lost two straight. A trip to Minnesota might make it three.

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10. New England Patriots

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Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

The Patriots are just 3-3 through six games this year and their most recent one ending in a loss to the Seahawks. New England gets the inconsistent yet dangerous New York Jets at home next.

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9. Minnesota Vikings

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Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Who would have thought the Minnesota Vikings would have been 4-2 after six games with a sophomore quarterback and an ailing Adrian Peterson? Well they are and are playing relatively consistent.

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8. Seattle Seahawks

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Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

The surprising Seahawks (4-2) knocked off the defending AFC champs on Sunday and then trash talked them afterward. Seattle looks to be more than just a flash in the pan.

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7. Green Bay Packers

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Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

The Packers silenced all critics with the most dominant performance of the season on Sunday night when they absolutely crushed the then-undefeated Texans. At this point, Green Bay’s 3-3 record looks very deceiving.

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6. Chicago Bears

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Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

One of only three one-loss teams left, the Chicago Bears got a bye in Week 6, but get a dangerous Detroit Lions team at home in Week 7.

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5. San Francisco 49ers

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Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

The 49ers (4-2) came away from Sunday’s beating scratching their heads, but as dominant as they’ve been for most of this season, they should be fine.

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4. New York Giants

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Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

In a rematch of the 2011 NFC title game, the New York Giants crushed the San Francisco 49ers. New York’s 4-2 record doesn’t its Week 6 performance nearly enough justice.

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3. Baltimore Ravens

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James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

The Ravens (5-1) survived a scare at home from the Dallas Cowboys and have another tough test against the one-loss Texans up next.

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2. Houston Texans

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Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

The Texans looked like the best team in the league until they were derailed by the Packers on Sunday night. With the 5-1 Baltimore Ravens up next, Houston might drop in these rankings a week from now.

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1. Atlanta Falcons

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Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Falcons are the only undefeated team left in the NFL after six weeks. At 6-0, it appears the road to the Super Bowl will go through the Dirty Bird city in 2012.