2013 NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Patriots Pull Off Miraculous Win Against Saints

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2013 NFL Power Rankings Week 7

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It's hard to believe we're already one-third of the way through the 2013 NFL season and without wasting any more time--let's take a look at the 2013 NFL Power Rankings for Week 7.

As expected, Sunday's games were filled with plenty of excitement once again as the game of the week was easily the matchup between the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots. The Saints appeared to be on their way to another impressive win on the road, but Tom Brady rallied the troops in the final seconds to help pull off the last-second win--leaving Rob Ryan with one of the greatest looks of frustration we may see all year.

Along with the Patriots, the San Francisco 49ers look like they're back to being the dominant team that represented the NFC in last year's Super Bowl as they improved to 4-2 following a big win over the Arizona Cardinals. Now that Frank Gore and the ground game seem to be playing at a consistent level, anything is possible with this San Francisco team and it will be interesting to see if they can keep things going over the next couple of weeks.

Finally, what better way to end Week 6 other than a quarterback controversy with the Philadelphia Eagles as Nick Foles looked impressive once again in the team's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers--leaving many wondering whether or not this team really needs Michael Vick after all. There's plenty of questions in need of answers heading into next week, but here's a look at the 2013 NFL Power Rankings for Week 7 before we get there.

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32. Jacksonville Jaguars 0-6 (32)

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After five weeks of frustration, at least the Jacksonville Jaguars gave the Denver Broncos a scare in the first half of Sunday's game when nobody gave them a chance of even coming close.

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31. New York Giants 0-6 (31)

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Another week, another frustrating loss by the New York Giants as this team continues to find new ways to disappoint each week. Who would have thought Eli Manning would have 15 interceptions over the first six games of the regular season at the beginning of the year?

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30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-5 (30)

Buccaneers
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That hot seat is sure getting warm for Greg Schiano as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost yet another game in which they were leading at halftime. It was nice to see Vincent Jackson finally have a big game, but it's easy to see why fans are so frustrated over this team that many considered a sleeper at the beginning of the season.

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29. Washington Redskins 1-4 (27)

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Once again, there are plenty of questions surrounding whether or not the Washington Redskins rushed Robert Griffin III back too quickly as he's now recorded just one touchdown pass over the last three games. Believe it or not though--this team is still in the hunt for the division considering they play in the NFC East.

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28. Minnesota Vikings 1-4 (26)

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The Minnesota Vikings had no answers against the Carolina Panthers as the offense couldn't seem to get anything consistent going, but keep in mind this team had a lot on their minds with the horrific news surrounding Adrian Peterson losing his two-year-old son earlier in the week.

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27. Houston Texans 2-4 (15)

Texans
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What on earth has happened to the Houston Texans? If anything, a game against the St. Louis Rams seemed to be just what this team needed to get back on track, but they were flat-out embarrassed on their own field instead.

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26. Atlanta Falcons 1-4 (25)

Falcons
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The argument can be made that no team needed the bye week more than the Atlanta Falcons as they're off to a disappointing 1-4 start. For a team that finished with the best record during the regular season last year, Matt Ryan and company better figure out a way to turn things around quickly before it's too late.

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25. Buffalo Bills 2-4 (24)

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Give the Buffalo Bills for scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals, but unfortunately that wasn't enough as they ended up losing in overtime anyway. This team has been difficult to figure out with all of the injuries they've had to deal with and there's a good chance the outcome of this game would have been different with E.J. Manuel in the lineup.

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24. Oakland Raiders 2-4 (22)

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They've looked at impressive at times this season, but the Kansas City Chiefs may have showed us the real Oakland Raiders on Sunday as they looked awful against their division rivals. No team will ever win a game if they give up eight sacks and that statistic alone shows just how long of a day it was for the Raiders on offense.

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23. Pittsburgh Steelers 1-4 (29)

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It's about time the Pittsburgh Steelers picked up their first win of the 2013 season. Even if it was against the New York Jets, at least the Steelers' defense finally showed up to play.

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22. Carolina Panthers 2-3 (28)

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If Cam Newton could play at that high level every Sunday like he did against the Vikings, the Carolina Panthers would have a better record than 2-3 heading into Week 7--just saying.

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21. Cleveland Browns 3-3 (17)

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Do you think the Cleveland Browns miss Brian Hoyer yet? The Browns actually looked like they were heading towards a fourth victory until they decided to not score any points in the second half against the Detroit Lions.

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20. Arizona Cardinals 3-3 (18)

Cardinals
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It was close, but unfortunately the Arizona Cardinals just didn't show up in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. On the bright side--at least Larry Fitzgerald (six catches for 117 yards with one touchdown) displayed a solid performance.

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19. New York Jets 3-3 (16)

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If the New York Jets are really going to compete in the AFC East, Geno Smith is going to need to figure out a way to be consistent as he struggled against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. It's difficult to understand how this team could go on the road and beat the Falcons, but lose at home to the previously winless Steelers the next week.

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18. Philadelphia Eagles 3-3 (21)

Eagles
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All of a sudden, there seems to be a bit of a quarterback controversy with the Philadelphia Eagles considering how well Nick Foles has looked over the last two weeks--even if it was against the Giants and Buccaneers.

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17. St. Louis Rams 3-3 (23)

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The St. Louis Rams may have pulled off one of the most impressive wins of Week 6 after crushing the Texans in Houston to get back to .500 on the year. Props to the Rams' defense for leading the way in this one as they managed to score two touchdowns off of a fumble and interception.

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16. San Diego Chargers 3-3 (20)

Chargers
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They only scored one touchdown, but that's all the San Diego Chargers needed against the Indianapolis Colts as the defense managed to contain Andrew Luck and company. The Chargers have been one of the most difficult teams to figure out this season as they look like contenders one week and pretenders the next.

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15. Tennessee Titans 3-3 (13)

Titans
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Everybody knew the Tennessee Titans were facing a tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, but give them credit for keeping it close. All three losses have been tough for the Titans this year, but at least they're still in the hunt in the division.

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14. Miami Dolphins 3-2 (11)

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After back-to-back losses, it will be interesting to see how the Miami Dolphins bounce back in Week 7 to see if this team really has what it takes to compete in the AFC East.

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13. Dallas Cowboys 3-3 (19)

Cowboys
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Tony Romo may not have put up similar numbers to the previous week against the Denver Broncos, but the important factor is the Dallas Cowboys came up on the winning end to remain in first place in the NFC East with the Eagles.

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12. Baltimore Ravens 3-3 (7)

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Once again, the Baltimore Ravens struggled in the ground game, but the main story from this matchup was how the defense allowed Eddie Lacy to gain 120 rushing yards.

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11. Green Bay Packers 3-2 (14)

Packers
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With the two crushing losses they already had this year, this was a big win for the Green Bay Packers on the road. Unfortunately, losing Randall Cobb for 6-8 weeks could hurt the offense moving forward.

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10. Indianapolis Colts 4-2 (4)

Colts
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Maybe all of the traveling finally caught up with them, but the Indianapolis Colts did not look good in the national spotlight playing on Monday Night Football against the Chargers. On a side note, congratulations to Reggie Wayne on reaching his 1,000th career reception.

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9. Cincinnati Bengals 4-2 (9)

Bengals
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A win is a win no matter what, but the Cincinnati Bengals nearly let this one escape them. All year we've been saying this team has the potential to be one of the best in the AFC and it was nice to finally see Andy Dalton get back on track.

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8. Chicago Bears 4-2 (12)

Bears
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Jay Cutler is playing some impressive football at the moment and Brandon Marshall continues to show why he's one of the league's top wide receivers. Of course, the main question for the Chicago Bears will be whether or not these two can remain healthy and help this team avoid a second-half collapse like previous years.

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7. Detroit Lions 4-2 (10)

Lions
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The Detroit Lions have officially matched their win total from the 2012 season and Matthew Stafford continues to show why he's one of the league's top quarterbacks now that he has 12 touchdowns and just four interceptions on the season.

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6. San Francisco 49ers 4-2 (8)

49ers
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The San Francisco 49ers finally look like the team that represented the NFC in last year's Super Bowl. Not only is it nice to see Frank Gore and the ground game looking consistent again, but talk about an impressive performance from Vernon Davis as he finished the game with eight catches for 120 yards with two touchdowns.

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5. New Orleans Saints 5-1 (2)

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The look on Rob Ryan's face at the end of the game says it all when it comes to how frustrating this loss was for the New Orleans Saints. This was a game they should have won and they know it as they just couldn't hold off Tom Brady and company at the end.

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4. New England Patriots 5-1 (6)

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In case there was any question as to why Tom Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, just look at how the New England Patriots ended Sunday's game against the Saints. It may not have looked pretty at times, but the Patriots continue to find ways to win close games without Rob Gronkowski in the lineup.

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3. Seattle Seahawks 5-1 (5)

Seahawks
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The Seattle Seahawks continue to prove why they're one of the toughest teams in the league as they pulled off another key win against the Titans. As long as Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch remain healthy, this team is going to be difficult to beat throughout the season.

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2. Kansas City Chiefs 6-0 (3)

Chiefs
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It's hard to believe how quickly Andy Reid has turned things around for the Kansas City Chiefs--especially on defense. Of course, the true test has still yet to come--which is two tough matchups against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

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1. Denver Broncos 6-0 (1)

Broncos
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It was closer than we expected in the first half, but luckily the Denver Broncos got their act together in the second half against the Jaguars. If you thought this team was scary over the first six games, just imagine what's in store with Von Miller returning to the lineup.


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