NFL Power Rankings: Raiders climb; 49ers easily not one of best teams
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32) Cleveland (0-7)
Five quarterbacks, not including Terrelle Pryor, have already seen significant playing time. The Browns claimed Joe Callahan off waivers. It won’t be long before he gets his chance.
31) 49ers (1-6)
Even the bye week can be expected to run roughshod through this shabby defense. But don’t tell that to Aaron Lynch, who still believes the 49ers are “one of the best teams in the NFL, easily. Hands down.”
30) Chicago (1-6)
Matt Barkley is waiting for Jay Cutler to tap him on the shoulder.
29) Jacksonville (2-4)
Wasn’t it just last year Blake Bortles was considered one of the game’s top young quarterbacks? What the heck happened to him?
28) N.Y. Jets (2-5)
Ryan Fitzpatrick, still mightily annoyed that he was benched in the first place, is back as the starter after Geno Smith’s season-ending injury. Coach Todd Bowles, referencing his upset quarterback, came through with one of the quotes of the season: “If pissed off is going to stop the turnovers, I’m more than happy to have him play pissed off.”
27) Carolina (1-5)
At least nobody can accuse Cam Newton of being a good loser. It does not get much easier, as the Panthers return from the bye week to face the Cardinals in a rematch of the NFC Championship Game.
26) New Orleans (2-4)
The Saints should keep running back Mark Ingram well-rested this week against the Seahawks, knowing he is going to have a career day on Nov. 6 at Levi’s Stadium.
25) Tennessee (3-4)
All that stands between the Titans and a .500 record at the midway point is a home game against the Jaguars.
24) Baltimore (3-4)
The Ravens made NFL history by losing consecutive road games in the same stadium to different teams in back-to-back weeks against the Giants and Jets.
23) Los Angeles (3-4)
The sun could soon be rising on the Jared Goff era.
22) Tampa Bay (3-3)
Jameis Winston is much better when the Bucs are running the ball effectively. Facing the 49ers was a confidence-booster.
21) Miami (3-4)
Jay Ajayi joins O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams as the only running backs in league history with back-to-back 200-yard games.
20) Indianapolis (3-4)
With 495 yards in seven games, Frank Gore is on pace for the Colts’ first 1,000-yard season since Joseph Addai in 2007.
19) San Diego (3-4)
It could be a lot better. The Chargers’ four losses are by a combined 14 points.
18) Cincinnati (3-4)
The low-scoring offense needed a Hail Mary touchdown pass and a 74-yard run to score more than 23 points for the first time this season. The Bengals scored less than 24 points only four times last season.
17) Arizona (3-3-1)
Bruce Arians to kicker Chandler Catanzaro after his miss in overtime led to a tie with Seahawks: “This ain’t high school, baby. You get paid to make it.”
16) Buffalo (4-3)
The Bills go for the season sweep against the top-ranked Patriots, who will have a different quarterback this time around.
15) Washington (4-3)
After letting one slip away in Detroit, Washington heads to London to face the desperate Bengals.
14) Detroit (4-3)
Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick of 2009, is playing like it in his eighth NFL season.
13) N.Y. Giants (4-3)
Safety Landon Collins’ pick-six to highlight the win over the L.A. Rams was the best play of the first half of the season.
12) Houston (4-3)
There are no regrets in Denver that Brock Osweiler was allowed to get away.
11) Pittsburgh (4-3)
The Steelers have lost two consecutive games. "If this was the playoffs, I'd be out there," said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus last Monday.
10) Atlanta (4-3)
After brutal back-to-back losses to Seattle and San Diego, the Falcons try to get back on track with a visit from the Packers on Sunday.
9) Raiders (5-2)
Derek Carr is keeping both of his receivers happy. Amari Cooper is third in the NFL with 614 receiving yards, and Michael Crabtree leads everyone with six touchdown receptions.
8) Kansas City (4-2)
Yep, it was four years ago that Alex Smith was benched for Colin Kaepernick.
7) Philadelphia (4-2)
Special teams helped the Eagles overcome a rough day for Carson Wentz to send the Vikings to their first defeat of the season.
6) Denver (5-2)
Peyton Manning threw nine touchdowns with 17 interceptions last season and won a Super Bowl with this defense. First-year starter Trevor Siemian: eight touchdowns and three interceptions.
5) Green Bay (4-2)
The injuries are piling up, as the Packers could face Matt Ryan on Sunday without their top three cornerbacks.
4) Seattle (4-1-1)
Although their kicker blew the game last, the Seahawks’ 6-6 tie at Arizona was akin to holding serve against their biggest NFC West challenger.
3) Dallas (5-1)
Tony Romo’s return is getting close. And that means he will soon be the highest-paid backup in NFL history.
2) Minnesota (5-1)
After a turnover-free and perfect start to the season, Sam Bradford threw an interception and lost two fumbles as the Vikings fell from the ranks of the unbeaten against the Eagles. The champagne corks popped for the ’72 Dolphins.
1) New England (6-1)
Bill Belichick and his team are on a mission, and not even Microsoft can escape his wrath.