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NFL Power Rankings: Where Pats stand after win over Jets

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Week 7 of the 2021 NFL season is in the books, and what a fun week it was.

The New England Patriots steamrolled the New York Jets as Mac Jones threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Damien Harris added 14 carries, 106 yards and two TDs of his own in the 54-13 blowout.

Elsewhere in the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs' struggles continued as they were outclassed by the Tennessee Titans, 27-3. Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals dominated the Ravens in Baltimore with a 41-17 statement victory.

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There was plenty more action where that came from. Here's how all 32 teams stack up in our updated NFL Power Rankings ahead of Week 8.

32. New York Jets (1-6)

Previous ranking: 30

It was another brutal day for the Jets as they suffered an embarrassing 54-13 loss to the Patriots on Sunday. On top of the blowout defeat, their No. 2 overall draft pick Zach Wilson left with a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5)

Previous ranking: 31

The Jaguars are on a bye after earning their first win of the year. They'll look to make it two straight victories when they visit the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.

30. Houston Texans (1-6)

Previous ranking: 29

Houston's offense was virtually non-existent vs. Arizona as rookie QB Davis Mills totaled only 135 yards with zero TDs in the 31-5 defeat. It won't get any easier next week vs. the Los Angeles Rams.

29. Detroit Lions (0-7)

Previous ranking: 32

 

Sure, the Lions are the only team left without a win on the season, but at least they're competitive losers. Detroit flirted with a victory vs. the Rams on Sunday, and that's kind of been a theme through the first six weeks of the campaign. Will next week vs. the Philadelphia Eagles finally be the one that puts the Lions in the win column?

28. Miami Dolphins (1-6)

Previous ranking: 27

After helping the Jaguars snap their 20-game losing streak last week, Miami came up short again Sunday vs. the Falcons. Atlanta earned the 30-28 victory on a game-winning field goal from Younghoe Koo. Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa tossed four TD passes, but his two interceptions proved costly.

27. New York Giants (2-5)

Previous ranking: 28

The Giants earned a 25-3 win over the Panthers as their defense made it a long day for Sam Darnold, who was benched in favor of P.J. Walker. They'll look to carry that momentum into next week's Monday Night Football matchup vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, who have struggled mightily this season.

26. Washington Football Team (2-5)

Previous ranking: 26

Washington's defense, as you'd expect, had no answer for Aaron Rodgers and Co. on Sunday. Taylor Heinicke passed for 265 yards and rushed for 95, but it wasn't enough as the WFT fell, 24-10.

25. Philadelphia Eagles (2-5)

Previous ranking: 24

The Eagles trailed the Raiders 30-7 before the offense finally decided to wake up in the fourth quarter. By that point, it was far too late as Vegas earned the 33-23 win. To make matters worse for Philly, running back Miles Sanders exited with an ankle injury.

24. Seattle Seahawks (2-5)

Previous ranking: 21

The Seahawks are 0-3 since Russell Wilson went down and are averaging 15.7 points per game with backup Geno Smith. The good news is that Wilson could return as soon as Week 10. The bad news is that might be too late to salvage Seattle's playoff hopes.

23. Atlanta Falcons (3-3)

Previous ranking: 25

Atlanta earned its second straight win thanks to a game-winning Younghoe Koo field goal vs. the Dolphins. It'll look to keep the streak alive next Sunday vs. Carolina.

22. Chicago Bears (3-4)

Previous ranking: 20

What a nightmare of a day it was for rookie QB Justin Fields and the Bears vs. the Buccaneers. The 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft turned the ball over a whopping five times with three interceptions and two fumbles. He'll look to bounce back when the Bears host the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday.

21. San Francisco 49ers (2-4)

Previous ranking: 18

The calls for Trey Lance will get louder after Jimmy Garoppolo committed three turnovers (two interceptions and a lost fumble) in the 49ers ugly home loss to the Colts on Sunday night. But San Francisco's defense also allowed 30 points in a driving rainstorm. Not good.

20. Indianapolis Colts (3-4)

Previous ranking: 23

Was it pretty? No. Did Carson Wentz make some boneheaded plays? Yes. But Wentz also helped Indy score 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat the 49ers on the road. Credit where it's due.

 

19. New England Patriots (3-4)

Previous ranking: 22

The Patriots once again asserted their dominance over the Jets with a 54-13 win over their AFC East foe on Sunday. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones topped the 300-yard mark for the first time in his young NFL career while tossing two touchdown passes. Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne added a TD pass of his own on a trick play while running backs Damien Harris and J.J. Taylor added two TDs apiece.

New England will look to improve to .500 next Sunday in a tough road matchup vs. the Los Angeles Chargers.

18. Denver Broncos (3-4)

Previous ranking: 17

The Broncos have now lost four straight after winning their first three games of the season. They fell to the Browns 17-14 on Thursday night as they couldn't figure out a way to stop Cleveland's third-string running back D'Ernest Johnson. Denver will look to get back on track next week vs. Washington.

17. Carolina Panthers (3-4)

Previous ranking: 15

Like the Broncos, the Panthers won their first three games of the campaign and have since lost four straight. Carolina's loss came against the Giants on Sunday as Sam Darnold couldn't get anything going against New York's defense. The ex-Jets QB had only 111 yards for zero TDs and one INT before being benched in favor of P.J. Walker.

16. Minnesota Vikings (3-3)

Previous ranking: 19

The Vikings are on their bye week. They'll host the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday night.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3)

Previous ranking: 16

Pittsburgh is on its bye week and will visit the Cleveland Browns in Week 8.

14. Kansas City Chiefs (3-4)

Previous ranking: 9

If you weren't worried about the Chiefs before, it might be time to hit the panic button. They were outclassed by the Titans on Sunday in an all-around sloppy 27-3 loss. Kansas City's defense couldn't stop a nosebleed and Patrick Mahomes looked like a different quarterback as he threw for only 206 yards, no TDs, a pick and a fumble. The Chiefs will look to bounce back when they host the Giants next Monday night.

13. Cleveland Browns (4-3)

Previous ranking: 13

No Baker Mayfield, no Nick Chubb, no Kareem Hunt, no problem. The Browns took down the Broncos on Thursday Night Football thanks to a 168-yard, one-TD performance from third-string RB D'Ernest Johnson. Next up is a Week 8 meeting with the Steelers.

12. New Orleans Saints (4-2)

Previous ranking: 11

It's never easy to win in Seattle during primetime, but Alvin Kamara put the Saints (and fantasy managers) on his back with 179 total yards and a score to help New Orleans keep pace with the Buccaneers in the NFC South.

11. Las Vegas Raiders (5-2)

Previous ranking: 12

The Raiders are 2-0 in the post-Jon Gruden era as they beat the Eagles on Sunday, 33-22. Kenyan Drake rushed for 69 yards and a TD after fellow Vegas running back Josh Jacobs went down with a chest injury. Fortunately for the Raiders, Jacobs will have the bye week to heal.

 

10. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)

Previous ranking: 14

Joe Burrow and the Bengals made a big-time statement Sunday with a 41-17 victory over the Ravens in Baltimore. With its second straight win, Cincinnati now owns the top spot in the AFC North.

9. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2)

Previous ranking: 8

L.A. has a bye this week and will host the Patriots next Sunday.

8. Buffalo Bills (4-2)

Previous ranking: 7

The Bills are on a bye after falling to the Titans last week. They'll look to bounce back with a win over the Dolphins in Week 8.

7. Tennessee Titans (5-2)

Previous ranking: 10

That's back-to-back huge wins for the Titans as they followed their victory over the Buffalo Bills with a 27-3 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs. A meeting with the Colts awaits them in Week 8.

6. Baltimore Ravens (5-2)

Previous ranking: 4

Baltimore's defense was steamrolled in front of the home crowd by Joe Burrow and the Bengals, resulting in a 41-17 defeat. The Ravens will have plenty of time to think about the brutal loss as they'll have their bye in Week 8.

5. Dallas Cowboys (5-1)

Previous ranking: 6

The Cowboys are enjoying their bye week before preparing for a Week 8 Sunday Night Football matchup vs. the Vikings.

4. Los Angeles Rams (6-1)

Previous ranking: 2

It wasn't pretty, but the Rams were able to keep old friend Jared Goff from pulling off a stunning upset. L.A. squeaked out a 28-19 win over Detroit as Cooper Kupp's spectacular season continued. The star wide receiver caught 10 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams' victory.

3. Green Bay Packers (6-1)

Previous ranking: 5

Aaron Rodgers threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns as the Packers earned their sixth straight win Sunday at Lambeau Field. They'll visit the Arizona Cardinals in what should be a thrilling matchup Thursday night.

2. Arizona Cardinals (7-0)

Previous ranking: 3

The Cardinals' undefeated season continues after a 31-5 rout of the Texans. Newly acquired tight end Zach Ertz instantly made an impact with three catches for 66 yards and a TD. Arizona will be tasked with taking down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Thursday night as it looks to keep a zero in the loss column.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-1)

Previous ranking: 1

Tom Brady hardly broke a sweat as he and the Buccaneers dominated the Bears, 38-3. The former Patriots quarterback tossed four touchdown passes in the win, including the 600th of his illustrious career. The defending champs will look to stay hot when they visit the Saints next Sunday.