NFL Power Rankings Week 7 | What Are the Latest Team Power Rankings 2021

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2021

There were some surprising outcomes in Week 6 that shook the football world. Teams like the Chargers, Browns, and Bills all lost, which shakes up the AFC.

So, which teams are going to rise the most in this week’s power rankings, and who is the team to beat in the AFC? Without further ado, here is the Week 7 Power Rankings!

All playoff lines and odds used in the NFL power rankings series are provided via BetMGM Sportsbook, as of Tuesday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

NFL Power Rankings for Week 7

32. Miami Dolphins (1-5) ⬇️ 4

  • Playoffs Odds: +750
  • Super Bowl Odds: +50000

Miami has a whole bunch of problems right now on their team, and it isn’t just the fault of Tua Tagovailoa. The defense is nowhere near as good as they were last year, and the offensive line remains a major problem.

Worse yet, the coaching staff isn’t helping, and it’s fair to wonder if Brian Flores is the right man for the job in Miami. The Dolphins might be the league’s most disappointing team after six weeks.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) ⬆️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: +2500
  • Super Bowl Odds: +250000

Jacksonville got their first win of the season in London over the Dolphins. They certainly needed that win as the Urban Meyer era has gotten off to a rocky start.

But the best news? Trevor Lawrence has had three straight games with a passer rating over 92. While he isn’t playing at an elite level yet, it does appear that he is getting better and better by the week. That is fantastic news if you are a fan of the Jaguars.

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30. Houston Texans (1-5) ⬆️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: +4000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +500000

The Texans did not put up much of a fight against the Colts, but they were at an extreme talent differential. The offense still has its moments, but it’s fair to wonder if Houston will start trading away established veterans before the trade deadline here in a few weeks.

The Texans are a long way away from being a legitimate contender again in the AFC.

29. New York Jets (1-4) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +3500
  • Super Bowl Odds: +150000

The Jets were on bye in Week 6, but they will take on the Patriots in Week 7. In their last meeting, Zach Wilson threw four interceptions and the Jets only managed to score six points.

With 14 days to prepare, will Wilson have better luck the second time around? It will be interesting to see how Robert Saleh’s team performs after the bye week and coming off a win.

28. New York Giants (1-5) ⬇️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: +2000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +75000

The Giants had the look on Sunday of a team that quit of their head coach. Even Joe Judge admitted that the lack of effort, especially on defense, was astonishing.

Daniel Jones also didn’t play well, but he didn’t have much help from his offensive line or wide receivers, either. It’s another disappointing season for the Giants, and things look to be getting even worse. It’s starting to look like this might be the last year of the Judge-Jones marriage in New York.

27. Detroit Lions (0-6) ⬆️ 3

  • Playoffs Odds: +4000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +500000

The Lions aren’t as talented as some of the other teams ranked behind them, but they play really hard. For that reason alone, they deserve to be ahead of the Texans and the Giants.

Detroit’s also suffered a ton of injuries this season, so it’s hard to be too critical of them. They are in a full-blown rebuild, but it looks like Dan Campbell might be a pretty good head coach.

26. Atlanta Falcons (2-3) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +550
  • Super Bowl Odds: +20000

The Falcons are coming off a Week 6 bye and will take on the Dolphins in Week 7. Is this the week the offense finally gets back on track with Calvin Ridley back in the lineup? If so, the Falcons might have an outside chance to make the playoffs as the No. 6 or No. 7 seed. But they have to get a win this week against an inferior team, coming off a loss in London.

25. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +310
  • Super Bowl Odds: +15000

The Eagles have a Jalen Hurts problem. He is good enough to keep them in games and to put up big stats, but is he good enough to beat good teams with his arm? No one can answer that for sure.

If Hurts wants to keep his job for the 2022 season, Hurts has to play better over the next few months, or else Philadelphia will be searching for a new franchise passer next offseason.

24. Washington Football Team (2-4) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +650
  • Super Bowl Odds: +15000

Washington’s defense was able to force Patrick Mahomes to throw multiple interceptions in Week 6, but they still allowed over 30 points. The offense continues to be a problem, and Taylor Heinicke is starting to look like a backup quarterback once again.

After winning the NFC East in 2021, that is starting to look like a fluke as they are already three games behind the Cowboys for the division lead.

23. Denver Broncos (3-3) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +200
  • Super Bowl Odds: +10000

After a 3-0 start, the Broncos now sit at 3-3, and it’s fair to wonder if Vic Fangio’s job is safe. The defense continues to get shredded through the air despite all the draft capital spent on their secondary. The offense isn’t good enough, and the defense is now an issue.

Denver’s hot start looks to be the product of bad opponents rather than good play.

22. Seattle Seahawks (2-4) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +310
  • Super Bowl Odds: +10000

The Seahawks played well in Pittsburgh without Russell Wilson in Week 6, nearly pulling off the upset. Geno Smith was competent, but the rushing attack kept them in the game. The defense is still among the worst in the NFL, but they deserve credit for how they played against the Steelers last week.

They were able to get enough stops in the second half to give their offense two possessions in overtime.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +300
  • Super Bowl Odds: +8000

The Steelers are back to .500 after a 1-3 start to the year. But Pittsburgh still has major problems, including an offense that just isn’t explosive at all.

T.J. Watt and the defense should be able to keep them close in most games, but the offense will make it hard for them to ever pull away.

20. Carolina Panthers (3-3) ⬇️6

  • Playoffs Odds: +400
  • Super Bowl Odds: +12500

After a 3-0 start, the Panthers find themselves sitting at 3-3. The worse part is, Sam Darnold is regressing. He did not play well in Week 6, despite a nice drive to lead Carolina to overtime against Minnesota. He is still too reckless with the football and not accurate enough.

Even when Christian McCaffrey returns to the lineup, this offense has major issues that offensive coordinator Joe Brady needs to solve.

19. Indianapolis Colts (2-4) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +150
  • Super Bowl Odds: +10000

The Colts dominated the Texans in Week 6 like they were supposed to. The rushing attack looked to be improved, and Carson Wentz has played three really good games in a row.

While the Colts still aren’t quite ready to be considered a playoff contender yet, Wentz’s improvement as a passer is very encouraging.

But a quick word of advice to Frank Reich: feed Jonathan Taylor. He’s averaging 5.89 yards per carry in his last 12 games with over 1,200 rushing yards. He should be seeing 20+ touches every week.

18. Chicago Bears (3-3) ⬇️2

  • Playoffs Odds: +500
  • Super Bowl Odds: +20000

Yes, the Bears lost to the Packers (at home) once again. However, they were in that game for most of it. The defense is legit, and the rushing attack was good with Khalil Herbert shouldering the load.

Chicago isn’t a playoff threat yet, but they have shown some signs of being competitive over the last few weeks. If Justin Fields can continue to improve over the next few months, they might have a chance to make a bit of a run.

17. Las Vegas Raiders (4-2) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +140
  • Super Bowl Odds: +8000

The Raiders showed a ton of mental toughness in Week 6. Not only were they coming off back-to-back losses, but Jon Gruden resigned early in the week.

So how did they respond? By going to Denver and blowing out the Broncos. Derek Carr played fantastically, and the defense forced four turnovers in that game.

Bet Tip: With wins over the Steelers, Broncos, and Ravens, the Raiders have some important tiebreakers for the AFC Wild Card. At +140, their odds to make the playoffs are attractive. Don’t be afraid to take Las Vegas here, as they could easily get to 9-10 wins this season, especially with their next two games against the Eagles and Giants.

16. Minnesota Vikings (3-3) ⬆️ 4

  • Playoffs Odds: +175
  • Super Bowl Odds: +5000

The Vikings started the season off slow, but they have the look of a playoff team with the defense looking much improved. The offense is still inconsistent, but they can put up points in bunches.

Kirk Cousins had his best game of the season in Week 6, throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns. A Sunday Night Football matchup with the Cowboys in Week 8 will tell us a lot about the Vikings going forward.

15. San Francisco 49ers (2-3) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +120
  • Super Bowl Odds: +4000

The 49ers were on bye in Week 6, but it was much needed as they are among the most injured teams in the league. The 49ers still have the potential to be a Super Bowl contender, but the offense needs to be more explosive, especially through the air.

14. Cleveland Browns (3-3) ⬇️ 5

  • Playoffs Odds: -225
  • Super Bowl Odds: +2200

The Browns have lost back-to-back games over the last two weeks and now are dealing with a significant amount of injuries. Baker Mayfield is clearly playing through a shoulder injury and now may be forced to miss time.

If the Browns want to make the playoffs for a second consecutive season, they have to find a way to get a win in Denver against the Broncos on Thursday Night Football without several of their top players.

13. New England Patriots (2-4) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: +350
  • Super Bowl Odds: +12500

The Patriots are 2-4 but could easily be 4-2 if a few small plays break their way. The defense was shredded in Week 6, but it was the play of Mac Jones that was the most impressive.

With a game against the Jets in Week 7, it’s the perfect chance for New England to bounce back and start a run to get back to .500.

Despite their 2-4 record, they have a point differential of just -2. This is a better team than the record indicates, especially when you factor in their schedule so far.

12. Tennessee Titans (4-2) ⬆️ 6

  • Playoffs Odds: -550
  • Super Bowl Odds: +3000

Derrick Henry. That is all that needs to be said. He scored three touchdowns against the Bills on Monday Night Football, and he now has the Titans sitting at 4-2 after six games. The Titans still have major problems on defense, but their offense is good enough that it might not matter.

The Titans are good and that is because Henry might be the best player in the league at his respective position.

11. New Orleans Saints (3-2) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: -120
  • Super Bowl Odds: +4000

The Saints were on bye in Week 6. They’ll take on the Seahawks in Seattle in Week 7 with Geno Smith under center. If the Saints want to be taken seriously in the NFC, that is a game they have to win.

It’s time for Sean Payton and his offense to finally show some consistency and put up 28 or more points against arguably the worst defense in the NFL.

10. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) ⬆️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: +200
  • Super Bowl Odds: +8000

The Bengals are one of the best stories of the NFL this season. Joe Burrow is healthy and playing like a franchise quarterback. Ja’Marr Chase looks like one of the best rookie receivers in recent memory, and the defense has been phenomenal.

Cincinnati has a huge game against the Ravens in Week 7, and with a win, they will finally be looked at as a legitimate contender in the AFC.

Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Thanks in part to Ja’Marr Chase, the Cincinnati Bengals are playing much better than anticipated, sitting at 4-2 through 6 weeks. (Image: USA TODAY Sports)

9. Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) ⬆️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: -550
  • Super Bowl Odds: +750

The Chiefs still have major problems on both sides of the ball, but they did dominate in Week 6 on the road in Washington. That is exactly what they needed to do to get back to .500.

Can the defense get back to a respectable level, or will Patrick Mahomes have to shoulder even more of the load on offense? That remains to be seen.

8. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) ⬇️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: -450
  • Super Bowl Odds: +2200

The Chargers were dominated by the Ravens in Week 6. The defense had no answers for the rushing attack of Baltimore, and Justin Herbert had too many careless throws. Still, this is a well-coached team with a superstar at quarterback. They should be just fine.

7. Dallas Cowboys (5-1) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: -1100
  • Super Bowl Odds: +1000

The Cowboys finally beat the Patriots. They hadn’t done so since 1996, and it took Dak Prescott throwing for 445 yards to win that game. Dallas has the No. 1 offense in the NFL and a defense that can make timely plays.

They are on a bye in Week 7, but this is a team that does have all the makings of a Super Bowl contender.

6. Green Bay Packers (5-1) ⬇️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: -1200
  • Super Bowl Odds: +1100

Aaron Rodgers owns the Chicago Bears, in case you didn’t hear. He got his 22nd career win against the Bears on Sunday and made sure to let the Chicago fans know about it.

There are still some questions about this offense and why they aren’t scoring more points. But Green Bay will always have a chance in any game with No. 12 under center.

5. Buffalo Bills (4-2) ⬇️ 3

  • Playoffs Odds: -5000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +600

There is no excuse for the loss by the Bills on Monday Night Football. They were far healthier than the Titans, and they had a chance to tie the game at 34-34 at the end of the fourth quarter. Instead, they went for the win and didn’t convert.

That is two disappointing losses in the conference already for the Bills, who view themselves as Super Bowl contenders. Their schedule is really easy over the next few months, so don’t be surprised if they bounce back and win four or five straight games.

4. Baltimore Ravens (5-1) ⬆️ 4

  • Playoffs Odds: -1200
  • Super Bowl Odds: +900

The Ravens are starting to feel like a team of destiny. After multiple come-from-behind wins this season, they just obliterated the Chargers on a short week. Lamar Jackson is playing like the MVP of the league, and the Ravens are finding ways to win games with 16 players on the injured reserve list.

As we stand right now, the Ravens are the best team in the AFC.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1) ⬆️ 2

  • Playoffs Odds: -3000
  • Super Bowl Odds: +550

Tampa Bay just keeps on winning. Tom Brady is playing phenomenally, and Antonio Brown looks like he is still in his prime. The Buccaneers have a ton of weapons on offense, and they are just waiting on their defense to catch up. Once they do, it’s hard to envision anyone beating them in a playoff-type game.

2. Los Angeles Rams (5-1) ⬆️ 1

  • Playoffs Odds: -1100
  • Super Bowl Odds: +800

The Rams played the Giants in Week 6 and did exactly what good teams do; they dominated. At one point, the score was 38-3, and the Rams pulled Matthew Stafford from the game.

Los Angeles is clicking on all cylinders right now, and if it weren’t for the Cardinals, they would be atop our list of best teams in the NFL.

1. Arizona Cardinals (6-0) ↔️

  • Playoffs Odds: -1600
  • Super Bowl Odds: +900

Speaking of the Cardinals, they come in at No. 1 after a decisive victory on the road in Cleveland. They dominated the Browns from the start, winning with their defense. Arizona is the most well-rounded team in the NFL and does appear to be a legitimate Super Bowl threat.

Their victories against the Titans, Rams, and now Browns are looking better every week.

The Cardinals also have the current MVP of the league in Kyler Murray, who has taken a huge leap in Year 3. He’s averaging 8.9 yards per attempt and has already scored 17 touchdowns in six games. Not bad.

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Marcus Mosher

Marcus Mosher is an NFL analyst at The Game Day, residing in Erie, PA. He covers the NFL from a betting and fantasy perspective, producing written and video content. Marcus currently hosts multiple football-related podcasts and is a managing editor at USA Today’s Sports Media Group covering the Las Vegas Raiders. He has previously worked at The Athletic and Bleacher Report.

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