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NFL Week 7 Power Rankings: The Seahawks are ever-present contenders

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, the Seahawks are contenders in the NFC.

Seattle Seahawks v Cleveland Browns Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

1. New England Patriots (6-0; Won 35-14 vs NYG) (-)

It was not as clean as expected, but a big fourth quarter led the Patriots to a dominant victory over a Giants team that has always caused them problems.

2. Green Bay Packers (5-1; Won 23-22 vs DET) (-)

Green Bay escaped Monday night with a controversial victory over the Lions, and a last-second field goal from Mason Crosby gave the Packers a stranglehold on the NFC North.

3. San Francisco 49ers (5-0; Won 20-7 vs LAR) (-)

The 49ers defensive line dominated the Rams’ usually dynamic offense, and kept the team perfect in a competitive NFC West.

4. Seattle Seahawks (5-1; Won 32-28 vs CLE) (+2)

Seattle dug themselves out of an early double-digit hole against the Browns, but a big performance from Russell Wilson and the offense saw the Seahawks get a big win on the road.

5. New Orleans Saints (5-1; Won 13-6 vs JAX) (-)

The Saints offense had trouble cracking the Jaguars talented defense, but a good performance from their own defense kept them afloat, and kept their two-game lead in the AFC South intact.

6. Kansas City Chiefs (4-2; Lost 31-24 vs HOU) (-2)

Kansas City has now dropped two straight games as quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffers with an ankle injury. Getting him back to 100 percent has to be the team’s biggest priority at the moment, as they need to avoid falling too far behind in the race for a first-round bye in the AFC.

7. Houston Texans (4-2; Won 31-24 vs KC) (+7)

The Texans came out on top in a duel between Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes, but it was running back Carlos Hyde who proved to be the star of the show. The running back had 116 yards and a touchdown as he led the team to a huge win.

8. Buffalo Bills (4-1; BYE) (+2)

The Bills got a rest this week, and they get to rest again next week as they take on the Miami Dolphins.

9. Los Angeles Rams (3-3; Lost 20-7 vs SF) (-1)

Jared Goff played one of the worst games of his career as he was rendered ineffective against the 49ers stout defense. The Rams have now dropped three straight, but the addition of Jalen Ramsey in the defensive backfield could jump start them.

10. Chicago Bears (3-2; BYE) (+2)

The Bears got a week off ahead of a huge NFC match up against the Saints next week.

11. Indianapolis Colts (3-2; BYE) (+2)

Indianapolis had an extra week to prepare for a matchup with the Texans that could decide the AFC South.

12. Dallas Cowboys (3-3; Lost 24-22 vs NYJ) (-5)

Dallas dropped their third straight game this week, after their secondary had a hard time containing the Jets offense. A late two-point conversion attempt to tie the game was foiled, and the Cowboys missed an opportunity to take control of the NFC East.

13. Detroit Lions (2-2-1; Lost 23-22 vs GB) (-4)

Detroit lost a controversial game against the Packers on Monday night. While the team, once again, looked great, moral victories do not matter come playoff time.

14.Minnesota Vikings (4-2; Won 38-20 vs PHI) (+1)

The Vikings passing offense finally started to click as they rolled over the Eagles. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had a hat trick of touchdowns and Kirk Cousins looked great after a few terrible weeks of football.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3; Lost 38-20 vs MIN) (-4)

Philadelphia’s secondary had no answer to the Vikings talented group of receivers, as they made an anemic Vikings offense looks like one of the best in the league.

16. Carolina Panthers (4-2; Won 37-26 vs TB) (+2)

The legend of Kyle Allen is now world wide, as the rookie quarterback stayed undefeated by taking down the Buccaneers in London. Running back Christian McCaffrey had a relatively quiet day, though.

17. Baltimore Ravens (4-2; Won 23-17 vs CIN) (-)

Baltimore got themselves back on track after a two-game skid and overtime win against the Steelers. However, they did not beat a winless Bengals team as comfortably as they would have liked to.

18. Oakland Raiders (3-2; BYE) (+3)

Oakland got a week off before taking on a talented Packers team next week.

19. Cleveland Browns (2-4; Lost 32-28 vs SEA) (+1)

An early double-digit lead quickly evaporated for the Browns as they dropped another game. They will need to right the ship fast, as they are now two games behind in the AFC North and cannot afford to see that gap grow.

20. Los Angeles Chargers (2-4; Lost 24-17 vs PIT) (-3)

Los Angeles fell two games below .500 after losing to the Steelers on “Sunday Night Football.” While the team is still very talented, their season is on life support, and they need to figure out what they are doing fast.

21. Denver Broncos (2-4; Won 16-0 vs TEN) (+4)

Denver’s defense came up huge against the Titans, pitching a shutout and forcing the Titans into a change at quarterback.

22. Tennessee Titans (2-4; Lost 16-0 vs DEN) (-3)

The Marcus Mariota era in Nashville may be over. The quarterback was replaced by Ryan Tannehill after another ineffective game, and the team has named Tannehill as the starter going forward.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4; Lost 13-6 vs NO)

Rookie Gardner Minshew had a rough day at the office as the Jaguars offense could not do anything on Sunday. The defense kept them close, though, even without Jalen Ramsey—who was dealt to the Rams a few days after the game.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4; Lost 37-26 vs CAR) (-2)

A five turnover day from quarterback Jameis Winston condemned the Bucs. With Mariota seemingly losing his job in Tennessee, one has to wonder how long the Bucs will deal with Winston.

25. New York Jets (1-4; Won 24-22 vs DAL) (+4)

Sam Darnold returned to the Meadowlands and absolutely exploded, leading the Jets to a huge upset over the Cowboys for their first win of the season. The sophomore quarterback threw for 338 yards and two touchdown passes as New York tries to get their season back on track.

26. New York Giants (2-4; Lost 35-14 vs NE) (-2)

The Giants managed to stick with the Patriots until the fourth quarter, but eventually their lack of talent was exposed as they dropped their second straight.

27. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4; Won 24-17 vs LAC) (-)

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28. Arizona Cardinals (2-3-1; Won 34-33 vs ATL) (-)

Kyler Murray had a huge day as he led the Cardinals to a shootout victory over the Falcons. The top overall pick had 340 yards and three touchdowns through the air and another 32 yards rushing.

29. Atlanta Falcons (1-5; Lost 34-33 vs ARI) (-3)

A missed extra point by Matt Bryant cost the Falcons a chance to force overtime, and the former NFC champions lost an embarrassing game to the Cardinals.

30. Washington (1-5; Won 17-16 vs MIA) (-)

Washington finally got their first win of the season after surviving a late scare against the Miami Dolphins. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins is still yet to start despite the ineffectiveness of Case Keenum and Colt McCoy.

31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-6; Lost 23-17 vs BAL) (-)

Joe Burrow had a huge game as the LSU Tigers beat the Florida Gators in Death Valley.

32. Miami Dolphins (0-5; Lost 17-16 vs WAS) (-)

Kenyan Drake dropped a pass to survive the tank bowl.