NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: Packers Continue Rolling While 49ers Make A Leap

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 16: Delanie Walker #46 and Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrate a touchdown late in the game against the Detroit Lions during a NFL game at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

SB Nation's NFL power rankings return for Week 7 and a familiar name sits at the top as the Packers continue to prove they're far and away the best team in the league.

SB Nation's NFL power rankings for Week 7 are in and to no one's surprise the Green Bay Packers remain on top. They're the best team in the league right now and it's not even close. Aaron Rodgers is playing at an incredible level and I'm not sure who can beat them right now.

The bottom of the power rankings remain largely unchanged from last week. The teams that we thought weren't very good went out last week and lost, confirming to us that they're not very good. Lookin' at you, Colts and Dolphins.


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Here's the full slate of NFL power rankings for Week 7:

1. Green Bay Packers (6-0, LW: 1): Best team in football and it's not even close. It's still fairly early in the year but people will soon be wondering if the Packers can go undefeated this season.

2. Baltimore Ravens (4-1, LW: 3): Coin flip between the Ravens and Patriots for the second spot. Baltimore's offense is ranked fifth and their defense first through six weeks.

3. New England Patriots (5-1, LW: 5): Ho-hum. The Patriots are en route to another 13 or 14 win season.

4. San Diego Chargers (4-1, LW: 6): San Diego is playing against itself in the AFC West. They're clearly the best team and don't have to overcome a bad September like they usually do.

5. San Francisco 49ers (5-1, LW: 8): I thought the Lions were the surprise of the season but through six weeks San Francisco is making me change my mind. Think about this: if not for an overtime loss to the Cowboys, they'd be undefeated.

6. Detroit Lions (5-1, LW: 2): Yeah, the 49ers and Lions played last weekend but now all I remember from that game is Jim Harbaugh's back slap and Jim Schwartz's freak out. The Lions are still one of the best teams in the league this year, despite the loss (and, yes, it still looks weird to write that).

7. New Orleans Saints (4-2, LW: 4): I'm not sure that the NFC South gets enough credit as one of the league's toughest divisions. New Orleans is probably the best team in this division -- yes, I know they lost to Tampa Bay last week -- but I still give the edge to New Orleans thanks to Drew Brees.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2, LW: 10): We thought they would be falling off this year after the Week 1 blowout to the Ravens but they've responded winning four of their last five. As usual, the defense is dominating.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2, LW: 12): I'm prepared to hear from some Tampa Bay fans who want them ranked above the Saints, and I understand that. But I also remember the 48-3 stomping at the hands of the 49ers. They're on their way but they're not there yet.

10. Buffalo Bills (4-2, LW: 7): They'll drop due to the loss but this is still a team whose two losses have come from a combined six points.

11. New York Giants (4-2, LW: 13): They have a bye week and then play the Dolphins before facing this gauntlet: at Patriots, at 49ers, Eagles, at Saints, Packers and at Cowboys. That's a killer stretch.

12. Oakland Raiders (4-2, LW: 15): They're right in the thick of things in the AFC West but losing your quarterback is just a killer right now. Can Kyle Boller string together some wins?

13. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2, LW: 16): Tough team to figure out. They don't seem to play very well and then turn it on in the fourth quarter. I like the Bengals but I'm just not sure where they stand compared to the rest of the league.

14. Washington Redskins (3-2, LW: 9): The Redskins face an uphill battle so they have to win on the road against Carolina this week.

15. Houston Texans (3-3, LW: 11): Two of their three wins have come against teams without a win this year. I think we're still trying to figure out whether they're for real. Getting Andre Johnson back this week or next will help.

16. Tennessee Titans (3-2, LW: 14): Three straight home games coming up: Texans, Colts and Bengals. That will give us a better idea if it's them or the Texans as the team to beat in the AFC South.

17. Chicago Bears (3-3, LW: 19): Jay Cutler has quietly strung together a few good games, despite that offensive line, but they have a tough draw with the Packers and Lions in the NFC North.

18. New York Jets (3-3, LW: 17): Mark Sanchez says the Jets are back on track but that offense looked pretty ugly for most of the night. They'll move up if they beat a team with a win.

19. Dallas Cowboys (2-3, LW: 18): Their three losses have come by a combined 11 points. Two of their next three games are against the Rams and Seahawks so those should be "get well" games.

20. Atlanta Falcons (3-3, LW: 20): Hmm...lose one, win one, lose one, win one, lose one, win one. Pretty inconsistent team that's playing in a division with two very good teams.

21. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4, LW: 22): The Philly reclamation project moves on from their first step back to relevancy. They have a bye before getting back at it.

22. Cleveland Browns (2-3, LW: 21): They have to beat a team that's won a game this year for me to start taking them a little more seriously.

23. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3, LW: 23): KC had a bye last week and their season will be determined by the next two divisional games: at Oakland and hosting San Diego on Monday Night Football.

24. Carolina Panthers (1-5, LW: 24): I've never been so high on a team with a 1-5 record. Cam Newton's first year is going well, despite the record.

25. Arizona Cardinals (1-4, LW: 25): I wrote the Cards off pretty quickly this year. They were among the preseason favorites to win the NFC West. Shows how much we know.

26. Seattle Seahawks (2-3, LW: 26): What does this team do well? They seem so average across the board.

27. Denver Broncos (1-4, LW: 28): It's Tebow Time for the Broncos. Unfortunately, Tebow doesn't play defense.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5, LW: 27): Blaine Gabbert completing 48.8 percent of his passes just won't get it done.

29. Minnesota Vikings (1-5, LW: 29): Is the Christian Ponder era starting? Through one quarter of work, I would say Ponder > Donovan McNabb.

30. St. Louis Rams (0-5, LW: 30): Worst offense in the NFL, third worst defense in the NFL and games coming up against the Cowboys and Saints. 0-7 coming?

31. Indianapolis Colts (0-6, LW: 31): The Colts have been more competitive than the Dolphins so they avoid No. 32. They just don't do anything really well.

32. Miami Dolphins (0-5, LW: 32): After watching the Dolphins on Monday Night Football, you know why they're 0-5. They just make the dumb mistakes that bad teams make.

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