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Power Rankings revisited: Week 7

10/25/2010

A weekly review of how teams performed in relation to last week’s Power Rankings:

The Oakland Raiders scored more points Sunday than they scored in September, October or November last season.

They scored more points against Denver -- 59 -- than they scored in September of this season as well.

Their 59-14 throttling of the Broncos left them one game below .500 and surely in line to move up from their No. 28 ranking in the most recent ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings.

But how far should any team rise or fall following a single outcome?

The Raiders were dismal a week earlier during a 17-9 defeat to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers. How high should Oakland climb after handing the Broncos one of their most embarrassing defeats?

How far should the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints fall after their inexplicable 30-17 defeat to the Cleveland Browns? How bad are the Chicago Bears? Are the 49ers, possibly with David Carr at quarterback, the worst team in the league?

These are the sorts of questions our four panelists -- me, John Clayton, Paul Kuharsky and James Walker -- will be sorting through before submitting our rankings for Week 8 following the Monday night game.

Your thoughts?

The reckoning: Five games featured lower-ranked teams defeating higher-ranked teams in Week 7.

  • (30) Cleveland 30, (6) New Orleans 17: Drew Brees was a quarterback trying to do too much.

  • (28) Oakland 59, (22) Denver 14: Denver has allowed a league-high 12 rushing touchdowns.

  • (23) Seattle 22, (18) Arizona 10: Cardinals' offense has yet to score with Max Hall at quarterback.

  • (31) Carolina 23, (27) San Francisco 20: London must be thrilled with Broncos-49ers matchup

  • (14) Washington 17, (12) Chicago: Bears have nine third-down conversions in their past six games.

Still to play: The 11th-ranked New York Giants visit the 26th-ranked Dallas Cowboys on "Monday Night Football" (8:20 p.m. ET, ESPN).

My early favorite for the No. 1 spot: The Steelers barely prevailed against the Dolphins. Might it be time to move the idle Jets into the top spot? It's something I'm considering.