NFL Weekly Ranking: The Chiefs remain on top with the Steelers close behind


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The Chiefs continue to dominate the field into week seven.

Patrick Lepre, Staff Writer

This week’s rankings has the Steelers taking a leap. Here are my newest top 10 teams:

1. Kansas City Chiefs (6-1)
This week saw another dominant game for the Chiefs against the Broncos 43-16. They had a total of 286 yards and scored 43 points. The Chiefs can win a game in any way possible even when the explosive offense isn’t clicking. Poor weather conditions again this week limited the passing game, but it did not phase this offense. If the Chiefs were not already a scary sight for the rest of the league, they certainly are now. This team is continuing to roll through almost every team they come across.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0)
The Steelers are the last undefeated team in the NFL. The Steelers took down the undefeated Tennessee Titans 27-24 after a late missed field goal by the Titans went wide. It was a dominant first half by the Steelers, which in the end set them up for another win. The Steelers have the ability to match up with almost anyone, and once again showed it. They shut down a hot Derrick Henry who has dictated games all season. The offense also dominated in time of possession 36:37 to the Titans 23:23. However, the fact that the Steelers have become too conservative in letting teams back into games, is concerning because it is a dangerous way to play.

3. Baltimore Ravens (5-1)
Coming off their week seven bye, Baltimore has a matchup against their AFC North rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. This will be a huge collision between two hot teams in the AFC right now. Lamar Jackson will need to play up to his MVP standards to compete with this Steelers defense. Compared to last season, Jackson has struggled so far this season. Jackson had the worst game of his career last season against the Steelers defense, throwing three interceptions. Despite all of that, the Ravens have one of the best rushing attacks in the league and a hard-nosed defense who got stronger with the trade of Yannick Ngaouke. This will be a prove-it week for this team.

4. Seattle Seahawks (5-1)
Seattle fell to the Cardinals in what seemed to be the game of the season up to this point. The Seahawks put up 34 points and still lost. It has proven true my concern that this defense cannot be totally reliable to bail out an uncharacteristic poor play or drive from Russell Wilson. Wilson threw three interceptions, and it ended up being critical. I do believe Russell Wilson will get back to the drawing board and continue to lead this team to a playoff run.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2)
The Buccaneers are finding their way and got another commanding win against the Las Vegas Raiders 45-20 in week seven. It was a vintage Tom Brady performance, throwing four touchdowns. With their chemistry growing, the Buccaneers are beginning to emerge again as Super Bowl favorites. Not to mention the addition of Antonio Brown, who will be joining in the coming weeks. With so many playmakers at their disposal, the Buccaneers are now becoming the team we thought they were.

6. Green Bay Packers (5-1)
It was a bounce-back week for the Packers after week six’s embarrassment against the Buccaneers. The duo of Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adam were on fire and were the X factor of this game. Rodgers threw four touchdowns after the week six stutter. Adam also had 196 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Hopefully, for the Packers game, last week was a hiccup and they continue to move forward.

7. Tennessee Titans (6-1)
The Titans undefeated run is officially over due to a loss to Pittsburgh this week. Even though the Steelers led 24-7 at half time, the Titans battled back to make 27-24 and had an unlucky tying field goal go wide. The offense is clearly one of the best in the league but defensively it is a different story. The Steelers were 13-18 on 3rd downs. They will not be able to beat the top teams with that continuing defensively. Derrick Henry was also not up to his standards as he was a non-factor for the majority of the game.

8. Arizona Cardinals (5-2)
Week 7 was a statement week for the Cardinals. They beat the Seahawks 37-34 in overtime. Not many people were buying the Cardinals, but after beating Russell Wilson and forcing him into three interceptions, everyone is watching. The Cardinals offense is clearly talented and is capable of winning a shootout game. Kyler Murray is quietly making his own case for MVP.

9. Buffalo Bills (5-2)
The Bills beat the Jets 18-10 in week seven. Everyone expected the Bills to win convincingly against the Jets, who are by far the worst team in the league, but that wasn’t the case as the Jets were leading going into halftime. In the end, the Bills pulled through and got the win. The Bills are capable of much more than they show. If they can get back to their peak they will rise in these rankings again.

10. Los Angeles Rams (5-2)
In a defensive battle, the Rams were able to prevail 24-10 against the Bears this week. The Rams offense still has yet to look great, but they are continuing to win. This is mostly thanks to their defense who held the Bears to just 279 yards. Johnny Hekker, the punter, also made some buzz after pinning the Bears inside their own ten-yard line five times. We know how distinguished this Rams defense is, the question lies on the offense going forward.