NFL Power Rankings for Week 7: Believe in the Bears


We are now down to three unbeaten teams and one winless one (sorry, Jets fans) through six weeks of the 2020 season.

Two of the perfect AFC squads will be facing each other this week — Pittsburgh at Tennessee, rescheduled from Oct. 2 — so even more movement should be coming near the top of The Post’s weekly NFL Power Rankings.

The Chicago Bears also finally have forced their way into the Top 10 with their fifth win in their first six games.

1. Seattle Seahawks, 5-0 (Last week: 1)

Pete Carroll’s team doesn’t relinquish the top spot after its Week 6 bye. Seattle will return with consecutive key games against divisional opponents, which should go a long way to determine whether MVP candidate Russell Wilson and the Seahawks will run away with the NFC West. Next: Sunday at Arizona

2. Kansas City Chiefs, 5-1 (3)

The defending Super Bowl champions didn’t look like a team that necessarily needed to add former Jets running back Le’Veon Bell. The Chiefs ran for 245 yards, including a career-best 161 for rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, on “Monday Late-Afternoon Football” against the Bills following last week’s surprising loss to the Raiders. Next: Sunday at Denver

3. Pittsburgh Steelers, 5-0 (5)

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers are averaging 31.2 points per game with a strong pass/run mix, but their defense keyed Sunday’s 38-7 rout of Cleveland, holding the previously hot Browns to 220 total yards with four sacks and two picks against Baker Mayfield. Next: Sunday at Tennessee

4. Baltimore Ravens, 5-1 (4)

The Ravens’ D needed to stop a late two-point conversion to prevent the injury-ravaged Eagles from coming all the way back to tie after trailing 24-6 in the third quarter. Lamar Jackson was held to less than 200 passing yards for the fourth straight week, but he had his best game of the season running the ball, with 108 yards on nine attempts. Next: Bye

5. Tennessee Titans, 5-0 (6)

Ryan Tannehill and the Titans continue to prove that last year’s run to the AFC title game was no fluke, and that their recent COVID-19 issues wouldn’t derail their season. Only one non-quarterback (Adrian Peterson, 2012) has earned MVP honors in the last 13 seasons, but Derrick Henry (264 total yards Sunday vs. Houston) continues to build a case. Next: Sunday vs. Pittsburgh

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4-2 (11)

Tom Brady has thrown 11 touchdowns with only one pick over his past four games, even hooking up for a TD with old friend Rob Gronkowski against the Packers. Former Jets head coach Todd Bowles continues to do stellar work as Bruce Arians’ defensive coordinator. Next: Sunday night at Las Vegas

7. Green Bay Packers, 4-1 (2)

No idea where Sunday’s clunker came from against Tampa Bay, with Aaron Rodgers throwing a rare pick-six in the second quarter and nearly another on the next series. The Pack had been rolling through four weeks, but the Bucs’ defense harassed Rodgers (five sacks) and held the second-ranked Green Bay offense to 201 total yards. Next: Sunday at Houston

8. Chicago Bears, 5-1 (13)

We’ve been resistant to buy into the Bears while they sorted out their quarterback situation, but former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles has game-managed their past two wins. They also are one of only six NFL teams allowing fewer than 20 points per game for the season. Next: Monday at L.A. Rams

9. New Orleans, 3-2, (10)

Drew Brees and the Saints move up a notch despite not playing in Week 6. They have won six of seven against their next opponent, the Panthers. Record-setting receiver Michael Thomas should be back after missing three games with an ankle injury and another due to a suspension stemming from a practice altercation. Next: Sunday vs. Carolina

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The Bears celebrate an interception during their win over the Panthers.Getty Images

10. Buffalo Bills, 4-2 (8)

The Bills are still in first place in the AFC East, but they’ve been torched for 68 points and 836 yards the past two weeks by the Titans and the Chiefs following a 4-0 start. It’s nothing a game against the worst team in the league can’t cure, of course. Next: Sunday at Jets

11. Los Angeles Rams, 4-2 (7)

12. Arizona Cardinals, 4-2 (16)

13. Cleveland Browns, 4-2 (9)

14. Indianapolis Colts, 4-2 (15)

15. Las Vegas Raiders, 3-2 (14)

16. New England Patriots, 2-3 (12)

17. San Francisco 49ers, 3-3 (19)

18. Carolina Panthers, 3-3 (17)

19. Miami Dolphins, 3-3 (20)

20. Dallas Cowboys, 2-4 (18)

Andy Dalton is sacked by the Cardinals.AP

21. Denver Broncos, 2-3 (27)

22. Detroit Lions, 2-3 (26)

23. Philadelphia Eagles, 1-4-1 (21)

24. Cincinnati Bengals, 1-4-1 (22)

25. Houston Texans, 1-5 (23)

26. Los Angeles Chargers, 1-4 (24)

27. Minnesota Vikings, 1-5 (25)

28. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-5 (28)

29. Giants, 1-5 (30)

Joe Judge is on the board after nearly posting his first win the previous week in Dallas. The running game even has averaged more than 120 yards per game the past three weeks, including 74 by Daniel Jones vs. Washington. The Giants have another winnable NFC Least game against a banged-up divisional opponent on a short week, and hey, you never know. Next: Thursday vs. Philadelphia

30. Atlanta Falcons, 1-5 (31)

31. Washington Football Team, 1-5 (29)

32. Jets, 0-6 (32)

No way things can get worse for the unwatchable Jets after being blanked by the Dolphins for the first time since the 1982 AFC title game, right? They’ll need a win in one of the next three games before their bye week — against Buffalo, Kansas City or New England — to avoid the first 0-9 start in franchise history. Next: Sunday vs. Buffalo

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