2012 NFL Power Rankings: Winning Stats Edition - Week Seven

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Top 3 stay the same, while the Giants make a huge jump and the Colts take a mighty tumble. Plus just how bad is the AFC?

Despite a 26-3 drubbing at the hands of the Giants, the 49ers keep the top spot in the Winning Stats Power Rankings going into Week 7. However, their lead isn't nearly as wide any more. The Bears and Packers remain in the #2 and #3 spots, with the Giants jumping from 16th all the way up to 4th, and the Patriots remaining at #5, despite their loss in Seattle.

The Colts went into free-fall after their ugly loss in New York, falling 10 spots from 13th to 23rd, with both the Offense and Defense not performing as they did in their first four games. The good news for the Colts? Three of their next four opponents are ranked 28th or worse, and their other opponent, the Dolphins, are only 20th. Plenty of time to right the ship.

I'm not surprised to see the Giants as the top Offense, but am shocked to see their NFC East rival, the Cowboys, ranking at #2. It's really hard for the Cowboys to do something really well and for it to go unnoticed, but the toughest schedule in the NFL is masking them playing really well on Offense. The top Defenses remain unchanged, with the Bears and 49ers leading the way. Also interesting to note how well the Steelers look on paper, but how mediocre to below-average they look when you take into account their opponents. That Defense is really struggling.

I also should mention the Eagles, who fired Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo today, even though that was by far their better unit, ranking 7th compared to 21st on Offense. Regardless of whether Castillo should have ever gotten the job, this was not a sound football decision based on 2012. Guess it's good to be in charge, right Andy Reid?

NFL Week Seven Winning Stats Power Rankings (click on headers to sort):

Team Power Rankings
Non-Adjusted Adjusted
Offense Defense Total Offense Defense Total
49ers 6 5 2 8 2 1
Bears 12 1 1 16 1 2
Packers 11 12 8 4 8 3
Giants 3 11 5 1 15 4
Patriots 1 14 6 3 13 5
Broncos 4 19 7 5 11 6
Seahawks 20 7 13 19 3 7
Texans 13 3 3 15 6 8
Cowboys 9 26 19 2 21 9
Falcons 5 8 4 11 10 10
Ravens 7 21 11 6 20 11
Eagles 24 4 12 21 7 12
Lions 15 17 14 10 16 13
Rams 25 10 21 13 12 14
Buccaneers 23 9 20 27 5 15
Cardinals 30 2 16 30 4 16
Vikings 8 18 10 12 17 17
Redskins 14 22 15 9 22 18
Steelers 2 25 9 7 28 19
Dolphins 27 6 18 26 9 20
Chargers 16 16 17 24 18 21
Panthers 17 28 27 18 25 22
Colts 19 23 23 20 24 23
Jets 22 20 24 25 19 24
Bengals 18 15 22 22 26 25
Saints 10 30 25 14 32 26
Bills 26 27 29 17 31 27
Browns 31 13 28 32 14 28
Chiefs 28 24 26 29 23 29
Raiders 21 31 30 23 27 30
Titans 29 32 31 28 29 31
Jaguars 32 29 32 31 30 32

The disparity between the NFC and AFC is pretty staggering. The top 4 teams, and 7 of the top ten are all from the NFC, while nine of the worst 10 teams, including the bottom six, all are in the AFC. It certainly shows that the Colts still have a decent shot at one of the two Wild Card spots, especially with the schedule we talked about earlier.

It does make me smile to see that lone NFC team at the bottom is the Saints.

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