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  • Three teams split the first-place votes, Pittsburgh and Houston recovered from falls, the Saints made their move, and the Broncos and Rodgers-less Packers go tumbling down. Plus, the Browns make Power Rankings Poll history. It is not good history
By The MMQB Staff
October 17, 2017

Much like the Weebles, the Kansas City Chiefs wobbled but they didn’t fall down. The Chiefs retain their spot atop The MMQB Power Rankings Poll even after suffering their first loss of the season. But, obviously, things are getting too close for comfort, as the Eagles are within five points of K.C. with the Patriots and Steelers also within striking distance. And on the other end of the poll, the Browns become the first unanimous selection in the history of The MMQB Power Rankings Poll, at No. 32. So don’t say they have nothing going for them.

For those of you new to the internet, you have to scroll down to a lower point on the page to see the rankings in full. But first, we look at our biggest risers and fallers . . .

BIGGEST RISERS

Pittsburgh Steelers (11th to fourth): Their fall from grace did not last for long (of course, anyone who reads The MMQB regularly already knew there was no reason to openly mourn the end of Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers). Pittsburgh’s fast, young and rapidly improving defense has been overlooked because everyone plays fantasy football and only offense matters, but the Steelers proved they can beat quality teams even when the offense isn’t operating at full capacity.

Houston Texans (18th to 11th): Playing the Browns is always good for what ails you (in this case, losing two of their three stud pass-rushers was what ailed the Texans); we’ll get a better read on Houston when they come off their Week 7 bye and head to Seattle. For now, just enjoy Deshaun Watson. But not this week, because they’re on bye, as I mentioned one sentence ago. Try to keep up.

Also making a move into the top half of the rankings are the Saints (20th to 14th). Remember when the Saints defense couldn’t rush the passer or cover anyone or stop the run or remember Sean Payton’s birthday and every year would just ask Drew Brees to sign their names on the card he got? Well, after shutting out the Dolphins in London they came back stateside and nearly outscored the Lions offense (24 points for Matthew Stafford and Co., 21 for the Saints D). It looks like they have something cooking with their young secondary.

BIGGEST FALLERS

Green Bay Packers (second to 16th): Certain things happen to a team when they lose the most valuable player in the NFL to a significant injury and replace him with a player who has never started a regular-season game. One of them is that they fall in The MMQB Power Rankings Poll. This one is pretty self-explanatory.

Denver Broncos (sixth to 13th): Only way the Broncos could have looked less prepared on Sunday night would have been if multiple players had forgotten to wear pants (I’ll check the coaches film later today to confirm that wasn’t the case). Trevor Siemian’s poor play drew the headlines, but for this Broncos defense to allow 148 rushing yards to that Giants rushing attack is unforgivable.

Elsewhere, getting two long special teams touchdowns and still managing to lose to the Bears at home is the kind of thing that usually triggers a point-shaving investigation. The Ravens (22nd to 27th) tumble down the rankings again.

Introduction by Gary Gramling

This week’s voters:

Andy Benoit, Analyst and Staff Writer
Greg Bishop, Senior Writer
Andrew Brandt, Business of Football Columnist
Adam Duerson, Assistant Managing Editor
Jacob Feldman, NFL Reporter
Gary Gramling, Senior Editor
Jonathan Jones, Staff Writer
Kalyn Kahler, Editorial Assistant
Bette Marston, Senior Producer
Mark Mravic, Executive Editor
Tim Rohan, NFL Writer
Jenny Vrentas, Senior Writer

 


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Last Week’s Rank: 1

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 375

First-Place Votes: 7 (Bishop, Benoit, Feldman, Jones, Kahler, Rohan, Vrentas)

Lowest-Place Vote: Fifth

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Pittsburgh, 42-34

Week 7 Opponent: at Oakland (Thursday)

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Last Week’s Rank: 5

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 370

First-Place Votes: 2 (Brandt, Mravic)

Lowest-Place Vote: Third (4)

Last Week’s Result: Win at Carolina, 28-23

Week 7 Opponent: vs. Washington (Monday)

Last Week’s Rank: 4

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 355

First-Place Votes: 3 (Duerson, Gramling, Marston)

Lowest-Place Vote: Eighth

Last Week’s Result: Win at N.Y. Jets, 24-17

Week 7 Opponent: vs. Atlanta

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Last Week’s Rank: 11

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 352

Highest-Place Vote: Second

Lowest-Place Vote: Sixth

Last Week’s Result: Win at Kansas City, 19-13

Week 7 Opponent: vs. Cincinnati

Last Week’s Rank: 3

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 320

Highest-Place Vote: Second

Lowest-Place Vote: 11th

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Miami, 20-17

Week 7 Opponent: at New England

Last Week’s Rank: 7

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 315

Highest-Place Vote: Fourth (3)

Lowest-Place Vote: 11st (2)

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Philadelphia, 28-23

Week 7 Opponent: at Chicago

Last Week’s Rank: 8

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 308

Highest-Place Vote: Fourth

Lowest-Place Vote: 12th

Last Week’s Result: bye week

Week 7 Opponent: at N.Y. Giants

Last Week’s Rank: 10

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 297

Highest-Place Vote: Sixth (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 10th (3)

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. San Francisco, 26-24

Week 7 Opponent: at Philadelphia (Monday)

Last Week’s Rank: 13

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 291

Highest-Place Vote: Fifth

Lowest-Place Vote: 13th

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Green Bay, 23-10

Week 7 Opponent: vs. Baltimore

Last Week’s Rank: 14

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 288

Highest-Place Vote: Sixth

Lowest-Place Vote: 11th (2)

Last Week’s Result: Win at Jacksonville, 27-17

Week 7 Opponent: vs. Arizona

Last Week’s Rank: 18

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 257

Highest-Place Vote: Seventh

Lowest-Place Vote: 17th

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Cleveland, 33-17

Week 7 Opponent: bye week

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Last Week’s Rank: 9

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 250

Highest-Place Vote: Ninth (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 17th

Last Week’s Result: bye week

Week 7 Opponent: at San Francisco

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Last Week’s Rank: 6

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 247

Highest-Place Vote: 10th (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 16th

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. N.Y. Giants, 23-10

Week 7 Opponent: at L.A. Chargers

Last Week’s Rank: 20

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 221

Highest-Place Vote: 11th (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 18th

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Detroit, 52-38

Week 7 Opponent: at Green Bay

Last Week’s Rank: 12

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 205

Highest-Place Vote: 14th

Lowest-Place Vote: 19th

Last Week’s Result: Loss at New Orleans, 52-38

Week 7 Opponent: bye week

Last Week’s Rank: 2

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 199

Highest-Place Vote: Fourth

Lowest-Place Vote: 25th

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Minnesota, 23-10

Week 7 Opponent: vs. New Orleans

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Last Week’s Rank: 19

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 186

Highest-Place Vote: 14th

Lowest-Place Vote: 20th (3)

Last Week’s Result: bye week

Week 7 Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay

Last Week’s Rank: 15

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 183

Highest-Place Vote: 12th

Lowest-Place Vote: 23rd

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. L.A. Rams, 27-17

Week 7 Opponent: at Indianapolis

Last Week’s Rank: 16

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 169

Highest-Place Vote: 15th

Lowest-Place Vote: 24th

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. L.A. Chargers, 17-16

Week 7 Opponent: vs. Kansas City (Thursday)

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Last Week’s Rank: 17

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 151

Highest-Place Vote: 17th

Lowest-Place Vote: 24th

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Arizona, 38-33

Week 7 Opponent: at Buffalo

Last Week’s Rank: 21

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 133

Highest-Place Vote: 17th

Lowest-Place Vote: 29th

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Indianapolis, 36-22

Week 7 Opponent: at Cleveland

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Last Week’s Rank: 25

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 131

Highest-Place Vote: 18th (3)

Lowest-Place Vote: 27th

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Tampa Bay, 38-33

Week 7 Opponent: at L.A. Rams

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Last Week’s Rank: 24

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 118

Highest-Place Vote: 18th

Lowest-Place Vote: 26th (2)

Last Week’s Result: Win at Atlanta, 20-17

Week 7 Opponent: vs. N.Y. Jets

Last Week’s Rank: 23

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 109

Highest-Place Vote: 19th (3)

Lowest-Place Vote: 30th

Last Week’s Result: bye week

Week 7 Opponent: at Pittsburgh

Last Week’s Rank: 27

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 109

Highest-Place Vote: 18th

Lowest-Place Vote: 29th

Last Week’s Result: Win at Oakland, 17-16

Week 7 Opponent: vs. Denver

Last Week’s Rank: 26

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 98

Highest-Place Vote: 14th

Lowest-Place Vote: 31st

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. New England, 24-17

Week 7 Opponent: at Miami

Last Week’s Rank: 22

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 80

Highest-Place Vote: 19th

Lowest-Place Vote: 29th (3)

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Chicago, 27-24 (OT)

Week 7 Opponent: at Minnesota

Last Week’s Rank: 30

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 69

Highest-Place Vote: 24th

Lowest-Place Vote: 29th (3)

Last Week’s Result: Win at Baltimore, 27-24 (OT)

Week 7 Opponent: vs. Carolina

Last Week’s Rank: 29

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 64

Highest-Place Vote: 24th

Lowest-Place Vote: 30th (2)

Last Week’s Result: Win at Denver, 23-10

Week 7 Opponent: vs. Seattle

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Last Week’s Rank: 28

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 47

Highest-Place Vote: 22nd

Lowest-Place Vote: 31st

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Tennessee, 36-22

Week 7 Opponent: vs. Jacksonville

Last Week’s Rank: 31

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 27

Highest-Place Vote: 29th

Lowest-Place Vote: 31st (10)

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Washington, 26-24

Week 7 Opponent: vs. Dallas

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Last Week’s Rank: 32

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 12

Last-Place Votes: 12 (everybody!)

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Houston, 33-17

Week 7 Opponent: vs. Tennessee

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