By Chris Burke
October 23, 2013
The Seattle Seahawks sit atop the NFC West at 6-1 and could have Percy Harvin back sooner than expected.
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NFL Power Rankings
1 Seattle Seahawks
Last Week: 4
Like his team, Pete Carroll had never before been 6-1 as an NFL coach. He was, however, 6-2 once: in 1999, with New England. That Patriots team, led by QB Drew Bledsoe, then lost six of its final eight games to plummet to .500 and miss the playoffs.
2 Kansas City Chiefs
Last Week: 2
At the rate they're currently giving up points -- 11.6 per game, best in the league -- the Chiefs would have to play 37 games to match the number of points allowed by last year's K.C. defense (425).
3 New Orleans Saints
Last Week: 3
One of Pro Football Focus' stats ("Total Pressure") counts the combined sacks, hits and hurries for each defender. The Saints' Cameron Jordan is currently sitting on 34 for the season, two more than defending Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, who has played seven games to Jordan's six.
4 Denver Broncos
Last Week: 1
Ronnie Hillman has two career rushing touchdowns. Knowshon Moreno has eight this season. So, why exactly did the Broncos try to sneak Hillman into the end zone in the fourth quarter Sunday, down by nine? The decision backfired -- Hillman fumbled inside the Colts' 5, putting the kibosh on Denver's comeback attempt.
5 Indianapolis Colts
Last Week: 9
Reggie Wayne, who Sunday night suffered a season-ending ACL tear, will finish 2013 with 1,006 career catches. That's more than the total of every other Colts player combined ... by more than 350 catches. The rest of the roster has 651 receptions among it.
6 San Francisco 49ers
Last Week: 5
Colin Kaepernick through seven games of the 49ers' 2013 season: 103-of-182 passing for 1,420 yards and eight touchdowns. Colin Kaepernick through seven games of the 49ers' 2012 season: 5-of-8 passing for 89 yards and no touchdowns.
7 Cincinnati Bengals
Last Week: 8
The Bengals have won back-to-back games by the exact same 27-24 score, which by my count is the first time that has ever occurred in NFL history. So ... congratulations, Bengals?
8 Green Bay Packers
Last Week: 7
Oh, hey, look at that: The Packers headed into Week 7 battered by injuries, and Jarrett Boykin just happened to lead the team in receptions and yards. The evidence continues to mount that Aaron Rodgers is some sort of wizard.
9 New England Patriots
Last Week: 6
A career-high 17 targets for Rob Gronkowski on Sunday. That explains why Tom Brady was following him through the locker room, muttering "Never leave again. Never leave again."
10 Dallas Cowboys
Last Week: 12
Haven't the Buccaneers had a bad enough season without George Selvie piling on the misery? Tampa Bay signed Selvie in April and released him in May, paving the way for Dallas to pick him up. All he's done so far in 2013 is record 4.5 sacks, more than doubling his career total.
11 San Diego Chargers
Last Week: 16
The Chargers had the ball for 37 minutes and change during their win over the Jaguars, something that has become a trend. San Diego currently has the longest average drive time in the NFL, at 3 minutes and 14 seconds per possession.
12 New York Jets
Last Week: 19
If the Jets never get another thing out of running back Chris Ivory, they'll probably still deem their trade for him -- a 2013 fourth-round pick -- a success. Ivory rushing for 104 yards in a dramatic OT win over the hated Patriots makes anything that happens from here on a bonus.
13 Detroit Lions
Last Week: 11
Whenever the Lions seem on the verge of jumping into the conversation as a contender, they do something to remind everyone what a difficult journey they have had. Sunday, it was this: Sam Martin averaged 48.3 yards on his first three punts; his fourth traveled 28 yards, short enough to allow Cincinnati to later boot a game-winning field goal.
14 Carolina Panthers
Last Week: 21
Yeah, yeah, Cam Newton. Is anyone aware that the Panthers boast the league's second-stingiest defense? With a disruptive front seven, Carolina has masked its issues in the secondary and is coughing up just 13.8 points per game.
15 Chicago Bears
Last Week: 10
Josh McCown has been in the NFL since 2002. Sunday's relief performance for an injured Jay Cutler was, by QB ratings standards, his second-best showing ever. He bested his 119.6 mark only with a 125.2 in 2007, when he was the Raiders' QB.
16 Baltimore Ravens
Last Week: 15
"We're at a state of emergency now," Terrell Suggs told CSN Baltimore following his team's latest setback, a 19-16 loss in Pittsburgh. There's another storm brewing after a bye -- Baltimore still has six games against teams with records above .500.
17 Miami Dolphins
Last Week: 13
Miami's home loss to Buffalo made this team the frontrunner for the "Gotcha!" award, presented last season to a Cardinals team that started 4-0 and finished 5-11.
18 Tennessee Titans
Last Week: 17
Despite three straight losses, the Titans remain the second-best team in the AFC South, behind the Colts. Which is like saying that Jaws 2 was the second-best flick in that film franchise.
19 Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: 23
Steven Jackson is still sitting on 14 carries this season, after signing a $12 million contract in the offseason. Somewhere, Michael Turner's finishing off a deep-dish pizza and thinking, "Not as easy as it looks, eh?"
20 Washington Redskins
Last Week: 26
With his breakthrough performance Sunday (nine catches for 134 yards and a touchdown), Jordan Reed is now outpacing every other tight end taken in the 2013 draft, including first-rounder Tyler Eifert.
21 Buffalo Bills
Last Week: 27
The Bills, one game under .500 on the season, have yet to be favored heading into any of their matchups in 2013. That streak may not break until the cushiest road trip any team enjoys this season: at Tampa Bay and at Jacksonville in Weeks 14 and 15, respectively.
22 Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Week: 25
Pittsburgh's petition to the league for a "What Happens in London, Stays in London" rule was rejected, meaning that loss to an increasingly horrid Minnesota team will stand.
23 Philadelphia Eagles
Last Week: 18
Rookie Matt Barkley threw more interceptions in 20 passes Sunday (three) than Nick Foles and Michael Vick have fired all season in a combined 222 attempts (two).
24 St. Louis Rams
Last Week: 14
This is a Sam Bradford ACL-induced ranking for the Rams, who now have to turn over their playoff hopes to Kellen Clemens. In Clemens' last turn as the Rams' fill-in starting QB, back in 2011, the team lost all three games by an average of nearly two touchdowns.
25 Arizona Cardinals
Last Week: 22
Is it a good or bad thing for the Cardinals that Larry Fitzgerald's receiving numbers (32 catches, 422 yards) are basically identical to Michael Floyd's (32 catches, 403 yards)?
26 Cleveland Browns
Last Week: 20
Each additional Brandon Weeden loss simply adds to the Legend of Brian Hoyer. The Browns were a perfect 3-0 with Hoyer at the helm, compared to a current 0-4 behind Weeden. Rob Chudzinski will look to catch lightning in a bottle a second time this Sunday by turning to Jason Campbell.
27 Oakland Raiders
Last Week: 24
Here's a spot of good news for the Raiders coming out of their bye, which followed a game in which Terrelle Pryor was sacked nine times: Pittsburgh, Oakland's upcoming foe, has just eight sacks all season long.
28 New York Giants
Last Week: 31
Jason Pierre-Paul finally showed some signs of life (and full health) on Monday night -- good news for a Giants team whose sack leaders (Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka) right now are stuck on just 1.5 for the season.
29 Houston Texans
Last Week: 28
During their five-game losing streak, the Texans are averaging all of 12.2 points. Only the Jaguars' league-worst offense is operating at a worse clip than that (slightly shy of 11 points per game).
30 Minnesota Vikings
Last Week: 29
You know the old adage ... When you have three quarterbacks and a fourth quarterback playing wide receiver because you didn't know what to do with him during the offseason, you really have no quarterbacks.
31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last Week: 30
What's a less appealing game for the casual NFL TV viewing audience: Tampa Bay's Thursday nighter this week against Carolina? Or the winless Bucs hosting a Week 10 Monday game against Miami?
32 Jacksonville Jaguars
Last Week: 32
Some jerk on Twitter asked Sunday if the Chargers' cross-country trip to Jacksonville might set up an "upset in the making." That thought gave too much credit to the Jaguars, who should first focus on losing by single digits before moving on to claiming a victory.

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