SGN Columnist Russ Loede’s Week Seven Power Rankings

This picture summed up the Jags mentality against the Titans on Monday Night

1. New York Jets (1) – Mark Sanchez got his bad game, interceptions out of the way early.  Rex Ryan’s club is not lacking anything, especially not swagger.  I’m confident this has been the most impressive team through six weeks.  Just as confident LaDainian Tomlinson is the MVP of the NFL so far.  He can do no wrong.

2. New York Giants (4) – An all New York Super Bowl?  Can it wait two years?  Ahmad Bradshaw is running like a world-beater.  Brandon Jacobs is back to his old self.  Eli is making me change my stance on him.  Where’s the love for Tom Coughlin?

3. Indianapolis Colts (6) – Peyton’s offense went on the road to Washington and made a solid Jim Haslett defense look like a Junior Varisty High School defense.  Addai, Hart have revived the run game.  Manning makes his slot receivers look like Hall of Famers, week in and week out.  I’m not down on the defense, actually, I think they have the pieces in place to be good enough to win it all.

4. New Orleans Saints (14) – Chris Ivory is the next Ronnie Brown.  You get Reggie and Pierre back soon, and all of a sudden you possess a three-headed monster similar to the Giants in ’08.  Drew Brees is spot-on, Darren Sharper is returning; Super Bowl hangover is over.  As long as the defense generates takeaways, this team should return to the NFC title game.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (3) – What a difference a QB makes.  Offense runs so much smoother.  Rashard Mendenhall has not missed a beat.  The D is not letting up either.  Mike Wallace is a touchdown machine.  Heath Miller and Hines Ward are now relevant again in the pass game.  Can’t find weaknesses.  Just don’t know if the offense can have with the best of the best.

6. Tennessee Titans (5) – Defense is punishing.  Chris Johnson never goes down on first contact.  This could be the toughest team in the NFL.  I love their physical play.  Receivers are stepping their game up.  I can’t wait until they face the Colts.  Two sharp contrasts in styles.

7. New England Patriots (9) – Danny Woodhead, Deion Branch, Patrick Chung; the list goes on.  Unsung heroes continue to rise and shine.  Tom Brady is still under center center.  Bill Belichick is still roaming the sidelines.  This team is going nowhere without Randy Moss.  I like how the defense, run games are steadily improving.  Big win over Baltimore.

8. Baltimore Ravens (2) – Ed Reed is soon to return.  Flacco look really good in New England.  Run game has to get more consistent.  Everything is in place for a rematch with the Colts in the Playoffs.  Haloti Ngata never ceases to amaze.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (8) – Kolb to Maclin is a winner.  It has to be Sunday in Tennessee.  I want to see how Kolb performs under pressure.  We shall see against the NFL’s top sack producing club.  I will be shocked if they beat the Titans on the road.  Defense made waves against Atlanta.  Very underrated.

10. Minnesota Vikings (13) – We are seeing a more focused team, that is starting to tap into its potential.  With that said, they have to beat the Packers in Lambeau to convince me they are fully ready to enter into serious contention status.  Still waiting for the defensive line to show up.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (15) – So now the pass game shows up.  That happens, and the defense falls apart in Houston.  Still, they have proven to me they are a legitimate team that can win any given Sunday.  However, can they reach the next level?  Jamaal Charles has to be that guy to put them over the top.  Anytime we’ll witness this development soon?  The ball is in Charlie Weis’ court.  Charles is the ticket that will allow the Chiefs permission to enter past the gates, which lead to the AFC West throne.  Does K.C. realize this?  The only way to get to the next level, and remain atop the AFC West; is to follow Jamaal’s lead.  Consider this: Jamaal Charles leads the NFL in yards per carry at 6.3 a pop.

12. Houston Texans (18) – Even though they beat the Chiefs, I still have my doubts and concerns about their pass defense.  Mario Williams has to do more period.  Schaub to Andre got back on track.  You know Foster is the real deal.  Now you add Ward to the potential MVP in the backfield equation.  Yet, the question marks in the secondary remain.  Not as steady as the Chiefs, but just as dynamic, if not more dynamic.

13. Green Bay Packers (12) – Aaron Rodgers continues to impress me,game after game.  Greg Jennings finally arrived on set.  The question still abounds: Can they win a big game on the big stage?  This Sunday night will tell me a lot about the Packers.  Almost a must-win for both them and the Vikings.

14. Atlanta Falcons (11) – I guess the “NFC’s best team” hype was unwarranted.  Bad loss, yet, I’m not buying into the loss ruining their season, just yet that is.  Signs of things to come?  Cincinnati is heading into the Georgia Dome, hungry after a Bye week.  I want to see how the Falcons respond after a crushing loss.

15. Washington Redskins (7) – The defense’s performance against the Indy run game was mind-boggling.  Not only that, but the offense’s inept decision making was just as startling.  Donovan’s play has been staggering -I can’t figure him out.  Despite the loss, the team has found their starting running back/money maker in Ryan Torain.

16. Miami Dolphins (25) – This team showed me something in Green Bay.  To win that game in overtime after surrendering a lead late in the 4th quarter was a revelation.  I believe if they can yield as much points as they did to Green Bay this Sunday at home against Pittsburgh -they win.  If they beat the Steelers, now we’re talking.  I don’t know whether or not I should buy into the ‘Phins just yet.  Big-time rebound after losing two prime time games at home within the division.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (19) – The stage is set.  On the road against Atlanta.  A win would make fans forget about the past two losses.  This team is too talented and tough to be under .500.  I have a hunch they play like the way they did against Baltimore in Week 2 against the Dirty Birds this Sunday.  They have to win this game.  Can’t lose a third straight and fall to 2-4 in a loaded AFC.  If they drop this game they are as good as done.

18. St. Louis Rams (27) – Danario has the physical tools, skill set to become a #1 WR.  Sam Bradford looked good again, nothing new.  Steven Jackson is putting up big numbers.  Defense is stout at times.  I like this team to win the NFC West if the 49ers don’t go “LL Cool J on us” and “call it a comeback”.

19. Denver Broncos (22) – Knowshon is back in the mix.  We can finally see some balance in the Mile High city.  So close to beating the Jets.  One pass interference call away on a 4th down.  I think they are a player in the AFC West.  Kyle Orton just makes plays.  Tim Tebow!

20. Chicago Bears (10) – Same problems exist.  Forte has to get more involved, some way, some how.  Defense got lit up by Matt Hasselbeck.  Julius was shutdown by a rookie.  Still in first place.  Lance Briggs is missed.  The receivers have big-play potential after the catch.  Time to shorten the routes, seven-step drops, Martz.

21. Dallas Cowboys (17) – A little bit of discipline goes a long way.  Could have used some on Sunday.  Thought they had the game if they had some against Minnesota.  Monday night at home against the division rival Giants -can the situation to go 360 get any better?  Time is now.  You have to run it against the Giants front line.  If the game gets into a shootout Romo may not last.  They have found something special in Dez Bryant.

22. Arizona Cardinals (26) – I have a feeling Chris Wells is going to turn it up a notch following the Bye.  They need to him to team up with Hightower on the ground to form a 1-2 punch.  Larry Fitzgerald has been rather quiet.  Steve Breaston is one of the most underappreciated players in the game today.  He should return this week.  His value goes beyond the box score.

23. Seattle Seahawks (28) – They beat up and battered the Bears.  And it was on the road too.  Justin Forsett has to be more incorporated into the offense.  Golden Tate has been a disappointment.  Deon Butler looks like a good slot receiver.

24. San Francisco 49ers (29) – Alex Smith is a good QB.  I’m convinced of this.  He has a strong supporting cast to make him an above-average QB.  Defense has to force more turnovers.  Frank Gore enjoyed his best game against Oakland.  More Gore.

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (16) – Bright future, however, not ready to contend with the big boys this season.

26. Detroit Lions (23) – Matthew Stafford.  Calvin Johnson is going to erupt.  I can see this team finishing the year around .500.  Defensive line play gives hope for the defense as a whole.

27. San Diego Chargers (20) – Things are not falling their way.  Philip Rivers is crying for help, and a new coach.  Have to blame someone, right?  Where’s the winning attitude away from home?

28. Oakland Raiders (24) – Kyle Boller might start this week.  Could be the most frustrating team in the NFL.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (21) – Its display Monday night against Titans was sad.  Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t the same.

30. Cleveland Browns (30) – Colt McCoy looked like a real QB, actually, an NFL starting QB -and that was against the NFL’s best defense at their place.  Kudos.

31. Carolina Panthers (31) – Good chance this week against the 49ers.  With Matt Moore?  This team shouldn’t be winless.  They are way too talented.

32. Buffalo Bills (32) – They will win more than one game this season.  Guaranteed.


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3 Responses to “SGN Columnist Russ Loede’s Week Seven Power Rankings”

  1. JAYMAC says:

    Your #11. KANSAS CITY blurb—
    I’m thinking about this (unedited) tagline you stuck at the end:
    “We will shall it soon!”

    …still haven’t figured it out….
    Anyway, I have BOWE & CHARLES Fantasy Dude ready to romp this weekend!

  2. Russ Loede says:

    Thanks, Jay-Mac.

    Check it out now, brother.

    Jamaal Charles holds the keys to success in KC!

  3. Russ = Falcon Hater says:

    “I guess the “NFC’s best team” hype was unwarranted”

    Classic Russ hates the Falcons Line! Love it!

    I’ll bet you were pulling hard for the Eagles in this game. Don’t lie you hater. If only the Falcons could play your Bears and beat them for a 3rd straight year. Then maybe we could get some validation?