NFL power rankings, Week 7: Jets rise, Buccaneers sink

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (Dan Powers/Appleton Post-Crescent-USA TODAY NETWORK)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (Dan Powers/Appleton Post-Crescent-USA TODAY NETWORK) /

In our Week 7 NFL power rankings, the New York Jets have taken flight, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are seeing their ship take on water.

1-5. Previous: . Carolina Panthers. 32. team. 87.

It’s time for the Panthers to have a full-blown fire sale.

team. 10. . 1-3-1. Previous: . Houston Texans. 31

The Texans have fought hard in every game. This week, the Raiders with both teams coming off the bye.

30. team. 57. . 2-4. Previous: . Chicago Bears

Chicago can’t score. It’s not good, considering you need to score point to win games.

Washington Commanders. 29. team. 58. . 2-4. Previous:

Taylor Heinicke to the rescue? Seriously, he can’t be much worse than Carson Wentz.

team. 50. . 1-4. Previous: . Detroit Lions. 28

The Lions can score points, but they can’t stop their opponents. Now, Dallas.

55. . 2-4. Previous: . Pittsburgh Steelers. 27. team

Pittsburgh has been really bad for the most part, but a huge win to keep hope alive against the Buccaneers.

Cleveland Browns. 26. team. 53. . 2-4. Previous:

The next four games? Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati and Baltimore. Good night.

Denver Broncos. 25. team. 45. . 2-4. Previous:

Russell Wilson is signed until he’s 40 years old. He’s currently 33.

32. . 2-4. Previous: . Arizona Cardinals. 24. team

The Cardinals extended Kliff Kingsbury this offseason, and now six games into the campaign, he’s talking about giving up play-calling. Yikes.

Jacksonville Jaguars. 23. team. 52. . 2-4. Previous:

The Jaguars looked like a fun team after beating the Chargers in Week 3. Turns out, they aren’t fun.

Las Vegas Raiders. 22. team. 28. . 1-4. Previous:

If the Raiders are going to make a push towards the playoffs, it starts with this easy upcoming stretch.

15. . 2-4. Previous: . New Orleans Saints. 21. team

The Saints have talent, but the quarterback position is a mess.

46. . 3-2-1. Previous: . Indianapolis Colts. 20. team

How the hell are the Colts above .500? Feels like a magic trick.

47. . 3-3. Previous: . New England Patriots. 19. team

Bailey Zappe might turn Mac Jones into a less expensive Drew Bledsoe.

3-3. Previous: . Seattle Seahawks. 18. team. 36.

Geno Smith is a great story, the Seahawks are tied atop the NFC West, and Seattle found its defense in Week 6.

3-3. Previous: . Atlanta Falcons. 17. team. 44.

Atlanta is one of the best-coached teams in the league. Love the offensive creativity from Arthur Smith.

New York Jets. 16. team. 30. . 4-2. Previous:

J-E-T-S. Time to give Gang Green some love. That was a dominant win over the Packers.

15. team. 35. . 3-2. Previous: . Tennessee Titans

Tennessee is riding a three-game win streak out of its bye and looks like the best team in the AFC South.

51. . 3-3. Previous: . Los Angeles Rams. 14. team

The offensive line continues to lose starters, and now Cam Akers is on his way out.

3-3. Previous: . Miami Dolphins. 13. team. 59.

The Dolphins need to get healthy in the worst way.

4-2. Previous: . Los Angeles Chargers. 12. team. 13.

It’s not pretty —  at all — but the Chargers are tied atop the AFC West.

3-3. Previous: . Cincinnati Bengals. 11. team. 56.

Cincinnati found a way to win at New Orleans, and pulled into a first-place tie alongside Baltimore in the AFC North.

team. 48. . 3-3. Previous: . Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 10

Tom Brady has to be wondering why he came back.

3-3. Previous: . Green Bay Packers. 9. team. 49.

What the hell is going on? The Packers look lost on both sides of the ball.

San Francisco 49ers. 8. team. 42. . 3-3. Previous:

San Francisco is loaded, but the Niners are so beat up. Tough to win like this.

. 3-3. Previous: . Baltimore Ravens. 7. team. 26

Lamar Jackson needs to be better in the second half. It’s been a problem in a few games this year.

Dallas Cowboys. 6. team. 123. . 4-2. Previous:

A rare moment where a team moves up three spots despite losing, but the Cowboys are getting Dak Prescott back and the rest of the league is mediocre.

5-1. Previous: . New York Giants. 5. team. 31.

New York football appears to be back. The Giants are fighting hard, they’re really well-coached, and the defense has been nails in big spots.

Previous: . Minnesota Vikings. 4. team. 60. . 5-1

The Vikings leave plenty to be desired, but at 5-1 they deserve respect in a very middling league save for the next three teams.

124. . 4-2. Previous: . Kansas City Chiefs. 3. team

Tough to move the Chiefs down for playing Buffalo to the wire with myriad defensive injuries. The Chiefs will be right there in late January.

2. team. 16. . 5-1. Previous: . Buffalo Bills

Buffalo looks like the best team in football. Dominant on both sides of the ball.

team. 54. . 6-0. Previous: . Philadelphia Eagles. 1

Hard not to put Philadelphia atop the list. The Eagles are winning in a litany of ways. Most importantly, they just keep winning.