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NFL Power Rankings: Eagles Fly High at No.1

NFL Power Rankings: Eagles Fly High at No.1
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Here is the first edition of the Strike 7 Sports NFL Top 15 Team Power Rankings. The Philadelphia Eagles lead the charge as our number-one-ranked team in the league right now. They have constantly stockpiled their roster with players that can elevate them to another Super Bowl title. The latest player to join their ranks is defensive end, Robert Quinn. He was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bears. The veteran defensive end is coming off a year in which he recorded a career-best 18.4 sacks in 2021. Outside of the Eagles realm, there seem to be a lot of question marks.

Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady both have losing records and is on pace to miss the playoffs this season. The defending Super Bowl champions, the Los Angeles Rams, have taken a step back and are nowhere near the squad that made a run to the big game last year. With ten weeks left, you can expect the league to be mixed with twists and turns. It’s been that kind of year so far.

1. Eagles (7-0)

After their bye week, the Philadelphia Eagles continue to show why they are the NFL’s hottest team. Their latest victory came against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wideout A.J. Brown posted a career-best three TDs in Sunday’s 35-13 blowout victory.

2. Bills (6-1)

Buffalo will most likely secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs this season. It’s only a matter of when we will see the rematch with the Kansas City Chiefs. Josh Allen versus Patrick Mahomes is quickly becoming this era’s version of Manning versus Brady. Both QBs have ascended into their category.

3. Chiefs (5-2)

Kansas City was on a bye this week, but they showed how potent they could be before that. In Week 7, the Chiefs went on the road and dismantled the San Francisco 49ers 44-23. With the way both teams have been playing, a Super Bowl rematch could be on the horizon.

4. Vikings (6-1)

With every Green Bay Packers loss, the Vikings’ lead in the NFC North increases. It seems to be the only way that Minnesota can win the division. The Green Bay passing attack is a shell of itself without the presence of Davante Adams. The subtraction has benefited the Vikings significantly.

5. Cowboys (6-2)

No Zeke, no problem for the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Pollard steps in and rushes for 131 yards and three touchdowns in Week 8’s 49-23 beatdown of the Chicago Bears.

6. Titans (6-2)

The talk of the Titans going into a full rebuild has slowly died down among their fanbase. Tennessee is currently on a four-game winning streak and is the projected front-runner to repeat as AFC South champions. Running back Derrick Henry demonstrated why he will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He tied O.J. Simpson and Adrian Peterson for the most 200-yard games in a career with six. Henry ran for 219 yards and two touchdowns.

7. Seahawks (5-3)

If you had told me that the Seattle Seahawks would become a prolific passing attack with Geno Smith and not Russell Wilson, I would have thought you were on drugs. Well, here they are. But here is the icing on the cake. Seattle is currently in first place in the NFC West. However, you must wonder how long this lead will last because the 49ers are trending quickly.

8. Ravens (5-3)

As long as Lamar Jackson is under center, the Baltimore Ravens will always have a chance to be successful. With the way Cincinnati performed without WR Ja’Marr Chase on MNF, the Ravens may have a chance to strengthen their lead in the AFC North.

9. Giants (6-2)

The Giants’ five-game winning streak was snapped against the Seattle Seahawks. Does that mean the honeymoon is over for QB Daniel Jones? The G-Men have two bounce-back games against Houston and Detroit before the rematch in Big D.

10. 49ers (4-4)

Newly acquired running back Christian McCaffrey was on full display in the 49ers’ Week 8 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. Run CMC became the first player since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2005 to throw for, run for, and catch a touchdown in the same game. If you are a 49ers fan or a fan of the game in general, buckle up!

11. Dolphins (5-3)

The Dolphins may not win the AFC East this season, but they will be a guaranteed lock to secure a wild-card playoff berth. Keeping Tagovailoa healthy down the stretch is going to be critical.

12. Jets (5-3)

There’s going to be a time when quarterback Zack Wilson will have to win a game for the New York Jets. They lost to the New England Patriots 22-17. Their next five games could determine if the Jets are a playoff team and whether Wilson is a viable option at QB.

13. Falcons (4-4)

With division favorites the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints getting off to slow starts, it has paved the way for the Atlanta Falcons to sneak into first place. They accomplished that after a thrilling overtime victory against the Carolina Panthers. But you must wonder if the Falcons’ rise is temporary or permanent. The South is very wide open, and no team is above .500.

14. Commanders (4-4)

It looks like there’s hope after all for the Washington Commanders. They have won two-straight games and have positioned themselves for a strong second half of the season. But will Taylor Heinicke remain the starter, or will Carson Wentz take back his position?

15. Bengals (4-4)

Any expectations of the Bengals repeating as AFC North champions are in serious doubt. The team looked very average without their top receiver Ja’Marr Chase. The Cleveland Browns took a 25-point lead on Monday Night Football until the Bengals responded with a garbage-time TD. We knew there would be a drop-off without Chase, but it should not be as drastic, especially when the team has other weapons, such as Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and Joe Mixon.

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