By Bill Seals - Fred Altieri
Sports Reporters - PFWA Members 

2022 NFL Power Rankings – Week 07

Chargers at #6, Rams at #17


October 27, 2022

MIke Nowak - LA Chargers

Head Coach Brandon Staley, 13-10 lifetime regular season record with Chargers

1. Philadelphia Eagles (6-0): The Eagles have a +12-turnover ratio, which is a +8 better than the second-place team in that category. The Eagles lead the NFL in turnovers caused with 14 and lead the NFL in fewest turnovers with two. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A vs Pittsburgh Steelers – Sun, Oct. 30 – O/U N/A (ATS: 4-2 – O/U: 3-3)

2. Buffalo Bills (5-1): With the Bills 24-20 win over the Chiefs at Kansas City, the Bills have the early season edge on homefield advantage over the Chiefs and the rest of the AFC. Bills linebacker Von Miller is predicting that free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will be joining the Bills later this season. The Bills look like the team to beat in the AFC this season. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A vs Green Bay Packers - Sun, Oct. 30 – O/U N/A (ATS: 4-1-1 – O/U: 1-5)

3. Kansas City Chiefs (4-2): The Chiefs are 2-0 vs. the NFC and 2-2 vs. the AFC. The latter is more important than the former for conference tiebreakers. The two wins in the AFC were home wins over division rivals, by three points over the Chargers and one point over the Raiders. In both games, they trailed by double-digits. The Chiefs could be vulnerable this season. Next: -1.5 at San Francisco 49ers - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 49 (ATS: 2-4 – O/U: 3-3)

4. Dallas Cowboys (4-2): The Cowboys are in third pace in the suddenly strong NFC East. The loss on Sunday Night at Philadelphia has put the Cowboys two games behind the Eagles. Quarterback Dak Prescott should return this week from his fractured thumb injury and that should help the Cowboys offensively. Next: -7 vs Detroit Lions - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 49 (ATS: 4-2 – O/U: 2-4)

5. Minnesota Vikings (5-1): Rookie head coach Kevin O'Connell has the Vikings in first place in the NFC North, with a two-game lead over the Packers and a head-to-head victory over the Packers. O'Connell collected a Super Bowl ring working as the offensive coordinator for the Rams last season. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A vs Arizona Cardinals – Sun, Oct. 30 – O/U N/A (ATS: 2-4 – O/U: 3-3)

6. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2): The Chargers are in the same place they were a year ago after Week 6, with a 4-2 record. The 2021 Charger team was better offensively. But the special teams are better this season, and the defense is showing signs of improvement. The Chargers were 6-5 in 2021 after 11 games and it will be important to improve on that record in 2022 in order to make the playoffs. Next: -4.5 vs Seattle Seahawks, Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 51 (ATS: 4-2 – O/U: 3-3)

7. New York Giants (5-1): Rookie head coach Brian Daboll has the Giants at 5-1 and in some ways, that should not be a surprise. Daboll won five Super Bowl rings as an assistant with the Patriots and a National Championship ring with Alabama in 2018. He was the AP NFL Assistant Coach of the Year in 2020, where he was the offensive coordinator and helped to develop quarterback Josh Allen. Next: +3 at Jacksonville Jaguars – Sun, Oct. 23 - O/U 43.5 (ATS: 5-1 – O/U: 2-4)

8. Tennessee Titans (3-2): The Titans two losses have come against the 5-1 Giants and the 5-1 Bills. Coming off their bye week, the Titans should be well rested for their upcoming division opponent. Next: -2.5 vs Indianapolis Colts - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U: 43 (ATS: 3-2 – O/U: 2-3)


9. New York Jets (4-2): Jets rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner is proving to be as tough in the NFL as he was in college. The 4th overall pick in the first round from Cincinnati is already proving to be a shutdown corner for the surprising 4-2 Jets. Against the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, Gardner had two pass break-ups, including a deep third-down effort to wide receiver Allen Lazard. Next: -2.5 at Denver Broncos - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 37 (ATS: 4-2 – O/U: 3-3)

10. Indianapolis Colts (3-2-1): Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 389 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Colts to a come-from-behind victory over the Jags. With the performance, Ryan moved past Dan Marino into seventh place on the all-time passing yardage list with 61,500 career passing yards. Next: +2.5 at Tennessee Titans – Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 43 (ATS: 3-3 – O/U: 1-5)

11. Green Bay Packers (3-3): The Packers were easily defeated at home by the Jets. Three consecutive 13-win seasons has given the Packers the illusion that they can just show up despite losing All-pro wide receiver Davante Adams and perform at the same level. The Packers have done a poor job of adding quality wide receivers either through the draft or through free agency. Next: -4.5 at Washington Commanders - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 41.5 (ATS: 2-4 – O/U: 2-4)

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3): The good news for the Bucs is that they are in the NFC South and are in a tie for first place with the Falcons. The bad news is that the Bucs just lost to the struggling Steelers, 20-18, and have lost three of their last four games. Next: -13 at Carolina Panthers - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 39.5 (ATS: 2-4 – O/U: 1-5)

13. New England Patriots (3-3): The Pats have looked like one of the best teams in the NFL in the past two weeks with rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe as the starter. After blowing out the Lions 29-0 in Week 5, the Pats easily defeated the Browns in Week 6, 38-15. Next: -8 vs Chicago Bears – Mon, Oct. 24 – O/U 40.5 (ATS: 3-2-1 – O/U: 3-3)

14. Miami Dolphins (3-3): The Dolphins have lost three games in a row, with the concussion injury to starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa being a factor in the three losses. Tagovailoa is expected to return this week. Next: -7.5 vs Pittsburgh Steelers - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 44.5 (ATS: 3-3 – O/U: 2-4)

15. Baltimore Ravens (3-3): Quarterback Lamar Jackson has struggled at times in the 4th quarter this season and Sunday was no exception. Jackson threw an interception and lost a fumble in the Giants come-from-behind win over the Ravens. Next: -6.5 vs Cleveland Browns – Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 46 (ATS: 2-3-1 – O/U: 2-4)

16. San Francisco 49ers (3-3): The 49ers have losses to the Bears, Broncos, and the Falcons. In the three losses, the 49ers were held to 14 points or less. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo needs to do a better job of getting the ball to playmakers Deebo Samuel and George Kittle. Next: +1.5 vs Kansas City Chiefs – Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 49 (ATS: 3-3 – O/U: 1-5)

17. Los Angeles Rams (3-3): Wide receiver Ben Skowronek had the longest run of the day for the Rams in the win over the 24-10 win over the Panthers. His 17-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter gave the Rams the lead for good. Skowronek, who ran a 4.68 forty coming out of college, also had five receptions for 40 yards. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A vs San Francisco 49ers – Sun, Oct. 30 – O/U N/A (ATS: 2-4 – O/U: 1-5)

18. Cincinnati Bengals (3-3): Wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase had seven receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bengals to a 20-26 win over the Saints. The performance thrilled Bengal fans and fantasy football owners alike. Next: -6.5 vs Atlanta Falcons - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 47.5 (ATS: 4-2 – O/U: 1-5)

19. Atlanta Falcons (3-3): Every game the Falcons had been involved in this season had been decided by six points or less, until the 49ers came to Atlanta. The Falcons easily defeated the 49ers, 28-14. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third TD in the win. Next: +6.5 at Cincinnati Bengals – Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 47.5 (ATS: 6-0 – O/U: 3-3)

20. Seattle Seahawks (3-3): Rookie running back Kenneth Walker ran for 97 yards and a touchdown in the 19-9 victory over the Cardinals. Walker, who was the Doak Walker award winner in 2021 as the top running back in college football, is averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Next: +4.5 at Los Angeles Chargers - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 51 (ATS: 3-3 – O/U: 3-3)

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4): The Jaguars have lost three in a row since their stunning blowout win over the Chargers on the road. The Chargers have won three in a row since that loss. The game was an illusion. The Jags looked like they had arrived, and the Chargers looked like they were in serious trouble. Both thoughts proved to be untrue. Next: -3 vs New York Giants - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 43.5 (ATS: 2-4 – O/U: 4-2)

22. Arizona Cardinals (2-4): The Cardinals have scored a total of three points in the first quarter of games this season. The return of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins this week will help, but head coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense is struggling and that was the reason he was hired out of college to coach this Cardinal team. Next: -2.5 vs New Orleans Saints - Thu, Oct. 20 – O/U 43.5 (ATS: 3-3 – O/U: 1-4-1)

23. Cleveland Browns (2-4): The Browns have a three-game losing streak after getting crushed by the Patriots, 38-15. The Browns rushed for just 70 yards and had just 18 rushing attempts in their 67 offensive plays. For the Browns, that is a recipe for losing. Next: +6.5 at Baltimore Ravens – Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 46 (ATS: 2-4 – O/U: 5-1)

24. Denver Broncos (2-4): The Broncos are struggling on offense and struggling to score points. The Broncos are last in the NFL in scoring average after six weeks with an average of 15.2 points per game. Former Charger running back Melvin Gordon was benched in the second half of the 19-16 overtime loss to the Chargers. That must hurt. Next: +2.5 vs New York Jets - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 37 (ATS: 2-4 – O/U: 1-5)

25. New Orleans Saints (2-4): The Saints were playing without top receivers Michael Thomas (foot), Jarvis Landry (ankle) and Chris Olave (concussion), so losing to the Bengals was not a surprise. Next: +2.5 at Arizona Cardinals – Thu, Oct. 20 – O/U 43.5 (ATS: 2-4 – O/U: 4-2)

26. Chicago Bears (2-4): The Bears rushed for 237 yards against the Commanders and held a 391-214 advantage in total yards, but still managed to lose to the Commanders, 12-7. Next: +8 at New England Patriots - Mon, Oct. 24 – O/U 40.5 (ATS: 2-3-1 – O/U: 2-4)

27. Las Vegas Raiders (1-4): The Raiders had a bye this past week, so they are still just 1-4. The next four opponents are the Texans, the Saints, the Jaguars, and the Colts. This four-week stretch will decide if the Raiders are playoff contenders or playoff pretenders. Next: -7 vs Houston Texans - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 46 (ATS: 2-3 – O/U: 3-1-1)

28. Houston Texans (1-3-1): Coming off a bye week, the Texans have decided to fire executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby. Since Easterby was involved in the hiring of current general manager Nick Caserio and head coach Lovie Smith, his replacement may decide to make further changes once the season is over. Next: +7 at Las Vegas Raiders – Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 46 (ATS: 3-1-1 – O/U: 2-3)

29. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4): The Steelers broke a four-game losing streak with their stunning 20-18 upset of the Bucs. The Steelers defense held the Bucs to field goals in the red zone and got enough from their offense to pull out the win. Next: +7.5 at Miami Dolphins – Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 44.5 (ATS: 2-3-1 – O/U: 2-4)

30. Detroit Lions (1-4): The Lions are coming off a bye and should get running back D'Andre Swift this week. Then there is first round draft pick Jameson Williams, a burner who is recovering from an ACL injury suffered in the national championship game. He is closer to being ready and his return would make a potent offense even better. Next: +7 at Dallas Cowboys – Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 49 (ATS: 3-2 – O/U: 4-1)

31. Washington Commanders (2-4): The Commanders only had one turnover in the first five games but came up with two turnovers which helped in their 12-7 win over the Bears. Rookie running back Brian Robinson scored a rushing touchdown in his first career NFL start. Next: +4.5 vs Green Bay Packers – Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 41.5 (ATS: 2-4 – O/U: 2-4)

32. Carolina Panthers (1-5): In the 2018 NFL Draft, quarterback Baker Mayfield was the #1 overall pick in the first round and quarterback Sam Darnold was the #3 overall pick in the 2018 draft. Two of the top three players selected in the 2018 NFL draft are members of the Panthers and they are both quarterbacks, yet there is a strong possibility that the Panthers will select a quarterback in the 2023 NFL Draft. As if that is their only problem. Next: +13 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U 39.5 (ATS: 1-5 – O/U: 2-4)

LA Rams

Head Coach Sean McVay, 58-29 lifetime regular season record with Rams


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