NFL power rankings, post-Week 7 edition:
1. Rams (1): They don't have that 'x' designation in the standings yet for officially clinching a playoff berth, but all 24 teams starting 7-0 since 1990 have reached postseason.
2. Saints (3): Secondary's ongoing struggles a little easier to stomach given no defense is stopping opposition running attacks more effectively.
3. Patriots (2): They've scored at least 38 points four weeks in a row. That's bound to get harder if Sony Michel or Gronk are down for significant periods.
4. Chiefs (4): Things that make you go, "Hmm." Kansas City has outscored its opponents by 78 points this season, yet outgained them by a mere 14 yards.
5. Chargers (5): They've won 11 of 14 dating to last season even while enduring the absence of so many key contributors, notably Joey Bosa and, Sunday, Melvin Gordon.
6. Vikings (9): Since losing 12-round decision to Rams, they've been quietly picking up steam while winning three straight. Big game Sunday vs. Saints.
7. Ravens (6): Props to Justin Tucker for falling on his sword after first career PAT misfire. Also, replay shows wind totally blew that kick off target.
8. Steelers (7): Would you trade for Le'Veon Bell considering he hasn't even graced a practice field in nine months? And the vacation rolls onward.
9. Redskins (11): Slow and steady wins the race. No team averages more time of possession per drive (3:04) for a rare "3 yards and a cloud of dust" outfit.
10. Panthers (13): We hope you guys don't break Christian McCaffrey, who was playing an insane 95.2% of Carolina's snaps entering Week 7 action.
11. Packers (12): Hope y'all enjoyed your break. Next up, a visit to the unbeaten Rams, followed by a far easier tilt with the twice-beaten Patriots in Foxborough.
12. Bengals (8): Since entering NFL in 2011, Andy Dalton and A.J. Green are oddly comfortable on Thursday nights (4-3). Other prime time slots? Just 2-12.
13. Eagles (10): They're not running ball effectively, they're not winning turnover battle with any regularity, and now they can't close. Time to worry.
14. Falcons (16): Perhaps no team needed bye more than this one. Atlanta gets chance to heal a bit but must play six of nine on road on other side of break.
15. Bears (15): Mitch Trubisky is glad we only obsess over pass efficiency, not run efficiency. (FYI, shortest distance between two points is a straight line.)
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