Dr. J's NFL Rankings Week 7

Get the champagne ready. No, no. Not for the Chiefs and the '72 Dolphins, but for the Chargers and the '76 Buccaneers.

1) Kansas City (6-0)
Last Week: 1st, Defeated Green Bay 40-34 in OT
The Chiefs overcome two separate deficits of 14 and 17 points to win and Dick Vermeil cries, again!

2) Carolina (5-0)
Last Week: 4th, Defeated Indianapolis 23-20
Stephen Davis and DeShawn Foster tag team for a combined 215 yards of offense.

3) Indianapolis (5-1)
Last Week: 2nd, Lost to Carolina 23-20 in OT
The Colts comeback once against a tough defense, but don't get a shot in OT.

4) Minnesota (5-0)
Last Week: 3rd, Bye
Next three games: Broncos, Giants, Packers. Should show if team is a pretender or contender.

5) Miami (4-1)
Last Week: 5th, Defeated Jacksonville 24-10
Defense back to its dominating self.

6) Tampa Bay (3-2)
Last Week: 6th, Defeated Washington 35-13
Sapp and Arrington get all the headlines, but it's Simeon Rice that gets the team record 4 sacks.

7) Denver (5-1)
Last Week: 7th, Defeated Pittsburgh 17-14
Broncos hardly impressive, again, but find a way to win, again.

8) Seattle (4-1)
Last Week: 10th, Defeated San Francisco 20-19
Seahawks' Jekyll and Hyde personality comes out in front of national audience.

9) Tennessee (4-2)
Last Week: 14th, Defeated Houston 38-17
Steve McNair throws for a career high 421 yards.

10) New England (4-2)
Last Week: 11th, Defeated NY Giants 17-6

11) Dallas (4-1)
Last Week: 16th, Defeated Philadelphia 23-21
If there's any doubt about the impact a great coach can have, look at Bill Parcells, the record, and the Cowboys roster.

12) Green Bay (3-3)
Last Week: 9th, Lost to Kansas City 40-34 in OT
Offense really, really good, defense really, really bad...

13) Philadelphia (2-3)
Last Week: 8th, Lost to Dallas 23-21
A sprained thumb should keep Donovan McNabb out. Disagree? Ask Kurt Warner how it can affect a QB...

14) St. Louis (3-2)
Last Week: 17th, defeated Atlanta 36-0
Rams do something different, win with the defense and complete first home shutout since 1993 when still in Anaheim.

15) Baltimore (3-2)
Last Week: 20th, Defeated Arizona 26-18
Safety Ed Reed making a living at blocking punts.

16) Washington (3-3)
Last Week: 13th, Lost to Tampa Bay 35-13
Redskins have given up a league high 21 sacks this season.

17) Cleveland (3-3)
Last Week: 18th, Defeated Oakland 13-7
Defense holds Jerry Rice and Tim Brown to four catches, 33 yards.

18) Buffalo (3-3)
Last Week: 12th, Lost to NY Jets 30-3
After quick start, team looking lost and unprepared.

19) NY Giants (2-3)
Last Week: 15th, Lost to New England
Defense finally shows up, but Giants turn the ball over 5 times and can never get into it.

20) San Francisco (2-4)
Last Week: 24th, Lost to Seattle 20-19
Why wasn't Terrell Owens yelling at himself for dropping three passes?

21) Cincinnati (1-4)
Last Week: 19th, Bye
Bengals looking at Ravens, Seahawks, and Chiefs in 3 of next five games.

22) Pittsburgh (2-4)
Last Week: 21st, Lost to Denver 17-14
An easy interception slips through safety Brent Alexander's hands and so does a Steeler victory.

23) New Orleans (2-4)
Last Week: 29th, Defeated Chicago 20-13
Bears lose game to Saints more than Saints winning it.

24) Houston (2-3)
Last Week: 23rd, Lost to Tennessee 38-17
Texans allow a franchise-record 535 total yards and surrendered 11 pass plays of more than 20 yards.

25) Detroit (1-4)
Last Week: 24th, Bye
Facing red hot Cowboys next.

26) Oakland (2-4)
Last Week: 22nd, Lost to Cleveland 17-6
Raiders penalized 19 times for 128 yards including 5 in a row at one point. Undisciplied and unbelievable.

27) NY Jets (1-4)
Last Week: 31st, Defeated Buffalo 30-3
Jets bang Drew Bledsoe around like a punching bag for 7 sacks.

28) Jacksonville (1-5)
Last Week: 27th, Lost to Miami 24-10
Five turnovers lead Jags to worst start in franchise history.

29) Atlanta (1-5)
Last Week: 28th, Lost to St. Louis 36-0
How did this team ever win one game this season?

30) Chicago (1-4)
Last Week: 26th, Lost to New Orleans 20-13
Bears fuming about officials, but it wasn't the pinstripes that turned the ball over twice and gave up three sacks, all at crucial moments.

31) Arizona (1-5)
Last Week: 30th, Lost to Baltimore 26-18
Did you see how pitiful the attendance was at Sun Devil Stadium?

32) San Diego (0-5)
Last Week: 32nd, Bye
Only the Chargers could be on a bye and actually get worse! They are now, the only team without a win the NFL.

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