NFL Power Rankings Senior NFL Analyst ranks the NFL's muddled field of teams as they prepare for Week 7 action. Check out where your favorite team -- and their arch rivals -- are ranked in this week's Power Rankings.

2008 Power Rankings: Week 7
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 1  Titans
Their opportunistic defense is averaging nearly three takeaways per game. But the lack of a passing game will catch up with them soon.
 2  Steelers
Pittsburgh had a bye week, giving Mike Tomlin & Co. extra time to prepare for the 0-6 Bengals. That almost doesn't seem fair.
 3 Bills
Three wins have come against the likes of Seattle, Oakland and St. Louis, so do we really know how good this team is yet? We'll know more after Sunday's game against San Diego.
 4 Cardinals
Over the past two weeks against Buffalo and Dallas, Arizona has looked sharp in all phases of the game. They'll have to hope they don't lose momentum during the bye week.
 5 Redskins
Some Redskins players said they were going to be careful not to be overconfident about playing the Rams last week. They didn't walk the talk, but this is still a very good team.
 6 Giants
The only team of substance they've beaten so far is the Redskins, with their other wins coming against Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati. Losing soundly to Cleveland raises questions.
 7 Cowboys
A tough overtime loss to the Cardinals became tougher with the loss of QB Tony Romo due to a broken finger. Dallas heads to St. Louis this weekend.
 8 Broncos
Denver's offense was banged-up last week and couldn't keep pace with Jacksonville. They'll have until Monday night to get healthier for New England.
 9 Colts
Manning is on a roll and so is the defense. Good thing since their running attack is last in the NFL, and Joseph Addai is sidelined with a minor hamstring tear.
 10 Buccaneers
Jeff Garcia, Tampa Bay's current quarterback-of-the-week, will start against Seattle after leading the team to a 23-7 win over division-rival Carolina.
11 Chargers
QB Philip Rivers' three touchdown passes sparked San Diego to an impressive win over the Patriots. But can they repeat the feat on a short week at Buffalo?
12 Panthers
Despite being ranked second against the pass and third against the run, Carolina couldn't stop the Bucs. They'll be tested again this week by Saints QB Drew Brees.
13 Jets
With Oakland up next, the Jets should easily push their record to 4-2. New York is ranked fifth in the league in points scored (28.2 per game).
14 Falcons
QB Matt Ryan has everyone buzzing in Atlanta after his first 300-yard performance. The Falcons head into their bye week with a two-game winning streak.
15 Jaguars
The Jaguars have given RB Maurice Jones-Drew 19 or more rushing attempts just twice this year. They won both games as he rushed for over 100 yards. Give him the ball. 
16 Packers
They're beating teams that they should, but are consistently losing to teams as good or better. That's not an encouraging trend with the Colts coming to town.
17 Saints
Losers of three games by a grand total of just ten points, the Saints boast the second-best offense in the league. But they'll be taking on one of the NFL's top defenses at Carolina.
18 Patriots
After an embarrassing loss to the Chargers, New England has to face Denver on Monday Night Football. And these aren't Tom Brady's Patriots.
19 Eagles
Hot one week, sub-par the next, the Eagles are a tough team to figure out. They have a bye this week, so maybe they'll resolve their identity crisis during the break.
20 Bears
Chicago's defense is ranked seventh in points allowed per game (18.2) and the offense is improving. They host the Vikings this Sunday.
21 Dolphins
Miami has consistency issues, but they are light years ahead of last year's club and have only been dominated by one team through five games.
22 Browns
Are the Browns really back after a decisive 35-14 win over the Giants? We'll know more after they play at Washington on Sunday.
23 Ravens
Rookie QB Joe Flacco threw three interceptions, fumbled once and was sacked four times at Indianapolis. The Ravens have lost three in a row.
24 Vikings
It's unbelievable that the Vikings ignored their QB situation during the offseason, putting their talented defense at a disadvantage yet again. A 12-10 win over the lowly Lions isn't much to shout about. 
25 49ers
The 49ers are their own worst enemy, giving away the football a league-worst 15 times already this season. They face the Giants in New York on Sunday.
26 Texans
They hung tough against Miami for a one-point win, but their defense is ranked 30th in points allowed with 31.6 per game.
27 Seahawks
QB Matt Hasselbeck will miss Sunday night's game against Tampa Bay due to back and knee problems. Seattle's 1-4 start is their worst since the 2002 season.
28 Rams
New head coach, new attitude in St. Louis. The Rams shocked the Redskins last weekend, and will host the Cowboys this Sunday.
29 Raiders
After a humbling 34-3 drubbing by the Saints, this week's matchup features QB JaMarcus Russell against the Jets' Brett Favre. Enough said.
30 Chiefs
Asking QB Brodie Croyle to bring some life back to a team that has been outscored 67-19 over the last two weeks is a tall order against the Titans defense.
31 Lions
Detroit started building for the future by trading WR Roy Williams to Dallas for draft picks. And Matt Millen is no longer around to waste those picks.
32 Bengals
With his team 0-6 and his elbow still aching, the only good news for QB Carson Palmer is that he won't have to play against a well-rested Steelers defense this weekend.

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