Week Seven Team Rankings

Scout.com's Adam Caplan has watched every play of every game through Week Six. He's ranking all NFL teams based on performance and how he thinks they stack up as we enter Week Seven.

1) New Orleans Saints: They are the NFL's most complete team. It's amazing how much improvement defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has made on that side of the ball in less than one season.

Last Ranking: 2

Needs Still to be Filled: LT (depth), RT (depth), DT (depth), DE (depth)


2) Indianapolis Colts: Getting a healthy Bob Sanders will surely be a boost to their defense. No NFL player on either side of the ball is playing better than Peyton Manning.

Last Ranking: 3

Needs Still to be Filled: RT (veteran depth)


3) Pittsburgh Steelers: They've finally found consistency with their running game. They have an offense which will be very hard to stop each week. The loss of starting DE Aaron Smith will be tested against the better offenses.

Last Ranking: 5

Needs Still to be Filled: G (depth), RT (veteran depth), LT (veteran depth), OLB (depth)


4) Minnesota Vikings: They're barely winning, but they are able to close the deal. That's the sign of a good team. However, there are still issues on defense with tackling and in coverage. The safety play is alarming as is the lack of quality depth at cornerback. Reality may hit them this week against the Steelers.

Last Ranking: 4

Needs Still to be Filled: G (veteran depth), C (veteran depth), MLB (veteran depth), OLB (veteran depth), S (veteran depth), CB (nickel upgrade)


5) New York Giants: As expected, the absence of starting CB Aaron Ross was exploited last week against the high-powered Saint passing game. That could be an ongoing issue unless he returns soon.

Last Ranking: 1

Needs Still to be Filled: OT (veteran depth)


6) Denver Broncos: QB Kyle Orton has played much better of late and they're getting good balance on offense. It's amazing how well a change from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defensive scheme has done wonders in less than one season. They may have the NFL's fastest defense.

Last Ranking: 7

Needs Still to be Filled: LT (veteran depth), CB (veteran depth)


7) Atlanta Falcons: There are still good plays being left on the field on offense, but they can still score against any defense. The other side of the ball is a concern, especially in the secondary.

Last Ranking: 8

Needs Still to be Filled: OT (veteran depth), G (veteran depth), DT (veteran depth), OLB (depth)


8) Philadelphia Eagles: The mental mistakes from both sides of the ball last week was alarming. Asking your quarterback to go back and throw 48 times is a risk, but not having a quality backup left tackle may be an even bigger one. The defense couldn't make big stops when they needed to. The question is, was last week an aberration or reality?

Last Ranking: 6

Needs Still to be Filled: LT (veteran depth), RT (depth)


9) New England Patriots: It's hard to get a true gauge on where they're based on last week's game against a very bad Tennessee team.

Last Ranking: 12

Needs Still to be Filled: QB (veteran depth), WR (veteran depth), LT (veteran depth), ILB (depth)


10) Cincinnati Bengals: The loss of starting DE Antwan Odom is huge. He's pretty much their only true pass rusher. The offensive line took a small step back last week.

Last Ranking: 9

Needs Still to be Filled: OT (veteran depth), DT (depth), DE (depth/pass rusher), CB (depth/nickel)


11) Baltimore Ravens: As expected, the defense has taken a step back this season, but can it rebound? Second-year QB Joe Flacco has to be in the running for most-improved and MVP awards.

Last Ranking: 10

Needs Still to be Filled: G (depth), ILB (veteran depth)


12) New York Jets: Rookie QB Mark Sanchez has regressed significantly, so much that if their running game isn't stellar, they have little chance to win. The defense hasn't performed at a high level in several weeks.

Last Ranking: 11

Needs Still to be Filled: WR (slot), G (veteran depth), RT (veteran depth), DT (depth), DE (depth), OLB (veteran depth)


13) Green Bay Packers: If the offensive line doesn't start to protect starting QB Aaron Rogers better, they'll be looking an 8-8 record by the end of the season. The defense has to get consistent pressure on the quarterback if they are going to get turnovers each week.

Last Ranking: 15

Needs Still to be Filled: QB (veteran depth), LT (veteran depth), DE (veteran depth), OLB (pass rushing depth), S (veteran depth)


14) Chicago Bears: They have to find a way to run the ball with more success if the offense is going to find any balance.

Last Ranking: 13

Needs Still to be Filled: QB (veteran depth), RB (veteran depth upgrade), MLB (depth), OLB (depth)


15) San Francisco 49ers: The addition of first-round pick Michael Crabtree should help their slumping passing game. The secondary is going to be an issue against the better passing teams on their schedule.

Last Ranking: 14

Needs Still to be Filled: G (depth), OLB (pass rushing depth)


16) Arizona Cardinals: The offensive rhythm finally returned last week. The defense has been coming on of late and is showing more discipline.

Last Ranking: 21

Needs Still to be Filled: LT (depth), C (depth), DE (depth), ILB (veteran depth), CB (depth)


17) Dallas Cowboys: There seems to be no consistency from either side of the ball from this team.

Last Ranking: 16

Needs Still to be Filled: WR (veteran depth), OT (veteran depth), OLB (pass rushing depth), CB (veteran depth)


18) Miami Dolphins: If Chad Henne can be consistent with his accuracy, this team could win 7-8 games. The defense must put more consistent pressure on the quarterback.

Last Ranking: 17

Needs Still to be Filled: G (veteran depth), OT (veteran depth), S (veteran depth)


19) Houston Texans: Their offense is probably one of the league's best and LT Duane Brown might be the NFL's most improved player. The defense is starting to make some small strides.

Last Ranking: 24

Needs Still to be Filled: LT (depth), DE (veteran depth)


20) Jacksonville Jaguars: They barely won last week, but their offense was back on schedule. Their offensive identity be the running game.

Last Ranking: 20

Needs Still to be Filled: WR (veteran depth), DE (depth), DT (veteran depth), ILB (veteran depth), OLB (veteran depth), CB (veteran depth)


21) Buffalo Bills: They still have major issues on both sides of the ball, but Buffalo still plays hard for head coach Dick Jauron.

Last Ranking: 22

Needs Still to be Filled: TE (veteran depth), G (depth), LT (depth), RT (depth/upgrade), OLB (veteran depth)


22) San Diego Chargers: The defense continues to struggle and there's no end in sight. Asking your quarterback to post 30 points or more each week in order to have a chance to win is quite a chore.

Last Ranking: 18

Needs Still to be Filled: LT (depth), RT (depth), G (depth), S (veteran depth), CB (veteran depth)


23) Carolina Panthers: When they run the ball like they did against the Buccaneers last week, they can hang in any game. However, if they have to play from behind, they are likely to lose based on the lack of a decent passing game.

Last Ranking: 26

Needs Still to be Filled: WR (depth), OT (veteran depth), G (veteran depth), CB (nickel/depth), S (veteran depth)


24) Seattle Seahawks: The offensive line injuries have finally caught up with this team. The loss of starting MLB Lofa Tatupu is big. The lack of a consistent pass rush was evident last week against the Cardinals.

Last Ranking: 19

Needs Still to be Filled: OT (depth), G (depth)


25) Kansas City Chiefs: They play hard and even though they lack enough quality talent on both sides of the ball, they have a chance to keep the score respectable each week.

Last Ranking: 28

Needs Still to be Filled: OT (depth), DE (depth), OLB (pass rushing depth), CB (veteran depth)


26) Oakland Raiders: Give them credit for their defensive game plan against the Eagles. If they could find that kind of consistency on defense, this would be a team that could win 5-6 games. Offensively, QB JaMarcus Russell still has major accuracy issues.

Last Ranking: 31

Needs Still to be Filled: G (depth), DT (depth), OLB (depth), MLB (depth)


27) St. Louis Rams: They are pretty competitive each week, but they just don't have enough talent on either side of the ball to win.

Last Ranking: 30

Needs Still to be Filled: WR (veteran depth), DT (veteran depth), OLB (veteran depth), MLB (veteran depth), CB (veteran depth)


28) Washington Redskins: You know it's bad when the starting quarterback is pulled at half time of a 3-0 game. Albert Haynesworth hasn't quite provided the impact that many thought he would have so far for their defense.

Last Ranking: 27

Needs Still to be Filled: G (veteran depth), OT (veteran depth), DE (pass rushing depth), OLB (depth)


29) Detroit Lions: The injuries at quarterback and receiver are an issue as they try to find consistency on offense.

Last Ranking: 25

Needs Still to be Filled: WR (depth), DE (veteran depth), DT (veteran depth), OLB (depth)


30) Tennessee Titans: They have the league's worst secondary which has been a big surprise. Because of that, they can't control the ball on offense as they have in previous seasons.

Last Ranking: 23

Needs Still to be Filled: G (veteran depth), OT (veteran depth), OLB (veteran depth), MLB (veteran depth), CB (veteran depth)


31) Cleveland Browns: The quarterback play has to improve if they are going to have any kind of consistent passing game. The defense isn't challenging their opponent consistently.

Last Ranking: 29

Needs Still to be Filled: RB (depth), WR (depth-speed), LT (depth), RT (depth), ILB (veteran depth), OLB (pass rusher), CB (veteran depth)


32) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: They are basically non-competitive just about every week. It's hard to see where they will win a game this season.

Last Ranking: 32

Needs Still to be Filled: WR (veteran depth), G (depth), LT (depth), DT (veteran depth), CB (depth/nickel), S (depth)


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