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NFL Power Rankings: 49ers Move Up, Redskins Freefall, Packers Still Rule

Some teams move up. Others move down. It's the nature of NFL Power Rankings, but it's also clear that the Green Bay Packers could care less what anyone else is doing -- they are going nowhere

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Some teams move up. Others move down. It's the nature of NFL Power Rankings, but it's also clear that the Green Bay Packers could care less what anyone else is doing -- they are going nowhere. The NFL's best remained the NFL's best this week, despite a close call for New England against the Dallas Cowboys. As for the Redskins, they showed their true colors and are our featured freefall of the week. DC area fans will not be pleased.

Here are our Power Rankings for Week 7:

1. Green Bay Packers (6-0) - Aaron Rodgers is historically good in 2011 and has already won at the highest levels. No reason he won't do it again.

2. New England Patriots (5-1) - Everyone speaks of Brady's heroics at end of Dallas game, but clearly there are chinks in the armor due to Rob Ryan's diligence.

3. Baltimore Ravens (4-1) - Perhaps they missed Andre Johnson more than they realized, but Ravens still silenced a typically loud Texans team. Easy road ahead with Jags and Cardinals. 

4. San Diego Chargers (4-1) - Bye week came too early as schedule gets considerably tougher from here with upcoming games against Packers and Jets. 

5. New Orleans Saints (4-2) - Loss to Tampa Bay confounding, but shot at retribution comes in just three more weeks. Could be key for title run down the stretch.

6. San Francisco 49ers (5-1) - Forced to buy the hype after gutsy defensive performance at Ford Field. Aldon Smith is going to be a beast.

7. Detroit Lions (5-1) - A loss was bound to happen, but still an incredible season so far for Lions. Stafford isn't a top rated quarterback just yet, however.

8. Buffalo Bills (4-2) - They're probably not as good as some might have believed, but they're also better than anyone thought before the season. No reason they can't make the playoffs.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) - A win is a win, so Pittsburgh is lucky in that regard, but schedule eventually becomes tougher. Mike Tomlin has to right this ship or he might miss the playoffs. 

10. Oakland Raiders (4-2) - Jason Campbell's injury comes at easy point in schedule, so they should be just fine and in contention for AFC West.

11. New York Giants (4-2) - Don't look now but the Giants are playing with that underdog toughness that took them all the way in 2008.

12. Tennessee Titans (3-2) - Alone in first place. At the very least, Mike Munchak has to feel good about his position given that Chris Johnson has been a non-factor so far in 2011.

13. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) - The pendulum is finally swinging the right way, and everyone can stop worrying. Philly will be just fine.

14. Atlanta Falcons (3-3) - Too much talent here to let a playoff spot slip away. They'll keep pace and eventually take advantage of divisional match-ups.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2) - One week they're up. The next they're down. Kudos to Josh Freeman for having his team rebound well following blowout.

16. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) - Hate that Mike Brown isn't tanking the Bengals season with his stupid stance on Carson Palmer. Yet you gotta love Andy Dalton and A.J. Green as the offensive future of this franchise.

17. Houston Texans (3-3) - Titans are leading NFL's second-worst division only because of bye week. Texans are blowing rare Peyton-less opportunity.

18. New York Jets (3-3) - Redemption came on Monday Night Football against Dolphins, but Ryan needs to make stronger statements against better teams to believe.

19. Chicago Bears (3-3) - Nice performance to get back to .500, but team has too many holes to have any playoff aspirations.

20. Dallas Cowboys (2-3) - No one is talking about it, but Jerry Jones is the goat of the week for slamming his coach publicly. Win or lose, that's just wrong.

21. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3) - Upcoming divisional games will either right the ship or doom the season. I'm betting on the latter.

22. Cleveland Browns (2-3) - Season is already sunk in a loaded division. How they refused to take advantage of early schedule is beyond me.

23. Carolina Panthers (1-5) - Should Carolina abandon resources at trade deadline to maximize draft returns? They're not going anywhere, so I don't see why not.

24. Seattle Seahawks (2-3) - Too bad "bye week" doesn't refer to getting rid of Tarvaris Jackson.

25. Minnesota Vikings (1-5) - No reason they should be 1-5 with talent they have on both sides of the ball. Most perplexing team in football.

26. Washington Redskins (3-2) - Trust me: this one loss will soon turn into several in a row. Redskins will finish at 5-11 after starting 3-1. 

27. Denver Broncos (1-5) - Dumping Brandon Lloyd first of several moves they should make. Von Miller is only player they should keep on active roster (not really).

28. Indianapolis Colts (0-6) - The Colts' margin of error was perilously thin all these years and it finally caught up with them for an incredibly miserable season.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) - Close game this week against Pittsburgh is heartening, but upcoming games against Ravens and Texans will have this team 1-7 in first half of season.

30. St. Louis Rams (0-5) - Worst team in the worst division. That's not the description you want for your team two seasons after having the first pick in the draft.

31. Arizona Cardinals (1-4) - The only team more depressing than the Rams... 

32. Miami Dolphins (0-5) - Gladly tanking a season.