Matt Tabeek's Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings: Steelers, Packers, Falcons up; Chiefs slip

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With 18 of the league’s 32 teams sitting with a .500 record or worse after six weeks, I can tell you this much: these division and conference races are wide open – with maybe one or two exceptions. Once again there was a lot of movement in the Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings with just four teams remaining in the same spots from a week ago – the Rams (1), Vikings (8), Bills (27) and Giants (28).

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The Chargers, Steelers and Ravens all jumped back into the top 10 this week while the Bears, Panthers and Jaguars took serious tumbles. The Falcons, after dropping three straight games, jumped from No. 25 to 22 this week after knocking off the Buccaneers on Sunday. Can they continue to climb with a win on “Monday Night Football” against the Giants? We’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime, check out my rankings heading into Week 7 below:

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RANK TEAM TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS (Oct. 9)
1 Rams (6-0) It’s the Rams and everyone else right now. On the road, tough conditions, it doesn’t matter – they keep winning. 1
2 Saints (4-1) BYE WEEK. Next: Road game at the Ravens. 3
3 Patriots (4-2) They knock off the previously unbeaten Chiefs and look even more dangerous with Josh Gordon. Look out. 5
4 Chiefs (5-1) This team can go toe-to-toe with anyone in the league with Mahomes, Kelce, Hill and Co. Tough loss, but they’ll be fine. 2
5 Chargers (4-2) Watch out for the Chargers. No one wants to face this team. Their only losses have been to the Rams and Chiefs. 11
6 Steelers (3-2-1) They’ll eventually work out the Le’Veon Bell situation. But in the meantime this team is starting to gel, and looks good. 12
7 Bengals (4-2) Tough division loss to their hated rivals, but they’re sitting on top of the AFC North for a reason: They’re legit. 4
8 Vikings (3-2-1) Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen are developing some nice chemistry as they win their second straight game. 8
9 Packers (3-2-1) The 49ers kept giving the ball back to Aaron Rodgers on Monday night and he did what we all expected him to do: Made them pay dearly. 10
10 Ravens (4-2) They’ve been inconsistent at times, but when they put it all together, wow. You don’t see shutouts in the NFL very often anymore. 13
11 Dolphins (4-2) Impressive win at home against one of the best defenses in the league. Call me crazy, but I’d stick with Brock Osweiler. 16
12 Bears (3-2) Even with a gift in overtime they still couldn’t put away the Dolphins. This team is much improved, but not there yet. 6
13 Redskins (3-2) Josh Norman bounced back in a big way against his former team and, wow, Adrian Peterson has discovered the Fountain of Youth. 18
14 Panthers (3-2) Turnovers, mistakes cost them against the Redskins – and prevented them from keeping pace with the Saints in the South. 7
15 Jaguars (3-3) The Jaguars lost their defense somewhere between Jacksonville and the trip to Arlington. Wow, a 40-burger? Yikes. 9
16 Eagles (3-3) The defending champs snapped a two-game skid with a nice win over a bad team, but they’ve got the Panthers next. 14
17 Seahawks (3-3) Don’t sleep on the Seahawks. They were this close to knocking off the Rams and took care of the Raiders in London. 19
18 Texans (3-3) After losing three straight they’ve now won three straight. Big one against the division rival Jaguars next. 21
19 Cowboys (3-3) Cowboys discovered their offense vs. one of the NFL’s best defenses. Maybe Conor McGregor should give this team more pep talks. 22
20 Titans (3-3) The Titans have played OK in some low-scoring games, but they were blanked by the Ravens. Need to fix the offense – in a hurry. 15
21 Jets (3-3) They’ve won two straight and, even better, rookie Sam Darnold is leading the way. Jets fans should be excited. 26
22 Falcons (2-4) They picked up an important division win, ended a three-game skid and look to string some wins together. They can do it with that offense. 25
23 Browns (2-3-1) Say what you want about the Browns but they’ve been in every game this season … until they ran into the Chargers. 17
24 Buccaneers (2-3) Despite a pair of costly INTs by Jameis Winston they had a chance to win on the final play but came up short. 20
25 Broncos (2-4) They hung tough against the NFL’s best team but lost. More concerning is that they have now lost their last four. Need a win badly. 24
26 Lions (2-3) BYE WEEK. Next: Road game at the Dolphins. 23
27 Bills (2-4) This team just has no juice on offense. There have been reports that they might trade their best offensive player, too. Go figure. 27
28 Giants (1-5) They might have a generational player at running back and do have one of the best receivers in the league. But they can’t block. 28
29 Colts (1-5) They’ve lost four straight but Andrew Luck and Co. are at least scoring some points, keeping them in games. Playing Buffalo should help. 30
30 49ers (1-5) They should’ve left Lambeau Field with a win on Monday night. I like how this team still plays hard for Kyle Shanahan. 32
31 Raiders (1-5) The offense managed to score just three points against the Seahawks – not a good sign for Jon Gruden’s club. 29
32 Cardinals (1-5) They're rebuilding but when you don’t move the chains on all 12 of your third- or fourth-down plays, you’re not going to be successful. 31

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