1-32 ballot, stats to know

Welcome to Week 8 of the NFL common season.

Our energy panel — a gaggle of greater than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — evaluated how groups are stacking up via seven weeks.

The New York Jets and New York Giants proceed to win whereas the Inexperienced Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers proceed to endure head-scratching losses. Whereas sudden, it positive does make for an attention-grabbing Energy Rankings listing.

Along with our up to date rankings, we checked in with NFL Nation reporters throughout the league and requested them to select a season-defining stat — one which helps clarify the place every group sits so near midseason. Good or dangerous, these stats assist inform an vital a part of each group’s efficiency.

Let’s get to it.

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Week 7 rating: 1

The Payments’ early season success may very well be described in some ways, however level margin encapsulates how the group has been successful. The group leads the league with a plus-95 level margin, which is 39 factors greater than the following closest group — the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles at plus-56. The Payments have discovered nice success regardless of the sixth-hardest power of schedule, in keeping with ESPN’s Soccer Energy Index. In video games in opposition to final 12 months’s playoff groups, the Payments are 4-0 and have gained by a median margin of 23.5 factors. — Alaina Getzenberg

Week 7 rating: 2

The Eagles are the runaway leaders in turnover differential at plus-12 — with the Cowboys the following closest at plus-6. It speaks to how efficient the protection has been at producing takeaways (they’re tied for the league lead with 14) and the way nicely Jalen Hurts and the offense has protected the soccer, committing simply two turnovers in six video games. Philadelphia has rushed the ball 225 occasions — the third most — and has but to lose a fumble. — Tim McManus

Week 7 rating: 3

The Chiefs are doing many good issues on offense, however that is nothing new. Nonetheless the protection is tied for sixth within the league in sacks with 19 — and that’s new. The Chiefs had simply 31 sacks all of final season. Chris Jones per typical is main the group with 5 sacks, however Frank Clark had his finest sport of the season in opposition to the 49ers with 1.5 sacks. The Chiefs are additionally getting productive cross rushes from lots of their defensive backs and linebackers, most notably cornerback L’Jarius Sneed and linebacker Nick Bolton. — Adam Teicher

Week 7 rating: 5

The Giants have 4 fourth-quarter comebacks this season. And so they rallied within the second half of a fifth victory. Which means 5 of New York’s six wins this season have been in come-from-behind vogue. This group is following within the footsteps of latest coach Brian Daboll and clearly believes it will probably make performs late in video games. Daniel Jones and a number of other different gamers have referred to it as their “competitive spirit,” noting a psychological toughness with this group that hadn’t been there in earlier seasons once they recurrently misplaced these type of video games. — Jordan Raanan

Week 7 rating: 4

Coach Kevin O’Connell has confused the significance of elevated play in key moments of the sport, together with the moments earlier than halftime when outcomes might be tipped in hidden methods. In maximizing that sliver of the sport, via play-calling and clock administration, O’Connell helped the Vikings lead the NFL via seven weeks with 59 factors scored within the closing 4 minutes earlier than halftime. The accomplishment is symbolic of how the Vikings began the season 5-1 by, in O’Connell’s phrases, successful “in the margins.” — Kevin Seifert

Week 7 rating: 6

By seven video games this season, the Cowboys have allowed simply eight touchdowns — in comparison with the 19 touchdowns allowed via seven video games in 2021. And so they have solely allowed multiple landing in a sport simply as soon as — the 26-17 loss to the 6-0 Eagles. Additionally they rank second in factors allowed per sport (14.9), have a league-high 29 sacks and have registered 12 takeaways. Scoring issues most and groups cannot discover the tip zone in opposition to Dallas. — Todd Archer

Week 7 rating: 7

There are two groups who’ve held double-digit leads in each sport this season: the Ravens and the Eagles. However Philadelphia is undefeated at 6-0 and the Ravens are 4-3. Why? Baltimore has been outscored by a league-worst 46 factors within the fourth quarter. The Ravens would rank among the many NFL’s finest if not for fourth-quarter meltdowns in opposition to the Dolphins, Payments and Giants. — Jamison Hensley



Rex Ryan weighs in on how Lamar Jackson’s contract state of affairs is affecting his play.

Week 7 rating: 9

The Jets have the league’s finest scoring margin within the fourth quarter at plus-54. They pleasure themselves on being sturdy finishers, and so they’ve backed it up with two come-from-behind wins over the Browns and Steelers. Then, within the final 4 video games, they’ve outscored their opponents 51-7 within the fourth quarter. The key formulation? Robust protection, no giveaways, situational consciousness and sound teaching. One other key issue: they’ve confronted backup QBs in 4 of the aforementioned 5 video games. — Wealthy Cimini

Week 7 rating: 13

The Bengals have a plus-10 landing differential, solely second to the Payments who had been idle this week. Cincinnati’s offense has discovered some high quality kind in back-to-back weeks, with QB Joe Burrow spearheading the assault. Defensively, the Bengals have but to give up a second-half landing this season, the primary group because the 2000 Ravens to perform that feat via the primary seven weeks. That development has enabled the Bengals to climate an early-season lull and keep within the combine to win the AFC North for the second straight season. — Ben Child

Week 7 rating: 17

The Dolphins have 61 pressures via seven video games, rating twenty seventh within the NFL — a whopping 22 of these got here in opposition to the Payments in Week 3. Miami is blitzing typically, as its been identified to do over the previous few years, however its cross rush is not producing the kind of strain it is accustomed to seeing. The center-of-the-pack sack numbers (14, nineteenth within the NFL) may very well be forgiven if the pressures had been there, nevertheless it seems opponents have found out the Dolphins’ techniques. Opposing quarterbacks are getting the ball out on the ninth-fastest fee within the league (2.7 seconds) and in flip, Miami permits the fourth-highest completion share within the league. Whether or not the frenzy or protection is extra at blame, it is one thing the Dolphins want to determine in the event that they’re to make a closing playoff push come November and December. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Week 7 rating: 16

The Titans have gained 4 straight video games by a mixed margin of twenty-two factors. They’ve additionally given up extra yards than they’ve gained in all 4 wins, however extra importantly they’ve discovered a technique to win even whether it is by one rating or much less. Typically it is a 76-yard interception return like final Sunday in opposition to the Colts. Different occasions it is a tipped cross like when reserve linebacker Dylan Cole’s fingertips redirected a Derek Carr cross that was meant for Darren Waller on a failed two-point conversion to tie the sport. — Turron Davenport

Week 7 rating: 11

The Rams have began 9 completely different offensive linemen this season, which has been mirrored in quarterback Matthew Stafford’s safety. The Rams’ 22 sacks allowed are the fifth-most within the NFL this season. Los Angeles is hoping that the return of heart Brian Allen will deliver some stability to an offensive line who has had only one participant begin all the Rams’ first seven video games. The Rams’ offense has struggled to maneuver the ball persistently this season, and the efficiency of the offensive line is a giant cause why. — Sarah Barshop

Week 7 rating: 18

The Seahawks’ run sport has been among the many finest within the NFL and their protection has gone from terrible to wonderful, however Geno Smith has been their MVP. He has the fourth-best Whole QBR at 66.8, which is indicative of how he is been a lot greater than merely the sport supervisor that many anticipated him to be. That is greater than 23 factors increased than Smith’s Whole QBR over his first 9 seasons, and it is greater than 31 factors increased than the man he changed in Seattle. Russell Wilson ranks twenty eighth at 35.2. — Brady Henderson

Week 7 rating: 12

Let’s not complicate this, the 49ers are at their finest once they care for the ball and play good protection. Their 12 giveaways are tied for fourth-most within the NFL and a direct line might be traced from that class to their report. Of their three wins, they’ve one turnover. Of their 4 losses, they’ve 11. — Nick Wagoner

Week 7 rating: 8

The Chargers invested of their protection over the offseason in try and hold opponents out of the tip zone. The adjustments, which included supposed upgrades on the sting, inside and secondary, have thus far yielded comparable outcomes as 2021. The Bolts have allowed a median of 27 factors per sport, which ranks thirtieth within the NFL. Accidents, together with Joey Bosa being positioned on injured reserve following Week 3, have performed a job within the protection’s inefficiencies. Nonetheless, if the Chargers wish to notice a purpose of incomes their first playoff journey since 2018, they have to shortly determine a technique to come collectively. “It’s a sense of urgency for everyone,” defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day stated. “Not just the players, but also the urgency the coaches put on the players. Once we do all that, then it’s all going to get figured out.” — Lindsey Thiry

Week 7 rating: 14

Aaron Rodgers has not been capable of full passes down the sector. He averaged simply 3.2 air yards on his completions in Sunday’s loss to the Commanders. Even earlier than that, he entered the day with the second-fewest air yards per completion within the NFL at 4.3. As unimaginable as Davante Adams has been to switch, in addition they miss the deep menace that was Marquez Valdes-Scantling. — Rob Demovsky



Ryan Clark breaks down why the Packers’ championship hopes are over.

Week 7 rating: 10

The Bucs’ scoring manufacturing has fallen off, going from averaging 31.4 offensive factors a sport via the primary seven weeks final 12 months to 16.71 factors a sport this 12 months. It is not even simply the purple zone anymore — they’ve solely been there 19 occasions in 77 drives thus far this season (24.6%). Within the first seven video games final 12 months, it was 39 occasions in 79 drives (44.3%). — Jenna Laine

Week 7 rating: 15

When the Patriots had been 1-2 and Mac Jones was struggling, that they had eight turnovers and a minus-4 turnover differential. The eight turnovers had been the second highest whole within the NFL and Jones had 5 interceptions. Since that time, the Patriots have efficiently restricted errors and entered Week 7 with a plus-1 turnover differential. It is no shock that their season circled on account of it, though they backslid with a minus-3 ratio in Monday’s loss to the Bears. — Mike Reiss

Week 7 rating: 19

It doesn’t matter who it’s. It doesn’t matter the time of sport. Arthur Smith will do his finest to run the ball repeatedly. The Falcons, even after a blowout loss to Cincinnati on Sunday, have the No. 3 speeding assault within the NFL. It is merely about how Atlanta’s head coach can management the sport and be aggressive each week. What’s spectacular is that they’re doing it with a transformed receiver (Cordarrelle Patterson), a fifth-round choose (Tyler Allgeier), a participant who began the 12 months on the apply squad (Caleb Huntley) and a transformed cornerback (Avery Williams). If Atlanta finally ends up as a shock division winner this season, it will be on the power of its capability to shorten video games and be productive on the bottom. — Michael Rothstein

Week 7 rating: 26

DeAndre Hopkins’ was focused on 48% of the Cardinals’ passes in his season debut on Thursday night time. It confirmed simply how essential he was to Arizona’s offense, which struggled mightily with out him. The Cardinals had been 2-4 with out Hopkins and now are 1-0 with him. He was missed and missed lots. With him again, the Cardinals have their WR1 again and it’s immediately paying off. — Josh Weinfuss

Week 7 rating: 28

Washington ranks twenty fourth within the NFL averaging 17.57 offensive factors per sport. Since Week 3, that quantity drops to 13.60 per sport. The Commanders had been speculated to be energized this season with quarterback Carson Wentz and a wholesome — and upgraded — set of receivers. As a substitute, it has been a key cause why they’re solely 3-4, regardless of having gained two in a row. Accidents and an infective inside offensive line have performed a component, however there isn’t any manner they anticipated this stage of battle on offense. If the Commanders wish to hold constructing on their win streak it has to turn out to be extra constant on offense. — John Keim



Louis Riddick contends one thing is incorrect with the Colts even after the benching of Matt Ryan.

Week 7 rating: 20

The Colts are averaging simply 16.1 factors per sport and it is not adequate. QB Matt Ryan has now been benched in favor of Sam Ehlinger. The Colts have a viable protection that on Sunday did not permit a landing in opposition to the Titans. However they’ve been so anemic on offense that just about nothing else issues. Time will inform whether or not the newly promoted starter can spark the group, but when the likes of Ryan and Jonathan Taylor cannot transcend the Colts’ offensive line play, who can? — Stephen Holder

Week 7 rating: 27

Josh Jacobs has rushed for 441 yards with 6 touchdowns in Las Vegas’ final three video games, averaging 6.4 yards per carry in that time-frame. His ascendance has helped the Raiders oft-slow beginning offense proper itself and the Raiders, who obtained off to an 0-3 begin underneath new coach Josh McDaniels, win two of their final three video games. They’ve now additionally put themselves in place to go on a run, of kinds, with the schedule easing up and Jacobs producing like an All-Professional. — Paul Gutierrez

Week 7 rating: 22

The Jaguars’ protection had seven sacks within the first two video games and folks began to surprise if this was going to be a repeat of the 2017 protection, which led the NFL with 55 sacks that season. Nope. They’ve posted simply six since, together with simply two within the final three video games. With out the strain the Jaguars aren’t forcing the turnovers they did early within the season — 9 turnovers within the first 4 video games and none since. The dearth of strain and turnovers is a giant cause the Jaguars have misplaced 4 in a row. — Michael DiRocco

Week 7 rating: 23

The Browns have not been persistently good defensively in any quarter this season. However within the fourth quarter, Cleveland has been at its worst. The Browns rank thirtieth within the league in fourth quarter defensive anticipated factors added (minus-45.43), underscoring the fourth-quarter collapses which have put Cleveland’s season already on the brink. The Browns performed higher defensively Sunday in Baltimore, together with within the fourth quarter. However after one more loss, it’d find yourself being too little, too late. — Jake Trotter

Week 7 rating: 21

The Saints have a minus-10 giveaway/takeaway ratio and have solely intercepted one cross this 12 months. Their seven fumbles and 9 group interceptions are worst within the league, and so they have turned the ball over in important occasions. Andy Dalton’s two first-half choose sixes in opposition to the Cardinals turned a tie sport right into a gap they could not escape in an eventual loss, and it is simply one in all many video games the place turnovers outlined the eventual end result. — Katherine Terrell

Week 7 rating: 24

There are two gamers within the league proper now — Austin Ekeler and Nick Chubb — who’ve scored as many touchdowns (eight) as your complete Broncos groups has. And that dismal scoring efficiency means the Broncos are 2-5 — regardless of a protection that has surrendered simply eight touchdowns all season. Extensive receiver Jerry Jeudy leads the group in touchdowns — with simply two — and the operating backs have scored simply two speeding touchdowns in seven video games. — Jeff Legwold

Week 7 rating: 29

Justin Fields has been underneath fixed duress, which is exhibited by the Bears proudly owning the league’s worst strain (46.2%) and sack share (13.5%) coming into Monday’s sport. These numbers replicate a mixture of deficiencies alongside the offensive line in defending Fields and the quarterback holding onto the ball too lengthy (a league-high 3.03 seconds). Defenses have been utilizing these issues to their benefit to dial up extra strain on the second 12 months QB. No quarterback has been blitzed extra (39%) this season than Fields. — Courtney Cronin

Week 7 rating: 25

The Steelers are averaging 15.3 factors per sport, and that is merely not sufficient. Solely the Denver Broncos (14.3) are scoring fewer factors per sport. The group made the change to Kenny Pickett at quarterback in hopes he might present a spark, and whereas there are flashes of potential for an explosive offense, the group remains to be averaging a league-worst 4.8 yards per play — the identical paltry mark they averaged in 2021. The AFC North is weaker than anticipated, and the Steelers might in some way be within the combine after a 2-5 begin — however their offense has to shortly and drastically enhance for that to occur. — Brooke Pryor

Week 7 rating: 32

The Panthers entered Sunday’s sport ranked final within the NFL in third-down conversion fee at 23.6%, and did little to enhance that with at 4-for-12 day. The final group with a conversion fee of 24% or worse was the 2005 San Francisco 49ers who went 4-12. — David Newton

Week 7 rating: 31

The Lions’ protection has been actually dangerous. Sure, they’ve seen enchancment week-to-week, however they’re nonetheless permitting a league-high 32.33 factors per sport. The offense and protection have did not get on the identical web page at any level this season, however even when they’re placing up large factors, the protection has to have the ability to cease the opposite group — it is a large cause for the 1-5 report. — Eric Woodyard

Week 7 rating: 30

The Texans’ rush protection is permitting 164 yards per sport, and that ranks final within the NFL. It is holding again the protection from being an important unit as a result of their cross protection is forcing quarterbacks right into a passer score of 74, the seventh-lowest mark amongst defenses. The protection allowed Colts’ RB Jonathan Taylor to supply 161 yards in Week 1, the Bears to run for 281 yards in Week 3 and Raiders’ RB Josh Jacobs to whole three touchdowns in Week 7. That is an space the Texans can enhance on. — DJ Bien-Aime