NFL Power Rankings – Week 7: Rams break into top 5, Packers sink without Rodgers

The NFL Power Rankings are selected by a panel of theScore’s NFL Editors, including Jack Browne, Michael McClymont, Mitch Sanderson, and Arun Srinivasan.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (5-1)

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1st 1st 1st 1st

Previous Rank: 1st

Did anyone really think the Chiefs would go undefeated? They remain the NFL’s best team until further notice. – Srinivasan

2. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1)

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2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd

Previous Rank: 7th

The Eagles’ schedule has been light so far, but they get full marks for being one of very few solid teams that haven’t shot themselves in the foot yet. – Sanderson

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2)

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4th 3rd 3rd 4th

Previous Rank: 11th

The Steelers continue to play up or down to their competition. As long as a they have a performance like Sunday’s in them, they’ll remain title contenders. – McClymont

4. New England Patriots (4-2)

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3rd 7th 4th 3rd

Previous Rank: 6th

Only the Patriots could have Josh McCown be the sixth straight quarterback to rattle off 300 passing yards against them without getting written off as a terrible team. – Sanderson

5. Los Angeles Rams (4-2)

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5th 5th 5th 7th

Previous Rank: 10th

Todd Gurley’s first-quarter surge was no fluke and the third-year pro should definitely warrant consideration for Comeback Player of the Year. – Srinivasan

6. Seattle Seahawks (3-2)

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6th 4th 8th 5th

Previous Rank: 9th

The Seahawks come off their bye week focused on getting their second Super Bowl in franchise history, with their core in the latter stage of its peak. Can they overcome their abysmal offensive line? – Srinivasan

7. Carolina Panthers (4-2)

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7th 6th 9th 6th

Previous Rank: 5th

The Panthers remain in pole position in the NFC South, but unless they can lessen Cam Newton’s workload and get the run game going, their ceiling is capped. – Browne

8. Atlanta Falcons (3-2)

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8th 9th 7th 8th

Previous Rank: 3rd

Atlanta just had to blow a 17-point lead the week before a Super Bowl rematch with the Patriots. – Browne

9. Denver Broncos (3-2)

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10th 8th 6th 9th

Previous Rank: 4th

Orleans Darkwa was the running back to finally crack the Broncos’ second-ranked rushing defense. Whether that spells further trouble remains to be seen. – Srinivasan

10. Houston Texans (3-3)

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9th 10th 12th 10th

Previous Rank: 19th

If Deshaun Watson can take it to the Legion of Boom, there will be no stopping his hype train – and for good reason. – Browne

11. Minnesota Vikings (4-2)

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11th 11th 11th 11th

Previous Rank: 15th

The division is there for the taking. With Aaron Rodgers out and Matthew Stafford hobbled, the Vikings must overcome their own injuries and capitalize. – McClymont

12. Detroit Lions (3-3)

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13th 12th 17th 12th

Previous Rank: 8th

Every time we want to believe in the Detroit Lions, they give us reasons not to. – McClymont

13. New Orleans Saints (3-2)

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12th 14th 15th 14th

Previous Rank: 20th

Seriously: Is the Saints’ defense good now? Just like in their 2009 Super Bowl run, New Orleans’ oft-criticized unit is relying on creating turnovers. Drew Brees is praying this isn’t a mirage. – Browne

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)

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15th 17th 13th 14th

Previous Rank: 12th

The Jaguars sit at a respectable 3-3, but how much longer can they accept Blake Bortles’ inability to perform even the simplest quarterbacking tasks? – Browne

15. Green Bay Packers (4-2)

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14th 14th 16th 16th

Previous Rank: 2nd

Pour one out for the Packers. We’re about to see just how inferior the talent around Aaron Rodgers is, and it’s going to get ugly. – McClymont

16. Buffalo Bills (3-2)

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16th 13th 20th 13th

Previous Rank: 14th

Will Buffalo come out of its bye with a 3-2 record feeling confident, or is it time to return to earth? – Sanderson

17. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)

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18th 19th 10th 18th

Previous Rank: 16th

Elliott has fought off his suspension for another week, but sooner or later we're going to have to see if Prescott can lead the offense without his backfield buddy. – Sanderson

18. Washington Redskins (3-2)

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17th 18th 15th 17th

Previous Rank: 18th

Barely beating the 49ers isn’t an accomplishment to hang your hat on, but a win is a win when most of the NFC is imploding to some extent. – Sanderson

19. Tennessee Titans (3-3)

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19th 16th 19th 19th

Previous Rank: 22nd

The Titans stayed in contention for the division by beating the Colts for the first time in years. Marcus Mariota deserves serious props for basically playing on one leg. – Browne

20. Arizona Cardinals (3-3)

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20th 21st 21st 20th

Previous Rank: 25th

As long as ageless wonder Larry Fitzgerald plays like he’s 24 instead of 34, the Cardinals have a fighting chance. – Srinivasan

21. Miami Dolphins (3-2)

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22nd 22nd 18th 21st

Previous Rank: 23rd

Forget their ugly start to the season for a minute – the Dolphins deserve a round of applause for beating the Falcons with a 17-point comeback and giving us all a good laugh. – Sanderson

22. New York Jets (3-3)

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21st 20th 26th 23rd

Previous Rank: 24th

Typically, a loss could be viewed as a good thing for the Jets, since they can’t keep winning and get a top pick, but a win over the Patriots would have been sweeter than any kind of long-term strategy. – Sanderson

23. Baltimore Ravens (3-3)

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25th 23rd 24th 22nd

Previous Rank: 13th

The Ravens’ offense is at a Pop Warner level. Just about all their points came via special teams in an embarrassing loss to the Bears. – McClymont

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)

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24th 24th 25th 25th

Previous Rank: 17th

Their matchup with the Cardinals was winnable, but as usual, the Bucs didn’t play anywhere close to their talent level. Their season is teetering on the brink. – Browne

25. Los Angeles Chargers (2-4)

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23rd 27th 23rd 27th

Previous Rank: 28th

The Chargers finally won a game on a last-second field goal, but it may have been too little, too late. – Srinivasan

26. Oakland Raiders (2-4)

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26th 28th 22nd 28th

Previous Rank: 21st

Even with Derek Carr back in action, this is a shell of the team that many pegged as Super Bowl contenders. – Srinivasan

27. Chicago Bears (2-4)

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27th 26th 27th 25th

Previous Rank: 29th

That’s the recipe for success. Hand the ball to Jordan Howard 36 times as Mitchell Trubisky continues to develop. – McClymont

28. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)

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28th 25th 29th 26th

Previous Rank: 26th

While you weren’t watching, the Bengals put themselves in position to reach .500. They have favorable matchups with the Colts and Jaguars after a date with the Steelers. – McClymont

29. New York Giants (1-5)

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29th 29th 28th 29th

Previous Rank: 30th

The Giants were clearly motivated by everyone counting them out before the game started, but how long will it take until they fall back into a rut without any offensive stars? – Sanderson

30. Indianapolis Colts (2-4)

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30th 30th 30th 30th

Previous Rank: 27th

The Colts keep showing promise in the first half of games, only to fall apart due to poor coaching and a lack of discipline. It’s finally time to show Chuck Pagano the door. – Browne

31. San Francisco 49ers (0-6)

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31st 31st 31st 31st

Previous Rank: 31st

The 49ers are the only team in league history to lose five straight games by three or fewer points. In many ways, this is the ideal result for a team in a long-term rebuild. – Srinivasan

32. Cleveland Browns (0-6)

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32nd 32nd 32nd 32nd

Previous Rank: 32nd

Twenty-two games under Hue Jackson, and the Browns’ only win came last year against the Chargers. Week 13 can’t get here soon enough. – McClymont

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Funniest Memes Of The Week, Vol. 67

Hilarious Memes Of The Week

Back at it again with another fresh batch of hilarious memes for your weekend funny.

Peep all the best (and funniest) memes of the week on the flip.


Bossip

Terrifically Thick Mya Turned 38 This Week & She Deserves To Be Celebrated

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Someone we actually LIKE…

Singer Mya Turns 38

A treasure from the early 2000s recently blew out 38 candles on her birthday cake. Mýa Marie Harrison a.k.a Mya is officially just two years shy of 40 and she still looks like the girl who slid across our television screens with hits like “Case of The Ex” and “My Love Is Like…Wo.”

She’s now a strict vegan…

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an animal rights activist…

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and yes, still an artist who’s currently promoting her track “Ready For Whatever.”

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We celebrate you, Mya! Happy birthday!

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More of continuously fine, ageless Mya on the flip.


Bossip

The Airport Bomber From Last Week You Never Heard About

IT’S STRANGE HOW some things really catch on and go viral and others don’t. These days, nothing quite makes a story blow up — no pun intended — like the president’s fixation with it. That’s why it’s so peculiar that what sure looks like an attempted terrorist attack was narrowly thwarted at an American airport […]
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Fantasy: Week 6 Rankings (Early Edition)

theScore's Justin Boone is coming off his fourth top-10 finish in FantasyPros' Most Accurate Expert Competition. Follow the links below to see his early rankings for Week 6.

Updated rankings (including PPR) will be released Thursday, with the final version coming down Sunday morning.

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Quarterbacks

Rk Player Team Opp
1 Tom Brady NE @ NYJ
2 Aaron Rodgers GB @ MIN
3 Drew Brees NO vs DET
4 Matt Ryan ATL vs MIA
5 Deshaun Watson HOU vs CLE
6 Cam Newton CAR vs PHI
7 Kirk Cousins WAS vs SF
8 Matthew Stafford DET @ NO
9 Jameis Winston TB @ ARI
10 Derek Carr OAK vs LAC
11 Carson Palmer ARI vs TB
12 Alex Smith KC vs PIT
13 Carson Wentz PHI @ CAR
14 Marcus Mariota TEN vs IND
15 Philip Rivers LAC @ OAK
16 Jacoby Brissett IND @ TEN
17 Trevor Siemian DEN vs NYG
18 Ben Roethlisberger PIT @ KC
19 Josh McCown NYJ vs NE
20 Joe Flacco BAL vs CHI
21 Brian Hoyer SF @ WAS
22 Case Keenum MIN vs GB
23 Blake Bortles JAC vs LAR
24 Kevin Hogan CLE @ HOU
25 Mitch Trubisky CHI @ BAL
26 Jared Goff LAR @ JAC
27 Jay Cutler MIA @ ATL
28 Eli Manning NYG @ DEN

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Giants’ Beckham Jr. will undergo season-ending ankle surgery this week

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will undergo surgery this week to repair the left ankle fracture he suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, the team announced.

Related: Watch: Beckham sustains nasty ankle injury on awkward landing

"I spoke to Odell after the game. It's a sad situation. It's fair to say his season is over," said McAdoo.

The team also announced wide receiver Brandon Marshall will undergo an examination Monday to determine the extent of his ankle injury.

To add to the Giants’ woes, wide receiver Sterling Shepard was diagnosed with a sprained ankle and wide receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris will have surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal.

Related: Fantasy Fallout: Disastrous Sunday leaves Giants’ offense a wasteland

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Sunday storylines to follow in Week 5

With 12 games on the slate Sunday in Week 5, there are plenty of narratives to follow across the league, and even more from team to team.

Here are this weekend’s five most compelling storylines:

Browns see product of 1-15 season

It’s finally time to see what all the fuss is about, with Myles Garrett set to make his NFL debut.

The Browns suffered long and hard last season to secure the right to draft Garrett first overall in hopes that he’d transform the defense into a fearsome unit.

Garrett hopes to score at least one sack, which he refers to as “a fat guy’s touchdown,” against the Jets, who have had their quarterback brought down behind the line 12 times this season.

0-4 no more

At least one of the four teams sitting 0-4 will almost certainly get a win this weekend, and, at most, three can turn their fortunes.

Unless the Giants and Chargers tie Sunday, one of them will walk out of MetLife Stadium with a victory. The Browns will host the Jets, who are astoundingly 2-2, while the 49ers will travel to Indianapolis to face Jacoby Brissett and the one-win Colts.

Related: Manning-Rivers connection comes full circle Sunday

None of these are expected to be good games, but at least there will be opportunities to climb out of the league’s basement.

Cowboys get shot at playoff revenge

Along with the games featuring a trio of teams hoping to be taken seriously after this weekend, Packers-Cowboys looks to be one of Week 5's must-watches. The Cowboys and Packers provided the only exciting game of the 2016 playoffs other than Super Bowl LI, and now it's time for the rematch.

Green Bay’s offense has been struck by injuries all season, but Aaron Rodgers has shown he can make up the difference. The Cowboys have had their own stumbles this season, but are coming off back-to-back games with at least 28 points.

All eyes (and ears) on Cam

If you’re one of the seven NFL fans who hasn’t heard, Cam Newton was in some hot water this week after laughing at a female football reporter who asked him about football – specifically routes.

You can bet that every missed completion by Newton against the Lions will be accompanied by a thousand tweets rhetorically asking him: “Do you know what that route is called?”

How Newton responds in the game and after it following a week when everyone has been questioning his character and leadership will be a telling test for the former MVP.

Who needs franchise QBs?

The Titans and Raiders, that’s who.

Marcus Mariota is expected to be a game-time decision for Tennessee’s afternoon game against the Miami Dolphins. While the Fins have played some pretty poor football, the Titans’ offense was useless against the Texans last week after Mariota was injured.

Whether the former second overall pick can play after a week of limited practices will have a major impact on the result of the game and its watchability. Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden don’t exactly scream “exciting football.”

For the Raiders, Derek Carr will be on the sidelines against the Ravens in Oakland, watching as EJ Manuel leads his offense. The Raiders’ offense has yet to hit its stride this season. Manuel held his own against the Broncos’ stout defense last week, but Baltimore’s turnover-creating unit won’t be a pushover.

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Report: Carr’s back injury has improved, could play Week 6 vs. Chargers

Derek Carr appears to be on track to return next week.

The Oakland Raiders quarterback was expected to miss two-to-six weeks with a transverse process fracture in his back and, according to Stephania Bell and Adam Schefter of ESPN, Carr is trending on the shorter end of that spectrum as his injury has improved to the point that he could play in Week 6 versus the Los Angeles Chargers.

Carr was injured in a Week 4 loss to the Denver Broncos and replaced by EJ Manuel, who will draw the start in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens.

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