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Chargers Remain Atop Power Rankings

Our computerized formula spit the San Diego Chargers out as the No. 1 team in our power rankings for the second week in a row.

If the formula included special teams and bone-headed mistakes, it would look a whole lot different. While their offense is potent, they have lost to the Rams, Raiders, Chiefs and Seahawks while defeating only lowly Arizona and Jacksonville (who are both in the bottom five of this list).

Dallas moves up despite more penalties, red-zone failure and turnovers. I guess that makes the Giants the truest contender for top spot? Very scary.

1. San Diego - (1) – If Antonio Gates, Malcolm Floyd, and Nate Kaeding are all out this week the Chargers' chances of getting out of their current hole will be tough.

2. NY Giants - (2) – After an 0-2 start the Giants have reeled off three straight impressive wins. Keep an eye on them because they could be the ones to beat in the NFC East.

3. Dallas - (5) – Penalties and turnovers truly are killer. When are the Fire Wade Phillips chants going to start in Dallas?

4. NY Jets - (6)  - It's a bye week for the Jets, who have won five in a row both SU and ATS.

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5. Atlanta - (3) – The Falcons' four-game winning streak was snapped by the Eagles in blowout fashion. They better hope the defense shows up this week against Cincinnati.

6. Pittsburgh - (4) – Ben Roethlisberger's return ignites the offense with three touchdown passes. That equals the Steelers' TD passes in their first four games.

7. Philadelphia - (9) – If he keeps it up Kevin Kolb is going make Andy Reid's decision a tough one when Michael Vick is healthy.

8. Baltimore - (7) –  The Ravens' defense should get Ed Reed back this week, making them even more dangerous.

9. New Orleans - (14) – The offense woke up in Week 6 with a 31-6 shellacking of Tampa Bay.

10. Indianapolis - (8) – How good could the Colts be with a steady defense? Peyton Manning has passed for 1,916 yards with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.

11. Cincinnati - (10) – After two straight upset losses heading into their bye week the Bengals need a win on Sunday to prove they're a contender.

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12. Miami - (12) –  The Dolphins haven't won by more than five points this season. Will that be a problem going forward with Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Baltimore on tap?

13. Kansas City - (15) – From 3-0 to 3-2 - is the bubble starting to burst in Kansas City?

14. Tennessee - (21) – Vince Young is expected to start this week when the Titans  host Philadelphia. Tennessee is 1-2 SU and ATS at home this season, compared to 3-0 SU and ATS on the road.

15. Green Bay - (11) –  Two straight losses by three points for the injury-riddled Packers. Will a visit from Brett Favre get them back in the win column?

16. Minnesota - (13) –  The Vikings' ship is afloat again but rough waters are still ahead with Green Bay and New England on the horizon.

17. Denver - (19) – Believe it or not the Broncos actually ran the ball more than they passed last week - but Kyle Orton is still on pace to top Dan Marino's record for passing yards in a season.

18. Chicago - (17) – Jay Cutler could be headed for another concussion if he keeps getting sacked so frequently. He ended up on his back six times in Week 6, and 23 times already this season.

19. New England - (18) –  Who need Randy Moss when Deion Branch is catching nine passes for 98 yards and a TD?

20. Houston - (20) –  The Texans enter their bye tied for first place in the AFC South.

21. St. Louis - (25) –  The Rams have more wins than Minnesota, Dallas, and San Diego. Everyone saw that coming, right?

22. Detroit - (23) – The Lions' bye couldn't have come at a better time after Shaun Hill went down and Matt Stafford appears to be a week away from coming back.

23. San Francisco - (28) – The 49ers won but don't get too excited - they only beat Oakland. A second win should be in the bag this week against winless Carolina.

24. Oakland - (22) – With Bruce Gradkowski and Jason Campbell both hurting who's the QB for the Raiders this week?

25. Tampa Bay - (16) –  After a demoralizing loss versus the Saints the Bucs need a bounce-back game against St. Louis.

26. Washington - (26) –  The Redskins lost on Sunday, but covered the spread to improve to 4-1-1 ATS. All of Washington's losses have been by four points or less.

27. Cleveland - (24) – Was Colt McCoy's debut good enough to earn him another start if Jake Delhomme or Seneca Wallace are ready to come back?

28. Seattle - (31) – The Seahawks did it again last week and pulled off another surprising upset. All three of Seattle's wins this season have come as the underdog.

29. Jacksonville - (27) – Who's the starting QB for Jacksonville this week if neither David Garrard nor Trent Edwards can play?

30. Carolina - (29) –  The only reason the Panthers didn't lose last week is because they didn't play.

31. Buffalo - (30) –  What was written about the Panthers also applies to Buffalo.

32. Arizona - (32) –  Fresh off their bye Max Hall and the Cards look to build on their Week 5 upset win over the Saints.

NFL power rankings by the numbers . . .
 

Team                                     Raw       Str          Adj Power

San Diego                            184.77   0.52       95.2

NY Giants                            133.9     0.49       65.03

Dallas                                  85.47     0.59       50.1

NY Jets                               101.51   0.47       47.59

Atlanta                                92.71    0.5         46.35

Pittsburgh                           82.14     0.55       45.32

Philadelphia                       104.08    0.42       43.37

Baltimore                           73.64     0.55        40.17

New Orleans                      69.05     0.41        28.05

Indianapolis                        45.85     0.54        24.89

Cincinnati                            43.77     0.44        19.45

Miami                                   31.27     0.52        16.21

Kansas City                         29.68     0.4          11.87

Tennessee                          24.97     0.47        11.75

Green Bay                           7.11        0.44        3.14

Minnesota                          -0.72      0.5          -0.36

Denver                                 -3.76      0.66        -1.29

Chicago                              -5.72     0.36        -3.64

New England                      -9.03     0.52        -4.35

Houston                               -10.5     0.5          -5.25

St. Louis                               -16.68    0.41       -9.81

Detroit                                  -40.35    0.57       -17.29

San Francisco                     -52.16    0.59        -21.48

Oakland                               -42.05      0.49      -21.63

Tampa Bay                          -53.36     0.41      -31.62

Washington                        -73.95      0.54      -33.8

Cleveland                            -94.48      0.63      -35.43

Seattle                                  -67.77        0.4      -40.66

Jacksonville                        -81.2      0.46       -44.08

Carolina                                -133.07 0.61       -52.28

Buffalo                                  -156.18 0.64       -55.77

Arizona                                   -191.7    0.5        -95.85