In this feature, we’ll highlight three teams trending upward and downward in our NFL power rankings. Keep in mind, TheLines’ Week 7 power rankings aren’t predicated on futures markets, despite the possibility there might be value available. Instead, they’re evaluating a team’s outlook on a week-by-week basis. The ranks are a composite of eight staff members — in the order of which team they would have favored on a neutral field this week.
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No. 5 Cincinnati Bengals ()
Even though the Saints covered for all but the last two minutes on Sunday, Ja’Marr Chase handed the Bengals a victory with a 60-yard touchdown. Cincinnati vaulted three spots — and into the top 5 of these Week 7 power rankings — in the process.
Nevertheless, Zac Taylor’s defense continues to be exposed against well-oiled ground attacks. It surrendered the sixth-highest Rushing EPA in Week 6, and the Falcons’ surprisingly efficient offense comes to town next. Arthur Smith’s bunch is also 6-0 against the spread — the No. 11 team to accomplish that feat over the last 33 seasons.
Expect much of the betting market to be on them with that trend in mind.
Week 7 Spread: Bengals
- Who’s highest on the Bengals? Nate Weitzer (No. 4)
No. 8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers ()
There are sleepy situational spots in the betting universe, though, and this matchup represented just that for Todd Bowles’ crew. Tom Brady’s lackluster performance didn’t help, but he still boasts the 10th-highest Dropback EPA to date. Tampa Bay is set up to bounce back at Carolina (No. 32 in TheLines’ rankings), yet its supbar run defense could be tested if the Panthers somehow manage to avoid a negative game script.
Don’t count on it.
Week 7 Spread: Buccaneers
Who’s highest on the Buccaneers? Mo Nuwwarah (No. 7)
Who’s lowest on the Buccaneers? Brett Gibbons (No. 11)
No. 18 New York Jets ()
Not only are the Jets 4-2 for the first time since 2015, but they’ve also covered in three consecutive games. New York flew up six spots as a result — the most of any team in the Week 7 power rankings. However, Robert Saleh’s unit has received some fortunate bounces to get to this point.
Its first win stemmed from the Browns’ historic meltdown, blowing a double-digit lead in the final two minutes. Next up, the Steelers and Dolphins both turned to rookie quarterbacks who made their respective debuts versus a blitz-heavy defense.
That’s usually not recipe for success.
Finally, a struggling Packers team, which is plagued by an inconsistent passing game and poor run defense, was the perfect recipe for Gang Green to exploit. While the Broncos are dealing with their own lifeless offense, their elite defense should pose their fair share of problems for Zach Wilson & Co.
Week 7 Spread: Jets
- Who’s highest on the Jets? Stephen Andress (No. 15)
- Who’s lowest on the Jets? Eli Hershkovich, Matt Brown, and Brett Gibbons (No. 22)