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NFL Week 7 Power Rankings: Rams have a new team to worry about

1) Los Angeles Rams (6-0)

Last week’s top team holds true. They’re now the lone undefeated team in the NFL but may not stay that way for long. The Rams face the Packers, Saints, and Chiefs all before their Week 12 bye.

2) New England Patriots (4-2)

Not even in my top ten two weeks ago, they’ve shot all the way back up to where we’re accustomed to seeing them. Sony Michel put together his third straight 100-yard performance of the season against the Chiefs and Josh Gordon is getting more snaps and targets every week. When Kansas City puts up 40 points and you still manage to outscore them, there’s not much your opponents can do.

3) Kansas City Chiefs (5-1)

I’m not worried about them in the slightest. There were multiple instances in their Sunday night game against the Patriots where they could have pulled out the win. Their game against the Bengals should be another close one but they wont need to put up 40 points again.

4) New Orleans Saints (4-1)

The Saints were on bye this week so the only thing I could have done was move them down a slot to make room for the Patriots. The last time we saw the Saints, they were setting records and running Washington off the field. There is some cause for concern, however. If their defense doesn’t return to last year’s form, the next month of the season could be nightmarish. They get BAL (4-2), MIN (3-2-1), LAR (6-0), and CIN (4-2) in their next four.

5) Los Angeles Chargers (4-2)

This may be a little higher than they should be. The Chargers have one of the most consistent offenses in the league but they only have wins against teams they were supposed to beat. Their four wins have come against the Bills, 49ers, Raiders, and Browns. I’m still waiting for that signature win. Unfortunately, they wont have real competition until the final quarter of the season so they need to keep rolling if they want to be taken seriously.

6) Baltimore Ravens (4-2)

When looking at the current standings across the league, I noticed the Ravens have the second highest net point differential in the league with a +76. The only team better is the Rams with a +78. They’re in a similar situation as the Chargers. The Ravens have been getting the job done but the Steelers are their only notable win. They’ll need to be a little more consistent to remain near the top.

7) Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)

8) Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1)

I’m keeping the Bengals ahead of the Steelers for now. The Bengals have a better record and the Steelers only won their game because of an illegal pick play that wasn’t called. The Steelers are on bye this week and will need to look more formidable upon their return.

One Big Mess

Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1), Chicago Bears (3-2), Green Bay Packers (3-2-1), Carolina Panthers (3-2), Miami Dolphins (4-2), Cleveland Browns (2-3-1)

The Vikings have one of the best passing attacks in the league but the running game and defense aren’t nearly what they used to be. Latavius Murray ran all over the Cardinals but it was the Cardinals. The same goes for the Packers. Aaron Rodgers mounted an incredible comeback against San Francisco but the Niners were in the driver’s seat for most of that game.

Brock Osweiler and the Miami Dolphins defeated the Chicago Bears Sunday in what I expected to be a bloodbath with the opposite result. After that game finished, I wanted to erase it from the history books. From what I saw, the Dolphins didn’t beat the Bears, Albert Wilson did. The Dolphins only had 13 points in the 4th quarter until Albert Wilson took two short passes to the house.

The Panthers were looking solid until they allowed a Washington team to beat them without throwing for 200 yards. That shouldn’t happen coming off a bye week. According to my logic from last week’s article, the Browns should be a 5-1 team. But when you have a losing record and get beat by the Chargers in that fashion, you become increasingly difficult to defend.

“Prove It” Games

New England (4-2) vs Chicago (3-2)

The Patriots are coming off their best game of the season and the Bears are coming off of their worst. This is the perfect chance for Chicago to swing the pendulum back in their favor. They will need to be careful as 3-3 will be hard to bounce back from in their division.

Detroit (2-3) vs Miami (4-2)

The Lions’ loss against the Jets on Monday Night Football is still fresh in some minds but more people should be taking notice of when they handled business against the Packers and Patriots. Detroit had a whole bye week to prepare for the Dolphins and Miami needs to prove that the Bears game wasn’t just a fluke.

New Orleans (4-1) vs Baltimore (4-2)

If the Ravens want to show the league that their defense is for real, this is the game to do it. They held the Tennessee Titans scoreless but this is Drew Brees and the Saints. Baltimore couldn’t even put up more than 9 points against Cleveland so something has to give.

Cincinnati (4-2) vs Kansas City (5-1)

Here are two teams looking to rectify losses that probably should have never happened. Cincinnati has been on both sides of nail-biters this past month. They beat Atlanta on the final play of regulation and lost to the Steelers on a controversial touchdown. This is the chance to show the league they’re the real deal. Unfortunately, they may need to score upwards of 30 points in primetime to do it.

Ball Don't Lie - "Jimmy Butler = Buddy Ass"

The three-man crew is back together for a preview of the new NBA season, a recap of week 6 and to chat about the continued back-and-forth between Drake and Pusha T.

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Week 7 predictions
Drake/Pusha T interviews
Goofy Mog of the Week
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Getting to know new Chicago Bears HC Matt Nagy
David Eulitt/Kansas City Star

David Eulitt/Kansas City Star

The Chicago Bears aggressively got their man Monday, hiring Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to be the 16th head coach in franchise history. So far we don't know the years or the terms, but coaches aren't on a cap and GM Ryan Pace was extended through 2021, so expect it to be around a four-year deal.

Outside of the Raiders, who were enamored at the thought of throwing a bag at Jon Gruden, every team with a coaching vacancy were looking for this year's version of Sean McVay, the young offensive prodigy who turned the LA Rams offense into the best in the NFL in 2017. Pace identified that prodigy, just like he identified Mitchell Trubisky a year ago as his quarterback of the future.

Nagy (that's NAG-ee Bears fans) is now tasked with molding Trubisky into that guy. Nagy was an All-American at Delaware before ripping up Arena Football with the Georgia Force. He's a guy that has a chip on his shoulder; he feels like he was good enough to play D-I football and in the NFL. He's hungry to prove he belonged in the NFL from the beginning, and now he'll get the chance of a lifetime to do it in Chicago.

Nagy left a VERY kush real estate job and took a risk with his wife and family of four to work his way up from the bottom of Andy Reid's staff in Philadelphia. He started as an intern in 2008, and eventually worked his way to offensive quality control coach. He moved with Reid to Kansas City in 2013 to be the quarterbacks coach of the Chiefs, and was promoted to offensive coordinator before this season. He's the only coach Andy Reid has given playcalling duties to, and when the team sputtered after a hot start, Nagy was given more control of the offense, guiding them to a strong finish on the way to an AFC West title.

Nagy took an offense that struggled to do anything under Alex Smith despite four double-digit win seasons, and got a career year out of Smith, throwing for 4,000+ yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2017. Chiefs ranked 5th in NFL in total offense with 375.4 yards per game, 6th in points per game (25.9), 7th in passing yards (256.5), 9th in rushing (118.9) and led NFL with the fewest turnovers (8).

When the Chiefs were forced to start rookie Kareem Hunt week one in New England, Nagy brought the league's leading rusher out of him, 1327 rushing yards for the season. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce also had 1,000 yard receiving seasons under Nagy this year.

“I think he thinks a little different from coach (Reid) and kind of adds to that, where now you’re kind of getting some of the spice that’s not your typical West Coast offense,” Smith said, according to the Kansas City Star.

Nagy is also a pretty cool guy and relatable in the locker room. “Awesome — killer,” Smith said. “When he got to be up in the room in front of everybody as a coordinator, you never know how guys are going to handle that. I think the thing all of us appreciate is that he didn’t even blink."

Nagy's secondary job this season was grooming rookie QB Pat Mahomes, who is expected to push out Smith for the starting job last season. But leading up to last year's NFL Draft, he coveted Mitch Trubisky. Now he'll take his aggressive run-pass option offense to Chicago, where Trubisky is waiting to develop in his second year in the league.

Nagy becomes the latest under Andy Reid's tree to become head coach. There's currently six of Nagy's former assistants coaching in the league, including Panthers' Ron Rivera, the Bills' new HC Sean McDermott, and Eagles HC Doug Pedersen, who turned second-year QB Carson Wentz into an MVP candidate for the 13-3 Eagles before his December ACL injury.

Awaiting him at Halas Hall is a team with talent bursting at the seams, but unable to fully let loose on the NFL. Jordan Howard is a beast of a running back, and Tarik Cohen was the sparkplug in a dead offense this season. Adam Shaheen didn't perform much, but projects to be an under-the-radar tight end if Nagy can bring the Travis Kelce out of him. Receiver Cameron Meredith returns from ACL injury as well, along with a defense that has top 10 potential when 100% healthy.

The Bears could have waited it out for Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo, but you can't hire a coach until their team is out of the playoffs, and the Bears want to jump the gun to convince defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to stay before Tuesday's deadline.

This is Ryan Pace going for broke. He knows he has one shot left at hiring a head coach in Chicago, and if he's going to keep a job in this league, he can't hire another retread like John Fox, and he can't wait around and miss on his choices while other teams get out in front of them. He moved quickly for his coach, he has his young quarterback in tow, and now they have a day to keep their defense intact. Even the most skeptical Bears fan has to be excited about the stones of this hire.

As for Nagy, I think his gamble paid off.