Tori Foster, Sports Editor
The National Football League division
leaders through Week 6 are as followed:
American Football Conference North Baltimore
Ravens 4-2, AFC South Houston Texans 4-2, AFC East New England Patriots 6-0, and AFC West Kansas City Chiefs 4-2.
National Football Conference North Green Bay Packers 5-1, NFC South New Orleans Saints 5-1, NFC East Philadelphia Eagles 3-3, and NFC West San Francisco 49ers 5-0.
The top three NFL teams as of Week 7:
Rank No.1: Patriots 6-0
In the previous week, the team was also ranked No. 1.
Another week, another win against an overmatched opponent. An early schedule had made the Patriots a difficult team to analyze. Some might even think the Patriots shouldn’t even be in an exercise like this. But then again, the six-time Super Bowl champions are 6-0 in Week 7. They should be nowhere other than No.1. All that said, they will remain the all-time best until that schedule toughens up. And eventually it will … just not yet. Belichick will get the Jets (1-4) and Browns (2-4) in the next two weeks.
The Patriots signed tight end Eric Tomlinson last Tuesday. Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett has been battling with his hamstring injury, but he was able to participate in a part of the portion of Tuesday’s practice open to the media. The Patriots officially re-signed Ben Watson on Tuesday too.
Rank No. 2: 49ers 5-0
In the previous week, the team was ranked No. 4.
During a six-day span the Niners, defeated the Browns 31-3 on Monday Night Football on Oct. 7, then bullied their former tormentors with an excellent win 20-7 over the Rams in Los Angeles Sunday, Oct. 13. Again, the Niners’ defense was the key to their victories. They held Sean McVay’s once-unstoppable attack to just 157 yards of total offense. Los Angeles marched 56 yards down the field on seven consecutive runs to score the game’s opening touchdown, then the Niners’ defense wouldn’t allow them to score the rest of the game. The game’s biggest sequence began on third-and-goal with the Rams one yard away from a touchdown late in the second quarter. The Niners stuffed two Rams rush attempts for no gain, and Los Angeles never reached the red zone again. The Rams’ next six drives after that goal-line scuffle totaled zero yards. The Niners have the best defense in the NFC. Some might even say in the NFL for right now. They’re for real.
The 49ers have over 10 players that have been injured since the season kicked off but the 49ers are hungry for wins.
Rank No. 3: Saints 5-1
In the previous week, the team was ranked No. 2.
The Saints are now 4-0 since quarterback Drew Brees went on the shelf with a thumb injury. The defense defeated the Jaguars in a 13-6 win. Head coach Sean Payton stated after the game: “I told our defense, if we would’ve played eight quarters today, I don’t think they would have scored a touchdown, honestly.” His confidence is understandable, given New Orleans’ monster efforts week after week on defensive coordinator Dennis Allen’s side of the ball. Everything has been playing out ideally for the Saints, who are winning weekly without having to worry about a distracting and potentially chemistry-altering quarterback controversy. QB Teddy Bridgewater, who have been doing well, will go back to No. 2 status when Brees is ready and when Brees is ready, the Saints could go Full Juggernaut.
Will this format change in the next two weeks? We will have to tune in.