Bye week a win for Raiders after Cooper trade

Oakland continues to stockpile high draft picks but remains at No. 32 in power rankings

Cameron McKeon, Sports Editor

Not only was it an exciting week on the field, trades across the NFL sparked some buzz as well. The Giants dealt Eli Apple to the Saints and Damon Harrison to the Lions,l. But the acquisition that shook the football world was the Raiders sealing Amari Cooper to the Cowboys. We’ll see if the deal could help Dallas escape mediocrity.

Meanwhile, a missed game-winning extra point, a decision to attempt a nonsensical 2-point conversion late in the fourth, and a hail mary falling one yard short all altered the looks of games in week 7.

32. Oakland Raiders (-) It was a bye week for the Raiders. They play at home against the Colts this week.

31. Buffalo Bills (-3) The saddest thing about the Bills’ 37-5 loss to the Colts is that Indy is one of the worst teams in the league. Derek Anderson definitely didn’t make the greatest first impression as starter of the squad with a goose egg in the touchdown department but three interceptions thrown.

30. New York Giants (-) With the exception of Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants are flat out dreadful. Falling to the Falcons, New York dropped to 1-6 last week and continue to search for answers despite coming up week in and week out empty-handed. To put it simply, the Giants need to address essentially everything. The defense is suspect, Eli Manning is far past his productive years, and the offensive line is all over the place. They did a good job to get rid of Apple and Harrison as the garage sale begins.

29. Arizona Cardinals (-) It’s safe to say that Josh Rosen doesn’t look ready for Primetime. The UCLA product tossed three more interceptions in a blowout loss to the Broncos. David Johnson continues to struggle in a predictable offense lacking in experience and talent. Rosen turned the ball over five times in a game to forget for him.

28. San Francisco 49ers (-1) Everybody knew the outcome of the game before either team even stepped onto the field. The 1-6 ‘Niners were destined for a loss to the undefeated Rams in what ended up being a 39-10 blowout. George Kittle led the team in receiving yards with 98 and recorded a touchdown in a dismal showing for the red and gold.

27. New York Jets (-2) When throwing into tight windows on Sunday, Sam Darnold was 0-11 with an interception. The rookie QB only completed 17 of 42 passes for an absurd 40 percent completion percentage against the Vikings. To add insult to injury, Bilal Powell is facing neck surgery that could end his career.

26. Indianapolis Colts (+5) The Colts looked like an emerging, potentially threatening team last Sunday until you see who they played. A lot can be said about Marlon Mack’s breakout day and the brilliant defensive play, but then again it was probably a fluke. Indianapolis got their second win in blowout fashion over the Bills.

25. Cleveland Browns (-1) The fourth OT game of the season for the Browns ended in a 26-23 loss. Baker Mayfield’s solid day was spoiled by a Bucs game-winning field goal. Nick Chubb generated 80 yards and a touchdown in his first game with a heavy workload. He will be seeing the field a lot more with the recent departure of Carlos Hyde to the Jags.

24. Tennessee Titans (-2) All the Titans had to do was kick an extra point in order to get the game against the Chargers to overtime. Instead, Coach Mike Vrabel opted to go for two and Marcus Mariota failed to convert the attempt. Tennessee comes back to the U.S. from London with a 3-4 record, not winning a single game since week 4 when Taylor Lewan told the masses to stop sleeping on the Titans.

23. Miami Dolphins (-4) Simply overmatched by the Lions offense, the Dolphins fell for the third time in four games. Brock Osweiler again did a nice job filling in for Ryan Tannehill, but it wasn’t nearly enough in the 32-21 loss. The Dolphins definitely do not look like a playoff team despite their respectable record.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+4) The Bucs stumble back to .500 after a messy win. Jameis Winston threw two picks without a touchdown despite throwing for 365 yards. Chase Catanzaro won the game for Tampa Bay in the longest field goal made in OT history at 59 yards. Nobody, especially Baker Mayfield on the Browns sideline, expected Catanzaro to nail the long boot.

21. Denver Broncos (+2) The Broncos had a golden opportunity to get back into the win column last Thursday and didn’t pass it up. The 45-10 blowout of the Cardinals featured big days for Philip Lindsay and Emmanuel Sanders. The defense was the biggest star of the game though, with three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

20. Atlanta Falcons (+1) The Falcons grabbed a much-needed win over the Giants to improve to 3-4. Matt Ryan has quietly looked like his 2016 self, having another vastly productive performance. Julio Jones is still searching for his first touchdown of the season eight weeks in, but is second in the NFL in receiving yards. The 23-20 win over New York was closer than anticipated, but Atlanta is content enough to return to the win column.

19. Jacksonville Jaguars (-6) Yet another rough week for Jacksonville, this time falling to the Texans 20-7. Not only did Blake Bortles get benched midway through the game for Cody Kessler, CB Jalen Ramsey got exposed by star wideout DeAndre Hopkins on a few passes. Kessler came in and played very well, completing 21 of 30 passes for a touchdown and a fluke interception. Nevertheless, Bortles will start this week against the Eagles.

18. Dallas Cowboys (-) The frustration in Dallas after a 20-17 loss to the Redskins didn’t last long when fans found out that the Cowboys acquired Amari Cooper from the Raiders. The wide receiver fills a huge hole in the Dallas offense and provides loads of excitement. A bye week for the Cowboys allows Cooper to become acclimated with the team before his first appearance.

17. Detroit Lions (-) Kerryon Johnson again proved on Sunday that Saquon Barkley, Nick Chubb, and Philip Lindsay aren’t the only standout rookie running backs. He contributed mightily in a 32-21 win over the Dolphins with 158 yards on 19 carries, while Matthew Stafford only threw four incompletions. The Lions may be a sleeper team in an extremely competitive NFC North.

16. Seattle Seahawks (-) It was a bye week for the Seahawks. They face off against the Lions in Detroit this week.

15. Chicago Bears (-1) Kevin White caught a hail mary and came up just a yard short of tying the game against the Patriots. Special teams play was costly in the 38-31 loss. The Bears gave up a kickoff return touchdown as well as a scoop and score following a blocked punt. Mitchell Trubisky was up and down but showed his legs with six carries, 81 yards and a rushing touchdown along with his two passing TDs.

14. Washington Redskins (+6) The Redskins continue to do the fundamental things right with a scrappy 20-17 win over the Cowboys. Taking care of the ball has been a point of emphasis for the ‘Skins, who have turned the ball over only five times this season. Alex Smith didn’t have a standout day by any means, but as he so often does, the veteran pulled out a hard-fought victory to improve to 4-2.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (-1) Like so many other teams, the Bengals got torn apart by the Chiefs’ offense. They also surrendered the most improbable run of the year to Kareem Hunt. Cincinnati simply couldn’t tackle the Chiefs star running back on Sunday night, one of the many issues that must be addressed in the 45-10 loss.

12. Baltimore Ravens (-1) Justin Tucker’s career PAT percentage going into the game-tying attempt with 24 seconds left against the Saints: 100% (222/222). A blemish now occurs on that statistic as he missed one at the worst possible time. It’s unfortunate given Tucker’s reputation and renowned respect. Honestly, it was kind of worth it, seeing his reaction the moment he missed. The Ravens fell 24-23.

11. Philadelphia Eagles (-3) Despite a big day from Carson Wentz, the Eagles couldn’t hold a 17-0 lead going into the 4th quarter before falling to Carolina, 21-17. The defending champs fell under .500 again on Sunday, and will face the desperate Jaguars on the road this week.

10. Green Bay Packers (-) It was a bye week for the Packers. They head to Los Angeles to face the Rams in what could be one of the better games of week 8.

9.  Houston Texans (+6) Despite another shaky performance from Deshaun Watson, the Texans pulled out their fourth win in a row after starting 0-3. Like so many other defenses this year, the Texans held the Jags offense to minimal damage, forcing Blake Bortles out and recovering a trio fumbles. Additionally, on Thursday night, Houston beat the Dolphins 42-23 while Watson had himself a 5 TD night.

8. Los Angeles Chargers (-2) The Chargers had travel all the way to London to get some fans to go to one of their home games. They earned the win too, a 20-19 win over the Titans. The 5-2 Chargers have enjoyed another under-the-radar, consistent season from Philip Rivers, who had a couple more touchdowns early Sunday morning. The Chargers enjoy a bye this week.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (-) It was a bye week for the Steelers. They’re at home against the Browns in a divisional game this week.

6. Carolina Panthers (+3) The biggest 4th quarter comeback in Panthers’ history led to their 21-17 win over the Eagles. Cam Newton came up huge when it mattered an had a monster day for Carolina, earning NFC Player of the Week honors with his 269 yards and two touchdowns.

5. New Orleans Saints (-1) An entertaining quarterback battle ended in the most uncharacteristic way with Tucker missing a game-tying PAT with 24 seconds left. The Saints narrowly escaped the Ravens with Drew Brees continuing to put up MVP type numbers. The addition of Apple to the secondary is an interesting experiment, and we will see if he proves handy or costly down the stretch.

4. Minnesota Vikings (+1) An all-around effort propelled the Vikings to a 37-17 win over the Jets. Adam Thielen had another 100+ yard day while after a slow start, Latavius Murray finished with a pair of touchdowns on the ground. At this point in the season, Thielen is on pace to record the second most receiving yards in a single season in NFL history.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (-) The unstoppable offensive force of the Chiefs didn’t let up last week against the Bengals. Another 45 points on the board with Patrick Mahomes throwing 4 TDs while Kareem Hunt ran wild with 3 TDs. The defensive play can’t go unnoticed for Kansas City, as a usually suspect unit stepped up in the 45-10 win.

2. New England Patriots (-) A gruesome Sony Michel injury left the Patriots with limited options on offense, but it didn’t faze Tom Brady. James White, Josh Gordon, and special teams stepped up to lead the Pats to a 38-31 win over the Bears. 

1. Los Angeles Rams (-) A steady offensive attack and four sacks from Aaron Donald carried the Rams to an easy 39-10 win to stay undefeated at 7-0. Todd Gurley is the third different player in NFL history to record 14 touchdowns through the first seven weeks and he’s on pace to break Ladainian Tomlinson’s record of 31 scrimmage TDs in a season.