Remember this golden rule for next season: Don’t overreact to Week 1 in the NFL.
The Bills, Packers, Ravens and Cowboys all lost their season openers.
Since then, the Packers, Ravens and Cowboys are surging with five straight wins. The Bills had won four straight before losing Monday. And all four Week 1 losers are still among the legitimate Super Bowl contenders in a league that only features 12 teams with winning records.
Here is The Post’s NFL power rankings for Week 7:
1. Arizona Cardinals, 6-0 (Last week: 1)
Even with Kliff Kingsbury unable to coach and pass-rusher Chandler Jones unable to play because of COVID-19 protocols, the Cardinals rolled over the Browns to continue their best start since 1974. Kyler Murray threw four touchdown passes — two to build a 20-0 lead and two more after the lead was cut to 23-14.
2. Los Angeles Rams, 5-1 (2)
West Coast to East Coast jet lag? Not when the Rams come to MetLife Stadium, where they have outscored the Giants, 89-28, over the last two meetings. The loss of Cam Akers was supposed to make the offense one-dimensional, but the offensive line and Darrell Henderson rejected the premise.
3. Green Bay Packers, 5-1 (5)
Think Aaron Rodgers is aware of his 22-5 record against the rival Bears? After he scrambled for the victory-sealing fourth-quarter touchdown, Rodgers yelled, “I still own you! I still own you!” at Bears fans. The Packers utilize a nice 1-2 punch in the backfield with Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.
4. Baltimore Ravens, 5-1 (7)
The Ravens turned a battle of AFC division leaders into a 34-6 blowout of the Chargers. Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman all rushed for touchdowns like a throwback to 2015. The defense also looked vintage in allowing just 208 yards and stopping 12 of 16 third and fourth downs.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 5-1 (3)
Leonard Fournette totaled 127 yards and two touchdowns from scrimmage, but Tom Brady still attempted 42 passes playing through a thumb injury. The Buccaneers built a big lead and ran out the clock on the Eagles’ comeback attempt. The injury-plagued Bucs are looking for defensive backs on the street.
6. Dallas Cowboys, 5-1 (8)
Does anyone else want to see Trevon Diggs play a little offense? Diggs tallied his seventh interception in six games and returned it for his second touchdown. He’s electric with the ball in his hands. So is Dak Prescott, who needed an MRI on his right calf after throwing the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime to lift the Cowboys to a win in New England for the first time since 1987.
7. Buffalo Bills, 4-2 (4)
The Bills could’ve kicked a chip-shot field goal to take the Titans to overtime. Instead, Josh Allen slipped and got stuffed on a fourth-and-1. So, now the Bills have lost in Tennessee in back-to-back years. Here’s a fun game of common opponents: The Jets beat the Titans, who beat the Bills, who beat the two-time defending AFC champion Chiefs.
8. Los Angeles Chargers, 4-2 (6)
Let’s give a one-time pass for the hideous performance against the Ravens. One week after scoring 47 points, the Chargers were held under 16 for the second time in Justin Herbert’s two-year tenure. Brandon Staley’s risk-taking coaching style has paid dividends so far, but his decision to go for a fourth-and-1 at the Chargers’ 19-yard line, trailing 24-6 in the third quarter, was too much.
9. Kansas City Chiefs, 3-3 (10)
The Chiefs’ mediocre start is surprising as is, but a loss to Washington would have set off a five-alarm fire. The defense held an opponent under 29 points for the first time this season, and Patrick Mahomes offset his two first-half interceptions by throwing his only two touchdowns during a 21-point fourth-quarter explosion.
10. Cincinnati Bengals, 4-2 (13)
Not long ago, Zac Taylor was the popular bet to be the first coach fired. Now? The Bengals already have matched last season’s win total and doubled the win total from Taylor’s first season at the helm. For NFL fans 40 or younger, seeing both the Bengals and Browns inside the top 13 is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
11. Tennessee Titans, 4-2 (14)
12. New Orleans Saints, 3-2 (11)
13. Cleveland Browns, 3-3 (9)
14. Las Vegas Raiders, 4-2 (17)
15. Pittsburgh Steelers, 3-3 (19)
16. San Francisco 49ers, 2-3 (15)
17. Minnesota Vikings, 3-3 (20)
18. Chicago Bears, 3-3 (12)
19. Carolina Panthers, 3-3 (18)
20. Seattle Seahawks, 2-4 (16)
21. Indianapolis Colts, 2-4 (25)
22. Denver Broncos, 3-3 (22)
23. Philadelphia Eagles, 2-4 (21)
24. New England Patriots, 2-4 (23)
25. Washington Football Team, 2-4 (24)
26. Atlanta Falcons, 2-3 (26)
27. New York Giants, 1-5 (28)
The Giants allowed 28 unanswered second-quarter points, trailed 38-3 and lost 38-11 to the Rams. And moved up one spot because there are so many bad teams! The Giants are 6-30 in September and October since the start of 2017. This would be even uglier if the Saints’ Sean Payton didn’t lose 35 years of coaching acumen in the fourth quarter of Week 4.
28. New York Jets, 1-4 (30)
For the bottom-six teams, the best weeks are bye weeks. It’s a chance for all their flaws to move to the back burner while the other five stink up stadiums around the league. At least the Jets’ win was against a winning team (Titans). The bye was a good time for Zach Wilson to clear his head but reality bites with a trip to the Patriots next week.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-5 (32)
30. Miami Dolphins, 1-5 (26)
31. Houston Texans, 1-5 (29)
32. Detroit Lions, 0-6 (31)