Week 6 of the 2016 NFL season kicked off with the San Diego Chargers defeating the Denver Broncos.
This is the 7-on-7 drill, where I'll present seven lists of seven items to help keep track of the NFL season.
A non-NFL item or two might sneak its way into the drill every now and again, but this should keep you oriented to what's gone on in the league and what's to come this weekend.
7 BEST TEAMS
1. Patriots (5-1)- Tom Brady is 39 going on 29. At this age last year, Peyton Manning was eating dinner at 4:30 p.m. and taking Metamucil.
2. Vikings (5-0)- Off the No. 1 spot despite not playing last week. Why? The five teams they've beaten all looked unremarkable Sunday. Wins over Carolina and Green Bay aren't as impressive as we initially thought.
3. Cowboys (5-1)- Dak Prescott spits on the SI cover jinx. He's so good iPhones will soon stop auto correcting his name to "Dan."
4. Falcons (4-2)- Impressive in defeat at Seattle, they move up a spot. Who says there's no such thing as a good loss?
5. Seahawks (4-1)- Winning games like Sunday's are huge, because no team benefits from home field in the playoffs more than Seattle. Tough schedule continues.
6. Broncos (4-2)- With no coach, and a banged-up QB, they lost to the best bad team in NFL history (San Diego) last Thursday night. Not the worst loss, but there are some red flags in their consecutive defeats.
7. Steelers (4-2)- Would be willing to toss out their game at Miami, except that the Steelers are always due for three or four of those a season. And now they have to make lemonade out of Landry Jones.
7 WORST TEAMS
1. Browns (0-6)- At least they're 2-4 against the spread?
2. 49ers (1-5)- Kaepernick is as shaky a passer as when we last saw him.
3. Jets (1-5)- Geno Smith won't make them any better.
4. Bears (1-5)- Blew fourth-quarter leads two weeks in a row.
2. Patriots at Steelers (4:25 p.m.)- Knee injury to Roethlisberger robbed us of what would have been the most intriguing game of the season to this point.
3. Chargers at Falcons (4:05 p.m.)- Come for the points, stay for the surprisingly close finish.
4. Texans at Broncos (8:30 p.m. Monday)- A Broncos linebacker said of Texans QB Brock Osweiler: "We want to kill him."
5. Vikings at Eagles (1 p.m.)- Will the Vikings' paranormal start carry through the bye week?
6. Saints at Chiefs (1 p.m.)- The Saints could easily be 4-1 or 0-5; the Chiefs put together their best game of the season last week.
7. Colts at Titans (1 p.m.)- Asked about the AFC South being the NFL’s worst division, Texans coach Bill O’Brien defensively responded, “Whoever says that has never coached or played football." That explains my opinions. But this game could get the mediocre Titans one step closer to O'Brien's No. 1 spot in the standings.
7 PREDICTIONS FOR THOSE GAMES
1. Seahawks- In a show-em-who's-boss-in-the-NFC-West performance.
2. Patriots- Landry Jones' flashes of competency aren't enough against Brady and Co.
3. Falcons- The Chargers defense, while firm against the Broncos last week, will feel like cotton to the Falcons, who just came from Seattle.
5. Confidence- Dak and the Cowboys trample over the Bengals. Public opinion shifts and people seriously consider whether the team should stick with him, whenever Romo gets back.
6. Conviction- Prescott leads a blowout win at Lambeau Field. Talking heads on TV have reached a consensus: It's time to name him the starter.
7. Logical decision-making- (Still to be completed) Jerry Jones comes out and says it. "Sorry, Tony. Dak Prescott is our starting quarterback."
7 BEST PLAYERS WEARING NO. 7
1. Ben Roethlisberger- He was having an MVP season before a knee injury slowed him down.
2. Sam Bradford- He still is having an MVP season but (cross your fingers) his career history portends a Ben-like fate soon.
3. Marquette King- Best punter at dancing in football. Maybe the best at punting, too.
4. Ryan Mallett- Might the Ravens call on No. 7 this week against the Jets?...
5. Geno Smith- ...Well, the Jets are calling on No. 7 this week against the Ravens.
6. Luke McCown- He's played once in the last four years, but that one game was a 335-yard performance against the eventual NFC champions last year.
7. Jacoby Brissett- The Patriots' third-stringer beats Colin Kaepernick for the end of this list because Brissett won a game this year and Kap hasn't won since this time last year (against the Ravens).