NFL Power Rankings and Awards: Week 7

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Oct 25, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) carries the ball to score a touchdown past Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (24) during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL’s playoff picture is getting clearer and clearer. Here’s a look at our weekly awards after yet another exciting week of NFL football.

AFC MVP: Lamar Miller

Lamar Miller went crazy on Sunday, toting 14 carries for 175 yards and a touchdown–that’s an average of 12.5 yards per carry! He also caught three passes for 61 yards and scored a touchdown. The Dolphins’ running back is finally catching his stride now that former head coach Joe Philbin isn’t limiting Miller’s carries; and with this hot streak, the sky is the limit for Miami’s running back.

NFC MVP: Kirk Cousins

Cousins shook off a slow start to lead his team to the greatest comeback in the history of the Washington Redskins. He ended up passing for 317 yards and three touchdowns, posting a completion rate of 82.5 and a passer rating of 124.7. He wasn’t perfect, but his resilience in Washington’s comeback efforts warrants Weekly MVP consideration.

Coach of the Week: Dan Campbell

What was that about interim head coaches never panning out? I’ll admit, I was a non-believer, but Dan Campbell has brought the Miami Dolphins to life. Miami led 35-0 before the Houston Texans even gained a single yard! Campbell’s Dolphins dropped a 40-burger in the first half, before he pulled his starters. Here’s a quick question: when was the last time a team pulled its starters in Week 7 after getting off to such a huge lead? I’m pretty sure it’s been a while.

With the awards handed out, let’s get right into it and take a look at this week’s Power Rankings. If you don’t agree with where your team is ranked, just remember that I purposely ranked them lower than they should be ranked as a personal attack on you because I don’t like your team. That being said, hit me up on Twitter @HoweNFL if you want to discuss why I ranked your team where I ranked it. Without further ado, let’s get started.

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