With the 2017 NFL season underway, former No. 1 overall pick and NFL Network analyst David Carr takes a look at all offensive players and ranks his top 15. Rankings are based solely on this season's efforts. Now, let's get to it -- the Week 7 pecking order is below.
*Interesting tidbit:* Watson already has as many TD passes through six games as Brock Osweiler had *all* last season for Houston. </content:power-ranking>
JUST OUTSIDE THE TOP 15:
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: Over the last four weeks, Stafford has faced heavy pressure, getting sacked 19 times -- and the Lions went 1-3. Stafford hasn't look particularly comfortable in the pocket, as he's constantly under duress. On Sunday in New Orleans, the QB completed 25 of 52 passes (48.1 percent) -- the Lions are 1-11 in games when Stafford throws 50 or more times -- and threw three interceptions. He's had success in the fourth quarter, but this time, Stafford couldn't work his magic vs. the Saints' defense, posting a 0.0 passer rating on 13 fourth-quarter pass attempts. Yikes! The Lions' offense runs through Stafford, and they're going to have a tough time winning (especially on the road) if he doesn't get some help.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Freeman had his least productive game of the season with nine carries for 68 yards, snapping his streak of four straight contests with a rushing touchdown. As noted above, Sarkisian is the person to blame for Freeman's lack of carries and attention in this offense.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Yes, this is the first time in six weeks that we've seen Peterson do anything. But it's also the first time a team has really used him. Peterson's output in his Cardinals debut -- 26 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns -- is what we're used to seeing from him, and I'd say that the 32-year-old still has it.