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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Marc Lawrence, — The NFL Week Seven Power Ratings have been posted, and to no one’s surprise, the 49ers still hold down the top spot. But there is a new surprise coming in at No. 2. Check them out. Last week’s ranking is in parenthesis…

1. 49ers (1): Way too premature to suggest they got exposed against the league’s No. 1 defense – especially amid circumstances when you’d expect QB Brock Purdy to have his worst professional game given the staggered absences Sunday of injured Pro Bowlers Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel and Trent Williams around him. Depending on the injuries, there could be an extended setback here, but almost certainly not one that signals the Niners are in major jeopardy.

2. Lions (3): They’re indeed in rare air – one more win would make them 6-1 for the first time in the Super Bowl era (since 1966). And while it can be dangerous to look too far ahead, even for a team on a four-game heater, there don’t appear to be many losses on the other side of Detroit’s Week 9 bye. And if their RB room gets healthy, and WR Jameson Williams continues morphing into the weapon he was intended to be? Roar.

3. Chiefs (4): Including the postseason, QB Patrick Mahomes has now started 100 NFL games … and won 80 of them. Crazy. Fifteen percent of his career victories, or 12, have come against Denver – a team that will return Kansas City’s crosshairs in Week 8.

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