After another wild week of NFL football, it’s time to break down Week 6’s power rankings big board in the hopes of finding out which teams have risen up and which have fallen down.
The league has been full of parody so far this season, and the power rankings reflect that clearly.
Every team in the NFL has time to turn around their issues or continue their momentum, but this is where each stands after six weeks of regular-season action.
1. Atlanta Falcons (6-0): Despite being pushed to the verge of defeat by the Oakland Raiders, the Atlanta Falcons know that all of their wins won’t be pretty. Being undefeated gets you No. 1, no questions asked.
2. New York Giants (4-2): The New York Giants are one of the most resilient teams in the NFL and they prove it time and time again. A huge win over NFC foe San Francisco 49ers proves the defending Super Bowl champions are back and ready for more.
3. Baltimore Ravens (5-1): The Baltimore Ravens won an ugly game over the Dallas Cowboys, but it was the season ending injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb that should have purple and black fans concerned.
4. Houston Texans (5-1): The Green Bay Packers destroyed the Houston Texans this week, but every team deserves an off game. This could be the wake-up call that gets Houston to focus or the physiological loss that ruins their season; we’ll have to wait and see.
5. San Francisco 49ers (4-2): While the San Francisco 49ers were fighting for the top spot in the power rankings last week, their embarrassing loss to the Giants has brought the team back down to earth where they belong.
6. Green Bay Packers (3-3): The Green Bay Packers have too much talent to be mediocre for long, and a huge win over a complete team like the Houston Texans was exactly what Aaron Rodgers and the team needed.
7. Chicago Bears (4-1): With a bye week to get everybody on the same page for the stretch run into the playoffs, the boys of Chicago will be one of the biggest stories moving forward.
8. New England Patriots (3-3): The New England Patriots are one of the hardest teams to predict so far this season, but their sheer talent is too much for them to fall very far. The Patriots will bounce back from a tough loss and beat the Jets this week.
9. Seattle Seahawks (4-2): The Seattle Seahawks are the biggest jumpers this week after knocking off the Patriots in spectacular fashion. With a strong defense and a stellar rushing attack, Seattle will be a tough team to beat.
10. Denver Broncos (3-3): After one of the greatest comebacks in Monday Night Football history, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos proved they are just as dangerous this year as they were last year. Where’s the fourth-quarter miracle now?
11. Minnesota Vikings (4-2): Despite a heartbreaking loss against the Washington Redskins, the Minnesota Vikings are still one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL. With a strong defense and stellar running game, the Vikings will be a contender all year.
12. Arizona Cardinals (4-2): Whether it is John Skelton or Kevin Kolb under center, as long as the Cardinals have Larry Fitzgerald saving either QB’s tail and the defense playing well, the Cardinals will have a chance.
13. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3): Despite a crushing defeat at the hands of the Titans Thursday night, the bye week and then a shortened schedule may have played a role. The Steelers get another chance to prove their worth in Week 7.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3): After a heartbreaking loss to the Detroit Lions, the Eagles head into the bye week having already fired their defensive coordinator. Things are close to hitting the fan in Philadelphia.
15. Washington Redskins (3-3): No matter how you feel about Robert Griffin III as a player, his talent is obvious and the Redskins dedication to his style of play will make them a force in the NFC East.
16. New York Jets (3-3): After dismantling the Colts in Week 6 and holding off the questions about the QB inadequacies, the Jets will face a real test when they square of against the Patriots in Week 7.
17. Dallas Cowboys (2-3): Despite their loss to the Ravens, the Dallas Cowboys played well in Week 6. Whether they can keep their momentum rolling this week is another story, though.
18. Detroit Lions (2-3): The Lions still don’t look like the dominant team they were last year, but a close win over the Philadelphia Eagles could be a step in the right direction.
19. St. Louis Rams (3-3): The Rams faced a small hiccup on their way to prominence in the NFC West, but the Dolphins are nothing to scoff at.
20. Miami Dolphins (3-3): Despite a great offensive attack from the St. Louis Rams, the Miami Dolphins stole the show Sunday and slid up the power rankings with a big win.
21. Buffalo Bills (3-3): Buffalo hasn’t done anything the easy way, and a close 19-6 win over the Cardinals is what it’s going to take for the Bills.
22. Cincinnati Bengals (3-3): Even in a loss against the underrated Browns, the Bengals showed promise and still have a chance to be a contender in the AFC North.
23. San Diego Chargers (3-3): San Diego choked away a huge divisional game on national television in Week 6, and could fall even farther if it lets the loss hurt its confidence.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3): Starting QB Josh Freeman had a huge day, and the Buccaneers may be back on the right track after a huge win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
25. Tennessee Titans (2-4): After a stunning win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Titans must continue to build on the improvements in their rushing attack. That starts with protecting Chris Johnson and giving him room to work.
26. New Orleans Saints (1-4): Of all the teams coming off a Week 6 bye, no organization needed the time off more than the New Orleans Saints. Expect a revamped effort in all three facets of the game.
27. Indianapolis Colts (2-3): After being destroyed by the New York Jets, the Colts will look to bounce back against the beaten down and broken Cleveland Browns in Week 7.
28. Carolina Panthers (1-4): With Carolina on a bye in Week 6, the hope from Panthers fans is that the time off bought Cam Newton some time to figure out what is wrong with his game before this week’s game with the Dallas Cowboys.
29. Oakland Raiders (1-4): The Raiders played the Atlanta Falcons tough in Week 6, but they were no match once their opponents started to take them serious.
30. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5): Another tough loss has the Chiefs reeling, but the return of Matt Cassel after the bye week could the spark they need.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4): The only reason the Jaguars didn’t take over the last spot is because they were off in Week 6. Maybe this week…
32. Cleveland Browns (1-5): Despite stealing a win over the Bengals this week, the injury to rookie running back Trent Richardson has the Browns moving in the wrong direction.
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