NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Pre-Monday Night Football Standings for All 32 Teams
With the majority of Week 5 completed, with the exception of Monday Night Football, it's time to start looking ahead at the Week 6 NFL power rankings.
We saw some major upsets and major disappointments this week. The Indianapolis Colts got another huge win, this time against the Seattle Seahawks. The Houston Texans looked very bad, particularly Matt Schaub, and got trounced by the San Francisco 49ers.
We haven't gotten through the whole week, but let's take a look at the latest power rankings post-Sunday heading into Week 6.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars
No change here. The Jaguars are still very bad, although they were able to put some points on the board with Justin Blackmon returning.
They still haven't won a game. Don't expect them to win many, if any, games this year.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Is Mike Glennon the answer in Tampa Bay? Probably not, but we haven't seen enough of him yet to make a decision.
A bye week will do this team a lot of good. It has a lot of talent in a lot of places. It just needs to find a way for it to all fit together. Expect a big game from Doug Martin next week to get this team on the right track.
30. New York Giants
Did anyone see an 0-5 start for the Giants this year? Eli Manning leads the NFL with 12 interceptions while his offensive line is in shambles after all of the injuries.
The good news for the Giants is that the Eagles are just 2-3 and lead the division, so there's hope that they can turn it around just enough to win the NFC East, which is a real possibility this year.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers
This team is getting old and struggling badly. The ground game that the Steelers used to be famous for is nonexistent, but hopefully a healthy Le'Veon Bell can start to turn things around after the bye week.
The offense looked better with Bell and Heath Miller in the lineup, which is good news for fans. However, the Steelers need to start turning in wins before the front office gets impatient and starts making drastic changes before the season is even over.
28. Oakland Raiders
I was really impressed with the way the Raiders played this week. They came out and were aggressive, with Terrelle Pryor shining in the win over the San Diego Chargers.
This is a good sign for a team that's had so many issues over the past couple of decades. The Raiders may not win a whole lot of games this year, but there's a chance that they've found their franchise quarterback with Pryor.
We've still got a lot of football left to play, but this season is the perfect chance to give the young quarterback free reign of this offense and let him continue to make big plays.
27. Washington Redskins
The Redskins aren't as bad as everyone thinks they are, at least offensively. The bye week should give Robert Griffin III more time to keep shaking off the rust as he continues to look better week after week.
The defense needs to start turning things around before I'm convinced that the Redskins can make a run in this weak NFC East division this season, as they've struggled mightily to contain opposing offenses.
Still, with Alfred Morris and RGIII on offense, chances are that the Redskins will start winning more games with some big offensive performances from their playmakers.
26. New York Jets
We will get to see the Jets play on Monday night, but chances are that it won't be pretty.
As bad as Geno Smith is, some of it has to be due to the lack of weapons on offense. The defense has been very underrated, allowing less than 300 yards of total offense per game.
The Jets are already exceeding expectations this season, and the rest of the schedule doesn't seem so bad anymore. Get ready for this team to win five or six games in 2013 and look better than people originally anticipated.
25. Carolina Panthers
Just when I was starting to buy into this team, it goes and plays a terrible game against the Arizona Cardinals. Cam Newton threw for over 300 yards, but he also failed to find the end zone and had three interceptions along with a lost fumble.
This team has a lot of promising young pieces that will develop nicely over the next few years, but it's not likely Ron Rivera will be here to see them. This won't be a fun season in the NFC South for the Panthers, but the future is bright.
Oh, and just a quick side note. It's really nice to see Ted Ginn Jr. finding a home and actually making a comeback. He has 11 catches for 221 yards and two touchdowns on the year.
24. Buffalo Bills
As always, the Bills confuse me. They're going to miss EJ Manuel until he gets healthy, but Jeff Tuel looked good in the preseason, even though that doesn't always matter.
They've looked good against the Baltimore Ravens and bad against the New York Jets. Consistency has been a real issue for the whole team, but hopefully Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller can start getting things going and take some of the pressure off the undrafted Tuel.
23. Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson is still having a good year, running for 421 yards and five touchdowns through four games. Now, the offense needs to figure something out with the passing game, and it looks like the Vikings are going to possibly be going in a different direction.
According to SportsCenter, the Vikings have signed Josh Freeman. It is uncertain whether he will start once in Minnesota, but you have to feel like they will want to move in that direction at some point this year.
THIS JUST IN: QB Josh Freeman agrees to deal with @Vikings. (via ESPN & Media Reports)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 7, 2013
There are plenty of weapons on offense that Freeman can work with. The defense, on the other hand, hasn't been very pretty, and that needs to change if this team wants to win some games this season.
22. Cleveland Browns
Since trading away Trent Richardson, both the Browns and Colts are 3-0. Talk about a win-win trade, at least for the short term.
The trade clearly ignited a spark in this team, and it's playing like a team that could actually grab a playoff berth. While that's still not very likely, it's a whole lot more likely than it was a few weeks ago.
As of right now, the Browns are in a three-way tie at the top of the AFC North, and that's all they can ask of this team.
21. Tennessee Titans
Boy, the Titans got close to pulling off an upset over the Kansas City Chiefs, but they couldn't pull it out. The Chiefs put the game away late, winning 26-17.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has looked good since replacing Jake Locker as the starting quarterback after he went down with a hip injury. He threw for 247 yards and a touchdown while running for another 50 yards and another touchdown. Chris Johnson finally broke another big play, running for 50 yards and the TD on a little flip pass from Fitzpatrick.
This team could start climbing up the rankings as the season moves on, but this is a good spot for it right now. The Titans have some real emerging talent right now; we just need to see more consistent play before I put them in the top 20.
20. Philadelphia Eagles
Finally, after losing their last three games, the Eagles won another game to go 2-3. Granted, it was against the Giants, but a win is a win in the NFL.
Unfortunately, the Eagles couldn't leave the game unscathed. According to Pro Football Talk, Michael Vick had to leave the game with a hamstring injury.
Michael Vick leaves with hamstring injury http://t.co/7PyvUAdfLB— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 6, 2013
Nick Foles stepped up big, throwing for 197 yards and two touchdowns. It looks like he has a good handle on the offense as well, so at least the offense should be able to continue running without much trouble.
Now, about that defense.
19. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have strung together two straight wins for the first time since Weeks 3 and 4 of 2012.
Carson Palmer is playing so much better than any of the guys that played for this team last season, but the offense is still quite mediocre. The defense is full of playmakers, however, ranking second in the league allowing just 75 rushing yards per game.
18. St. Louis Rams
Not much to talk about here as the Rams won against the lowly Jaguars. It is a bit concerning that they allowed them to score 20 points, but we will just credit that to the return of Blackmon.
Sam Bradford looked very good in this game, throwing for 222 yards and three touchdowns. The ground game, which ranked last in the league entering this week, looked much better, running for 143 yards as a team and averaging 4.0 yards per carry.
17. Houston Texans
It's time for the Texans to face the reality that Matt Schaub is costing them games. He threw yet another pick-six this week, making it an NFL-record four straight games where he's thrown an interception that ended with a defensive touchdown.
I can't imagine how frustrated that defense has to be, as it held the 49ers to just 107 yards through the air. J.J. Watt was terrific, getting three tackles for loss.
The Texans are no longer the team to beat in the AFC South. There are too many issues with that offense, especially with the person playing under center.
16. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers are struggling with consistency, but some of that might have had to do with the big game from Pryor and the rest of the Raiders at home. Philip Rivers is continuing a solid season and looks like his old self with the new coaching staff.
That defense, however, is just ugly. It's allowing almost as many yards as any other team, and that's what will hold the team back in the AFC West.
15. Dallas Cowboys
I know that Tony Romo had that crucial interception late in the game, but that offense came to play this week. Romo threw for over 500 yards and five touchdowns, torching the Broncos defense all day.
There are so many weapons on offense with guys like Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and Jason Witten, so we should see plenty of touchdowns throughout the season. Like the Chargers, the Cowboys need to work on that defense before they can make a possible playoff run.
14. Detroit Lions
The Lions get a pass this week. Their best player, Calvin Johnson, was inactive for the game when most people thought he would be good to go, meaning that the Lions probably had to completely change their game plan.
It wasn't the best effort against the Green Bay Packers, but they will turn it around once their star receiver returns. With Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush, this offense is going to be one of the best in the NFL by the end of the season.
13. Miami Dolphins
Two straight losses have moved the Dolphins back to 3-2, but this is a team with enough talent to turn it back around.
The pass defense is still good with a strong secondary led by Brent Grimes and an intimidating pass rush led by Cameron Wake. Ryan Tannehill is developing into a possible franchise quarterback, and this team should be in the playoff hunt at the end of the year.
12. Baltimore Ravens
Despite all of the struggles on offense this year, the Ravens still have a winning record. Ray Rice finally got back on track to a degree, running for 74 yards and two touchdowns.
Not having Marlon Brown hurt this team more than fans might realize, but once he and Jacoby Jones return, this offense should start to get things going. The defense is starting to gel, hopefully enough so that the Ravens can win this division again in 2013.
11. Atlanta Falcons
It's crazy to think that the Falcons, who a lot of people thought were a Super Bowl contender to start the year, are just 1-3 right now.
They have to win on Monday night to start turning things around.
Matt Ryan is playing well, but his weapons continue to be hobbled. Meanwhile, on defense, they have an inexperienced secondary and a banged up front seven that is struggling to keep them in games.
10. New England Patriots
They were holding onto that undefeated season by a thread, and they finally lost their first game of the season.
The loss of Vince Wilfork is going to kill this defense, and that is going to hurt as the season continues.
9. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals can win ugly. We saw that in the pouring rain as they were able to pull out a 13-6 win.
The defense for the Bengals is one of the more underrated in football, as it held the Patriots to just 248 total yards and snapped Tom Brady's streak of 52 straight games with a touchdown.
They've been a playoff team the past couple of seasons. Now they have a chance to be a true contender.
8. Chicago Bears
They had such a strong start to the season, but now the Bears are starting to look mortal.
Jay Cutler is starting to feel the pressure once again after this offensive line had looked much improved from the past couple of seasons. He was sacked three times this week and three times last week, which is going to start making him a bit more anxious in that pocket for the rest of the season.
7. Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers got back on track after the bye week, throwing for 274 yards and a big touchdown to James Jones. Meanwhile, the ground game continues to be productive, as Eddie Lacy ran for 99 yards on 23 carries this week.
The defense looked better than it had in previous weeks, but it was also playing against the Lions who were without their best player.
I'm not completely sold on this team in the NFC, but everything seems to work itself out when you have a guy like Rodgers at quarterback.
6. Indianapolis Colts
It seems like the Colts just refuse to go away. As many injuries as they've had to deal with, the Colts are now 4-1 with big wins over the Seahawks and 49ers.
Andrew Luck isn't putting up huge numbers, but he's playing terrific football and managing games. Trent Richardson finally started breaking off a couple of nice runs this week against a solid defense, so hopefully that's something we see more of as the season goes on.
The Colts have also started to make a bit of a name for themselves on defense after so many years of defenses that struggled. The defense is not elite by any stretch, but it's good enough to make this team a real contender in the AFC.
5. New Orleans Saints
It's incredible how different this team is now that Sean Payton is back. The Saints have won their first five games thanks to some incredible contributions from Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham, who have connected for 593 yards and six touchdowns already this year.
The defense has improved immensely after being the worst defense in football last season. It's above average right now, and that's enough to make the Saints a Super Bowl-caliber team in the NFC.
4. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers got a good win, but Colin Kaepernick has not looked very good. The lack of weapons has hurt his production, and he's not able to make as many big plays as he did last season.
Still, this is a very talented team, and it proved that this week. A dominating win over the Texans showed that the 49ers can dominate on defense, which is why this team is still in the top five of this week's power rankings.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs just keep getting it done thanks to a strong defense and an efficient offense. This week, Jamaal Charles stepped up, running for 108 yards and a touchdown. The arrivals of Andy Reid and Alex Smith have completely turned this team around after going just 2-14 last season.
The defense has a number of players including Justin Houston and Brandon Flowers. As long as the defense keeps holding opponents to under 20 points, this offense can get the job done, and the Chiefs will keep winning games.
2. Seattle Seahawks
It's not the end of the world for Seahawks fans. The Colts are looking like one of the better teams in the NFL. This was going to be a tough one, but the Seahawks will bounce back.
There might not be a more complete team in football right now, to be honest. The Seahawks have the best secondary in the league, an intimidating front seven that got Bruce Irvin back and a strong offense that has Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch.
Once Percy Harvin finally gets healthy, this could easily be the top team in football. But for now, that title belongs to someone else.
Who is the No. 1 team in the NFL?
1. Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning is mortal after all, if only by a little. He threw his first interception of the season, but he also threw for 414 yards and had five total touchdowns.
Knowshon Moreno has looked very good over the past few weeks. He ran for 93 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and also caught five passes for 57 yards. He looks like what everyone wanted him to look like coming out of Georgia, and that is going to scare a lot of defenses.
The defense will improve once Von Miller returns, but in the meantime, the offense is doing so much that it doesn't seem to matter how many yards and points the defense gives up.
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