NFL Power Rankings: Predicting How Each Team Will Move Following Week 6 Tilts

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 13, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 29: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots heads off the field after the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on September 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL season has produced no shortage of surprising results, which is why so many teams are still in the thick of things for postseason contention. 

We've seen perennial contenders like the Atlanta Falcons struggle mightily, and former underdogs such as the Kansas City Chiefs storm out to undefeated starts, so needless to say, it's been an unpredictable first five weeks for many of the league's 32 teams. 

Heading into Week 6, here's a look at how each team will stand following Monday night's clash between the Chargers and Colts in San Diego, as well as a look at which squads will move the most in the power rankings. 

 

RankTeam
1Broncos
2Saints
3Chiefs
4Seahawks
5Colts
6Bears
749ers
8Bengals
9Packers
10Patriots
11Dolphins
12Lions
13Jets
14Ravens
15Cowboys
16Texans
17Eagles
18Titans
19Browns
20Cardinals
21Chargers
22Rams
23Vikings
24Redskins
25Bills
26Raiders
27Falcons
28Panthers
29Buccaneers
30Steelers
31Giants
32Jaguars

 

Jets

Heading into Week 1, this was supposed to be a very trying season for Rex Ryan and the Jets, but behind a stingy defense, as well as a surprisingly effective rookie quarterback in Geno Smith, New York has jumped out to a 3-2 start. 

Now, with the Jets set to host Mike Tomlin's dismal Steelers, Smith and company have a golden opportunity to move to 4-2, and inch closer toward challenging the Patriots for the AFC East crown. 

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets runs off the field at halftime against the Atlanta Falcons during a game at the Georgia Dome on October 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

It won't be as easy without Kellen Winslow on the field, but the Jets have been effective enough on the ground thus far that they'll have just enough offense to outscore Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. 

With the win, the Jets will move up a few spots in the rankings, and Smith will only improve from here. 

 

Ravens

After coming away with a big victory over the surging Dolphins in Week 5, the Ravens have a big test later today when they host Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Like Baltimore, Green Bay hasn't been a consistent football club thus far, but the Packers have more than enough offensive firepower to get a victory on the road in Week 6. 

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 15: Joe Flacco #5 hands the ball off to Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McD
Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

As of now, Baltimore's had one of the league's worst defenses against the pass, and that doesn't bode well for any team facing Rodgers. 

It'll be close, but the Ravens offense won't be able to keep pace with the Packers' fourth-ranked passing offense, and Baltimore will fall to 3-3 heading into next week's clash with the winless Steelers. 

 

Bears

Following consecutive defeats to the Lions and Saints, the Bears' postseason hopes appeared to already be in jeopardy, but fortunately for Chicago, the Giants were next up on the schedule. 

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10: Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears drops back to pass as defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka #94 of the New York Giants puts pressure on during a game at Soldier Field on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by J
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

On Thursday night, the Bears feasted on Eli Manning's three interceptions, while committing no turnovers of their own, and cruised to a 27-21 victory on home field. 

At 4-2, the Bears still have a ways to go in holding off the Lions and Packers for the division title, but things are looking much better for Chicago than they were a week ago, even if it was only a win over a winless opponent. 

 

Patriots

After what was arguably the most demoralizing regular-season defeat of Tom Brady's career in New England, the Patriots will try to hand the 5-0 Saints their first loss of the season. 

And that won't be easy, especially given that New England managed just six points against the Bengals in Week 5. 

So far, Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham and the Saints offense have been electrifying, and though one has to expect Brady to bounce back, particularly if Rob Gronkowski's back on the field, the Patriots simply won't be able to get enough stops against Sean Payton's bunch. 

It's not time to panic in New England, because this loss will have come against one of the league's most dangerous attacks, but the Patriots will be in serious need of a victory when they travel to New York to take on the Jets in Week 7.