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

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

 

Rank Team
1 Broncos
2 Saints
3 Chiefs
4 Seahawks
5 Colts
6 Bears
7 49ers
8 Bengals
9 Packers
10 Patriots
11 Dolphins
12 Lions
13 Jets
14 Ravens
15 Cowboys
16 Texans
17 Eagles
18 Titans
19 Browns
20 Cardinals
21 Chargers
22 Rams
23 Vikings
24 Redskins
25 Bills
26 Raiders
27 Falcons
28 Panthers
29 Buccaneers
30 Steelers
31 Giants
32 Jaguars

 

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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