Cubicle GM NFL Power Rankings: Week Six Edition

Jacob NitzbergAnalyst IOctober 13, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24:  Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints runs the ball against the New York Giants on December 24, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Saints defeated the Giants 30-7.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Welcome to the Week Six edition of the Cubicle GM NFL Power Rankings.  Every Tuesday you can look forward to our composite rankings, as well as a bit of brief insight and analysis about each of the 32 teams.

The rankings are determined by taking the average of each of the contributors here at The Cube.  For Week Six, we have rankings from five members of the Cubicle GM team, including me, Gideon, Mickey, Walker and Smokey.  So remember, if you disagree with some portion of our rankings, be sure to check the individual rankings to find the culprit.

The top five spots in the rankings mirror the NFL standings, as the five remaining undefeated teams are at the head of the class.  The Saints remain at the top, but have the Giants close on their heels, trailing by an average rank of just 0.20.

Undefeated Denver jumped five spots after their defeat of the New England Patriots, who fell two spots as a result.  The Ravens and Jets, just as they did last week, each dropped four spots after their second consecutive loss, this time dropping Rex Ryan’s Jets out of the Top 10.

The bottom of the rankings remained unanimous, as all of us voted the St. Louis Rams as the No. 32 team after their fifth straight loss to open the season. In fact, the entire bottom five stayed the same, as Cleveland was not given much credit for their ugly victory over Buffalo, who not surprisingly fell five spots to No. 27.

This week’s games featured a few shockers, including victories by Denver, Cincinnati, Miami and the blowout win by Atlanta.  As a result, there were quite a few jumps in the ranks this week. Twelve teams moved at least three spots up or down the ranks, with Denver, Cinci and Seattle each moving up at least five places.

The Bills were the biggest downward mover, dropping five places.  The next biggest drops came from the previously mentioned Ravens and Jets, as well as Jacksonville, who also fell four spots after being shut out by Seattle.

While many teams were jumping all over the rankings, the disagreements between the contributors in the ranks dropped to almost nothing, potentially as a result of Joey’s absence this week.  Last week 14 teams saw a gap of seven or more spots in their ranks, this week there were just two, with just one in double digits.

Cincinnati Bengals (10)–Walker 6, Gideon 16

Pittsburgh Steelers (7)–Smokey 6, Jacob 13

Washington Redskins (6)–Mickey 23, Walker 29

Cleveland Browns (6)–Walker 24, Gideon 30

On the divisional side, the NFC East continues leads the way with the Giants and Eagles in the Top 10, coming in with an average score of 8.40.  Coming in second was the AFC North with a score of 14.17, despite the Bengals defeat of the Ravens.  At the bottom, the NFC West cannot escape the putridity of the Rams, checking in with a 21.70 average rank, followed by the NFC South with a 20.35 average despite retaining the No. 1 Saints.

As a reminder, you can check out all the backup data here.  As always, last week’s ranks are in parentheses.  So, without further ado, onto the rankings.