NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Atlanta Falcons Rise To No. 1, Cowboys Sink to No. 27

Denton Ramsey@DentonRamseySenior Analyst IOctober 11, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Atlanta Falcons Rise To No. 1, Cowboys Sink to No. 27

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 10:  Tight end Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons dives over defensive back Eric Wright #21 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    With Week 5 of the NFL season quickly fading away in the rear view mirror, it’s time to take a look at the power rankings heading into Week 6.

    Specifically we’ll be power-ranking each and every team after Week 5.

    And from the high-rising Atlanta Falcons to the suddenly reeling Dallas Cowboys, I'll be power ranking all 32 teams.

    Without further ado, let’s begin…

Honorable Mentions: No. 21-32

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Running back Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys is tackled by linebacker Stephen Tulloch #55 of the Tennessee Titans at Cowboys Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Titans won 34-27.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/
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    Let’s quick breeze through the bottom dozen of NFL teams heading into Week 6, looking at everything from the winless groups to the one-win wonders.


    No. 32: Carolina Panthers (0-5)

    The Panthers are winless and have only scored 52 points all season. Need I say more?

    No. 31: Buffalo Bills (0-5)

    The Bills join the Panthers as a winless 2010 NFL team and have allowed 161 points this season.

    No. 30: San Francisco 49ers (0-5)

    The 49ers are also winless in 2010, while scoring a mere 76 points.

    No. 29: Cleveland Browns (1-4)

    The Browns, winners of one lone game in 2010, are in last place in the AFC North.

    No. 28: Detroit Lions (1-4)

    Detroit finally picked up win No. 1 of the season in Week 5, but the Lions remain in dead last in the NFC North.

    No. 27: Dallas Cowboys (1-3)

    The Dallas Cowboys are having a dreadful 2010 campaign and are currently in last place in the NFC East.

    No. 26: Minnesota Vikings (1-2)

    Brett Favre isn’t the only one suffering in Minnesota as the Vikings have gotten out to a pitiful 1-2 record with Monday night’s showdown against the New York Jets looming around the corner.

    No. 25: Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)

    The Cincinnati Bengals have lost two straight contests and are currently in third place in the AFC North.

    No. 24: St. Louis Rams (2-3)

    The Rams lost in Week 5 and are currently in third place in the NFC West.

    No. 23: Denver Broncos (2-3)

    The Broncos dropped their Week 5 matchup and is currently in third place in the AFC West.

    No. 22: San Diego Chargers (2-3)

    The Chargers are somehow holding onto second place in the AFC West, despite dropping one game under the .500 mark with Sunday’s loss to Oakland.

    No. 21: Oakland Raiders (2-3)

    Oakland picked up a much-needed win in Week 5, boosting the 2-3 Raiders to No. 21 in the Week 6 NFL power rankings.

No. 20: Miami Dolphins (2-2)

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 4: Davone Bess #15 of the Miami Dolphins makes a catch against Jonathan Wilhite #24 of the New England Patriots at Sun Life Field on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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    The Miami Dolphins, having dropped two straight contests, round out this week’s official top power rankings list at No. 20.

    Miami (2-2) is currently in third place in the AFC East, going 1-2 in divisional play and 1-2 in conference play.

    The Dolphins had a bye week this past weekend.

No. 19: Seattle Seahawks (2-2)

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 3: Earl Thomas #29 and Colin Cole #90 both of the Seattle Seahawks celebrate Thomas' interception against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Seahawks 20-3.  (Photo
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    The Seattle Seahawks had a bye week this past weekend and enter this week’s NFL power rankings as the No. 19 team in the league.

    Seattle (2-2) is currently in second place in the NFC West, holding a 1-1 divisional record and a 1-1 conference record.

    However, the Seahawks are winless on the road while garnering an impressive 2-0 record at home.

No. 18: Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10:  Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs after a catch against Shawntae Spencer #36 of the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on October 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Ja
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    The Philadelphia Eagles picked up win No. 3 in Week 5 and moved into a first-place tie in the NFC East.

No. 17: Tennessee Titans (3-2)

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Quarteback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  The Titans won 34-27.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    The Tennessee Titans enter this week’s power rankings as the No. 17 team in the nation.

    Tennessee (3-2) is currently in last place in the AFC South, but is coming off a fresh 34-27 victory over the reeling Dallas Cowboys in Week 5.

    The Titans are also 2-0 on the road while holding a 1-2 record at home.

No. 16: Green Bay Packers (3-2)

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    LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers is tackled by Mike Sellers #45 of the Washington Redskins on a punt return at FedExField on October 10, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins won the game in overtime 1
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    The Green Bay Packers are the No. 16 team in the league heading into Week 6 of the 2010 NFL season.

    Green Bay (3-2) is in second place in the NFC North, going 1-1 in divisional play while holding a 2-2 mark in the conference.

    The Packers lost to the Washington Redskins in Week 5, dropping a 16-13 game in overtime.

No. 15: Houston Texans (3-2)

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 10:  Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans runs with the ball during the game against the New York Giants at Reliant Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  The Giants defeated the Texans 34-10.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Ima
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    The Houston Texans have not been looking like the same team that hit the gridiron at the beginning of the season, as the team currently finds itself as the No. 15 team in this week’s power rankings.

    Houston (3-2) dropped a game that was dominated by the New York Giants in Week 5, losing 34-10 at home.

    The Texans are currently in a first-place tie in the AFC South, although they are 1-0 in divisional play and 2-0 in the conference.

No. 14: New Orleans Saints (3-2)

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints talks with teammates in a huddle prior to the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardina
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    The New Orleans Saints enter this week’s NFL power rankings at No. 14.

    New Orleans (3-2) is currently in third place in the NFC South, holding a 1-1 divisional record while going 3-2 in conference play.

    The Saints dropped their Week 5 matchup against Arizona, losing 30-20.

No. 13: Indianapolis Colts (3-2)

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 10: Mike Hart #32 of the Indianapolis Colts dives for a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Chiefs 19-9. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty
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    The Colts, No. 12 in the power rankings, are beginning to look like the Indianapolis of old.

    Indianapolis (3-2) is in third place in the AFC South, but are just 2-2 in the conference while going 0-2 in divisional play.

    The Colts beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 19-9, in Week 5.

No. 12: Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 03: Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers battles for extra yards while playing the Baltimore Ravens on October 3, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Baltimore won the game 17-14.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Ge
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    The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the rise, coming in at No. 12 in this week’s NFL power rankings.

    Pittsburgh (3-1) is currently in second place in the AFC North, holding an 0-1 divisional record while going 1-1 in conference play.

    The Steelers had a bye week this past weekend.

No. 11: Kansas City Chiefs (3-1)

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 10: Dexter McCluster #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches the football against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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    The Kansas City Chiefs started off the 2010 NFL season on fire and still find themselves as the No. 11 team in the nation heading into Week 6.

    Kansas City (3-1) is currently in first place in the AFC West, going 1-0 in its division while holding a 2-1 conference mark.

    The Chiefs are coming off a 19-9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5.

No. 10: Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 10:  Mike Sims-Walker #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a catch against the Buffalo Bills   at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. Jacksonville won 36-26. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    The Jacksonville Jaguars, winners of two straight, come in at No. 10 in this week’s NFL power rankings.

    Jacksonville (1-0 in division, 3-1 in conference) is currently second in the AFC South, where all four teams hold identical overall records at 3-2.

    The Jags are coming off a 36-26 victory over Buffalo in Week 5.

No. 9: Arizona Cardinals (3-2)

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the football after a reception against the New Orleans Saints during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizo
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    The Arizona Cardinals, who moved one game above .500 with Sunday’s victory, are No. 9 in this week’s NFL power rankings.

    Arizona (3-2) is currently in first place in the NFC West, with a 1-0 record in division while going 2-1 in conference play.

    The Cardinals are fresh off a 30-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints in Week 5.

No. 8: New York Giants (3-2)

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 10:  Corey Webster #23 of the New York Giants celebrates after making an interception against Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    The New York Giants enter this week’s NFL power rankings as the No. 8 team in the league.

    New York’s Giants (3-2) are winners of two straight while going 2-0 in conference play and have yet to play a division game.

    The Giants, currently in second place in the NFC East, defeated the Houston Texans, 34-10, in Week 5.

No. 7: Washington Redskins (3-2)

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    LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 10:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins scrambles in the pocket against the Green Bay Packers at FedExField on October 10, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins won the game in overtime 16-13.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Get
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    Coming in at No. 7 in this week’s NFL power rankings are the Washington Redskins.

    Washington (3-2) has won two games in a row, going 2-0 in divisional play while holding a 3-1 conference record.

    The Redskins are currently in first place in the NFC East and are fresh off a 16-13 overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 5.

No. 6: New York Jets (3-1)

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 03:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets stands on the sidelines  against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Jets won 38-14.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    The New York Jets enter this week’s NFL power rankings list as the No. 6 team heading into Week 6.

    New York’s Jets (3-1) have not even played its week 5 game, which is slated for Monday night against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings, but are still sitting pretty.

    The Jets, currently in first place in the AFC East, are 3-0 in divisional play while going 3-1 in conference play.

No. 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1)

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    CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Stylez G. White #91 and Kyle Moore #94 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate with teammate Cody Grimm #35 of the Buccaneers after Grimm's 11-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first half against the Cincinnati Be
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    No. 5 in this week’s NFL power rankings is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who improved to 3-1 with a Week 5 victory.

    The Buccaneers are currently in second place in the NFC South, holding a 1-0 divisional record and garnering a 1-0 conference mark.

    Tampa Bay is coming off a 24-21 victory over Cincinnati.

No. 4: New England Patriots (3-1)

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 04:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 and Randy Moss of the New England Patriots sit on the sidelines  against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    The New England Patriots, coming in at No. 4 in this week’s NFL power rankings, have been on a roll lately.

    New England (3-1) is a winner of two straight and are in second place in the AFC East. The Pats are 2-1 in divisional play while holding a 3-1 conference record.

    The Patriots had a bye week this past weekend. 

No. 3: Chicago Bears (4-1)

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 10: Running back Chester Taylor #29 of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball past defensive tackle Derek Landri #61 of the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Geo
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    The Chicago Bears, despite dropping its Week 4 matchup, are No. 3 in the week 6 NFL power rankings.

    Chicago (4-1) is currently in first place in the NFC North, going 2-0 in divisional play while holding a 4-1 conference mark.

    The Bears defeated the Carolina Panthers, 23-6, in Week 5.

No. 2: Baltimore Ravens (4-1)

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10:  Willis McGahee #23 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Players wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Ravens
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    The Baltimore Ravens enter the Week 6 NFL power rankings as the No. 2 team in the league.

    Baltimore (4-1) is currently in first place in the AFC North, garnering a 2-1 divisional record while going 4-1 in conference play.

    The Ravens defeated the Denver Broncos, 31-17, in Week 5.

No. 1: Atlanta Falcons (4-1)

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a pass in front of defensive back Eric Wright #21 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Ge
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    And the No. 1 team in this week’s NFL power ranking: the Atlanta Falcons.

    The Falcons (4-1) are currently in first place in the NFC South and have won four straight contests.

    In addition, the Falcons are 1-0 in divisional play and 3-0 in the conference. Atlanta is also coming off a 20-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Week 5.


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