NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Where Are the Dominant Teams?

Jordan Schwartz@jordanharrisonSenior Writer IOctober 12, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10:  Linebacker Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints stands on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Saints 30-20.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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For the first time in 40 years, there are no 4-0 teams in the NFL.

The Colts took care of the last undefeated club in the league on Sunday, when they outlasted the Chiefs, 19-9.

There are no true dominant squads in football right now, but at least my top four teams remain the same this week, thanks in part to the fact that two of them are coming off a bye.

1. (1) Baltimore Ravens (4-1)

The Ravens were 3-1 without Ray Rice rushing for more than 87 yards in a game or scoring a single touchdown. Now that the Rutgers grad finally broke out with 133 yards and two scores against Denver, the rest of the league should look out.

2. (2) Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)

Things are looking up for Ben Roethlisberger. He gets to play in a game this week and he's no longer the biggest pervert quarterback in the NFL.

3. (3) New York Jets (4-1)

The Jets have scored at least 28 points four straight weeks.

4. (4) New England Patriots (3-1)

On Sunday, the Patriots have to go up against the Ravens' second-best pass defense in the league without the aid of Randy Moss.

5. (6) Atlanta Falcons (4-1)

In a down year for the NFC, the Falcons have a real shot at the Super Bowl.

6. (8) Chicago Bears (4-1)

Matt Forte's yards-per-carry average (7.5) was greater than Todd Collins' quarterback rating (6.2) on Sunday. 

7. (15) Indianapolis Colts (3-2)

Peyton Manning was held without a touchdown for just the ninth time in his last 69 games, but the Colts' defense put forth its best effort of the year.

8. (16) New York Giants (3-2)

I think it's clear what was holding the Giants back: Mathias Kiwanuka.

9. (11) Miami Dolphins (2-2)

The Dolphins enter their contest at Green Bay this week with a 2-0 road record. 

10. (10) Houston Texans (3-2)

The Texans allow more than 27 yards per game more than the next-worst pass defense in the league.

11. (5) Kansas City Chiefs (3-1)

The '72 Dolphins don't usually pop corks when the Colts win games.

12. (17) Washington Redskins (3-2)

The Packers were averaging 26.5 points per game before the Redskins held them to 13.

13. (9) Green Bay Packers (3-2)

The Packers amassed 427 yards against Washington, but nine penalties, two turnovers and a 2-for-13 mark on third down stalled the offense.

14. (24) Arizona Cardinals (3-2)

Arizona has gone more than 136 minutes without scoring an offensive touchdown and yet they just beat the Saints.

15. (7) New Orleans Saints (3-2)

Drew Brees threw just two interceptions total in his previous eight games (including the playoffs) prior to Sunday, when he was picked off three times.

16. (18) Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)

Kevin Kolb had the second-best start of his career, but the Eagles really beat the Niners because they forced five turnovers.

17. (14) Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)

David Garrard has had three games this year with at least a 122.5 passer rating.

18. (23) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1)

The Bucs scored 10 points in the last 1:26 of the game to shock the Bengals.

19. (20) Denver Broncos (2-3)

Just 39 yards for the worst rush offense in the league.

20. (21) Tennessee Titans (3-2)

Chris Johnson may not reach 2,500 yards, but he's still the second-leading rusher in the NFL.

21. (12) Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)

The Bengals were up seven with the ball and 3:16 left in the game before Carson Palmer threw two picks to blow it.

22. (25) Oakland Raiders (2-3)

The Raiders used a safety, two field goals, a blocked punt return and a fumble return to snap a 13-game losing streak to the Chargers.

23. (13) San Diego Chargers (2-3) 

The Chargers have the NFL's best offense and second-best defense, and yet they find the strangest ways to lose games.

24. (19) Dallas Cowboys (1-3)

Dallas put up 511 yards of offense against the Titans, but 133 penalty yards and three interceptions by Tony Romo sent the Cowboys to their second home loss in two tries.

25. (22) Minnesota Vikings (1-3)

Brett Favre was awful, then great, then Brett Favre.

26. (30) Detroit Lions (1-4)

Now that they have their first win of the season, the Lions will try to pick up their first road victory in three years when they travel to face the Giants on Sunday.

27. (26) St. Louis Rams (2-3)

The Rams have lost 25 of their last 28 games, and yet it's the Lions who handed them their second-worst loss over that stretch.

28. (27) Seattle Seahawks (2-2)

The Seahawks will have gone 21 days without an offensive touchdown when they step on the field in Chicago this weekend.

29. (28) Cleveland Browns (1-4)

Jake Delhomme has thrown nine interceptions in his last four games.

30. (29) San Francisco 49ers (0-5)

The bad news is that the Niners are 0-5. The good news is that four of the next five come at home and it may take only seven wins to capture the NFC West.  

31. (31) Carolina Panthers (0-5)

With a bye coming up, the Panthers are guaranteed to be winless on Oct. 24.


32. (32) Buffalo Bills (0-5)

After four straight weeks of having the worst offense in football, the Bills vault all the way up to 30th, yet remain the most putrid team in the league.

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Jordan Schwartz is one of Bleacher Report's New York Yankees and College Basketball Featured Columnists. His book Memoirs of the Unaccomplished Man is available at,, and

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