Here are my NFL Power Rankings for Week 6.
After an intriguing set of games in Week 5, we've learned even more about key elements that can help us develop a better understanding of each team.
The San Francisco 49ers continue to disappoint, the Detroit Lions pummeled the St, Louis Rams and the Arizona Cardinals upset the defending champion New Orleans Saints.
So, let's find out how all that and more affect my weekly power rankings.
Week 5: Lost 23-6 to Chicago Bears
Last Week's Ranking: 31 (-1)
Surprisingly, a team that's won 20 games over the past two seasons remain winless this year and they're doing so due to a terribly executed offense.
So much for the most pro-ready quarterback of this year's draft class.
This Week: Bye
Week 5: Lost 36-26
Last Week's Ranking: 32 (+1)
The Bills demonstrated their inability to finish as they let an early 13-0 lead transform into a 36-26 loss.
Even though this is the worst team in the league, they have a strong pass defense and a pleasant surprise in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick who has a passer rating of 99.9
Week 6: Bye
Week 5: Lost 20-10 to Atlanta Falcons
Last Week's Ranking: 26 (-4)
The Browns kept it close against the Atlanta Falcons, but they simply couldn't find a way to win.
Since the teams behind them won this week, they fall back in my rankings.
Much worse, though, is the fact that Seneca Wallace suffered an ankle injury during the game.
This Week: @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 5: Lost 27-24 to Philadelphia Eagles
Last Week's Ranking: 28 (-1)
Problems lie at all phases of the game, and they need to make some major changes if they want to turn this thing around.
At the same time, call me crazy but I still believe they have a decent chance at winning the division.
This Week: vs. Oakland Raiders
Week 5: Lost 44-6 to Detroit Lions
Last Week's Ranking: 23 (-5)
The St. Louis Rams appeared to be a team on the rise...and then they got destroyed by the Detroit Lions
We'll see how it affects their mentality moving forward.
This Week: vs. San Diego Chargers
Week 5: Won 44-6 over St. Louis Rams
Last Week's Ranking: 30 (+3)
Believe it or not, the Detroit Lions are a team on the rise.
Their offense has a strong nucleus in place, and their defense will improve over time.
This Week: @ New York Giants
Week 5: Bye
Last Week's Ranking: 25 (-1)
I'm struggling to figure out the Seattle Seahawks as they continue to be one of the most inconsistent teams in the league.
It'll be interesting to see how they respond after the bye.
This Week: @ Chicago Bears
Week 5: Won 35-27 over San Diego Chargers
Last Week's Ranking: 29 (+4)
Even though the Chargers nearly doubled them in terms of total offense, the Raiders used their strong special teams and opportunistic defense to win this game and end their 13-year losing streak.
This Week: @ San Francisco 49ers
Week 5: Lost 31-17 to Baltimore Ravens
Last Week's Ranking: 24
Kyle Orton is one of the most underrated players in the league, but he needs more help if the team wants to get on the winning track.
This Week: vs. New York Jets
Week 5: Lost 24-21 to Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last Week's Ranking: 18 (-5)
Statistically, this team is relatively solid. However, Carson Palmer and his costly turnovers are killing this team right now.
Losses against teams like the Browns and Buccaneers are simply unacceptable.
This Week: Bye
Week 5: Won 30-20 over New Orleans Saints
Last Week's Ranking: 27 (+5)
Despite losing several key players during the offseason and enduring a major quarterback reshuffle, the Arizona Cardinals have found themselves atop the NFC West.
Of course, that doesn't count for much nowadays.
What does, however, is beating the defending Super Bowl champions.
This Week: Bye
Week 5: Lost 27-34 to Tennessee Titans
Last Week's Ranking: 17 (-4)
The Dallas Cowboys may just be the biggest disappointment of the season.
On paper, they're one of the most talented teams in the league. However, they've been unable to put it all together and their record is representative of that.
I thought they were going to turn things around after the Texans win, but they just can't get it done.
This Week: @ Minnesota Vikings
Week 5: Lost 29-20 to New York Jets
Last Week's Ranking: 20
The Vikings may be a more talented team with the acquisition of Randy Moss, but they still have some major issues that they need to work out.
This Week: vs. Dallas Cowboys
Week 5: Won 36-26 over Buffalo Billls
Last Week's Ranking: 22 (+3)
The Jacksonville Jaguars have posted some impressive victories over the past couple weeks.
First, they kicked a 59-yard game winning field goal against the Colts and then followed it up with a comeback victory over the Bills.
Now, it'll be interesting to see how they perform on the national stage.
This Week: vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 5: Lost 35-27 to Oakland Raiders
Last Week's Ranking: 12 (-6)
Any time you lose to a team that's been an absolute joke (no offense), there's obviously something wrong.
Phillip Rivers may be throwing for a ton of yards, but that won't win a game.
Primarily, their special teams unit needs to get its act together.
This Week: @ St. Louis Rams
Week 5: Won 24-21 over Cincinnati Bengals
Last Week's Ranking: 21 (+4)
For some strange reason, the Buccaneers are finding a way to win games and have already matched their total from last season.
Coming up, they'll have their first true test as to if whether or not they're a great team.
This Week: vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 5: Won 27-24 over San Francisco 49ers
Last Week's Ranking: 16
Kevin Kolb played well as the starter in their win over the 49ers, as he properly utilized all the weapons in his arsenal.
Nonetheless, I'm sure the Eagles can't wait until Michael Vick returns to action.
This Week: vs. Atlanta Falcons
Week 5: Bye
Last Week's Ranking: 13 (-2)
The Miami Dolphins have slipped with two consecutive losses, both of which were critical divisional matchups.
However, fresh off their bye, let's see if they can turn things around.
This Week: @ Green bay Packers
Week 5: Lost 19-9 to Indianapolis Colts
Last Week's Ranking: 9 (-5)
After multiple years of teams bidding for perfect seasons, and the '07 Patriots actually accomplishing the feat, the NFL no longer boasts an undefeated club.
The Kansas City Chiefs fought hard, but in the end fell to the Colts in a gritty battle.
This Week: @ Houston Texans
Week 5: Won 34-27 over Dallas Cowboys
Last Week's Ranking: 19 (+6)
The Titans are firing on all cylinders right now as they are relying on a cumulative team effort to win ball games.
This Week: @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 5: Won 16-13 over Green Bay Packers
Last Week's Ranking: 16 (+4)
The Donovan McNabb trade is appearing to be a wise one, as he's currently sixth in the NFL in terms of passing yards.
This Week: vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 5: Lost 34-10 to New York Giants
Last Week's Ranking: 7 (-4)
The Houston Texans got absolutely killed by the Giants last week, and aren't looking as strong as I thought they were.
Right now, their pass defense is starting to really hurt them.
This Week: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 5: Lost 16-13 to Washington Redskins
Last Week's Ranking: 6 (-4)
The Packers definitely haven't played their best football this season. Yet, when they do, the rest of the league better watch out because they're lethal.
This Week: vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 5: Won 23-6 over Carolina Panthers
Last Week's Ranking: 11 (+2)
Maybe their 17-3 beating in Week 4 was a fluke, and this Chicago Bears team is for real.
This defense is strong, and Matt Forte showed glimpses of returning to his impressive rookie form.
We'll just have to see how long this surprise team can last.
This Week: vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 5: Won 34-10 over Houston Texans
Last Week's Ranking 14 (+6)
The New York Giants are quickly looking much like the '07 version which won the Super Bowl.
If they can continue these type of performances, then they could find themselves amongst the league's elite.
This Week: vs. Detroit Lions
Week 5: Lost 30-20 to Arizona Cardinals
Last Week's Ranking: 5 (-2)
The New Orleans Saints may be the defending Super Bowl champions, but they certainly aren't playing like it now.
They need to get back to running the football and making big plays on defense.
This Week: Bye
Week 5: Bye
Last Week's Ranking: 8 (+2)
I would have moved up the Patriots higher, but I seriously question the move they made to trade Randy Moss.
Of course, should I really be doubting the Patriots organization?
This Week: vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 5: Won 19-9 over Kansas City Chiefs
Last Week's Ranking: 10 (+5)
The Colts may have slipped in a few games, but they redeemed themselves by beating the league's only undefeated team.
This Week: @ Washington Redskins
Week 5: Won 20-10 over Cleveland Browns
Last Week's Ranking: 3 (-1)
The Atlanta Falcons have surprisingly started 3-1, and are displaying all the qualities of a premier team.
This Week: @ Philadelphia Eagles
Week 5: Bye
Last Week's Ranking: 2 (-1)
I don't think anyone would've imagined the Steelers to go 3-1, and the fact that Big Ben now returns is a scary thought.
This Week: vs. Cleveland Browns
Week 5: Won 29-20 over Minnesota Vikings
Last Week's Ranking: 4 (+2)
All that hype is proving to be the real deal now as the New York Jets continue to demonstrate all the qualities of a true Super Bowl contender.
This Week: @ Denver Broncos
Week 5: Won 31-17 over Denver Broncos
Last Week's Ranking: 1
Even though their pass defense was exposed against the underrated Kyle Orton, I've got to give the slight edge as the No. 1 team to the Ravens.
We'll see if they can maintain it as they face a tough opponent next.
This Week: @ New England Patriots