NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Who Is the NFL's Best Team?
The 2010-11 NFL season may feature more parody than ever before. Therefore creating a list of the NFL Power Rankings Week 6 is no easy task.
However, if anything is clear after the first five weeks of the season, it is that the AFC is by far the best conference.
The NFC West may not be deserving of a playoff bid.
The NFC East is a complete mess, especially when the Dallas Cowboys are the worst team in the division.
What is the best division in football? It is a fight between the AFC East and AFC South. However, do not count out the AFC North.
Here are the NFL Power Rankings for Week 6.
32. Carolina Panthers (0-5)
Last week: Lost 23-6 to the Chicago Bears
The Carolina Panthers, not the Buffalo Bills, are the worst team in the league.
The Panthers just have a better excuse—a rookie quarterback. In a game where the Bears were missing Jay Cutler, the Panthers still allowed 23 points.
It is looking like the last year for head coach John Fox.
Next week: Bye
31. Buffalo Bills (0-5)
Last week: Lost 36-26 to the Jacksonville Jaguars
At least the Buffalo Bills have proved that they can put some points on the board.
Bills fans can only hope that C.J. Spiller improves as the season goes on. The team has a tough division to play in.
Next week: Bye
30. San Francisco 49ers (0-5)
Last week: Lost 27-24 to the Philadelphia Eagles
Another close loss for the San Francisco 49ers. Can they actually still win the NFC West?
An 8-8 team may win the division, so the 49ers still have a chance, but they need to cut down on the costly turnovers.
Next week: vs. Oakland Raiders
29. Detroit Lions (1-4)
Last week: Won 44-6 against the St. Louis Rams
The Detroit Lions had an impressive win last Sunday. Matthew Stafford may return next week, so the offense should only get better.
However, bad news may hit the team soon regarding the shoulder injury to Calvin Johnson.
Next week: at New York Giants
28. Cleveland Browns (1-4)
Last week: Lost 20-10 to the Atlanta Falcons
The Cleveland Browns have clearly had quarterback issues this season. Next week, Colt McCoy is likely to get the start.
Good luck against the Pittsburgh Steelers!
That said, the Browns have been in a lot of close games this season, and may be better than their 1-3 record.
Next week: at Pittsburgh Steelers
27. Seattle Seahawks (2-2)
Last week: Bye (Week 4: Lost 20-3 to St. Louis Rams)
The Seattle Seahawks are not as good as their record shows.
Although when they have won, they've won big. Possible NFC West winners?
Next week: at Chicago Bears
26. St. Louis Rams (2-3)
Last week: Lost 44-6 to the Detroit Lions
Sam Bradford has been impressive—except for last week—in his first season.
If Bradford can manage games and hand the ball off to Steven Jackson, the Rams will take a big step from last year.
However, the Rams just lost Mark Clayton for the season.
Next week: vs. San Diego Chargers
25. Denver Broncos (2-3)
Last week: Lost 31-17 to the Baltimore Ravens
The Denver Broncos have been very inconsistent this year. Kyle Orton has put up some big numbers, but the team is still 2-3.
Injuries to the running back position have clearly hurt the team, but the defense has been very poor. The Broncos still have a shot in the weak AFC West.
Next week: vs. New York Jets
24. San Diego Chargers (2-3)
Last week: Lost 35-27 to the Oakland Raiders
The San Diego Chargers have played against weak opponents in the first five games. The fact that they are 2-3 is unacceptable.
The team has already lost two divisional games and San Diego was the favorite to win their division. The AFC West is still up for grabs though.
Next week: at St. Louis
23. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)
Last week: Lost 24-21 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Cincinnati Bengals literally threw last Sunday's game away. Two costly interceptions forced the Bengals to dip below the .500 mark.
They had a big win against the Baltimore Ravens, but their offense has not played up to its potential during the beginning of the season. Maybe their offense isn't as explosive as most thought.
Next week: Bye
22. Oakland Raiders (2-3)
Last week: Won 35-27 against the San Diego Chargers
The Oakland Raiders are not a bad team. In fact, they're pretty good.
Two blocked punts were a part of a total team effort last Sunday. Oakland managed to win without McFadden and Jason Campbell filled in nicely, posting a 117.6 passer rating.
The AFC West should not sleep on the Raiders.
Next week: at Denver Broncos
21. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
Last week: Lost 29-20 to the New York Jets
Brett Favre and Randy Moss could not get it done in New York on Monday night.
The Minnesota Vikings should get better as the season goes on, but they have a tough few weeks ahead. Hard to imagine their offense struggling too much with Randy Moss and Adrian Peterson.
Next week: vs. Dallas Cowboys**** HUGE GAME
20. Dallas Cowboys (1-3)
Last week: Lost 34-27 to the Tennessee Titans
After a big win against the Houston Texans, everybody was happy in Dallas.
After a bye week, the Dallas Cowboys disappointed their fans once again. The Cowboys did face a tough team in the Titans, but they have to win those home games.
Who knows what will happen if they lose next week and fall to 1-4?
Next week: at Minnesota Vikings**** HUGE GAME
19. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)
Last week: Won 36-26 against the Buffalo Bills
The Jacksonville Jaguars shocked everyone last week when they defeated their division rival, the Indianapolis Colts.
They followed that win up with another 30+ point performance from their offense.
However, Jacksonville is still the worst team in the AFC South, where every team is 3-2.
Next week: vs. Tennessee Titans
18. Arizona Cardinals (3-2)
Last week: Won 30-20 against the New Orleans Saints
The Arizona Cardinals shocked everyone last week with a win against the Saints.
They capitalized on turnovers and managed to record their third win of the season. Arizona has to be the favorite to win the NFC West, even with an undrafted rookie quarterback.
Next week: Bye
17. Miami Dolphins (2-2)
Last week: Bye (Week 4: Lost 41-14 to the New England Patriots)
The Miami Dolphins started off the season with two wins.
Then they had a chance to make a statement in the AFC East. They failed and lost back-to-back divisional games.
However, Miami could still be a wild-card team.
Next week: at Green Bay Packers
16. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)
Last week: Won 27-24 against the San Francisco 49ers
The Philadelphia Eagles won a tough road game against a desperate team on Sunday night.
However, they would be ranked much higher if they had defeated the Washington Redskins.
The team has some serious injury issues, but it looks like Michael Vick will be back next week to play his former team. The NFC East is still up for grabs.
Next week: vs. Atlanta Falcons
15. Washington Redskins (3-2)
Last week: Won 16-13 (OT) against the Green Bay Packers
The Washington Redskins somehow managed to win their second game in a row.
Washington's offense is not impressive at all, but their defense has kept them in games.
Hard to imagine the Redskins in the playoffs, but right now they are tied for the NFC East lead at 3-2.
Next week: vs. Indianapolis Colts
14. New Orleans Saints (3-2)
Last week: Lost 30-20 to the Arizona Cardinals
What is going on with the defending champions? The New Orleans Saints have not looked sharp at all this season.
They are definitely experiencing the Super Bowl hangover. Pierre Thomas' injury certainly has not helped.
The Saints should still make the playoffs, but right now they do not deserve to be ranked too high.
Next week: at Tampa Bay*** BIG GAME
13. Houston Texans (3-2)
Last week: Lost 34-10 to the New York Giants
The Houston Texans started off the season very hot. They have since cooled off considerably.
Two losses to NFC East teams have knocked them out of first place in the tough AFC South.
The fact that Houston allowed 34 points against the Giants knocked them out of the top 10.
Next week: vs. Kansas City Chiefs*** Interesting
12. New York Giants (3-2)
Last week: Won 34-10 against the Houston Texans
The New York Giants might actually be pretty good. Right now they are the best team in the NFC East.
Their two losses have come to the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans, while they have defeated the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans.
Not a bad resume.
Next week: vs. Detroit Lions
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1)
Last week: Won 24-21 against the Cincinnati Bengals
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled out another victory last week.
Can Tampa Bay continue their success? They have a serious chance to make a statement next week against the defending champion Saints.
Maybe the Bucs will surprise everyone this season. Their only loss was to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Next week: vs. New Orleans Saints
10. Kansas City Chiefs (3-1)
Last week: Lost 19-9 to the Indianapolis Colts
After their bye week, the Kansas City Chiefs had a chance to beat the Colts.
They failed, but it was still a very close game. Kansas City is still winning the AFC West and they are playing well.
Maybe Jamal Charles should start to get more carries ...
Next week: at Houston Texans*** Interesting
9. Tennessee Titans (3-2)
Last week: Won 34-27 against the Dallas Cowboys
The Tennessee Titans are the second best team in the AFC South. They have had questionable losses, but also some big wins (e.g., Giants, Cowboys).
Chris Johnson is still a beast and he may carry the team to the playoffs.
Next week: at Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Green Bay Packers (3-2)
Last week: Lost 16-13 (OT) to Washington Redskins
The Green Bay Packers are dealing with some serious injuries right now. The team just lost two tight ends and Aaron Rodgers may miss next week with a concussion.
Clay Matthews was out for most of the game, but the defense still played excellent.
The Packers should have won the game last week if Mason Crosby's kick at the end of regulation moved a foot to the right. Both of the team's losses have only been by three points.
Next week: vs. Miami Dolphins
7. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
Last week: Won 19-9 against the Kansas City Chiefs
Peyton Manning and the Colts handed the Chiefs their first loss of the season last week.
Indianapolis is still only 3-2, but both losses have come against divisional opponents. It happens.
The Colts' large win against the New York Giants looks pretty legit right now.
Next week: at Washington Redskins
6. Chicago Bears (4-1)
Last week: Won 23-6 against the Carolina Panthers
Without Jay Cutler, the Chicago Bears easily beat the worst team in the NFL.
Chicago is not as good as their record shows, but you have to give them some credit. They are in first place in the NFC North.
Their defense may be the best in the NFC right now. After a sophomore slump, Matt Forte has proved that he is indeed the real deal.
Next week: vs. Seattle Seahawks
5. Atlanta Falcons (4-1)
Last week: Won 20-10 against the Cleveland Browns
The Atlanta Falcons are currently the best team in the NFC as they have won four straight games.
However, one can easily question the quality of their opponents. Their overtime win against the New Orleans Saints does not look as impressive as it once did.
On the other hand, their only loss came in another overtime game in Pittsburgh. Atlanta could make a big statement by going into Philadelphia and defeating the Eagles.
Next week: at Philadelphia Eagles
4. New England Patriots (3-1)
Last week: Bye (Week 4: Won 41-14 in Miami)
The New England Patriots had a bye last week, but they did trade Randy Moss. If anything, the team's stock dropped a bit after the trade.
Currently, they are the second-best team in the AFC East.
Will Tom Brady and the Patriots be the same team without Randy Moss? It may be up to Wes Welker and Brandon Tate.
A win against Baltimore next week may earn them the top spot.
Next game: at Baltimore Ravens**** HUGE GAME
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)
Last week: Bye (Week 4: Lost 17-14 to the Baltimore Ravens)
The Pittsburgh Steelers were quite impressive without their starting quarterback. How dangerous will the team be with Ben Roethlisberger?
The team's only loss this season came against Baltimore, who may be the best team in the NFL.
The Pittsburgh defense is the strength of the team, and if the offense heats up, the Steelers could roll to another Super Bowl.
Next week: vs. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Jets (4-1)
Last week: Won 29-20 against the Minnesota Vikings
Like the Atlanta Falcons, the New York Jets have won four games in a row. The biggest win came in Week 2 against the New England Patriots.
Mark Sanchez has managed games well and the defense competes with the Steelers' for best in the NFL.
Ladainian Tomlinson looks as sharp as ever and Santonio Holmes should only get better as the season goes on.
The reason they are not No. 1: The Jets lost to the Baltimore Ravens
Next week: at Denver Broncos
1. Baltimore Ravens (4-1)
Last week: Won 31-17 against the Denver Broncos
The Baltimore Ravens have been very solid this season. Ray Lewis and the defense have been outstanding while the offense has put enough points on the board.
Their win against the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago earned them the top spot in the NFL Power Rankings.
Their only loss came in a divisional, low-scoring game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Next week's game against the New England Patriots will show how good Baltimore actually is.
Next week: vs. New England Patriots