NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Who Is the NFL's Best Team?

Michael WallCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Who Is the NFL's Best Team?

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 21:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers  against the New York Giants during their preseason game at New Meadowlands Stadium on August 21, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 03:  Jimmy Clausen #2 of the Carolina Panthers  calls a play in the huddle during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on October 3, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.   The Saints defeated the Panthers 16-
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    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)

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Jonathan Stupar #88, Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 and CJ Spiller #21  of the Buffalo Bills wait to enter the field prior to playing the New York Jets   at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Jets w
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    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)

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 03:  Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers breaks a tackle by Stephen Nicholas #54 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 3, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    DETROIT - OCTOBER 10:  Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions looks for running room after getting past Craig Dahl #43 of the St. Louis Rams on October 10, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    BEREA, OH - MAY 01:  Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns stretches during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 1, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks smiles as he talks to quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 after a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers at Qwest Field on September 26, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeat
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    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)

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    DETROIT - OCTOBER 10: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams talks with head coach Steve Spagnuolo while playing the Detroit Lions on October 10, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass against the Tennessee Titans  at LP Field on October 3, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. Denver won 26-20.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 19:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers complains to officials after being called for delay of the game during a power outage against the Buffalo Bills  on October 19, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New Y
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    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)

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    CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals tries to break free from Trevor Pryce #90 of the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Kamerion Wimbley #96 and the rest of the Oakland Raiders celebrate after a replay review ruled that the Tyvon Branch fumble return was a touchdown in the fourth quarter of their game against the San Diego Chargers at Oakland-Ala
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    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)

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  (L-R) Brett Favre #4 and Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings talk on the sideline against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty
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    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)

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    SEATTLE - JANUARY 06:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys sits dejected after fumbling the field goal snap in the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game against the Seattle Seahawks on January 6, 2007 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washi
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    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)

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback David Garrard #9 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates the go ahead touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field on October 3, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars won 31-28.  (Photo by Marc
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    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)

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10:  Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #29 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates with teammate Michael Adams #27 after scoring a touchdown on an interception during the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the New Orleans Saint
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    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)

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 04:  Running back Ronnie Brown #23 and Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins runs against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on October 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after throwing a first quater touchdown pass against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim Mc
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    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)

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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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    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)

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 26:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans rushes against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at Reliant Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 10:  Eli Manning #10 hands off the ball to Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giant during the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  The Giants defeated the Texans 34-10.  (Photo by Ch
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    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)

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    CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Mike Williams #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers makes a 20-yard touchdown reception as Johnathan Joseph #22 and Chinedum Ndukwe #41 of the Cincinnati Bengals defend at Paul Brown Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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    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)

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 10: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs with 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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    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)

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Running back Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans carries the ball 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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    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)

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    LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 10:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass  against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 10, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins won the game in overtime 16-13.  (Photo by Win McNamee/
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    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)

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 10: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts passes the football against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 10: Running back Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs past linebacker Dan Connor #55 of the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 10:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws to a receiver against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 4: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after the game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Field on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 02: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass against the Carolina Panthers during the preseason game on September 2, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets runs the ball in the first half against Ben Leber #51 of the Minnesota Vikings at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim Mc
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    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)

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    BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens is introduced before the game against the Cleveland Browns  at M&T Bank Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 24-17. (Photo by Larry French/Get
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    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