Pretenders have become contenders. Contenders look like pretenders. We've seen it all in the first six weeks of an NFL season different from any other that came before it.
With no organized offseason programs, defenses came out light years behind the offenses, which were putting up video-game numbers through the first five weeks of the season. The offensive flurry calmed a bit in Week 6 with just two teams—the Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears—putting up more than 30 points.
The Green Bay Packers came into Week 6 atop my power rankings, which had been maintained at my blog at After Further Review prior to this week. The defending Super Bowl champions stayed interested for a half while blowing out the St. Louis Rams and, after the San Francisco 49ers toppled the Detroit Lions at frenzied Ford Field, are the only unbeaten team left in the league.
Two teams will be heading across the pond this week for the annual rite of lunacy in London. The Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers drew the short straw for this year's foray into foreign exchange.
On a Week 7 schedule devoid of many good matchups, one game did pop out at me—a huge contest in Nashville between the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans, also known as the only competitive teams in the AFC South.
So let's count 'em down, from No. 32 to No. 1.