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My 2017 NFL Power Rankings Week 6

Updated on October 17, 2017

NFL Power Rankings

Pop go the bottles of champagne for all the members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins. The last unbeaten has fallen. Six games (excluding byes) are in the books and each team has at least one loss. It’s been quite the unpredictable season thus far, and if any of you participate in a Last Man Standing pool you’d know all about that. What is more predictable is that if you lose a game, odds are you will drop in the rankings. Considering the last unbeaten has now been, er, well, beaten, will we have a new team at the top?

1. Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) ~ No. No new team at the top. K.C. retains its spot in part because they lost a close game to a good team and, actually, my top three teams from a week ago all lost. Now, if they stumble in Oakland Thursday night we may have to revisit who sits atop these rankings. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. New England Patriots (4-2) ~ After giving up at least 30 points in three of their first four games, the Pats have limited the last two opponents to a combined 31 points. Both of those games were victories. As long as Tom Brady is throwing touchdowns to Rob Gronkowski (they connected twice on Sunday) this team will be just fine. Especially if that defense has turned a corner. (LWR 4)

3. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1) ~ A week ago I said that a win in Carolina would make this fan seriously start thinking Super Bowl. Well, that win happened and now the Eagles will have a chance to bolster their hold on the NFC East when they host the Redskins Monday night. That’s extra rest ahead of a three-game home stretch. I would say I don’t want to get over-excited, but it’s too late for that. (LWR 5)

4. Seattle Seahawks (3-2) ~ Seattle has allowed just 87 points in five games which is the fewest in the NFC. They’ll have to fly across the country for this weekend’s tilt against the Giants, but coming off the bye, I’d have to believe this defense will be ready to corral the inexperienced New York receivers. (LWR 7)

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) ~ They’ve been smacked around by the likes of the Bears and Jaguars, yet they’ve manhandled the Vikings and just handed the Chiefs their first loss. Seems like the Steelers are good when they want to be. With a home game against rival Cincinnati on tap, I’d put my money on them wanting to be good again this weekend. (LWR 10)

6. Atlanta Falcons (3-2) ~ It had trap game all over it. Coming off the buy they had a juicy home matchup against the Miami Dolphins who can’t seem to get out of their own way. They took a 17-0 lead into halftime. Could you blame them if they started to look ahead to next week’s Super Bowl rematch in New England? I certainly can’t. Whether that cause them to lose focus or not, this was a bad, bad loss. (LWR 3)

7. Carolina Panthers (4-2) ~ All-world linebacker Luke Keuchley suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to Philly. This is his third which has to sound some alarms in Carolina. His health will have a huge impact the rest of the way for Carolina. (LWR 8)

8. Los Angeles Rams (4-2) ~ L.A. is 3-0 on the road this season, and while they are technically the “home team” this week against Arizona, the game will be played in London. Considering Los Angeles and London are 5,437 miles apart, I’d say that’s about as road-game as it can get. (LWR 12)

9. Minnesota Vikings (4-2) ~ OK, I give up. I’ve been calling for doom in Minnesota with Case Keenum at the helm. Minnesota is atop the NFC North and have a chance to run away with the division due to an injury you may have heard about that I will get to a bit later. Maybe it isn’t doom after all. Or maybe I just doomed them by saying they aren’t doomed. (LWR 15)

10. Denver Broncos (3-2) ~ C.J. Anderson needs to touch the ball in Denver. In their three wins he is averaging 24.3 touches and 114 total yards. In the two losses, he has just 9.5 touches per game and 30 total yards. Simple, right? Get him the damn ball! (LWR 6)

11. Washington Redskins (3-2) ~ Kirk Cousins has nine touchdowns and just one interception over his last four games. Up next is a road game in Philly where he will look to make amends for his three turnover and one touchdown day in an Opening Day loss to the Eagles. A second loss to the Eagles would make it very difficult to catch them in the NFC East. (LWR 16)

12. Dallas Cowboys (2-3) ~ With the potential of Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension being back on, will the Cowboys turn to Alfred Morris or Darren McFadden in the backfield? Their next six games include two divisional opponents as well as a trip to Atlanta and a home date with Kansas City. The pressure will certainly be on Dak Prescott to guide the Cowboys if they lose the services of their star running back. (LWR 11)

13. Green Bay Packers (4-2) ~ I’m sure by now you’ve heard Aaron Rodgers has a broken collarbone. That may be enough to sink the Packers’ season. Brett Hundley was a fine quarterback at UCLA, but he isn’t Rodgers. I’m sure those in the Green Bay front office still have Brett Favre’s number. Right? (LWR 2)

14. Houston Texans (3-3) ~ The Texans are averaging nearly 30 points per game. The Houston Texans. The team that has been defined by middling quarterback play at best for the past, oh, forever. It seems like the decision to hand the keys to DeShaun Watson was the best thing Bill O’Brien could have done. (LWR 20)

15. New Orleans Saints (3-2) ~ Speaking of offense, there is no shortage of that in New Orleans. The Saints have scored a whopping 106 points over their past three games, all wins, to close the gap on Carolina in the NFC South. Up next is a road game against the now Rodgers-less Packers. Will the Saints continue their march in Lambeau? (LWR 22)

16. Detroit Lions (3-3) ~ They were down 45-10 midway through the third quarter in New Orleans and made a game of it. They got back to within seven before ultimately falling short in their rally. It’s tough to win in the NFL when you let your opponent put up 52 points. (LWR 9)

17. Buffalo Bills (3-2) ~ Buffalo still has the stingiest defense in the league and now may face a Tampa team without Jameis Winston. In Buffalo. After a bye. I’d be sitting most of my Bucs this week in fantasy if Winston misses this game. (LWR 13)

18. Oakland Raiders (2-4) ~ I’m not a doctor, but can someone explain to me how Derek Carr can break bones in his back and miss just one week of NFL action? I’m serious. I can’t wrap my brain around it. If he can remain healthy the Raiders are better for it, but they’re in last place in the AFC West. Another loss or two and it might be time to think about his, and the team’s, future. (LWR 14)

19. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) ~ Joe Mixon’s breakout is coming. Mark it down. The Bengals’ rookie running back is averaging 18 touches per game over the last two contest. No other back has had more than 5.5 during those same two games. The changing of the guard in the Bengal backfield is unfolding right before our eyes. (LWR 21)

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) ~ Well, they Hyde-d. Or did they Jekyll? Which one is the bad one again. They were the bad one in a home loss to the Rams. Considering they go from good to bad to good again that means they will win this weekend against, the *checks schedule* Colts. OK, I’d think they could beat the Colts anyway, but it’s the pattern man. You can’t go against the pattern. (LWR 19)

21. Tennessee Titans (3-3) ~ Marcus Mariota was able to return after a one-game absence with a hamstring injury. He had just two carries for zero yards in the game, but another week of rest should help him get back to his mobile self. The Titans need him to have any shot at a postseason berth. (LWR 23)

22. Arizona Cardinals (3-3) ~ After one game Adrian Peterson leads the Cardinals with 134 yards rushing. That is how dire the running back situation was in the desert. If he can provide a threat out of the backfield, the Cards may be able to make the noise that some thought they were capable of before David Johnson went down with a wrist injury. (LWR 25)

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) ~ Tampa used a first round pick on tight end O.J. Howard in this past NFL draft, but their incumbent tight end Cameron Brate is having a much better season. That’s now four straight games with at least four catches and a score for Brate. If Howard begins to step up the Bucs will have the best 1-2 tight end combo in football. (LWR 17)

24. Baltimore Ravens (3-3) ~ The offense was held without a touchdown in a home loss to Chicago. Two return touchdowns are the only reason the score was close. Baltimore has won Super Bowls on their defense and special teams before, but Joe Flacco has twice as many interceptions (8) than he has touchdowns (4) which is putting that much more pressure on the D. (LWR 18)

25. Miami Dolphins (3-2) ~ Was it just one good half? A half in which they outscored Atlanta 20-0 to steal a game on the road? Or could the Dolphins be showing signs of life. They have a shot Sunday to atone for an earlier loss to the Jets. That would put them at an intriguing 4-2 with games against the struggling Ravens and Raiders on deck. There’s a legit chance we are looking at a 6-2 squad when they complete the first half of their schedule. (LWR 26)

26. Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) ~ First round draft pick Mike Williams made his NFL debut in Sunday's win against the rival Raiders. The wideout from Clemson played just 11 snaps, but he did make his first catch. When he is fully recovered from a back injury he will be yet another weapon for Philip Rivers. (LWR 27)

27. New York Jets (3-3) ~ Jermaine Kearse has been a solid addition to a surprising team early on. The former Seahawk leads the Jets in receptions (26), yards (299) and touchdowns (3). He could be a piece for New York to build around in the future. (LWR 24)

28. Chicago Bears (2-4) ~ They are 2-0 against the AFC North, but the bad news is the Bears play in the NFC North. They won't play another AFC team until December. Until then they will have to try and concentrate on beating a team in their own conference. (LWR 29)

29. Indianapolis Colts (2-4) ~ Remember when the Colts said Andrew Luck would be able to start the season? Well, six games have come and gone and Luck remains sidelined. They are only a game out of the lead in the division, but they will need their franchise player if they want a realistic shot. (LWR 28)

30. New York Giants (1-5) ~ And then there were two. The Giants picked up their first win of the season when they went into Denver and shocked the Broncos Sunday night leaving just the last two teams in my rankings as the only winless teams in the NFL. (LWR 31)

31. San Francisco 49ers (0-6) ~ Yes, they are 0-6, but this isn't a hopeless 0-6. Hear me out. The Niners are the first team in NFL history to lose five straight games by three points or less. They are in these things. One break here or there and we could be talking about a 2-4 or 3-3 team. They aren't great, but they aren't as bad as their record might indicate. (LWR 30)

32. Cleveland Browns (0-6) ~ The Browns, on the other hand, are more of your hopeless 0-6. The only bright spot would be number one overall draft pick Myles Garrett who has three sacks across his first two NFL games. He is still limited by an ankle injury, which leads one to wonder, just how much havoc he will wreak when he is fully healthy. (LWR 32)

That's all she wrote folks. Or that's all I wrote. He. I brought this on myself didn't I.....Anyway.... Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave them right here. Or if that's not good enough you can follow/harass me on Twitter. Handle is in my profile. It wouldn't be the biggest waste of your time.


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