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Week 6 NFL Power Ranks

Updated on October 17, 2012

Week 6 NFL Power Rankings

Was your team in my top 10 last week? Odds are, if they were, they lost. An alarming six of those teams lost last week and one of them (Chicago) had a bye. That is....well, unheard of. One of the teams that did not lose, the Atlanta Falcons, retains its top ranking as they claim the title of the last unbeaten. The Cleveland Browns on the other hand shed the title of the lone team in the league without a win as they took down the Cincinnati Bengals. A tough loss to swallow for Cincy fans no doubt. Well, with all the upsets let's take a look at where they all stack up this time around.

1. Atlanta Falcons (6-0) Matt Bryant missed his first field goal of the season in this one but booted the one that mattered most: a 55-yarder with one second left to keep the Falcons undefeated and squeak by the pesky Oakland Raiders. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Baltimore Ravens (5-1) This one comes with a little caution. The Ravens lost starting cornerback Lardarius Webb AND all-pro linebacker Ray Lewis for the year due to injuries sustained on Sunday. The defense, already without Terrell Suggs, is starting to look a little thin. (LWR 4)

3. Houston Texans (5-1) Wow. What a way to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. They were absolutely flattened by an angry and desperate Green Bay Packers team at home. Amnesia might not be the worst thing in the world after a game like this. (LWR 2)

4. New York Giants (4-2) Steve Weatherford had more yards punting (199) than Eli Manning had passing (193) in a rematch of last year's NFC championship game in San Francisco. Did I mention the Giants steamrolled the Niners 26-3? No? Well, they did. Yowza. (LWR 9)

5. Chicago Bears (4-1) Following their bye week the Bears get an extra day to prepare for a Monday night matchup against a Detroit Lions team coming off a huge upset win in Philadelphia. I have to believe the Chicago D wouldn't have allowed that Detroit comeback on their turf. (LWR 5)

6. San Francisco 49ers (4-2)After giving up a combined 16 points in the last three weeks San Fran gave up 26 in a laugher against the defending champs. Like Houston, the Niners need to forget this game ever took place. (LWR 3)

7. New England Patriots (3-3) New England is 0-2 against the NFC West and they haven't even played the Niners yet. Who would have thought that would be the toughest division so far this year? (LWR 6)

8. Green Bay Packers (3-3) Remember how bad last week's loss to the Indianapolis Colts was? This win was the polar opposite. Aaron Rodgers threw for over 300 yards and six scores and both quarterbacks were pulled in the 4th quarter. (LWR 13)

9. Minnesota Vikings (4-2) Too much RGIII for the Vikes to overcome. Percy Harvin had another monster game (11 catches for 133 yards) in a losing effort. (LWR 7)

10. Seattle Seahawks (4-2) There was no controversy over this one. The Seahawks came from behind to upend the Patriots giving them a huge win that ties them for first in the NFC West. (LWR 15)

11. Arizona Cardinals (4-2) Just when it looked like Arizona was going to pull it off after a 61-yard field goal by Jay Feeley to force overtime John Skelton threw a brutal pick to give the Bills the win. A bad loss for the Cards. (LWR 8)

12. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) After blowing a 10-point lead at home with five minutes to play defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was fired. Andy Reid will put his pristine record in games following a bye against the lone undefeated Falcons who will also be coming off a bye. (LWR 10)

13. Denver Broncos (3-3) Peyton Manning and the Broncos came back from a 24-0 halftime deficit. On the road. That....well, that just doesn't happen a whole lot. Denver is now atop the AFC West. (LWR 18)

14. Washington Redskins (3-3) I alluded to this earlier: too much RGIII He may have had a modest 182 through the air but the 138 yards on the ground including a scintillating 76-yard TD scamper in the 4th to seal the victory takes the cake. The 'Skins pick up their first home win in a year. Seriously. (LWR 19)

15. San Diego Chargers (3-3) You cannot, I repeat cannot blow a 24-0 halftime lead at home to a division rival. Especially when you are wearing those sweet powder blue uniforms. This loss may come back to bite the Chargers at the end of the year. (LWR 11)

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) The Titans game may have been a bad loss but I just can't fault a team too much for losing a close game on the road on a Thursday night. I fully expect the Steelers to bounce back Sunday night against division mate Cincy. (LWR 14)

17. Cincinnati Bengals (3-3) I am tempted to say the Bungles are back after they allowed 21 fourth quarter points to the previously winless Browns. Tempted, but not quite there yet. (LWR 12)

18. Dallas Cowboys (2-3) Down by eight in the closing seconds against Baltimore the 'Boys found the end zone and now needed the two-point conversion. No good! Ravens escape! But wait, Dallas recovers the onside kick and sets up for the game-winning field goal. Wide left. Now the Ravens do escape. Tough loss for Dallas. (LWR 16)

19. Detroit Lions (2-3) If the Lions could play every game like it was the fourth quarter (or overtime) they would be set. They have scored 76 points in the fourth or later. The first three quarters? 50. (LWR 20)

20. Miami Dolphins (3-3) Somehow, some way, the Dolphins are at .500 and tied for first with the rest of the division. They can thank their top-notch run defense for that one. (LWR 23)

21. St. Louis Rams (3-3) The Rams, who just lost to Miami, are also 3-3. Unlike the Dolphins that is good for last place in the division. (LWR 17)

22. New York Jets (3-3) Shonn Greene careered it. Mark Sanchez (and my fantasy team) can thank him and his 161 yards and three scores for a nice, relaxing week in New York. (LWR 24)

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) Josh Freeman had 328 yards passing and three TD's on a mere 15 completions. That is making them count when you connect. (LWR 22)

24. Indianapolis Colts (2-3) After last week's emotional victory over the Packers it is understandable to have a letdown. (LWR 21)

25. Buffalo Bills (3-3) Maybe I am not giving the Bills enough love considering they are tied for first in the AFC East and just beat a tough Cardinals team at home. I think I want to see some consistency before I move them up again. (LWR 27)

26. Carolina Panthers (1-4) With a tough home matchup against Dallas looming the Panthers season may just be about to spiral out of control. (LWR 25)

27. New Orleans Saints (1-4) No team needed the bye more than the Saints did. That being said they probably dug themselves too deep a hole to be a real threat to make the playoffs. (LWR 26)

28. Tennessee Titans (2-4) The Titans won't catch the Texans who are clearly the class of the division but the win over the Steelers kept their season alive. For now. (LWR 29)

29. Oakland Raiders (1-4) The Raiders put up one hell of a fight in Atlanta but again came up short. They need to score more points as they are one of only two teams in the league yet to top 90 points on the season. (LWR 28)

30. Cleveland Browns (1-5) Lets throw the old dog (pound) a bone. With a division win over the Bengals the Browns get off the schneide...schnide.....well, you get the point. Cleveland rocks. For once. (LWR 32)

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) Well, the Jags didn't lose last week because they had a bye. Now they have a trip to Oakland awaiting them where Run DMC should gash their bottom-feeding run defense. (LWR 31)

32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) With Matt Cassell out opponents can key on Jamaal Charles. Tampa certainly did. Take away his 22-yard run and Charles had 18 yards on his other 11 carries combined. This is no KC masterpiece. (LWR 30)


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    • Rich White profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      After another loss the Bengals may be in trouble. They can't afford to drop another division game.

    • BeyondGS profile image


      6 years ago from Ohio

      As a bengal fan (somehow) I appreciate that you haven't given up on them yet. Most already have due to the sad showing on Sunday. Good ranking though, I agree with most of it.


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