Week 6 NFL Power Rankings – Raiders surge, Rams plummet

Andrew Weidman

1. New England Patriots (5-0)

They’re number one until they lose. The way the defense is playing, however, that may not happen for a while.

2. San Francisco 49ers (4-0)

The unbeaten record speaks for itself. The running game is clicking, and with help from their #2 ranked scoring defense; all signs are pointing to this team being legit.

3. New Orleans Saints (4-1)

Imagine how scary this team will be once Drew Brees comes back? They’re 4-1, and have a -1 points differential; amazing.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)

The offense looked bad against the Colts, and that’s two weeks in a row where Mahomes hasn’t looked like an MVP candidate.

5. Seattle Seahawks (4-1)

Insert Russell Wilson into the MVP debate; because he’s the reason this team is playing so well

6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)

Injuries are holding this team behind; but the offense is clicking. Fixing the secondary will be key for this team to be in Superbowl contention.

7. Green Bay Packers (4-1)

Aaron Jones isn’t going to score four touchdowns in a single game again. At some point Aaron Rodgers will need to take over, and when that happens, the Packers can be the best team in the league.

8. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

They have the 4th best scoring defense, but the offense will need to produce better results to be taken seriously.

9. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)

The defense finally came together in a tough battle against Pittsburgh. They’ve got the Bengals next, then follow it up against the Seahawks and Patriots. Winning those two games is key in their playoff hopes.

10. Dallas Cowboys (3-2)

That’s two straight losses against good teams. They cruised their way through cupcake teams, and have another with the Jets next. The week against Philadelphia will see who the best in the division is.

11. Oakland Raiders (3-2)

Don’t look now, but Jon Gruden may be up to something. Two straight quality wins against Indianapolis and Chicago have them feeling great heading into a BYE week.

12. Carolina Panthers (3-2)

Christian McCaffery is the leader in the MVP race and with Kyle Allen, they have led the team to three straight wins. A divisional matchup against Jameis Winston and the Bucs awaits

13. Los Angeles Rams (3-2)

The defense is awful, and they face the unbeaten 49ers this week. The front seven could be in for a long day.

14. Houston Texans (3-2)

Deshaun Watson was flawless against the Falcons. Repeating that performance against the Chiefs will test on good this team can be in the postseason.

15. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)

Frank Reich has this team poised to make the postseason, and with the impressive win against the Chiefs, he’s headed in the right direction.

16. Chicago Bears (3-2)

The defense struggled against Oakland, and they have a bye week to hopefully get Mitchell Trubisky back before they face New Orleans.

17. Minnesota Vikings (3-2)

They sit at 3-2, but I still don’t trust Kirk Cousins. Dalvin Cook can only carry this team so far.

18. Detroit Lions (2-1-1)

They come off a bye week with a tough match up against Green Bay, that will decide how the top to bottom of the division will shake out.

19. Los Angeles Chargers (2-3)

The injuries are piling up, and getting Melvin Gordon back to his old self is key for the offense. Thomas Davis will need to stay healthy to lead this young defense.

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)

Gardner Minshew is playing okay; he’s taking care of the ball, but the defense needs to turn around. Sacksonville needs to make it’s return.

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)

They’re still in the division race, but New Orleans likely puts them down this week and out of the race.

22. New York Giants (2-3)

Daniel Jones looked rough against the Vikings defense, and now he runs into the Patriots this week with Saquon Barkley still out.

23. Tennessee Titans (2-3)

The offense is really inconsistent, but can find their identity with matchups against the Broncos, Chargers, and Buccaneers and get themselves in the playoff hunt.

24. Cleveland Browns (2-3)

The offensive line needs major help.

25. Arizona Cardinals (1-3-1)

Kyler Murray finally got his first win, but will need help from his defense to get this team winning more games.

26. Denver Broncos (1-4)

Vic Fangio’s defense finally performed to what everyone has expected, but Joe Flacco is still Joe Flacco. At this point, what does it hurt to give Brandon Allen a shot?

27. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)

Mason Rudolph took a brutal hit, and the Steelers on now on their third down quarterback Devlin Hodges; and there aren’t too many great free agent options out there.

28. Atlanta Falcons (1-4)

The Matt Ryan era may be coming to a close. The defense isn’t helping.

29. New  York Jets (0-4)

They stink and Sam Darnold isn’t going to make a difference.

30. Cincinnati Bengals (0-5)

The Zac Taylor era hasn’t exactly gone according to plan, and they may need to start the rebuild process; starting with trading away AJ Green, Geno Atkins and whomever else they can turn into draft pick capital.

31. Washington Redskins (0-5)

Jay Gruden is gone; but it doesn’t change the fact that the team just isn’t good. They don’t want to insert Haskins into this dumpster fire.

32. Miami Dolphins (0-4)

They had a bye week, so they didn’t lose? They face the winless Redskins this week