Here’s a look at my power rankings for Week 6.
(Previous Rank; Rank Change; Previous Result)
1. New England Patriots
(No. 1; No Change; W, 23-20 vs. Bal)
Took down the Ravens in overtime behind Tom Brady’s 292 passing yards.
2. New York Jets
(No. 3; Up 1; W, 24-20 vs. Den)
Managed to hold Kyle Orton to just 209 yards passing as they squeezed past Denver.
3. Baltimore Ravens
(No. 2; Down 1; L, 23-20 vs. NE)
Tough loss to the Patriots but they’ll be just fine moving forward.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
(No. 4; No Change; W, 28-10 vs. Cle)
Nice performance by Ben Roethlisberger in his return to action.
5. New Orleans Saints
(No. 5; No Change; W, 31-6 vs. TB)
Blew out the Buccaneers and looked more like the Saints team we remember from last year.
6. Indianapolis Colts
(No. 6; No Change; W, 27-24 vs. Was)
Edged the Redskins on Sunday night. Peyton Manning threw for 307 yards and Joseph Addai racked up 128 rushing yards.
7. New York Giants
(No. 9; Up 2; W, 28-20 vs. Det)
Weren’t as impressive in beating the Lions this week as they were in their past two games.
8. Tennessee Titans
(No. 11; Up 3; W, 30-3 vs. Jac)
Huge Monday night victory over division rival Jacksonville. Chris Johnson recorded 111 yards on the ground.
9. Houston Texans
(No. 13; Up 4; W, 35-31 vs. KC)
First place Texans showed toughness and grit in their comeback win over the Chiefs.
10. Green Bay Packers
(No. 7; Down 3; L, 23-20 vs. Mia)
Just might not have enough firepower due to injuries to make preseason predictions come true, but it’s still early.
11. Atlanta Falcons
(No. 8; Down 3; L, 31-17 vs. Phi)
Kevin Kolb threw for 326 yards as the Falcons couldn’t stop the Eagles.
12. Washington Redskins
(No. 10; Down 2; L, 27-24 vs. Ind)
One of the more inconsistent teams in the league but they have enough talent to win most weeks when they step on the field.
13. Chicago Bears
(No. 12; Down 1; L, 23-20 vs. Sea)
Couldn’t stop the pass on defense and couldn’t keep Jay Cutler upright on offense in the loss to Seattle.
14. Philadelphia Eagles
(No. 20; Up 6; W, 31-17 vs. Atl)
When Vick went down with an injury, it looked like panic time for the Eagles but Kolb has been a pleasant surprise and was instrumental in the victory over the Falcons.
15. Minnesota Vikings
(No. 15; No Change; W, 24-21 vs. Dal)
Managed to beat the Cowboys to avoid dropping to 1-4, but surely they have enough firepower to make some noise over the course of the rest of the season.
16. Cincinnati Bengals
(No. 16; No Change; Bye)
No change during their bye week.
17. Miami Dolphins
(No. 19; Up 2; W, 23-20 vs. GB)
Big road victory over a solid opponent. They didn’t do anything spectacular but played good football when it mattered most.
18. Seattle Seahawks
(No. 26; Up 8; W, 23-20 vs. Chi)
Picked apart the Bears pass defense as Mike Williams had a career 10 catches for 123 yards.
19. Kansas City Chiefs
(No. 18; Down 1; L, 35-31 vs. Hou)
Could not put away the Texans after an early lead. Thomas Jones rushed for 100 yards in the loss.
20. San Diego Chargers
(No. 14; Down 6; L, 20-17 vs. Stl)
I know St. Louis is improving, but they’re still not very good. This Chargers team is just a poor outfit right now.
21. Dallas Cowboys
(No. 17; Down 4; L, 24-21 vs. Min)
Jerry Jones has said he will not fire Wade Phillips in the middle of the season, but just how bad can it get for the Cowboys before he changes his mind?
22. Arizona Cardinals
(No. 22; No Change; Bye)
Cardinals had the bye to prepare for a division showdown with Seattle.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 21; Down 2; L, 30-3 vs. Ten)
All you need to know about this one is Jaguars quarterback Trent Edwards led the game with 140 passing yards and the Jaguars still got blown out.
24. Denver Broncos
(No. 24; No Change; L, 24-20 vs. NYJ)
Played the Jets tough but the lack of a run game and their defense ultimately cost the Broncos.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(No. 23; Down 2; L, 31-6 vs. NO)
Were simply overmatched by the defending Super Bowl champions. Had just 42 rushing yards on the game.
26. St. Louis Rams
(No. 28; Up 2; W, 20-17 vs. SD)
Big victory over the visiting Chargers. Sam Bradford continues to impress.
27. Detroit Lions
(No. 27; No Change; L, 28-20 vs. NYG)
Went on the road and kept it close against the Giants. The Lions have been in every game this season but have only one win to show for it.
28. San Francisco 49ers
(No. 31; Up 3; W, 17-9 vs. Oak)
Finally picked up their first victory of the season but did so in ugly fashion against their bay-area rivals.
29. Oakland Raiders
(No. 25; Down 4; L, 17-9 vs. SF)
Could not get anything going offensively against the 49ers and couldn’t stop the rushing attack of Frank Gore to the tune of 149 rushing yards.
30. Cleveland Browns
(No. 29; Down 1; L, 28-10 vs. Pit)
Had no answer for their rivals. Colt McCoy had a decent outing with 281 passing yards.
31. Carolina Panthers
(No. 30; Down 1; Bye)
Maybe they were able to figure some things out during their bye week.
32. Buffalo Bills
(No. 32; No Change; Bye)
Maybe they got some extra scouting in during their bye week for the first overall pick in the April’s draft.
- Bears promote QB Matt Barkley from the practice squad
- Bears taking step backward to take two steps forward?
- Robbie Gould missed, but rightfully gone
- Bears pass rush just not hitting home
- Bears offensive line makes it difficult to do much of anything
- Bears run game must pick up the slack in Cutler's stead
- Bears run defense showed signs of life before injuries
- Lamarr Houston injury opens door for Leonard Floyd
- Eddie Goldman injury is most alarming one for Bears
- Alshon Jeffery’s contract at top of mind Monday night