NFL Power Rankings: Week 6

By Teddy Covers - Covers Expert

There was little movement in the Top 10 of the latest edition of the NFL Power Rankings and right now it appears the Patriots are in a league of their own, holding on to the top spot for the sixth straight week.

NFL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 4-0-0
-8.5 New England
When the defending Super Bowl champs go into the bye week with a 34 point win and come out of the bye with a 24 point win, it’s time to raise their power rating!
2 2 same 5-0-0
-6.5 Green Bay
Aaron Rodgers two interceptions at Lambeau Field were largely the result of his offensive line’s struggles, the second straight week where that OL has performed at a subpar level.
3 3 same 5-0-0
-5.5 Cincinnati
Andy Dalton is getting rare credit for a big game victory, but the Bengals defensive front generated tremendous pressure, forcing the key stops to get the ball back for Dalton.
4 4 same 4-1-0
-5 Arizona
Over the past 15 years, teams with a +6 or better turnover margin – like the Cardinals had on Sunday - are 26-0 straight up, with 14 of those 26 wins coming by 20 points or more.
5 5 same 5-0-0
-4.5 Denver
Why my lack of respect for the 5-0 Broncos? In three of those five wins, Denver’s margin of victory came via a defensive touchdown. Can’t count on that all year!
6 6 same 5-0-0
-4 Atlanta
One under-the-radar reason why the Falcons have gone undefeated thusfar? Stellar offensive line play. Football Outsiders grades them as the #2 offensive line in the NFL right now.
7 7 same 3-2-0
-2.5 Buffalo
Star pass rusher Mario Williams now has 40 sacks in 53 career games with Buffalo. Only Hall of Famer Bruce Smith got to 40 sacks in Buffalo faster than Super Mario.
8 8 same 4-0-0
-2.5 Carolina
The Panthers come out of the bye with some revenge against Seattle on their minds, after losing each of the four previous meetings between Ron Rivera and Pete Carroll.
9 12 up 3 3-2-0
-2 Indianapolis
In two games as the starter, 40 year old Matt Hasselbeck has a QB rating of 95.0. In three games as the starter, elite QB Andrew Luck’s rating is only 65.0, primed for a big rise.
10 10 same 2-2-0
-2 Minnesota
The Vikings have been a very conservative team offensively, particularly on first down. Norv Turner’s offense this year is about pounding the rock, not taking downfield shots.
11 9 down 2 2-3-0
-2 Seattle
After taking a 24-7 lead at Cincinnati, the Seahawks last six offensive possessions produced only three first downs and no points. They punted on all six drives.
12 11 down 1 3-1-0
-1.5 N.Y. Jets
Chris Ivory is generating headlines with his strong rushing numbers, but it was the offseason signing of guard James Carpenter that shored up the OL for Ivory to run behind.
13 15 up 2 2-3-0
-1 Philadelphia
The Eagles offense finally got going in their blowout over the Saints, playing at their preferred pace with 79 offensive snaps, 34 first downs and 519 total yards.
14 14 same 3-2-0
-0.5 N.Y. Giants
Last year, Eli Manning set career bests in completion percentage and touchdown-to-interception ratio. This year, he’s on pace to set new career bests in both categories.
15 13 down 2 1-4-0
1 Kansas City
The Chiefs led 17-3 and were inside the Bears ten yard line when Jamal Charles tore his ACL. Once again, Andy Reid’s team did not respond well to adversity.
16 19 up 3 3-2-0
1.5 Pittsburgh
The much maligned Steelers defense ranks among the Top 5 in the NFL in sacks, but they’ve only forced six takeaways in five games.
17 18 up 1 2-3-0
1.5 St. Louis
How bad was Nick Foles on Sunday? The Rams defense forced more turnovers than touchdowns allowed, Todd Gurley ran for 159 yards but the Rams still lost by two TD’s.
18 16 down 2 2-3-0
2 San Diego
Philip Rivers leads the NFL in passing yards, but the Chargers spotty defense has been unable to get key stops. The end result? Only one pointspread cover in five games!
19 20 up 1 2-3-0
2.5 Oakland
The ageless wonder that is Charles Woodson picked off two Peyton Manning passes last week, now the NFL leader in interceptions.
20 17 down 3 1-4-0
3 Baltimore
The last place Ravens have blown second half leads in all four of their losses; and fourth quarter leads in three of the four. This is NOT a vintage John Harbaugh defense!
21 24 up 3 2-3-0
3 Cleveland
Over the last three weeks, QB Josh McCown has been brilliant, throwing 96 completions for 1154 yards and four touchdowns, despite the lack of skill position talent around him.
22 22 same 1-3-0
3 Tennessee
Coach Ken Whisenhunt was clearly frustrated following their one point loss: "We've got to get over that hump, we've got to win those games. We're close, but we're not quite there."
23 23 same 2-3-0
3 Washington
With his game ending pick six in overtime at Atlanta, Kirk Cousins has now thrown more interceptions than touchdown passes both this year and for his full NFL career.
24 21 down 3 1-4-0
3.5 Houston
For a team with significant quarterback issues, it’s surprising to see DeAndre Hopkins ranked #1 in the NFL with 578 receiving yards. But Hopkins has only one TD catch since Week 1.
25 26 up 1 1-3-0
3.5 Miami
Miami is ranked No. 28 in total offense and No. 29 in total defense. No surprise, then, that the Dolphins changed their head coach and defensive coordinator over the bye week.
26 25 down 1 2-3-0
4 Dallas
There was a silver lining in the Cowboys blowout loss on Sunday. The revitalized pass rush with Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain sacked Tom Brady five times in the first half alone!
27 27 same 1-4-0
4 New Orleans
Saints coach Sean Payton, following a truly ugly loss at Philly on Sunday: “You can't give it away four or five different times and expect to win. You just can't.”
28 30 up 2 2-3-0
5 Chicago
John Fox isn’t going to win the NFL ‘Coach of the Year’ award with his sorry roster, but the fact that Chicago has been able to coax out back-to-back wins is a testament to Fox’s abilities.
29 29 same 1-4-0
5 San Francisco
For as miserable as Colin Kaepernick’s season has been, he looked solid on Sunday Night throwing for 262 yards and two touchdowns while looking comfortable all game.
30 31 up 1 2-3-0
5 Tampa Bay
Lovie Smith’s defense ranks behind only Denver with ten forced fumbles already this year. If Doug Martin can continue to chew up yards on the ground, there’s potential here.
31 28 down 3 0-5-0
5.5 Detroit
Lions LB DeAndre Levy is the highest paid outside linebacker in the NFL. His ongoing injury woes have left the Detroit defense reeling, almost as much as their offense.
32 32 same 1-4-0
6.5 Jacksonville
There is some good news for Jacksonville following yet another demoralizing loss. Big free agent acquisition, tight end Julius Thomas made his debut and the Jags scored a season high.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.