NFL Power Rankings: Week 6

By Teddy Covers - Covers Expert

Week 5 of the NFL Season has wrapped up and the LA Rams remain at the top spot in the Power Rankings. Kansas City and Detroit take the biggest jump up this week in the Power rankings. Atlanta and Denver both drop the furthest this week. Just over one month into the season already, but lots will change before playoff time!

NFL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 5-0-0
(3-2-0)
-7.5 Los Angeles
LA’s rating could take a tumble if WR’s Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks don’t make it out of concussion protocol before kickoff at Denver.
2 2 same 3-2-0
(3-2-0)
-6.5 New England
Tom Brady has targets again, with seven different receivers catching at least two passes in the Pats blowout win over Indy last Thursday.
3 7 up 4 5-0-0
(5-0-0)
-5.5 Kansas City
The scary thing for the rest of the NFL is how well the Chiefs defense played on Sunday: five takeaways and 11 hits on Jags QB Blake Bortles.
4 5 up 1 4-1-0
(3-2-0)
-5 New Orleans
The Saints have dominated with wins & covers in each of their last two games; showing the type of defensive acumen that was missing early in the season.
5 3 down 2 3-2-0
(3-2-0)
-4.5 Jacksonville
Blake Bortles dropped back to pass 66 times on Sunday. Yes, this team misses Leonard Fournette A LOT these days.
6 5 down 1 2-2-0
(2-3-0)
-4 Green Bay
The Packers early season road woes continued at Detroit, now 4-10 SU and ATS in their first two road games of the year dating back to 2012.
7 10 up 3 2-2-0
(3-2-0)
-3.5 Minnesota
The Vikings hung on for the win at Philly on Sunday, but their rushing woes continued. Minnesota’s 3.4 yards per carry average ranks #30 in the NFL.
8 6 down 2 2-3-0
(1-4-0)
-3 Philadelphia
The only thing separating the Eagles and an 0-5 record right now is two late game, goal line stops against the Colts & Falcons.
9 13 up 4 4-1-0
(4-1-0)
-2.5 Cincinnati
Andy Dalton is getting the headlines, but make no mistake about it – the Bengals defense has forced fourth quarter, game changing turnovers in three of their four wins.
10 8 down 2 3-2-0
(3-2-0)
-2 Baltimore
WR Michael Crabtree after his late game end zone drop cost the Ravens the game: "I should have made that catch. The game would have been over. I put that on me.”
11 11 same 3-2-0
(2-3-0)
-2 Los Angeles
The Chargers were missing three starting offensive linemen last week, including both tackles, but Philip Rivers was hit on only two of his 28 dropbacks.
12 9 down 3 3-1-0
(2-2-0)
-2 Carolina
The Panthers defense ranks #4 in the NFL in yards allowed but #15 in points allowed, a strange dichotomy considering their +5 turnover margin.
13 12 down 1 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
-1.5 Chicago
The Bears come out of their bye week with the #1 ranked defense (Football Outsiders), embarking on four straight matchups against the relatively weak AFC East.
14 17 up 3 2-2-0
(2-3-0)
-1 Pittsburgh
My Steelers power rating number has been moving up and down like a yo-yo. After James Connor gained 185 yards from scrimmage vs. Atlanta, the number moves back up.
15 21 up 6 2-3-0
(4-1-0)
0 Detroit
Despite some injuries on the defensive line, the Lions pass rush has been a consistent force. Detroit is tied for #3 in the NFL with 17 QB sacks through four games.
16 16 same 2-3-0
(1-4-0)
0.5 Houston
Deshaun Watson has thrown for more than 300 yards in each of his last four games, but he’s thrown at least one interception in every game this season.
17 15 down 2 3-2-0
(3-2-0)
0.5 Tennessee
If you need more proof that the NFL is a passing league in 2018, look at the Titans defense. Tennessee ranks #4 in points allowed, but #26 in rushing yards allowed.
18 14 down 4 1-4-0
(1-4-0)
1 Atlanta
Over the last five years, three running backs in the NFL have caught at least 14 passes in a game. Two of those three have come against this Falcons defense this year.
19 20 up 1 2-3-0
(2-3-0)
1.5 Dallas
Rod Marinelli’s defense has created only four takeaways in four games, a major concern given the lack of playmakers on the offensive side of the football.
20 24 up 4 2-3-0
(2-2-1)
1.5 Seattle
The Seahawks solved one of their most vexing problems in their loss to LA, running the ball for 190 yards and eight first downs on 32 attempts.
21 19 down 2 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
2 Washington
The Redskins entered their Monday Night affair as the least penalized team in the NFL. Jay Gruden’s squad then proceeded to hand the Saints four first downs via penalty.
22 23 up 1 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
2 Tampa Bay
After FitzMagic ended in ugly fashion at Chicago, Jameis Winston spent his ‘time off’ during the bye week in Tampa, training with his teammates.
23 18 down 5 2-3-0
(0-4-1)
2.5 Denver
Last year, the Broncos started 2-0 before losing nine of their next ten in a disastrous campaign. They’ve now lost three straight since their 2-0 start this year.
24 28 up 4 2-2-0
(4-1-0)
2.5 Cleveland
Baker Mayfield’s quote: "We have a team right now that is starting to believe in themselves, and rightfully so. I take a lot of pride in the culture change and being positive.”
25 22 down 3 3-2-0
(3-2-0)
3 Miami
Over the last two games, Ryan Tannehill has led the Dolphins to a grand total of ten points on 21 drives. Miami’s offensive line injuries are clearly a problem.
26 27 up 1 1-4-0
(2-3-0)
3.5 N.Y. Giants
The Giants myriad of problems can hardly be narrowed down to one, but the NFL’s lowest sack rate (only six sacks on opposing QB’s for the season) certainly stands out.
27 30 up 3 2-3-0
(2-3-0)
3.5 N.Y. Jets
For all of the positives in the Jets blowout win on Sunday, two of their top three cornerbacks (Buster Skrine and Trumaine Johnson) are very questionable vs. Indy this week.
28 25 down 3 1-4-0
(2-3-0)
4 Indianapolis
The Colts had a couple of extra days to deal with a bevy of key injuries, missing a whopping TEN starters by the fourth quarter of their third straight defeat
29 26 down 3 1-4-0
(2-3-0)
4 Oakland
Derek Carr’s $125 million contract is starting to look like an albatross. His 6.2 yards in the air per passing attempt ranks dead last among full-time starters.
30 29 down 1 1-4-0
(1-4-0)
4.5 San Francisco
San Fran is likely to be without their starting QB, their top two RB’s, at least two of their top three WR’s and multiple offensive linemen next Monday Night at Green Bay.
31 31 same 2-3-0
(2-3-0)
5 Buffalo
The Bills ran the ball 43 times while Josh Allen only attempted 20 passes in the win over the Titans; a ratio that helps explain why Buffalo is the lowest scoring offense in the NFL.
32 32 same 1-4-0
(3-2-0)
5.5 Arizona
In their win over the 49ers, Arizona got outgained 447 to 220, averaged less than 2.5 yards per rush and held the ball for less than 20 minutes. A +5 turnover margin helped!

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.