Oct 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) runs for a touchdown during the first half of their game against the New York Jets at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Week Six: Power Rankings


Here are my week 6 power rankings. Keep in mind these rankings aren’t JUST about the records of the teams but also very subjective things like perceived strength of schedule played and perceived momentum…teams on a winning streak with so-so records should overall be ranked higher than teams on a losing streak but that may still have a winning record – like Arizona. It’s more like a “top-32″ college poll.

1) Houston Texans
2) Atlanta Falcons
3) San Francisco 49′ers
4) Baltimore Ravens
5) Chicago Bears
6) New England Patriots
7) San Diego Chargers
8) New York Giants
9) Pittsburgh Steelers
10) Philadelphia Eagles
11) Minnesota Vikings
12) Denver Broncos
13) Seattle Seahawks
14) Cincinnati Bengals
15) St. Louis Rams
16) Arizona Cardinals
17) Green Bay Packers
18) Miami Dolphins
19) Dallas Cowboys
20) Washington Redskins
21) Indianapolis Colts
22) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
23) New York Jets
24) Buffalo Bills
25) Carolina Panthers
26) New Orleans Saints
27) Kansas City Chiefs
28) Detroit Lions
29) Tennessee Titans
30) Oakland Raiders
31) Cleveland Browns
32) Jacksonville Jaguars

Not much change at the top as Houston and Atlanta remained the only 2 unbeaten teams in the NFL. San Fran is pretty much tied for the top at #3 with a very impressive dominant win over the Bills. The “big-name” team that is really struggling would be the Green Bay Packers. That’s one team I can’t figure out with their own dominance the past two seasons. That offense is really not performing that well, and their defense didn’t get the job done against the young Colts when they blew a 21-3 halftime lead in Indy last Sunday.

The Miami Dolphins are 2 overtime losses away from being 4-1 and leading the AFC East and beat the Bengals on the road. Folks, they’re a team nobody wants to play against these days.

Other surprise teams that continue to surprise are the Minnesota Vikings, the St. Louis Rams, and Seattle Seahawks. All were thought to be cellar-dwellers or close to it and that the NFC West would be a very weak division after the Niners. Not so. The NFC West has all 4 teams above .500, but the Arizona Cardinals are finally starting to show that they are mortal – even with Kevin Kolb playing surprisingly well.

So far, the biggest disappointments are the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers, each with but a single victory apiece. The Saints aren’t such a disappointment because of not having their head coach available – at least I’m not surprised by their snail’s-pace start.

Carolina’s 1-4 start? That’s a different story, and they just lost All-Pro center Ryan Kalil to a foot injury.

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