NFL Power Rankings NFL Power Rankings Week 6: The Broncos Aren’t Number One (OK, Fine, We’re Joking)
NFL Week 5 is over. NFL Week 6 is coming. Here are our Power Rankings in advance of this momentous occasion. The Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Potato Skins are coming off bye weeks. The Denver Broncos didn’t rise, because you can’t be better than number one. The Dallas Cowboys rose despite losing. The New Orleans Saints rose, because they won. The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions fell. Other teams moved. Are you interested yet? I’ll stop typing and show you the rankings.
Our rankings are based mainly on the thoughts of oddsmakers, via futures odds and current point spreads. There are minor tweaks based on ambiguity. These power rankings are not my power rankings. As I will reiterate all year,
I’m not an expert, because nobody is an expert.
1.32. Jacksonville Jaguars
A two-game winning streak for one of the worst teams in history does not get them out of the bottom spot. Sorry.
(They've still been very clearly the worst team in the league, but Houston is really trying to make things unexplainably interesting.)
2.31. Green Bay Packers
I believe this team has literally gone from second to second-to-last, because of losing one player.
3.30. St. Louis Rams
Their pass rush is a force... and if they didn't have Kellen Clemens at quarterback, they might really be good.
4.29. Cleveland Browns
They have pieces. They also have Brandon Weeden and a virtually non-existent running game.
5.28. New York Jets
Aaaaaand now people get to make fun of them again.
(But realize they're favored in two of their four final games, and, miraculously, three wins could be enough for a playoff berth. Just saying.)
6.27. Oakland Raiders
If I were a Raiders fan, I'd root against Matt McGloin, because if he's your QB of the future... I pray for you.
7.26. Minnesota Vikings
Still Adrian Peterson and some useless blobs. But that is enough some weeks.
8.25. Atlanta Falcons
Pretty decent, semi-deserved win in Buffalo. They still suck.
9.24. Tennessee Titans
The Titans actually have
lots of life in the AFC playoff race, somehow. But that life will be sucked out by Ryan Fitzpatrick.
10.23. Washington Potato Skins
Just a warning, Kirk Cousins is a less-annoying, much-less-athletic, better-passing Tim Tebow. Be careful what you wish for.
11.22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The "2013 Chiefs = 2012 Chiefs, 2014 Bucs = 2013 Chiefs" tweet I saw a while ago seemed to make sense... but then the Bucs decided to get competent quarterbacking and become decent...
12.21. Miami Dolphins
They look to be in good shape for the playoffs...
until you check the schedule. They appear screwed.
13.20. Buffalo Bills
They would be in the thick of the Wild Card race if E.J. Manuel hadn't gotten hurt.
14.19. Houston Texans
They are a disgrace. They are the 2012 Jets. (But, good game last week.)
15.18. Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler isn't cleared yet. They'll probably climb a tiny bit if he is.
16.17. New York Giants
Great "the Giants always sneak into the playoffs!" narrative, people.
(But, yes, they're still thought of fairly-highly by oddsmakers.)
17.16. San Diego Chargers
This team is still only Philip Rivers, but that's not the worst thing.
18.15. Baltimore Ravens
They're looking like they could somehow sneak into the playoffs. That sounds familiar. (Too bad they're still pretty bad.)
19.14. Pittsburgh Steelers
I've been saying they're the best bad team in the league for a while, and I appear to be right.
I think they'll
make the playoffs.
20.13. Indianapolis Colts
Oddsmakers have been trying to tell you that the Colts aren't great all year, but you wouldn't listen.
21.12. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have gone from sneaky-good to actually-good... and then they crossed into overrated territory.
22.11. Philadelphia Eagles
Even Michael Vick says Nick Foles should be the Eagles' starter. (That wasn't a dumb joke. He
actually said that.
23.10. Dallas Cowboys
For now, it looks like the NFC East will come down to their Week 16 matchup vs. the Eagles.
And never count out an explosive team in the playoffs.
24.9. Detroit Lions
They caught a huuuuuuuuuuge break with Aaron Rodgers (and Jay Cutler) getting hurt, pun(s) intended.
(This is the first time in team history that the Lions have gotten lucky.)
25.8. Cincinnati Bengals
They are pretty MEH for the supposed 8th-best team in the league. Big jump-up in quality after them and the Chiefs.
26.7. Kansas City Chiefs
If you thought the Chiefs were the best team in the NFL, I have some snake oil that goes great on salads.
27.6. New Orleans Saints
Seriously: They NEED home-field advantage. They're not getting home-field advantage.
28.5. San Francisco 49ers
If Crabtree gets up to speed...
29.4. Carolina Panthers
Ron Rivera has turned into the opposite of himself, which is great news for Panthers fans.
30.3. New England Patriots
The Pats, Panthers and 49ers are mostly interchangeable, and the Saints at home are ahead of them all. (But Road Saints are not.)
31.2. Denver Broncos
They would still assuredly be favored over NE at home. And Seattle. But not in either place. They're basically tied with the Hawks, but possibly a tiny notch below.
32.1. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks are currently Super Bowl favorites. But they're BARELY ahead of the Broncos.