2015 NFL Week 6 Power Rankings: Packers D looks Super
Week 5 had plenty of drama, as three games went to overtime, and another seven games were decided by one possession. It also was the return of Antonio Gates, and unfortunately the end of Jamaal Charles as he became the latest top talent to suffer a season ending ACL injury.
As for the rankings, the top seven remain unchanged and all six undefeated teams remain undefeated. The Bears and Giants climb seven spots apiece, more than any other team, while the Rams slip the most, dropping six spots.
The Giants were my only successful pick in Week 5, bringing my season record to 6-10. In Week 6, I like the Falcons over the Saints on Thursday night. On Sunday night I like the Patriots to also remain undefeated and to cap the week off, I’ll take the Giants to get a big road win over the Eagles.
Here are the 2015 NFL week 6 power rankings:
Teams’ previous ranking in ( ).
- New England Patriots (1): Tom Brady looks like he’s on a mission to be this year’s MVP.
- Green Bay Packers (2): The Packers haven’t exactly played top notch offenses the last two weeks but their defense is playing better now then they ever have in the Aaron Rodgers’ era.
- Cincinnati Bengals (3): I was all set to write these rankings and rip the Bengals for being the same old team but that impressive 4th quarter comeback finally has me believing that this team might just have the best shot at dethroning the Pats in the AFC.
- Denver Broncos (4): Hard to argue with 5-0, and their defense is arguably the best in the league, but where on earth is the offense?
- Atlanta Falcons (5): Atlanta was tested but found a way to get the win and remain unbeaten.
- Carolina Panthers (6): Hard to believe the undefeated Panthers don’t square off against the also undefeated Falcons until Week 14.
- Arizona Cardinals (7): The Cardinals are doing exactly what you have to do against weak teams but have yet to beat anyone of relevance. This week they face the Steelers, who are still without Big Ben.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (9): What a win for the Steelers in undoubtedly the most exciting finish of the week.
- New York Giants (16): The Giants are looking like a favorite in the NFC East and if not for a couple of blown 4th quarter leads, could find themselves undefeated.
- Seattle Seahawks (8): The Seahawks blew a big lead in the 4th quarter and just don’t have the same swagger we’re accustomed to seeing.
- Buffalo Bills (11): Another unimpressive performance by the Bills but this time they were able to walk away with a one point victory.
- New York Jets (12): The Jets are coming off a bye and looking at their remaining schedule, I actually think they might compete for a wildcard spot.
- Indianapolis Colts (13): Okay so there probably isn’t a quarterback controversy in Indy but Matt Hasselbeck has filled in nicely for Andrew Luck so far.
- San Diego Chargers (14): Gut-wrenching loss for the Chargers but the addition of Gates returning from his suspension will really help the San Diego offense.
- Minnesota Vikings (15): Minnesota is coming off a bye and has three very winnable games coming up and could make some noise in the NFC as we head to November.
- St. Louis Rams (10): The Rams slowed down the Packers in Lambeau like we’re not used to seeing but just don’t have enough on offense to keep up. Todd Gurley is looking like an early season rookie of the year candidate though.
- Philadelphia Eagles (20): The Eagles look like they may be starting to turn things around and will look to get back to .500 as they face their division rival New York Giants in Week 6.
- Chicago Bears (25): The Bears are very close to being 0-5, but with two late comebacks in two weeks, they find themselves just a game below .500 and still alive, despite missing multiple playmakers on offense.
- Dallas Cowboys (17): Dallas has a bye in Week 6 and it really couldn’t come at a better time, as they find themselves losers of three straight, with three very difficult games ahead of them.
- Kansas City Chiefs (18): Things just keep getting worse for Kansas City, and losing Jamaal Charles for the season pretty much ends any hopes they had.
- Oakland Raiders (21): Back to back losses for the Raiders but both games were very winnable. They likely won’t be a playoff team this year but they sure do look like they are headed in the right direction.
- Baltimore Ravens (19): Another close loss for the Ravens and at 1-4 they are quickly fading from any playoff contention and quite simply don’t have much talent on either side of the ball.
- Tennessee Titans (22): Tennessee played another very competitive game and despite the lack of talent on the roster, they are not a pushover like they have been in recent years.
- Cleveland Browns (26): The Browns were criticized for benching Johnny Manziel after his first career win but Josh McCown has averaged over 350 yards per game the last three games and has given the Browns a shot to win in each game.
- Washington Redskins (23): The Redskins came awfully close to their third win of the season, which if I’m being honest, is about how many wins I thought they might achieve all season.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31): It’s amazing how much a good running game can help a young quarterback, as evidenced by James Winston’s first turnover free game.
- New Orleans Saints (24): The Saints are simply a bad football team right now and even though having Jimmy Graham likely wouldn’t make a huge difference, you have to wonder if they are second guessing themselves.
- Houston Texans (27): The Texans desperately need to address the quarterback situation, something that’s been said about them basically since they came into existence.
- Miami Dolphins (29): Miami will be coming off their bye in Week 6 as well as the firing of their head coach. Will either of these get this team motivated to play better?
- San Francisco 49ers (28): The 49ers looked much more like a football team on Sunday Night but still found a way to come up short as they lost their fourth straight.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (30): Blake Bortles played arguably the best game of his young career, throwing 4 TD passes but it wasn’t quite enough to get the win. At the very least, it should give the Jags some confidence on offense moving forward.
- Detroit Lions (32): Things got so bad in Week 5 that Detroit benched Matt Stafford midway through the third quarter. It’s clear at this point that Detroit will not be in playoff contention, but could they possibly pull off another 0-16 season?
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