Week 6 NFL Power Rankings: Kansas City, then the Rest

Blah blah blah intro paragraph whatever. You didn’t come here to read this. You came to see the SlingShot Sports official Week 6 NFL Power Rankings. So let’s get to them.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Chiefs are the best team in football. Alex Smith is my current MVP, as he’s playing at the highest level of his career. The emergence of rookie running back Kareem Hunt hasn’t hurt their offense (that also includes tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill) in the slightest. They are 5-0 and playing the best football in the league right now. Also, they haven’t committed a turnover since the first snap of the season. Yeah, you read that right.

  2. Green Bay Packers

    I hate that I’m putting Green Bay this high. But the way they’ve been playing, it’s hard not to. Rodgers was given just over a minute to drive the field against the Cowboys to win the game, and he did it with time to spare. The only blemish on the Packers’ resume is an ugly loss to Atlanta (who I would have in this spot if not for their loss to Buffalo). That is one of the best losses of all the one-loss teams, so I’ll give them some credit. I hate Rodgers, but man is he playing out of his mind, and the Packers are hard to beat when he is. Devonte Adams doesn’t get enough credit for how great he is, so don’t sleep on him.

  3. Philadelphia Eagles

     

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    image via phillymag.com

    Are you as shocked as I am that the Eagles are this high? I’m sure even Eagles fans are a little surprised at how good they are. Carson Wentz is on the rise to becoming a straight-up star in the NFL. He’s by far the best young quarterback in the league right now, and he’s playing close to the same level as the greats (Brady, Rodgers, Brees). I wanted to rank them one spot higher, but I also don’t want to get ahead of myself. They’re playing lights-out and their only loss is to an undefeated Chiefs team, but their best win is over the Redskins. I still think this team will finish close to the top of the NFC, and we will find out who they really are Thursday night against Carolina.

  4. Atlanta Falcons

    The Falcons haven’t missed a beat (besides the second half of the Super Bowl) since their great playoff run. They’re proving that last season wasn’t a fluke and that they are a force to be reckoned with. They dominated Green Bay early in the season in an attempt to establish themselves as the best team in the NFC. If not for a six-point loss to a salty Buffalo team, the Falcons would indeed hold that spot.

  5. Carolina Panthers

    I know all my readers are saying to themselves “of course he has the Panthers in the top-five.” You’re right. I am a Panthers fan. But I’m also right in saying that, right now, they’re the fifth-best team in the NFL. This is a team that is fresh off of wins AT New England and Detroit. Cam Newton has thrown for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. The Panthers defense was phenomenal to start the year, but now their offense is starting to catch up. They’re playing with the fire that they did in their 2015 run, and if they keep playing the way they are, they may surprise some people come January. They have a lot to prove Thursday against the Eagles.

  6. Denver Broncos

    The biggest surprise to me this year is the way Trevor Siemian (did I spell that right?) is playing. Sure, he’s dropped off a bit since his four-touchdown outing against the Cowboys, but still. The Denver defense is what they rely on. The problem they’ve faced since the days of Peyton Manning is an extreme lack of offense. The defense can only do so much to carry a team. With Siemian (did I spell that right?) playing the way he has, he may be just enough of an offensive spark for this team to make a solid playoff run.

  7. Detroit Lions

    I was asleep, but now I am woke. The Lions are a great team. They could have easily been 4-1 if not for a controversial ending to their game against Minnesota. They lost at home this week to (the fifth-best team in the NFL) the Panthers, but that’s not too big of a setback. This is a team on the rise that will fight for a spot in the NFC playoff race, which is looking very deep and daunting this year. Matt Stafford has been playing like he thinks he deserves to be the highest-paid NFL player of all time, and that’s never a bad thing.

  8. New England Patriots

    The Patriots are undefeated and looking to go 16-0 again…wait, what? Oh, they have two losses? Well, they’re obviously still the best team in football, right? They’ve got Tom Brady, how could they not be top-five?! The Patriots are as overhyped as ever. They’re solid, don’t get me wrong. I’m glad the Panthers have already gotten them out of the way. But they’re not as good as people make them out to be. They have an outstanding offense, but their defense is atrocious. In fact, they have the worst defense in the NFL. Ever heard that defense wins championships?

  9. Seattle Seahawks

    The Seahawks were one of the hardest teams to pin down. I’m not sure what their identity is. Are they a great defensive team that is going to win most of their games by holding opponents to single digits (12-9 vs 49ers, 16-10 vs Rams) or a team that will score at will and hope you can’t keep up (46-18 vs Colts)? They lost to the Titans, and that’s not quite a formula to be a top-ten team, but who else would I put here? This next stretch of teams is very equal, but Seattle holding the Rams to 10 points was enough to swoon me into giving them this spot. We’ll see what the future holds, though.

  10. Washington Redskins

    You like that ranking? When your two losses are to the teams I ranked 1st and 3rd, you must be doing something right. So far, the Redskins have been the victim of a tough schedule, but that could improve in the future with teams like the 49ers, Giants, Chargers and Cardinals on the back end of the season, they have a chance to finish strong and make a run at the NFC playoff picture.

  11. Los Angeles Rams

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    The best offense in the NFL? Check. The third-best running back in terms of yards this season? Check. A young quarterback that has shown huge leaps of improvement from his rookie season? Check. A stadium? Well, not quite. The LA Rams are a team on the rise. They are loaded with young talent and can score at will. They still have some work to do, and they may not be true contenders just yet, but this will be a team we are talking about for years to come.

  12. Pittsburg Steelers

    Big Ben threw five interceptions against Jacksonville. Five. Four plus one equals…? What’s the square root of 25? Roethlisberger interceptions against Jacksonville, that’s what it is. The Steelers have a good record, but they’re not playing anywhere close to their level of ability. They have the best running back and the (second? Julio Jones?) best receiver in the NFL and they’re struggling against the Browns and lost to the Bears. What’s going on? They’re in a funk right now, but this is a team that you shouldn’t look forward to playing, even if they are going through a rough patch.

  13. Jacksonville Jaguars

    Would you be surprised if I told you the Jacksonville Jaguars led the league in points differential (+56) and turnover differential in the NFL? Well, they do. If you haven’t been keeping up, you may think it is because Blake Bortles has been playing well. You couldn’t be more wrong there. Bortles looks as bad as ever, but the Jags defense is outstanding, to say the least. How legitimate is this team though? I guess we’ll find out as the season goes on.

  14. Buffalo Bills

    Another surprise team here, the Bills are sitting pretty atop the AFC East standings. If you didn’t know, that’s the division with the Patriots in it. The Bills have knocked off the likes of the Falcons and Broncos, but then turned around and lost to the Bengals. How does that happen? How long will they hold onto the top spot in their division? If you hate the Patriots as much as everyone else, you better take advantage of the time we have left before they eventually give it up to them.

  15. Houston Texans

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    Rookie of the Year (not official, but go ahead and give it to him) DeShaun Watson is downright phenomenal. Since taking over the starting job in Houston, the Texans are 2-2 with those two losses being the Patriots and Chiefs. Not too shabby for a rookie, huh? Oh, and since he took over, he has completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,072 and 12 touchdowns with only four interceptions. The only quarterback with more touchdowns this season is Aaron Rodgers. As long as Watson is playing the way he is, and with the easy schedule the Texans have going forward (Browns, Colts, Cardinals and Ravens are four of their next six opponents), this could be a team to look out for. Though JJ Watt is out with a season-ending injury, don’t think this team will fall apart.

  16. Dallas Cowboys

    I had them ranked lower, but my associates talked me into moving them up a little. Dak is playing pretty decent, as is Zeke. But the Cowboys look as pitiful as we are used to. Perhaps last year as the anomaly, not the twenty-plus years of mediocrity that led up to it? All I’m saying is that this Cowboys team looks like the one I grew up watching. The one that was almost good enough. The one that would fumble the hold on a potential game-winning field goal. The team that would lose their first ever game at their new multi-billion dollar stadium. The Cowboys are back!

  17. Minnesota Vikings

    What does SKOL even mean? Is it like skull? Skoal, the chewing tobacco? I don’t get it. I also don’t get why they tried to play Sam Bradford the other night. But what I do get is that this team isn’t half bad. They’ve lost all of their good players (yeah, all three of them), yet they still look like they can compete in the NFC North. Their defense is still as good as ever, and if they can get things together on offense, they will become a force to be reckoned with.

  18. Oakland Raiders

    Well, better luck next year Raider fans. This was supposed to be their year, but an injury to Derek Carr mixed in with, well, subpar play, has set those plans back a bit. Amari Cooper has not shown to be the same receiver he was a year ago, but Michael Crabtree has picked up some of the slack. Marshawn Lynch is not the same back he once was, but I would still take him over most backs in the league. The biggest problem the Raiders have, though, is that they play in what may be the toughest division in all of football, and they’re lagging behind the teams in front of them. They may be better than some of the teams that make the playoffs, but that’s just how it goes sometimes. Either Kansas City or Denver will win the division and the other will get one of the two wild-card spots. That leaves one spot for Oakland.

  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    The Bucs a team that’s on the rise, but not quite there yet. In the next couple of years, they may make the jump from middle-of-the-pack to a true contender, but as of now, they aren’t there yet. Jameis Winston is a solid young quarterback, but he’s by far the worst quarterback in the division. That’s not a knock on him, though. He happens to play in possibly the deepest division when it comes to quarterback play. Being fourth to Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Cam Newton isn’t something to be ashamed of. The way he carried himself and the actions he took at Florida State, on the other hand, are things he should be completely ashamed of and that people don’t need to forget.

  20. New Orleans Saints

    The Saints looked dead in the water to start the season. Then Drew Brees went full-on Drew Brees to whoop the Panthers on the road. Now the Saints sit at 2-2, but we don’t really know who they are yet. The jury is still out in New Orleans.

  21. Tennessee Titans

    I’m going to start going less in-depth here, because frankly, these teams don’t deserve much analysis. Tennessee is a team that you don’t want to see on your schedule, but you’d rather play against them than for them.

  22. Baltimore Ravens

    Yeah, they beat the Raiders without Derek Carr. What else have they done besides get blown out in London? When two of your three wins are against the Bengals and Browns, and the other is against a subpar team without their quarterback, you’re not that good.

  23. Cincinnati Bengals

    The Bengals have come alive lately, but their awful start has them stuck toward the bottom for now. They almost beat Green Bay, then beat the Browns (crazy right?!) and the Bills. So they have one close game and one real win. Not that impressed, but at least they’re trending in the right direction which is more than the remaining teams can say.

  24. New York Jets

    No one thought this team would win more than one or two games. Well, guess what? They’ve won THREE! They’re ahead of the PATRIOTS in the AFC East! But they’re not that good. Their overtime win against Jacksonville was impressive, but don’t count on a whole lot more success from this squad. They’ve already surpassed expectations, and that should tell you something about how good they can possibly be.

  25. Chicago Bears

    Poor Bears. They’ve been so close so many times. They were able to beat the Steelers (though they should have won in regulation if not for an unforgivable play by the Bears special teams) but fell short in close games to the Falcons and Vikings. Just hand the ball off to Jordan Howard (he’s on my fantasy team) and give up for the rest of the year.

  26. Arizona Cardinals

    When you’re below the Bears, you’re pretty terrible. David Johnson went down early in the season and so did Arizona’s hopes of being any good. They got Adrian Peterson for a paper clip and a piece of string from the Saints, but at this point, even prime AP wouldn’t improve this team much.

  27. Los Angeles Chargers

    Phillip Rivers is downright horrible. I though Jay Cutler and Blake Bortles were bad until I watched Rivers this season. If there’s one thing you can count on in the redzone, it’s an interception from Rivers. Or, actually, if he’s throwing the ball at all there’s a good shot the wrong colored jersey will catch it.

  28. Miami Dolphins

    As soon as Jay Cutler took his first snap as a Dolphin, they should have called it quits.

  29. Indianapolis Colts

    Is Andrew Luck back yet? No? Then I don’t care.

  30. New York Giants

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    This is the guy that beat Tom Brady? image via barstoolsports.com

    It’s hard to feel sympathy for an injury when it comes to someone like Odell Beckham Jr. Eli Manning is trying to assert himself into the same class as Cutler, Rivers and whoever is the quarterback in Cleveland this week, and he’s doing a damn good job so far.

  31. San Francisco 49ers

    Is Kaepernick really worse than Brian Hoyer?

  32. Cleveland Browns

    Poor Browns. At least Dwayne Wade is in Cleveland now, so they have something to look forward to. I’ve also heard the Indians are good, but I’d rather buy Browns season tickets than ever watch a baseball game.

 

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