The following are this week’s power rankings. In parenthesis you will find last week’s rankings. Enjoy!

The Power Ten-

  1.  New England Patriots: 6-0 (1)

For the third time in the Tom Brady era, the Patriots are 6-0. The other two times (2004 and 2007) the team went on to play in the Super Bowl era. Tom Brady is arguably playing the best football of his career. The team is extremely versatile, constantly adapting their game plans to fit their opponents. One week after running up a storm against the Colts, the Patriots ran the ball a mere nine times, five oh which were by Tom Brady.

The Patriots get better and better each week. The team continues to impress me. They have yet to be 100 percent healthy, and despite this, the team is clearly the best in the NFL.

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: 6-0 (2)

I say it every week and I’ll say it again. I am all in on the Bengals this season. Andy Dalton has been spectacular thus far, throwing 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions.

Of all the undefeated teams, the Bengals have been the most tested and it doesn’t get any easier from here as the team’s next two opponents are the Steelers and the Browns.

 

 

  1. Green Bay Packers: 6-0 (3)

Coming off of their bye week, the Packers finally have a chance to get healthy. Despite, an abundance of injuries the team has still looked like one of the best teams in the entire NFL.

This week they are taking on another undefeated team in the Broncos. I expect Eddie Lacy to have a much bigger role in the offense this week, as according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, he has looked much healthier than he did the last time we saw him on the field.

 

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals: 5-2 (4)

The Cardinals are not only a fun team to watch, but they are also one of the most dominant teams in the NFL. In addition to their prolific offense, their defense is fantastic, and for me, it all starts with Tyrann Mathieu

In last night’s game, I counted four, maybe five plays in which Mathieu made a play in which only a few other players could make.

This team anticipates throws, attacks the ball carrier, and has the wherewithal to stop even the best offenses. It would not shock me if the Cardinals end up representing the NFC in Super Bowl 50.

  1. Carolina Panthers: 6-0 (6)

After a suspect 4-0 start, the Panthers have shown me they are the real deal over the previous two weeks. The numbers do not show it, but Cam Newton is playing at an MVP caliber level. Just look at the receivers he is playing with, Ted Ginn JR and Corey Brown are his go to receivers. He is making them look like fringe pro bowlers.

On defense, the team looks like the team we saw in 2013. Led by Luke Kuechly, the team rushes the passer at an elite level. They rank third in defensive efficiency against the pass and they are tied for seventh in forced turnovers.

 

 

  1. New York Jets: 4-2 (7)

Despite losing on Sunday, the Jets move up in my power rankings. Outside of the quarterback position, they genuinely outplayed the Patriots on Sunday. Over the next few weeks the Jets have a very favorable schedule. Their next three games are against the Raiders, Jaguars, and Bills, three games in which they should win easily.

The team has been terrific on defense, forcing the third most turnovers in the entire NFL. With a shut down corner in Darrelle Revis, the Jets have the ability to completely shut down one side of the field.

The Jets are clearly one of the best teams in the AFC and they are well on their way to securing one of the two wild card spots.

 

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: 4-3 (5)

After managing to tread water for three weeks without Ben Roethlisberger, the team finally laid an egg in their fourth game with out Big Ben. Landry Jones looked like what we expected, a bellow average quarterback who, at best is a backup.

One bright note for the Steelers is the fact that Ben Roethlisberger is likely to return this week for their big divisional matchup against the Bengals. Obviously the Steelers are a different team with Roethlisberger at quarterback. If he can remain healthy for the rest of the season, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that the Steelers will make the playoffs.

 

  1. Denver Broncos: 6-0 (8)

Who would have thought that a 6-0 Peyton Manning led team would be undefeated in spite of him? Manning is tied for the league leads in interceptions with 10. The team has been abysmal on offense. If it weren’t for their number one ranked defense, this team would be lucky to have won two or three games. This week they will be put to the test when they play the Packers on Sunday night football.

 

  1. Seattle Seahawks: 3-4 (11)

After a dominating 20-3 win over the 49ers last Thursday, the Seahawks find themselves back in the Power Ten.

Marshawn Lynch finally looked like the Marshawn Lynch we have come to know, rushing for a season high 122 yards.

The team’s next few games seem to be very favorable for the Seahawks, something that could be a fast turn around to their underwhelming start.

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons: 6-1 (9)

After looking like a Super Bowl contender in the first four weeks of the season, the Falcons have looked like a complete different team over the last three weeks. But, despite that the team still went 2-1 during those three weeks.

 

  1. New York Giants: 4-3 (10)
  2. Minnesota Vikings: 4-2 (14)
  3. St. Louis Rams: 3-3 (18)
  4. Miami Dolphins: 3-3 (21)
  5. Philadelphia Eagles: 2-5 (13)
  6. Oakland Raiders: 3-3 (19)
  7. Buffalo Bills: 3-4 (16)
  8. San Diego Chargers: 2-5 (17)
  9. New Orleans Saints: 3-4 (24)
  10. Dallas Cowboys: 2-4 (15)
  11. Indianapolis Colts: 3-4 (12)
  12. Chicago Bears: 2-4 (22)
  13. Kansas City Chiefs: 2-5 (27)
  14. Washington Redskins: 3-4 (30)
  15. Baltimore Ravens: 1-6 (26)
  16. Cleveland Browns: 2-5 (20)
  17. San Francisco 49ers: 2-5 (25)
  18. Detroit Lions: 1-6 (23)
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2-4 (31)
  20. Tennessee Titans: 1-5 (28)
  21. Jacksonville Jaguars: 2-5 (32)
  22. Houston Texans: 2-5 (29)

Sean Mason

Spark Sports NFL Analyst

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