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: 5-0 (1)

Not quite the 50 burger I predicted, but the Patriots still handled business this past week, winning 34-27 over the Colts. Although it was a one score game, the score wasn’t indicative of how much the Patriots dominated the game.

Despite, Tom Brady throwing his first interception of the season, he is still by far the MVP through the first six weeks of the season. The Patriots’ are the most complete offensive team in football. They have diversity at the running back position, with the more physical brute running back in LaGarrette Blount. On the other hand, they have the more finesse; pass catching type back in Dion Lewis. This offense has been unstoppable, and like I said last week this team will go 16-0.

They have the best coach, one of the best quarterbacks, a situationaly great defense, a multitude of weapons on offense, and the best kicker! What don’t they have?

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: 6-0 (4)

The Bengals have proven it to me. They are the second best team in the NFL. This game was supposed to be the dud game for the Bengals. The game that looks easy on paper, but in reality, the team was supposed to under perform. But what happened? The exact opposite!

Andy Dalton and the Bengals handled business, winning their sixth game in a row, 34-21 over the Bills. Despite, A.J Green and Tyler Eifert being held in check, the offense came through, showing just how deep this team is. Marvin Jones is the teams’ fifth target, behind Green, Eifert, Giovani Bernard, and Jeremy Hill. On any other team Jones would be a solid number three or two option.

On defense the Bengals continue to dominate. They are sixth in the league in total sacks.

The biggest stand out stat to me is the fact that they lead the NFL in starting field position, something that translates well to playoff success.

 

  1. Green Bay Packers: 6-0 (2)

Despite two wins, the Packers have looked mortal over that previous two weeks. They have scored a mere 51 points over the previous two weeks, which is underwhelming considering the execrations this Packers’ offense has.

This team is banged up. With injuries to Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Eddie Lacy, the offense has looked a tad bit off. The receivers are not getting separation from opposing team’s defenders; the chemistry between Aaron Rodgers and his replacement receivers is clearly not there. And yet, despite this the Packers still manage to win games.

Would it shock me if the Packers regain the number two or one spot on my power rankings eventually? No, it would not, but right now the team’s injuries, and lack of offensive consistently over the past few weeks leaves them at number three.

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals: 4-2 (3)

You go into Pittsburgh against the team’s number two and three quarterback, and you manage to lose. You dominate the entire game, so much so, that you convert seven more first downs than them, have a higher third down conversion rate, and out gain them by 159 total yards, and yet, you still lose by 12.

Like most of the season, the Cardinals executed on almost all aspects of the game. The one thing they didn’t do on Sunday is finishing in the red zone. Obviously this is going to happen from time to time, but in a week in which Seattle loses, the Cardinals couldn’t have picked a worse week to lay an egg.

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: 4-2 (8)

The Steelers’ offense was reborn upon the entry of Landry Jones this past Sunday. Martavis Bryant made an explosive return, finishing with six catches, 137 yards, and two touchdowns. In 12 career games, Byrant has 11 touchdowns. The dynamic aspect he brings to the Steelers’ offense is something that cannot be measured.

In the absence of Ben Roethlisberger the team has managed to win two of their three games. I said it four weeks ago, if the Steelers could float around .500 until the return of Big Ben, the Steelers would be fine. Without Roethlisberger this team is a solid playoff team, with him? A Super Bowl contender.

 

  1. Carolina Panthers: 5-0 (13)

Despite being one of five undefeated teams, this is the first week the Panthers find themselves in the power ten. Before this past weekend, I was waiting for them to prove to me that they belonged among the elite teams, well after a come from behind win against the two time defending NFC champs, they definitely have proven themselves.

They continue to find ways to win games, despite having a limited number of weapons on offense. The fact that this team is 5-0 is a testament to just how good Cam Newton is at quarterback.

The return of Luke Kuechly the past few weeks has only bolstered this all ready outstanding defense. They currently are tied atop the NFL for in turnover differential with a plus six rating.

 

  1. New York Jets: 4-1 (11)

For the first time all-season the Jets find themselves in the power ten. Brandon Marshall has been terrific in his first season with the Jets. After this past weekend, Marshall became the first Jets receiver since 1968 to have four straight games of 100 plus yards receiving. He is the Jenga piece of this offense, in other words, Marshall is what makes this offense so successful. He frees up the running lanes for Chris Ivory and allows Eric Decker to receive single coverage.

The team’s defense is as good as ever. They bring pressure to the quarterback, have the best secondary in the entire league, and are not afraid of any offensive opponent. This defense is mentally tough, but unlike the previous seasons with Rex Ryan was at the helm, this team is disciplined, something that will bring them success come January.

 

  1. Denver Broncos: 6-0 (5)

Has there ever been a worse offensive 6-0 team in NFL history? They have more turnovers than offensive touchdowns, scored more e points on defense than on offense in the fourth quarter, and have won all six of their games by an average of 4.5 points.

For the first time since joining the Broncos in 2012, Peyton Manning has thrown multiple interceptions in three straight games. He has 10 interceptions to just seven touchdowns. As weird as it is to say, Manning has been the biggest problem this offense has had. He’s struggling to make routine throws, he’s making mental blunders that have led to turnovers, and overall, he doesn’t look comfortable throwing the ball more than 10 yards down the field.

If it weren’t for their outstanding defense this team could very well be 1-5, 2-4, or 3-3.

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons: 5-1 (6)

After a tremendous 5-0 start, the Falcons lost a disappointing game this past week against their division rival the Saints.

Despite, this loss, I still have faith in this team as an offensive juggernaut. They have found a running back in Devonta Freeman, who is arguably playing the best of any non-quarterback this season. He leads the NFL in total touchdowns with 10. Him, along with Julio Jones on offense makes for one of the deadliest running back receiver combinations in the NFL.

With one of the easiest remaining schedules in the NFL, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that Atlanta will be playing football in January.

 

  1. New York Giants: 3-3 (7)

The NFC East, specifically the Giants continue to be one of the most complicated narratives to read. The Giants have looked dominant at times this season, but also have looked atrocious.

With talented receivers like Odell Beckham and Ruben Randle, the Giants’ offense should be one of the five best in the league, but instead they currently sit at 14th in total offense.

            One bright spot for the Giants is the fact that according to ESPN, defensive end Jason Pierre Paull\ will report to the Giants today.

 

 

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

Sean Mason

Spark Sports NFL Analyst

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