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Week 6 Power rankings

Adam Caplan

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Posted February 08, 2011 04:57 PM EST

The New England Patriots showed the NFL world why they are the No. 1 team at this point after their thrashing of the host Buffalo Bills last week. They've already sewn up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and are playing at the top of their game at a critical juncture. It will be interesting to see if any other teams in the AFC can challenge them during the playoffs. But it won't be easy since the Patriots are undefeated at home this season.

In the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons finally lost a game at home, but it wasn't as though the New Orleans Saints were dominant. That game could have gone either way. The Falcons still deserve to be the NFC's top-ranked team at this point based on their performance over the course of the season.

+10

St. Louis Rams

-9

Chicago Bears

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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4-1 1 1/7
I've seen saying for weeks that once Ben Roethlisberger was back behind center that they could go on a long winning streak. They weren't exactly dominant against the Browns, but the Steelers are healthy for a change on both sides of the ball. If that contExpand Description
I've seen saying for weeks that once Ben Roethlisberger was back behind center that they could go on a long winning streak. They weren't exactly dominant against the Browns, but the Steelers are healthy for a change on both sides of the ball. If that continues, this team will be playing deep into January. Collapse Description
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2

5-1 1 1/10
The Jets are proving that last year's postseason performance was no fluke. They have tremendous balance on offense, which many doubted would be possible coming into the regular season. But the resurgence of veteran RB LaDainian Tomlinson is a big part of Expand Description
The Jets are proving that last year's postseason performance was no fluke. They have tremendous balance on offense, which many doubted would be possible coming into the regular season. But the resurgence of veteran RB LaDainian Tomlinson is a big part of that. Collapse Description
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3

4-1 8 1/13
The one noticeable thing missing from New England's offense with Randy Moss out of the picture is the deep passing game. Tom Brady seemed to have plenty of time to throw the ball against the Ravens, but he couldn't find anyone consistently open down fieldExpand Description
The one noticeable thing missing from New England's offense with Randy Moss out of the picture is the deep passing game. Tom Brady seemed to have plenty of time to throw the ball against the Ravens, but he couldn't find anyone consistently open down field. At some point, WR Brandon Tate is going to have to get more involved, but Deion Branch already is starting to prove his worth. Collapse Description
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4-2 5 1/12
Last week's performance against the Buccaneers was reminiscent of many of last year's victories. They were dominant on both sides of the ball. They might have found a gem in undrafted free-agent rookie RB Chris Ivory. If he can do a better job of securingExpand Description
Last week's performance against the Buccaneers was reminiscent of many of last year's victories. They were dominant on both sides of the ball. They might have found a gem in undrafted free-agent rookie RB Chris Ivory. If he can do a better job of securing the football, Ivory could remain as the main ball carrier even when Pierre Thomas comes back from his ankle injury. Collapse Description
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4-2 2 2/16
While the Colts havent been exactly dominant this season, the AFC South is up for grabs, so they're in great position as they head into their Week 7 bye after beating the Redskins. But for this team to go far in the playoffs, they probably will have to geExpand Description
While the Colts havent been exactly dominant this season, the AFC South is up for grabs, so they're in great position as they head into their Week 7 bye after beating the Redskins. But for this team to go far in the playoffs, they probably will have to get SS Bob Sanders back on defense at some point. Collapse Description
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4-2 5 1/17
That was a game last week that they probably should have won. QB Joe Flacco is playing at a high level, no question about it. But for a change, their defense couldn't get the job done when it counted. They'll get a gimme win this week against the visitingExpand Description
That was a game last week that they probably should have won. QB Joe Flacco is playing at a high level, no question about it. But for a change, their defense couldn't get the job done when it counted. They'll get a gimme win this week against the visiting Bills, but they can't let up with the Steelers playing at such a high level. Collapse Description
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4-2 1 1/21
Don't look now, but the Giants might be the NFC East's best team. That certainly did not look to be the case coming out of the preseason. They have one of the NFL's most diversified offenses to go along with a much-improved defense. There's really no reasExpand Description
Don't look now, but the Giants might be the NFC East's best team. That certainly did not look to be the case coming out of the preseason. They have one of the NFL's most diversified offenses to go along with a much-improved defense. There's really no reason to think that they can't continue their fine play. Collapse Description
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4-2 7 4/20
Wow, that was some win over the visiting Falcons. The Eagles are starting to put it together on both sides of the ball, and their much-maligned special teams coverage just might have been fixed. It will be interesting to see how this team does on the roadExpand Description
Wow, that was some win over the visiting Falcons. The Eagles are starting to put it together on both sides of the ball, and their much-maligned special teams coverage just might have been fixed. It will be interesting to see how this team does on the road this week at Tennessee. It's always interesting to see how a young team handles success, but it's going to be a tough chore to win without WR DeSean Jackson for the time being. He's a matchup nightmare for defenses. Collapse Description
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9

4-2 5 1/16
Don't get me wrong, this is a good team, but last week's loss at Philadelphia opened up a big can of worms. The reality is that they probably weren't as good as their record was coming into that game. I've been saying for weeks that they need to find anotExpand Description
Don't get me wrong, this is a good team, but last week's loss at Philadelphia opened up a big can of worms. The reality is that they probably weren't as good as their record was coming into that game. I've been saying for weeks that they need to find another quality pass rusher to play opposite veteran DE John Abraham. That was very evident against the Eagles. Collapse Description
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10

4-2 3 4/30
The one noticeable difference this season in comparison to previous seasons is they are finding a way to win the close games. However, for them to be a legitimate playoff team, they will have to start playing better defense. The performances they are gettExpand Description
The one noticeable difference this season in comparison to previous seasons is they are finding a way to win the close games. However, for them to be a legitimate playoff team, they will have to start playing better defense. The performances they are getting out of their secondary is alarming. Collapse Description
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11

4-2 1 3/27
Very quietly, the Titans are playing good football. They aren't dominant, but their opponents will have to play a great game to beat them. And they are yet another solid team that strangely has a poor home record. This week's game against the visiting EagExpand Description
Very quietly, the Titans are playing good football. They aren't dominant, but their opponents will have to play a great game to beat them. And they are yet another solid team that strangely has a poor home record. This week's game against the visiting Eagles will really be the litmus test on where they are on both sides of the ball.Collapse Description
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12

3-2 8 8/20
Winning on the road is something that good teams have to do. Miami's victory at the Packers was well earned. But the challenge will be even greater at home against the Steelers. Beating the Steelers this week would show that they are a legitimate playoff Expand Description
Winning on the road is something that good teams have to do. Miami's victory at the Packers was well earned. But the challenge will be even greater at home against the Steelers. Beating the Steelers this week would show that they are a legitimate playoff contender. Collapse Description
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13

3-2 1 8/27
It's a shame that in the one game where QB Matt Cassel plays well, their defense drops off. The lack of a pass rush finally cost them in the end against the Texans. OLB Tamba Hali can't do it all on his own, so they will have to find another quality pass Expand Description
It's a shame that in the one game where QB Matt Cassel plays well, their defense drops off. The lack of a pass rush finally cost them in the end against the Texans. OLB Tamba Hali can't do it all on his own, so they will have to find another quality pass rusher along the way. But the formula for winning is clear: Run the ball effectively and keep the score close in order to have a chance to win in the end. Collapse Description
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14

4-2 9 5/20
Many felt the Bears were a fraudulent 4-1 team, so those people were proven correct with last week's result against the visiting Seahawks. The Bears have given up a league-high 32 sacks, so it would help if offensive coordinator Mike Martz dialed up moreExpand Description
Many felt the Bears were a fraudulent 4-1 team, so those people were proven correct with last week's result against the visiting Seahawks. The Bears have given up a league-high 32 sacks, so it would help if offensive coordinator Mike Martz dialed up more running plays. Collapse Description
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15

3-3 7 1/16
The injuries are really catching up with this team. It's getting harder and harder to win without some key players available from both sides of the ball. The biggest loss is probably TE Jermichael Finley, who had been a matchup nightmare for opposing defeExpand Description
The injuries are really catching up with this team. It's getting harder and harder to win without some key players available from both sides of the ball. The biggest loss is probably TE Jermichael Finley, who had been a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Collapse Description
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16

3-3 2 11/27
The Redskins, despite their 3-3 record, might actually be a little better than most thought they would be up to this point. They may have their next starting running back in Ryan Torain. It will be interesting to see if the team decides to extend the contExpand Description
The Redskins, despite their 3-3 record, might actually be a little better than most thought they would be up to this point. They may have their next starting running back in Ryan Torain. It will be interesting to see if the team decides to extend the contract of QB Donovan McNabb, whose play has been up and down so far this season. Collapse Description
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17

3-3 10 15/32
The Rams are way ahead of where I thought they'd be this season, but it's mostly because Sam Bradford is playing so well. I find it hard to believe there has been a more polished rookie quarterback to come into the league in a long time, but also give hisExpand Description
The Rams are way ahead of where I thought they'd be this season, but it's mostly because Sam Bradford is playing so well. I find it hard to believe there has been a more polished rookie quarterback to come into the league in a long time, but also give his offensive line credit. Offensive line coach Steve Loney is doing a great job. And the defense is vastly improved over last season.Collapse Description
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18

3-2 6 13/31
Seattle may have finally started to get some confidence when playing on the road. The trade for Marshawn Lynch finally has given them a badly needed power runner. And teaming him up with the speedy Justin Forsett is making it hard for opposing defenses toExpand Description
Seattle may have finally started to get some confidence when playing on the road. The trade for Marshawn Lynch finally has given them a badly needed power runner. And teaming him up with the speedy Justin Forsett is making it hard for opposing defenses to key on their running game. Collapse Description
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19

3-2 1 15/32
For this team to win going forward, they will have to find a way to run the ball better. The coaches need to get second-year RB Chris "Beanie" Wells more involved at the beginning of each game. That's the best way to take the pressure off new starting QB Expand Description
For this team to win going forward, they will have to find a way to run the ball better. The coaches need to get second-year RB Chris "Beanie" Wells more involved at the beginning of each game. That's the best way to take the pressure off new starting QB Max Hall. Collapse Description
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20

3-2 3 9/29
Reality hit this team last week. Tampa Bay won't win many games if it has to come from behind. The Bucs don't run the ball well and they simply don't have enough talent on offense to overcome deficiencies from the defense. The loss of Kareem Huggins is biExpand Description
Reality hit this team last week. Tampa Bay won't win many games if it has to come from behind. The Bucs don't run the ball well and they simply don't have enough talent on offense to overcome deficiencies from the defense. The loss of Kareem Huggins is big because he was their fastest running back. Collapse Description
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21

3-3 2 9/28
Yikes, that was an ugly loss to the visiting Titans. There's nothing like losing at home on national television to show your fan base what kind of team you are. It appears those two wins in a row might have been more of a fluke than anything else. It mighExpand Description
Yikes, that was an ugly loss to the visiting Titans. There's nothing like losing at home on national television to show your fan base what kind of team you are. It appears those two wins in a row might have been more of a fluke than anything else. It might be even more difficult for the Jaguars to win on the road this week at the Chiefs.Collapse Description
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22

2-3 1 8/28
That was not exactly a scintillating victory over the visiting Cowboys, but the blueprint on how they will win was clear. The foundation of the offense must start with RB Adrian Peterson. Once Brett Favre's elbow heals up, they could start to open up the Expand Description
That was not exactly a scintillating victory over the visiting Cowboys, but the blueprint on how they will win was clear. The foundation of the offense must start with RB Adrian Peterson. Once Brett Favre's elbow heals up, they could start to open up the offense a bit more. Collapse Description
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23

2-4 7 9/27
This season is really about unpredictability. Can anyone really explain why the Chargers are 2-4? Other than the special teams struggles, it's hard to pinpoint any one area that's bringing the team down. Philip Rivers is putting together an MVP type of seExpand Description
This season is really about unpredictability. Can anyone really explain why the Chargers are 2-4? Other than the special teams struggles, it's hard to pinpoint any one area that's bringing the team down. Philip Rivers is putting together an MVP type of season, but he can only do so much. Collapse Description
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24

2-3 1 3/31
Like many personnel evaluators around the NFL, I really wonder if we're starting to see the demise of veteran QB Carson Palmer. He hasn't shown any resemblance to the player we've seen from years past. And what would help him is a strong running game. CedExpand Description
Like many personnel evaluators around the NFL, I really wonder if we're starting to see the demise of veteran QB Carson Palmer. He hasn't shown any resemblance to the player we've seen from years past. And what would help him is a strong running game. Cedric Benson needs to be the foundation of the offense from here on out. Collapse Description
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25

2-4 1 14/31
Reality hit the Broncos during last week's loss to the visiting Jets. At some point, they have to be able to run the ball with a semblance of success. Denver's offense is getting easier to defend because no defense has to respect its running game. And theExpand Description
Reality hit the Broncos during last week's loss to the visiting Jets. At some point, they have to be able to run the ball with a semblance of success. Denver's offense is getting easier to defend because no defense has to respect its running game. And the lack of a pass rush on defense is not going to be solved based on the personnel they have on that side of the ball.Collapse Description
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26

1-4 4 5/30
You must be kidding me. How in the world is this team 1-4? I realize that firing head coach Wade Phillips won't solve any of their problems, but how much longer can owner Jerry Jones tolerate such a bad start to the season? It won't get any easier againstExpand Description
You must be kidding me. How in the world is this team 1-4? I realize that firing head coach Wade Phillips won't solve any of their problems, but how much longer can owner Jerry Jones tolerate such a bad start to the season? It won't get any easier against the division rival Giants this Monday night.Collapse Description
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27

1-5 3 17/31
Well, they found a team they could beat, but QB Alex Smith struggled mightily against the Raiders. At least he was able to muster a few good throws late to seal the victory. But at some point, you have to wonder how much longer head coach Mike Singletary Expand Description
Well, they found a team they could beat, but QB Alex Smith struggled mightily against the Raiders. At least he was able to muster a few good throws late to seal the victory. But at some point, you have to wonder how much longer head coach Mike Singletary will stick with him. Collapse Description
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2-4 3 14/30
The Raiders are showing once again that it's very difficult to win with a bad performance from your quarterback. Jason Campbell signed a contract extension at the time he was acquired in a trade, but his time may be up before it really began. He did nothiExpand Description
The Raiders are showing once again that it's very difficult to win with a bad performance from your quarterback. Jason Campbell signed a contract extension at the time he was acquired in a trade, but his time may be up before it really began. He did nothing to earn more playing time after his performance last week against the 49ers. Collapse Description
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29

1-5 1 19/30
Hopefully, the Lions will get back starting QB Matthew Stafford after the bye. The Lions actually might have a really good offense if he can stay healthy. The defense, well, it's bad, and I don't see it getting much better the rest of the way. They need aExpand Description
Hopefully, the Lions will get back starting QB Matthew Stafford after the bye. The Lions actually might have a really good offense if he can stay healthy. The defense, well, it's bad, and I don't see it getting much better the rest of the way. They need an infusion of new talent on that side of the ball.Collapse Description
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30

1-5 1 18/30
I was surprised that Colt McCoy played as well as he did against the Steelers. While he doesn't possess a strong arm, McCoy showed tremendous poise in that game. He probably has earned himself more playing time, but it remains to be seen how patient Eric Expand Description
I was surprised that Colt McCoy played as well as he did against the Steelers. While he doesn't possess a strong arm, McCoy showed tremendous poise in that game. He probably has earned himself more playing time, but it remains to be seen how patient Eric Mangini is willing to be as a head coach who could be on the hot seat. Collapse Description
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31

0-5 - 25/32
What was the criteria for going back to Matt Moore? This is a bad team, so letting Jimmy Clausen develop at a rapid pace should have been the plan. However, the coaches are on the final year of their contracts, so they are clearly trying to win now, not lExpand Description
What was the criteria for going back to Matt Moore? This is a bad team, so letting Jimmy Clausen develop at a rapid pace should have been the plan. However, the coaches are on the final year of their contracts, so they are clearly trying to win now, not later. Collapse Description
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32

0-5 - 19/32
I've been scouring Buffalo's schedule in order to find the Bills' first possible win, but it certainly won't be this week against the Ravens. Maybe it will come in Week 10 when they host the lowly Detroit Lions.
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Eagles    2 0 0
Redskins    1 1 0
Cowboys    1 1 0
Giants    0 2 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Cardinals    2 0 0
Seahawks    1 1 0
49ers    1 1 0
Rams    1 1 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Bears    1 1 0
Vikings    1 1 0
Lions    1 1 0
Packers    1 1 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Panthers    2 0 0
Falcons    1 1 0
Saints    0 2 0
Buccaneers    0 2 0
 

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Bills    2 0 0
Dolphins    1 1 0
Jets    1 1 0
Patriots    1 1 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Broncos    2 0 0
Chargers    1 1 0
Raiders    0 2 0
Chiefs    0 2 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Bengals    2 0 0
Ravens    1 1 0
Steelers    1 1 0
Browns    1 1 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Texans    2 0 0
Titans    1 1 0
Jaguars    0 2 0
Colts    0 2 0