NFL POWER RANKINGS

NFL Football Power Rankings

BRIAN BILLICK'S Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.

Week 6 Power Rankings


WEEK#    
Posted October 19, 2011 04:34 AM EDT

The Ravens, Patriots — and especially the Niners — are making big moves this week. I've got a line on who's hot and who's not going into Week 7. Enjoy.

+4

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

-9

Washington Redskins

FOX SPORTS NFL POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

6-0 - 1/1
It's not even close. The Packers are the best team in the NFL. Aaron Rodgers had one of the more impressive first halves in recent memory by completing 11-of-15 passes for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns. That is good for 16 yards per attempt — WOW.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
2

4-1 1 2/10
I said early in the preseason, this is the most balanced Ravens team in franchise history, and they are playing like it. For the rest of October, the Ravens travel to the struggling Jaguars and then host the Cardinals. This team should easily go into thExpand Description
I said early in the preseason, this is the most balanced Ravens team in franchise history, and they are playing like it. For the rest of October, the Ravens travel to the struggling Jaguars and then host the Cardinals. This team should easily go into the Nov. 6 rematch with the Steelers at 6-1. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
3

5-1 2 2/7
Tom Brady wasn't at his best on Sunday, but they still held on for a sloppy win at home. This offense was brought back down to earth a little against Dallas, and the defense actually gained some confidence. Both are positives for this team in the long rExpand Description
Tom Brady wasn't at his best on Sunday, but they still held on for a sloppy win at home. This offense was brought back down to earth a little against Dallas, and the defense actually gained some confidence. Both are positives for this team in the long run. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
4

4-1 2 2/22
With tight end Antonio Gates dinged up and a beat-up running back corps, the bye week came at the perfect time for this team. They benefit from a couple of losses and move up two spots, but have their work cut out for them with the Jets and Packers on thExpand Description
With tight end Antonio Gates dinged up and a beat-up running back corps, the bye week came at the perfect time for this team. They benefit from a couple of losses and move up two spots, but have their work cut out for them with the Jets and Packers on the horizon. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
5

5-1 2 2/21
Dramatic jumps in back-to-back weeks find the 49ers in the top five, and for very good reason. Not only did they beat the previously undefeated Lions on Sunday, but the whole body of work shows road wins against two teams in the eastern time zone and nowExpand Description
Dramatic jumps in back-to-back weeks find the 49ers in the top five, and for very good reason. Not only did they beat the previously undefeated Lions on Sunday, but the whole body of work shows road wins against two teams in the eastern time zone and now this win on the road in a very loud Ford Field. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
6

4-2 4 2/7
The Saints faced a lot of adversity on Sunday, the majority of that being losing their primary offensive play caller (head coach Sean Payton, broken leg) before they even got done calling the first 15 plays that were on script. Drew Brees threw three intExpand Description
The Saints faced a lot of adversity on Sunday, the majority of that being losing their primary offensive play caller (head coach Sean Payton, broken leg) before they even got done calling the first 15 plays that were on script. Drew Brees threw three interceptions, and he will bounce back in coming weeks. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
7

5-1 3 4/15
The Lions failed to put together a solid rushing attack in back-to-back games, and still rely too heavily on Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. But the biggest issue is how the 49ers exposed their rush defense. The defensive front seven was supposed tExpand Description
The Lions failed to put together a solid rushing attack in back-to-back games, and still rely too heavily on Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. But the biggest issue is how the 49ers exposed their rush defense. The defensive front seven was supposed to be the strength of this team, and they will need to play better with RB Michael Turner in the backfield for next week's matchup against the Falcons. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
8

4-2 1 2/9
So much for Rashard Mendenhall having a sore hamstring. He broke out on a 68-yard rush in which he outran everyone in the defensive secondary, and had it not been for a great pursuit angle he would have scored. That's exactly what this offense needs, a Expand Description
So much for Rashard Mendenhall having a sore hamstring. He broke out on a 68-yard rush in which he outran everyone in the defensive secondary, and had it not been for a great pursuit angle he would have scored. That's exactly what this offense needs, a steady rushing attack, and then take some shots down the field to WR Mike Wallace. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
9

4-2 4 8/30
While their primary objective was to win on Sunday, they were out to prove that the 45-point loss in Week 5 was an aberration. Earnest Graham filled in nicely for LaGarrette Blount at running back and may actually see an increased workload moving forwardExpand Description
While their primary objective was to win on Sunday, they were out to prove that the 45-point loss in Week 5 was an aberration. Earnest Graham filled in nicely for LaGarrette Blount at running back and may actually see an increased workload moving forward, but the real story was QB Josh Freeman finally playing up to the hype. He had two touchdowns and 300 yards passing. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
10

4-2 2 6/30
The Bills fought hard on Sunday, but couldn't come up with just one more explosive play against the Giants. There is nothing better than one-play scoring drives like Fred Jackson's 80-yard touchdown run, but they need to be able to sustain drives and getExpand Description
The Bills fought hard on Sunday, but couldn't come up with just one more explosive play against the Giants. There is nothing better than one-play scoring drives like Fred Jackson's 80-yard touchdown run, but they need to be able to sustain drives and get three-and-outs on defense to be consistent week in and week out. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
11

3-3 3 5/14
The Falcons finally got Michael Turner rolling on Sunday, and that is exactly what they need to do to remain a consistent offense. It took pressure off the offensive line as the pass rushers couldn't just put their heads down and speed rush along the outExpand Description
The Falcons finally got Michael Turner rolling on Sunday, and that is exactly what they need to do to remain a consistent offense. It took pressure off the offensive line as the pass rushers couldn't just put their heads down and speed rush along the outside to disrupt Matt Ryan in the pocket all afternoon. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
12

4-2 4 5/19
The last two weeks have been like Jekyll and Hyde for the Giants. They lose to the Seahawks in Week 5 and then hold off the feisty Bills in Week 6. Thanks to the Redskins loss, the Giants now sit atop the NFC East all alone at 4-2.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
13

3-3 2 5/13
The Texans clearly missed the presence of both WR Andre Johnson and pass rusher Mario Williams against the Ravens on Sunday. They will get Johnson back, but Brooks Reed needs to step up fast to fill the shoes of Williams. Their Week 7 matchup against thExpand Description
The Texans clearly missed the presence of both WR Andre Johnson and pass rusher Mario Williams against the Ravens on Sunday. They will get Johnson back, but Brooks Reed needs to step up fast to fill the shoes of Williams. Their Week 7 matchup against the Titans will set the tone for the AFC South. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
14

3-3 2 4/17
Not the best offensive performance on Monday night, but they put together some scoring drives when they needed to. And having CB Darrelle Revis on your side helps a little, too.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
15

4-2 - 10/22
Just when the Raiders were finding some explosive plays in the passing game, starting QB Jason Campbell gets hurt for the year, and they will have to develop that chemistry all over again with Carson Palmer. Good news for them, they have what may be the Expand Description
Just when the Raiders were finding some explosive plays in the passing game, starting QB Jason Campbell gets hurt for the year, and they will have to develop that chemistry all over again with Carson Palmer. Good news for them, they have what may be the NFL's most explosive back in Darren McFadden to hold them over. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
16

3-3 1 7/22
QB Jay Cutler proved just how lethal he can be in the pocket when the pocket actually holds up against the rush. He was only sacked one time in 31 passing attempts on Sunday, and it showed up in his productivity. And I still don't understand why teams cExpand Description
QB Jay Cutler proved just how lethal he can be in the pocket when the pocket actually holds up against the rush. He was only sacked one time in 31 passing attempts on Sunday, and it showed up in his productivity. And I still don't understand why teams continue to kick to Devin Hester . . . when is enough, enough? Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
17

4-2 3 10/31
I'm just waiting for the game in which the Bengals defense comes back to earth and the rookie in Andy Dalton gets exposed. This team has the ability to cause headaches for the Ravens and Steelers within the division, but is not quite a playoff contender Expand Description
I'm just waiting for the game in which the Bengals defense comes back to earth and the rookie in Andy Dalton gets exposed. This team has the ability to cause headaches for the Ravens and Steelers within the division, but is not quite a playoff contender just yet. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
18

2-4 3 6/23
The Eagles put an end to their four-game losing streak, and it was at the hands of their defense. Sure, Redskins QB Rex Grossman's inabilities were a major benefit to the Eagles, but they were playing with a level of intensity that I hadn't seen all yearExpand Description
The Eagles put an end to their four-game losing streak, and it was at the hands of their defense. Sure, Redskins QB Rex Grossman's inabilities were a major benefit to the Eagles, but they were playing with a level of intensity that I hadn't seen all year. Only five percent of teams have ever made the playoffs starting a season at 1-4, but don't count the Eagles out just yet. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
19

3-2 9 10/28
It is amazing how just one week in the NFL can completely change the fate of a season. The Redskins came into this week controlling the NFC East, but now are a game back and in the middle of a quarterback controversy. I still like this defense, and it sExpand Description
It is amazing how just one week in the NFL can completely change the fate of a season. The Redskins came into this week controlling the NFC East, but now are a game back and in the middle of a quarterback controversy. I still like this defense, and it should keep them in games late in the season, no matter who plays quarterback. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
20

3-2 2 13/31
The Titans could separate themselves from the Texans with a big win against them on Sunday. I thought when Colts QB Peyton Manning went down, the Texans were clearly the AFC South division favorites, but no one informed the Titans of that! Expand Description
The Titans could separate themselves from the Texans with a big win against them on Sunday. I thought when Colts QB Peyton Manning went down, the Texans were clearly the AFC South division favorites, but no one informed the Titans of that! Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
21

2-3 2 9/21
The Cowboys need to find a running game to support QB Tony Romo and the inconsistent offense. Felix Jones, their feature back, rushed for only 14 yards on 8 attempts against the Patriots, and that just won't cut it.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
22

1-5 - 20/32
As impressive as he's been, I really hate to see rookie QB Cam Newton dancing around like Deion Sanders and pretending to expose the "S" on his chest in the middle of a 1-5 season. I would prefer he handle his business like a professional, do whatever heExpand Description
As impressive as he's been, I really hate to see rookie QB Cam Newton dancing around like Deion Sanders and pretending to expose the "S" on his chest in the middle of a 1-5 season. I would prefer he handle his business like a professional, do whatever he can to help his team win — and that isn't dancing around in the end zone. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
23

2-3 - 15/31
The Seahawks stay put at No. 23 during a bye week, but they have a long way to go if they want to catch the 49ers.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
24

1-4 - 14/30
Same with the Cardinals at No. 24.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
25

2-3 - 18/31
I'm not sure what to think of the Peyton Hillis situation in Cleveland. First he was out because of a coach's decision, then it was a hamstring, and then he is back in the game.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
26

2-3 - 17/32
The Chiefs got to enjoy their two-game winning streak for an additional week during their bye, and they may just extend it an additional week in Oakland on Sunday. There's no better time to take advantage of the Raiders than the first week after losing tExpand Description
The Chiefs got to enjoy their two-game winning streak for an additional week during their bye, and they may just extend it an additional week in Oakland on Sunday. There's no better time to take advantage of the Raiders than the first week after losing their starting quarterback. Collapse Description
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
27

1-4 - 8/30
Broncos don't go up or down in the rankings during their bye week, but I'm not sure trading their best receiver in Brandon Lloyd helped them in any way. Maybe if they clear house, they have a shot at Andrew Luck?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
28

1-5 2 26/31
The Jaguars are much like the Colts in the fact that they won't roll over or give up in any game, but they still just aren't that good.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
29

1-5 1 22/32
I think it's time for rookie QB Christian Ponder in Minnesota, and that is not to take away from any of Donovan McNabb's career accomplishments. The staff just needs to know what they have in their first-round pick, and why not do it now?
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
30

0-5 1 24/31
Getting Brandon Lloyd via trade is a step in the right direction, but the Rams need to take about 10 more steps in that same direction before it really makes much of a difference.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
31

0-6 - 13/32
Another hard-fought game, and they actually may have found something in RB Delone Carter, who filled in nicely for an injured Joseph Addai. QB Curtis Painter will win this team a couple games before it's all over.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets
32

0-5 - 20/32
I was most disappointed with the inability of the Dolphins defensive line to apply pressure on Mark Sanchez. Their secondary, like most teams' secondaries, isn't good enough to cover for that amount of time.
Team: Home | Stats | Fantasy | Schedule | Gear | Tickets

 

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by
Advertisement

NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

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

West Division 

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

North Division 

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

South Division 

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

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

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

West Division 

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

North Division 

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

South Division 

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