NFL power rankings, Week 6: Patriots, Vikings are dominant

The NFL power rankings for Week 6 are here, and Matt Verderame sees the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots as the league’s best.

32

Cleveland Browns

0-5

Last week: L, 33-13, vs. NE
Last rank: 32nd

The Browns have a real chance to go 0-16. They also have an opportunity to put 28 guys under center before this season is over.
31

San Francisco 49ers

1-4

Last week: L, 33-21, vs. AZ
Last rank: 31st

San Francisco is all kinds of horrendous, and Blaine Gabbert leads the charge into oblivion.
30

Miami Dolphins

1-4

Last week: L, 34-24, vs. TEN
Last rank: 32nd

Adam Gase is getting very close to Jim Tomsula territory. One and done.
29

San Diego Chargers

1-4

Last week: L, 34-31, at OAK
Last rank: 25th

At some point, saying you should be undefeated points to how atrocious you actually are.
28

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1-3

Last week: TBD
Last rank: 28th

TBD
27

Chicago Bears

1-4

Last week: L, 29-23, at IND
Last rank: 27th

Chicago isn’t good, but this wasn’t a bad loss. Good effort on the road without so many starters.
26

New York Jets

1-4

Last week: L, 31-13, at PIT
Last rank: 21st

Everything looks bad, especially Todd Bowles and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Playing this brutal schedule doesn’t help.
25

Tennessee Titans

2-3

Last week: W, 34-24, at MIA
Last rank: 30th

Tennessee is a pretty mediocre team, but this is a nice win on the road. Next, Cleveland.
24

New Orleans Saints

1-3

Last week: BYE
Last rank: 24th

New Orleans plays no defense, but it’s fun watching Drew Brees sling it.
23

Jacksonville Jaguars

1-3

Last week: BYE
Last rank: 22nd

Jacksonville has to back up its win in London by going to Chicago and beating the Bears.
22

Detroit Lions

2-3

Last week: L, 24-23, vs. PHI
Last rank: 27th

With the Rams coming to town next, the Lions can get back to .500. Will they?
21

New York Giants

2-3

Last week: L, 23-16, at GB
Last rank: 20th

The Giants have to stop the bleeding after three consecutive losses. Next up? The Ravens at home.
20

Los Angeles Rams

3-2

Last week: L, 30-19, vs. BUF
Last rank: 19th

Los Angeles is going to have a tough time beating teams consistently with Case Keenum.
19

Indianapolis Colts

2-3

Last week: W, 29-23, vs. CHI
Last rank: 23rd

The Colts are a bad team, but in this division, eight wins might do the trick.
18

Baltimore Ravens

3-2

Last week: L, 16-10, vs. WSH
Last rank: 19th

Baltimore is a middling team, but maybe the firing of Marc Trestman gets it rolling.
17

Carolina Panthers

1-3

Last week: TBD
Last rank: 17th

TBD
16

Houston Texans

3-2

Last week: L, 31-13, at MIN
Last rank: 11th

Until Brock Osweiler begins playing better, this team is a complete fraud as a contender.
15

Cincinnati Bengals

2-3

Last week: L, 28-14, at DAL
Last rank: 13th

Cincinnati can’t afford too many clunkers with such a tough schedule. The Bengals are in trouble.
14

Arizona Cardinals

1-3

Last week: W, 33-21, at SF
Last rank: 16th

Arizona got a huge win against the 49ers. Can the Cardinals get healthy and finally get rolling?
13

Buffalo Bills

1-3

Last week: W, 30-19, at LA
Last rank: 15th

Buffalo is looking mighty impressive after three straight wins, including two on the road.
12

Kansas City Chiefs

2-2

Last week: BYE
Last rank: 12th

This upcoming date at Oakland will tell us plenty about whether the Chiefs are a contender or a fringe playoff team.
11

Washington Redskins

3-2

Last week: W, 16-10, at BAL
Last rank: 14th

I admit this ranking is with one eye open, but the Redskins deserve it after a gritty win.
10

Philadelphia Eagles

3-1

Last week: L, 24-23, at DET
Last rank: 6th

Are the Eagles really good, or a decent team that had a tremendous win over the Steelers? Tough call.
9

Oakland Raiders

4-1

Last week: W, 34-31, vs. SD
Last rank: 10th

Oakland continues to win, but the close calls are a touch concerning. Still, this group is much-improved.
8

Seattle Seahawks

4-1

Last week: BYE
Last rank: 7th

Seattle faces a huge test with the Falcons coming to town. The Seahawks got the bye at a good time.
7

Dallas Cowboys

4-1

Last week: W, 28-14, vs. CIN
Last rank: 8th

Dallas is the real deal after crushing the Bengals into a fine powder. Ezekiel Elliott is awesome.
6

Denver Broncos

4-1

Last week: L, 23-16, vs. ATL
Last rank: 1st

The loss is not the end of the world. However, the Broncos better hope that Trevor Siemian never gets hurt again.
5

Green Bay Packers

3-1

Last week: W, 23-16, vs. NYG
Last rank: 5th

Green Bay can be even better than its been. That’s a scary thought for the rest of the NFC.
4

Atlanta Falcons

4-1

Last week: W, 23-16, at DEN
Last rank: 10th

The Falcons are for real. At this point, how are they not the NFC South favorite?
3

Pittsburgh Steelers

4-1

Last week: W, 31-13, vs. NYJ
Last rank: 3rd

Pittsburgh is on track for the AFC North stronghold after plowing through the Jets.
2

New England Patriots

4-1

Last week: W, 33-13, at CLE
Last rank: 4th

Tom Brady is back. Rob Gronkowski is healthy. Good luck.
1

Minnesota Vikings

5-0

Last week: W, 31-13, vs. HOU
Last rank: 2nd

If Minnesota continues to get even decent offensive showings, it’s the best team in the NFC.

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