Taking It to the House NFL Week 6 Power Rankings by Jason King

  1. Green Bay Packers (6-0) – The Packers look like defending champions.  Aaron Rodgers is the best player in the NFL right now.  The only concern is that they don’t peak too early.  Rodgers said after the 24-3 win over the Rams on Sunday, “It’s tough to win in this league, we’re 6-0, and have a lot of room for improvement.”  The things you want to hear if you’re a Packers fan.  Week 7: 10/23 @Minnesota
  2. New England Patriots (5-1) – For the first time in the last 12 regular season games the Patriots didn’t score 30 or more points.  No problem, Tom Brady can put together a game-winning drive whenever called upon.  Their win overDallas is scary because they proved they can win a game when the offense isn’t at its best.  Week 7: Bye
  3. Baltimore Ravens (4-1) – Ray Lewis is 36 and still playing at a high level.  He is the leading the number one scoring defense in football.  If Joe Flacco can be more consistent, this team will be very hard to beat.  Week 7: 10/24 @ Jacksonville
  4. San Francisco 49ers (5-1) – When you start the season 3-0 in East Coast games that says something.  People forget they blew a 14 point fourth quarter lead against the Cowboys in Week 2.  If not for that loss they’d be 6-0.  For those who think this record is just a product of a weak schedule the combined record of the teams they played is 19-15.  Combined record of teams played for the teams ahead of SF in our rankings: GB (12-22), NE (17-16), and Baltimore (13-15).  Week 7: Bye
  5. San Diego Chargers (4-1) – They haven’t played particularly well but they are winning games.  Injuries are a major concern with this team.  Normally they stumble out of the gate so this start is a positive sign for Chargers fans.  They have a tough schedule the rest of the way with only 3 games remaining against teams with losing records.  Philip Rivers will need to play better for the Chargers to keep up their winning ways.  Week 7: 10/23 @ NY Jets
  6. Detroit Lions (5-1) – They lost their first game last Sunday.  Still this team is playing as well as any team in football.  We will see how they deal with a little adversity (handshake gate) and respond from that loss.  Week 7: 10/23 vs.Atlanta
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2) – The reason they are ranked this high is their performance Sunday.  It wasn’t a pretty win, but this team doesn’t win pretty.  They find many different ways to win.  They were hammered two weeks ago inSan Francisco.  They bounced back and beat aNew Orleans team they have had trouble beating in the past.  Week 7: 10/23 vs.Chicago (game will be played inLondon)
  8. New Orleans Saints (4-2) – The Saints are in great shape because in the next two weeks they play two of the three winless teams in football.  Drew Brees’ 8 interceptions on the season have to be a concern.  They have to protect the ball better.  Week 7: 10/23 vs. Indianapolis
  9. New York Giants (4-2) – When they run the ball well and get pressure on opposing quarterbacks they win.  If they follow that formula they are the favorites in the whacky NFC East.  Week 7: Bye
  10. Buffalo Bills (4-2) – Fred Jackson is carrying this team on his shoulders.  Don’t think this is a one man army though.  Players like Ryan Fitzpatrick, David Nelson, Scott Chandler, Stevie Johnson, Drayton Florence, and George Wilson are major contributors to the Bills good start.  Not to mention the coaching of Chan Gailey.  Week 7: Bye
  11. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) – Judging by their Week 1 loss to the Ravens, it looked like the Steelers had a bad case of Super Bowl hangover.  In 5 games after that they are 4-1.  Their defense is getting older but the Steelers continue to find ways to win games.  Week 7: 10/23 @ Arizona
  12. Oakland Raiders (4-2) – They made a blockbuster trade at the deadline to get Carson Palmer.  It is clear they want to win now.  If Palmer can get up to speed fast, and show flashes of his old self they can challenge for the AFC West title.  Week 7: 10/23 vs. Kansas City
  13. New York Jets (3-3) – The Jets need to cut out all the unnecessary talking and just play football.  Mark Sanchez has to step up his play if they want to make the playoffs.  The defense can’t win every game.  This has the feel of an 8-8 team with 12 win talent.  Week 7: 10/23 vs.San Diego
  14. Dallas Cowboys (2-3) – They could be 5-0.  They blew another fourth quarter lead Sunday in Foxboro.  Their defense has played well enough to win but their offense can’t close out games.  If they can figure out how to close games they can compete in the NFC East.  Week 7: 10/23 vs. St. Louis
  15. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) – This Bengals team is the real deal.  Mike Zimmer has the defense playing great and Andy Dalton is gaining confidence with every win.  They have won three straight and go into their bye week with a lot of momentum.  Week 7: Bye
  16. Houston Texans (3-3) – Injuries have decimated this team.  Their three best players (Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and Mario Williams) have all missed time and Williams is out for the year.  They still have enough talent to win the AFC South.  Week 7: 10/23 @ Tennessee
  17. Tennessee Titans (3-2) – Matt Hasselbeck is rejuvenated inNashville.  He knows how to win games in this league.  If their defense keep playing well, and they can get Chris Johnson on track, this team will be very dangerous.  Week 7: 10/23 vs. Houston
  18. Chicago Bears (3-3) – The Bears have the worse offensive line in football.  Still they are a .500 team.  The blueprint on beating the Bears is simple: exploit their weak offensive line with different looks, and don’t under any circumstances kick or punt anywhere near Devin Hester.  Week 7: 10/23 @TampaBay (game will be played inLondon)
  19. Atlanta Falcons (3-3) – It’s hard to get a read on this team.  As sporadically as they’ve played they’re only 1 game back in the division.  Week 7: 10/23 @ Detroit
  20. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) – The Eagles look like they are on the right track defensively.  Their offense hasn’t had any rhythm all year.  If they can get it together on both sides of the ball they will be tough to beat.  That is a big “if.”  Week 7: Bye
  21. Washington Redskins (3-2) – Their defense is very good.  Their offense struggles to score points.  We will see if John Beck can change that.  Week 7: 10/23 @ Carolina
  22. Arizona Cardinals (1-4) — Now are 3 games in back of surging Niners and we are not sure that HC Ken Whisenhunt has the defense to get back in the race.  First year Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb is playing okay, but nowhere near his paycheck.  Week 7: Pittsburgh
  23. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3) – The Chiefs aren’t as bad as they looked in the first few weeks of the season.  Week 7: 10/23 @ Oakland
  24. Carolina Panthers (1-5) – This is an exciting football team to watch.  If they run the ball more it will take pressure off Cam Newton and the defense.  That will help them win more games.  Week 7: 10/23 vs. Washington
  25. Seattle Seahawks (2-3) – They got an impressive win against the Giants before their bye week.  Week 7: 10/23 vs. Cleveland
  26. Cleveland Browns (2-3) – The Browns are still trying to figure out if Colt McCoy is their franchise quarterback.  The jury is still out.  But can he really prove anything with those receivers?  Week 7: 10-23 vs.Seattle
  27. Minnesota Vikings (1-5) – Christian Ponder will make his first career start against the defending champs on Sunday.  Expect a large dose of Adrian Peterson.  Week 7: 10/23 vs. Green Bay
  28. Denver Broncos (1-4) – Tim Tebow will make his first start of the season on Sunday (sense a theme developing here; four of the five bottom teams have made quarterback changes this season).  Week 7: 10/23 @ Miami
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) — It is time for HC Jack Del Rio get his resume ready as this young team is floundering.  Not much on roster other than MJD.  Week 7: 10/24 Baltimore on MNF
  30. Indianapolis Colts (0-6) – The Colts have a lot of veterans on their team that will continue fighting no matter how bad it gets.  Curtis Painter is getting a little better every week.  Week 7: 10/23 @ New Orleans
  31. St. Louis Rams (0-5) – They got Brandon Lloyd from the Broncos to help bolster a horrible receiving corps.  Week 7: 10/23 @ Dallas
  32. Miami Dolphins (0-5) – They had chance after chance to keep it close Monday night.  Tony Sprano’s days are numbered onSouthBeach.  Week 7: 10/23 vs.Denver

 

 

Jason King is a contributing writer at Taking It to the House and can be reached at jdk2032@yahoo.com

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