Week six is in the books, and there were plenty of upsets which is going to make some interesting changes in our power rankings. So with that, here we go with week six of our NFL Power Rankings.
NFC Top 5
1. NY Giants (1) – The Giants were shell-shocked by the Browns on Monday night, beaten every which way up and down the field in falling 35-14. There was some concern about the level of competition the champs have played to this point, and Monday night proved it. They now have a short week to get back on track as they return home to take on the Niners Sunday.
2. Dallas (2) – This ranking very well may fall now that they have to go with 40-year-old Brad Johnson at QB. Losing Tony Romo is big, and others on the team have to step up and respond. They were beaten by the Cards Sunday, and gave up not only a kickoff return for a score, but a blocked punt for the game-winning score in OT. Lots of questions remain about these Cowboys.
3. Washington (3) – Another team coming off a loss, and this one even more stunning than the Giants and Cowboys. They were beaten at home by a Rams team that was coming in with a new coach and no wins to speak of. Instead of keeping their momentum from the past few weeks going, the Skins played flat, and allowed the Rams to march down the field for a game-winning field goal at the buzzer. Now they are home again Sunday for a Browns team that just knocked off the Giants.
4. Tampa Bay (-) – Jeff Garcia has earned another start, and the vet deserves it after a good outing Sunday at home vs the Panthers. The Bucs are 4-2, and will have more questions about the QB spot as the year goes along, but for now, it’s Garcia’s job to lose, and the defense will continue to be good while the offense continues to be back and forth. They have the awful Hawks at home Sunday night.
5. Arizona (-) – About time we talk about these Cardinals, who are coming off big back to back home wins against the Bills and Cowboys. They used two special teams scores to top the Cowboys, but also played well enough on both sides of the ball and despite a late letdown to let Dallas get to a tie at the buzzer, the Cards are for real, and if they can keep up this pace will win the NFC West.
NFC Bottom 3
1. Detroit (1) – You know it’s bad when your QB gets a little pressure on a roll out and runs out of the end zone. Yes, welcome to the 2008 Detroit Lions season. They played hard, but got robbed on a late call by the refs and fell to the Vikings 12-10 Sunday. Their offense is still terrible, and while the defense played better, they still gave up close to 400 yards. I think 3 wins is a stretch.
2. Seattle (3) – Charlie Frye showed Sunday as a starter why the Browns were not afraid to trade him after one start in the 07 season. The Hawks are just not a good team right now, and their grip as one of the better teams in the NFC and even the NFC West is all but gone. It’s turning into a rebuilding season for the Hawks, and it won’t get any easier this weekend in Tampa Bay.
3. San Francisco (-) – The Niners make their first trip to the bottom three, as they gave up 23 fourth quarter points to lose to the Eagles. They have played well enough to win the last two weeks at home vs the Pats and Eagles, but big mistakes, mostly from turnovers, have killed them. I think it’s time to give Shaun Hill a shot, as J.T. O’Sullivan is turning the ball over way too much.
AFC Top 5
1. Tennessee (1) – A week off for the Titans, who come into Tuesday as the only unbeaten team in the league after the Giants lost. As stated last week, they have a pretty tough four-game stretch coming up, with a game at KC this weekend, which could be a total trap team that plays way better at home than on the road. With the Colts and Jags playing better, this team cannot afford a letdown.
2. Pittsburgh (2) – Also on the bye, the Steelers are getting healthy with the return this week of Willie Parker, who loves to run it up on the Bengals. They also won’t have to put up with Carson Palmer, and should have a cakewalk to 5-1 having to deal with the bumbling Ryan Fitzpatrick. The division is clearly theirs if they can keep playing the way they have.
3. Buffalo (5) – With Denver and the Pats both losing, the Bills take advantage and move up to three in our rankings this week. The Bills will get their starting QB – Trent Edwards, back, and also should be ready to do battle with a good Chargers team at home. The Bills will also get Roscoe Parrish and Ko Simpson back, which could put them in a good spot vs SD.
4. Denver (3) – Starting to lose faith in this team, as their defense just is not good enough to keep them in contention in the AFC West. Plus this week their offense, which had been scoring in the high to mid 20’s, only scored 17, which is not going to be good enough for a defense that gives up way too many yards and points. Monday night at New England is a critical game for this club.
5. San Diego (-) – The Chargers are getting on the heels of the Broncos, and are starting to find their st5. San Diego ride with Philip Rivers playing like a Pro Bowl QB. The defense also made a big statement on Sunday night vs the Pats, and did really allow New England to even make it a game in a 30-10 win. Of course they have to keep that momentum this week when they play a tough Bills team on the road.
AFC Bottom 3
1. Cincinnati (1) – This team continues to play hard, but again can’t seem to catch any breaks, like this past weekend vs the Jets. Cincy won’t have their franchise QB Carson Palmer back this week either, which means it could be a very long day vs the Steelers at home. They will win a few games this year, but you can almost pencil in a top 5 draft pick in 2009.
2. Oakland (3) – Don’t think this is what Al Davis had in mind when he fired Lane Kiffin for Tom Cable. A 34-3 loss to the Saints on the road shows that the coach wasn’t the problem, and that Kiffin was getting the most out of his players. If Cable wants to even be considered for a job in 09, he had better do the same, as Sunday’s effort is not going to cut it.
3. Kansas City (-) – Chiefs had the bye this week, and other than a good game vs the Broncos have shown little. They have scored an AFC low 65 points, and have given up a whopping 131 points (26.2 per game). At home vs the Titans could make for a long day vs a team that is going to go back to Brodie Croyle at QB.