Starting the season, no one, and I mean no one could have predicted that the premier match-up in week six would be the Niners at the Lions. Sitting at one loss each, both teams are sitting pretty at the top of the rankings. With some tough tests ahead for both teams, the question is how long can they stay there? As always if you think you can do better, leave your own rankings in the comments below.
1. Green Bay Packers (6-0). Who is going to claim the first victory against the Pack? Right now they’re looking unbeatable, even in those hideous throwbacks.
2. Baltimore Ravens (4-1) The Ravens are very hard to beat when they’re playing at home. No wonder Harbaugh has been stressing the need for home field in the playoffs. An ugly win, but still a win.
3. New England Patriots (5-1). Brady did what Brady does best, he led an impossible final minute drive to win the game.
4. San Francisco 49ers (5-1). The last time the 49ers were 5-1, Steve Young overcame a late 14 point deficit to beat rookie quarterback Peyton Manning 34-31.
5. Detroit Lions (5-1). Arbutus native Jim Schwartz lost his cool after the Lions lost to the 49ers. However, despite the meltdown you have to like where this team is headed.
6. San Diego Chargers (4-1). The Chargers look to come out of their bye week on a strong note.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2). The Steelers defense can’t like the almost comeback the Jags put together and the Steelers offense can’t like being shutout in the 2nd half.
8. New York Giants (4-2). Eli Manning put forth a dazzling performance in beating the Bills.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2). This just in, the Cincinnati Bengals are tied for 2nd in the AFC North with Pittsburgh. Carry on.
10. Oakland Raiders (4-2). In Oakland, the motto has become, just win. Can they continue to do so without Jason Campbell?
11. New Orleans Saints (4-2). There are some legitimate concerns surrounding this team, but they still have the talent to win. The problem is their streaky play leads to upsetting losses, i.e. Sunday’s game against Tampa.
12. Buffalo Bills (4-2). Sloppy play by Ryan Fitzpatrick costs his team the game.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2). Follow the bouncing Bucs. Up and down, and up and down, and up and down. The Bucs are good, but their inconsistency really illustrates their youth.
14. Washington Redskins (3-2). The Rex Grossman era may have ended, the John Beck experiment looks to have begun. Teams have quickly learned that the Redskins are easier to manage once you force their quarterback to actually throw the ball.
15. Tennessee Titans (3-2). A much needed bye week for the Titans allows them to get back on track. With the AFC South a wide open race, they’re hoping to make a push for the playoffs.
16. Chicago Bears (3-3). Give Jay Cutler his due. When he’s not getting mauled by opposing defenses, he’s as good a quarterback as there is in the league.
17. Atlanta Falcons (3-3). After a shaky start, the Falcons get back on track by beating the Panthers.
18. Houston Texans (3-3). After an uplifting start to their season, the Texans suddenly find themselves floundering.
19. New York Jets (3-3). The Jets didn’t score a first down until six minutes remaining in the first half. The most damning indictment of this team’s future was laid out by Chris Carter on ESPN: The run game is as bad as the quarterback.
20. Dallas Cowboys (2-3). Jason Garrett might be losing faith in his team. That’s not a good sign for Tony Romo who had a very good day against the Pats.
21. Cleveland Browns (2-3). The Browns simply couldn’t get the job done against Oakland.
22. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3). After winning back to back games, the Chiefs look to come off the bye week on a positive trend.
23. Seattle Seahawks (2-3). Seahawks come off the bye hoping to start winning more games. Good luck with that.
24. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4). Beating the Redskins on the road helps alleviate the pressure on Andy Reid.
25. Carolina Panthers (1-5). Talented Quarterback or no, the Panthers are still 1-5.
26. Arizona Cardinals (1-4). Over the next two weeks, the Cardinals get the Steelers and then the Ravens. Ouch.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5). The Jaguars played admirably in the second half against the Steelers. Blaine Gabbert is improving, but how will he fair under the bright lights of Monday Night Football against the Ravens?
28. Denver Broncos (1-4). Tim Tebow has had a full week off to prepare himself for the unbridled scrutiny he is about to receive.
29. Minnesota Vikings (1-5). The “We want Ponder” chants are becoming deafening.
30. Miami Dolphins (0-5). There are officially three lead horses in the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes.
31. St. Louis Rams (0-5). The wheels have completely fallen off the St. Louis Rams. With mounting injuries, there’s not much hope of improvement.
32. Indianapolis Colts (0-6). I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined that Peyton Manning was this important to the Colts. He may win the MVP without playing a single snap.