NFL Power Rankings: One Undefeated Team Remains, Patriots Surging

Week six in the NFL comes to a close with what might have been the most boring Monday Night Football game ever televised. Seriously, who over at ESPN thought the Dolphins deserved two nationally televised games? Anyhow, the Packers are the sole team in the league to have a zero in the loss column and they don't look to be getting one anytime soon. 

That said, the Detroit Lions officially fell out of that category after losing to a very promising San Francisco 49ers team. There will be plenty of differences in this week's power rankings as compared to last week's. Remember, LW = last week's ranking. 

1. Green Bay Packers (6-0) (LW: 1): They are the only undefeated team left and they will probably make a deep playoff run again. I don't think any team can stop Aaron Rodgers at this point. 

2. New England Patriots (5-1) (LW: 4): Did anyone have a doubt in their mind that Tom Brady was going to get that game winning touchdown? I sure didn't. They are the team to beat in the AFC. 

3. Baltimore Ravens (4-1) (LW: 5): While the Patriots continue to rise, the Ravens do as well. They beat the Texans pretty handily and our old friend Anquan Boldin had over 130 yards receiving on the day. 

4. New Orleans Saints (4-2) (LW: 2): After the Buccaneers were smashed by the 49ers last week, they were able to come back home and defeat the division foe Saints. New Orleans is no longer the leader in the NFC South, but they are still the better team overall. Let's just hope their coach, Sean Payton, is OK after getting surgery on his leg due to this

5. San Francisco 49ers (5-1) (LW: 9): The 49ers are pulling away in the NFC West division race. Jim Harbaugh's fiery style of coaching has not only revived his team, but it also rubs other people the wrong way

6. Detroit Lions (5-1) (LW: 3): Even though the Lions lost, they still looked explosive as ever against San Francisco. They face another tough test at home against the Falcons next week. 

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) (LW: 7): The Steelers narrowly escaped with a victory over the Blaine Gabbert led Jaguars. They play in Arizona on the road next week, which could tell us a lot about where this team is headed. 

8. Buffalo Bills (4-2) (LW: 6): Buffalo fought all the way to the end, but were unable to overcome Ahmad Bradshaw's three touchdowns and Lawrence Tynes' last minute field goal kicking. They move into the bye next week. 

9. San Diego Chargers (4-1) (LW: 8): The first of the bye teams. The Chargers will head east to play the Jets next Sunday. Given the offense that we saw from the Jets last night, I would expect San Diego to win this game. 

10. Oakland Raiders (4-2) (LW: 12): Oakland's big season may have come to a screeching halt now that their quarterback, Jason Campbell, is expected to miss at least the next six weeks after having surgery on a broken collarbone. Kyle Boller is not the answer, but they may try and acquire another veteran signal caller from a different team. 

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2) (LW: 13): I only moved the Bucs up two spots because I really don't know what to make of this team yet. They go on the road and get blown out, but then they turn around and beat the Saints? It just doesn't add up. All I know is, they should be in the thick of the division race all season long. 

12. New York Giants (4-2) (LW: 14): After an embarrassing loss to the Seahawks, the Giants were able to redeem themselves at home against the Bills. Ahmad Bradshaw is not only a beast for the G-Men, but he pretty much won me my first fantasy victory of the season. 

13. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) (LW: 17): Who would have thought that the Carson Palmer-less Bengals would be in the game for a division crown six weeks into the season? Not me. Getting rid of the circus that was Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco was the best move they ever made. 

14. Houston Texans (3-3) (LW: 10): Houston continues to struggle without their #1 wideout, Andre Johnson. Arian Foster is no longer as potent with the passing game not being in full swing. Getting Derrick Mason was probably the right move, but he may prove to be a distraction in their locker room as well. 

15. Washington Redskins (3-2) (LW: 11): The 'Skins are now officially in disarray. Rex Grossman threw 4 interceptions against the Eagles and their team looked like an utter mess. John Beck may be the new starter in D.C. 

16. New York Jets (3-3) (LW: 15): The Jets actually manage to move down on the list even though they won. Their offense was out of sync all game and if it weren't for Matt Moore being a horrific excuse for a quarterback, they might have lost that game against the 'Fins. 

17. Atlanta Falcons (3-3) (LW: 19): Atlanta looked like a competent team after beating Cam Newton and his Panthers on Sunday. They got back to the ground game that they should have been using the entire season, given that they have an All-Pro with Michael Turner

18. Tennessee Titans (3-3) (LW: 16): A victim of the bye, the Titans move down two spots in the power rankings. They host the Texans in a divisional matchup next week. These be the two teams that vie for the AFC South. 

19. Chicago Bears (3-3) (LW: 22): The Bears were able to keep Jay Cutler upright all game, allowing only one sack on Sunday night. They also held Adrian Peterson to a mere 39 yards rushing. Against a better team, they may not have fared as well, but it was a good rebound victory nonetheless. 

20. Dallas Cowboys (2-3) (LW: 18): Dallas' offense is entirely one-dimensional and they are forced to rely on the arm of Tony Romo all too often. Now it sounds like Felix Jones may miss 2-4 weeks on top of it all. They just got Miles Austin back from injury and Dez Bryant looks to be healthy, so that should help a bit. 

21. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) (LW: 26): Finally. This is the team we have been waiting to see all season long. The only problem is, every time I turn around, Michael Vick has sustained a concussion. If they want any chance of winning, Vick will need to remain healthy. 

22. Cleveland Browns (2-3) (LW: 20): Peyton Hillis only had six carries in the loss to the Raiders due to some hamstring issues. Young players like Montario Hardesty and Greg Little stepped up, but the Browns still fell. They host the Seahawks next weekend. 

23. Seattle Seahawks (2-3) (LW: 23): They stay put coming off of their bye week. As mentioned above, they travel to Cleveland for their week seven contest. 

24. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3) (LW: 24): The Chiefs also stay put because of the bye. It just goes to show how bad these teams are at the bottom of the list. They play a currently unnamed starting Oakland quarterback and his Raiders next. 

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) (LW: 25): They kept a game against the Steelers interesting by not allowing them to register a single point in the second half. Maurice Jones-Drew almost broke the 100 yard mark against the vaunted Steelers run defense. 

26. Carolina Panthers (1-5) (LW: 21): Cam Newton may be tons of fun to watch on T.V., but that team absolutely stinks. They were abused by Michael Turner with Jon Beason and Thomas Davis out for the year at linebacker. 

27. Denver Broncos (1-4) (LW: 27): Since the Broncos were on a bye this week, the big news is that they traded their Pro Bowl receiver, Brandon Lloyd, to the St. Louis Rams. He probably wasn't needed in Denver anymore considering Tim Tebow will be running quarterback draws throughout the rest of the season. 

28. Arizona Cardinals (1-4) (LW: 29): The Cardinals managed to move up the list because they were on the bye week! Woo hoo! I am filled with optimism now. Oh, but they are 1-3 coming off of the bye under Ken Whisenhunt. And they are playing the Steelers. Ouch. 

29. Minnesota Vikings (1-5) (LW: 28): Finally, Donovan McNabb and his lack of accuracy have been benched in favor of the rookie, Christian Ponder. Vikes fans have probably been waiting for this since... well, probably the beginning of the season. 

30. St. Louis Rams (0-5) (LW: 31): The Rams get a bump because of the Brandon Lloyd trade that they pulled off. Other than that, they still couldn't score a touchdown against the Packers and they were beaten down badly. Sam Bradford has a high ankle sprain and is now in a boot listed as day-to-day. As if things weren't already bad... 

31. Indianapolis Colts (0-6) (LW: 30): I think the Suck for Luck race is down to the Colts and the Dolphins at this point. Dallas Clark did make this catch though, which was pretty sweet. He should get used to it with Curtis Painter as his QB. 

32. Miami Dolphins (0-5) (LW: 32): The only positive I can pull out of this game is that the firing of Tony Sparano is now a foregone conclusion. Jon Gruden wouldn't stop talking about it during the fourth quarter last night. Brandon Marshall had a couple of drops, but he played rather well against Darrelle Revis. Reggie Bush also proved to us that he is not just a corpse, too. The only thing Dolphins fans have to look forward to is the press conference where Luck announces that he will be taking his talents to South Beach. 

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