Week 6 NFL Power Rankings


  1. New England Patriots- Tom Brady is back and Rob Gronkowski is getting healthier.  They are the team to beat in the AFC, if not the entire NFL.
  2. Minnesota Vikings- When they don’t turn the ball over, they can’t be beat.  Up to this point, they haven’t turned it over.
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers- Their offense is as explosive as any in the league, and the defense is getting better.
  4. Denver Broncos- Paxton Lynch wasn’t quite ready and they have Trevor Siemian back.  He gets the Chargers defense, so that should be productive.
  5. Atlanta Falcons- Are the Falcons good?  They keep winning and they beat some pretty good teams. I’m not convinced about their defense.
  6. Green Bay Packers- They’re winning without Aaron Rodgers playing his best football.  That’s a very good sign.
  7. Seattle Seahawks- Russell Wilson is playing at an MVP level and the ‘Hawks defense is always at the top of their game.
  8. Oakland Raiders- They’re a first place team, but I’m not sure how good they actually are.  They haven’t beaten anyone particularly good and haven’t won in decisive fashion against anyone.
  9. Dallas Cowboys- They win games by running the ball and playing solid defense.  Dak Prescott is not only the Rookie of the Year so far, he’s a legitimate MVP candidate.
  10. Philadelphia Eagles- They’re playing some solid defense and when they don’t turn the ball over they can hang with anyone.  The loss of Lane Johnson will hurt.
  11. Buffalo Bills- Marcel Dareus is back and they’re playing some really good football over the past three weeks.  Totally different outlook from the first two weeks.
  12. Baltimore Ravens- The Ravens aren’t as good as their 3-2 record, but they have a chance to win any game with Joe Flacco.
  13. Kansas City Chiefs- They are a solid team, but they don’t have the firepower to compete with elite quarterbacks.
  14. Washington Redskins- They don’t do anything that makes you scream out loud that they’re a great team, but they’ve come back nicely from their bad start.
  15. Los Angeles Rams- We probably should believe in this team more, but it feels like a smoke and mirrors operation.  Still, good job by Jeff Fisher.
  16. Cincinnati Bengals- It just hasn’t clicked yet for Cincy, but the roster is too good for them to be this mediocre for much longer.
  17. Arizona Cardinals- Carson Palmer is back and it’s not too late to salvage the season.  The defense has to play better.
  18. Houston Texans- A product of their weakened schedule.  They made a mistake with Brock Osweiler.
  19. New York Giants- The Giants seem like that team that can beat anyone or lose to anyone on a given week.  They’re no better with Bob McAdoo than Tom Coughlin.
  20. Carolina Panthers- This is a reputation ranking only.  They’ve earned their 1-4 record.
  21. Detroit Lions- Just an average team with an average quarterback.  The Marvin Jones signing looks good.
  22. Indianapolis Colts- Good quarterback, bad coach, worse general manager.  They must outscore people to win and that grows tiresome.
  23. New York Jets- This is another reputation ranking.  The defense has been terrible and Fitzpatrick has been himself.
  24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Good players with a losing culture.  Jameis is turning the ball over far too often.
  25. Tennessee Titans- They have a really good offensive line and if they can get just enough out of the passing game, .500 is a realistic goal.
  26. New Orleans Saints- At least they’re on a winning streak.
  27. San Diego Chargers- They’re why the Saints are on a winning streak.
  28. Chicago Bears- Brian Hoyer is actually playing good football.  That in itself is a temporary miracle.
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars- Good players, bad coaching, losing culture.
  30. Miami Dolphins- They can lose to anyone, any week.  No heart.
  31. San Francisco 49ers- Gabbert is on the bench and now it’s Kaepernick’s turn.  It’s still a terrible team around him.
  32. Cleveland Browns- They’re an injury riddled mess.  We expected a rebuild, so nobody should be overly surprised.

About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.