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Power Rankings (week 6)

October 10, 2012 by Steel Haven


Rnk LW* Team Record Comments
1. 1. Houston Texans 5-0 Loss of Cushing a major blow.
2. 2. Atlanta Falcons 5-0 Undefeated after 5 games for the first time in franchise history.
3. 5. San Francisco 49ers 4-1 First NFL team to ever gain 300 yards passing and 300 yards rushing in a game.
4. 4. Baltimore Ravens 4-1 Escaped Arrowhead thanks in large part to a horrendous call in the fourth quarter when a play was whistled dead on a clear Flacco fumble returned for a TD. Since the replacement referees are gone there was no media teeth gnashing for a call every bit as bad if not worse than the now infamous (and arguably correct) simultaneous possession call for Tate on MNF.
5. 8. New England Patriots 3-2 Rushed for over 200 yards in consecutive games for the first time since 1978.
6. 9. New York Giants 3-2 Finally got the running game untracked with Bradshaw topping 200 yards.
7. 11. Chicago Bears 4-1 Tillman and Briggs both returned interceptions for TDs in each of the last 2 weeks. Only other teammates to ever accomplish the feat were Law and Smith of the 2001 Patriots.
8. 14. Minnesota Vikings 4-1 Harvin for MVP!
9. 16. Pittsburgh Steelers 2-2 Mendenhall made a difference.
10. 6. Philadelphia Eagles 3-2 Vick turnovers again reared their ugly head.
11. 3. Arizona Cardinals 4-1 Grimm's offensive line has been grim allowing 17 sacks in the last 2 games.
12. 7. Green Bay Packers 2-3 Blew a 21-3 halftime lead in Indianapolis. Covering Wayne in the second half might have been a good idea.
13. 10. Cincinnati Bengals 3-2 Not sure what Lewis was thinking down 4 with only 3 minutes remaining when he decided to try a FG on fourth and 5 from the 23. Sadly enough Nugent missed anyway.
14. 17. Seattle Seahawks 3-2 Already tallied 16 sacks after totaling just 35 all of last season. Surprise first rounder Irvin's pair of sacks raised his total to 4.5.
15. 15. Dallas Cowboys 2-2 Exit the bye with 98 wins and 98 losses this century. Mediocrity personified.
16. 19. St. Louis Rams 3-2 Winning ugly, a Fisher trait.
17. 12. San Diego Chargers 3-2 Suffered bad luck when a roughing the passer penalty negated an interception and got the Saints back into the game.
18. 13. Denver Broncos 2-3 Need a win in San Diego even though their schedule gets much easier after the bye.
19. 27. Miami Dolphins 2-3 Play of offensive line and defensive front 7 allows them to be competitive regardless of opponent.
20. 31. New Orleans Saints 1-4 First victory came with Payton, Loomis and Vitt in the building to watch Brees break Unitas' record.
21. 18. Washington Redskins 2-3 Couldn't overcome losing RGIII to a concussion with fellow rookie Cousins throwing a pair of interceptions in relief. RGII was cleared to practice on Wednesday.
22. 22. Detriot Lions 1-3 Schwartz's job could be in jeopardy if the defense doesn't improve.
23. 30. Indianapolis Colts 2-2 Came alive in the second half after harnessing their emotions thanks in large part to Wayne defying time.
24. 24. Oakland Raiders 1-3 Had a long time to think about blowout loss in Denver. Trip to Atlanta unlikely to bring relief.
25. 20. New York Jets 2-3 Receiving corps without Holmes is abysmal. So desperate that adding CJ, TO or Plax might make sense.
26. 26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-3 Must beat the struggling Chiefs at home coming off the bye or their season could quickly spiral out of control.
27. 21. Buffalo Bills 2-3 Last team to give up over 550 total yards in consecutive games was the 1950 Giants.
28. 23. Carolina Panthers 1-4 Can Newton rebound from adversity?
29. 25. Tennessee Titans 1-4 Munchak is no Fisher.
30. 28. Jacksonville Jaguars 1-4 An embarrassment. Decision to hire Mularkey to tutor Gabbert is not working.
31. 29. Kansas City Chiefs 1-4 Their 19 turnovers are the most in the first 5 games since the Saints turned the ball over 21 times in the first 5 games to start the 1997 season. Cassel was cheered while leaving with a head injury in the fourth quarter after throwing for just 92 yards with a pair of interceptions and lost fumbles. Classless, yet quite frankly understandable.
32. 32. Cleveland Browns 0-5 Steamrolled after being staked to a 14 point first quarter lead.

*Last week's ranking

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