2012 Week 6 NFL Power Rankings

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It's another week where the song remains the same at the very top and very bottom of NFL power rankings. With that said, multiple upsets and surprise results did cause changes in the middle of this week's list. The NFC East is truly up for grabs, the NFC North contains two 4-1 teams and neither of those teams is Green Bay, and the best story in pro football and perhaps all of American sports right now comes out of Indy.

2012 Week 6 NFL power rankings

32. Cleveland Browns (0-5): Will the Browns again have a 14-point lead this season? I have my doubts.

31. Kansas City Chiefs (1-4): Fans are calling for the GM to be fired, and some in the stands (allegedly) cheered when their favorite team's starting QB was hurt. The Chiefs are a mess.

30. Tennessee Titans (1-4): Tennessee looks like a team ready to throw in the towel. Chris Johnson is already back on milk carton covers.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4): Throwing two pick sixes is no way to win a football game. You can't blame just Blaine Gabbert for Jacksonville's woes, though. They're lousy all-around.

28. Carolina Panthers (1-4): OK, NOW we can say that Cam Newton is in the middle of a sophomore slump. It's bad times in Carolina.

27. Buffalo Bills (2-3): Perhaps the most humbled team in the NFL after what's occurred over the past two weeks, Buffalo now has to travel west to play the 4-1 Cards. Ouch.

26. New Orleans Saints (1-4): New Orleans gets an extra week to celebrate the team's first win of the season. Don't let it go to your heads, boys.

25. Indianapolis Colts (2-2): An emotional week for the franchise was capped off by an incredible drive led by Andrew Luck. The Colts could be a dangerous team if they can avoid an understandable emotional breakdown.

24. Oakland Raiders (1-3): Did the Raiders get a pass defense during the off week?

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3): The Bucs will host KC in the "toilet bowl" of Week 6. Both teams will likely test the "one of them has to win" saying.

22. New York Jets (2-3): The Jets don't get a break in this week's power rankings just because they avoided the blowout that most expected to see on Monday night. Their offense still stinks.

21. Miami Dolphins (2-3): It's crazy what a good quarterback and solid run defense will do for a team. Miami could blow St. Louis out at home.

20. Detroit Lions (1-3): Don't think there's a team in the league that needed a week off more than did Detroit. They need to make a statement when away to Philly this coming Sunday.

19. Washington Redskins (2-3): Dear RG3: Learn to slide.

18. Dallas Cowboys (2-2): The Cowboys from the season opener will have to make an appearance in Baltimore. Otherwise, that game could get ugly.

17. Seattle Seahawks (3-2): Sorry, Seattle fans, but I still need to see more from the 'Hawks before I give them more love in NFL power rankings. A win over the Pats would do the trick.

16. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2): Cincy can't afford to be dropping games to under-.500 opponents at home. That's how you lose a division title.

15. Denver Broncos (2-3): Everybody on the Broncos outside of Peyton Manning seemed unprepared for the Pats.

14. St. Louis Rams (3-2): The Rams earned a big jump in NFL power rankings after knocking off previously undefeated Arizona. Losing Danny Amendola could land the Rams right back in the 20s next week, though.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2): The Steelers defense that plays in Pittsburgh needs to start showing up to road games. Pittsburgh should, in theory, be able to dominate the lowly Titans.

12. San Diego Chargers (3-2): Hard to punish the Chargers for losing at New Orleans on what was a historic and special night for Drew Brees.

11. Green Bay Packers (2-3): Yes, the Packers have found themselves in several "different" situations in 2012. That doesn't erase the fact that the team's defense can't come up with a play when it matters most.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2): Michael Vick not giving the ball away may have been a one-off and nothing more. I still haven't seen any evidence that suggests Philly is a great team.

9. New York Giants (3-2): Despite being 0-2 against division opponents, the Giants could be favorites to win the NFC East. They've got to play better in the first half against bad teams.

8. New England Patriots (3-2): Tom Brady has now got to learn how to beat the other Manning.

7. Arizona Cardinals (4-1): Lost their first game of the season after three days of rest. There's no reason to panic; yet.

6. Minnesota Vikings (4-1): The Vikes just keep on rolling. They're quickly becoming one of the better home teams in the league.

5. Baltimore Ravens (4-1): Fall in NFL power rankings despite winning due to being partially responsible for what could go down as the ugliest game of the season. Yuck.

4. Chicago Bears (4-1): Who would have thought that a loss to Green Bay would be a fluke? Chicago's defense is for real.

3. San Francisco 49ers (4-1): The Jets and Bills helped the Niners look like world beaters. San Fran may not be that good, but they're definitely pretty darn good.

2. Houston Texans (5-0): Win with offense. Win with defense. Houston can do it both ways.

1. Atlanta Falcons (5-0): Kings of these NFL power rankings once more, the Falcons will now host a rested but still very vulnerable Oakland defense. Matty Ice could be a fantasy football hero this week.

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