Power Rankings; Week Six: Chiefs continue their reign
Five weeks into the season and the Kansas City Chiefs still look like the only great team in the NFL. They, for obvious reason, still sit in the top spot and look like they will be there for quite some time.
The Texans suffered a devastating loss in more than one way. Not only did they lose to the Chiefs in primetime, but they lost J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus for the season to injuries. The offense has made tremendous strides with DeShaun Watson under center, however, now they will need the offense to truly carry the team.
Now on to the rankings!
Record (5-0); Previous (1) – Game Recap Not much change at the top as the Chiefs occupy the top spot for the fourth consecutive week. Alex Smith has yet to throw an interception and the Chiefs look like the only “great” team in either conference.
Record (4-1); Previous (3) – Game Recap
The leap from year one to year two for Carson Wentz looks like quite a positive for the Eagles team. Not to mention their offseason additions on both sides of the ball have had a positive impact as they sit in first place in the NFC East.
Record (4-1); Previous (6) – Game Recap As is the case in recent history, Packers and Cowboys matchups often have an exciting finish. This week was no exception as the teams traded touchdowns late in the fourth with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers getting the last laugh.
Record (3-1); Previous (4) – Game Recap 2016 Matt Ryan (First 4 games) – 11 TDs, 2 INTs. 2017 Matt Ryan (First 4 Games) – 5 TDs, 5 INTs.
Record (3-2); Previous (2) – Game Recap The team nearly pulled off the comeback (again) but ultimately fell short. Last season the Lions lived on the edge and often came out victorious. They can not expect to follow the same script this year.
Record (3-2); Previous (7) – Game Recap It was ugly at times, but a win is a win. The Patriots defense by far had its strongest outing of the season, something that will have to continue for them to regain their spot at the top.
Record (3-2); Previous (14) – Game Recap The offense is still a work in progress, however, the defense showed up to play, intercepting Jared Goff twice and holding the explosive Rams offense to just 10 points. All in the first half.
Record (3-2); Previous (8) – Game Recap After firing out of the gate, winning 3-of-4, the Rams had a minor setback against division rival, Seahawks. Always a tough matchup, the Rams were held scoreless in the second half in a winnable game.
Record (4-1); Previous (15) – Game Recap They nearly squandered a late lead, however, quarterback, Cam Newton, had another impressive outing. Newton threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
Record (3-1); Previous (10) – Game Recap Coming out of the bye-week, the Broncos have very winnable games against the Chargers and Giants, combined 1-9 on the season. However, matchups up with the Chiefs, Eagles, and Patriots following those two will show us whether the Broncos are contenders or pretenders.
Record (3-2); Previous (12) – Game Recap Sam Bradford was active for the Monday Night game against the Bears but Case Keenum played the majority of the game in the win. Bradford apparently felt discomfort in his injured knee, a chronic issue for the quarterback.
Record (2-3); Previous (9) – Game Recap Not only did the Texans lose a primetime matchup with the Chiefs, they lost both J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus for the year. A huge blow to this defense.
Record (2-2); Previous (13) – Game Recap After a matchup with the 49ers coming out of the bye, the Redskins have back-to-back games within the division against the Cowboys and Eagles.
Record (3-2); Previous (21) – Game Recap With injuries greatly hampering the rest of the division, could the Jaguars sneak into an AFC South title? They sure looked like a playoff team in their dismantling of the Steelers.
Record (3-2); Previous (5) – Game Recap Is it time to panic in Pittsburgh? You bet. When your franchise quarterback questions whether he has it or not, especially considering he flirted with retirement in the offseason, is never a good sign. Five interceptions to the Jags doesn’t help.
Record (2-3); Previous (11) – Game Recap It is starting to get ugly in Oakland and the Raiders may find themselves out of the picture before they can get their franchise quarterback under center.
The Ravens have somehow managed to have a 3-2 record, despite lackluster play from Joe Flacco. Flacco was 19-of-26 for just 222 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. A bulk of that went to Mike Wallace who caught three passes for 133 yards.
Record (3-2); Previous (16) – Game Recap After an impressive drive late to give them a lead over the Packers, the Cowboys defense allowed Rodgers and the Packers offense to respond with just a 1:13 remaining. This loss could loom large at the end of the year.
Record (2-3); Previous (17) – Game Recap The Titans sorely miss Marcus Mariota behind center. Matt Cassel wasn’t terrible, but a game against a dysfunctional Dolphins team should be very winnable for the Titans.
Record (2-2); Previous (20) – Game Recap Why did the Saints sign Adrian Peterson again? (From the time this was written and when it was published, the Saints traded Peterson to the Cardinals).
Record (3-2); Previous (18) – Game Recap Trying to decipher who the Bills really are is still a mystery. Coming out of their bye week, the Bills will go up against the Bucs, Raiders and the surprising Jets.
The Buccaneers were doomed by three missed field goals in their loss to the Patriots, however, Thursday did prove that Jameis Winston still has little ways to go to be a top-tier NFL quarterback.
Record (3-2); Previous (26) – Game Recap Perhaps the most shocking thing thus far this season is that through five weeks, the Jets are tied for first in the AFC East. I figured it would be near impossible to win just one game this year. Now they have won three in-a-row and are in a battle for first in the AFC East this weekend.
Record (2-2); Previous (24) – GameRecap Jay Cutler managed just 92 yards passing and the Dolphins squeaked out a win against a Matt Cassel-led Titans team. To make matters worse, a video surfaced shortly after the game of the offensive line coach doing some illegal extracurricular activities with a stripper. Way to blow a job opportunity.
Record (2-3); Previous (25) – Game Recap After three straight losses to start the season, the Bengals have started to get rolling. With the Jekel and Hyde play of the Ravens and Steelers, the Bengals could find themselves right back in the hunt for the AFC North title.
Record (2-3); Previous (22) – Game Recap Adrian Peterson won’t be enough to fix the Cardinals issues on offense. However, he will be more effective for the Cards than he was with the Saints.
Record (2-3); Previous (28) – Game Recap Jacoby Brissett, Marlon Mack, and T.Y. Hilton carried the Colts to their second win of the season. There is still no clear date for the return of Andrew Luck. Brissett has been a revelation for the Colts, despite some struggles for someone who is in just his second season and was thrust into a starters role.
Record (1-4); Previous (27) – Game Recap Despite the loss, the debut of quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, has given Bears fans hope for the future. Something that has been absent for quite some time.
Record (1-4); Previous (31) – Game Recap Finally! The Chargers got their first win in Los Angeles since 1960. Granted, they haven’t been in LA since that year, however, it was starting to feel like the team hadn’t won in over 50 years.
Record (0-5); Previous (30) – Game Recap 17 points and an end zone interception in the fourth quarter were not enough for the 49ers as they are still in search of their first win for new coach, Kyle Shanahan. They have now lost their last four games by a total of 11 points.
Record (0-5); Previous (29) – Game Recap It can’t get much worse for a team that was a popular pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. It’s going to be a long year in New York, especially now that Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are done for the year.
Record (0-5); Previous (32) – Game Recap Another week, another loss for the Browns. How long does Hue Jackson hold on to his job in Cleveland?
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