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My 2020 Week Six NFL Power Rankings

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Week 6 Power Rankings

No need to press the panic button. I’m back. I used some much need vacation time. Odds are I won’t miss another week during the NFL season, so, as I said, no need to hit that panic button. Y’know who else doesn’t need to hit the panic button? Pretty much any team in the NFC East. Yes, that includes the New York Giants who just picked up their first win of the season. Through six weeks that division is a putrid 5-18-1. Three of those five wins are within the division so it could be even worse if you think about it. One of these teams will secure a playoff spot this year. I’m starting to wonder if that team will have double-digit losses…

1. Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) ~ Yes, there are undefeated teams left in the NFL. Yes, the Chiefs are not amongst them. But, I ask you, if there was one team out there that you would like to see your favorite team avoid, why is it Kansas City? Oh, and they just added Le’Veon Bell to be their change of pace back. We all know what Andy Reid can do with a running back who is a receiving threat. The rich get richer. (Last Ranking 1)

2. Seattle Seahawks (5-0) ~ Hollywood Brown. N’Keal Harry. Deebo Samuel. A.J. Brown. Mecole Hardman. JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Parris Campbell. Andy Isabella. Those are the EIGHT wide receivers who were drafted last year before D.K. Metcalf went to Seattle with the 64th overall pick. I’m willing to bet there are a few teams who would like a do-over. Most notably my Philadelphia Eagles. Through five games, Metcalf is averaging roughly 4 ½ catches for 99 yards and a score. It’s time we treat him like the upper echelon receiver that he is. (LR 2)

3. Baltimore Ravens (5-1) ~ Baltimore is allowing just 17.3 points per game which is the lowest in the NFL. That includes a game in which Patrick Mahomes had five touchdowns. Baltimore’s defense was never really a question mark. Lamar Jackson is putting up numbers similar to last year when he won the MVP. Their running game is even stronger with rookie J.K. Dobbins adjusting nicely to the NFL. It seems the only thing holding Baltimore back is K.C. Could make for an interesting AFC Championship should those two teams make it that far. (LR 3)

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-0) ~ The Steelers have beaten every team they’ve faced thus far. That’s all you can ask of a team is to beat the teams on their schedule. The strength of those teams is not something the Steelers can control. It’s not their fault the teams they’ve faced are a combined 9-19-1. That all changes this week when they travel to Tennessee to face the unbeaten Titans. I think we will know more about the Steelers after that game. (LR 6)

5. Tennessee Titans (5-0) ~ Since Ryan Tannehill took over for Tennessee, the Titans are 14-4, have an AFC Championship game appearance, and are undefeated atop the AFC South this year. I’m struggling to figure out what didn’t work in Miami that the Dolphins essentially paid the Titans to take him off their hands. Truly remarkable. (LR 7)

6. Green Bay Packers (4-1) ~ Aaron Rodgers threw a pick six. Two passes later, he threw another interception that was returned all the way back to the two yard line. They were his first two interceptions thrown this year. In fact, he hadn’t thrown multiple picks in a game since November of 2016. It’s easy to look at the thumping Green Bay took in Tampa and say the Packers aren’t as good as their record. It’s also easy to say that even the greatest of the greats have an off night now and again. In this case, I’d lean toward the latter being what happened this past weekend more than anything. (LR 5)

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2) ~ Don’t look now, but Rob Gronkowski is starting to resemble the Rob Gronkowski we knew and loved in New England. One of Tom Brady’s favorite targets during their time together on the Patriots, Gronk found the end zone for the first time as a Buc in the rout against the Packers. Gronk has averaged six targets per game over the last four as opposed to just three total targets in the first two weeks of the season. They have combined for 79 touchdowns and appear ready to add to that total. (LR 11)

8. Buffalo Bills (4-2) ~ Earlier this year I was singing the praises of Josh Allen. He was a man on fire and he was torching the opposition. Well, it appears a lot has changed since then. Allen’s passer rating has declined four straight weeks and he’s thrown three of his four interceptions during the last two games: both losses. He DOES still have multiple touchdowns in every game and the Bills sit atop the AFC East so I’m sure Bills fans aren’t too, too worried about their quarterback’s recent struggles against some top competition. (LR 4)

9. New Orleans Saints (3-2) ~ The Saints are coming back off a bye and they will have stud receiver Michael Thomas back in the lineup for the first time since the first game of the year. Also coming back in New Orleans? Fans. The mayor of New Orleans has given the OK to have 3,000 fans in the Superdome. I'm glad that fans are being let back in to stadiums in small capacities. If it can hold 70,000 people, you can let SOME people in. Right? (LR 12)

10. Chicago Bears (5-1) ~ Le'Veon Bell signed with the Chiefs. In my mind, he should have gone to Chicago. Now, you can't fault a guy for signing with the champs, but I think there was a chance for more playing time in Chicago. David Montgomery has been underwhelming at best. Tarik Cohen was lost for the year. Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is second on the team with 22 carries. Maybe the Bears pursued him, but I think he would have strengthened a weakness in Chi-town. (LR 13)

11. Los Angeles Rams (4-2) ~ Kai Forbath is now a Ram. Samuel Sloman has handled kicked duties for L.A. this year, but has struggled. He is 7-for-9 on field goals, which isn't terrible, but he has already missed three extra points. In a competitive NFC West, every point will matter. (LR 9)

12. Indianapolis Colts (4-2) ~ Where oh where has T.Y. Hilton gone? Indy's star receiver has all but disappeared from the offense. Through six games he is averaging a hair over three catches for roughly 40 yards and he has yet to find the end zone. I thought Philip Rivers would look for the veteran more, especially with all the injuries to the receiver depth chart. (LR 14)

13. Arizona Cardinals (4-2) ~ Against one of the worst defenses in the league, Kyler Murray completed just nine of 24 passes for less than 200 yards. 80 of which came on one completion. That...can't...continue. That said, Arizona won that game by 28 points on the road. (LR 15)

14. Cleveland Browns (4-2) ~ They may be 4-2, but those two losses are bad. Like, really bad. In those two losses, Cleveland was outscored by a combined 76-13. Those two losses were against fellow AFC North clubs. Saying they have to play better in divisional games is an understatement. The upside? They almost can't play any worse. (LR 20)

15. New England Patriots (2-3) ~ I'll just say this. The Cleveland Browns have a better record than the New England Patriots. (LR 8)

16. Las Vegas Raiders (3-2) ~ Derek Carr had an extra week off to enjoy his first win in Kansas City as a pro. It ended a seven-game losing streak in Arrowhead for the Raiders and gave the Chiefs their only loss on the season. Maybe this Raiders team is for real. (LR 16)

17. San Francisco 49ers (3-3) ~ San Fran picked up their first win of the season away from Metlife Stadium with a huge win over the Rams. Hard to believe the reigning NFC champs needed that win to maintain a shot at the division. In case you hadn't noticed, I've already covered the rest of the NFC West. (LR 9)

18. Miami Dolphins (3-3) ~ Believe it or not the Dolphins have been competitive in every game this season. They lost by one score to Seattle and Buffalo, both of whom are high on this list. They've won three of four and are ready for their bye week. They won't look quite the same coming out of it, however, as Miami has announce Tua Tagovailoa will take over at quarterback for Ryan Fitzpatrick. The timing seems weird since the Dolphins are winning. I understand they get an extra week with the bye, but this feels rushed to me. (LR 27)

19. Carolina Panthers (3-3) ~ Their three game winning streak was snapped, but things are looking up for the Panthers. All-world running back Christian McCaffrey has a chance to suit up this week after missing the last four games with an ankle injury. (LR 28)

20. Dallas Cowboys (2-4) ~ Their first game without Dak Prescott was a disaster with a capital D. Andy Dalton threw two picks, Zeke fumbled twice and the Cowboys lost at home by 28 to Arizona. Despite all of this, they still lead the horrid NFC East. (LR 17)

21. Denver Broncos (2-3) ~ Denver hadn't played in 17 days due to covid, but that allowed them to get healthy. Drew Lock and Phillip Lindsay returned to the lineup and helped lead the team to a road victory against the Patriots. This 18-12 victory was not your Peyton Manning - Tom Brady matchup from a few years ago. I miss those games. (LR 29)

22. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) ~ Five games played and five games decided by one score. Why is it the Chargers seem to always find themselves in these nail biters? It must drive the fanbase crazy. Is that fanbase still in San Diego? How does that work when a team changes cities? (LR 18)

23. Philadelphia Eagles (1-4-1) ~ It's down to just Carson Wentz and Jason Kelce. They are the only ones left standing from the starting offense. Their reward? A Thursday night game against a divisional foe. Sure, it may be "just the New York Giants", but these Eagles aren't anything resembling the team we all anticipated to be on the field. (LR 22)

24. Detroit Lions (2-3) ~ We all know Adrian Peterson is not the future in Detroit's backfield. That belongs to second round rookie D'Andre Swift. He showed it on Sunday against Jacksonville. Swift nearly tripled his season yardage total by amassing 116 yards and two touchdowns in a victory. Expect to see more of Swift as the season goes on. (LR 24)

25. Houston Texans (1-5) ~ Will Fuller has been healthy and thriving as the number one receiver in Houston. Through six games he has 28 catches for 455 yards and four scores. That won't make anyone forget about DeAndre Hopkins, but it's a start. (LR 19)

26. Minnesota Vikings (1-5) ~ Kirk Cousins leads the NFL with 10 interceptions in just six games. He had six all of last year. Stefon Diggs isn't there anymore, but Adam Thielen is a stud and rookie Justin Jefferson has proven to be more than reliable. The picks aren't the only thing keeping the Vikings down, but they aren't helping. (LR 21)

27. Atlanta Falcons (1-5) ~ Julio Jones was back in the lineup and the Falcons offense had little trouble in picking apart the Vikes. With eight catches for 137 yards and two scores, Jones was a big part of that offense outburst. Atlanta gets its first win under interim coach Raheem Morris. (LR 23)

28. Cincinnati Bengals (1-4-1) ~ Cincy did their best Falcons impression by blowing a 21-point lead against the Colts. The Bengals aren't a good team, but they seem to be improved over last year's squad. There is hope yet for the Bengals. (LR 30)

29. Washington Football Team (1-5) ~ Riverboat Ron made an appearance in Washington when he decided to go for two near the end of the game against the Giants. The conversion failed and the game was over. A one-point loss. Sometimes these things work out and Rivera will be praised. Other times this will happen and he will be second-guessed. Washington knew what they were getting when they hired him. Or, at least I hope so. It's kind of hard to know for sure what Washington's braintrust knows. (LR 26)

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) ~ Five losses in a row for the Jags has Head Coach Doug Marrone contemplating benching Uncle Rico, er, Gardner Minshew. If you aren't sure of the Jags backup quarterback, it happens to be Mike Glennon. Don't worry. I wasn't sure either. (LR 25)

31. New York Giants (1-5) ~ The winners of Riverboat Ron's gamble gave Joe Judge his first win as coach of the Giants. If they want to make it two in a row, they will need more from Daniel Jones who has just one touchdown pass in the last five games. (LR 31)

32. New York Jets (0-6) ~ I'm not so sure this is how Frank Gore and Joe Flacco envisioned the twilight of their careers. I'm also not so sure that's who Jets fans figured they'd be rooting for this year, but Sam Darnold is hurt and Le'Veon Bell is in Kansas City. If things continue on this path, do the Jets move on from Darnold and take Clemson's Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick? (LR 32)

Well, that’s it. All 32 NFL teams. All in one little list that can cause a reader a bevy of emotions. Do you like where your team is ranked? Do you hate it? Do you think I have no clue what I’m talking about? Maybe you should tell me about it. Leave a comment below or reach out to me on Twitter. Handle is in the profile. See you next time kids.