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Week 6 NFL Power Rankings - 2021

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2021 Week 6 NFL Power Rankings

Six weeks into the NFL regular season and we have just one remaining unbeaten team. On the flipside, we have just one winless team. Will Arizona go undefeated? Will Detroit put up an 0-fer? Probably not, but it’s fun to think about. Knowing those two things, I think you can figure out which team sits atop these rankings and which one currently dwells at the very bottom. It’s the in-between that keeps you coming back. At least I hope you keep coming back. Please come back?

1. Arizona Cardinals (6-0) ~ They average 32.3 points per game and so far, their opponents have scored more than 20 just once. That’s a recipe that leads to success. A lot of success. Oh, and they just upgraded their tight end position by acquiring one of my favorites in Zach Ertz. Something special might be brewing in the desert this year. (Last Ranking 2)

2. Los Angeles Rams (5-1) ~ Have you heard about the season Cooper Kupp is having? If you are reading this, you must have, but it is so good I’m going to talk about it again. Kupp is leading the NFL with seven touchdowns. He is tied for the lead with 46 catches. His 653 receiving yards are a mere 2nd in the league. I don’t think there is a triple crown in football like there is in baseball, but Kupp has a chance to make us rethink that. (LR 3)

3. Buffalo Bills (4-2) ~ After scoring at least 35 points in their previous four games, the Bills came up just short in Tennessee last night with a mere 31. 35, however, would have been the magic number as the Titans put up 34 in capturing the win. A loss in a road shootout primetime game isn’t going to make me nervous if I were a Bills fan. All they have to do is look to the schedule and see the combined record of their next three opponents is 3-14. Seems like an easy path to be sitting at 7-2 halfway through the season. I think any Bills fan would be happy with that result. (LR 1)

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1) ~ 44-year-old Tom Brady leads the NFL in passing yards (2,064), is second with 17 touchdowns and fourth with a QBR of 66.4. Could he be on the verge of yet another MVP award? Draft Kings has him as the fourth best odds at +800. That’s kind of juicy if you ask me. (LR 4)

5. Baltimore Ravens (5-1) ~ I have to admit that I had to look up who the Ravens lost to earlier this year. Then I remembered that I watched that crazy overtime thriller in Las Vegas. Well, I wasn’t in Vegas. The game was in Vegas. Nevermind. The Ravens have ripped off five straight wins since that defeat and are set to host the Cincinnati Bengals with first place in the AFC North on the line. Who would have thought a Ravens/Bengals matchup in late October would be so captivating? (LR 6)

6. Dallas Cowboys (5-1) ~ Speaking of teams that have ripped off five straight wins, we can’t forget about Dallas. As much as I’d like to. Dak Prescott has the comeback player of the year award locked up. The three game lead in the division is the largest in the league. Could they perhaps be a threat to take the number one seed in this year’s playoffs and earn the coveted bye? Remember that in this 17-game season there will be only one team that earns the bye week. (LR 7)

7. Green Bay Packers (5-1) ~ Yes, the Packers have won five in a row. I guess I have to mention it since I did about the last two teams. I also have to mention that Aaron Rodgers did the discount double check while telling Chicago fans that he still owns them. It’s Rodgers’ world and we’re all just living in it. (LR 10)

8. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) ~ Justin Herbert was held to a season-low 195 passing yards. Austin Ekeler, who came into the game averaging more than five yards per carry, didn’t even crack double digits in rushing yards. That’s the bad news. The good news for the Chargers is they get to lick their wounds from that beatdown in Baltimore with a bye this weekend. (LR 8)

9. Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) ~ I thought my biggest takeaway from this game was going to be Mrs. Mahomes’ take on takeaways. She said that tipped passes that are intercepted shouldn’t count against her son’s stats. As ridiculous as that it, it was another member of Mahomes’ family that left the biggest impression on me. His brother Jackson, inexplicably did a TikTok dance on the gated off area of the memorial set up for Sean Taylor. I won’t post a link to it because I don’t want him to get any more views. It makes me sick. (LR 9)

10. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) ~ They could have, and maybe should have, beaten the Packers two weeks ago. They should have, and did, beat the Lions this past weekend. If they take down the Ravens this week, I’ll be in on the bandwagon. I need to see more before I’m ready to buy in. (LR 17)

11. Cleveland Browns (3-3) ~ Let’s not sugarcoat anything here. I’m worried about the Browns. Their health issues may be too much to overcome. Nick Chubb has missed time. Jarvis Landy and Odell Beckham Jr have missed games. Jedrick Wills and Jack Conklin, both of their tackles, have missed games. Kareem Hunt is now going to miss time. Baker Mayfield may have a torn labrum. This can all spell disaster for the Browns who had legitimate Super Bowl hopes when the season began. (LR 5)

12. Tennessee Titans (4-2) ~ Derrick Henry is a monster. His stiff arms are second to none. He bowls over defensive linemen like they were cornerbacks. No disrespect to corners. Now I learn that in his 76-yard touchdown run against the Bills he reached a top speed of 21.8 miles per hour. That is the fastest any player has reached this year. If the biggest, baddest runner is now the fastest? Well, I don’t know what I would do if I were a defensive coordinator trying to gameplan for this man. (LR 18)

13. Las Vegas Raiders (4-2) ~ I will give credit where credit is due. The Raiders went on the road to divisional rival Denver and beat them handily. This after all the distraction with the Jon Gruden email/resignation fiasco. Up next they host my Philadelphia Eagles in a game I so badly wish I could attend. (LR 11)

14. New Orleans Saints (3-2) ~ Legit the team I fail to get a handle on week to week. They had a bye last week, so I guess they did what I thought they’d do, but did they really? What DID Jameis Winston do with his free time? Did Sean Payton enjoy some leisure time or did he spend it creating new plays for Winston and the offense that looks like they will it be without all-pro wideout Michael Thomas for a few weeks? (LR 16)

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) ~ They needed overtime to beat a Seattle team that is without Russell Wilson and Chris Carson. The game was in Pittsburgh. They’re at .500 entering the bye and next week visit Cleveland to try and avoid being in last place in the AFC North. (LR 20)

16. Carolina Panthers (3-3) ~ That 3-0 start seems like a lifetime ago. Three straight losses since Christian McCaffrey went down with an injury in week three. Now the Panthers have acknowledged that CMC will miss the next three games as they placed their star running back on injured reserve. If I’m drafting first overall in fantasy next year, I think I can talk myself into someone other that CMC as my pick. (LR 12)

17. Minnesota Vikings (3-3) ~ Once again the Vikings missed a field goal in the waning seconds of a game. Why does it feel like the Vikings have always had kicking issues? This time, however, it didn’t come back to bite them. Minnesota was able to score in overtime to climb out of the 1-3 hole in which they started the year. (LR 23)

18. San Francisco 49ers (2-3) ~ Jimmy Garoppolo practiced yesterday with the first team. Trey Lance did not. That leads me to believe Jimmy G will be the starter Sunday night against Indianapolis. That should bode well for the San Fran running game as Elijah Mitchell looks ready to re-take the reigns as the lead back. Odds are there will be a more consistent running game with Jimmy G under center than the rookie Lance. (LR 15)

19. Indianapolis Colts (2-4) ~ Here’s a fun fact: Carson Wentz has more sprained ankles this season than interceptions. Hat tip to Annie Agar for that one. Wentz, as you may recall, was leading the NFL with 15 interceptions when he was benched after a dozen games last season. He has just one so far through six games this year. (LR 22)

20. Denver Broncos (3-3) ~ The wheels have come off after starting the season 3-0, but there is some good news on the horizon. Star receiver Jerry Jeudy has a chance to return to action Thursday against the Browns. Jeudy was injured in the season opener and, if he can’t make it back for the early game this week, he should return on Halloween at home against Washington. If he is available in your fantasy league, this might be the perfect time to pick him up. (LR 14)

21. Seattle Seahawks (2-4) ~ If you told me at the beginning of the season that Geno Smith would be starting games in the NFL while Cam Newton didn’t have a job, well, you’d probably own everything I have because I would not have thought that could possibly be true. But, here we are. Smith made his first start in four years. In fact, it was his first start since he ended Eli Manning’s consecutive start streak. That’s how long it’s been. Seattle is in trouble for as long as Russell Wilson is sidelined. (LR 13)

22. New England Patriots (2-4) ~ I was only scoreboard watching, but it seemed like the Pats had Dallas on the ropes most of the game. It would be a much different story if we were talking about a .500 club that just upended one of the better teams in the league. At least they are competitive. It must give Pats fans hope for the future. (LR 21)

23. Chicago Bears (3-3) ~ Things aren’t exactly great for the Bears right now. They once again saw Aaron Rodgers and the Packers rip their hearts out. They are last in the NFL in passing with a putrid 117.2 yards per game output. Their offense is putting up just 16.3 points per game. Head coach Matt Nagy finally got it right by plugging in rookie Justin Fields to the starters job, but he might not be around long enough to help Fields find his way as a pro qb. (LR 24)

24. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) ~ This is all about the aforementioned Zach Ertz. He was traded to Arizona after the Eagles lost to Tampy Bay Thursday night. He caught what ended up being the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl 52. He embodied being a Philadelphia Eagle and I don’t think there is one Philly fan who didn’t shed a tear when they heard the trade news. You may be a Cardinal now Zach, but you’ll always be an Eagle to me. (LR 25)

25. Washington Football Team (2-4) ~ Is there any team that has performed below expectations more than the Football Team? You could talk me in to Miami, but that kills this narrative so I'm sticking with my gut. Washington had a fearsome defense last year, however, they are dead last in points allowed this season. Couple that with Ryan Fitzpatrick going down in week one and it all spells disaster. (LR 19)

26. Atlanta Falcons (2-3) ~ Outside of a week two matchup with Tampa Bay, the Falcons haven't really played anyone of consequence this season. That could mean they are even worse than their 2-3 record would indicate. Sunday's matchup in Miami is yet another game the Falcons could and should win. Whether they do will let us know just how bad this team really is. (LR 27)

27. Miami Dolphins (1-5) ~ So, the Dolphins just played a game in London. Now they have another game this Sunday? I thought teams that played in London had a bye the next week? That seems a little ridiculous. (LR 26)

28. New York Giants (1-5) ~ I had the privelage of watching about a quarter of this game while I was in New York. I saw the Rams get into the end zone on all but one possession and I saw the Giants turn the ball over on, I believe, every possession. I have a feeling heads are going to be rolling in New York after this season if things don't improve dramatically. (LR 28)

29. New York Jets (1-4) ~ Heads might roll for the other New York team, but I think the Jets knew this was going to be a bad season. They have a rookie head coach, quarterback and running back. There's some talent, but it will take time. (LR 29)

30. Houston Texans (1-5) ~ How many touchdowns will former Texan DeAndre Hopkins score this week against Houston? How many sacks will former Texan J.J. Watt have this week against Houston? That's what I'm interested in. (LR 30)

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) ~ They did it! They did it! They won a game! A last-second field goal gave Trevor Lawrence and Urban Meyer their first wins in the NFL. The 20-game winless streak is over. (LR 32)

32. Detroit Lions (0-6) ~ I just feel bad for the Lions. Don't you? Maybe Jared Goff pulls off a miracle in a revenge game against the Rams? (LR 31)

And that is that. That's all I've got this week. You're now free to go about the rest of your day. Or night. Whatever it may be. If you want more of me, be sure to give me a follow on Twitter or just leave a comment below.

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