Week 6 NFL Power Rankings - Green Bay Still On Top

The top of the power rankings appears to be set in stone.  The Green Bay Packers have not budged since the preseason, and I'm not sure a loss would even be able to knock them out of the spot.

I am excited to announce that joel311 has become our first guest ranker, adding his power rankings to the four contributors already making up the stats.  

If you would like to be the guest ranker, all you have to do is leave a comment on this thread.  I will randomly choose someone from all the comments and send you an e-mail letting you know you are the guest for the week.

The largest gain of the week went to the Cincinnati Bengals, who made bigger news with their off-field moves this week than the 27-17 win over the Colts.  The Bengals just traded away their former franchise quarterback, Carson Palmer, to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for their 2012 first-round pick and 2013 second-round pick, with an escalator to a first-round choice if the Raiders win a playoff game.

The biggest drop belongs to the Washington Redskins, plummeting five spots.  The Redskins lost to the Eagles this past week, dropping them to 3-2 and bringing the rest of the NFC East back into the division race.

To see the rankings, and a new, division by division comparison, make the jump:

LW

Team

Mosul

Matty

kmb

TCP

joel311

Remarks

1

1

Packers

1

1

1

1

1

Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the league right now (kmb)

2

2

Patriots

2

2

2

2

2

Can Brady and this offense carry the Pats to another SB despite a questionable D? (TCP)

3

5

Ravens

3

3

3

3

4

Ravens have quietly become the team to beat in the AFC. (kmb)

4

8

49ers

4

4

4

5

3

Tremendous win last week in Detroit. Oh - and give me Harbaugh over Swartz in a brawl any day. (Matty)

5

3

Lions

5

6

6

4

5

Tough loss at home to SF, but Lions still look like a playoff team. Can Stafford and Megatron stay hot during the second-half of the season? (kmb)

6

4

Saints

6

8

5

6

6

Loss to Tampa hurts, but with Drew Brees behind center, this team can make a Super Bowl run (Mosul)

7

9

Raiders

7

7

7

8

10

Well coached team that can run the ball and got better with Carson Palmer acquisition. Legitimate contender if Palmer is right. (Matty)

8

7

Chargers

8

5

8

7

15

Their 4 wins have been against bad teams. We'll learn a lot about this SD team over next five games (@NYJ, @KC, v GB, v OAK, @Chi) (Matty)

9

6

Bills

9

11

9

11

8

They might have a legit shot if only they had a legit defense. (TCP)

10

12

Steelers

10

9

12

10

9

There are no moral victories when you barely edge out the disoriented Jaguars. (kmb)

11

14

Buccaneers

12

10

11

12

11

Beat the Saints to take the division lead. A couple more weeks, and they could be in the top 5 (Mosul)

12

15

Giants

13

12

16

9

7

Have an bye week and a game against the Phins the next two weeks. Should go in to the second half of the season in good shape. (TCP)

13

10

Texans

11

14

10

16

20

Two losses in a row hurt, but they were to two good teams (OAK, BAL).  Can they right the ship in a battle for the AFC South with Tennessee this week? (Mosul)

14

20

Bengals

15

15

17

15

12

Adding two first round picks to a team already on the rise is a scary premise. (kmb)

15

13

Titans

14

13

18

13

18

Bye week droped them a little, but a win over Houston this week would bring them back up. (Mosul)

16

11

Redskins

16

17

15

14

19

I guess we are about to see if Shanahan can work his magic with Beck. I am not betting on it.  (TCP)

17

17

Bears

18

20

14

17

14

Bears' offensive line actually looked good against a Vikings front that can get after the quarterback. Who knew? (kmb)

18

19

Falcons

17

18

20

18

13

4th Quarter rally saved them from losing to Carolina.  They should be better than that. (Mosul)

19

16

Cowboys

19

19

13

20

17

All of Phins nation will be rooting for the Rams this week against the Cowboys. We are all going to be disappointed. (TCP)

20

18

Jets

20

16

21

19

16

Beat a win-less team and looked terrible doing it. (TCP)

21

23

Eagles

21

21

19

21

21

2-4? Proof that championships can not be bought in the NFL? (TCP)

22

22

Seahawks

23

23

25

22

22

Stole a win over Giants to head into bye. Coming out of bye w/ winnable games against CLE and CIN. (Matty)

23

24

Panthers

22

22

23

25

24

Starting to come back down to Earth after incredible (statistical) start. Still a 1-5 team (Mosul)

24

21

Browns

24

24

22

24

23

By injuring Jason Campbell, the Browns were responsible for Carson Palmer's trade to Oakland, and the high picks given to Cincinnati in return.  (kmb)

25

26

Chiefs

26

25

28

23

26

It's Jackie Battle time!!! Wait, what? That doesn't excite you? (Matty)

26

25

Vikings

25

26

27

27

28

Welcome to the Christian Ponder era in Minnesota (kmb)

27

29

Cardinals

27

27

29

26

25

First two games off their bye? At BAL and home vs PIT. Could be staring at 1-6 for a team that had playoff aspirations to start the season. (Matty)

28

27

Broncos

28

29

24

28

29

Tim Tebow. That is all. (Matty)

29

28

Jaguars

29

28

26

29

27

Blaine Gabbert looks like a rookie starting for the Jaguars (Mosul)

30

32

Colts

32

31

30

30

30

0-6 with no relief the next few weeks (@NO, @TEN, ATL) (Mosul)

31

31

Rams

30

30

32

32

31

Love the trade for Brandon Lloyd. But probably too little too late, especially with tough back-to-back games against Dallas and New Orleans next. (Matty)

32

30

Dolphins

31

32

31

31

32

Lost badly to a poor team and an even worse QB. (TCP)

After calculating the power rankings, I averaged each division, to get the ranking for each.  It worked out like this:

Division Average Team Power Ranking
NFC North 12.25
AFC North 12.75
NFC South 14.5
AFC East 15.75
NFC East (T) 17
AFC West (T) 17
NFC West 21
AFC South 21.75
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