This season has been certainly interesting to this point in the season and there are only about six top tier teams and six bottom tier teams and the rest are somewhere in between. Dallas made the biggest jump as they travelled to Green Bay and beat the Packers convincingly and the Bengals had the biggest drop as they have lost three of their last four and haven’t had much go their way. Week seven should bring some interesting matchups and could shake up the league a little bit in the end.
1. Minnesota Vikings (5-0; Prev. 1)
The Vikings retain their spot in the rankings coming off of their bye week. Despite impressive wins from the Patriots, Cowboys, and Seahawks, they still don’t look as complete as the Vikings do. They should be good coming off of a bye and have a tough match against the Eagles in Philadelphia this week.
2. New England Patriots (5-1; Prev. 3)
The Patriots keep getting better and better as Tom Brady looks to be getting back into his groove. He was able to incorporate Rob Gronkowski more this week as Gronk was able to score his first touchdown of the season while receiving for 162 yards. The more that Brady and Gronkowski get into the games, the harder it is going to be for any team to stop them. They travel to Pittsburgh this week and should be able to win, especially if Ben Roethlisberger is out.
3. Dallas Cowboys (5-1; Prev. 7)
When Tony Romo broke his back in Seattle during the preseason, no one thought the Cowboys would be as good as they are, but they have exceeded expectations and there are questions surrounding the team if Romo will even comeback after their bye week. Ezekiel Elliott just ran over the best rushing defense in the league last week and if he continues his pace, he will rush for 1,875 yards, breaking Eric Dickerson’s rookie record of 1,808 yards. The Cowboys have their bye week this week and should be able to heal up and come back even better for their second part of the season.
4. Seattle Seahawks (4-1; Prev. 6)
The Seahawks were able to squeeze past the Falcons and their devastating offense last week. It was close in Seattle and they were able to hold on close. The impressive thing is that they are really starting to incorporate Jimmy Graham into their scheme. He has averaged just over 100 yards per game in his last three games and just under 17 yards per catch. If he can get in the endzone more, then this team could be even better. They have a tough challenge this week as they travel to Arizona to take on their NFC West rivals.
5. Atlanta Falcons (4-2; Prev. 8)
The Falcons lost a close game on the road against one of the better teams in the NFL. Matt Ryan was able to throw for 335 yards and three touchdowns with an interception against one of the best secondary units in the league. Julio Jones was able to have another good week as he was able to catch seven passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. They were unable to really get the ball moving on the ground and were only able to average below three yards per carry throughout the game. They have another tough matchup this week as the Chargers are coming into Atlanta.
6. Denver Broncos (4-2; Prev. 4)
The Broncos have lost their second straight game and look like a team with two inexperienced quarterbacks. The Broncos only gave up one touchdown, but the fact that their offense couldn’t generate anything until the fourth quarter really stifled this team. They decided to rely on Trevor Siemian as he threw the ball 50 times in the game as opposed to the 16 carries between Devonta Booker, CJ Anderson, and Siemian. The fact that they were so imbalanced spells one of the major problems for a team that is generally considered a run first team. They have a big matchup this week as Brock Osweiler returns for a big AFC matchup.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2; Prev. 2)
The Steelers did not look good against a poor Miami team last week, especially after Ben Roethlisberger went down. Their defense let Jay Ajayi to rush for 204 yards and two touchdowns and Ryan Tannehill was able to complete 75 percent of his passes for 252 yards, that is unacceptable from an above average defense. Offensively, they were unable to get the ball to Antonio Brown and their leading receiver was Le’Veon Bell. Roethlisberger has already been ruled out this week, so Landry Jones has a tough test this week as the Patriots are coming into town.
8. Green Bay Packers (3-2; Prev. 5)
The Green Bay Packers did not look good against the Cowboys last week. Aaron Rodgers does not look intimidating and has looked like a shell of himself to this point in the season. They have problems at running back, James Starks was unable to play and Eddie Lacy was having ankle issues throughout the game and looks like he could miss some time in the near future. They did trade for Knile Davis from the Chiefs and that should help, but he needs to learn their system. Their defense took a hit this week too as they had to put Sam Shields on IR, causing a big hole in their secondary. They need to take the game against Chicago this week to fix some things and get Aaron Rodgers to look like himself again.
9. Oakland Raiders (4-2; Prev. 9)
The Oakland Raiders got blown out on Sunday by their division rivals, the Chiefs. They were unable to get much done offensively and gave up three touchdowns to the Chiefs running game. This team’s defense is really troubling outside of Khalil Mack. He accounted for their only sack of the game and was the only player that could do anything. They need to play better going forward and they are travelling to Jacksonville for a tough matchup with the Jaguars.
10. Houston Texans (4-2; Prev. 11)
The Texans were able to squeak out an overtime victory against the Colts on Monday night. Brock Osweiler still looks lackluster and missed some key opportunities to get DeAndre Hopkins the ball to blow this game out. He played well when it mattered, but there was no reason for this game to be as close as it was. Lamar Miller had his biggest game so far this season as he was able to rush for 149 yards and a touchdown. The other thing that was impressive was their defense. They were able to stop Andrew Luck and his offense in overtime when they really needed the stop. They have a tough matchup this Sunday as they will visit Osweiler’s old team, the Denver Broncos.
11. Kansas City Chiefs (3-2; Prev. 12)
The Chiefs got beat up in week four in Pittsburgh and then had a much needed bye and easily took care of the Raiders this past week. Their running game looked really good as they were able to rush for 183 yards and three touchdowns against a poor Oakland defense. their defense was able to disrupt Derek Carr and the Oakland offense. If they keep this up they can get back in the AFC playoff picture. They have New Orleans coming in and will have a tough battle against Drew Brees.
12. Washington Redskins (4-2; Prev. 14)
The Washington Redskins are on a four game winning streak and are now second in the NFC East after they took care of the Eagles. Matt Jones had one of his best games of his career as he was able to rush for 135 yards and a touchdown against what was supposed to be a good defense. Kirk Cousins threw a pick six to Malcolm Jenkins and their special teams gave up kickoff return for a touchdown to Wendell Smallwood. The Washington defense was very impressive as they didn’t allow an offensive touchdown at any point this game. Their defense needs to keep that up as they are travelling to Detroit to face a high-power Lions offense.
13. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2; Prev. 10)
The Eagles are falling fast as they lost a division game against the Redskins. Carson Wentz had his most underwhelming performance to this point in the season as he completed half of his passes for only 172 yards and no touchdowns. They rushed for 94 yards as a team and were unable to get really anything going against an average Washington defense. Their defense also did a poor job outside of the pick six by Malcolm Jenkins. They allowed Matt Jones to run all over them and Kirk Cousins to throw two touchdowns. They need to turn everything around quickly as they welcome a rested Vikings team into Philadelphia this week.
14. Buffalo Bills (4-2; Prev. 16)
The Bills did what good teams do last week when they beat up a team that they are supposed to beat up. LeSean McCoy was able to impose his will on the 49ers last week as he was able to rush for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Tyrod Taylor was able to feed off of that as he was able to throw for two touchdowns. Their defense was able to hold the 49ers to just one offensive touchdown and wouldn’t let them get back into the game. This week, the Bills are going to Miami to face their division rivals and should be able to have a game similar to this past week.
15. Arizona Cardinals (3-3; Prev. 18)
The Cardinals are looking like the Cardinals that everyone expected before the season began. In the last two weeks, David Johnson was able to rush for 268 yards and five touchdowns and has looked like one of the best runners in the league. Their defense was able to have two interceptions in both of the games and has been able to limit both offenses. The problem with all of that is that the teams that they have faced have a combined two wins and ten losses this season. This week, they have a real test as the Seahawks come to town for a big matchup on Sunday night.
16. New York Giants (3-3; Prev. 19)
The Giants won a close game against the Ravens at MetLife Stadium. Odell Beckham had his best game of the season as he had eight receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns for the win. His celebration in the fourth quarter almost lost the game for them. Their defense let Terrance West to rush for 87 yards and two touchdowns. They need to be better against the run if they want to continue to compete in the NFC East. They are travelling to London this week to face off against the Rams in a decent matchup with two .500 teams.
17. Baltimore Ravens (3-3; Prev. 17)
The Ravens lost a tough game against the Giants last week. They had the game won, but then let Eli Manning connect with Odell Beckham for a 66-yard touchdown. Then when Beckham handed the Ravens 15 yards on a bad penalty, the Ravens were unable to make the comeback. Joe Flacco was able to throw for 307 yards and Terrance West was able to rush for 87 yards and two touchdowns, but that wasn’t enough to win the game. This week, they are travelling back to MetLife, but this time they are facing the Jets in a game that they should be able to win.
18. Tennessee Titans (3-3; Prev. 21)
The Titans had a big win against Cleveland thanks to Marcus Mariota. Mariota was able to throw for 284 yards and three touchdowns. He was also able to rush for 64 yards on seven carries to take care of a poor Browns team. Defensively, they certainly have room for improvement. They allowed Cody Kessler to throw for 336 yards and two touchdowns. They allowed the Browns to stick around too long and will have trouble if they play that way against almost any other team in the NFL. They have a big game this week as the Colts come to Tennessee.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3; Prev. 20)
The Buccaneers had a really good bye week this past week. The Saints won, but it was at the Panthers expense and the Falcons lost to the Seahawks. They are still a game and a half behind the Falcons, but they are in a good spot coming off of their bye. They are also facing a team that is one of the worst in the league in the 49ers and should be able to get back to .500 after this week.
20. Los Angeles Rams (3-3; Prev. 15)
The Los Angeles Rams lost a close game against the Lions. Case Keenum had one of his best games of the season so far when he threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns, but had one interception. The most troubling part about this team is the way that they are using Todd Gurley. He is only averaging 2.9 yards per carry and only has three touchdowns so far this season. They need to incorporate him more and provide better blocking for him to be able to take over games like he can. He needs to have a big game this week as they travel to London to face off with the Giants.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (2-4; Prev. 13)
The Bengals have looked poor in three of the last four games. Those three teams are three of the best in the NFL, but they weren’t really competitive in any of those games. In those three games, they have allowed an average of 31 points per game while only scoring 16 points per game. The loss of Tyler Eifert has really effected this offense and it seems that the loss of Hue Jackson to the Browns has impacted Andy Dalton greatly. They are in a bad position going forward, but they get to face their former coach this week as the Browns come to Cincinnati for a match against their cross state rivals.
22. New Orleans Saints (2-3; Prev. 25)
The New Orleans Saints won a big division game on the road against the Panthers. Drew Brees looked like himself again and was able to throw for 465 yards and four touchdowns. Brandin Cooks was able to burn Carolina’s poor secondary for 173 yards. The biggest concern for this team was when they almost blew their 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. If their defense could step up and play better, then this could be one of the better teams in the league. They have a tough matchup this week as they travel to Kansas City to face a tough Chiefs team.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3; Prev. 26)
The Jaguars barely beat the Chicago Bears in Chicago. Nothing was going right for this team in the first three quarters of the game, but they were able to fix everything in the fourth quarter. Blake Bortles had an interception and a fumble, but was able to throw for 271 yards and a touchdown. Chris Ivory was also able rush for a touchdown, but was only able to go for 32 yards. The impressive thing about this team was the defense holding the Bears to only 16 points despite everything going wrong offensively. They are welcoming the Raiders to town this week in a good matchup.
24. San Diego Chargers (2-4; Prev. 27)
The Chargers had a huge win last week against the Broncos. They only scored one touchdown on a pass from Philip Rivers to Hunter Henry. The rest of their points came from four field goals and a safety thanks to a costly penalty by Russell Okung. Melvin Gordon was able to rush for 94 yards against Denver’s fierce defense and continues to look much improved from his rookie season. Their defense was able to hold the Denver running attack to 84 yards as a team and needs to continue that if they want to sneak into the playoffs this season. They have another tough challenge this week as they travel to Atlanta to face their powerful offense.
25. Detroit Lions (3-3; Prev. 29)
The Lions won a close game against the Rams in Detroit this past week. Matthew Stafford was able to throw four touchdowns to four different receivers. Golden Tate was able to get eight catches for 165 yards and a touchdown. The problem with their offense is that they cannot run the ball effectively and they need to get Justin Forsett more involved soon so they can be a more balanced team. The other problem with this team is that they allowed Case Keenum to throw for three touchdowns and run for another. If they had problems against a poor offense like Los Angeles, then they are going to have troubles when they start facing good offensive teams. They have the Redskins coming to town this week for an offensive battle.
26. Indianapolis Colts (2-4; Prev. 24)
The Colts lost a big overtime matchup against the Texans. Andrew Luck had another good game and was able to throw for 252 yards and a touchdown, but also threw an interception and Frank Gore was able to rush for 106 yards. The interesting thing about this game was that the Colt have generally been the team to make a fourth quarter comeback, but they were the ones to give up 14 points and let the game go to overtime. Their offensive line failed Luck when it mattered most and gave up a key sack on third and three in overtime and caused them to give the ball to the Texans and would be the reason that they lost. The Colts are trending downward quickly and have another tough division matchup this week when they travel to Tennessee.
27. Carolina Panthers (1-5; Prev. 22)
Carolina sure has fallen off since their incredible 2015 campaign. They made a big comeback in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t finish the job against the Saints. Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart both played really good games, but they weren’t enough to get the win. Their defense looks like a shell of themselves and their secondary can’t really stop anyone. They let Drew Brees throw for 465 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers. They have a much needed bye week this week and they need to fix their team or the playoffs will slip out of their grasp.
28. New York Jets (1-5; Prev. 23)
The Jets looked really bad on Monday against a better team. They allowed David Johnson to rush all over them and were unable to get anything going offensively. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith each threw an interception and it looks like they are making the switch to Smith for the foreseeable future. Matt Forte was only rushed for 19 yards on nine carries and Brandon Marshall was the leading receiver for them with only 70 yards. If they can’t score any touchdowns, then they are going to lose a lot more games this season. The Jets have the Ravens coming to town this week for another tough matchup.
29. Miami Dolphins (2-4; Prev. 31)
The Dolphins won a big game this past week against a good Steelers team. Jay Ajayi had the biggest game of his career as he was able to rush for 204 yards and two touchdowns. The impressive thing that this team did was holding Antonio Brown to 39 yards on four catches. The fact that they only gave up two touchdowns to Pittsburgh’s high octane offense shows that this defense is truly the strength of this team. They have another challenge this week as the Bills come into town.
30. Chicago Bears (1-5; Prev. 30)
The Chicago Bears just keep losing. They had a chance to beat the Jaguars, but gave the game up at the end. They were up 13 – 0 entering the fourth quarter, but gave up 17 points to lose the game. Brian Hoyer was able to throw for 302 yards, but no touchdowns. Jordan Howard was able to rush Chicago’s only touchdown, but only rushed for 34 yards. The fact that they can’t score touchdowns is hindering this team. Chicago’s defense was able to get two turnovers, but they couldn’t make the stop that this team desperately needed. They have another tough matchup this week as the travel to Green Bay to the Packers.
31. San Francisco 49ers (1-5; Prev. 28)
The switch to Colin Kaepernick did not help this team against a better team, but that was because of the San Francisco defense more than anything. They couldn’t stop the run at all last week, especially LeSean McCoy. The loss of NaVorro Bowman seems to seriously be impacting this team in the worst way possible. Since he went down Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson and LeSean McCoy have each rushed for at least 135 yards in their respective matchups. Kaepernick wasn’t terrible and threw for a touchdown, but nothing else really worked for the 49ers on Sunday. They have the Buccaneers coming to town this week and it doesn’t look like they will turn this season around anytime soon.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-6; Prev. 32)
Cleveland is still winless, but they have come close in the previous weeks and are bound for a win soon. They allowed Marcus Mariota to throw for three touchdowns, but were able to force an interception. They gave up 137 yards on the ground, but only 72 to Tennessee’s running backs. Offensively, Cody Kessler had the best game of his career. He was able to throw for 336 yards and two touchdowns; both went to their best player, Terrelle Pryor. They are travelling to Cincinnati this week in a winnable game for the Browns.
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