Week 6 of the 2018 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now it’s time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week’s NFL Power Rankings.
BLG’S WEEK 7 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: 2) - The NFL’s only remaining undefeated team has looked mortal in their last two games. The Rams only defeated Seattle by two points and Denver by three. But ultimately they’ve found a way to win so here they sit on top.
2 - New England Patriots (LW: 4) - Still the kings of the AFC. Bill Belichick is now 6-2 against Andy Reid.
3 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 1) - For as good as the Chiefs’ offense is, their defense has some real issues.
4 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 3) - The Saints will return from their bye to play in Baltimore this week. Should be a good game.
5 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 9) - Mike McCarthy isn’t good. The Packers’ roster isn’t great. But it just doesn’t matter because they have Aaron Rodgers.
6 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 12) - Baltimore ranked sixth in DVOA prior to their 21-0 shutout win over Tennessee. The Ravens’ defense is really good, as evidenced by their ELEVEN sacks. This team boasts the second best point differential in the NFL, only two points behind the league-leading Rams.
7 - Chicago Bears (LW: 6) - Chicago had an uncharacteristically bad defensive performance. Vic Fangio’s unit allowed 541 total yards of offense, including 380 passing yards from (my client) BROCK OSWEILER. Yikes. Not ready to push the panic button because I think this team will bounce back, but we’ll see.
8 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 13) - James Conner ranks seventh in the league in yards from scrimmage this season (fifth in rushing, 68th in receiving). Safe to say the Steelers aren’t really missing Le’Veon Bell.
9 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 10) - The Vikings have followed up two losses in a row with two wins in a row. Kirk Cousins is doing what he does best: beat teams that aren’t great in low pressure games.
11 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 8) - The Steelers are just the Bengals’ kryptonite. Cincy hasn’t defeated Pittsburgh since 2015. They’re 1-10 in the series dating back to 2013.
12 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 14) - Don’t look now but the Bolts have won three in a row. They haven’t beaten great teams in that stretch but they’ve taken care of business.
13 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 16) - The reigning Super Bowl champions just might be back on track after blowing out New York on Thursday night. The Eagles finally crossed the 24-point threshold with a 34-13 win. Now let’s see if Philly can build on this momentum.
14 - Washington Redskins (LW: 18) - Washington had a +3 turnover differential and still almost managed to lose to Carolina. Not exactly the most impressive outing in that regard.
15 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 21) - Seattle ranks fifth in opponent points per game at 19.5. The defense isn’t exactly what it used to be but it’s not bad.
16 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 19) - Gutty win for the Dolphins to beat Chicago despite missing their starting quarterback. I’d have Miami ranked higher here but it seems like Brock Osweiler might have to play some more with Ryan Tannehill’s status unclear. We all know Osweiler isn’t a viable long-term option.
17 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 24) - If I’m Jerry Jones, I’m trying to extend Jason Garrett and Dak Prescott ASAP. Clearly the long-term answers in Dallas. It wasn’t just one good game. This is a sign of dominance for years to come. I’m totally not being facetious.
18 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 5) - Garbanzo beans effort from the Jags on Sunday. Their defense won’t always play this poorly but it’s entirely possible Blake Bortles will.
19 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 22) - Atlanta picked up a much-needed win over Tampa Bay to keep their season on life support.
20 - Detroit Lions (LW: 20) - The Lions return from their Week 6 bye to play in Miami.
21 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 15) - The Bucs have the worst defense in the NFL by far. They’ve allowed 34.6 points per game! As a result, defensive coordinator Mike Smith has been fired.
22 - Houston Texans (LW: 23) - They’ve won the last three games by the skin of their teeth. But they’re probably not good.
23 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 11) - Tennessee followed up their loss to Buffalo by getting shut out 21-0 at home. This team has scored TWO offensive touchdowns all year in their games outside of Week 4 against Philly.
24 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 17) - The Browns aren’t flat out terrible, but they’re not actually good just yet.
25 - New York Jets (LW: 26) - The Jets’ future is bright with Sam Darnold showing legitimate franchise quarterback potential.
26 - Denver Broncos (LW: 27) - The Broncos only lost to the Rams by three points, so things could be worse. But given that they’ve lost four in a row, things could also be better.
28 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 28) - Frank Reich’s Colts don’t lack effort. They do lack talent.
29 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 30) - The Cardinals have at least looked competitive with Josh Rosen starting. Still, they’re bad. Could Steve Wilks be one and done?
30 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 31) - The Niners having a lot of national games won’t be so bad if they can look as competitive as they were in Green Bay on Monday night.
31 - New York Giants (LW: 29) - The Giants’ season is essentially over following their blowout loss to Philly on Thursday night. Wins from here on out will just hurt the team’s draft positioning as they try to find an Eli Manning replacement.