Week 6 power rankings - NFC East on fire

Week 6 power rankings - NFC East on fire

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 11:38
1. New York Giants (4-0): Eighth straight win โ€“ 44-6 over Seahawks -- was almost too easy. Offense is hitting on all cylinders, and defense is allowing just 12 points per game. Last week: 1. 2. Tennessee Titans (5-0): Stingiest defense in the NFL. Offense struggled in tough, 13-10 road victory over Ravens, but veteran QB Kerry Collins engineered late, game-winning drive. Last week: 2. 3. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1): Third-string RB Mewelde Moore rushed for 99 yards, and QB Ben Roethlisberger finally got passing game off the ground with 3 TD throws in mettle-testing victory on the road against Jaguars. Last week: 3. 4. Washington Redskins (4-1): Back-to-back wins on the road against Cowboys and Eagles should make anyone a believer, especially after they ran for 203 yards vs. tough Philly run D. Still no offensive turnovers. Last week: 7. 5. Dallas Cowboys (4-1): Uninspiring victory over Bengals didn't impress anyone, but rookie RB Felix Jones has been an excellent complement to Marion Barber. Last week: 5. 6. Carolina Panthers (4-1): WR's Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammad combined for 177 receiving yards, RB's DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart added 195 on the ground, and defense was dominant in allowing just 127 total yards, even if it was against the Chiefs. Last week: 9. 7. New England Patriots (3-1): As long as fill-in QB Matt Cassel keeps getting the ball to Randy Moss deep (5 catches, 111 yards) and Wes Welker underneath (7-for-73), they're still contenders, even without Tom Brady. Last week: 15. 8. Buffalo Bills (4-1): Have to bounce back from disappointing, 41-17 blowout loss in the desert to Cardinals, but they have an off week to figure out what went wrong. Last week: 4. 9. Chicago Bears (3-2): Kyle Orton showing signs of being much more than a game manager at QB. Tough not to look ahead. After road game in Atlanta, they won't travel again for more than a month with three home games and an off week. Last week: 11. 10. Denver Broncos (4-1): Who can figure these guys out? Lousy defense finally showed the ability to at least slow down an opponent, especially the passing game, in 16-13 win at home vs. Bucs. Last week: 14. 11. Baltimore Ravens (2-2): Losses are on the road to Steelers in OT and 13-10 to undefeated Titans at home. Defense throttled Titans run game last week, allowing just 47 yards on 22 attempts. Doesn't MLB Ray Lewis ever get old? Last week: 9. 12. Tampa Bay Bucs (3-2): Could be a QB controversy brewing after Brian Griese was injured last week in loss at Denver and Jeff Garcia played well in relief. Warrick Dunn and Earnest Graham are perfect complements at RB. Last week: 6. 13. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3): Three losses are by a total of 14 points to Cowboys, Bears and Redskins, all currently top 10 teams. They need RB Brian Westbrook back at 100 percent, which he isn't. Last week: 8. 14. Indianapolis Colts (2-2): Only a miraculous finish fueled by 3 Texans turnovers allowed them to continue treading water with 31-27 comeback win last week. This could be the year they go under. Last week: 13. 15. Arizona Cardinals (3-2): Total domination of Bills was incredible bounce back after getting shellacked by Jets a week earlier. Face major test this week when the Cowboys come to town. Last week: 21. 16. San Diego Chargers (2-3): Early contender for biggest disappointment of 2008 after getting outgained 390-202 in 17-10 loss to Dolphins in Miami. They seem to have regressed in all phases. Last week: 12. 17. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3): Evidently it was too soon to start mentioning David Garrard as one of the league's premier quarterbacks and paying him like one. He's a sack waiting to happen. What happened to the run game? Last week: 16. 18. New York Jets (2-2): They should take the next step this week after having an extra week to prepare for the Bengals. They need a win to keep pace in an AFC East that looks stronger and more balanced than a month ago. Last week: 17. 19. Minnesota Vikings (2-3): Ex-Bear Bernard Berrian finally established himself as their long-awaited deep threat in Monday night victory over the Saints. Veteran QB Gus Frerotte has to be able to throw downfield when opponents crowd the line to shut down Adrian Peterson. Last week: 19. 20. Atlanta Falcons (3-2): The NFL's best running attack, fueled by Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood, takes a lot of pressure off rookie QB Matt Ryan, who has a big-time aerial weapon in Roddy White. Last week: 23. 21. Green Bay Packers (2-3): Not sure what the bigger problem is, a three-game losing streak, or their inability to stop the run, but neither is a good sign, although their own run game showed signs of life. Last week: 20. 22. Miami Dolphins (2-2): Apparently their 38-13 destruction of the Patriots in New England in Week Four wasn't a fluke, considering last week's 17-10 victory over the Chargers. They run the ball well and don't let opponents run. Last week: 24. 23. New Orleans Saints (2-3): They couldn't hold off the Vikings at home on Monday night, even with 2 punt-return TD's by Reggie Bush (71 and 64 yards), who still can't get the running game going. Last week: 18. 24. San Francisco 49ers (2-3): Victory at home vs. Patriots could have made a statement, but all it said is that this offense needs more than RB Frank Gore. Last week: 25. 25. Houston Texans (0-4): Hard-luck, 31-27 losers last week as fill-in QB Sage Rosenfels played great until the final five minutes when his 3 turnovers contributed to 21 Colts points. Lost 30-27 in OT to Jags a week earlier but have next three at home. Last week: 26. 26. Oakland Raiders (1-3): After a week off to bid farewell to fired coach Lane Kiffin, they go on the road to face the Saints in New Orleans, where everyone scores. Last week: 27. 27. Cleveland Browns (1-3): Off week gave them extra time to prepare to host undefeated Giants on Monday night. It won't be enough unless the NFL-worst offense shows amazing improvement. Last week: 28. 28. Cincinnati Bengals (0-5): Actually got to within 1 point of Cowboys in Dallas last week before remembering who they were. Ocho Cinco had another stink-o (3 catches, 43 yards) Last week: 31. 29. Seattle Seahawks (1-3): Who knew they could get so bad so fast? They were outgained nearly 3-1 in 44-6 loss to Giants and allowed 254 yards on the ground. Last week: 22. 30. Kansas City Chiefs (1-4): Victory over Broncos in Week Four could be an aberration in light of 34-0 pasting they took from the Panthers. Running game back in the dumpster (35 yards on 17 carries) after one week of success. Last week: 29. 31. Detroit Lions (0-4): They've been outscored by an average of 20 points per game after 34-7 loss at home to the Bears, and they haven't been closer than 13 in any game yet. Last week: 30. 32. St. Louis Rams (0-4): Had an off week to make the transition from fired coach Scott Linehan to Jim Haslett, but they come back to a road date with the red-hot Redskins. Last week: 32.
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