Tampa Bay Buccaneers Examiner J.J. Rodriguez breaks down Week 6 action and adjusts his power rankings accordingly.
(previous rank in parentheses)
1. N.Y. Jets (2) 5-1–L.T. may not be nearly as quick and agile as he once was, but Denver always seems to bring the best out of him.
2. New Orleans (3) 4-2–You know things are going well when they can rush for 212 yards even though they’re missing their two best RBs
3. Pittsburgh (4) 4-1–Big Ben takes over and shows little to no rust, which cannot bode well for the likes of Cincy, Baltimore and the rest of the AFC.
4. Baltimore (1) 4-2–Their two losses have come on the road and have been by eight combined points.
5. New England (6) 4-1–WR Deion Branch picked up right where he left off, nabbing 9 passes for 98 yards and a TD.
6. Indianapolis (7) 4-2–The Colts let the ‘Skins sneak back into the game, but ultimately held them off and secured a much-needed win to stay on pace with the Texans atop the AFC South.
7. N.Y. Giants (11) 4-2–Three game winning streak, which can be largely attributed to the resurgence of their defense.
8. Houston (12) 4-2–Just when you think the wheels are about to fall off the Texans’ wagon, they pull-off yet another miraculous comeback and drag us along for another week.
9. Green Bay (5) 3-3–As much as injuries could be used as a viable excuse for their recent struggles, something tells me the problems lie deeper than what we’re seeing on the surface.
10. Philadelphia (13) 4-2–The Eagles will have to get creative offensively to survive for a week (at least) without WR DeSean Jackson. My guess is a heavier dose of QB Michael Vick to stimulate the offense in Jackson’s absence.
11. Atlanta (8) 4-2–The Falcons were humbled by the Eagles on Sunday, being held to 17 points and 293 total yards of offense.
12. Chicago (9) 4-2–QB Jay Cutler has been knocked around too much this season, including being sacked six times by Seattle on Sunday.
13. Kansas City (10) 3-2–A week after holding the high-powered Colts to 19 points, the Chiefs allowed 35 to Houston, including 21 in the 4th quarter.
14. Miami (17) 3-2–Lemme get this straight: 3-0 on the road, but 0-2 at home? What’s the matter? Hate home cooking?
15. Washington (15) 3-3–In their three wins, the ‘Skins have allowed an average of 10.6 points. In their three losses? 29 points.
16. Cincinnati (16) 2-3–If nothing else, the bye week surely allowed T.O. and Chad Ochocinco to shoot a few more episodes of their reality television shows. Ya know, the important stuff in their lives.
17. Minnesota (22) 2-3–The Vikes were fueled by 17 second-half points, including a kickoff return for a TD by Percy Harvin.
18. Tennessee (19) 4-2–The injury to QB Vince Young could be troublesome, especially considering it gives opposing defenses even more incentive to crowd the line of scrimmage in hopes of stopping RB Chris Johnson.
19. St. Louis (24) 3-3–The Rams have shown they are one of the more improved teams in the NFL. I have a sneaking suspicion that they’re going to be too much for the Bucs to handle this weekend.
20. Jacksonville (20) 3-3–QB Trent Edwards looked good at times, but failed to convert on scoring chances. Where have we heard that before?
21. Arizona (21) 3-2–I’m still not sure how this team is 3-2 and atop the NFC West, but I’m anything but impressed.
22. Seattle (27) 3-2–Pete Carroll has his Seahawks scratching and clawing their way back to respectability. They’ll battle for division supremacy against the Cardinals this weekend.
23. Tampa Bay (18) 3-2–It’s hard for Bucs fans to argue against their team’s criticism. They have beaten some pretty bad teams and have been absolutely dismantled in their two losses to playoff-contenders. Lack of a running game is killing them.
24. San Diego (14) 2-4–The Chargers have been exposed for the fraud that they are. How does Norv Turner still have a job?
25. Denver (23) 2-4–QB Tim Tebow scored his first career TD, but it wasn’t enough to topple the surging Jets.
26. Oakland (26) 2-4–Things have gone from bad to worse in Oakland, as QB Kyle Boller may get the start this weekend. Suddenly JaMarcus Russell doesn’t seem quite so bad.
27. Dallas (25) 1-4–Dallas’ four losses have all been by seven or fewer points, thanks in large part to ill-timed penalties and costly turnovers. Owner Jerry Jones insists he won’t make a mid-season coaching change, but I don’t forsee the ‘Boys turning things around quick enough to make a playoff run, so why delay the inevitable?
28. San Francisco (30) 1-5–So it took beating the Raiders to finally get off the schnide, but right about now they’ll take what they can get considering all of the heart-breaking losses they’ve endured this season.
29. Detroit (28) 1-5–QB Matthew Stafford is set to return this weekend, which is the biggest news to come out of Detroit since Chevrolet unveiled the Volt.
30. Cleveland (29) 1-5–Rookie QB Colt McCoy had a respectable debut against the Steelers, throwing for 281 yards and a TD, but unfortunately the defense didn’t fare nearly as well in the return of Big Ben.
31. Buffalo (31) 0-5–QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has fared well in his three starts this season, averaging nearly 200 yards passing and two TDs per game. Tough task this weekend, however, as they travel to face the Ravens.
32. Carolina (32) 0-5–What exactly is coach John Fox accomplishing by replacing QB Jimmy Clausen with Matt Moore, the guy Clausen originally replaced just a few weeks ago?
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