NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

1. Los Angeles Rams (5-0)Image-1-1.jpg

The Rams just continue to impress, and be the best team in the NFL. Last week they took on a divisional opponent in the Seattle Seahawks on the road. Jared Goff, the passing yards leader through 5 weeks, did not have his best game. He threw for 321 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. However, Todd Gurley put the team on his back. Gurley rushed 22 times for 77 yards and 3 TDs, and caught 4 passes for 36 yards. Last year’s Offensive Player of the Year continues to make a case for a repeat of that award. Something to note is both Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks left the game with concussions, we will see what happens going forward with them. The Rams were up 2 with about 1 minute left, faced with a 4th and 1 on their own 40 yard line and decided to go for it. Goff got the ball and immediately pushed through the pile to get the first and secure the win, great decision by Sean McVay. This week they head to Mile High to take on the Broncos. Rams vs. Seahawks Week 5 Highlights

2. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)Image-1-2.jpg

Kansas City was faced with a challenge last week, and they rose to the occasion.  The Chiefs defeated the Jaguars 30-14, even though star QB Patrick Mahomes struggled. Mahomes had 313 yards and 2 INTs. Not his best game, but the rest of the team stepped up. Kareem Hunt ran 22 times for 87 yards and 1 TD, his best game so far this year. The struggling defense picked Blake Bortles off 4 times and caused him to fumble once. This team as a whole has gotten better, Mahomes struggled against the great Jags defense but he will definitely bounce back. This week they head to Foxboro to take on the Patriots in what should be a great game. Chiefs vs. Jaguars Week 5 Highlights

3. New Orleans Saints (4-1)Image-1-3.jpg

The Saints demolished the Redskins 43-19 last week, and it was a huge moment for Drew Brees. Brees became the all-time leader in passing yards and has solidified himself among the best QBs of all time. Last week was also the comeback of Mark Ingram and it was a big night for him. He rushed 16 times for 53 yards and 2 TDs and added on 20 receiving yards. Fellow RB Alvin Kamara only had 9 touches for 39 total yards. I chalk this up to the fact that he was being used a whole lot the first 4 weeks so the Saints gave Ingram, who was probably hungry for touches in his return, most of the touches to give Kamara a little rest. Michael Thomas also had 74 yards.  The defense was solid, picking off Alex Smith and recovering a fumble. The Saints are on a BYE this week, so we will have to wait until Week 7 to see this exciting team play again. Saints vs. Redskins Week 5 Highlights

4. New England Patriots (3-2)Image-1-4.jpg

The Patriots started off the year high on my rankings, fell down, and are now inching their way back up. Last week they took on the Colts on Thursday Night Football and won 38-24. Tom Brady had 341 yards 3 TDs and 2 INTs. Sony Michel had another good week rushing 18 times for 98 yards and added on 12 receiving yards. James White lead the team in receiving yards with 77 and 1 TD, Gronk had 6 catches for 75 yards, Julian Edelman had 7 catches 57 yards in his return and Josh Gordon had 2 catches for 50 yards and 1 TD. The defense picked off Andrew Luck twice and also recovered a fumble by Wilkins.  The Pats are a good team and getting better. This week they will take on the red hot Kansas City Chiefs at home, which should be a great game. Patriots vs. Colts Week 5 Highlights

5. Carolina Panthers (3-1)Image-1-9.jpg

It took a game-winning 63 yard field goal to beat the New York Giants, but I still am high on the Carolina Panthers. QB Cam Newton struggled a bit, he had 237 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INts. He has been solid all year so I expect a bounce back this week. Christian McCaffery had 58 rushing yards and 35 receiving yards and 1 TD. Rookie WR Curtis Samuel had 37 yards and 1 crazy TD in his NFL debut. The defense picked off Manning twice and recovered a fumble by Odell Beckham Jr. The Panthers will travel to the capital to take on another NFC East team, the Washington Redskins. Panthers vs. Giants Week 5 Highlights

6. Cincinnati Bengals (4-1)Image-1-10.jpg

The Bengals defeated the Miami Dolphins last week 27-17, and have made their debut on the power rankings. I have to admit, I have been sleeping on this very solid team. Andy Dalton has been decent so far, throwing a lot of INTs so far this season with 7. He had 248 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT last week.  Joe Mixon, who is having a breakout year, had 115 total yards and 1 TD. The Bengals solid WR duo of AJ Green and Tyler Boyd also had a good game. Green had 112 yards, and Boyd had 44 yards. The defense had 2 INTs on Ryan Tannehill and recovered a fumble by him. This week they take on the Steelers at home and it will be a game that shows a lot about this team. Bengals vs. Dolphins Week 5 Highlights

7. Minnesota Vikings (2-2-1)Image-1-12.jpg

A win against the struggling Eagles was just what the Vikings needed and they got it done with a 23-21 win. The Vikings are a very solid team and I believe they will keep improving. Kirk Cousins had a very good game with 301 yards and 1 TD. Credit to the Offensive Line for only allowing 1 sack against that great Eagles Defensive Line. The run game continues to be bad without Dalvin Cook, who was out again due to a hamstring injury. The WR duo of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs may be the best in the league. They both had good games, Thielen had 116 yards and 1 TD, and Diggs had 91 yards. The defense struggled against the pass but shut the run down and recovered a fumble by Wentz for a TD and recovered a fumble by Jay Ajayi in the red zone. This week they have, what should be, an easy game against the Cardinals at home. Vikings vs. Eagles Week 5 Highlights 

8. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)Image-1-11

This week they faced the high-powered Chiefs offense, and it proved too much for even this great Jags defense to handle as they lost 30-14. The offense continues to be extremely inconsistent and unreliable. Blake Bortles had a horrible game turning the ball over 5 times, 4 INTs and 1 fumble. He also threw for 430 yards and 1 TD. The run game is bad without Fournette, Yeldon had 53 yards and his back up Corey Grant was moved to IR after suffering a foot injury and the Jags have now signed Jamaal Charles. Yeldon also had 69 receiving yards and 1 TD. The defense had success against Mahomes, picking him off twice and holding him to 1 TD, but it just wasn’t enough. This week they will take on the Cowboys in Dallas. Jaguars vs. Chiefs Week 5 Highlights

 

9. Chicago Bears (3-1)Image-1-14.jpg

The Bears had a BYE last week and I am ready to watch this exciting team play this week. Through 4 games Mitchell Tribusky has been solid with 945 yards, 8 TDs and 3 INTs, including his career best game against the Bucs where he threw for 354 yards, 6 TDs and no INTs. The RB duo of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen has been very solid in the rushing and passing game, and the WR duo of Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel has also been pretty good. Their defense has been amazing so far. The whole defensive unit is solid, but they are led by DPOY favorite Khalil Mack, who so far has 5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 1 INT and 1 TD.  This week they will look to continue the success against the Dolphins on the road.

10. Pittsburgh SteelersImage-1-15.jpg

The Steelers had been pretty disappointing so far this year, but they proved themselves with a 41-17 beating of the Atlanta Falcons. Big Ben had 250 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.  James Conner had a great game with 185 total yards and 2 rushing TDs. Antonio Brown went off for 101 yards and 2 TDs on 6 catches and JuJu Smith-Schuster had 34 yards and 1 TD. The defense shut down the Falcons for the most part and recovered a Matt Ryan fumble. The Steelers are getting better after a disappointing start to the year, and they will have a chance to continue getting better against the Bengals on the road this week. Steelers vs. Falcons Week 5 Highlights

*All pictures come from the team’s Instagram accounts*

*Videos from the NFL’s YouTube Page*

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