Our power rankings are updated each week during the NFL’s regular season and are intended to rank teams based on their talent and performance to date.
Rankings will change each week because of personnel changes, injuries and performance, and a team’s ranking in any given week has no impact on where they might rank in weeks to come. Rankings will fluctuate a great deal more the first few weeks of the season as teams seek their levels and schedules balance out.
These are our NFL Week 6 Power Rankings:
1. Kansas City (4-1): Yeah, they lost, but whom are you picking to beat them next?
2. Seattle (5-0): Here ‘till somebody beats them, but defense has to improve.
3. Pittsburgh (4-0): Nice steady build going on here, statement game vs. Browns.
4. Green Bay (4-0): Still questions to answer on ‘D’ but hard to argue with so far.
5. Baltimore (4-1): Will beat up the little guys but where do they fit with the big ones?
6. Tennessee (4-0): Didn’t see Bills game coming, impressed but still need to see more.
7. Buffalo (4-1): Hard to now how much schedule uncertainty set them back.
8. L.A. Rams (4-1): Solid, workmanlike effort so far and flying under the radar.
9. Cleveland (4-1): Colts game is a signature win. Now can they hang with Steelers?
10. Indianapolis (3-2): Not sure what happened in Cleveland but still built for January.
11. New Orleans (3-2): Something is clearly missing but still plenty of time to find it.
12. Chicago (4-1): Dominant ‘D’ reemerged second half vs. Bucs. Still need an offense.
13. Tampa Bay (3-2): O-line exposed by Bears. Tom Brady can’t take many beatings like that.
14. New England (2-2): Likely a playoff team but still need to see more to know more.
15. Las Vegas (3-2): Certainly impressed in K.C., but can they string a few together?
16. Arizona (3-2): Middle of pack talent without Chandler Jones, but arrow pointing up.
17. San Francisco (2-3): The Niners have fallen, can they get up?
18. Dallas (2-3): Andy Dalton was a shrewd investment but going nowhere with that defense.
19. Carolina (3-2): Matt Rhule is a Coach of Year candidate, but still .500 team at best.
20. Minnesota (1-4): Does Mike Zimmer kick the field goal late if 12th man is in the house?
21. Detroit (1-3): Better than their record, let’s see if a week off helps.
22. Miami (2-3): Brian Flores steering them North, but what’s the point with Tua on bench?
23. L.A. Chargers (1-4): It’s almost as if they’re searching for ways to lose.
24. Philadelphia (1-3-1): Stunning injury list makes them near impossible to judge.
25. Cincinnati (1-3-1): Joe Burrow not bad but just not enough around him.
26. Houston (1-4): 1-0 with Romeo Crennel, but have Ten, GB, Clev and NE over next five weeks.
27. Jacksonville (1-4): Other than Minshew Mania really just nothing to see here.
28. Washington (1-4): Seeing Alex Smith out there makes it all worthwhile.
29. Denver (1-3): Early bye may help but still just too banged up to take seriously.
30. Atlanta (0-5): Clearly Dan Quinn was part of problem, but Raheem Morris unlikely the answer.
31. N.Y. Giants (0-5): It’s not that they’re not game, just not enough talent yet.
32. N.Y. Jets (0-5): No worse but how does throwing Le'Veon Bell under bus make them better?