NFL power rankings, Week 6: Texans, Falcons on top; 49ers leapfrog Ravens

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The No. 1 ranked team remains the same, but we have a new No. 32.

The Texans remain the top team in SB Nation's NFL power rankings for Week 6. Houston staved off the Jets on Monday night while the Falcons, the only other perfect team, held off the Redskins. Earlier in the week, the Cardinals, who were the third undefeated team entering this week, went down to the Rams.

The top of our rankings for this week see a little movement, but the top five teams remain the same. There was also change at the bottom as the Browns are no longer the No. 32 team.

SB Nation's complete set of power rankings for Week 6:

1. Houston Texans (LW: 1, 5-0): This team looks straight dominant. It didn't have its best stuff on Monday night against the Jets, but still came away the win. The Falcons are in the argument for best team in the NFL, as well, but the Texans resume is more impressive. The real tests start the next two weeks: Packers and Ravens.

2. Atlanta Falcons (LW: 2, 5-0): For the second straight week, the Falcons won with a less-than-impressive game. But credit to them -- 5-0 is still the best record in the NFL. Their offense and defense are ranked in the top 10. They have Oakland coming up and then a bye before heading to Philly. They may not lose until November.

3. San Francisco 49ers (LW: 4, 4-1): They have won their last two games by a combined score of 79-3. That is all.

4. Baltimore Ravens (LW: 3, 4-1): The Ravens offense was contained in Kansas City but let's not forget their defense is elite, too. They held the Chiefs to two field goals on the day.

5. Chicago Bears (LW: 5, 4-1): 41-3. The Bears are that good. Or the Jaguars are that bad. Maybe a little of both.


Previous Power Rankings: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5


6. New England Patriots (LW: 9, 3-2): Back in first place with the No. 1 offense in the NFL. Looking at their schedule, I can see them winning every game until December.

7. Minnesota Vikings (LW: 11, 4-1): So, this is what it's come to, huh? The No. 7 ranking for Minnesota. I don't know what else to do -- they really do seem this good. They can win a lot of games if the defense is holding teams under two touchdowns.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 13, 2-2): Big win over Philly. But is this too high for them?

9. Arizona Cardinals (LW: 6, 4-1): Finally, the Cardinals have lost a game. They were the third remaining undefeated team in the NFL. Did you ever think you'd say that about Arizona?

10. Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 7, 3-2): Fun fact: They've won three games by four points and lost two games by 23 points. And they're in first place in the NFC East.


More: There's a reason Luck was No. 1 | Adrian Peterson has mild ankle sprain


11. New York Giants (LW: 14, 3-2): The start in Cleveland had me worried for a few minutes but New York ultimately prevailed. The verge of the top 10 seems about right for a good yet flawed Giants team.

12. Green Bay Packers (LW: 8, 2-3): This is one of those rankings where people are going to say they're ranked way too high and they're probably right. This does seem high but I can't shake off what I think I know about this team. Sunday's game at our No. 1 ranked team, Houston, is a big opportunity to right the ship.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 10, 3-2): The Bengals can't lose games to teams like the Dolphins and expect to keep up with the Ravens in the AFC North. You have to beat the teams you should.

14. San Diego Chargers (LW: 12, 3-2): Despite the loss, this is a well-balanced team. It is the best team in the AFC West through one month.

15. Seattle Seahawks (LW: 16, 3-2): I'm having a lot of trouble figuring this team out but I do know one thing: that defense is incredible. At least through five games. They're playing well enough to carry the Seahawks to a .500-or-above record this year.


More: Best pictures from Week 5 | Play breakdowns


16. Dallas Cowboys (LW: 17, 2-2): They're an average team.

17. Indianapolis Colts (LW: 24, 2-2): #Chuckstrong helped will the Colts to a victory. Or Andrew Luck was just really good on that final scoring drive.

18. Washington Redskins (LW: 18, 2-3): RGIII got hurt but kudos to the Redskins for keeping it close with Atlanta, one of two undefeated teams. It looks like RGIII will have a good shot to play next week against Minnesota.

19. Denver Broncos (LW: 15, 2-3): Peyton Manning put up big stats -- 345 yards passing, three touchdowns -- but the Broncos couldn't hang on to beat the Patriots. The biggest game in the AFC West to date comes next Monday night when the Broncos visit San Diego.

20. St. Louis Rams (LW: 22, 3-2): The Rams are over .500! The Rams are over .500! The Rams are over .500!


VIDEO: Highlights and recaps of Week 5 games


21. Detroit Lions (LW: 20, 1-3): Defining moment of the season is coming up here: at Philly, at Chicago. The Lions are almost in a position where they have to win both those.

22. New York Jets (LW: 21, 2-3): At least they kept it competitive, unlike Week 4. I can't fault the Jets for losing a six-point game against our No. 1 ranked team, but their offense is painful to watch.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 23, 1-3): The Bucs' point differential is minus-9. The Bengals are 3-2 and they're minus-4. Gotta close those tight games.

24. Buffalo Bills (LW: 19, 2-3): In the first five weeks, the Bills have had defensive performances of 48, 52 and 45 points. Houston could put up 50-plus when they play next month.

25. New Orleans Saints (LW: 28, 1-4): Hey, a win! Attaboy, Saints! Do that another nine times and we'll talk.


More: Antonio Cromartie looks like a good receiver


26. Miami Dolphins (LW: 27, 2-3): What if they had won those two overtime games and sat at 4-1 right now? Whoa. Totally blowing my mind.

27. Carolina Panthers (LW: 26, 1-4): Ugh. Panthers fans have to be so disappointed. When was the last time they went into a season with expectations?

28. Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 29, 1-4): There are no moral victories but the way the Chiefs ran on the Ravens was impressive. But Eric Winston is getting the headlines. What you didn't hear Winston say: that he wants the Chiefs to be a bunch of brawlers on the field.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 30, 1-4): They score 13 points a game and give up 27. That pretty much says it all there. They average a two-touchdown loss.

30. Oakland Raiders (LW: 31, 1-3): I'm not sure what they do well.

31. Cleveland Browns (LW: 32, 0-5): The Browns gave the Giants a run for their money early on, but that didn't last. The good news is that Brandon Weeden gets a little better each time he plays. Promising for the future.

32. Tennessee Titans (LW: 25, 1-4): At least the Browns are competitive. The Titans have lost four games this season by 21 or more points. Four!

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.