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NFL Week 6 Power Rankings - The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly

What a difference a week makes. While many of this past weekend’s Week 5 outcomes went exactly as expected, several other contests couldn’t have played out any differently if a Hollywood movie writer had scripted them.

While there wasn’t much of a shake-up among the NFL’s elite, several other teams saw their respective NFL rankings take a big hit.

This look at this week’s NFL power rankings will give NFL sports betting members a good idea of which teams are on the rise and which ones may be headed for an extended drop with both, their straight up records and NFL power rankings.

1. New York Giants (5-0 SU, 4-0-1 ATS, 3-1-1 O/U)

I told pro football sports betting members not to worry about Eli Manning’s plantar fasciitis – and he proved me right as the G-Men crushed the pathetic Raiders.

2. Indianapolis Colts (5-0-0 SU, 4-1-0 ATS, 2-3-0 O/U)

The Colts are looking better than ever people, particularly on defense. A date in the conference championship game is looking very possible for Peyton Manning and Co.

3. Denver Broncos (5-0 SU, 5-0 ATS, 0-5 O/U)

Believe it NFL sports betting members, the Broncos are for real. Kyle Orton is better than most people ever thought and the Broncos’ defense is a collective beast!

4. Minnesota Vikings (5-0 SU, 4-1 ATS, 4-1 O/U)

The Vikings don’t have many flaws on either side of the ball, but the NFC is loaded this season, so a date in the NFC Championship game is definitely not a given.

5. New Orleans Saints (4-0 SU, 3-0-1 ATS, 2-2 O/U)

The Saints have plenty of offense, but their defense, particularly against the run, will get a real test when the Giants visit this week.

6. Atlanta Falcons (3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS, 2-2 O/U)

The Falcons are apparently going to be in a knock-down, drag-out fight with New Orleans to win the NFC South this season.

7. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS, 4-0 O/U)

The Birds aren’t just going to just roll over and let New York win the NFC East this season. However, I’m still not sure about Philly’s defense at this early juncture.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS, 3-2 O/U)

Carson Palmer for president! Palmer has almost single-handedly won three games for Cincy this season – and this team’s defense is playing out of its mind.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2 SU, 1-4 ATS, 3-2 O/U)

They’re not firing on all cylinders, but the Steelers will make the playoffs and wont’ bow out quietly – if at all as they make another run for an AFC championship.

10. Chicago Bears (3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS, 2-2 O/U)

After dropping their regular season opener, the Bears have looked better and better in each successive week during their three-game winning streak.

11. New England Patriots (3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS, 2-3 O/U)

The Patriots clearly aren’t the team they used to be – but it may not be long before they are. Tom Brady is still clearly suffering from the after effects of his torn ACL last season.

12. Baltimore Ravens (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS, 3-2 O/U)

Two losses in a row don’t bode very well for the Ravens but I think Baltimore is still a legitimate conference title contender.

13. New York Jets (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS, 2-3 O/U)

After getting off to a trash-talking 3-0 start this season, New York hasn’t talked the talk – or walked the walk in dropping each of their last two games.

14. Green Bay Packers (2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS, 3-1 O/U)

The Packers have been fairly solid this season and recorded their two losses against fine teams in Cincinnati and Minnesota. 

15. San Diego Chargers (2-2 SU, 1-3 ATS, 3-1 O/U)

The Chargers are arguably the biggest underachieving team in all of football, but could have plenty of talent and challenge if they can get it together at some point.

16. Arizona Cardinals (2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS, 1-3 O/U)

Despite beating Houston in Week 5, the Cardinals won’t repeat as conference champs if they don’t improve both, their defense, and rushing attack.

17. Miami Dolphins (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS, 3-2 O/U)

The Fins have bounced back with two straight impressive victories and look like they are going to challenge to keep the AFC East title they won last season.

18. San Francisco 49ers (3-2 SU, 4-1 ATS, 2-3 O/U)

The Niners looked absolutely awful in getting blown out at home against the Falcons but have a bye in Week 6 to get their act together.

19. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3 SU, 3-2 ATS, 3-2 O/U)

The inconsistent Jaguars are a bettor’s worst nightmare as you just never know which team will show up.

20. Dallas Cowboys (3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS, 3-2 O/U)

The overrated Cowboys aren’t very good and had to go to overtime to beat an awful Chiefs team. By the way, Miles Austin is this team’s No.1 wideout, not Roy Williams.

21. Houston Texans (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS, 2-3 O/U)

The win-one, lose-one Texans are another perplexing team that pro football bettors should be very wary of.

22. Seattle Seahawks (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS, 2-3 O/U)

The Seahawks are awful without quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, but look very solid more often than not when he plays.

23. Washington Redskins (2-3 SU, 1-3-1 ATS, 2-3 O/U)

The Skins are another win-one, lose-one team – that has an absolutely horrific offense.

24. Carolina Panthers (1-3 SU, 0-4 ATS, 2-2 O/U)

So what the Panthers beat a pitiful Redskins team in Week 5, I’m not impressed. However, Carolina has three winnable games coming up.

25. Tennessee Titans (0-5 SU, 1-4 ATS, 3-2 O/U)

I keep waiting for the Titans to turn it around, but Tennessee might as well start Vince Young now as they are toast in the AFC this season.

26. Detroit Lions (1-4 SU, 2-3 ATS, 3-2 O/U)

The Lions are risking the future of strong-armed rookie quarterback Matt Stafford every time they put him behind what is arguably the worst offensive line in the league, duh.

27. Buffalo Bills (1-4 SU, 2-3 ATS, 3-2 O/U)

For a team with so many gifted offensive playmakers, the Bills are playing some pitiful offensive football while averaging just 15.4 points per game.

28. Oakland Raiders (1-4 SU, 2-3 ATS, 2-3 O/U)

Pitiful, awful, dreadful, horrible, appalling, horrifying ... did I cover the all the bases?

29. Cleveland Browns (1-4 SU, 2-3 ATS, 2-3 O/U)

The Browns got their first win of the season in Week 5, beating the Buffalo Bills 6-3.  However, with dates against Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Chicago and Baltimore coming up, expect the loss to keep on piling up.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5 SU, 1-4 ATS, 3-2 O/U)

I’ll write exactly what I wrote about the Buccaneers this preseason. First-year head coach Raheem Morris is overmatched – and clueless.

31. Kansas Chiefs (0-5 SU, 1-4 ATS, 3-1-1 O/U)

I see that Matt Cassel is a pretty good quarterback that knows how to make plays. Too bad the Chiefs don’t have much talent, unless you’re counting ‘quitter’ running back Larry Johnson that is.

32. St. Louis Rams (0-5 SU, 1-4 ATS, 2-3 O/U)

Forget buying the Rams, Rush Limbaugh could talk about this team harming the eyes of every American football fan worse that any terrorist ever could!

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