Week 6 NFL Power Rankings: West Coast the Best Coast?
Remember those cute little puns about the NFC West this past decade or so? The NFC Worst? Not anymore. The NFC West is now the NFC Best. Every single team in the NFC West is above .500 in the division. Yes, the Rams, Seahawks, Cardinals, and 49ers are all ABOVE .500, no other division boasts that.
At the top of the division is one of the best teams in the NFL, the 49ers. Against the Buffalo Bills, the 49ers racked up 300+ yards passing AND rushing in a 45-3 shellacking. Read that sentence again. An incredible feat that has never happened, EVER in the NFL. In a league that has already transformed into a spread offense, pass happy league, the 49ers run the ball at an amazing clip of 6.1 yards per carry through five games, even when teams know what is coming they cannot stop it. Since San Francisco lost to the surprising Minnesota Vikings, the 49ers had a wake up call, they have outscored their past two opponents 79-3. And it hasn’t even felt that close. Alex Smith leads the NFL in passer rating, yes, THAT Alex Smith and he had his first ever win throwing for 300+ yards and three touchdown passes.
The rest of the division possesses potential top-10 defenses with a lackluster passing game. The Arizona Cardinals may have the worst offensive line in the NFL, with one of the worst quarterbacks under pressure, Kevin Kolb. Now with the loss of both starting running backs Ryan Williams and Beanie Wells, the run game will be even less effective for the Cardinals. But they exhibit an elite defense at all three levels that will keep them in the game and with Patrick Peterson, the most dynamic return man in the game, returning punts and kicks, the Cardinals will compete for a playoff spot. The Seattle Seahawks also exhibit a great defense that has been lifted to potential greatness with first round pick Bruce Irvin as the bookend pass rusher opposite of Chris Clemons. The difference between them and the Cardinals is they can actually run the ball. Marshawn Lynch is a beast and Robert Turbin has potential to be one of the better back-up running backs in the NFL. The Seahawks weakness is that they lack any kind of passing attack. Russell Wilson has been a nice story, but he’s a rookie and is holding back the Seahawks, we may see Matt Flynn soon. Tied for third place with the Seahawks is the St. Louis Rams. The Rams are building in the right direction, but lack any kind of explosiveness from their skilled positions on offense. The Rams with multiple early round picks in the coming years will be a force to be reckoned with as long as Sam Bradford transforms from injury riddled “Captain Checkdown” to a more explosive passer.
Week 6 NFL Power Rankings:
1. Houston Texans (5-0) – One of the most well rounded teams, but in a very easy division and without a signature win, they are first (for now).
2. Atlanta Falcons (5-0) – The Falcons pass game has been incredible and the defensive secondary has really improved, but when they need to run it can you really trust Michael “Where’s My Cheeseburger” Turner?
3. San Francisco 49ers (4-1) – The most balanced offense in the NFL. The offense is catching up to its defense, a loss the Vikes might have been a blessing in disguise.
4. Minnesota Vikings (4-1) – The surprise team in the NFL. Christian Ponder has developed into a good quarterback who doesn’t make mistakes, and Percy Harvin is turning into an MVP candidate. My Fantasy team thanks you.
5. New England Patriots (3-2) – Despite being 3-2, the Pats have a solid run game and defense that this team has lacked the past few years. Thankfully Tom Brady’s nose is still intact.
6. Baltimore Ravens (4-1) – The defense isn’t the same this year, and Flacco is hit or miss, but they are still a top-3 team in the weak AFC.
7. Chicago Bears (4-1) – Right now, the best defense in the NFL and they possess the best cornerback tandem as well. With the Packers slipping up, can they usurp them?
8. Arizona Cardinals (4-1) – A great defense, but Kevin Kolb and a terrible offensive line scare me. I see a drop off eventually.
9. New York Giants (3-2) – The Giants depth at receiver and running back has been huge for them to stay above water while dealing with the injury bug. A big test against the 49ers this week in a rematch of the NFC Championship Game.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) – The Eagles have won every game by two points or less and Mike Vick seems to be afraid of the ball, they will have to win inside their division to make the playoffs.
11. Seattle Seahawks (3-2) – Should be 2-3, and the worst passing offense in the NFL, the Seahawks must rely on their defense, special teams, and running game to win.
12. San Diego Chargers (3-2) – The Chargers lead the AFC West, but their three wins are against the Raiders, Titans, and the Chiefs. McKayla is not impressed.
13. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) – AJ Green has been the best receiver in the NFL and they have the best Ginger QB in the NFL, so they have that going for them.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) – Big Ben has been really good with one of the best receiver corps in the NFL, but another injury to Troy Polamalu spells trouble for this aging defense.
15. Indianapolis Colts (2-2) – Andrew Luck has not need any luck, he’s been very impressive and his first signature win against the Packers on Sunday proves it. They also have the “I’m Winning for My Coach with Leukemia, You Can’t Beat Us” going for them and that’s scary.
16. Dallas Cowboys (2-2) – The Cowboys are tied for the least amount of points in the NFL, the offensive line has been a disaster, but the Defense is much improved. Can Romo save the day?
17. St. Louis Rams (3-2) – The Rams did the 49ers a favor by beating the Cardinals, but their lack of offense is not good, especially with Danny Amendola out for an extended amount of time.
18. Green Bay Packers (2-3) – Yikes. This was a team that was supposed to be angry after a loss to the Giants in the playoffs, now they are struggling just to get back there. Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy don’t even look at each other…#Drama?
19. Denver Broncos (2-3) – The Broncos have had a murderous row of a schedule, but they will battle the San Diego Chargers for first place in the AFC West next week, hopefully I’ll be able to watch it? #Blackout
20. Miami Dolphins (2-3) – Ryan Tannehill has looked just as good as Luck and RG3 and has less weapons, the Dolphins defense has also been very good. They are clearly the second best team in the AFC East.
21. New Orleans Saints (1-4) – The Saints finally got their first victory of the season. All they needed was a buncha calls from the officials, and their exiled coach to be there for support. Good luck the rest of the way Saints!
22. Washington Redskins (2-3) – The way RG3 plays you can’t expect him to last the season. Also, the Redskins couldn’t cover a dead fly or kick a field goal for their lives. Yet they are only a game out of first in the East.
23. Oakland Raiders (1-3) – The Raiders offense is improving with Carson Palmer and a bye week will help them with their injuries, but their defense still leaves a lot be desired. They are not on the same tier as the Broncos or Chargers in the AFC West.
24. Detroit Lions (1-3) – The Lions had a great opportunity to take the next step and to win the NFC North, yet they have taken a step back and have no running game or secondary.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) – The Bucs are playing (a lot harder) for their new coach, even until the end of the game. Too soon Giants? But they still lack talent at some major positions.
26. New York Jets (2-3) – The Jets bounced back with a stronger performance on Monday against the best team in the NFL, but when your starting skilled players are Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schillens, a Tight End named Cumberland, and Shonn Greene then it’s not all Mark Sanchez fault. But still I WANT TEBOW!!!!
27. Carolina Panthers (1-3) – Cam Newton has hit the Sophomore Slump, but their defense is so bad they are years away.
28. Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) – I hurt my head when I was facepalming myself watching them play the game of Football, I could hear the fans cheering my injury all the way from Kansas City.
29. Buffalo Bills (2-3) – Easily the worst defense in the NFL. Spending 100+ millions of dollars on your defense didn’t really seem to work out, they’re like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
30. Tennessee Titans (1-4) – CJ0K you are dead to me!
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) – Well looks like the Blaine “My Hair is Perfect” Gabbert era is quickly coming to an end.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-5) – Well, Cleveland you’re used to this, right?
Posted on October 9, 2012, in Chargers, Football, Giants, Miami, New York, NFC West, NFL, Power Rankings, San Diego, Sports, Tony Romo and tagged Football, NFC West, NFL, Power Rankings. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.