Benigno’s Best: Week 6 NFL Power Rankings
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1. Green Bay Packers 5-0 (1)
They spotted the Falcons 14 points on the road and came back to score the next 25. Will this team ever lose a game?
Next: vs. Rams
2. Detroit Lions 5-0 (2)
Nine straight wins. For the first time since 1956, Detroit opens the season 5-0. Bobby Layne was the quarterback then. Hot times in Motown with the Lions roaring and the Tigers in the ALCS.
Next: vs. 49ers
3. New Orleans Saints 4-1 (3)
Drew Brees to Pierre Thomas with 50 seconds left as the Saints get by the Panthers. There are some concerns defensively, but this team can score. A showdown with the Bucs is looming.
Next: @ Bucs
4. Baltimore Ravens 3-1 (4)
The Ravens enjoyed the bye week after their butt kicking of the Jets. A banged up Texans team is next on menu for football’s fiercest defense.
Next: vs. Texans
5. New England Patriots 4-1 (5)
The Patriots gained revenge for last year’s playoff debacle in their beating of the archrival Jets in Foxboro. The defense is still shaky, but it looks like the Pats have discovered the running game in wins over the Raiders and Jets.
Next: vs. Cowboys
6. Buffalo Bills 4-1 (10)
Buffalo’s offense gets the headlines but their defense has been stellar. They lead the NFL in interceptions with 12, including four off of Michael Vick in beating of Philly Dream Team.
Next: @ Giants
7. Washington Redskins 3-1 (7)
No one thought these guys would be leading the NFC East at this point. They got to sit back on their bye week watching division rivals Giants and Eagles lose. They can all but bury Philly with a win this week.
Next: vs. Eagles
8. San Francisco 49ers 4-1 (unranked)
Have all but clinched the NFC west after Week 5. Has Alex Smith finally found himself under first year coach Jim Harbaugh? It will be a huge test this week at Detroit versus undefeated Lions. The Niners are one OT loss against the Cowboys away from being undefeated themselves.
Next: @ Lions
9. Pittsburgh Steelers 3-2 (unranked)
Keep hearing how old and banged up they are. Sure looked frisky in beat down of the Titans in Pittsburgh. A hurting Big Ben tied the franchise record with 5 TD passes. Never go to sleep on this team.
Next: vs Jaguars
10. San Diego Chargers 4-1 (unranked)
Can’t get too excited by these guys as their four wins have been against the Vikings, Chiefs, Dolphins and Broncos with a combined record of 4-15. Still they’re winning. Give them their do.
Closing in: Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals
What’s your Top 10 look like? Fire away in the comments below…