NFL Week 6 power rankings: Eagles soar up the rankings

Philadelphia shake up the top five, and there's a new name in the mix for the league's worst as the 2017 season heads into Week 6


Well, it took a while, but the season picture is becoming a little clearer. There’s now a fair few teams that we can confidently say are good or bad this season – but there’s plenty more where the picture seems a little murkier, either due to injuries or a string of games against weaker teams.

With all that said, how do the 32 teams shake out as we head into Week 6?

  1. 1 Kansas City Chiefs (Previous: #1)

    The only team undefeated in the NFL were able to weather the storm in Houston as the Chiefs marched to 5-0. With the game turning emotional after both JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus went down, the defense held their own with Deshaun Watson throwing for 261 yards. On the offensive side, Alex Smith countered with a 324 yard and three TD game. Kareem Hunt added another 100+ yards rushing game to his resume in his young career. (Kyle Reiner Pineda)

  2. 2 Green Bay Packers (Previous: #2)

    As long as the Packers have Aaron Rodgers, they will be hard to beat. His greatness was on display in Dallas, as he led Green Bay to another game-winning TD drive late in the fourth quarter. Rookie RB Aaron Jones rushed for 125 yards and a TD, and if he can provide Green Bay with a consistent run game throughout the rest of the season, watch out! (Chris Cook)

  3. 3 Philadelphia Eagles (Previous: #12)

    The Eagles looked spectacular in their rout of the Arizona Cardinals. Carson Wentz and the explosive Eagles offense absolutely torched the Cardinals defense and turned their Sunday afternoon into a nightmare. The Eagles defense, despite missing Fletcher Cox and Ronald Darby, played well and prevented the Cardinals offense from doing any damage. This Eagles team definitely looks legit through the first five weeks of the season. (Justin Boguslavsky)

  4. 4 Denver Broncos (Previous: #3)

    Coming off their bye week, the Broncos will face a depleted New York Giants team. They must keep pace with the red-hot Chiefs, so expect that vaunted defense to take advantage of Eli Manning and company. Sports Authority Field at Mile High will be rocking this Sunday. (Chris Cook)

  5. 5 Atlanta Falcons (Previous: #6)

    The bye week came at a bad time for the Falcons. Looking every inch the defending NFC Champions, the Falcons were beaten at home by the Bills, and now have two weeks to stew on that loss. They'll get an opportunity to bounce back against a weak Dolphins team next week, and will no doubt be eager to get the taste of defeat out of their mouths. (Gur Samuel)

  6. 6 Carolina Panthers (Previous: #7)

    Cam Newton is starting to look like Cam Newton again, and the Panthers offense is heating up. They went into Ford Field and handled the Lions far better than Atlanta did thanks to their size on the outside and some creative blitz schemes on the defense. Oh, and Ed Dickson is apparently unstoppable now. The NFC South title could be changing hands again. (Toby Durant)

  7. 7 Detroit Lions (Previous: #4)

    Detroit's defense couldn't contain Ed Dickson, and soon the scoreboard got out of hand. Matthew Stafford was battered in his comeback attempt and the leaky offensive line is something that will be tough to fix until Taylor Decker is ready to kick Greg Robinson back to the bench. (Toby Durant)

  8. 8 New England Patriots (Previous: #9)

    The Pats eked out a win against the Bucs that could easily have been a loss had their opponents had a more accurate kicker. The defense looked better, but still has to prove their TNF performance wasn't a fluke. Brady, meanwhile, had his worst game in a while, and that has to be a concern. (Gur Samuel)

  9. 9 Buffalo Bills (Previous: #8)

    What is going on with the Bills this year? Leading the division at 3-1, toppling the Broncos and the Falcons, Buffalo should have cakewalked their game against the Bengals. Instead, a team whose only victory this year came against the Browns out-muscled the Bills to the tune of 20-16. Tyrod Taylor had easily his worst game of the season, and an offense that was so heavily-built around the tight end just couldn't get their rhythm going once Charles Clay left the game with a knee injury that will sideline him for "mulitple weeks". This defense is still very good - letting in the fewest points per game of any team - but if the offense suffers without Clay, then a promising Bills season could all of a sudden be derailed. (Gur Samuel)

  10. 10 Los Angeles Rams (Previous: #10)

    Though they lost to the Seahawks this week, the Rams still look hugely transformed from last season, and are a legitimate threat to be in the playoffs come 2018, if not sooner. Jared Goff put up 288 yards while the defense held Settle to only 16 points. They may have come up short on Sunday, but the Rams will get a chance to redeem themselves when they travel to Jacksonville. (Kyle Renier Pineda)

  11. 11 Pittsburgh Steelers (Previous: #5)

    So, the Jaguars defense may be legit, but there's no excuse for having the kind of terrible performance Big Ben did on Sunday. Five picks, two returned for touchdowns, led Roethlisberger to question whether he still has "it" anymore, but this shock upset to the Jags wasn't on the Steeler quarterback alone. Leonard Fournette had his way against the once-vaunted Steelers defense, and Antonio Brown was the only one of the Steelers' offensive stars to play at the level you'd expect. Simply put, this was an embarrassing loss, and the Steelers will be facing a lot of questions heading into a game against the NFL's lone undefeated team. (Gur Samuel)

  12. 12 Seattle Seahawks (Previous: #18)

    The Seahawks are finally getting their mojo back with a big win in LA against their divisional rivals the Rams. The Legion of Boom looked revitalized; Earl Thomas shined with an interception and a forced fumble at the 1-yard line to stop Todd Gurley from getting a TD. Frank Clark and new acquisition Sheldon Richardson also contributed with a fumble and an INT respectively. (Kyle Renier Pineda)

  13. 13 Houston Texans (Previous: #11)

    Houston put up a fight against the Chiefs, but they lost JJ Watt for the year again, as well as Whitney Mercilus. Deshaun Watson continues to look impressive and the ground game started to establish itself on Sunday night. Houston look like they will be a tough team to beat all year now, and reminded everyone that they can definitely compete for the AFC South title. (Toby Durant)

  14. 14 Jacksonville Jaguars (Previous: #19)

    The Jaguars defense has been underrated for too long. Ben Roethlisberger didn't take them seriously and the Steelers paid the price. With the offense only accounting for 14 of the 36 points the team scored, the defense needs to keep up this run of form or Blake Bortles will be exposed. Leonard Fournette looks legit, and the Jags could well be playing relevant football deep into the season. (Kyle Renier Pineda)

  15. 15 Washington Redskins (Previous: #16)

    Washington found themselves on a bye week while the Cowboys fell and the Eagles soared. The NFC East is going to be a tough battle, and they need Kirk Cousins to find some chemistry with Terrelle Pryor if they are to generate enough offense to keep pace with Philadelphia's hot start. (Toby Durant)

  16. 16 Oakland Raiders (Previous: #13)

    Honestly, EJ Manuel didn't seem that bad in Oakland's loss to the Ravens, but compared to Derek Carr there is a significant drop off. The Raiders defense is a legitimate issue, as are Amari Cooper's struggles. Even with Derek Carr under center I think this team has significant floors they will not be able to overcome come December and January - if they even make it to the playoffs. (Remy Cabache)

  17. 17 Dallas Cowboys (Previous: #15)

    The Cowboys lost another thriller at home to the Green Bay Packers. Despite Ezekiel Elliott cross the 100-yard rushing mark for just the second time this season, and Dak Prescott posting his second-highest passer rating of 2017, the Cowboys defense just could not hold up their end. The lack of defensive depth is already hurting the Cowboys, and that's a situation that won't get any better as the season rolls on. (Kyle Renier Pineda)

  18. 18 Minnesota Vikings (Previous: #17)

    While the Vikings defense dominated yet again, the offense struggled with Sam Bradford under center throughout the first half; it took the introduction of Case Keenum, who took over just before the half, to yield their first touchdown midway through the third quarter. The running game looked surprisingly solid with Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon - scorer of a 58-yard touchdown run - sharing the carries in the absence of Dalvin Cook. (Tom Parry-Jones)

  19. 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Previous: #14)

    The Buccaneers defense is looking lights out but the other two phases of the game are letting them down hugely. The kicking issues are obvious - after missing six kicks over two games, the Bucs are brought in six kickers on Monday. But the bigger concern is the offense. While Jameis Winston had a really strong fourth quarter, it took far too long for him to hit his stride, throwing passes behind receivers or just overshooting the mark. He wasn't helped by several drops from multiple receivers too. Still, Doug Martin looked awesome, and he'll be a much bigger part of the game plan moving forward than the 13 carries he had last Thursday - which will only help Jameis. At 2-2, the Bucs need to get everything together as they're already chasing the Panthers and Falcons in the NFC South. (Gur Samuel)

  20. 20 Baltimore Ravens (Previous: #21)

    The Ravens looked a lot better against the Raiders. The defense looked more like it did over the first two weeks, even without Brandon Williams, and the offense showed signs of life. Flacco finally utilized his big arm and pushed the ball down the field and there was a bigger commitment to the ground game. The offense still has work to do, and I'm not ready to call this team a contender, but this team will be good for some more wins this season. (Remy Cabache)

  21. 21 New Orleans Saints (Previous: #22)

    For New Orleans, their early bye arguably came at a good time. After losing their first two games, they headed into their bye week on a two-game win streak. That's going to be a real confidence booster, as the team can now analyse exactly what they did right in those two games (particularly against the Panthers). It'll be interesting to see if the Saints will continue to have momentum on their side when they return to the field against the Lions next week. (Gur Samuel)

  22. 22 Tennessee Titans (Previous: #20)

    Until Marcus Mariota is back under center the Titans aren't going to go very far. Matt Cassel doesn't strike fear in a defense, and can't run the option looks that Mariota can. Tennessee aren't going to the playoffs if their quarterback can't get back on the field. (Toby Durant)

  23. 23 New York Jets (Previous: #24)

    Weren't the Jets meant to be tanking? The Jets are tied atop the AFC East with the Bills and Patriots heading into Week 6. That's madness. I don't think it will last, but their defense looks very good. They just need to build their offense now. (Remy Cabache)

  24. 24 Cincinnati Bengals (Previous: #27)

    Since the Bengals changed OC to Bill Lazor, they have looked like a different team. They were able to gain their second win of the season defeating Buffalo 20-16, which was sparked by AJ Green's 189-yard performance. Vontaze Burfict has re-energized this defense since his return, and with some winnable games on their upcoming schedule, look for Cincinnati to play themselves right back into the playoff mix. (Chris Cook)

  25. 25 Miami Dolphins (Previous: #25)

    Who would have thought Jay Cutler could get worse? After being a late addition to the team, he currently has the league's third-worst quarterback rating at 74.8, which is on pace to be the worst of Cutler's mediocre career. Add on the team's current pace of just 231 yards per game, and you have all the makings of an AFC East dumpster fire team. (Alex Freeman)

  26. 26 Arizona Cardinals (Previous: #23)

    The Cardinals looked flat out terrible on Sunday, as they were blown out by the Eagles. Their offense is nothing without David Johnson, and Carson Palmer has sharply declined over the past few seasons. Furthermore, the Cardinals defense was simply no match for the Eagles offense, and gave up big plays all game long. (Justin Boguslavsky)

  27. 27 Los Angeles Chargers (Previous: #29)

    The Chargers finally won their first game after making the transcontinental journey to New York. Melvin Gordon was explosive, but this victory was mainly attributed to the fact that all three of the Giants' starting receivers left the game due to injury. If the Chargers hope to get back on track, they must step it up and become more consistent on both sides of the ball. (Justin Boguslavsky)

  28. 28 Indianapolis Colts (Previous: #30)

    Jacoby Brissett is showing he might actually have a future in the NFL as a starting quarterback. He's trusting his receivers and chucking the ball down the field to his best player, TY Hilton, who currently has 466 receiving yards. He'll likely have to hold down the starting gig for another few weeks while Andrew Luck continues to practice, but the future is starting to look up for the Colts. (Alex Freeman)

  29. 29 Chicago Bears (Previous: #28)

    Mitch Trubisky made his NFL debut and pretty much did what was expected. He made some great connections with receivers throughout the game and worked particularly well on bootleg plays. The highlight of the game was the trick play on a two-point conversion that tied the game at 17 apiece. Sadly for Chicago, Trubisky did what many rookies do, and threw a pick in the last minutes of the game. Still, there is reason to be hopeful. (David Payne)

  30. 30 San Francisco 49ers (Previous: #31)

    Another week goes by, and another 49ers loss is entered into the stat books. The 49ers had a winnable matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, but ultimately were defeated in overtime. San Fran have come close in multiple games this season, but have been unable to pull off a victory. Things don't look bright in San Francisco, and the 49ers will likely find themselves near the top of the draft order in April. (Justin Boguslavsky)

  31. 31 New York Giants (Previous: #26)

    Odell Beckham is seriously hurt, and the team is seriously broken. A loss to the Chargers condemned the Giants to a 0-5 start, tied with Cleveland and San Francisco for the worst record. With three of their top four receivers all going on IR this week, it looks like it's time to move on from Eli and blow the whole thing up. (Toby Durant)

  32. 32 Cleveland Browns (Previous: #32)

    Oh dear. That is all that really needs to be said about the Browns this season. They had several opportunities to take the lead - for the first time this season - but blew it. Those missed opportunities cost them. I like DeShon Kizer, but Kevin Hogan has energized this offense in the two games he has played, more than Kizer ever has. Kizer has a lot of work to do to keep this job and prove he is a franchise QB. (Remy Cabache)

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Gur Samuel

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Hi! I'm Gur and I'm RealSport's Editor-in-Chief. I'm also currently the site's tennis editor, and contribute to our NFL, wrestling and Formula 1 coverage as well. I'm also an NFL analyst for CNN International and contributor to SB Nation, and have contributed to, or been interviewed by, various print, broadcast and online media, including Sky News, the BBC, Al Jazeera, Mail Online, ABC, NBC, CBS, USA Today, the Boston Globe, and Yahoo! Sports.

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