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NFL Power RankingsNFL Power Rankings: Week 6

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 | 01:53 PM

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San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (85) comes between his coach, Jim Harbaugh, left, and Lions counterpart Jim Schwartz after the 49ers upset Detroit in Week 6. (Rick Osentoski/Associated Press) San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (85) comes between his coach, Jim Harbaugh, left, and Lions counterpart Jim Schwartz after the 49ers upset Detroit in Week 6. (Rick Osentoski/Associated Press)

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Once a week, CBCSports.ca's Tony Care breaks down the balance of power in the National Football League.

Once a week, CBCSports.ca's Tony Care breaks down the balance of power in the National Football League.

1. GREEN BAY PACKERS [unchanged]
Overall record: 6-0
Streak: Won six
And then there was one. With Detroit losing, the Packers are the only undefeated team left. While I don't expect them to go 16-0, they should finish the season with the league's best record.
2. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS [up from 4]
Overall record: 5-1
Streak: Won three
If you give Tom Brady enough chances, he will burn you in the end. Jason Garrett and the Cowboys found that out the hard way. There's no dumping on the Pats' defence this week. The unit gave up more than 300 passing yards, but only allowed one touchdown.
3. BALTIMORE RAVENS [up from 5]
Overall record: 4-1
Streak: Won three
I'm enjoying watching Joe Flacco taking more shots down the field. It's the one aspect that's been missing in Baltimore's offence.
4. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS [up from 9]
Overall record: 5-1
Streak: Won four
The fun part about watching San Francisco this season is how it loads up the right side of the offensive line while pounding the ball with Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. Opposing teams have enough game tape on the formation yet still can't stop it.
5. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS [up from 6]
Overall record: 4-1
Streak: Won three
Tight end Antonio Gates began practising again this week, a good sign for the Chargers. I'm sure, however, Norv Turner won't take any chances and rush his all-world tight end, who is suffering through a very painful foot problem [plantar fasciitis].
6. DETROIT LIONS [down from 2]
Overall record: 5-1
Streak: Lost one
Lost in the Jim Schwartz-Jim Harbaugh melee was the fact that Detroit was outplayed down the stretch and outcoached.
7. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS [down from 3]
Overall record: 4-2
Streak: Lost one
How would you like to be coach Sean Payton this week: It's bad enough his team loses an important division game, but having to undergo knee surgery the following day is simply rubbing it in.
8. OAKLAND RAIDERS [up from 10]
Overall record: 4-2
Streak: Won two
Wow, a trade the late Al Davis would love. Going after Carson Palmer is definitely aggressive. But trading two high picks, which could end costing Oakland two firsts, is too pricey for my taste. The team is now left with only fifth- and sixth-round selections in the 2012 draft. Typical Raiders.
9. PITTSBURGH STEELERS [up from 11]
Overall record: 4-2
Streak: Won two
To borrow a quote, and a bad Russian accent, from John Malkovich in his great Rounders' role, the Steelers keep "hanging around."
10. BUFFALO BILLS [down from 7]
Overall record: 4-2
Streak: Lost one
You could see on the bench that Ryan Fitzpatrick was kicking himself for tossing two INTs when he under threw receiver Stevie Johnson on both plays. The picks killed both potential scoring drives.
11. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS [up from 17]
Overall record: 4-2
Streak: Won one
The Buccaneers have had an uneven season yet lead the NFC South. If Josh Freeman can limit his interception total (6), Tampa could be one of the conference's biggest threats.
12. N.Y. GIANTS [up from 13]
Overall record: 4-2
Streak: Won one
This is exactly what Eli Manning and the offence needed: Ahmad Bradshaw finally getting his first 100-yard game of the season. Bradshaw also collected three TDs for his effort against the Bills.
13. TENNESSEE TITANS [up from 14]
Overall record: 3-2
Streak: Lost one
The Titans host an important game against the undermanned Texans this Sunday, which could go a long way in determining the AFC South title.
14. N.Y. JETS [up from 16]
Overall record: 3-3
Streak: Won one
The Dolphins tried to go after Darrelle Revis, throwing 10 times in his direction. So how does he respond? Aside from doing a good job on Brandon Marshall, Revis picked off Matt Moore twice, including a 100-yard Pick Six.
15.CINCINNATI BENGALS [up from 19]
Overall record: 4-2
Streak: Won three
Rookie QB Andy Dalton is getting most of the attention for Cincy's fast start, but let's remember the Bengals also rank eighth in total defence. Not bad for a team expected to sit in the basement of the AFC North.
16. WASHINGTON REDSKINS [down from 8]
Overall record: 3-2
Streak: Lost one
Four interceptions and a benching against the Eagles: now that's the Rex Grossman we've come to know and cringe at.
17. HOUSTON TEXANS [down from 12]
Overall record: 3-3
Streak: Lost two
Considering they were missing two of their best players, the Texans gave Baltimore and a run for its money during the first three quarters. Unfortunately one of those players, WR Andre Johnson, doesn't appear to be coming back anytime soon.
18. ATLANTA FALCONS [up from 18]
Overall record: 3-3
Streak: Won one
Nice job by the defence to force three Cam Newton interceptions while bringing more heat. This is what the Falcons need more of.
19.CHICAGO BEARS [up from 20]
Overall record: 3-3
Streak: Won one
The Bears got a break when they learned defensive end Julius Peppers would play despite a sprained knee. All Peppers did was register two sacks, including one where he pushed Vikings QB Donovan McNabb to the ground after chasing him down. You don't see that often. In fact, I've never seen a push for a sack before.
20. DALLAS COWBOYS [down from 15]
Overall record: 2-3
Streak: Lost two
Jason Garrett wants you to believe that he had the confidence in the running and his defence to hold off Brady and the Patriots. It's simply a smoke screen and a way to avoid to the real issue: he doesn't trust Tony Romo. Do you think he would've played it safe if he had Brady on his side? No way.
21. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES [up from 22]
Overall record: 2-4
Streak: Won one
Was that an actual hit CB Nnamdi Asomugha made on Redskins tight end Chris Cooley? Imagine that, an Eagles defender making a tackle. Cooley, meanwhile, broke his left index finger on the play and will miss a significant amount of time.
22. CLEVELAND BROWNS [down from 21]
Overall record: 2-3
Streak: Lost two
The Browns had high hopes for running back Peyton Hillis this year. Yet all Hillis has done to this point is create a stir regarding his contract status. It hasn't helped that he is also suffering through some injuries.
23. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS [unchanged]
Overall record: 2-3
Streak: Won one
The Seahawks' trade of Aaron Curry to Oakland only re-enforces a draft rule of mine: Never take a linebacker, who isn't an edge rusher, as a top-4 pick.
24. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS [unchanged]
Overall record: 2-3
Streak: Won two
There was a report that GM Scott Pioli would've fired head coach Todd Haley had the Chiefs lost in Indy two weeks ago. A defeat to Oakland in Week 7 could restart Pioli's urge to dump Haley.
25. CAROLINA PANTHERS [unchanged]
Overall record: 1-5
Streak: Lost three
"Not good. Not acceptable," rookie head coach Ron Rivera told reporters after his team's loss to Atlanta. "We're six weeks into this. It's time for us to start to play like we've been around." That's the problem, Ron, you haven't been around the block. You're just going to have to take your lumps in the short term.
26. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS [unchanged]
Overall record: 1-5
Streak: Lost five
It's a wonder the Jaguars only lost by four in Pittsburgh considering all the injuries to their offensive line, not to mention a mediocre receiving unit, plus a rookie QB.
27. ARIZONA CARDINALS [unchanged]
Overall record: 1-4
Streak: Lost four
Since Beanie Wells is having a solid start to the season, and the Steelers are allowing a gaudy 4.6 yards per rush, coach Ken Whisenhunt would be wise to pound the ball this week.
28. DENVER BRONCOS [unchanged]
Overall record: 1-4
Streak: Lost three
OK, Tim Tebow. You've been squawking all year about wanting a chance to start. Now you've got it so let's see what you can do against the Dolphins. This is a favourable matchup, Tim, so don't blow it.
29. MINNESOTA VIKINGS [unchanged]
Overall record: 1-5
Streak: Lost one
Donovan McNabb is officially out and rookie Christian Ponder is in. Ponder looked the part in the limited action he saw against the Bears, but it's a lot different when an opponent game plans for you. As for McNabb, well, there's no doubt he sees the writing on the wall.
30. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS [unchanged]
Overall record: 0-6
Streak: Lost six
How much longer can Peyton Manning stand on the sideline watching his team lose?
31. MIAMI DOLPHINS [unchanged]
Overall record: 0-5
Streak: Lost five
Tony Sparano knows the axe is coming soon. Owner Stephen Ross should just put the poor man out of his misery now and be done with it.
32. ST. LOUIS RAMS [unchanged]
Overall record: 0-5
Streak: Lost five
Sam Bradford could miss the Rams' next game in Dallas because of a high ankle sprain. Since the season is in the toilet anyway, taking a week off may not be such a bad idea.

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