NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs take back top spot, Cowboys falling fast

NFL Week 6 closed up shop Monday night with yet another doubleheader. That included the Kansas City Chiefs taking out the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys laying a complete egg at home against the Arizona Cardinals.

These are the two teams we’ll focus on heading into Week 7 as we provide you with out latest NFL power rankings. Kansas City regains the top spot in the NFL while the Cowboys now find themselves as a bottom-10 team in the league.

Let’s examine our latest NFL power rankings heading into Week 7 of the 2020 season.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (2)

Kansas City got back on track Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills in a matchup of two top-end title contenders. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire put up 161 yards on the ground. Kansas City’s defense limited Josh Allen to 122 passing yards. If these two components continue to step up for Andy Reid’s squad, opposing teams are going to have a hard time defeating Kansas City.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (5)

The Steelers are firing on all cylinders. Pittsburgh’s defense is playing at an absurd level and it made Sunday a living nightmare for the Cleveland Browns. On top of that, the offense is moving the football effectively with rookie Chase Claypool emerging as an NFL star. Losing linebacker Devin Bush hurts, but this defense is still ridiculous. A matchup between two top-five teams is set and we can’t wait to witness it.

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3. Baltimore Ravens (3)

Baltimore will be happy with its 5-1 record and it’s undeniable that this is one of the best teams in the league. However, this squad isn’t close to what we saw in 2019. After averaging 206 rushing yards per game last season, this offense is averaging 165.3 yards on the ground per game this season. On top of that, Lamar Jackson’s quarterback rating has fallen from 113.3 to 99.2. All of that is to say, this team will be even scarier if the offense figures things out during the bye week.

4. Seattle Seahawks (4)

Seattle’s bye week came at the perfect time. Heading into Week 5, the Seahawks listed 26 players on the injury report and have six defense players on injured reserve. Jamal Adams should be back in Week 7, which will be a monumental boost for this defense.. As for the offense, Russell Wilson (1,502 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, 129.8 quarterback rating) is running away with the NFL MVP award. Expect big numbers from the Seahawks against the Arizona Cardinals.

5. Tennessee Titans (8)

Ryan Tannehill is no fluke. Since becoming Tennessee’s starting quarterback, the team boasts a 12-3 record and he has 4,110 passing yards with a 35/8 TD/INT ratio and a 116.0 quarterback rating. If Tannehill’s MVP-caliber play isn’t enough, how about Derrick Henry being the first player in NFL history with a 200-yard rushing game in three consecutive years. The lingering question here is the defense and how it performs will be pivotal in Week 7 against the Steelers.

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13)

The most impressive win of Week 6 and arguably the best defensive performance in the NFL this season. Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator Todd Bowles showcased why he deserves a second chance to be a head coach next year and proved his defense is great. Oh, we also saw vintage Rob Gronkowski and Ronald Jones likely buried Leonard Fournette’s hopes of starting. If the Buccaneers can keep bringing the pressure defensively, with Tom Brady and Co. clicking on offense, this team can beat anyone.

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7. Green Bay Packers (1)

Packers Aaron Rodgers
Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts following the loss against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

After the first quarter in Tampa Bay, Green Bay looked like an unstoppable force that would ride all the way to the Super Bowl. A pick-six and followed by a deflected interception changed everything. Green Bay’s defense can’t pressure opposing quarterbacks (14.9% pressure rate is third-lowest in NFL) and its offensive line was exposed by the Buccaneers. There are more glaring holes on this team than we realized, but the Packers should rebound in Week 7 against the Houston Texans.

8. Buffalo Bills (6)

Buffalo’s undefeated start to the season and Josh Allen’s MVP campaign were too good to be true. Regression was always coming for the Bills and while it has arrived, this is still a top-10 NFL team. The defense isn’t playing well right now, but we’ve seen elite play from that group before. If the defense steps up and Allen can avoid mistakes, the Bills can easily win the AFC East.

9. San Francisco 49ers (19)

The 49ers needed to make a statement following an embarrassing loss to the Miami Dolphins and that’s precisely what Kyle Shanahan’s team did. Jimmy Garoppoolo (23-of-33, 268 yards and three touchdowns) executed this short, quick attack and San Francisco’s playmakers made things happen in open space. Things will be a lot more difficult against Bill Belichick next Sunday, but this is the kind of clash of brilliant minds we live for.

10. Las Vegas Raiders (11)

Everything is golden in Las Vegas. After stunning the NFL world in Week 5 with an upset over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Raiders enjoyed a bye week to get healthy and make extra preparations for their next game. A primetime battle against the Buccaneers and a defense that just derailed Aaron Rodgers’ MVP hopes is just what the doctor ordered. This will be the best game in Week 7.

11. Los Angeles Rams (7)

It just never came together for the Rams on Sunday Night Football. San Francisco jumped out to an early 21-6 lead and found a way to contain the previously unstoppable Aaron Donald. Los Angeles tried to keep it close, but a few drops by Cooper Kupp and some missed throws from Jared Goff proved costly. This is still a very good team and we’re excited to see how the Rams stack up to the Bears on Monday Night Football in Week 7.

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12. Chicago Bears (17)

It’s time to give the Bears their props. While Chicago’s 5-1 record might seem deceiving, it beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and just put away a hot Carolina Panthers squad. Nick Foles still isn’t looking great and he nearly cost the team on Sunday, but this defense is outstanding. Now the fun begins with the Rams, Saints and Titans slated to face Chicago in the next three weeks.

13. Arizona Cardinals (16)

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in Week 3
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When Kyler Murray is clicking, there are few NFL offenses more exciting to watch. We knew Arizona stole DeAndre Hopkins from the Houston Texans, but the magnitude of the heist becomes even more evident with each passing week. As we look ahead to Week 7, expect a thrilling NFC West shootout against the Seahawks. The Cardinals probably won’t win, but the highlights will be incredible for NFL fans and fantasy owners.

14. New Orleans Saints (12)

The Saints spent their bye week resting and threatening the city to play elsewhere. As of now, expect them to play in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Week 7 and Michael Thomas should be joining them. It’s been a turbulent 2020 season for the Saints, but things could be a lot worse than a 3-2 record. If this offense finds some consistency and the defense eliminates mental errors, New Orleans can return to Super Bowl contention.

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15. Miami Dolphins (18)

Maybe it’s too soon to talk about Brian Flores as a Coach of the Year candidate, but he deserves more national recognition. Miami’s rebuild was always going to take time, but it is accelerating rapidly under his direction. The defense is playing inspired and the offense is executing. It wouldn’t be a shock if the Dolphins beat the Rams in Week 7 and after that, playoff talk begins.

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16. New England Patriots (10)

New England just didn’t have it on Sunday. Cam Newton and Co. looked flat on offense for three quarters, putting this team in a hole that it couldn’t climb out from. We still love the defense and Newton will rebound from this, but the Patriots must find more weapons at the NFL trade deadline. Otherwise, there won’t be enough firepower to beat the NFL’s best in the playoffs.

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17. Indianapolis Colts (15)

If you look at the Colts with the glass-half-full perspective, they rebounded from a 21-point deficit to claim victory. However, it’s impossible to ignore that this came against the Cincinnati Bengals (1-4-1). Indianapolis boasts a great defense and Philip Rivers might not be washed, but there is a ceiling here. The Colts can enjoy their Week 7 bye, but looming matchups against the Baltimore Ravens (Week 9), Tennessee Titans (Week 10 and 12) and Green Bay Packers (Week 11) spell trouble.

18. Cleveland Browns (9)

The Browns have a big problem and his name is Baker Mayfield. When the pocket is clean, he doesn’t have any trouble finding open receivers. As we saw against Pittsburgh’s blitz-happy defense, the third-year quarterback is a wreck when he encounters pressure. At this point, with Mayfield seemingly getting worse with each passing year, it’s fair to wonder if the Browns can trust him as their quarterback of the future.

19. Carolina Panthers (14)

The Panthers came close to winning this game, but Teddy Bridgewater picked the wrong day to have one of the worst performances in his career. It was a difficult loss for Carolina, but the defense is looking good and Christian McCaffrey is nearing a return. The Panthers likely aren’t a playoff team, but they are fun to watch and keep games close. It’s all a credit to head coach Matt Rhule, who is building something special here.

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20. Denver Broncos (23)

Denver shocked everyone by pulling off an upset over the New England Patriots, but the win doesn’t feel legitimate. New England had little time to practice in the past two weeks, due to their COVID-19 problems, and came out sluggish. Credit to running back Philip Lindsay and the defense for stepping up. Looking ahead to Week 7, the Chiefs should obliterate Denver.

21. Los Angeles Chargers (22)

While the Chargers might have liked to enjoy a bye week a little later in the season, the NFL schedule adjustment might have helped. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram need time to get healthy, while Justin Herbert certainly benefitted from a week to review his tape and make improvements. While the Chargers are 1-4 entering Week 7, they could rip off a few wins with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos coming up.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (21)

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and QB Carson Wentz
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We’ll say this about the Eagles, they don’t quit. Trailing 30-14 late in the fourth quarter, Philadelphia easily could have thrown in the towel. Instead, facing Baltimore’s prevent defense, Carson Wentz nearly led a comeback that fell a two-point conversion shy of a miracle. The defense isn’t bad, but the injuries on offense cap any ceiling for this team. Good news, the NFC East sucks.

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23. Detroit Lions (28)

Matt Patricia lives to see another Sunday as an NFL head coach. A loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars would have been costly for Patricia, but the offense saved the day. Detroit’s key to victory in Week 6, finally feeding D’Andre Swift. The rookie exploded for 116 rushing yards and two scores on only 14 carries. If the Lions stick with this recipe on offense, featuring Swift and a vertical passing attack from Matt Stafford, Patricia’s defense is the only thing standing in the way of competing for a wild-card spot.

24. Dallas Cowboys (20)

The Cowboys didn’t have enough defensively to be a playoff threat this year, even with Dak Prescott carrying this team. With him gone for the season, this offense will take a significant step back under Andy Dalton (that’s not going well). The offensive line is in shambles and Dallas might have one of the NFL’s worst defenses, but they could still win the division. Frankly, it would be fitting for 2020. Of course, that’s dependent on Ezekiel Elliott refraining from putting the ball on the ground like we saw Week 6 against the Cardinals.

25. Atlanta Falcons (29)

The Falcons won a football game and they even did it emphatically. After firing Dan Quinn, along with general manager Thomas Dimitroff, Atlanta showed new life in Sunday’s victory. Matt Ryan looked relax and this defense was actually decent. This team is more talented than its 1-5 record shows and it’s possible the upcoming schedule (vs. DET, @ CAR, vs. DEN) could result in more wins.

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26. Cincinnati Bengals (25)

Two step forwards. Two steps back. That’s the story of these Cincinnati Bengals thus far during the 2020 season. Cincinnati opened up a 21-0 lead against the Indianapolis Colts back in Week 6, only to lose the game by the score of 31-27. It was an ugly loss for a Bengals squad that heads into Week 7 1-4-1 on the season. It also represented the second consecutive game Joe Burrow was held without a touchdown pass.

27. Minnesota Vikings (24)

Following last week’s three-interception performance struggling Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has tossed a league-high 10 picks in six games. It led to Minnesota allowing the Atlanta Falcons to win their first game of the season. Now at 1-5 on the year and having given up an average of 32 points per game, Mike Zimmer’s squad is absolute toast. How the once mighty have fallen.

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28. Houston Texans (26)

Six hundred and one. That’s how many yards Houston gave up to the Tennessee Titans in their 42-36 overtime loss back in Week 6. If it’s not one thing, it’s something else for this team. Obviously, the firing of head coach Bill O’Brien has not changed the dynamic all too much. The one saving grace is the play of the Texans’ offense. They are averaging north of 30 points over the past two games.

29. New York Giants (30)

A win is a win. That’s what first-year head coach Joe Judge is telling himself after the Giants came out victorious for the first time this season back in Week 6. However, it came against a bad Washington squad and included the Giants getting lucky at the end. More troubling than their 1-5 start to the season is the fact that Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is on pace to throw eight touchdowns compared to 16 interceptions on the season. Ouch!

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (27)

Following last week’s 34-16 loss to the hapless Detroit Lions, Jacksonville has now dropped five consecutive games. It has given up 30-plus points in each of those five games. The team lacks any type of real identity under head coach Doug Marrone, and it shows. At this point, things are on the verge of falling off the cliff in Duval.

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31. Washington Football Team (31)

We have to give Ron Rivera credit for going for the win Sunday against the New York Giants. Unfortunately, Kyle Allen made a mistake on the failed two-point conversion. It led to Washington losing its fifth consecutive game since a 1-0 start to the season. The question is now as follows. Why is Allen still under center ahead of Alex Smith? That’s something Washington will have to answer heading into a Week 7 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

32. New York Jets (32)

Jets' Sam Darnold and Adam Gase against the Patriots
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) and head coach Adam Gase walk off the field together after a disappointing shut-out loss against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in East Rutherford. Nyj Vs Ne Week 7

A 24-0 blowout loss at the hands of the Miami Dolphins. An 0-6 record. Losing by an average of 18 points per game. A rift between embattled Jets head coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. These Jets are an absolute laughingstock in every way possible. It’s hard to imagine this team even coming remotely close to winning a game.



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