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NFL Power Rankings Week 6

NFL Power Rankings Week 6

Another NFL slate of games is in the books, and we certainly saw some interesting results. Some contenders continue to put their stamp on the 2017 season. Others got blasted by inferior teams in their own building. There were some very weird coaching decisions that could hold some serious ramifications later in the season. We get reminded every week that the difference between the outstanding teams and the awful fans really isn’t that much. It comes down to one or two plays a game, and usually, the better coach tends to win more often than not. It also gets harder to separate the gaggle of mediocre teams, even as the cream rises to the top.

The follow is Gridiron Experts NFL Power Rankings heading into week 6.

 
Kansas City Chiefs

Power Ranking: 1

  • Last Week: 1
  • Record: 5-0
  • Week 5 result: Win versus Houston Texans, 42-34
  • Week 6: versus Pittsburgh Steelers

The Chiefs just keep rolling up victories and what’s crazy is QB Alex Smith is having the type of season all his critics said he couldn’t. He’s already eclipsed 300 yards in a game twice and has yet to throw an interception compared to throwing 11 TDs. The score looks closer than the game was because Houston racked up some late points after the Chiefs let up. Coach Andy Reid is doing just a marvelous job of calling and designing plays to maximize what the Chiefs do well. RB Kareem Hunt is playing well, and nobody can seem to bring him down on the first try. The Chiefs did lose #2 wide receiver Chris Conley to a ruptured Achilles, but I don’t think it will hurt their production that badly. TE Travis Kelce will need to clear concussion protocol to see the field when the Chiefs welcome a Steelers squad looking for answers this Sunday.

Green Bay Packers

Power Ranking: 2

  • Last Week: 2
  • Record: 4-1
  • Week 5 result: Win versus Dallas Cowboys, 35-31
  • Week 6: at Minnesota Vikings

There isn’t more I can say about QB Aaron Rodgers other than he’s the best QB in the game right now. He had a little more than a minute to go and one timeout on Sunday, needing a field goal to tie. All Rodgers did was march the Packers down the field to throw the game-winning TD to WR Davante Adams with under 15 seconds left. Rodgers is at his best when the pressure is highest, and he’s the reason Green Bay is so high in the ranks. Their defense isn’t perfect. A bright spot for the Packers other than Rodgers was the play of rookie RB Aaron Jones. He looked natural as the lead back and it has to ease some worries about Ty Montgomery and his broken ribs. The Packers face the division rival Vikings in Minnesota this week. Keep in mind the Vikes will be on a short week after a Monday night game.

Philadelphia Eagles

Power Ranking: 3

  • Last Week: 4
  • Record: 4-1
  • Week 5 result: Win versus Arizona Cardinals, 34-7
  • Week 6: At Carolina Panthers

Is it just me or are the Eagles flying under the radar quite a bit? The defensive front 7 gets some pub, but even QB Carson Wentz seems to not get as much attention as his peers like Dak Prescott and Jameis Winston(both still very good QBs). Maybe the offense doesn’t have a ton of big-name weapons, but they continue to get it done. Perhaps the fact that there’s not exactly a go-to player for Wentz keeps people talking about other teams. WR Alshon Jeffery has been OK, but he’s not an alpha WR at this point. RB LeGarrette Blount leads the backfield after a game where he had zero carries. The Eagles took advantage of an Arizona team on the brink of disaster, and their only blemish is a loss to Kansas City. Keeping on the winning track won’t be easy as Philly goes to Carolina for a Thursday night matchup.

Atlanta Falcons

Power Ranking: 4

  • Last Week: 8
  • Record: 3-1
  • Week 5 result: Bye Week
  • Week 6: versus Miami Dolphins

I really don’t like moving up a team who had their bye week and are coming off a bad loss at home on top of that. However, so many teams that were high in the ranks last week lost, I don’t have much of a choice. The Falcons needed the bye to sort out issues on offense and get healthy. WR Julio Jones will be a focus this upcoming week to see if his hip is healed up. Fellow wideout Mohammed Sanu will be a secondary(but still important) storyline. QB Matt Ryan needs to raise his level of play coming out of the bye. A 5/5 TD/INT ratio won’t cut it.

Carolina Panthers

Power Ranking: 5

  • Last Week: 13
  • Record: 4-1
  • Week 5 result: Win versus Detroit Lions, 27-24
  • Week 6: versus Philadelphia Eagles

I said a couple of weeks ago that QB Cam Newton didn’t need to be rostered in fantasy leagues if you only play in a 1 QB league. Since then, he’s thrown for 671 yards and 6 TDs while adding 44 yards and a TD on the ground. You’re welcome Panthers fans because Cam just needed some motivation to hit his stride. On a serious note, I give Newton credit for putting aside the controversy he brought upon himself with his ignorant comments earlier this week. He apologized and showed up for his team to lead them to back to back road wins against good teams. Suddenly, Cam looks like Cam, WR Devin Funchess looks like a real NFL player, and RB Christian McCaffrey found the end zone. If the offense is clicking, the defense can hang in there with any team. Carolina is a team to watch moving forward.

New England Patriots

Power Ranking: 6

  • Last Week: 9
  • Record: 3-2
  • Week 5 result: Win versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 19-14
  • Week 6: at New York Jets

This is another team I’m not thrilled about moving up, but I wasn’t given much of choice. New England should have lost this game. Tampa QB Jameis Winston left a lot of yards and potential points on the field and Nick FOlk missed three field goals. The Patriot defense looked better on paper, but a better offense would have taken advantage of the situation. QB Tom Brady had just an average game for him and what is interesting is WR Brandin Cooks is having a quiet season so far. I thought he would be a more dynamic threat given the loss of Julian Edelman. James White continues to be the most productive back for the Patriots. New England will play the Jets with first place in the AFC East on the line this Sunday, a sentence I can’t believe I typed headed into Week 6.

Seattle Seahawks

Power Ranking: 7

  • Last Week: 11
  • Record: 3-2
  • Week 5 result: Win versus Los Angeles Rams, 16-10
  • Week 6: Bye Week

The Seahawks ground out a win on the road against a division leader and a rival. I don’t care if it wasn’t a style point victory, those wins matter. Realistically, you could put any member of this offense other than QB Russell Wilson into a bag and hit it with a stick. Whoever got hit would deserve it at this point. They do need to figure out their run game which is easier said than done given their terrible offensive line. The defense shut down Todd Gurley on Sunday. Credit to them, but this was by far the worst game by Rams coach Sean McVay so far in his career. Seattle heads into their bye week looking to heat up and find some type of running game, regardless of what shape it takes. They have to travel East out of the break but face the hapless Giants.

Minnesota Vikings

Power Ranking: 8

  • Last Week: 12
  • Record: 3-2
  • Week 5 result: Win versus Chicago Bears, 20-17
  • Week 6: versus Green Bay Packers

First off, the Vikings coaches should take a long look in the mirror for putting QB Sam Bradford out there for Monday night’s game. Bradford was CLEARLY still hurt, and there’s simply no excuse for letting him play. Secondly, I’ll give the Vikings credit for winning a division game on the road against a tough Bears defense with a backup QB. RB Jerick McKinnon may not be perfect, but any snap he loses to Latavius Murray is a waste. WR Stefon Diggs fought a groin injury, and that’s a huge issue headed into this week. The Vikes need a superhuman effort from their defense against QB Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Minnesota.

Denver Broncos

Power Ranking: 9 

  • Last Week: 10
  • Record: 3-1
  • Week 5 result: Bye Week
  • Week 6: versus New York Giants

The Broncos don’t have a ton of glaring weaknesses at this point outside of whether QB Trevor Siemian can win consistently in the NFL. C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles form an excellent backfield while Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are a good 1-2 receiving combo. The stats may not jump off the page but don’t let that fool you. Denver has the best rushing defense in the NFL, and they still have an outstanding secondary. Denver is a good team that could reach a much higher ceiling if their QB can be better than he’s shown so far. A very winnable game against the 0-5 Giants is up next.

Detroit Lions

Power Ranking: 10

  • Last Week: 5
  • Record: 3-2
  • Week 5 result: Loss versus Carolina Panthers, 27-24
  • Week 6: at New Orleans Saints

The Lions took a loss on Sunday, but I won’t  dock them too much for losing to the Panthers. When Cam Newton plays well, they’re a different animal. It’s not too surprising that the Detroit defense didn’t play very well. The unit isn’t super talented, and they were living off of turnovers. That’s typically not the best idea. QB Matthew Stafford may be one of the more indispensable players in the league, but he’s yet to throw for 300 yards this year and only has 5 TD passes through the last four weeks. The Lions offense isn’t built to win consistently with Stafford having low production. Fortunately for this offense, they get the New Orleans Saints defense in a very nice spot next week.

Houston Texans

Power Ranking: 11

  • Last Week: 6
  • Record: 2-3
  • Week 5 result: Loss versus Kansas City Chiefs, 42-34
  • Week 6: versus Cleveland Browns

Deshaun Watson TexansSome readers will roll their eyes that a 2-3 team is within the top 11, but I still believe the Texans are better than the record says. One loss is to the best team in the NFL, and another was with Tom Savage at QB until it was too late. Rookie QB Deshaun Watson had some typical up and downs in this game but is clearly flashing a huge amount of talent and poise. WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller combined for five TDs Sunday night and will be difficult to contain with a real QB at the helm. I’m not sure Lamar Miller is that much better than D’Onta Foreman but they area nice combo. The Texans did suffer a monster loss on Sunday night other than the scoreboard. DL J.J. Watt was lost for the season with a fracture in his leg and it’s truly sad to see another season end for Watt on the IR. The Texans can get back on track with a cake matchup against the Browns on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Power Ranking: 12

  • Last Week: 3
  • Record: 3-2
  • Week 5 result: Loss versus Jacksonville Jaguars, 30-9
  • Week 6: at Kansas City Chiefs
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The entire Pittsburgh organization should be embarrassed after the beating they took. It’s one thing to lose a game, it’s totally another to have one of the stupidest game plans I’ve ever seen. the Jaguars weren’t ahead by a ton of points until late. The Steelers have zero excuses for not riding RB Le’Veon Bell this past week. Jacksonville came in giving up 165 yards rushing per game! Pittsburgh decided to let QB Ben Roethlisberger throw the ball 55 (!) times into the strength of the Jags defense, which cause 5 interceptions. Bell carried 15 times. It’s utterly inexcusable from the Steelers. Memo to safety Mike Mitchell- you’re down 11 in the fourth quarter and Fournette just got the first down AND trucked you on the way. Be quiet and go back to the huddle.

Pittsburgh has some serious soul searching to do before they head to Arrowhead Stadium to face Kansas City.

Washington Redskins

Power Ranking: 13

  • Last Week: 12
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 5 result: Bye Week
  • Week 6: versus San Francisco 49ers

Washington slid a spot through no fault of their own. They’ve proven to be a pretty good team at this point, with both losses coming to division leaders sporting a 9-1 combined record. Hopefully, for Washington, they got a little healthier in the bye week. Their defense lost multiple players last Monday night including All-Pro CB Josh Norman. RB Rob Kelley will hopefully be ready to go to help the suddenly hot Kirk Cousins. Washington is poised to fight with Philadelphia for the NFC East title. The winless 49ers fly cross-country to Washington this Sunday.

 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Power Ranking: 14

  • Last Week: 22
  • Record: 3-2
  • Week 5 result: Win versus Pittsburgh Steelers, 30-9
  • Week 6: versus Los Angeles Rams

I’d be lying if I said I could make heads or tails of the Jaguars. There have been weeks so far where they look like one of the better teams in the NFL. Then they can’t beat the Jets in Week 4. They rise this week because they went into Pittsburgh and smacked the Steelers right in the teeth.This game could have looked different if the Steelers had let Le’Veon Bell run the ball, but that’s not Jacksonville’s fault. The biggest long-term concern for the Jags in 2017 is they clearly don’t want QB Blake Bortles to throw the ball. When I say they don’t want him to throw, I mean at all and that’s what happened this week. They completely deflated the ball and leaned on the defense and rookie RB Leonard Fournette. They have as much a chance as any team in the AFC South to take the division if Fournette and the pass defense continue to do the heavy lifting. An interesting game with the Rams is up next.

Los Angeles Rams

Power Ranking: 15

  • Last Week: 7
  • Record: 3-2
  • Week 5 result: Loss versus Seattle Seahawks, 16-10
  • Week 6: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Speaking of those Rams, they check in right behind Jacksonville this week. I wonder if Coach Sean McVay called Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh during the week and they worked on their gameplans together because the Rams made the exact same mistake the Steelers did. They insisted on throwing the ball in a mismatch when they had a clear advantage running the ball. Still, at least the Rams had a chance to steal this game. WR Cooper Kupp dropped what could have been the winning TD in the waning moments of this game. QB Jared Goff has made a ton of strides, but this offense isn’t built to throw the ball against teams like Seattle. We’ll see if they rectify their mistake in Jacksonville on Sunday.

Dallas Cowboys

Power Ranking: 16

  • Last Week: 17
  • Record: 2-3
  • Week 5 result: Loss versus Green Bay Packers, 35-31
  • Week 6: Bye Week

I get it, the Cowboys lost. They shouldn’t bump up in the ranks off a loss. But the complexion of their ranking looks a lot different if QB Aaron Rodgers hadn’t gone into full GOAT mode and snatched that game away at the end. QB Dak Prescott is the real deal and anyone questioning him like he’s a product of the team around him doesn’t know what they’re talking about. RB Ezekiel Elliott still has the specter of a suspension hanging over his head. WR Dez Bryant got a pass from some for his tough matchups the first four weeks. I wonder what those folks say after another letdown game from Bryant. They really should have gotten a better #2 WR  in the off-season. The Dallas defense is run of the mill, and they’ll go as far as Prescott and company can get them. The Cowboys get a well-timed bye this week.

Oakland Raiders

Power Ranking: 17

  • Last Week: 14
  • Record: 2-3
  • Week 5 result: Loss versus Baltimore Ravens, 30-17
  • Week 6: versus Los Angeles Chargers

As I did before with Minnesota when they lost without QB Sam Bradford, I’m not going to crush the Raiders for losing without QB Derek Carr. This team might be more average than most thought in the pre-season and they certainly won’t be better without their franchise QB. What needs to happen for the Raiders to make a turnaround is to stop treating RB Marshawn Lynch like a viable option. Lynch has exceeded 50 yards once in five tries. They need to throw their weight behind either Jalen Richard or DeAndre Washington and establish the run game. Also, WR Amari Cooper needs to wake up and play far better than he has. After a nice Week 1, Cooper has been a disaster. The Raiders are on the brink and need to take advantage of the 1-4 Chargers at home this week.

Tennessee Titans

Power Ranking: 18

  • Last Week: 16
  • Record: 2-3
  • Week 5 result: Loss versus Miami Dolphins, 16-10
  • Week 6: versus Indianapolis Colts

Color me surprised that QB Matt Cassel couldn’t get much accomplished against Miami. In related news, I wish there was a sarcasm font so I could highlight that. The Titans were struggling with QB Marcus Mariota in the lineup. Odds were the team wouldn’t be better without him. The running game was bottled up without any real threat in the passing game. The defense played well but they also played Jay Cutler, so it’s hard to tell if it was Tennessee or Cutler just being Cutler. With or without Mariota, the Titans need to find a way to win at home this Monday night versus a Colts team that will still be without QB Andrew Luck.

New Orleans Saints

Power Rankings: 19

  • Last Week: 21
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 5 result: Bye Week
  • Week 6: versus Detroit Lions
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This would be a good time to remind folks that the Saints have a new toy to continue to show off in rookie RB Alvin Kamara. New Orleans went into the bye week riding a modest two-game winning streak and Kamara showed up big in Week 4 with 10 receptions and a touchdown. I don’t expect the defense to keep up their better play this week when the Lions come to New Orleans, but it should be a fun game if you like points on the board.

Cincinnati Bengals

Power Ranking: 20

  • Last Week: 25
  • Record: 2-3
  • Week 5 result: Win versus Buffalo Bills, 20-16
  • Week 6: Bye Week

The Bengals got by this week and while Buffalo isn’t the most formidable foe, a win against a 3-1 team shouldn’t be apologized for. The offense continues to grow under coordinator Bill Lazor. A.J. Green had an excellent day in total, but he went bonkers early and then got very quiet after that. The trio of backs makes it difficult to contain in the total, even if nobody has eye-popping stats. QB Andy Dalton has been playing better after his disaster of a start. What’s interesting is they still have a very real chance at the division. The Bengals still play Pittsburgh twice and the Steelers have their own issues right now. the offense will have a bye week to continue to gel and get better.

Indianapolis Colts

Power Ranking: 21

  • Last Week: 24
  • Record: 2-3
  • Week 5 result: Win versus San Francisco 49ers, 26-23 in OT
  • Week 6: at Tennessee Titans

Any game the Colts can win without Andrew Luck is a bonus. Yes, Jacoby Brissett is playing fairly well considering he’s been with the team for such a short period. This team still doesn’t have almost any talent on offense aside from WR T.Y. Hilton. The backfield has turned into a committee of Frank Gore, Marlon Mack and Robert Turbin mixed in here and there. CB Vontae Davis may be playing hurt right now because he’s not up to his standard. If they can get to 3-3 without Luck, they’d have to be pretty happy with that. The Titans are all that stand in their way.

Buffalo Bills

Power Ranking: 22

  • Last Week: 18
  • Record: 3-2
  • Week 5 result: Loss versus Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16
  • Week 6: Bye Week

Maybe Buffalo can wind a weapon in the passing game for poor QB Tyrod Taylor during the bye week. The one reliable player he had in TE Charles Clay was lost for multiple weeks after he had his knee scoped on Monday. That leaves rookie WR Zay Jones as the last man standing and that isn’t a good thing. The defense continues to play very well, but there’s just nobody outside of Taylor and RB LeSean McCoy in this offense that can help it out. They have surprised through the first five weeks but I have a hard time believing that it’s for real.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Power Ranking: 23

  • Last Week: 20
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 5 result: Loss versus New England Patriots, 19-14
  • Week 6: at Arizona Cardinals

The Tampa Bay Bucs really gifted a win to the Patriots this week. QB Jameis Winston was not sharp by any means and he wasn’t helped by many in his offense. RB Doug Martin looked excellent coming off his suspension and he probably deserved more work in this game. The Bucs missed 3 field goals and had a dropped TD pass. They showed some reasons why a lot of people liked them as a dark horse playoff team coming into the season but also showed some inconsistencies that could plague them to a .500 record. They travel to Arizona with both teams needing a win very badly.

New York Jets

Power Ranking: 24

  • Last Week: 27
  • Record: 3-2
  • Week 5 result: Win versus Cleveland Browns, 17-14
  • Week 6: versus New England Patriots

Don’t look now but the Jets have won three games in a row and are playing for sole possession of first place this Sunday! OK, now for the bad news. First, they’ve beaten the horrible Dolphins, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Jaguars, and the woeful Browns. Secondly, they have to face the Patriots this week. Even though the Pats aren’t playing well, they’re a far superior team on paper. The Jets are winning games with smoke and mirrors and you know your passing game has issues when TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is your alpha target. I’ll give the Jets credit for winning more games than I thought all season long, but I also think the bottom is about to fall out.

Los Angeles Chargers

Power Ranking: 25

  • Last Week: 30
  • Record: 1-4
  • Week 5 result: Win versus New York Giants, 27-22
  • Week 6: at Oakland Raiders

The Chargers finally got their first win of the season and they had to fly all the way to New York to get it. QB Philip Rivers had a decent game with 3 TDs but this win was on the back of RB Melvin Gordon. He said he wasn’t getting enough touches and he proved what he’s capable of when he gets a full workload. Both of his TDs came through the air and this offense will welcome in first-round pick WR Mike Williams this coming week. The offense should be enough to carry the Chargers most weeks and the trio of Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and Casey Heyward can make plays. They still have a huge climb after a 0-4 start but could help themselves in a big way by beating Oakland on Sunday.

Arizona Cardinals

Power Ranking: 26

  • Last Week: 19
  • Record: 2-3
  • Week 5 result: Loss versus Philadelphia Eagles, 34-7
  • Week 6: versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Cardinals got just destroyed this week by the Eagles. Coming to the East Coast for the 1 pm start is very difficult for West Coast teams but the Cardinals weren’t competitive at all in this game. The wide receiving corps is average at best, they have no run game, the offensive line is terrible, and CB Patrick Peterson lost control on the sidelines. This team is a wreck right now. I don’t know how Coach Bruce Arians can pull the Cards out of this funk given the lack of talent that is now apparent on this squad. The matchup with Tampa this week is truly a toss-up between two not very good football teams.

Chicago Bears

Power Ranking: 27

  • Last Week: 23
  • Record: 2-3
  • Week 5 result: Loss versus Minnesota Vikings,
  • Week 6: at Baltimore Ravens

Mitchell TrubiskyRookie QB Mitchell Trubisky showed as well as humanly possible considering the circumstances. It was his first start, he was at home against a tough defense on Monday Night Football with a terrible receiving corps.The deck was stacked against him and he did everything he could. I can’t really understand why the Bears have throttled back on RB Tarik Cohen. Yes, he’s on the smaller side but there’s no real reason he should share reps with Benny Cunningham. They continue to play much better at home than on the road and they’ll look to reverse that trend at Baltimore this upcoming week. It’s not going to be easy for Trubisky and company.

San Francisco 49ers

Power Ranking: 28

  • Last Week: 26
  • Record: 0-5
  • Week 5 result: Loss versus Indianapolis Colts, 26-23 in OT
  • Week 6: at Washington Redskins

The 49ers just can’t break through for their first win quite yet. They just keep losing close matchups and you have to wonder if this game would have turned out differently had RB Carlos Hyde had been healthy. San Francisco continues to fight every game but are woefully behind many teams in too many areas to really compete yet. They need a QB, first and foremost. Their secondary also needs quite a bit more talent. In fairness, they’re not the first or last team to get torched by T.Y. Hilton. The sledding doesn’t get any easier for the 49ers as they have to travel East again to face a fresh Redskin team off the bye.

Baltimore Ravens

Power Ranking: 29

  • Last Week: 28
  • Record: 3-2
  • Week 5 result: Win versus Oakland Raiders, 30-17
  • Week 6: versus Chicago Bears
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Sorry Ravens fans, I’m not moving this team because they beat up on QB E.J. Manuel on Sunday. The offense still does not look good at all and while the defense is good, they aren’t the Ray Lewis- Ed Reed unit of old that they can carry a bad offense. They most likely can beat the Bears this upcoming week to get to 4-2, but I am not a believer in this team at all. QB Joe Flacco and his receiving crew have not proven they’re going to win consistently yet this season.

Miami Dolphins

Power Ranking: 30

  • Last Week: 29
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 5 result: Win versus Tennessee Titans, 16-10
  • Week 6: at Atlanta Falcons

All I can really say about the Dolphins this week is their fans chanted for QB Matt Moore at halftime because Jay Cutler has been that abysmal. He should have stayed retired(not that I would turn down a $10 million check). The running game with Jay Ajayi has not gotten on track at all, in part because Cutler gives opposing teams no reason to fear the pass. We’ll see if DeVante Parker can get healthy this week. Miami needs all hands on deck to have any shot when they go to Atlanta.

Cleveland Browns

Power Ranking: 31

  • Last Week: 32
  • Record: 0-5
  • Week 5 result: Loss versus New York Jets, 17-14
  • Week 6: at Houston Texans

The criticism of the Browns for not taking one of the big name QBs the past two drafts is not going to get any quieter this week in Cleveland. Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson, and  Mitchell Trubiskyall played well to fantastic. Meanwhile, DeShone Kizer found the bench. It’s tough to get a read on his play considering the dreadful offense around him. He has zero receivers and Duke Johnson is the only player on the offense playing well. Cleveland looks like a mess for the most part. The lone bright spot was DL Myles Garrett looked very good in his first action of the year. They face Watson and the Texans this week in Houston.

New York Giants

Power Ranking: 32

  • Last Week: 30
  • Record: 0-5
  • Week 5 result: Loss versus Los Angeles Chargers, 27-22
  • Week 6: at Denver Broncos

The bottom has officially fallen out in New York. Star WR Odell Beckham suffered a terrible looking ankle injury, and the Giants confirmed his season is over. Brandon Marshall is also done for the season with a surgery of his own. Sterling Shepard has an injury and will likely miss time. QB Eli Manning has nobody left to throw to, no running game and a very iffy offensive line. The defense hasn’t played nearly as well as they did last season. It’s going to be difficult to find their first win when they head to Denver this week.

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I'm a sports fanatic who wears it on my sleeve (seriously, I have a Pittsburgh sports tattoo). I'm just a big scruffy looking nerf-herder who somehow managed to marry an incredible and supportive woman, have a wonderful family and a sweetheart dog. When I'm not at work, odds are I'm watching sports or the latest comic book movie. Life is good, it's just much better with fantasy football in it. The sarcastic and above it all fantasy analysis is overdone, I'm here to bring it back to what you need to know with a terrible sense of humor. Let's win some fantasy titles!

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