NFL power rankings, Week 6: Giants rise, Broncos fall

Aaron Rodgers, Packers (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers, Packers (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) /

In our Week 6 NFL power rankings, the New York Giants are getting their respect while the Denver Broncos are in absolute free-fall.

Pittsburgh Steelers. 32. team. 55. . 1-4. Previous:

The Steelers can’t get off the field, and they can barely score a point.

31. team. 10. . 1-3-1. Previous: . Houston Texans

The Texans finally won, and now we’re assured nobody is joining the Winless Club.

Washington Commanders. 30. team. 58. . 1-4. Previous:

It’s time to find a real quarterback come this offseason. The question is whether Ron Rivera will still be in town.

1-4. Previous: . Carolina Panthers. 29. team. 87.

Matt Rhule is only the first domino.

2-3. Previous: . Chicago Bears. 28. team. 57.

Chicago has a real chance to get to 3-3. Who would have ever thought?

1-4. Previous: . Detroit Lions. 27. team. 50.

Man, the Lions were supposed to be fun. Instead, Detroit is only fun for opponents.

46. . 2-2-1. Previous: . Indianapolis Colts. 26. team

The Colts are somehow .500 despite looking completely rudderless offensively.

New England Patriots. 25. team. 47. . 2-3. Previous:

Bailey Zappe? Bailey Zappe! And a killer defensive showing last week.

30. . 3-2. Previous: . New York Jets. 24. team

Jets’ fans should celebrate. The record is a bit smoke and mirrors, but New York is finally showing something.

team. 36. . 2-3. Previous: . Seattle Seahawks. 23

Geno Smith might be a real answer. Who the hell would have thought that?

22. team. 53. . 2-3. Previous: . Cleveland Browns

The Browns should have beaten the Chargers, but couldn’t hit a field goal. Also, that Jacoby Brissett interception? Brutal.

44. . 2-3. Previous: . Atlanta Falcons. 21. team

Atlanta has one of the least-talented roster in the league, but the coaching is good and the effort is excellent.

20. team. 45. . 2-3. Previous: . Denver Broncos

What can be said that hasn’t already been? Hideous football.

Las Vegas Raiders. 19. team. 28. . 1-4. Previous:

The Raiders aren’t getting penalized, unlike Chris Jones.

32. . 2-3. Previous: . Arizona Cardinals. 18. team

Kyler Murray needs to be much, much better. It’s not getting the job done.

52. . 2-3. Previous: . Jacksonville Jaguars. 17. team

Remember when the Jaguars were going to be a frisky contender? Haven’t looked the part over the past two weeks.

2-3. Previous: . New Orleans Saints. 16. team. 15.

New Orleans is hanging around. The offense and defense both need work, but the Saints aren’t buried.

team. 35. . 3-2. Previous: . Tennessee Titans. 15

Three straight weeks going into the bye week, and suddenly the Titans are a real team.

51. . 2-3. Previous: . Los Angeles Rams. 14. team

Holy crap somebody block.

Los Angeles Chargers. 13. team. 13. . 3-2. Previous:

Brandon Staley is his own worst enemy, but despite it all, the Chargers are 3-2.

2-3. Previous: . Cincinnati Bengals. 12. team. 56.

The line isn’t good enough, and Joe Burrow has to find explosive plays with his receivers.

Previous: . New York Giants. 11. team. 31. . 4-1

Love the effort and the fight from the Giants. Coming back from a 17-3 deficit, in London, against Aaron Rodgers? That’s talking.

59. . 3-2. Previous: . Miami Dolphins. 10. team

Miami needs to survive the toughest type of injury; the starting quarterback.

4-1. Previous: . Dallas Cowboys. 9. team. 123.

Cooper Rush has been terrific, but Dak Prescott will get his job back. That said, he owes Rush a steak dinner for al he’s done.

Previous: . Green Bay Packers. 8. team. 49. . 3-2

At some point, the defense needs to figure out its scheme and the receivers have to uncover.

7. team. 42. . 3-2. Previous: . San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco is now dealing with defensive injuries, but this is a contender.

26. . 3-2. Previous: . Baltimore Ravens. 6. team

Justin Tucker is the greatest kicker of all-time. No contest.

5. team. 60. . 4-1. Previous: . Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings have some warts, but they deserve shine. Sitting at 4-1, with a win over the Packers, atop the NFC North.

48. . 3-2. Previous: . Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 4. team

Once the Bucs get their offense rolling, they’re going to be a force in the NFC.

. 4-1. Previous: . Kansas City Chiefs. 3. team. 124

Ugly start, fantastic finish. Now, the game of the year against Buffalo.

16. . 4-1. Previous: . Buffalo Bills. 2. team

Nobody is more terrifying than the Bills when they get rolling.

team. 54. . 5-0. Previous: . Philadelphia Eagles. 1

Unbeaten, and undeterred despite a tough game in Arizona.