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2009 Week 6 NFL Power Ratings

Archived Record of Our Sports Handicapping Columnists' Week Six NFL Football Power Ratings After Week Five of the 2009 Season's Action.

2009 Week Six NFL Power Ratings
(Dated 10/13 to 10/18/2009)

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1. New York Giants (5-0) – The Giants remain the # 1 team and do it in convincing fashion blasting the poor Oakland Raiders. The win for the Giants was their fifth straight, with the last three coming at home. The Giants are the second highest scoring team in the NFL, putting up 151 points in five games. The Giants will face their toughest test of the 2009 season on Sunday when they travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints.

2. New Orleans Saints (4-0) – The Saints remain # 2 in the power rankings, despite not playing this past weekend. New Orleans has a chance to take over the top spot when they host the Giants on Sunday.

3. Indianapolis Colts (5-0) – The Colts won their fifth straight to start the season on Sunday evening. Indianapolis sent divisional rival Tennessee to their fifth straight loss when they put up 31 points on them. The Colts are outscoring teams by an average of 13 points per game to start the season. Peyton Manning is putting up MVP type numbers with 1645 yards and 12 touchdowns. Indianapolis remains # 3 in the power rankings. The Colts will take this weekend off before playing October 25th at the winless St. Louis Rams.

4. Minnesota Vikings (5-0) – Minnesota found themselves in a pretty easy win on Sunday when they blasted the hapless St. Louis Rams 38-10. Adrian Peterson ran for two touchdowns in the win, to add to his season total of 7. The Vikings lead the NFC North, ahead of Chicago (3-1) and Green Bay (2-2). The Vikings remain # 4, as one of five remaining unbeaten teams. The Vikings will host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in what appears on paper to be a very solid affair.

5. Denver Broncos (5-0) – The biggest surprise of the 2009 season has been the Denver Broncos. Despite the ongoing drama in the off-season, Josh McDaniels and Kyle Orton have won all five of their games to start the season. On Sunday the Broncos were able to edge the New England Patriots. The win for 33 year old Josh McDaniels came against his 57 year old mentor Bill Belichick. Denver will take on divisional foe San Diego next week on Monday Night Football. The Chargers are trailing Denver inside the AFC West. Beat New England. 5.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) – The Philadelphia Eagles moved up from # 8 to # 6 with their third win in four tries this season. On Sunday, Philadelphia came up with a relatively easy 33-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneeers. In the win, quarterback Donovan McNabb threw for 242 yards, including 142 to his rookie receiver Jeremy Maclin. The Eagles only trail New York at the top of the NFC East. Philadelphia will host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

7. New England Patriots (3-2) – New England fell one position from # 6 to # 7 with the overtime loss to the Denver Broncos. The Patriots are the top team in the rankings with two losses on the season. New England is now tied with the New York Jets at the top of the AFC East, both with 3-2 records. The Patriots will host the winless Tennessee Titans on Sunday, hoping to get back on the right track.

8. Atlanta Falcons (3-1) – The Atlanta Falcons were impressive 45-10 winners over the San Francisco 49ers. In the win, the Falcons put up 35 first half points, including three touchdowns from running back Michael Turner. Turner now has five touchdowns on the season. Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 329 yards in the win, and now has thrown for 977 yards and 7 touchdowns. The Falcons trail New Orleans by just one game in the NFC South. Atlanta will host the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football this week.

9. Chicago Bears (3-1) – The Chicago Bears moved up to # 9 this week despite taking the weekend off. The Bears used their bye week to prepare for the Atlanta Falcons, on Sunday Night Football. Chicago trails Minnesota by 1.5 games in the NFC North.

10. Cincinnati Bengals (4-1) – The Bengals won their fourth straight game on Sunday, a surprising 17-14 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Cincinnati was led by Carson Palmer, who threw for 271 yards in the game. Cedric Benson ran for 120 rushing yards, a feat very rare against the vaunted Ravens defense. The Bengals have beat both Pittsburgh and Baltimore, and lead the AFC North. The win for the Bengals allowed them to make a four team improvement from # 14 to just inside the top ten, at # 10. The Bengals will host the Houston Texans on Sunday.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) – The Pittsburgh Steelers won their second straight game on Sunday, knocking off the Detroit Lions 28-20. The win for Pittsburgh put them into a second place tie with the Baltimore Ravens, one game behind the Cincinnati Bengals, who have beaten both Pittsburgh and Baltimore. The win for Pittsburgh allowed them remain at # 11. The Steelers, without top defensive player Troy Polamalu have allowed 98 points in 5 games. The Steelers will host the 1-4 Cleveland Browns on Sunday, in hopes to extend their win streak to 3.

12. Baltimore Ravens (3-2) – The Ravens were upset at home Sunday by divisional rival Cincinnati. The loss for the Ravens was their second straight. Baltimore now falls out of the top ten, from last week‘s position at # 7 to # 12 this week. The Ravens now find themselves a game behind the Cincinnati Bengals, tied with the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Baltimore will take on the undefeated Minnesota Vikings on the road Sunday afternoon.

13. New York Jets (3-2) – The Jets were downed late in the game on Monday Night Football by the wildcat offense and the Miami Dolphins. In the game, Thomas Jones led the offense with two rushing touchdowns. The loss for New York drops them into a tie with New England at the top of the AFC East; at 3-2. The loss for New York also drops them out of the top ten, from last weeks spot at # 9 to # 13 this week. The Jets will look to snap their two game losing streak on Sunday, at home, against divisional foe Buffalo.

14. Dallas Cowboys (3-2) – Dallas survived a scare from winless Kansas City on Sunday. The Cowboys forced overtime, and then won the game on a 60 yard pass from Tony Romo to Miles Austin. Austin finished the game with 250 receiving yards. Tashard Choice led the rushing offense for Dallas with 92 yards. The Cowboys now are 3-2, trailing 5-0 New York and 3-1 Philadelphia in the NFC East. Dallas was able to move up one spot from # 15 to # 14 with the win. Dallas will now take this weekend off and come back on October 25th and host the Atlanta Falcons.

15. Green Bay Packers (2-2) – Green Bay had a week off to recover from their Monday Night Football loss to Minnesota. The Packers are 2-2 on the season, trailing 5-0 Minnesota and 3-1 Chicago. The Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been very productive throwing for 1098 yards and 6 touchdowns. Ryan Grant leads the rushing offense with 257 yards and 2 touchdowns. Green Bay moves up one spot from # 16 to # 15 despite the bye week. The Packers will host the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

16. San Diego Chargers (2-2) – The San Diego Chargers took the weekend off to find a way to get over the .500 hump. San Diego has allowed 102 points, and scored 101 points on the season. San Diego‘s most recent loss was a Sunday night affair that saw Pittsburgh jump out to a big lead, only to see Phillip Rivers almost complete a comeback to tie the game. The Chargers have been disappointed by their running game, Darren Sproles and LaDainian Tomlinson. The combination has added for just 160 yards and 2 touchdowns. San Diego will get a chance to grab a game from AFC West leading Denver on Monday Night Football at home.

17. San Francisco 49ers (3-2) – San Francisco was week five‘s biggest disappointment. The 49ers had a chance to pick up a big home win against another NFC opponent but gave up 35 first half points en route to a 45-10 defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons. The San Francisco defense, who was so sharp in the win over St. Louis allowed quarterback Matt Ryan to throw for 329 yards, including 210 to Roddy White. Michael Turner also ran for three touchdowns on 97 yards for Atlanta. With the loss, the 49ers dropped four positions from # 13 to # 17. San Francisco will take this week off to fix their mistakes, and then come back on October 25th and play at Houston.

18. Miami Dolphins (2-3) – The Dolphins picked up a much needed win on Monday Night at the hands of the New York Jets. Ronnie Brown, out of the wildcard formation ran for a late touchdown to put Miami up 30-27, the score it would end at. The win for Miami allowed them to move three positions up from # 21 to # 18. The Dolphins are now just one game behind New England and New York in the AFC East. The Dolphins will now take the weekend off, before coming back, in an attempt to get back to .500 on October 25th at home with New Orleans.

19. Arizona Cardinals (2-2) – The Arizona Cardinals got off to a quick start Sunday against Houston, but then laid over and died, only to get a pick six late in the game to defeat the Texans 28-21. The win for Arizona only allowed them to remain at # 19. The Cardinals are now back to .500, just ½ game behind the 49ers, who are 3-2. Arizona has not found the right page offensively, as the high powered offense has just scored 85, while the defense has allowed 89 points. Kurt Warner has thrown for 1165 yards and 6 touchdowns thus far in 2009. The Cardinals will look to pick up a road win on Sunday at Seattle.

20. Seattle Seahawks (2-3) – The Seattle Seahawks got healthy fast on Sunday, blasting the Jacksonville Jaguars 41-0. Seattle used 241 passing yards from quarterback Matt Hasslebeck, including 98 to Nate Burleson. Seattle is now just a game behind 2-2 Arizona and 3-2 San Francisco at the top of the NFC West. The win for Seattle allowed them to move up two positions from # 22 to # 20. Seattle has a chance to really get back into the race when they host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday evening.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) – The Jaguars took it on the chin in Seattle on Sunday, getting beat 41-0. The Jaguars felt they had things heading the right direction after their two straight wins. Jacksonville allowed 20 first half points, and then were also outscored 21-0 in the second half. Mike Simms Walker, the Jaguars top wide receiver was suspended for the game for violating team rules. Whether he will be out for the next game is undetermined at this time. Jacksonville will host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday on Sunday in a hope to get back to .500. Jacksonville with the loss, dropped from # 18 to # 21.

22. Houston Texans (2-3) – The Texans lost 28-21 to the Arizona Cardinals, despite scoring three straight touchdowns to tie the game. Matt Schaub threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown late in the game to seal the deal in the third loss of the season for the Texans. The Texans offense with Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Steve Slaton and Owen Daniels have put up 115 points on the season. The problem for Houston has been defensively where they have yielded 120 points. The Texans will travel to Cincinnati on Sunday to face a Bengals team that has won four straight games.

23. Carolina Panthers (1-3) – The Carolina Panthers finally picked up their first win of the season on Sunday. The win came in ugly fashion, as a late touchdown aided the Panthers to a 20-17 win over the Washington Redskins. Part of Carolina‘s slow start has been due to the offense that has scored just 57 points in four games. Quarterback Jake Delhomme has struggled, leading the league in interceptions thrown and running backs DeAngelo Williams and Johnathan Stewart have gotten off to slow starts. Williams has ran for just 2 touchdowns, while Stewart picked up his first Sunday. The Panthers will look to keep their winning streak alive on Sunday when they travel to winless Tampa Bay.

24. Detroit Lions (1-4) – The Lions hung with the defending champions, but a late turnover stopped the final drive, and Detroit took a 28-20 loss. The Lions under quarterback Matthew Stafford have gotten the winless monkey off their backs, but now they are trying to find ways to win consistently. Stafford and Kevin Smith lead the offense, Stafford passing for three touchdowns, and Smith rushing for three. The Lions are in last place in the NFC North, behind 5-0 Minnesota, 3-1 Chicago and 2-2 Green Bay. Detroit and Green Bay will meet in Wisconsin on Sunday. The Lions dropped one spot from # 23 to # 24.

25. Washington Redskins (2-3) – The Redskins under head coach Jim Zorn made things worse on Sunday in their 20-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The loss dropped the Redskins to 2-3 overall, and in last place in the NFC East. Washington has scored just 73 points in five games. Zorn and the Redskins must find a way to get back to .500 on Sunday when they host another winless team - the Kansas City Chiefs. This will be the fourth game for Washington against a winless team.

26. Cleveland Browns (1-4) – The Cleveland Browns picked up their first win of the season Sunday, in a 6-3 slug fest over the Buffalo Bills. The Browns have scored just 55 points in 5 games on the year. Defensively, the Browns have allowed 121 points, worst in the AFC South. The Browns, with the win moved up four positions from # 30 to # 26. Cleveland will play divisional doe Pittsburgh, on the road on Sunday in an attempt to move the winning streak to two games.

27. Buffalo Bills (1-4) – Buffalo was only able to put three points on the board Sunday, in a 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns. The loss for Buffalo was their third straight, and fourth overall. Trent Edwards threw for just 152 yards, and Marshawn Lynch ran for just 56 yards. The Bills, with the loss drop from # 26 to # 27. The Bills will travel to New York on Sunday to take on the divisional leading Jets.

28. Oakland Raiders (1-4) – Just when Raiders fans felt things couldn‘t get any uglier - it did. The Oakland Raiders were absolutely dismantled by the New York Giants on Sunday. Oakland only scored 7 points, and gave up 44 to the Giants, including 31 first half points. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell has passed for just one touchdown on the season. On the year, Oakland has been outscored 130-49. Oakland will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, in hopes of snapping their three game losing streak.

29. Tennessee Titans (0-5) – The biggest negative surprise in the National Football League - the Tennessee Titans. The folks that were clamoring about how Tennessee was the best 0-4 team ever were silent on Sunday night when the Titans were absolutely blasted by the Indianapolis Colts. Tennessee was only able to muster three touchdowns in a 31-9 defeat. The Colts were able to move the ball at will, and Peyton Manning threw for 300 yards. With the loss, the Titans dropped from # 27 to # 29. Things will not get easier for Tennessee, as they will travel to Foxboro on Sunday to take on the New England Patriots.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5) – Tampa Bay lost for the fifth straight time on Sunday, a game that was never close - 33-14 to Philadelphia. The loss for the Buccaneers dropped them from # 29 to # 30 within the power rankings. Tampa Bay has been out scored 140-68 on the season, and trail New Orleans, Atlanta and Carolina in the NFC South. The Buccaneers will look for their first win on Sunday when they host the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers will be coming off a game in which they found their first win of the season, at home, to Washington.

31. Kansas City Chiefs (0-5) – Kansas City fought to the end on Sunday, but fell 26-20 in overtime to the Dallas Cowboys. The Chiefs are now 0-5 on the season, and are five games behind unbeaten Denver. The Chiefs have been outscored 138-84 on the season. Matt Cassell has been solid for Kansas City completing 76 of 130 passes for 711 yards and 7 touchdowns. Dwyane Bowe has caught 3 touchdown passes to lead the Chiefs. Kansas City will travel to Washington to take on the Redskins, in hope of their first win.

32. St. Louis Rams (0-5) – The Rams continue to sit at the bottom of the power rankings, coming up on the short end of their fifth straight game. The Vikings got off to a quick start, and buried the Rams 38-10. St. Louis has been outscored 146-34 on the season. The -112 advantage is by far the worst in the NFL. Lost to Minnesota. St. Louis will look to get in the win column on Sunday when travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars.

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