1.) New Orleans (5-0) [+1]
They beat the best team, so the Saints are now #1 in my Rankings. Drew Brees played fabulously, but the defense is something to be reckoned with too.
2.) Minnesota (6-0) [+1]
The Vikings were both very good and very lucky. They were very good on their last drive, and very lucky that Steven Hauschka botched a short FG.
3.) Denver (6-0) [+2]
A solid win yesterday propelled the Broncos above the bye-week Colts. The defense could have been better.
4.) Indianapolis (5-0) [no change]
Bye-week for the Colts means no movement up or down. Good thing, too, since there weren't a ton of good teams after this week.
5.) Atlanta (4-1)
Matt Ryan led the game-winning drive again for the Falcons. He's for real, and so is Atlanta. I'd wager that it's because of Ryan that Atlanta is for real, though he had some help from Michael Turner as well.
6.) Pittsburgh (4-2) [+4]
After a rough start to the season, the Steelers are starting to round into form. It helps that their schedule hasn't been too tough so far.
7.) New England (4-2)
What else can I say but amazing? In snowy Foxboro the Patriots shut out the Titans and put up 59 points on them at the same time. Tom Brady, Wes Welker, and Randy Moss all had fantastic performances.
8.) NY Giants (5-1) [-7]
No shame in losing to New Orleans, but it means the Giants take a fall. They're down, but certainly not out.
9.) Cincinnati (4-2) [-3]
The Bengals had the look of an elite team until they got brushed back by the Texans. Ouch.
10.) Arizona (3-2)
The best team remaining that won this week. Ouch for me.
A Look at Week 6:
There was a lot of good football in Week 6, but a lot of absolutely terrible football too. The Patriots/Titans game was a good example of that, as the Patriots were awesome, and the Titans couldn't have been worse. Tom Brady looked like he was playing Madden 2010 rather than an actual NFL game. Philadelphia is one of the biggest offenders also, since they lost to Oakland. They were looking like a good team, one that would challenge the Giants, Vikings, and Saints. Instead, they're bounced out of the top ten and have a very bad loss on their resume. Good thing there are no polls or BCS standings in the NFL, because the Eagles just dealt themselves a critical blow. Not that there's no time to recover, of course. It's still pretty early in the season, but Philadelphia's schedule is pretty unkind down the stretch. Cincinnati is the other big offender this week, losing a winnable game at home to the Texans. The Jets also lost a winnable game at home against Buffalo, with Mark Sanchez throwing FIVE INT's. Terrible.
A further recap of Week 6's best.
Baltimore (unranked) at Minnesota (3):
No defense to be seen here. Adrian Peterson did run all over Baltimore, but didn't score. Neither did Sidney Rice, despite having 176 yards receiving. Hauschka's missed FG was the difference.
NY Giants (1) at New Orleans (2):
New Orleans was ready for this game. The Giants, not so much. They did score 27, which is a good day against most teams. Against the Saints, it wasn't nearly enough.
Chicago (8) at Atlanta (9):
I guess the Bears just weren't ready for Matt Ryan. They didn't play too badly, but errors in the red zone late hurt a ton.
Denver (5) at San Diego (unranked):
So much for the desperate team winning. The AFC West was just won by Denver, barring an utter miracle.
The best games coming up next week.
Minnesota (2) at Pittsburgh (6):
The schedule continues to get tougher for Minnesota. Big Ben's arm and Rashard Mendenhall's legs provide ample threat to the Vikings' winning streak.
Atlanta (5) at Dallas (unranked):
The Cowboys host one of the hotter teams in the league. It's time for Tony Romo to shine. It wouldn't hurt if the defense showed up, too.
Arizona (10) at NY Giants (8):
Offense vs. Offense, Warner vs. Manning. Should be a hell of a game, and high-scoring too.