NFL Picks: Week 6 NFL Betting Power Rankings

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 9:42 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 9:42 PM UTC

Denver stays atop the NFL rankings while the rest of the league jockeys for spots. Let’s take a look at where teams stand after the quarter pole of the season.

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1.      Denver Broncos (5-0) – When you have an historic offense, who needs defense?! Peyton Manning continues to defy the laws of time and space, launching four TD strikes and hauling another into the end zone as the Broncos win a shootout in Cowboy Stadium.

 2.      New Orleans Saints (5-0) – This edition of the New Orleans Saints is a new and improved model thanks to the engineering of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Their torrid defense paces the Saints to a big road win over the Bears.

 3.      Seattle Seahawks (4-1) – Yes, Colts’ fans you can toss tomato cans at me for ranking the Hawks above the team that just beat them but my money is still on Russell Wilson and the Seattle defense in a rematch.

4.      Indianapolis Colts (4-1) – The Colts can be ignored no longer as Andrew Luck rallies his team past the vaunted defense of the Seattle Seahawks.

5.      Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) – There’s a football renaissance in Kansas City led by Andy Reid and Alex Smith. The Chiefs jump out early and seal the deal late with their biggest win of the season over the Titans.

6.      San Francisco 49’ers (3-2) – The Niners ball-hawking defense complemented by a relentless ground and pound attack spelled doom for the Texans at The Stick.

7.      Green Bay Packers (2-2) – The Pack was back on Sunday after enjoying a bye week, taming the Lions 22-9. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t prolific but he didn’t have to be as the defense stood strong and the offense controlled the tempo throughout.

8.      Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) – The Cats stifled Tom Terrific and the Patriots with a relentless defensive pass rush that led to a 13-6 home victory.

9.      New England Patriots (4-1) – The Pats offensive line was dominated by the Bengals defensive front and Tom Brady’s receivers dropped more than they caught. The New England defense remains stout but questions abound regarding this once explosive offense.

10.  Baltimore Ravens (3-2) - The defense came alive, the ground game was reborn and Joe Flacco was just good enough to put Justin Tucker in range for four successful field goal attempts. Solid road win over the Fish keep the Ravens in the top ten.

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11.  Detroit Lions (3-2) - The Lions were without the prodigious services of Calvin Johnson and the offense sputtered as a result, falling to the Packers 22-9 at Lambeau.

12.  Chicago Bears (3-2) - The Monsters of the Midway have dropped their last two games but is that an indictment of the team or is it a case of a cruel schedule? Two weeks ago they lost to a high-octane offense in Detroit and then again on Sunday to one of the best teams in the league, the New Orleans Saints. They should get healthy this week against the Giants.

13.  Miami Dolphins (3-2) - Ryan Tannehill better apologize to his offensive line because he must have done something wrong after he was battered and bruised by a swarming group of Ravens on Sunday. Nevertheless, he didn't throw a pick and almost rallied the Fins back from a big deficit.

14.  Tennessee Titans (3-2) - I think we have to start reassessing the Titans. They beat up on the Steelers, Chargers and Jets while losing to the Texans and now the Chiefs. Apparently they're good enough to bully the weaker teams but can't hang with the bigger boys.

15.  Dallas Cowboys (2-3) - Tony Romo threw for five TD's and 506 yards breaking a longstanding franchise record. He is only the fifth quarterback in NFL history ever to throw for five touchdowns and at least 500 yards. But guess what - he still lost! Only Romo, only Romo.

16.  Houston Texans (2-3) - I know expectations were sky high in Houston for these Texans but let's not overreact. They lost to the defending World Champion Baltimore Ravens, in OT to one of the very best in Seattle and then on Sunday they had a lousy night against a Niners team that had ten days rest and would have beaten anyone on the planet. They won't be in the middle of the pack for long.

17.  Arizona Cardinals (3-2) - Sure they've defeated a couple of bum teams two weeks in a row but with Daryl Washington back from a four-game suspension, this quality defense may have just morphed into impenetrable.

18. NY Jets (3-2) - Monday night may prove to be the high water mark for this club as they walked into Atlanta and marched out with a victory as double digit underdogs.

19.  Cleveland (3-2) - I'm really not sure what the hell is going on in Cleveland but just as it appeared they had mailed it in by trading Trent Richardson and sidelining Brandon Weeden they proceed to win three in a row. How much longer before midnight Cinderella?

20.   Oakland Raiders (2-3) - The Raiders may be losing more than they're winning but football matters again in Oakland. Terrelle Pryor gets it done on offense and future Hall-of-Famer Charles Woodson seals the deal with a pick on defense in a win over the Chargers.

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21.    Atlanta Falcons (1-4) - How's your suicide pool doing now, tough guy? Seriously, how in the hell do they lose to the Jets - at home?! Matty Ice and company need to look deep into the mirror.

22.    St. Louis Rams (2-3) - If the Rams beat the Jags would anyone care? The answer is no, except in St. Louis. Bradford looked sharp in case you were wondering.

23.    Washington Redskins (1-3) - The Skins notched their first victory of the year against Oakland and had all week to savor the victory during their bye. Look for a reinvigorated RGIII to roar after a shaky start.

24.    San Diego Chargers (2-3) - Any lofty expectations that Bolts' fans had for their schizophrenic team may have been dashed in Oakland on Sunday. Are they a bad team playing to their level or a good team not fulfilling their potential? New year, same question.

25.    Buffalo Bills (2-3) - EJ Manuel got injured and the Bills were defeated by the Browns on Thursday night. CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson make a nice one-two punch in the backfield but that's not enough to make this team a contender.

26.    Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) - Thank the good Lord the Eagles have one of the best backup QB's in the business in Nick Foles. The kid picked apart a woeful Giants defense and led the Eagles to a 36-21 victory over a very bad team.

27.    Minnesota Vikings (1-3) - The Vikes are the best of the rest here as they've had a fairly tough schedule in losses to Detroit, Chicago and then the vastly improved Browns before they finally got into the win column with a victory over the hapless Steelers.

28.    Tampa Bay Bucs (0-4) - Shall I wax prosaic on the efficacy of their defense before delivering the news that they are winless after five weeks? No, I wouldn't do that to you Bucs fans.

29.    Carolina Panthers (1-3) - Their blowout win over the wretched Giants the week before was just a mirage football fans as Cam Newton got blitzed, hurried, battered and bruised in the Panthers loss to the Cardinals.

30.    Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4) - Steelers fans were guaranteed that their team would not lose in Week 5. Yes, that's right, they had a bye.

31.    New York Giants (0-5) - As much as you hate the Giants wasn't there a little piece inside of you that thought they were destined to beat the Eagles at home? After all it's Tom Coughlin's team with Eli Manning, brother of Peyton, and only two years removed from Super Bowl glory. Yeah, me neither.

32.    Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) - Ignoring the futility of the Jaguars season and focusing on their season best 20 points scored on Sunday is a little like saying, "Aside from that, how did you like the play Mrs. Lincoln?"

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