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2023 NFL Power Rankings: Week 6


The top two teams in the 2023 Week 6 NFL power rankings remain clear. Let’s get right to it.

 

1. San Francisco 49ers (5-0) | Last week: 1

Operating a loaded attack in a tremendous scheme, Brock Purdy is inevitable at this point—and it’s time the know-nothing haters start giving him credit for the way he’s played the past two years. With respect to Philadelphia, the Niners are the deserving Super Bowl favorites after a handful of weeks.

 

2. Philadelphia Eagles (5-0) | Last week: 2

That said, the Eagles are still finding a way to get the job done every week despite it not always being totally smooth on either side of the ball. Jalen Hurts simply took over in the win at the Rams last week, and the Philly defense tightened up to not allow LA past the 50-yard line in the second half.

 

3. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1) | Last week: 4 (+1)

While Patrick Mahomes and the passing attack didn’t have a total offensive explosion like I was expecting versus the Vikings, it was another solid all-around showing for that side of the ball. The defending champions are one of two four-win teams in the AFC.

 

4. Detroit Lions (4-1) | Last week: 5 (+1)

The Lions—from head coach Dan Campbell to quarterback Jared Goff to general manager Brad Holmes to the coordinators—deserve all the praise they’ve been getting. Carolina handled them last season, but Detroit is now a team that expects to take care of business every game. The Lions are the first team since 2007 to rush for 100+ yards while allowing fewer than 100 rushing yards in each of their first five games.

 

5. Buffalo Bills (3-2) | Last week: 3 (-2)

I’m going to give the Bills the benefit of the doubt and keep them in the top five after a slow start in Week 5, perhaps due to the long trip to London (while the Jaguars were already in the country for a couple of weeks). The late jump ball to Stefon Diggs that was surprisingly intercepted was one of the determining plays of the loss to the Jags. The worst part about the trip is that they lost star linebacker Matt Milano indefinitely due to a leg injury just a week after Tre’Davious White tore his Achilles.

 

6. Miami Dolphins (4-1) | Last week: 7 (+1)

Tua Tagovailoa had a couple of interceptions, but overall Miami got back on both sides of the ball while coasting to victory over the Giants. However, the Dolphins will be without rookie running back De’Von Achane—who is putting up stupid numbers averaging 12.1 (!!!) yards per carry—for a bit because of a knee injury.

 

7. Seattle Seahawks (3-1) | Last week: 9 (+2)

The Seahawks were riding high entering their bye week, and the come back to face a Bengals team looking to stay on track. It’ll be interesting to see how safety Jamal Adams is implemented into the Seattle defense for hopefully a full game.

 

8. Dallas Cowboys (3-2) | Last week: 6 (-2)

In a reactionary era, people might not realize quite enough that teams can just have an off day—but there’s no denying the Cowboys have some problems against the 49ers right now. Getting CeeDee Lamb and Tony Pollard going this Monday at the Chargers should be a top priority.

 

9. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) | Last week: 12 (+3)

The two-week London trip was very successful for the Jaguars, with two wins including against the Bills. I love the way Doug Pederson made sure Travis Etienne Jr. (26 carries, 136 yards, two touchdowns) got going, and the defense plays with an edge when facing top opponents.

 

10. Baltimore Ravens (3-2) | Last week: 8 (-2)

Dropped passes were an issue for the Ravens, with a few different players unable to come up with potential touchdowns from Lamar Jackson in their loss to the Steelers. The Baltimore defense played great, and the group must avoid finger-pointing despite frustration in their two tight losses.

 

11. Los Angeles Chargers (2-2) | Last week: 10 (-1)

The early bye gave the Chargers time to get healthier and regroup, including running back Austin Ekeler being 99 percent sure that he’ll play the Cowboys on Monday night. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore taking on his former team is a fun Week 6 storyline to watch.

 

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) | Last week: 15 (+3)

As disappointing as the offense has been this season, the Steelers are following a similar formula to the end of 2022—grinding out tough games with strong defense and clutch play from quarterback Kenny Pickett. Mike Tomlin’s squads should never be discounted.

 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) | Last week: 11 (-2)

As the Buccaneers return to action from their Week 5 bye, this Sunday against the Lions will be a big measuring stick after their only loss through four games was to the Eagles. We’ll see if Tampa was able to figure some things out in the run game during the extra week of preparation.

 

14. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) | Last week: 18 (+4)

The connection between Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase—connecting for three touchdowns including a beautiful 63-yard bomb—got fully on track versus the Cardinals, and the Bengals as a team might be getting on track along with the dynamic duo. Cincy is just a game back in the early AFC North standings despite the slow start.

 

15. Indianapolis Colts (3-2) | Last week: 17 (+2)

I don’t think anyone saw a Jonathan Taylor extension coming after the events of the summer, but he’s an awesome boost to an offense getting superb production from Zack Moss—165 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Titans—at running back. Unfortunately, rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson will now miss a month or so with a shoulder injury, and I hope he can stay healthy to have a stellar career.

 

16. Tennessee Titans (2-3) | Last week: 13 (-3)

The connection between Ryan Tannehill and DeAndre Hopkins showed promising signs in the loss to the Colts, but the common theme in all three Titans losses has been Derrick Henry not getting enough work. I would think that’ll change for a battle with the Ravens in London, and the two teams have quietly developed a rivalry in recent years.

 

17. Los Angeles Rams (2-3) | Last week: 16 (-1)

The Eagles dominated the second half, but the Rams should be encouraged by the season debut for Cooper Kupp, who looked like his usual self coming back from the hamstring issue. While there were lower preseason expectations, LA is well coached and should remain competitive all year.

 

18. New Orleans Saints (3-2) | Last week: 19 (+1)

The Saints defense did the heavy lifting in a shutout win at Foxboro, headlined by an early Tyrann Mathieu pick-six. Despite the firepower on offense, taking care of the ball and playing to the defense is the most effective path for New Orleans.

 

19. New York Jets (2-3) | Last week: 22 (+3)

The Jets thought last week was time for Breece Hall to be full-go, and it felt like a great bet that they would win against a Broncos team they have no love for given the Sean Payton comments about their offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. Hosting the Eagles this Sunday will be another huge test for the defense.

 

20. Green Bay Packers (2-3) | Last week: 14 (-6)

Jordan Love struggled in the Packers’ Monday night loss at Vegas, throwing three interceptions (though the third was somewhat of a desperation attempt toward the end of the game) in a four-point loss. It’s evident that Love is inexperienced (Matt LaFleur says they knew there would be “growing pains”), and Green Bay will only go as far as his growth allows them.

 

21. Atlanta Falcons (3-2) | Last week: 26 (+5)

With some limitations at quarterback with Desmond Ridder, the Falcons are winning the type of grind-it-out games Arthur Smith prefers to play with his team’s current construction. Atlanta might be able to open things up more versus Washington’s poor pass defense this week, though.

 

22. Las Vegas Raiders (2-3) | Last week: 27 (+5)

Davante Adams didn’t have a massive game statistically, but he was happy with the win over his former team, setting up the Raiders in a pretty good spot at 2-3 with a winnable upcoming schedule on paper. Linebacker Robert Spillane had two opportunistic interceptions in the Week 6 win, and the run game led by Josh Jacobs continues to show positive signs after a slow start.

 

23. Cleveland Browns (2-2) | Last week: 25 (+2)

We’ll see if the week off gave Deshaun Watson enough time to heal up with his shoulder injury, but the Browns have a challenging task regardless versus the 49ers. My guess is that Watson will be out again.

 

24. New England Patriots (1-4) | Last week: 20 (-4)

Clearly in a funk, I’m not sure how or if the Patriots can get out of this—even with Bill Belichick as their head coach. The struggles begin with the offensive line, which is nearly impossible to overcome unless the roster is totally loaded elsewhere.

 

25. Houston Texans (2-3) | Last week: 24 (-1)

They couldn’t hold on to the lead at Atlanta, but I still like the way Houston’s defense is playing fast and with energy—similar to what we saw out of the Niners with DeMeco Ryans as the defensive coordinator. Rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud has another notable test against the Saints defense this weekend.

 

26. Minnesota Vikings (1-4) | Last week: 23 (-3)

Minnesota lost another one-score game after their record success there last season, and now they are without superstar receiver Justin Jefferson (hamstring) for at least four games while on injured reserve. The aggressive Vikings defense must contain DJ Moore and make big plays versus Chicago on Sunday.

 

27. Washington Commanders (2-3) | Last week: 21 (-6)

Washington could not contain DJ Moore in an embarrassing 40-20 loss on Thursday Night Football, and their own offense could not get any of their top players going—particularly Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson despite 55 consecutive passes. When the team isn’t playing well and the coach sounds like a politician with some of his answers to the media, ownership has a right to be angry.

 

28. New York Giants (1-4) | Last week: 28

Thankfully it sounds like Daniel Jones’ neck injury isn’t as serious as his previous one, and he could play this Sunday night at Buffalo. However, the injury is a microcosm of the issues New York is having on the offensive line. You can’t win when the quarterback is under constant siege.

 

29. Arizona Cardinals (1-4) | Last week: 29

I think Arizona just ran into a Bengals team that got clicking at the wrong time for them. Unfortunately, the Cardinals lost James Conner for at least four games due to a knee injury, as he’s a tone-setter for the offense. Keep an eye on TCU rookie Emari Demercado at running back during Conner’s absence.

 

30. Denver Broncos (1-4) | Last week: 30

Sean Payton is very clearly not happy with how his team is playing, and he had playoff expectations in Year 1—so things need to somehow change quickly while staring at a matchup with the Chiefs and a 1-5 start.

 

31. Chicago Bears (1-4) | Last week: 32 (+1)

People can talk about the Commanders defense not making things too difficult, but the bottom line is Justin Fields has played much better and shown positive signs to build on the past two games. Following their first win in nearly a calendar year, perhaps the weight will be lifted off head coach Matt Eberflus and the team.

 

32. Carolina Panthers (0-5) | Last week: 31 (-1)

Panthers owner David Tepper undoubtedly wants to win and has attempted to commit resources to accomplish the franchise’s goals, so I can’t imagine what he was thinking after these comments from head coach Frank Reich:

 

 

The honesty from Reich is respectable, but they felt a bit odd to bring up with the team feeling like they are failing No. 1 pick Bryce Young to this point.