The Cardinals have taken control of the NFL power rankings, proving that they are the team to beat in the NFL. With a statement win over the Browns, in which Kyler Murray threw 4 touchdown passes, the Cardinals have silenced the doubters.
Behind them are the Ravens and Tampa Bay, both with quarterbacks who look like potential MVPs. Meanwhile, doubts have begun for the Chargers and Browns after crushing losses in week 6.
There were a lot of bounce-back games for a lot of teams and many soul-crushing losses for others. Let’s take a look at where each team is at in the NFL.
1. Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals went to Cleveland to face the Browns in week 6. A lot of people assumed it would be a close, nail-biter game. A lot of people were wrong. Even without their head coach calling plays, the Cardinals embarrassed the Browns with a 37-14 victory. The Cardinals moved to 6-0 and remain the only undefeated team in the NFL.
2. Baltimore Ravens
In another game that was supposed to be a nail-biter, the Ravens defense dominated the game. By only allowing 6 points and 208 yards, the Ravens defense showed that even when their offense is slow, they can still win games. The Ravens won the game 34-6, and they moved to 5-1 on the season.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady struggled against the Eagles defense on Thursday Night, but the Buccaneers showed that they’re willing to do what it takes to win. In this game, it was relying on Leonard Fournette. Fournette came away with 81 yards and two touchdowns. Brady still had decent numbers against a strong defense, throwing for 297 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. The Buccaneers moved to 5-1 on the season after beating the Eagles, 28-22.
4. Buffalo Bills
Despite losing to the Titans on Monday Night Football, the Bills continued to show that they are a great team. Josh Allen had a great game, as he threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns. The big decision was in going for it on fourth-and-short with almost no time left in the game. Don’t expect the Bills to slow down anytime soon, even with a 34-31 loss to the Titans.
5. Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams might be the most complete team in the NFL. With a solid defense, a great passing game, and a good running game, the Rams showed no mercy to the Giants on Sunday. Matthew Stafford continued to prove what he can do on a good team, throwing for 251 yards and four touchdowns. The Rams moved to 5-1 after defeating the Giants, 38-11.
6. Dallas Cowboys
Is this finally the Cowboys year? It certainly looked like it in week 6, with an overtime win against the Patriots. The Cowboys defeated the Patriots, 35-29, and moved to 5-1. Dak Prescott continued his argument for MVP, throwing for 445 yards and three touchdowns. CeeDee Lamb also had a big game, with 149 yard and two touchdowns.
7. Green Bay Packers
Who owns the Bears? Aaron Rodgers made it clear it was him, as he ran in a touchdown to seal the game for the Green Bay Packers. The Bears defense kept them in the game, keeping it interesting until the fourth quarter. However, the Packers were able to overcome thanks to their quarterback. Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 195 yards, two touchdowns, and ran for one touchdown. The Packers won 24-14, as they moved to 5-1.
8. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers learned a difficult lesson on Sunday: the Ravens defense is tough. Justin Herbert was pressured on 33 of his 42 dropbacks, and the Chargers struggled to get anything going on offense. Austin Ekeler only had seven rushing yards in the game, while Justin Herbert recorded only a 67.8 passer rating. The Chargers moved to 4-2 after the embarrassing 34-6 loss.
9. Kansas City Chiefs
A get-right game for the Chiefs against the Washington Football Team was also a show of the problems that have plagued the Chiefs all season. Patrick Mahomes threw for 392 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. One of those interceptions came on an ill-advised throw at the end of the first half. Can the Chiefs right the ship in time for the playoffs? They might be running out of time to do it. The Chiefs beat the Washington Football Team, 31-13, and moved to 3-3 on the season.
10. Cleveland Browns
The Browns struggled to get anything going offensively against the Cardinals, in a 37-14 loss. Fortunately for the Browns, the Cardinals are one of the best teams in football and look unbeatable. Unfortunately for the Browns, they’re going to have to get creative while a lot of key players miss time with injuries. Nick Chubb missed the game and Kareem Hunt went on IR today. The Browns moved to 3-3 after the loss.
11. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are looking like a team on the up, after a 34-11 win against the Lions. Joe Burrow threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns, continuing a good sophomore year. Ja’Marr Chase also strengthened his case for rookie of the year with 97 receiving yards and an excellent block that allowed Joe Mixon to score a touchdown. The Bengals moved to 4-2 after the win.
12. Tennesse Titans
The Titans showed on Monday that when Derrick Henry has a big game, they win. Derrick Henry rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns, as he led the Titans to a 34-31 victory over the Bills. The big question for the Titans now is how do you win when Henry doesn’t have a big game? The saving grace for them might be that they’re in one of the weakest divisions in the league.
13. Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders showed that they were ready to play on Sunday against the Broncos, despite losing their head coach a few days before. Derek Carr proved he’s a great quarterback when protected, throwing for 341 yards and two touchdowns. Maxx Crosby also continued a dominant season, with five sacks in the game. The Raiders moved to 4-2, with the 34-24 win.
14. New Orleans Saints
The Saints had their bye week in week 6, but they’ve already showed an up and down season at 3-2. Jameis Winston currently has a 61.3 QBR and 60.3% completion rating. If the Saints want to win moving forward, they need to limit turnovers made by their quarterback. Expect the Saints to lean into Alvin Kamara and the run game to do this, after the bye.
15. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings are the most confusing 3-3 team in the league. In a game where the Vikings offense dominated with 571 yards, it somehow went into overtime against the Panthers. The Vikings won 34-28, thanks to a game winning touchdown from Kirk Cousins to KJ Osborn. Cousins had an excellent game against the Panthers, throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers can thank TJ Watt for this win, after he forced a Geno Smith fumble to setup a game winning field-goal. Ben Roethlisberger had a decent night, throwing for 229 yards and one touchdown. The star player was TJ Watt, who recorded two sacks, two batted-down passes, and a 90.7 pass rushing grade. The Steelers won the game against the Seahawks 23-20, to move to 3-3.
17. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks were struggling before they lost Russell Wilson. Against the Steelers, a Geno Smith fumble ended up costing the Seahawks the game. The Seahawks lost the game, 23-20, to move to 2-4. After the loss, a question lingers: can the Seahawks win without Russell Wilson?
18. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers looked rough against the Vikings. Their defense allowed 571 total yards and their receivers looked like they couldn’t catch anything. Sam Darnold had a rough game as well, after throwing an interception on the opening play. After losing 34-28, the Panthers fell to 3-3. The big question for the Panthers now is how quickly Christian McCaffrey can get back.
19. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears had a strong showing against the Packers in week 6. Khalil Herbert had 97 rushing yards and a touchdown. Justin Fields also had 174 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Despite the loss, the Bears need to look to build on this game if they want to be successful. The Bears lost 24-14 and are now 3-3.
20. Denver Broncos
Saying the Denver Broncos struggled against the Raiders is putting it lightly. Teddy Bridgewater threw three interceptions. The offensive line allowed 35 pressures. Their defense played soft. It’s hard to believe this team was undefeated just three weeks ago. The Broncos fell to 3-3 after the 34-24 loss.
21. San Fransisco 49ers
The 49ers had a bye week in week 6. The big question now is how will Trey Lance develop during the season. The 49ers face the Colts in week 7. This is a prove-it game for the 49ers, as they sit at 2-3.
22. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts finally showed what they could be against the Texans. Carson Wentz threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns. Jonathan Taylor ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns. The Colts won the game 31-3 to move to 2-4. The focus now is on Carson Wentz, to see if he can put together a string of wins to put the Colts into playoff contention.
23. New England Patriots
The Patriots are playing like a team that can’t get out of their own way. After keeping up with the Cowboys for most of week 6, it was questionable play calling that let the Cowboys back into the game. The Patriots lost 35-29, to move to 2-4.
24. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons had their bye in week 6. They have a winnable game against the Dolphins in week 7, as they sit at 2-3.
25. Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team started strong against the Chiefs, leading 13-10 at the half. Washington’s offense went to sleep after half-time though, while the Chiefs scored 21 points. Washington lost 31-13 to move to 2-4.
26. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are now 2-4, after losing 28-22 to the Buccaneers. They were ineffective in moving the ball for most of the game, only recording 213 total yards. If this Eagles team wants to win, Jalen Hurts needs to start moving the ball down the field.
27. New York Giants
The Giants are having what is becoming a typical year for them. Daniel Jones is struggling, Saquon Barkley is injured, and their defense can’t stop anyone. They move to 1-5, after a 38-11 loss to the Rams.
28. Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins lost a heartbreaker to the Jaguars in week 6. Tua Tagovailoa had a great game, recording 329 passing yards and two touchdowns. Can Tua keep it up for the rest of the season?
29. New York Jets
Jets fans are celebrating the bye week.
30. Houston Texans
The Texans are playing for draft picks.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars sneaked out of London with a win, breaking a 20 game losing streak. Can they carry this momentum after their bye week?
32. Detroit Lions
The Lions might be the first team to go 0-17.
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