NorthwestFootball.net Power Rankings: Week 6

Dylan Johnson explains why there's a new name at the top of the Power Poll .. and a new name at the bottom, as well.

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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS The Saints stand head and shoulders above the rest of the NFC.
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DENVER BRONCOS Denver has given up just 10 points in the second half over the course of six games.  They are very much for real.
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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS Indy returns from the bye to face the Rams, aka "the team that's not quite as good as our practice squad".
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MINNESOTA VIKINGS Minnesota is finding ways to win in a season where most teams are struggling to do so.  Still, their inability to put teams away in the second half will come back to haunt them.
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NEW YORK GIANTS The G-Men were completely unable to pressure Drew Brees last Sunday and, as a result, Brees completely shredded New York's secondary.
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ATLANTA FALCONS Atlanta's defense stood tough when they needed it most to remain undefeated at home and only one game off of the Saints torrid pace.
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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS The Pats absolutely crushed Tennessee in the snow at Foxboro.  Next on the chopping block, Tampa Bay.
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PITTSBURGH STEELERS Pittsburgh hosts Minnesota this weekend in a matchup between two teams that have been underwhelming despite their records.  It's highly likely that this game gets decided on the last play of the game.
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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Elite teams don't lose to the Raiders. 
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BALTIMORE RAVENS Missed it by that much …Baltimore needs to circle the wagons quickly or their season could slip through their fingers.
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CINCINNATI BENGALS The Bengals abandoned the run the second half despite Cedric Benson leading the NFL in rushing … and lost.
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SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS To review:  Michael Crabtree sits out 5 games, signs the same exact deal that was on the table 3 months ago, and we're supposed to buy the "he's not really a Diva" line?  Puh-leeze.
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GREEN BAY PACKERS The Pack have beaten Detroit 19 times in a row at Lambeau Field.  Unfortunately for Green Bay, they have play other teams on the road, too.
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ARIZONA CARDINALS Arizona dominated the Seahawks in every phase of the game last weekend.  The trick is to carry that over to this week's game in the Swamps of Jersey.
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CHICAGO BEARS The Bears had many chances to polish off the Falcons last Sunday and flubbed each one.
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SAN DIEGO CHARGERS It's gotta be tough to lose a game because of poor kick coverage … twice.
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NEW YORK JETS The Jets are beginning their December Swoon early this year.
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MIAMI DOLPHINS Miami is a team that no one looks forward to playing anymore.  They have a punishing ground game and bruising defense that make you pay for every yard.
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HOUSTON TEXANS Houston continues their "up one week, down the next" ways by knocking off the Bengals.
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DALLAS COWBOYS The Cowboys return from the bye trying prove they still belong in the playoff conversation.  Unfortunately for Dallas, the Falcons are comin' calling.
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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS I can't believe it took this long into the season before Jack Del Rio hit upon the "get the ball to Maurice Jones-Drew a lot" game plan.
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CAROLINA PANTHERS Congrats, you beat the Rams.  Of course, everybody beats the Rams.
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BUFFALO BILLS If Buffalo could have mustered some offense to go along with their solid defense, not only would they not have needed overtime, but they'd be ranked significantly higher than 23rd.
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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Seattle heads into the bye week desperate for some live bodies on the offensive line.  The good news is that Marcus Trufant and Leroy Hill might be ready to go next week.
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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS Kansas City's season was revived, albeit temporarily, by playing the Washington "Cure For The Schneid" Redskins last week.
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OAKLAND RAIDERS Oakland does this once or twice a season; namely, pull of a huge upset only to sink back down into the morass of … well … being the Raiders.
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DETROIT LIONS What looked mildly promising just a few weeks ago has devolved to Drew Stanton starting and another season in the crapper.
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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Tampa Bay has lost 10 in a row, although they've been competitive in a few of those contests.
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TENNESSEE TITANS Blech.
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CLEVELAND BROWNS Joshua Cribbs makes the final score for Cleveland look better than it really is.  
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ST. LOUIS RAMS The Rams showed signs of life last weekend against a moribund Panthers team but they're still on an 0-17 slide.
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WASHINGTON REDSKINS Watching the Redskins this season is like watching stop motion film of a train wreck, only much more boring.

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