Week 6 NFL Power Rankings: Are Cam’s Patriots Fraud Contenders?

Are the Patriots really contenders? Photo by Jim Davis/Globe Staff

After Week 6 of the NFL season, a lot has changed. Contenders are having their status called into question, and former MVP contenders are being thrown out of the running. Here are the power rankings for Week 6.

32. New York Jets (0-6) Prev: 32

Wait, so Le’Veon Bell wasn’t the problem? What a shocker. After seeing improvement from the Falcons and Texans after firing their struggling head coaches, why do the Jets continue to keep Adam Gase on the payroll? It could be a brilliant strategy to secure the first overall pick.

Team MVP: Nobody. Nobody Played well.

Next: vs Bills

31. New York Giants (1-5) Prev: 31

The Giants’ victory over Washington was as ugly as it gets, but an ugly win is still a win. Daniel Jones still has a turnover problem, but he showed that he can use his legs as a weapon, bursting out a 49-yard run. If the Giants can put together some more ugly wins, they could be in the NFC East division race, which is sad, because the division leader only has two wins.

Team MVP: James Bradberry (3 tackles, INT)

Next: at Eagles

30. Washington Football Team (1-5) Prev: 29

Washington was on the losing end once again on Sunday. Kyle Allen is playing perfectly fine, but he isn’t going to win Washington many games. Which begs the question: what exactly did Dwayne Haskins do to get benched? Because he seems like the better option than Allen at the moment.

Team MVP: Terry McLaurin (7 rec, 74 yds)

Next: vs Cowboys

29. Atlanta Falcons (1-5) Prev: 30

It’s amazing what firing your bad head coach can do for you. The Falcons followed in the footsteps of the Houston Texans, firing their head coach, then winning the week after. The Falcons have a lot of talent, but the hole may already have been dug too deep in a very competitive NFC South.

Team MVP: Julio Jones (8 rec, 137 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Lions

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) Prev: 27

Through the first couple of weeks, Jacksonville looked like a competent team. They’ve now lost five in a row, and are sliding to the bottom of the AFC. Gardner Minshew is putting up solid stats on paper, but he’s also throwing it 30-40 times a game. The Jags will look to stop the bleeding sooner rather than later.

Team MVP: Keelan Cole (6 rec, 143 yds)

Next: at Chargers

27. Philadelphia Eagles (1-4-1) Prev: 24

The Eagles stayed competitive with the Ravens but ultimately fell in the end. Carson Wentz played a bit better than previous weeks, avoiding interceptions, but he still managed to turn the ball over, and his completion percentage was almost under 50%. Despite their rough start to the season, the Eagles find themselves in second place in the NFC East.

Team MVP: Miles Sanders (118 rush yds)

Next: vs Giants

26. Cincinnati Bengals (1-4-1) Prev: 23

Cincinnati continues to put up yards and points on offense, but the defense cannot back them up. Zac Taylor got hired as an offensive coach and it shows. The most concerning part about the Bengals, however, is their offensive line. They may get Joe Burrow injured in his rookie season if that unit can’t pull itself together.

Team MVP: Tee Higgins (6 rec, 125 yds)

Next: vs Browns

25. Houston Texans (1-5) Prev: 22

Interim coach Romeo Crennel made a bold decision to try and put Tennesee away by going for two rather than kicking an extra point to go up by eight, but they couldn’t convert. This came back to bite them, as the Titans took them to overtime, and beat them. The Texans can compete with anybody, but they may not be able to beat them.

Team MVP: Deshaun Watson (28/37 335 yds, 26 rush yds, 4 TDs)

Next: vs Packers

24. Minnesota Vikings (1-5) Prev: 18

The Vikings were a playoff team last year. You wouldn’t be able to tell based on their performance this season. It looks like an entirely different team, and it is spearheaded by the NFL’s leader in interceptions, Kirk Cousins. He needs to figure it out before anyone else.

Team MVP: Justin Jefferson (9 rec, 166 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: Bye

23. Detroit Lions (2-3) Prev: 28

The seat was hot on Matt Patricia, and his team saved his job with a victory. Rumors were swirling before the game that if the Lions lost, that would be all she wrote for Matt Patricia’s time as head coach of the Lions. His team managed to buy him more time, but for how long, nobody knows.

Team MVP: D’andre Swift (116 rush yds, 3 rec, 7 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: at Falcons

22. Denver Broncos (2-3) Prev: 25

The Broncos had two weeks of practice time on the Patriots, but they certainly did not look it. They tried to hand the game to the Pats at the end, with two ugly turnovers, but the defense managed to preserve the victory. The sooner Denver can get their offense healthy, the better.

Team MVP: Brandon McManus (6/6 FGs)

Next: vs Chiefs

21. Carolina Panthers (3-3) Prev: 21

Carolina’s hot streak was cooled off by the Bears on Sunday. Turnovers were a killer for Carolina, as they turned it over three times. The Panthers lost ground in the NFC South, and they will look to rebound next week.

Team MVP: Jeremy Chinn (5 tackles, INT)

Next: at Saints

20. Dallas Cowboys (2-4) Prev: 19

Dallas played their first game without Dak Prescott on Monday, and they looked terrible. Andy Dalton looked like he forgot how to be a starting quarterback and Zeke’s fumble issues are becoming a serious problem. Not to mention the defense is still all-time bad. Despite all of this, the Cowboys still finds themselves in position to host a playoff game.

Team MVP: Amari Cooper (7 rec, 79 yds, TD)

Next: at Washington

19. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) Prev: 20

The Chargers got their bye week this week, and they needed it badly. They are seriously banged up, and despite that, they’ve remained competitive in every game they’ve played. Justin Herbert will look for his first win as a starter next week.

Next: vs Jaguars

18. Miami Dolphins (3-2) Prev: 26

It may be time to put some respect on the Miami Dolphins’ name. Miami dominated the Jets in every aspect and these types of games can launch a team’s momentum. And now with Tua Tagovailoa taking the reins at the quarterback spot, who knows where this team can go.

Team MVP: Myles Gaskin (91 rush yds, 4 rec, 35 yds)

Next: Bye

17. Cleveland Browns (4-2) Prev: 13

And just like that, the Browns are back to reality. Forced to pass because the run was being shut down, Baker Mayfield crumbled. The Browns had to bench Mayfield due to his poor performance. Mayfield needs to start being the solution rather than adding on to the Browns’ problems.

Team MVP: Austin Hooper (5 rec, 52 yards)

Next: at Bengals

16. Las Vegas Raiders (3-2) Prev: 17

The Raiders got their bye week coming off of their biggest victory of the season. Jon Gruden’s Raiders will hope that they can pick up where they left off before the bye next week.

Next: vs Buccaneers

15. San Francisco 49ers (3-3) Prev: 16

The 49ers got back on track after an ugly loss to the Dolphins last week. They largely relied on Jimmy Garropolo’s ability to rebound after getting benched, and he delivered. San Francisco did take a few more injuries, however, and now have to travel across the country for their next game.

Team MVP: George Kittle (7 rec, 109 yds, TD)

Next: at Patriots

14. Arizona Cardinals (4-2) Prev: 15

Arizona got a game against the swiss cheese defense known as the Dallas Cowboys’ defense and delivered big numbers as expected. Arizona appears to be primed for a playoff spot this season, but how deep they go depends on Kyler Murray. Going 9/24 is a rough spot, but he should be expected to pick it up as soon as next week.

Team MVP: Kenyan Drake (164 rush yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Seahawks

13. Indianapolis Colts (4-2) Prev: 14

Indy got back in the win column with a victory over the Bengals. Phillip Rivers is looking more and more comfortable with the Colts’ scheme, and that can only be a positive. The Colts look like they could be a playoff team this year, they just need to clean up the turnovers.

Team MVP: Phillip Rivers (29/44, 371 yds, 3 TDs, INT)

Next: Bye

12. Los Angeles Rams (4-2) Prev: 11

The Rams faced an angry 49ers squad and were beaten despite staying competitive. The passing game struggled, and the defense failed to create any turnovers. It was not the best Rams performance, but the schedule doesn’t get any easier, so they will need to figure out where they went wrong.

Team MVP: Darell Henderson Jr. (88 rush yds)

Next: vs Bears

11. New England Patriots (2-3) Prev: 8

The Patriots looked like a team that practiced two times in the last two weeks, which they were. Despite that, Denver tried to hand them the game at the end, and they refused to take it. New England looked atrocious on offense, turning the ball over three times and struggling to get open or block anybody. Normally, you can never count out a Bill Belichick coached team, but if they lose to the 49ers, consider their stock in freefall.

Team MVP: Jonathan Jones (4 tackles, INT)

Next: vs 49ers

10. Chicago Bears (5-1) Prev: 12

Chicago has been a surprise team this season, riding their defense to a 5-1 start. With all the quarterback uncertainty, Nick Foles has come through for the Bears, doing just enough to win games and not lose it for the team. The Bears will look to stay hot.

Team MVP: Tashaun Gipson (6 tackles, INT)

Next: at Rams

9. New Orleans Saints (3-2) Prev: 9

The Saints got their bye week this week and watched their division rivals crush a contender. The Saints should be getting Michael Thomas back soon, as long as he doesn’t cause any more problems with his teammates.

Next: vs Panthers

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2) Prev: 10

Tompa Bay cruised to a victory over the Green Bay Packers, in what can be considered a statement win. One thing to note besides the extremely impressive defensive performance is the performance of Rob Gronkowski. He showed some flashes of old Gronk, and if this is here to stay, the Bucs have gotten even more dangerous.

Team MVP: Jamel Dean (2 tackles, INT, TD)

Next: at Raiders

7. Buffalo Bills (4-2) Prev: 7

Buffalo took a loss to the Chiefs, in which there is no shame. Josh Allen may have been thrown out of the MVP race, however, as he did not play well whatsoever. Buffalo looks to be in command of the AFC East until further notice.

Team MVP: Stefon Diggs (6 rec, 46 yds, TD)

Next: at Jets

6. Green Bay Packers (4-1) Prev: 1

The Packers’ loss takes them out of the top five, but not because they lost, it was how badly they lost. They couldn’t get anything going on offense, and couldn’t stop the Bucs on defense. The Packers now fall behind the Bears by a half-game and could regain the division lead at any moment.

Team MVP: Krys Barnes (10 tackles)

Next: at Texans

5. Baltimore Ravens (5-1) Prev: 5

Baltimore beat the Eagles, but not by nearly as much as they should have. They had been beating them down for three quarters until they allowed 22 points in the fourth quarter. The Ravens took their foot off the gas, and it almost bit them.

Team MVP: Lamar Jackson (16/27, 186 yds, 108 rush yds, 2 TDs)

Next: Bye

4. Tennessee Titans (5-0) Prev: 6

Derrick Henry is a bad man. He ran wild all over the Texans, going for over 200 yards. That included a 94-yard touchdown and a 53-yard catch. Henry will lead the Titans into battle against a fellow undefeated.

Team MVP: Derrick Henry (212 rush yds, 52 rec yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Steelers

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-0) Prev: 4

For anybody who doubted before, Pittsburgh is for real. They boast arguably the best defense in the league and a rejuvenated offense. They get to test how real they are next week against the Titans.

Team MVP: Minkah Fitzpatrick (1 tackle, INT, TD)

2. Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) Prev: 3

Despite what the records may say, the Chiefs are the best team in the AFC until proven otherwise. They can beat anybody, anytime, anywhere, and that was proven when they beat the Bills. With their explosive offense set to add Le’Veon Bell next week, who can stop the Chiefs?

Team MVP: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (161 rush yds, 4 rec, 8 yds)

Next: at Broncos

1. Seattle Seahawks (5-0) Prev: 2

Seattle, despite being on their bye week, slides into the number one spot. Russell Wilson is now firmly in the lead for MVP, and he continues his mission to claim that award, and keep winning, next week.

Next: at Cardinals