The NFL version of “A Tale of Two Cities” tells the story of a new football haven and a decade of fallow.
Los Angeles on one coast, which did not field an NFL team from 1995-2015 but is now home to two of the league’s six best teams. Super Bowl LVI is set for Sophie Stadium in Los Angeles in February 2022 and there is reason to think that the Rams or Chargers – or both! – will play for the championship.
On the other coast is New York, home to two teams that have had the least wins (19) since the start of 2017. The Jets have not made the playoffs since 2010. The Giants have played a playoff game since winning Super Bowl XLV in February 2012. Both teams have continued the tradition of keeping fans at home again before 1-4 and Halloween.
Here are the NFL Power Rankings posted for Week 6:
1. Arizona Cardinals, 5-0 (last week: 1)
Who made the Cardinals the last unbeaten team? They are 5-0 for the first time since 1974. The winning number 5 was different. The NFL’s highest-scoring offense was prevented by an average of 35 points-49 ers per game per week, but the defense slowed down with a crazy four fourth-down stops.
2. Los Angeles Rams, 4-1 (2)
Not all finger injuries are created equal. When the Seahawks lost Russell Wilson two months from his finger injury, the Rams’ Matthew Stafford threw for 365 yards against Seattle despite his finger pain. DeSean Jackson showed what was left of the tank – a terrible proposition when he added Robert Woods and Cooper to Kupp.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4-1 (3)
The 44-year-old Tom Brady made his first career game with more than 400 yards and five touchdown passes, while 33-year-old Antonio Brown scored twice and became the 900th career fastest player. . The only thing missing is 32-year-old Rob Gronkowski.
4. Buffalo Bills, 4-1 (5)
It’s easy to see coming and hard to believe at the same time: desperate to prove they can beat the Bullie Chiefs – in Kansas City, no less – the escalating bills rolled past Josh Allen’s four total touches and stirring runs. The Standard Cover 2 Defense AFC cut some big-play strikes that killed the Bills in the championship game.
5. Green Bay Packers, 4-1 (4)
Perhaps a 25-22 win says more about the reliability of the Bengals that improve than the Packers say. Mason Crosby missed three field goals in the fourth quarter and overtime before drilling 49-yards. Davante Adams topped 200 yards for the first time in his career.
6. Los Angeles Chargers, 4-1 (7)
The Chargers always find ways to lose games like the 47-42 shootout against the Browns, including eight major changes and one tie. Due to Justin Herbert (398 passing yards, four touchdowns) and Austin Eckler (three fourth-quarter touchdowns), he didn’t. Let’s announce the new AFC West favorites.
7. Baltimore Ravens, 4-1 (9)
The Ravens-Colts felt like a potential playoff preview when the season began, but the Ravens’ 19-point comeback Monday saw the two teams move in the opposite direction. The Ravens series of consecutive 100-yard rushing games is over in 43 straight games – after a fuss that expanded it to a bargain a week ago. The Ravens are not back on the road until November 11th.
8. Dallas Cowboys, 4-1 (11)
How much difference does Doc Prescott make. A year ago, the NFC East was a historically bad division. It looks poor again, except for the Cowboys, who have a healthy Prescott to ride for an easy playoff birth. Taking care of living and dying with takeaway is a risky way to live but better than last year’s alternative.
9. Cleveland Browns, 3-2 (6)
A good team sign is complimentary football. The Browns can’t find it. After the offense slept through a three-game winning streak, Baker Mayfield hit .305 in a 531-yard offensive performance … but didn’t see the defense. Large breakdowns occurred at all levels.
10. Kansas City Chiefs, 2-3 (10)
The two-time defending AFC champion does not qualify for the top-10. No team does. Therefore, the chiefs get the benefit of the doubt. The defense is woeful and Patrick Mahomes has thrown many interceptions this year as one of the last two. Only one of those issues can be fixed, so it’s back to winning shootouts.
11. New Orleans Saints (19)
12. Chicago Bears, 3-2 (20)
13. Cincinnati Bengals, 3-2 (15)
14. Tennessee Titans, 3-2 (17)
15. San Francisco 49ers, 2-3 (13)
16. Seattle Seahawks, 2-3 (12)
17. Las Vegas Raiders, 3-2 (8)
18. Carolina Panthers, 3-2 (14)
19. Pittsburgh Steelers, 2-3 (25)
20. Minnesota Vikings, 2-3 (21)
21. Philadelphia Eagles, 2-3 (23)
22. Denver Broncos (16)
23. New England Patriots, 2-3 (22)
24. Washington Football Team, 2-3 (18)
25. Indianapolis Colts, 1-4 (24)
26. Atlanta Falcons, 2-3 (27)
27. Miami Dolphins, 1-4, (26)
28. New York Giants, 1-4 (28)
The Giants returned without their quarterback in the second half of the Cowboys, playing three of their first four receivers and five of their season-opening offensive linemen. And scheduling with the Ram, Panthers, Chiefs and Riders becomes more difficult.
29. Houston Texans, 1-4 (30)
30. New York Jets, 1-4 (29)
The Jets averaged 2.6 points per game in the first half. It’s not just four points lower than any other team. It is unconsciously reduced. Against the Titans a week ago, the awakening of the second half (17 points) was not enough against the Falcons in London. A good effort on defense until a stop is really needed.
31. Detroit Lions, 0-5 (31)
32. Jacksonville Jaguars, 0-5 (32)