The Top Trio
The Cowboys were off this week and they managed to hold on to the top spot. The Saints barely edged out the Panthers, but they still maintained the number two ranking, likely thanks to their week three win against the Texans, who stayed the course despite a loss to come in third. The Saints will likely hold on next week unless Tampa Bay pulls an upset, but the Texans are in danger of falling at the hands of the Ravens. It's all fluid, so stay tuned, America.
Movers and Shakers
The Steelers swapped places with the Titans, whom they beat handily in week five. Pittsburgh was questioned by many an analyst before their game against Tennessee, and even with Big Ben Roethlisberger crippled, the team was able to prove they are still a title contender and possibly the team to beat in the AFC. The Titans, on the other hand, had trouble creating big plays without Kenny Britt out wide, and they only managed to record one sack against the Steelers' porous offensive line. Without Britt, this Titans team may only be an improved version of recent years instead of the potentially explosive team they were with their top wideout on the field.
Other Fun Facts
- Despite coming into the game with a 3-1 mark, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got no respect in our rankings, coming in at 28th. I'm sure some people out there were confused and disagreed with the ranking, but they proved why they were ranked so low after being trounced by the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers aren't a great team, but many may think they are because of the possibly unwarranted respect for Tampa Bay. San Fran has to travel to Detroit to take on the Lions, so this could be a great test for both teams. If the 49ers are actually a good team and not just one in a weak division, they should at least be able to stay close against Matthew Stafford and the Lions.
- Despite beating the Dream Team, the Buffalo Bills still couldn't crack the top-10 for week six. Buffalo has yet to beat a quality opponent on the road, so traveling to MetLife Stadium to face the Giants this week could be huge for evaluation purposes. Then again, the Giants lost at home against the Seahawks, so it could be entirely possible that they will not be considered a "quality opponent."
- The rankings clearly don't take the Tim Tebow factor into account, or the Denver Broncos would be ranked number one. Am I right, you guys?
With all of the above in mind, here are the full rankings for your perusal.
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