By Bill Seals - Fred Altieri
Sports Reporters - PFWA Members 

2022 NFL Power Rankings – Week 06

Chargers Rise, Rams Continue Fall


October 13, 2022

1. Philadelphia Eagles (5-0): The Eagles remained undefeated after hanging on for a 20-17 win over the Cardinals. The Eagles jumped to a 14-0 second quarter lead over the Cardinals and then did what other teams have done with the Cardinals; they took their foot off the gas. Next: -6 vs Dallas Cowboys – Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 42 (ATS: 3-2 – O/U: 2-3)

2. Buffalo Bills (4-1): In their rout of the Steelers, the Bills showed the Steelers and the NFL early in the game what they are capable of. On the third offensive play of the game, Bills quarterback Josh Allen connected with wide receiver Gabriel Davis for a 98-yard touchdown pass. Allen threw for 424 yards and four touchdowns in the 38-3 blowout victory over the Steelers. Next: -2.5 at Kansas City Chiefs - Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 54 (ATS: 3-1-1 – O/U: 1-4)

3. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1): The Chiefs escaped with a 30-29 win over the Raiders at home. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for four touchdowns in the game, all to tight end Travis Kelce. Next: +2.5 vs Buffalo Bills - Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 54 (ATS: 2-3 – O/U: 3-2)

4. Dallas Cowboys (4-1): The Cowboys had 10 first downs and just 239 yards in total offense against the Rams, yet easily won 22-10. The Cowboys have a great defense that will be tested by their next opponent. Next: +6 at Philadelphia Eagles - Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 42 (ATS: 4-1 – O/U: 1-4)

5. Minnesota Vikings (4-1): The Viking are 4-1 and in first place in the NFC North after coming from behind to defeat the Bears. The Vikings are not impressive, but they keep on winning. Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell has done a good job in his first year as head coach. Next: -3.5 at Miami Dolphins – Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 46 (ATS: 1-4 – O/U: 3-2)

6. Green Bay Packers (3-2): Quarterback Aaron Rodgers still trusts his old friends. Wide receiver Randall Cobb, in his 12th NFL season, caught 7 passes for 99 yards in the loss to the Giants. Tight end Marcedes Lewis, in his 17th season from UCLA, caught a 2-yard touchdown pass in the game.Next: -7.5 vs New York Jets - Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 45 (ATS: 2-3 – O/U: 2-3)

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2): The Bucs ended their two-game losing streak with a 21-15 victory over the Falcons. The Bucs suddenly look vulnerable but being in the NFC South should serve them well as they march towards the playoffs. Next: -8.5 at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 45 (ATS: 2-3 – O/U: 1-4)

8. Baltimore Ravens (3-2): The Ravens are fortunate to have the best kicker in the history of the NFL. On Sunday Night, kicker Justin Tucker made a game winning field goal of 43 yards as the Ravens defeated the Bengals, 19-17. Tucker is 17 for 17 in his career on attempts in the final minute of regulation. Tucker was 4 for 4 on field goal attempts in the game, including a 58-yard field goal. Next: -6 at New York Giants – Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 45 (ATS: 2-2-1 – O/U: 2-3)

9. San Francisco 49ers (3-2): Running back Jeff Wilson rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown as the 49ers easily defeated the hapless Panthers, 37-15. The 49ers are alone in first place in the NFC West. Next: -5.5 at Atlanta Falcons – Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 44.5 (ATS: 3-2 – O/U: 1-4)

10. New York Giants (4-1): The Giants are 4-1 after defeating the Packers in London. The Giants are 31st in passing yardage per game, ahead of only the Bears. The Giants are riding a running attack that is ranked 2nd in the NFL, averaging 179 yards per game. Next: +6 vs Baltimore Ravens – Sun, Oct. 16 - O/U 45 (ATS: 4-1 – O/U: 2-3)

11. Los Angeles Chargers (3-2): Running back Austin Ekeler rushed for a career-high 173 yards and a touchdown and former UCLA star Josh Kelly chipped in with 49 yards and a touchdown as the Chargers ran through the Browns, 30-28. Next: -4.5 vs Denver Broncos, Mon, Oct. 17 – O/U 45.5 (ATS: 4-1 – O/U: 3-2)

12. Miami Dolphins (3-2): The Dolphins went into the Jets game without starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and lost backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the first quarter to a concussion. They were forced to turn to rookie Skylar Thompson, a 7th round pick out of Kansas State. It did not turn out well for the Dolphins. Next: +3 vs Minnesota Vikings - Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 46 (ATS: 3-2 – O/U: 2-3)

13. Tennessee Titans (3-2): The Titans have won three in a row, all by seven points or less and are back in first place in the AFC South. They are not that impressive to this point, but they don't need to be terrific to win the AFC South and get back to the playoffs. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A vs Indianapolis Colts - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U: N/A (ATS: 3-2 – O/U: 2-3)

14. New York Jets (3-2): Rookie running back Breece Hall accounted for 197 yards in offense in the win over the Dolphins. Hall had 97 yards rushing on 18 carries and caught two passes for 100 yards. Next: +7.5 at Green Bay Packers - Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 45 (ATS: 3-2 – O/U: 3-2)

15. Los Angeles Rams (2-3): There is a lot of good offensive football being played in Southern California, led by the Chargers, USC, UCLA, Santa Ana Mater Dei, and St. John Bosco. Then there is the Rams. The Rams have played three good defensive teams this season and lost all three games, scoring a total of 29 points in the three losses. Next: -10 vs Carolina Panthers – Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 42 (ATS: 1-4 – O/U: 1-4)

16. Cleveland Browns (2-3): For the second consecutive week, the Browns gave up over 200 yards on the ground and for the second consecutive week, the Browns lost, this time to the Chargers, 30-28. Next: -2.5 vs New England Patriots – Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 43 (ATS: 2-3 – O/U: 4-1)

17. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3): The Jaguars gained 422 yards in offense against the Texans on Sunday but were held to just six points in a 13-6 loss to the Texans at home. This is the kind of loss that will haunt the Jags later in the season. Next: +2 at Indianapolis Colts - Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 42 (ATS: 2-3 – O/U: 3-2)

18. Denver Broncos (2-3): The Broncos are allowing just 16 points per game, which is the 3rd best in the NFL. Unfortunately for the Broncos and their fans, the Broncos are 31st in scoring in the NFL, averaging just 15 points per game. Next: +4.5 at Los Angeles Chargers - Mon, Oct. 17 – O/U 45.5 (ATS: 1-4 – O/U: 1-4)

19. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3): The Super Bowl loss hangover continues for the Bengals. The offensive line is not performing well. Quarterback Joe Burrow has been sacked 19 times in five games and hit 37 times in five games, a pace that will eventually put him on the injured reserve. Next: -2 at New Orleans Saints - Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 43 (ATS: 3-2 – O/U: 0-5)

20. Atlanta Falcons (2-3): Every game the Falcons have been involved in this season has been decided by six points or less. The Falcons compete and look like a team that needs one more good draft to become a winning football team. Next: +5.5 vs San Francisco 49ers – Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 44.5 (ATS: 5-0 – O/U: 3-2)

21. New Orleans Saints (2-3): Taysom Hill, who serves as a backup tight end and a backup quarterback on the Saints, was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 5. Hill rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns and completed a 22-yard touchdown pass to fellow tight end Adam Trautman. He also returned three kicks for 69 yards and recovered a fumbled punt on special teams. An amazing performance! Next: +2 vs Cincinnati Bengals – Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 43 (ATS: 2-3 – O/U: 3-2)

22. Arizona Cardinals (2-3): The Cardinals have trailed at halftime in all five games this season. While some may admire their consistency, they need to get started early or they will be watching the playoffs from home. Falling behind 14-0 to the Eagles this past Sunday is a prime example of how difficult it is to beat a good team when you dig an early hole. Next: -2.5 at Seattle Seahawks - Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 50.5 (ATS: 3-2 – O/U: 1-3-1)

23. Seattle Seahawks (2-3): Quarterback Geno Smith is leading the NFL in passer rating after the first five weeks of the season. Smith's performance is making the Russell Wilson trade look like a steal. The Seahawks received two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-round pick, quarterback Drew Lock, defensive lineman Shelby Harris, and tight end Noah Fant in the trade. They do not miss Wilson. Next: +2.5 vs Arizona Cardinals - Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 50.5 (ATS: 2-3 – O/U: 3-2)

24. Chicago Bears (2-3): The fact that the Bears have won two games this season should be applauded. Their Thursday Night games this week qualifies as the "Crummy Game of the Week" in Week 6. Next: -1 vs Washington Commanders - Thu, Oct. 13 – O/U 38 (ATS: 2-2-1 – O/U: 2-3)

25. Indianapolis Colts (2-2-1): The Colts moved to 2-2-1 with an overtime victory over the Broncos in Denver. The Colts are last in scoring in the NFL averaging just 13.8 points per game but were aided in the victory by the incompetent offensive performance of the Broncos. Neither team scored a touchdown in the game. Next: +2 vs Jacksonville Jaguars – Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 42 (ATS: 2-3 – O/U: 0-5)

26. Las Vegas Raiders (1-4): The Raiders can proudly say that they are the best 1-4 team in the NFL. They have lost four games by a total of 14 points. They have blown 17-0 leads in two of the losses, including this week's loss to the Chiefs. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A vs Houston Texans - Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U N/A (ATS: 2-3 – O/U: 3-1-1)

27. New England Patriots (2-3): Running back Rhamondre Stevenson was a workhorse on Sunday, rushing for 161 yards on 25 carries in the Pats 29-0 rout of the Lions. Wide receiver Jakobi Meyers added seven receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown. Next: +2.5 at Cleveland Browns – Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 43 (ATS: 2-2-1 – O/U: 2-3)

28. Houston Texans (1-3-1): Rookie running back Dameon Pierce rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown in the 13-6 victory over the Jags. Pierce is 5th in the NFL in rushing yardage and is on a pace to rush for 1,400 yards this season. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A at Las Vegas Raiders – Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U N/A (ATS: 3-1-1 – O/U: 2-3)

29. Washington Commanders (1-4): As the pressure mounts on head coach Ron Rivera, he has decided to throw his quarterback, Carson Wentz, under the bus. After their loss to the Titans, Rivera was asked "Why do you think the teams in the division are farther ahead at this point?" Ron Rivera: "quarterback." Whatever happened to losing as a team and where is the coaching responsibility for the loss? Next: +1 at Chicago Bears – Thu, Oct. 13 – O/U 38 (ATS: 1-4 – O/U: 2-3)

30. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4): The Steelers have lost four in a row and look like a team that cannot move the ball offensively. The Steelers are averaging just 15.4 points per game, which is 30th in the NFL. We can hear former Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger asking, "Miss me yet?" Next: +8.5 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 45 (ATS: 1-3-1 – O/U: 2-3)

31. Detroit Lions (1-4): The Lions came into the Patriots game leading the NFL in scoring at 35 points per game. In what can only be described as a stunning result, the Patriots shutout the Lions, 29-0. Quarterback Jared Goff was 19 of 35 for 229 yards with an interception and a fumble. Rams' fans do not miss Jared Goff. Next: Bye – Following week: N/A at Dallas Cowboys – Sun, Oct. 23 – O/U N/A (ATS: 3-2 – O/U: 4-1)

32. Carolina Panthers (1-4): Head coach Matt Rhule was fired on Monday after another loss. The Panthers struggled offensively under Rhule and could never find a good starting quarterback, plus star running back Christian McCaffrey missed 23 of the 38 games that Rhule coached in. Rhule is a good football coach, he has had success as a head coach at the college level and it should be an easy transition for him back to college football. Next: +10 at Los Angeles Rams - Sun, Oct. 16 – O/U 42 (ATS: 1-4 – O/U: 2-3)


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