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A weekly review of how teams performed in relation to last week’s Power Rankings:
It has to happen.
Should the Jets overtake the Steelers? ESPN's John Clayton has had Rex Ryan's team ranked first for two weeks already, pointing to Santonio Holmes' return as a factor that would help the Jets get even better.
So far, so true. While Holmes lost a fumble during the Jets' 24-20 victory Sunday, his 22-yard reception sparked the tying touchdown drive, and his 13-yarder on third-and-7 sustained the winning drive. A penalty against Holmes for offensive pass interference wiped out his 31-yard gain on third-and-9.
Overall, though, Holmes gave the offense a lift, LaDainian Tomlinson continued his career revival (while his former team fell to 2-4) and the Jets proved they could win ugly on the road -- even with a couple interceptions from quarterback Mark Sanchez.
The Steelers did nothing to cede the top spot. They emerged from Week 6 with the Jets and New England Patriots as the only one-defeat teams in the league.
The reckoning: Eight games featured lower-ranked teams defeating higher-ranked teams in Week 6.
(6) New England 23, (2) Baltimore 20: Loving that Tom Brady quote to Boston radio saying the Ravens sure talk a lot for a team that has beaten the Patriots once in nine years.
(27) Seattle 23, (7) Chicago: The Bears are 0-for-25 on third down in Jay Cutler's past two starts and 4-for-45 in his past four. Wow.
(13) Houston 35, (10) Kansas City 31: The Chiefs' tour through the AFC South has been rocky so far, but home games against Jacksonville and Buffalo come next.
(17) Miami 23, (8) Green Bay 20: The Dolphins are 0-2 at home and 3-0 on the road. The trend could continue when the Steelers visit in Week 7.
(20) Minnesota 24, (19) Dallas 21: Pure artistry. Just ask Kevin Seifert.
(26) St. Louis 20, (21) San Diego 17: The Rams are 3-3 with Sam Bradford after going 3-33 in their previous 36 games.
(30) San Francisco 17, (25) Oakland 9: If Seifert liked the Cowboys-Vikings game, he would have loved this one.
Still to play: Twelfth-ranked Tennessee visits 18th-ranked Jacksonville on "Monday Night Football" (8:20 p.m. ET, ESPN).
My early favorite for the No. 1 spot: The Steelers were my choice a week ago and they should only improve as Ben Roethlisberger settles into a rhythm. I think the home team would likely win any game between the Steelers and Jets.
A weekly review of how teams performed in relation to last week’s Power Rankings:Bank on the New York Jets closing ground on the Pittsburgh Steelers for the top spot when ESPN.