Monday, October 18, 2010
Power rankings revisited: Week 6
By Mike Sando
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.com's NFL Power Rankings come out Tuesday.
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.
Still to play: Twelfth-ranked Tennessee visits 18th-ranked Jacksonville on "Monday Night Football" (8:20 p.m. ET, ESPN).
- (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.
- (14) Philadelphia 31, (4) Atlanta 17: If sticking with Michael Vick was the right call then, keeping Kevin Kolb in the lineup makes sense now.
- (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.
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.