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Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Can anyone stop the Chiefs?

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws past Houston Texans linebacker Brennan Scarlett (57) during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Through the NFL’s first six weeks, there is one and only one elite team.

The Kansas City Chiefs survived a fourth-quarter shootout on the road in Houston to beat the Texans, 42-34. Alex Smith continues to play tremendous football as the veteran completed 29-of-37 for 324 yards and three touchdowns. Smith had only six career 300-yard games before this season. In 2017, he has two. He’s the league’s MVP at this point for the NFL’s best team.

As such, the Chiefs held on to the No. 1 spot for another week.

Here’s a look a the 1-32 pecking order heading into Week 6.

Ties will go to the team that receives the majority of higher rankings from our panel.


Week 6 Composite Ballot

 

How the panel voted: Burns | Jurecki | Lapinski | Marotta | Morgan
 

Biggest Risers: Jacksonville Jaguars ▲10
Biggest Fallers: Houston Texans ▼7


1. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)

Shift: —
Hi: 1
Lo: 1
Comment: Kareem Hunt didn’t even score and they still put up 42. — Lapinski
Next: vs. Pittsburgh

2. Green Bay Packers (4-1)

Shift: ▲1
Hi: 2
Lo: 7
Comment: Aaron Rodgers’ final drive vs. Cowboys was impressive considering the injuries they have on offense. — Jurecki
Next: at Minnesota

3. Philadelphia Eagles (4-1)

Shift: ▲3
Hi: 3
Lo: 5
Comment: They’re probably not this good but they’re the top seed in the NFC right now. — Burns
Next: at Carolina (Thursday)

4. Carolina Panthers (4-1)

Shift: ▲4
Hi: 2
Lo: 8
Comment: Cam Newton wore a Rosie the Riveter pin on his stupid hat. He’s a feminist, everyone! — Marotta
Next: vs. Philadelphia (Thursday)

5. Atlanta Falcons (3-1)

Shift: —
Hi: 3
Lo: 6
Comment: Matt Ryan needs to play better — 5 TDs and 5 interceptions. — Jurecki
Next: vs. Miami

6. Denver Broncos (3-1)

Shift: ▼4
Hi: 2
Lo: 7
Comment: The Broncos are allowing an NFL-low 50.8 rushing yards per game. — Morgan
Next: vs. NY Giants

7. New England Patriots (3-2)

Shift: ▲2
Hi: 3
Lo: 7
Comment: Silenced the masses with the win on Thursday. Lucky Folk missed three FGs. — Burns
Next: at NY Jets

8. Seattle Seahawks (3-2)

Shift: ▲4
Hi: 6
Lo: 9
Comment: Cooper Kupp only drops that pass in the end zone if he’s playing the Seahawks, right? — Lapinski
Next: Bye week

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)

Shift: ▼5
Hi: 9
Lo: 14
Comment: Big Ben after maybe his worst game ever: “Maybe I don’t have it anymore.” — Marotta
Next: at Kansas City

10. Detroit Lions (3-2)

Shift: ▼3
Hi: 8
Lo: 15
Comment: Stafford’s regular fouth-quarter magic fell just short vs. Carolina, but he did throw two late TDs. — Morgan
Next: at New Orleans

11. Los Angeles Rams (3-2)

Shift: ▼1
Hi: 11
Lo: 14
Comment: Jared Goff and Todd Gurley continue to makes strides, Gurley second in all-purpose yards with 646 yards. — Jurecki
Next: at Jacksonville

12. Washington Redskins (2-2)

Shift: ▲3
Hi: 10
Lo: 15
Comment: Nothing happened and they somehow went up. Just like Kirk Cousins’ salary next season. — Lapinski
Next: vs. San Francisco

13. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)

Shift: ▲10
Hi: 10
Lo: 17
Comment: Maybe Calais made the right call after all. — Burns
Next: vs. LA Rams

14. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)

Shift: —
Hi: 9
Lo: 21
Comment: The Cowboys limp into their bye week under .500 and Jerry has distracted the masses with his anthem policy. — Marotta
Next: Bye Week

15. Buffalo Bills (3-2)

Shift: ▼4
Hi: 11
Lo: 18
Comment: Build up hope… then lose to the Bengals. What an odd strategy. — Lapinski
Next: Bye Week

16. Minnesota Vikings (3-2)

Shift: ▼2
Hi: 9
Lo: 21
Comment: The Vikings will need a healthy Sam Bradford to make noise, but they’re doing a fine job of staying afloat without him. — Morgan
Next: vs. Green Bay

17. Oakland Raiders (2-3)

Shift: ▼1
Hi: 15
Lo: 20
Comment: Without Carr, they will struggle on offense. Lynch hasn’t had an impact so far. — Lapinski
Next: vs. LA Chargers

18. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)

Shift: ▲4
Hi: 12
Lo: 20
Comment: Good luck figuring the Ravens out. — Lapinski
Next: vs. Chicago

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2)

Shift: ▼2
Hi: 16
Lo: 21
Comment: Roberto Aguayo never missed three FGs in a game. Just sayin’. — Marotta
Next: at Arizona

20. Houston Texans (2-3)

Shift: ▼7
Hi: 14
Lo: 23
Comment: J.J. Watt just can’t catch a break — pun definitely not intended. — Morgan
Next: vs. Cleveland

21. New Orleans Saints (2-2)

Shift: ▼1
Hi: 18
Lo: 24
Comment: AP is gone. Rearranging deck chairs or did they rid themselves of a distraction? — Burns
Next: vs. Detroit

22. Tennessee Titans (2-3)

Shift: ▼3
Hi: 19
Lo: 24
Comment: Matt Cassel completed 21 passes for only 141 yards. That’s really yard to do. — Marotta
Next: vs. Indianapolis (Monday)

23. New York Jets (3-2)

Shift: ▲2
Hi: 20
Lo: 25
Comment: Tied for first. Screen shot that while you can. — Burns
Next: vs. New England

24. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)

Shift: —
Hi: 20
Lo: 26
Comment: The Bengals have seemingly righted the ship. Burfict was big vs. Buffalo. — Marotta
Next: Bye Week

25. Arizona Cardinals (2-3)

Shift: ▼4
Hi: 23
Lo: 25
Comment: Acquiring Adrian Peterson feels like a personnel department Hail Mary. — Burns
Next: vs. Tampa Bay

26. Miami Dolphins (2-2)

Shift: —
Hi: 16
Lo: 27
Comment: Jay Cutler’s unpopularity index in Miami is approaching his score in Chicago — even after a win. — Morgan
Next: at Atlanta

27. Indianapolis Colts (2-3)

Shift: ▲3
Hi: 26
Lo: 28
Comment: Colts have eight rushing touchdowns and only one passing touchdown. — Jurecki
Next: at Tennessee (Monday)

28. Chicago Bears (1-4)

Shift: ▼1
Hi: 27
Lo: 29
Comment: Trubisky’s playing now, so at least Chicago fans are happier with the losing. — Lapinski
Next: at Baltimore

29. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4)

Shift: ▼1
Hi: 27
Lo: 30
Comment: If a team loses in a city where nobody pays attention, does it really happen? — Morgan
Next: at Oakland

30. New York Giants (0-5)

Shift: ▼1
Hi: 30
Lo: 31
Comment: I’ve never seen a rash of injuries at one position in a game like the Giants’ WRs had vs. Chargers. — Marotta
Next: at Denver

31. San Francisco 49ers (0-5)

Shift: —
Hi: 29
Lo: 31
Comment: Rallied from down 23-9 to at least force overtime. — Burns
Next: at Washington

32. Cleveland Browns (0-5)

Shift: —
Hi: 32
Lo: 32
Comment: Peter King says he’s never seen the Browns look worse and that’s saying A LOT. — Marotta
Next: at Houston


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