NFL Power Rankings: Week Six

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Vikings slip and Packers, Lions gain, but Bears profit from other teams' misfortunes during bye week.

Week 6 recap: the Bears were off on their bye week, the Vikings lost to Washington and were further embarrassed by allowing Robert Griffin to score on a 76-yard run, the Lions managed to eke out a 4th quarter comeback when Juan Castillo decided he no longer wanted to be the Eagles defensive coordinator and stopped double-covering the Lions most obvious scoring threat, and the Packers dismantled the Texans.

How did that impact the power rankings? (There's a video embedded in the SBN link, if you don't want to have to read it.)

SBNation Yahoo! ESPN PFT NFL.com
Bears (4-1)
5 (LW: 5) 5 (10) 6 (6) 4 (6) 5 (7)
Vikings (4-2)
10 (7) 12 (8) 10 (8) 11 (8) 11 (12)
Packers (3-3)
7 (12) 8 (13) 8 (12) 9 (11) 7 (10)
Lions (2-3)
21 (21) 21 (23) 19 (20) 21 (25) 22 (23)
#1 team Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons
#32 Chiefs Jags Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs

You'll notice that the Bears have moved up in three of the power rankings, despite not having played this week - that's due to the likes of the 49ers and the Patriots sliding after losing to the Giants and Seahawks, respectively, and in the case of Yahoo, Shutdown Corner's MJD realizing he's an idiot for putting the Vikings highest of the NFCN teams last week.

The Packers regain some ground with their offense finally firing on all cylinders. When they get it right, they may be one-dimensional but it's also scarily good; the Rams pass rush, on the other hand, hasn't proved to be too shabby and managed nine sacks against the Cardinals a couple of games ago.

The Vikings will be looking to bounce back at home against the Cardinals and show that this was merely a bad game against a mobile QB (PFT: "Exactly once every 10 years, the Vikings defense is made to look foolish by a young quarterback who can run faster than anyone in the Minnesota organization.").

The Lions comeback was impressive but their performance prior to it - including 16 penalties - was not, and they have it all to prove coming in to Soldier Field on Monday night.

In other news, following T.J. Shouse's format of including the top- and bottom-ranked teams, the Falcons unanimously take over from the Texans and the Chiefs almost complete a clean sweep of #32 after the Browns won their first game of the season. Get well soon, Shouse-meister's computer!

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