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2012 NFL Power Rankings Week 6

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2012 NFL Power Rankings Week 6

Power Rankings
Ed Muholland-US Presswire

With five weeks of NFL action in the books there are only a few teams that actually could be considered dominant including the two that remain undefeated. There are also a couple of strong looking teams that have records of either 4-1 or 3-2. Surprisingly most of the teams in the league have a .500 record or below including a few teams that many experts expected to contend for not only playoff sports within their conferences but the Super Bowl as well. There is even one team that has yet to earn their first victory of the season.

Here are my power rankings for play entering week six in the 2012 NFL and as always I dare some to challenge my rankings and say that their rankings are more efficient than mines, that especially goes out to the "big-time" websites out there.

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#32 Cleveland Browns (0-5)

Rick Osentoski-US Presswire

The Cleveland Browns still remain win-less on the year and the peculiar thing about that is their units take opposite weeks off; when the defense stinks the offense looks good and when the offense snoozes through a game the defense plays well.

Last week #32

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#31 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)

Phil Sears-US Presswire

The Jacksonville Jaguars look pathetic in all three phases of the game (offense, defense and special teams) and there are no signs of improving anytime soon; I bet Maurice Jones-Drew wishes he was still holding out.

Last week #30

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#30 Carolina Panthers (1-4)

Jeremy Brevard-US Presswire

Good teams find a way to win in close games and bad teams find a way to lose with that being said the Carolina Panthers are by far one of the worst teams that the NFL has to offer losing another close one last week.

Last week #27

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#29 Tennessee Titans (1-4)

Brace Hemmelgarn-US Presswire

The Tennessee Titans defense is the absolute worst in the NFL after five weeks, they have given up 30 or more points in each of their first five games; think they miss Jeff Fisher yet?

Last week #23

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#28 Kansas City Chiefs (1-4)

Kansas City
Denny Medley-US Presswire

The Kansas City Chiefs defense showed up last week holding a top notch offense to just nine points however as usual their offensive unit was no where to be found; with Matt Cassel out this week will Brady Quinn be able to do anything different.

Last week #24

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#27 New Orleans Saints (1-4)

New Orleans
Chuck Cook-US Presswire

The New Orleans Saints finally earned their first victory of the season last week while Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas' record for most consecutive games win a touchdown pass (48).

Last week #31

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#26 Oakland Raiders (1-3)

Kirby Lee-US Presswire

The Oakland Raiders must find a way to play better football on both ends of the field if not then they can expect another terrible season for this once proud franchise.

Last week #26

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#25 Tampa Bay Bucaneers

Tampa Bay
Kim Klement-US Presswire

The Tampa Bay Bucaneers have been more competitive in games this season but still need to find a way to win those games in the process.

Last week #25

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#24 Detroit Lions (1-3)

Raj Mehta-US Presswire

The Detroit Lions are coming off of their bye week and hopefully for their sake they have figured out how to right the ship and save their once promising season in the process.

Last week #22

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#23 New York Jets (2-3)

New York J
The Star-Ledger-US Presswire

Has anyone seen the New York Jets offense, I repeat has anyone seen the New York Jets offense; Mark Sanchez is still completing passes below the 50% rate and anyone who thinks Tim Tebow is the answer is just as foolish as Tony Sparano, the New York offensive coordinator.

Last week #20

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#22 Miami Dolphins (2-3)

Andrew Weber-US Presswire

The Miami Dolphins pulled out another surprise victory last week versus a team they weren't supposed to beat, if they can keep this up then they may have a respectable season.

Last week #29

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#21 Indianapolis Colts (2-2)

Brian Spurlock-US Presswire

The Indianapolis Colts pulled off a huge victory for head coach Chuck Pagano who is battling leukemia; can they continue to play well throughout the remainder of the season?

Last week #28

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#20 Buffalo Bills (2-3)

Kirby Lee-US Presswire

The Buffalo Bills have some serious issues to figure out on the defensive side of the ball in the past two weeks they have given up 97 points, yes that's correct 97 points allowed in two games and so far this season through five they have surrendered 204 points.

Last week #17

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#19 Washington Redskins (2-3)

Kim Klement-US Presswire

The Washington Redskins have lost all three games this season by a combined total of 17 points which shows that they are in every single game; the question now is following a concussion last week will Robert Griffin III be in this week's game?

Last week #18

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#18 Denver Broncos (2-3)

Ron Chenoy-US Presswire

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are playing extremely well in the second half of games this season, now if they can only do better during the first half then maybe they wouldn't be as bad of as they are right now.

Last week #13

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#17 Green Bay Packers (2-3)

Green Bay
Kirby Lee-US Presswire

The Green Bay Packers have yet to put consecutive wins together this season after winning 13 straight at the beginning of last season; what is going on in Green Bay? Find out here.

Last week #11

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#16 Dallas Cowboys (2-2)

Matthew Emmons-US Presswire

It seems the only way the Dallas Cowboys can go a week without seeing a Tony Romo turnover is when they have a bye; seriously though Romo's has to stop giving the ball away if the Cowboys are going to do anything in this defensively dominant NFC this season.

Last week #15

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#15 Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)

Charles LeClaire-US Presswire

The Pittsburgh Steelers came off of their bye week and notched a must needed victory last week; now they just have to figure out how to keep the run game going and also how to keep Troy Polamalu healthy.

Last week #21

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#14 Cincinnati Bengals (3-2)

David Kohl-US Presswire

The Cincinnati Bengals lost last week not because of a lack of effort by the players but because of some bad coaching decisions made by Marvin Lewis, they must bounce back quickly and forget about that tough loss.

Last week #9

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#13 San Diego Chargers (3-2)

San Diego
Jake Roth-US Presswire

The San Diego Chargers lost a tough road game last week and now must find a way to put that game behind them and get back on the winning track this week against a tough division rival.

Last week #8

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#12 St. Louis Rams (3-2)

St. Louis
Jerry Lai-US Presswire

The St. Louis Rams are winning just like every other team in the NFC West and that's with a dominant defense; don't look now NFL but the laughing stock which use to be that division now has four teams in the top 12 of the league.

Last week #19

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#11 Seattle Seahawks (3-2)

Steven Bisig-US Presswire

The Seattle Seahawks are finding ways to win; there games may not be pretty or explosive on the offensive end, but their defense is stout and their rookie signal caller Russel Wilson makes sound decisions with the football.

Last week #16

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#10 Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)

Howard Smith-US Presswire

The Philadelphia Eagles postseason and Super Bowl chances ride solely on Michael Vick's ability to take care of the football and so far this year he is doing a terrible job maintaining possession (9 turnovers in 5 games); he has to find a way to hold on to the football.

Last week #7

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#9 New England Patriots (3-2)

New England
Greg M. Cooper-US Presswire

The New England Patriots offense is clicking on all cylinders right now and have recorded 30 first downs or more in each of the last three weeks; Wes Welker is out of Bill Belichick's dog house and he is a major reason why the Pats are moving the rock so well.

Last week #14

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#8 New York Giants (3-2)

New York G
The Star-Ledger-US Presswire

The New York Giants got back to their winning ways last week via 200 yards of rushing by Ahmad Bradshaw and a solid game by Eli Manning; there's nothing like facing a win-less team at home to boost team morale and your position in the power rankings.

Last week #12

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#7 Arizona Cardinals (4-1)

Scott Rovak

The Arizona Cardinals finally suffered their first loss of the season last Thursday and if they don't find a way to protect Kevin Kolb (last week 59 drop backs, 9 sacks, 13 hits, 21 hurries and 13 knockdowns) then there will be plenty more to come.

Last week #3

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#6 Minnesota Vikings (4-1)

Brace Hemmelgarn-US Presswire

Anyone still not a believer in the Minnesota Vikings yet? With their fourth victory coming last week they have already surpassed their win total from a season ago and not to mention have earned those wins against some good teams.

Last week #10

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#5 Chicago Bears (4-1)

Jake Roth-US Presswire

The Chicago Bears defense continues to look great and have now forced an NFL best 17 turnovers through five weeks not to mention their giveaway/takeaway difference is nine which is good for third in the league.

Last week #6

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#4 San Francisco 49ers (4-1)

San Francisco
Ed Muholland-US Presswire

After a brief hiccup in week four the San Francisco 49ers have looked even more dominant than they did prior to their sole loss out scoring their past two opponents 76-3, wow!

Last week #5

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#3 Baltimore Ravens (4-1)

Evan Habeeb

The Baltimore Ravens barely escaped last week with a close, ugly victory; questions about their defense were put to rest in the game but now arises questions regarding the offense and Joe Flacco again.

Last Week #4

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#2 Atlanta Falcons (5-0)

Kevin Liles-US Presswire

The Atlanta Falcons are getting luckier and luckier in their victories each each; this either shows that they could be vulnerable down the stretch or that they are the epitome of a good team that finds ways to win.

Last Week #2

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#1 Houston Texans (5-0)

Brett Davis-US Presswire

Once again the Houston Texans lead the way in the Power Rankings in large part due to their effectiveness and efficiency in all three phases of the game; offense, defense and special teams

Last Week #1