Chicago Bears No. 1 In Our Power Rankings After Huge Shakeup
As you probably figured, the Houston Texans' 42-24 loss to the Packers on Sunday Night Football sent our former No. 1 (for two consecutive weeks) spiraling down the Cold, Hard Football Facts Quality Stats Power Rankings.
Well, they fell to No. 4 anyway.
The shocker? Chicago fought their way from that fourth spot all the way to the top. Only they didn't fight at all, because it was their bye week! There's no Quality Stat for luck, but if there was, the Bears would be No. 1 in that, too.
Off to the rankings we go.
1. Chicago Bears (4-1) - The Bears are now No. 1 in an unprecedented seven different Quality Stats, including Scoreability and Bendability. Fresh off a week of some good ole rest and relaxation, Chicago's next three opponents will be against teams with a combined record of 5-11.
2. New York Giants (4-2) - Well, that was impressive. The champs walked into Candlestick Park Sunday and squashed the 49ers revenge plot with a 26-3 win, jumping over six teams in the rankings as a result.
3. Atlanta Falcons (6-0) - Say hello to the NFL's only remaining undefeated team. Then again, only one of their six victims made the playoffs in 2011 (8-8 Broncos). Just who are these Falcons?
4. Houston Texans (5-1) - Thanks, Houston. The Aaron Rodgers of 2011 has officially been unleashed. The reigning MVP's six-touchdown evening dropped the Texans from No. 2 to No. 14 in Defensive Passer Rating.
5. Green Bay Packers (3-3) - Does it feel like the passing game single-handedly turned the Packers season around on Monday night? It should. Green Bay jumped to No. 1 in Offensive Passer Rating and the all-important Passer Rating Differential after 60 minutes of Week 6 dominance.
6. Denver Broncos (3-3) - What's with these 3-3 teams in the middle of the Top 10? In Denver's defense, Peyton Manning has been ripping defenses to shreds. The Sheriff has carried the Broncos Offensive Passer Rating from No. 21 to No. 2 in the last four weeks.
7. Baltimore Ravens (5-1) - I'm not sure how you bounce back from losing Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb for the year in the same game. Being 5-1 helps, but Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and the offense won't be able to take a night off from here on out.
8. San Francisco 49ers (4-2) - San Fran's stay in the Top 3 was a brief one. The 49ers also dropped from No. 1 to No. 7 in Offensive Passer Rating after an uncharacteristically turnover happy day from Alex Smith.
9. Minnesota Vikings (4-2) - The Vikings coughed up their share of the NFC North lead after the D fell victim to another masterful performance from RGIII. The loss sent the unit sliding seven spots from No. 5 to No. 12 in Bendability.
10. Seattle Seahawks (4-2) - Russell Wilson (293 passing yards, three TD's and 133.7 passer rating) managed to out-duel Tom Brady in Week 6, and the Hawks are flying high with a Thursday night matchup against the 49ers up ahead.
11. Washington Redskins (3-3) - The Skins are No. 1 in Real Quarterback Rating through six games after finishing 2011 at No. 28. A share of the division lead could be had with a road win over the Giants on Sunday.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) - The Bucs became the biggest riser of the week (jumped nine spots) after crushing the Chiefs 38-10 in Week 6. Tampa is the only sub .500 team in the top half of the rankings.
13. St. Louis Rams (3-3) - The Rams desperately needed that win in Miami on Sunday, but the offense was far too inefficient in scoring just 14 points despite 462 yards of offense. Next up on the schedule is the Packers, with the Patriots and 49ers to follow. A 3-6 record may soon be where St. Louis sits when they hit their Week 8 bye.
14. Arizona Cardinals (4-2) - Two straight losses and now Kevin Kolb is reportedly going to be out for "several weeks" after suffering a serious rib injury. The holes on the offensive line (No. 32 in Offensive Hog Index) are allowing a promising start to quickly become a distant memory.
15. New England Patriots (3-3) - Now eight spots below where they sat last week, the Pats three losses have come by a combined total of four points. Four measly points.
16. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) - Andy Reid fired his defensive coordinator this week, and if the Eagles don't stop fumbling games away, he'll be next on the chopping block. Philly is No. 32 in Scoreability for a fourth straight week.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) - Pittsburgh didn't drop in the rankings, but concerns of an aging defense continued to surface in a 26-23 loss to the Titans on Thursday night. The Steelers are now No. 30 in Defensive Hog Index.
18. Miami Dolphins (3-3) - Surprise team of the year? The Dolphins head into their bye week after two straight wins, and two of their three losses came in overtime. Huge improvement for team that started 0-7 in 2011.
20. New York Jets (3-3) - There's that run game! Shonn Greene piled up 161 yards rushing and three scores against the Colts, and the Jets are now No. 6 in Scoreability.
21a. Detroit Lions (2-3) - A Dominant day from the entire D-line boosted the Lions from No. 19 to No. 11 in Defensive Hog Index and helped put a stop to a three-game losing streak.
21b. Cincinnati Bengals (3-3) - Well, somebody had to hand the Browns their first win of the year. What happened to the defense, though? The Bengals are No. 27 in Bendability and No. 26 in Defensive Passer Rating.
23. New Orleans Saints (1-4) - Hopefully the Saints made good use of their bye week. The Broncos, 49ers, Giants and five divisional games make up most of the remaining schedule.
24. Carolina Panthers (1-4) - Not such a super start for Cam Newton this year. Carolina is at No. 16 in Real Quarterback Rating after finishing at No. 6 in 2011.
25. Buffalo Bills (3-3) - Buffalo held Arizona to 16 points on Sunday after allowing 90 in their previous six quarters of football and the Bills moved up nine spots to No. 20 in Defensive Passer Rating. Progress.
26. San Diego Chargers (3-3) - The Chargers coughed up a 24-0 halftime lead by allowing 35 unanswered points in the final 30 minutes. At home and against a divisional foe, no less. Shame on you, Norv Turner.
27. Cleveland Browns (1-5) - With the Browns bid for 0-16 coming to an early end, no team in the NFL sits without a win after Week 6. Surprisingly, Cleveland is No. 14 in Scoreability after finishing at No. 30 in 2011.
28. Oakland Raiders (1-4) - Despite a disappointing start, don't write off the Raiders yet. Played well enough to win in Atlanta and get Jaguars (1-4), Chiefs (1-5) and Bucs (2-3) for next three games.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) - The Jags are dead last in Real Passing Yards per Attempt and the Defensive Hog Index.
31. Tennessee Titans (2-4) - An impressive win over the Steelers in Week 6 doesn't hide the fact that this team's four losses all been by a margin of 21 points or more.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) - KC's Week 7 bye couldn't have come at a more opportune time. This squad is currently a model of inefficiency, coming in at No. 31 in Scoreability and No. 32 in Bendability.
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