Draft Insiders’ – NFL Power Poll – Week 6
Giants Surprise Packers
Bills Bomb Steelers
Jets Dominate Dolphins
Team of the Week
Giants make comeback vs Packers in London
Players of the Week
Offense – RB Taysom Hill – Saints
Defense – DT Aaron Donald – Rams
Offense – TE Travis Kelce – Chiefs
Defense – DT DeForest Buckner – Colts
Rookies of the Week
Offense – RB Breece Hall – Jets
Defense – CB Derek Stingley – Texans
Games of Week 6
Sunday – Ravens at Giants – Fox
Sunday – Cowboys at Eagles – NBC
Monday – Broncos at Chargers – ESPN
NFL Team Power Poll
Draft Insiders’ Staff
Ranking /Record /Team
#1 – 4-1 Chiefs
Chiefs had a great comeback vs the Raiders behind their big guns Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce. Host the AFC title rematch with the potent Bills looking to avenge their playoff loss.
#2 – 4-1 Bills
Bills drilled the Steelers behind another great Josh Allen performance. Allen faces Patrick Mahomes in a classic replay of the AFC title game where both passers were brilliant.
#3 – 5-0 Eagles
The Eagles remain the league’s only unbeaten club. They edged the erratic Cardinals behind another good performance by QB Jalen Hurts. Host the Cowboys this Sunday night in a battle for NFC East leadership.
#4 – 3-2 – Bucs
Bucs ended their two game losing streak behind a strong game by Tom Brady. They travel to Pittsburgh hoping to stay apace the NFC contenders entering midseason.
#5 – 3-2 49ers
The 49ers bashed the Panthers behind a relentless defense and an efficient offense. QB Jimmy Garoppolo had a solid performance along with their dominant D. Travel to Atlanta for another NFC matchup.
#6 – 4-1 – Cowboys
The Cowboys rallied around QB Cooper Rush in their huge road victory over the Rams. Travel to Philly face the Eagles this Sunday night for critical East matchup.
#7 – 3-2 Chargers
The Chargers edged the Browns behind a strong game from runner Austin Ekeler. Host the struggling Broncos this Monday night, needing to win to stay close to the Chiefs in the tough AFC West.
#8 – 4-1 Vikings
Vikings outlasted the Bears behind another impressive performance by wideout Justin Jefferson. Travel to Miami to face the injured Dolphins in a matchup vital for leadership in two divisions.
#9 – 2-3 Rams
Rams were drilled by the Cowboys and have bigger problems than originally expected. Their offensive line has screening problems in protection and their ground game struggles weekly. Host the Panthers looking to get to the .500 mark.
#10 – 3-2 Ravens
The Ravens won a huge AFC North matchup vs the Bengals. They may not be among the elite clubs, but they know how to win especially close games with PK Justin Tucker almost automatic. Travel to MetLife to face the much-improved GMen.
#11 – 3-2 Dolphins
Dolphins were bashed by the Jets with another QB injury to Teddy Bridgewater, in addition to starter Tua Tagovailo. Host the Vikings this week looking to get right relying on their ground game to step up.
#12 – 3-2 Packers
The Packers were blindsided by the Giants in London. Host the hot Jets this week needing a win to retain North leadership.
#13 – 4-1 Giants
The Giants victory in London was an organization win with the coaching staff and roster getting on the same page and finding a way to get it done. They face the Ravens at home this week looking to beat another strong playoff contender.
#14 – 3-2 Titans
The Titans recovered from a weak start with a good win over the Commanders. They get their bye week
this weekend which will benefit power back Derrick Henry to prep for a run to threepeat in the AFC South.
#15 – 2-3 Bengals
The Bengals lost a tough game vs their rival Ravens. Their offensive line continues to be barely average in big situations. Travel to Crescent city looking to get to the .500 mark.
#16 – 2-3 Patriots
The Pats shutout the Lions to get back to the win column. Bill Belichick returns to Cleveland his first HC position. Patriots need a win here to stay apace the competitive AFC playoff hunt.
#17 – 3-2 Cardinals
Cardinals fought the Eagles, but came up short late. Offense has not generated much production which must improve to win big matchups. Travel to Seattle with both clubs needing a victory to get even at midseason.
#18 – 2-2-1 Colts
Colts are well rested coming off OT win vs the Broncos on Thursday night. QB Matt Ryan is adjusting slowly to this new offense and leads the league in interceptions. Runner Jonathan Taylor has been injured and is essential for a balanced attack. They host the Jaguars this week looking to stay apace in the AFC race.
#19 – 2-3 Saints
The Saints won a wild game vs the Seahawks. Host the Bengals in a key matchup to stay in contention. Starting QB Andy Dalton is playing well and the supporting cast is dangerous.
#20 – 3-2 Jets
Jets had their best overall performance in years when they bashed the Dolphins at home. Travel to Titletown to face the Packers this Sunday hoping to build on the momentum behind QB Zach Wilson.
#21 – 2-3 Jaguars
Jaguars are competitive weekly, but fail to close games with marginal offensive firepower limiting their bled away any chance of beating the Eagles. QB Trevor Lawrence fumbled four times which killed a few drives and also put them in bad field position. Host the Texans this week looking to stay abreast in the AFC South.
#22 – 2-3 – Broncos
The Broncos continue to struggle behind an erratic Russell Wilson. They are the 2nd lowest scoring offense which has negated their strong defense. Travel to LA for huge matchup with the Chargers that is vital to staying in contention in the talented AFC West.
#23 – 2-3 Falcons
Falcons can’t beat Tommie Terrific in the South and it continues to keep them as a bottom feeder. They are competitive and give a strong effort, though this club comes up short on talent and experience. Host the hot 49ers in a huge test for their struggling offense.
#24 – 2-3 Browns
Browns find ways to lose close games with marginal firepower which stresses their solid defense. They host the Patriots with both clubs borderline contenders who need a W here to remain among the leaders.
#25 – 2-3 Seahawks
Seahawks lost another wild game this time vs the Saints. QB Geno Smith continues to surprise with strong performances. Defense has surrendered the 2nd amount of points in the league. Host the Cardinals in an important NFC West matchup.
#26- 1-4 Raiders
The Raiders lost a wild game vs their arch rival Chiefs which keeps them in the West basement. Get their bye week to regroup and prepare for a long stretch run, hoping to duplicate last year’s strong playoff rally.
#27 – 1-4 Steelers
Steelers were crushed by the Bills behind Josh Allen. Their struggling attack has scored only 77 points in five games. They made the switch to rookie QB Kenny Pickett and will go through the growing pains to turn the page. Host the Bucs in a must win situation if they want any possibilities for staying in contention.
#28 – 2-3 Bears
The Bears came up short vs the Vikings especially on defense in coverage. Host the Commanders for Thursday night game, a winnable game that can get them to the .500 mark.
#29 – 1-3-1 Texans
Texans edged the Jaguars behind an impressive defensive performance. They get their bye week before facing the Raiders in the desert the following week.
#30 – 1-4 Lions
Lions were shutout by the Patriots in a terrible performance. They also have allowed the most points in the league with a whopping 170 points surrendered. Get their bye week now which could produce key changes before regrouping in two weeks.
#31 – 1-4 Commanders
The Commanders make the big mistakes weekly which keeps them behind most of each game. They are a low scoring offense with QB Carson Wentz making too many mistakes with the ball. Travel to Chi-town desperate to get into the win column.
#32 – 1-4 Panthers
Panthers were bashed again this time by the 49ers, leading to the firing of HC Matt Rhule. They will undergo many changes with possible huge trades prior to the Nov. 1st deadline.
Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 30 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He was a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS and ESPN on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites