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Week Six NFL power rankings, Green Bay Packers still on top

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Last Sunday Brees drove down the field against the Panthers connecting on 8-of-9 passes for 80 yards, throwing the game winning touchdown to running back Pierre Thomas.

The win helped them take over first place in the NFC South, and they now have a chane to get two games up on their closest competitor in the NFC South this Sunday — the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New Orleans has a very winnable three game stretch coming up — against the Buccaneers, at home versus the Colts, and back on the road for a showdown against the Rams.

The offense is playing excellent, the defensive solid, special teams has been outstanding, and they will be returning last seasons leading rusher in Chris Ivory next week . New Orleans hasn’t peaked yet, and I think we will see their best football in the coming weeks.

4. Buffalo Bills (4-1), who picked of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick four times last week during their 31-24 win over the “nightmare” team that Philadelphia has turned out to be this season, amidst such high expectations and an offseason spending frenzy.

Some may think that the Bills ranked fourth is too high, but take into consideration their win over the New England Patriots in week three — who are widely viewed as the cream of the NFL crop — and their placement begins to make a little more sense.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing well, but even more impressive is that running back Fred Jackson has turned into the leagues best runner with 480 rushing yards, 232 receiving yards, and five total touchdowns.

Buffalo has a tough test coming up against the Jets, who are desperate for a win after losing their last three games in a row.

Usually against a Rex Ryan defense you could count on the opposing running back having a very poor game. This time though it looks like Jackson could be in for a monster game considering the Jets are surprisingly ranked 26th in the league against the run.

5. Baltimore Ravens (3-1), who have the best defense of any of the other teams on this list — ranking second against the run, eigth defending the pass, third in total yards allowed, and first in points surrendered.

Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis, and Ed Reed are three of the leagues finest defensive players and are all on the same team. Success for Baltimore starts and ends with the defense, and they are likely only to go as far as it will take team.

Running back Ray Rice is having a pretty good season thus far, the 5-8 speedster has 297 rushing yards in four games and he continues to be the catalyst that makes the Ravens offense successful.

Baltimore has a favorable match-up coming out of their bye-week against the Houston Texans. Linebacker Mario Williams has been placed in injured reserve with a torn pectoral, and wide receiver Andre Johnson is still sidelined with a hamstring injury.