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NFL Power Rankings, Week 6: Separating All 32 Squads into Tiers

Welcome back to another NFL Power Rankings here on fansfirstsports.com. After going over the most disappointing and the most surprising teams in the league last week, we’ll dive back into ranking all 32 teams this week. With the league’s best teams separating themselves from the have-nots, and a large middle class starting to emerge, let’s break it down below.


TIER 1

The 49ers and Eagles have separated themselves from the rest of the NFL as the two true powerhouses of the league. For San Francisco, utter domination of every opponent has earned them the top spot, while Philadelphia hasn’t even played their best game as of yet and are still undefeated on the season. It already feels like the NFC is heading for a January matchup between these two squads to decide the conference’s Super Bowl representative.

1. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

2. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

TIER 2

Make no mistake, the teams in this tier are Super Bowl contenders and darn good football clubs. However, each one has enough flaws to keep them from occupying the very top tier. Kansas City’s underwhelming group of WRs is hurting the offense’s ceiling, while Buffalo’s defensive losses are starting to pile up. The Cowboys have what it takes to be the best team in football, but the offense’s struggles are forcing the defense to pick up the slack. Defense could be the Dolphins Achilles heal, and the Lions are the most inexperienced team in this tier.

3. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

4. BUFFALO BILLS

5. DALLAS COWBOYS

6. MIAMI DOLPHINS

7. DETROIT LIONS

TIER 3

These four teams have immense upside, especially on offense, where the QBs have been playing well, with the teams around them pitching in to various levels of success. If Justin Herbert and Trevor Lawrence can play to their elite status all year long, the Chargers and Jags will be formidable opponents in January. Seattle’s secondary is playing really well with rookie corner Devon Witherspoon and 2nd year stud Riq Woolen shutting down opposing passing attacks. If the Ravens can ever get out of their own way, Lamar Jackson is playing good football for a well-coached squad. They can be dangerous.

8. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

9. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

10. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

11. BALTIMORE RAVENS

TIER 4

Tier 4 also has some good teams. Some just haven’t hit their stride yet, such as the Bengals, Steelers, and Falcons, who are struggling to produce consistently enough to really be contenders early in the season. There’s a couple over-performers like the Colts, Buccaneers, and Texans as well who may actually not be quite as good as some of their performances may suggest. Each of these teams should consider themselves firmly in the playoff race until proven otherwise.

12. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

13. CINCINNATI BENGALS

14. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

15. LOS ANGELES RAMS

16. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

17. PITTSBURGH STEELERS

18. ATLANTA FALCONS

19. CLEVELAND BROWNS

20. HOUSTON TEXANS

TIER 5

If I had to pick today, I’d say these six teams have no shot at the playoffs. Inconsistent offense and/or injuries have limited the ceilings of these squads. They are frisky opponents and will be tough outs for any of the teams above, but they just don’t rise to the level of true contender in my book.

21. TENNESSEE TITANS

22. GREEN BAY PACKERS

23. NEW YORK JETS

24. ARIZONA CARDINALS

25. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

26. MINNESOTA VIKINGS

TIER 6

The final tier is filled with disappointments in the Bears, Patriots, Giants and Broncos, and two young teams with unproven QBs in the Commanders and Panthers. Even if 2023 is a lost season from a record or competitiveness standard, much can be gained for these squads this year when it comes to culture building, talent evaluation, and valuable in-game experience for important pieces moving forward.

27. CHICAGO BEARS

28. WASHINGTON COMMANDERS

29. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

30. NEW YORK GIANTS

31. DENVER BRONCOS

32. CAROLINA PANTHERS 


Who’s too high and who’s too low? Let the discussion commence in the comment section below! And don’t forget to stay tuned to Fans First Sports Network for the biggest stories and analysis from around the NFL this season.

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