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Power Rankings: Stillers on top, Saints rise; Pack, Chargers fall

1. Steelers (4-1) (3): Ben Roethlisberger returns from a four-game suspension and promptly throws three TD passes in win over Browns. Couple that with a punishing defense, and the Steelers have it all going right now.

2. Jets (5-1) (2): Never apologize for an ugly win, and the Jets weren’t saying sorry after escaping from Denver with a 24-20 decision over the scrappy Broncos. Jets have now won five straight heading into bye week.

3. Patriots (4-1) (4): Tom Brady extends his home winning streak to 23 straight as the Pats take some measure of revenge for last year’s playoff loss to Ravens.

4. Ravens (4-2) (1): Baltimore comes close, but falls in OT in New England. Won’t be surprised if these teams meet again in January.

5. Giants (4-2) (5): Giants survive dreaded trap game at home against Lions. Now it’s on to Dallas for a Monday night showdown in Dallas against the desperate Cowboys.

6. Saints (4-2) (9): Drew Brees has been waiting for this kind of dominating performance all season. He put one on in a blowout win in Tampa.

7. Colts (4-2) (8): Another day at the office for Peyton Manning, who throws for 307 yards and two TDs in road win at Washington.

8. Eagles (4-2) (15): Michael Vick remains the starter, but after Kevin Kolb destroyed Vick’s old Falcons team, there’s a chance Kolb may recapture No. 1 job at some point.

9. Falcons (4-2) (6): Falcons’ defense a huge disappointment in Philly, as Atlanta allows Kolb to torch the secondary.

10. Texans (4-2) (10): After looking listless early on against the Chiefs, Houston responds with a furious second-half rally to bounce back from last week’s blowout loss to the Giants.

11. Titans (4-2) (13): Kerry Collins fills in for the injured Vince Young, and the Titans defense does the rest in a 30-3 Monday night romp over hapless Jags.

12. Packers (3-3) (7): Injury-ravaged Packers lose a second straight week in OT.

13. Dolphins (3-2) (18): Maybe the Dolphins ought to play all their games on the road. They’re 3-0 so far, and 0-2 at home.

14. Chiefs (3-2) (12): Chiefs’ offense looked terrific against the Texans, but it was a defensive collapse – their first of the season – that did them in on the road.

15. Redskins (3-3) (14): Redskins out-classed at home by Colts, who rolled up 469 yards total offense.

16. Seahawks (3-2) (27): A gutsy effort in Chicago by Pete Carroll’s guys, particularly quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who throws for 242 yards and a touchdown.

17. Vikings (2-3) (21): Brett Favre still has arm problems, but is just good enough to survive the Cowboys. A huge assist to Percy Harvin on a 95-yard kickoff return for TD.

18. Bears (4-2) (11): Jay Cutler returns to the lineup, but stinks it up in home loss to Seahawks. Six more sacks for the beleaguered quarterback.

19. Broncos (2-4) (16): Denver tried everything – from a 4-3 defense, to a bigger dose of Tim Tebow, to an onsides kick. Still not enough to beat Jets.

20. Cowboys (1-4) (17): Jerry Jones has never made an in-season coaching change. One more loss for Wade Phillips, and that might change. Cowboys home to Giants next Monday night.

21. Bengals (2-3) (19): Bengals back in action this week against Falcons hoping that Carson Palmer can shake off the early-season interception blues.

22. Cardinals (3-2) (22): Cardinals enjoyed a bye week after upset win over Saints. Big one on Sunday in Seattle, with first place on the line in the NFC West.

23. Rams (3-3) (28): Sam Bradford beats Philip Rivers. Who’d have figured you’d say that in Bradford’s rookie year?

24. Chargers (2-4) (20): Another sluggish start for the Chargers. Only saving grace: They’re in the AFC's worst division.

25. Buccaneers (3-2) (24): So much for being ready to overtake the Saints. Bucs outclassed at home to defending champs.

26. Jaguars (3-3): Not a lot to like about this team. Quarterback problems. Coach on the hot seat. No guarantee they stay in Jacksonville.

27. 49ers (1-5) (30): For a while, it looked like the Niners were going to hit rock bottom with home loss to Raiders. But Alex Smith pulls it out in the fourth quarter to give San Francisco its first win.

28. Raiders (2-4) (25): More quarterback injuries for a Raiders team that seems close to turning things around.

29. Lions (1-5) (26): Lions were down to third-string quarterback Drew Stanton against the Giants. Matthew Stafford can’t get back quickly enough.

30. Browns (1-5) (29): The good news for Colt McCoy: he made it through in one piece against the Steelers. The bad news: another Browns loss in a season already filled with them.

31. Panthers (0-5) (31): Panthers get a week off to lick their wounds, and now return to action at home against the 49ers.

32. Bills (0-5) (32): Breaking news: The Bills didn’t lose in Week 6! Ok, so they didn’t play. After bye, Bills face a Ravens team in bounce-back mode on the road. Can you say 0-6?

Week 7 schedule:

Cincinnati at Atlanta
Buffalo at at Baltimore
San Francisco at Carolina
Washington at Chicago
Jacksonville at Kansas City
Pittsburgh at Miami
Cleveland at New Orleans
St. Louis at Tampa Bay
Philadelphia at Tennessee
Arizona at Seattle
New England at San Diego
Oakland at Denver
Minnesota at Green Bay
Giants at Dallas

Bye weeks: Jets, Colts, Lions, Texans


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