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NFL power rankings, Week 6: 49ers get slight bump after decent effort

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Week 5 of the 2015 NFL season is a wrap, and the 49ers are looking pretty bad. We present Week 6 NFL power rankings!

Week 5 is officially a wrap following an initially abysmal but eventually wild Monday Night Football game. The Pittsburgh Steelers won on a Le'Veon Bell touchdown run as time expired. The Steelers could have gone for the tie, but decided to go for the win on the road. It was gutsy and it paid off in a huge way. Quite the finish to Week 5.

And on that note, I am back with another round of NFL power rankings. The San Francisco 49ers got a slight bump up in spite of the loss. We saw the defense step up in Week 4, and the offense got things moving in the right direction in Week 5. Can they finally put it together in Week 6 for a win? Or are we destined for a whole lot of inconsistency this season?

There is zero shake-up in our top eight. Six of them won their game, and two were on bye. The New England Patriots rolled into AT&T Stadium and pummeled the Dallas Cowboys. The Green Bay Packers held off a game St. Louis Rams squad. The Bengals won a wild one over Seattle. The Falcons escaped against Washington. And of course, Denver right now looks like the weakest unbeaten team.

I'm really tempted to move the 4-1 Arizona Cardinals ahead of some of those undefeated teams, but I'm just not quite certain where exactly. The Cardinals have dominated in their wins, but they have been against bad teams. The Rams might be the best team they have faced thus far, and they lost at home. I think the Cardinals are a very solid team, but I'm just not sure how they will do against stronger competition.

At the bottom of the power rankings, the Kansas City Chiefs are the biggest fallers. They lost to a bad but tough Chicago Bears team, but their drop is for other reasons. They lost Jamaal Charles for the season due to an ACL tear. They are in serious trouble without him. They have playmakers on defense, but I don't see Alex Smith doing much of anything with any kind of consistency on offense. They're in trouble.

And the only reason the Houston Texans remain below them is because they could not win a home game against 40-year old Matt Hasselbeck.

Rank Team LW
1 New England Patriots (4-0) 1
2 Green Bay Packers (5-0) 2
3 Cincinnati Bengals (5-0) 3
4 Atlanta Falcons (5-0) 4
5 Denver Broncos (5-0) 5
6 Carolina Panthers (4-0) 6
7 Arizona Cardinals (4-1) 7
8 New York Jets (3-1) 8
9 Minnesota Vikings (2-2) 10
10 New York Giants (3-2) 13
11 Buffalo Bills (3-2) 11
12 Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) 14
13 Indianapolis Colts (3-2) 16
14 Seattle Seahawks (2-3) 9
15 St. Louis Rams (2-3) 15
16 San Diego Chargers (2-3) 12
17 Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) 23
18 Oakland Raiders (2-3) 22
19 Dallas Cowboys (2-3) 17
20 Washington (2-3) 20
21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) 27
22 Chicago Bears (2-3) 28
23 Cleveland Browns (2-3) 30
24 Miami Dolphins (1-3) 24
25 Tennessee Titans (1-3) 19
26 Baltimore Ravens (1-4) 21
27 San Francisco 49ers (1-4) 31
28 New Orleans Saints (1-4) 26
29 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) 25
30 Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) 18
31 Houston Texans (1-4) 29
32 Detroit Lions (0-5) 32