2012 NFL Power Rankings: Winning Stats Edition - Week Six

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Colts move up several spots this week, the 49ers hold the top spot, and could the Colts be a legitimate Playoff team?

Week 5 is in the books, and the Winning Stats Power Rankings once again have the 49ers out in front, ranking first in Offense, and second in Defense, something we don't see very often. However, after two dominant performances in a row, it makes a lot of sense why they're ranked as highly as they are.

The Colts made a healthy jump up this week to #13, up six spots from a week ago. I guess beating a top 5 team will do that for you. The Offense is ranked 11th, and the surprising Defense is up to 15th in the NFL. Continuous improvement is what we've seen from the Colts this season, so let's hope that continues.

The Bears are the top ranked Defense, which shouldn't be a shock to anyone, with the 49ers, Texans, Cardinals, and Seahawks rounding out the top 5. The NFC West all of a sudden has become quite good defensively. On Offense the 49ers lead the Giants, Patriots, Steelers, and Falcons, which also isn't too surprising. Biggest shock to me is seeing how low the Ravens, Jets, and Steelers are defensively (injuries have played a large role in the latter 2), and how poor the Texans have been on Offense, despite their 5-0 record. Means they have room for improvement. Yikes.

NFL Week Six Winning Stats Power Rankings (click on headers to sort):

Team Power Rankings
Non-Adjusted Adjusted
Offense Defense Total Offense Defense Total
49ers 1 5 1 1 2 1
Bears 11 2 3 15 1 2
Packers 14 16 15 6 8 3
Texans 7 1 2 13 3 4
Patriots 2 13 5 3 13 5
Falcons 4 8 4 5 14 6
Broncos 6 24 11 7 12 7
Vikings 8 10 7 12 9 8
Seahawks 24 7 13 19 5 9
Ravens 9 11 8 8 18 10
Cardinals 30 3 16 22 4 11
Eagles 20 6 9 21 6 12
Colts 18 15 18 11 15 13
Lions 12 23 17 10 19 14
Cowboys 17 19 21 9 21 15
Giants 5 18 6 2 28 16
Rams 26 9 22 20 11 17
Steelers 3 26 10 4 27 18
Dolphins 25 4 14 29 7 19
Redskins 15 20 19 17 23 20
Chargers 13 12 12 26 16 21
Buccaneers 27 14 25 31 10 22
Chiefs 23 17 23 28 17 23
Bengals 16 21 20 16 26 24
Saints 10 30 24 14 32 25
Panthers 19 27 26 23 24 26
Jets 28 25 27 30 22 27
Bills 22 29 28 18 31 28
Jaguars 32 28 31 27 25 29
Browns 31 22 29 32 20 30
Titans 29 31 32 25 29 31
Raiders 21 32 30 24 30 32

One other thing you'll notice is even though the Colts are 13th, they'd be ranked 5th in the AFC, easily good enough to contend for a playoff spot. I know it's still quite early in the season, but I never would have expected the AFC to be this weak that the Colts are a legit playoff contender. Should make for an even more exciting year in Indianapolis.

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