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Mason's Week 6 Power Rankings: Raiders take a tumble

Posted Oct 10, 2017

As Oakland falls, the Panthers, Eagles and Jaguars rise. Also -- check out some key stats for all 32 teams through five weeks.

1. KANSAS CITY (5-0)
Last week: 1

Kansas City leads the league with 2.85 net points per possession -- 1.08 points over the league average. Given that teams have averaged 11.0 non-kneeldown possessions per game, the Chiefs' offense can be expected to be 12 points better than the league average per game.

2. DENVER (3-1)
Last week: 2

The Broncos lead the league in net yards allowed per possession, total yards allowed per game and first downs allowed on a per-possession and per-game basis.

3. PHILADELPHIA (4-1)
Last week: 7

The Eagles are the best at avoiding three-and-outs; an NFL-low 17.0 percent of their offensive series have ended without a first down.

4. ATLANTA (3-1)
Last week: 4

Atlanta leads the league in net yards per possession (41.2).

5. GREEN BAY (4-1)
Last week: 5

The Packers have won seven consecutive games (including postseason) decided by one score.

6. CAROLINA (4-1)
Last week: 10

Carolina beat the Lions despite rushing for just 28 yards, snapping a 19-game losing streak in games in which the Panthers rushed for 40 or fewer yards.

7. NEW ENGLAND (3-2)
Last week: 11

Despite having the league's No. 1 offense in total yardage, the Patriots' No. 32-ranked defense has ensured that they've been outgained in four of five contests.

8. PITTSBURGH (3-2)
Last week: 3

The Steelers have never made a Super Bowl in a season that saw them lose a home game by 21 or more points.

9. SEATTLE (3-2)
Last week: 13

Although Seattle's defense ranks in the low-to-mid teens in most overall defensive metrics, it ranks second in a crucial stat: net points allowed per possession (1.22).

10. DETROIT (3-2)
Last week: 6

The Lions' offense ranks 29th in total yards per game and net yards per possession.

11. BUFFALO (3-2)
Last week: 11

Only the Jaguars have a better turnover margin than the Bills (plus-8), allowing Buffalo to overcome an offense than ranks 31st in total yardage.

12. HOUSTON (2-3)
Last week: 12

Houston's remaining opponents have an average winning percentage of .418, the second-lowest for an AFC team (Jacksonville, .345 is lower).

13. JACKSONVILLE (3-2)
Last week: 21

The Jaguars' plus-56 point differential and plus-10 turnover margin are the league's best through five weeks.

14. L.A. RAMS (3-2)
Last week: 9

It took 11 games last season for the Rams to score as many points as they have racked up in five weeks this year.

15. NEW ORLEANS (2-2)
Last week: 19

New Orleans is the only team without a giveaway.

16. WASHINGTON (2-2)
Last week: 14

The Redskins compiled their .500 mark against teams that are a combined 14-6, giving them the toughest start in the league.

17. MINNESOTA (2-2)
Last week: 17

Neither Sam Bradford nor Case Keenum has thrown an interception so far this season.

18. BALTIMORE (3-2)
Last week: 24

All of their games this season have been decided by at least 13 points.

19. CINCINNATI (2-3)
Last week: 22

Since dismissing offensive coordinator Ken Zampese after Week 2, the Bengals' offense has averaged 22.7 points per game -- a vast improvement over their 4.5-point average in Weeks 1 and 2.

20. TAMPA BAY (2-2)
Last week: 15

Since the start of the 2014 season, Bucs kickers have missed a league-worst 36 total placekicks -- seven extra points and 29 field-goal attempts.

21. N.Y. JETS (3-2)
Last week: 21

The Jets haven't amassed more first downs than their opponent in any game this season.

22. DALLAS (2-3)
Last week: 18

Dallas' defense ranks last in first downs and net points per possession allowed.

23. L.A. CHARGERS (1-4)
Last week: 27

The Chargers rank sixth in passing offense and fourth in passing defense.

24. OAKLAND (2-3)
Last week: 16

Oakland is one of three teams to rank in the league's bottom 10 in both total offense and total defense (the Jets and Colts are the others).

25. ARIZONA (2-3)
Last week: 20

The Cardinals have given up 28 or more points as many times in their last eight regular-season games (five) as they did in their previous 20.

26. MIAMI (2-2)
Last week: 26

The Dolphins' remaining opponents have an average winning percentage of .650, giving them the toughest remaining schedule in the league based on current records.

27. TENNESSEE (2-3)
Last week: 25

With Matt Cassel at the helm, a league-worst 53.3 percent of the Titans' drives last Sunday ended without a first down.

28. CHICAGO (1-4)
Last week: 29

The last two seasons, the Bears' average point differential at home is minus-1.4, but their average on the road is minus-15.1. Two of their next three games are away from Chicago.

29. N.Y. GIANTS (0-5)
Last week: 28

How badly do the Giants need Sterling Shepard to be healthy Sunday? Consider that the other four wide receivers on their 53-man roster have a combined career total of 262 yards and three touchdowns on 19 catches.

30. INDIANAPOLIS (2-3)
Last week: 30

The Colts are the only team to rank in the league's bottom two in net points, net yards and first downs per possession. Indianapolis also ranks last in net points (minus-62).

31. SAN FRANCISCO (0-5)
Last week: 31

According to pro-football-reference.com, the 49ers are the first team since at least 1940 to lose four games by three points or fewer in the season's first five games.

32. CLEVELAND (0-5)
Last week: 32

The Browns have lost 30 of their last 32 games. Also, quarterbacks Kevin Hogan and DeShone Kizer have thrown 11 interceptions, more than an entire division (the NFC North's teams have thrown 10 interceptions).

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