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NFL Power Rankings: Where Pats stand after loss to Cowboys

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We were treated to a little bit of everything in Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season.

The Jacksonville Jaguars got the party started with a game-winning field goal vs. the Miami Dolphins in London, snapping a 20-game losing streak for the franchise. The Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings earned overtime victories over the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers, respectively.

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The Arizona Cardinals stayed undefeated with a blowout win over the Cleveland Browns, who are dealing with more injury issues. The Detroit Lions are the lone winless team in the league after a brutal loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

So, how does the league look after another eventful week in the NFL? Here's how all 32 teams stack up in our updated power rankings heading into Week 7.

32. Detroit Lions (0-6)

Previous ranking: 31

Detroit has come oh so close to earning a couple of big wins this season, but Sunday's loss to the Bengals was a beatdown. Dan Campbell's search for his first victory as Lions head coach continues following the 34-11 defeat.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5)

Previous ranking: 32

Finally! It wasn't easy, but the Jaguars snapped their 20-game losing streak with a victory across the pond vs. the Miami Dolphins. Matthew Wright came through in the clutch for Jacksonville with the game-tying and game-winning field goals.

30. New York Jets (1-4)

Previous ranking: 30

The Jets are on a bye week and will visit the Patriots in Week 7.

29. Houston Texans (1-5)

Previous ranking: 29

After nearly beating the Patriots in Week 5, the Texans were no match for the Colts on Sunday. Davis Mills tossed two picks as Jonathan Taylor bowled over Houston's defense en route to a 31-3 finish.

 

28. New York Giants (1-5)

Previous ranking: 28

Scorigami alert! The Rams dominated the Giants 38-11 on Sunday for the 1,067th unique final score in NFL history.

27. Miami Dolphins (1-5)

Previous ranking: 27

Tua Tagovailoa's return was spoiled by a last-second loss to the lowly Jaguars in London. Jaylen Waddle was a bright spot as the rookie wideout tallied 70 yards and two TDs.

26. Washington Football Team (2-4)

Previous ranking: 25

Washington actually led the Chiefs at halftime, but it had no answer for Patrick Mahomes and Co. in the second half as Kansas City scored 21 unanswered points to earn a 31-13 win. This WFT defense, which had high expectations entering the season, remains a huge problem. To make matters even worse for Washington, star running back Antonio Gibson exited with a shin injury.

25. Atlanta Falcons (2-3)

Previous ranking: 24

Atlanta has a bye and will prepare for a Week 7 meeting with the Dolphins.

24. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4)

Previous ranking: 23

Philadelphia's defense actually did a decent job of defending Tom Brady on Thursday Night Football. Jalen Hurts just wasn't able to get anything going through the air as he finished with only 115 passing yards, one touchdown, and one pick. The Eagles' inefficient offense resulted in a 28-22 defeat.

23. Indianapolis Colts (2-4)

Previous ranking: 26

A change of scenery appears to be working out for Carson Wentz. Following Sunday's win over Houston, the ex-Eagles QB has 1,545 yards, nine touchdowns, and only one interception on the season.

22. New England Patriots (2-4)

Previous ranking: 22

The Patriots lost a heartbreaker to the Cowboys on Sunday. Mac Jones' 75-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne late in the fourth quarter gave New England a lead, but Greg Zuerlein was able to force overtime with a clutch field goal. Jones and the Patriots were unable to capitalize on their opportunity after winning the OT coin toss, and Dak Prescott finished New England off with a 35-yard TD strike to CeeDee Lamb.

Next week will be a must-win game for the Patriots when they host the New York Jets, who are well-rested coming off their bye week.

20. Seattle Seahawks (2-4)

Previous ranking: 19

Geno Smith led an admirable comeback against the Steelers on Sunday night -- but he's still Geno Smith. His costly fumble in overtime handed Pittsburgh the victory. Russell Wilson can't come back soon enough.

20. Chicago Bears (3-3)

Previous ranking: 21

"I still own you!" Those were the words of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as he rushed for a touchdown vs. the Bears on Sunday. He isn't wrong, as Green Bay went on to win 24-14.

19. Minnesota Vikings (3-3)

Previous ranking: 20

 

The Vikings were able to hold off the Panthers on Sunday with a 34-28 overtime victory. Carolina's defense, which looked strong to begin the season, scuffled in this one as it allowed Kirk Cousins to pass for 373 yards and three TDs. Dalvin Cook added 140 rushing yards and a TD of his own.

18. San Francisco 49ers (2-3)

Previous ranking: 17

It's a bye week for the Niners. They'll host the Colts next week on Sunday Night Football.

17. Denver Broncos (3-3)

Previous ranking: 15

Teddy Bridgewater aired it out against the Raiders with 49 pass attempts, completing 35 of them for three touchdowns while also tossing three picks. Those turnovers were the difference-maker as Denver suffered its third straight loss, 34-24. 

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3)

Previous ranking: 16

The Steelers needed to take care of business against the Wilson-less Seahawks to keep pace in the loaded AFC North, and they did -- barely. This team still has a lot of work to do.

15. Carolina Panthers (3-3)

Previous ranking: 14

Sam Darnold led an impressive two-minute drill to force overtime vs. the Vikings. The Panthers were unable to finish the job, however, as Kirk Cousins' third TD pass of the game went to K.J. Osborn for the Minnesota victory.

14. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)

Previous ranking: 18

The Bengals did just about whatever they wanted against the porous Lions defense. Joe Burrow tossed three touchdown passes in the 34-11 win, a great sight for Cincinnati fans after the second-year QB suffered a scary throat injury last week.

13. Cleveland Browns (3-3)

Previous ranking: 11

The Browns' Week 6 matchup vs. the Arizona Cardinals was a rough one all around. On top of the blowout loss, quarterback Baker Mayfield appeared to aggravate his partially torn labrum (though he returned to the game) and running back Kareem Hunt was carted off with a calf injury. Cleveland already was without star RB Nick Chubb due to a calf injury, so it's in rough shape heading into its Thurday night meeting with Denver.

12. Las Vegas Raiders (4-2)

Previous ranking: 13

The Raiders were victorious in their first game without Jon Gruden, who resigned as head coach amid his e-mail scandal. Henry Ruggs III notched three catches for 97 yards and a TD as he continues to make up for a less-than-stellar rookie campaign.

11. New Orleans Saints (3-2)

Previous ranking: 10

The Saints are enjoying their bye. They'll take on the Seahawks next week on Monday Night Football.

10. Tennessee Titans (4-2)

Previous ranking: 12

Two weeks after losing to the New York Jets, the Titans upset the red-hot Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. For all of their early-season struggles, they sit comfortably atop the awful AFC South.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (3-3)

Previous ranking: 9

It wasn't looking good for the Chiefs in the first half Sunday vs. the Washington Football Team, but the offense woke up and the defense was finally able to buckle down to pull off a 31-13 victory. They'll look to carry that momentum into their Week 7 matchup with the Titans.

 

8. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2)

Previous ranking: 7

Justin Herbert and the Chargers have looked sensational so far this season, but Sunday was not their day. They were unable to get anything going in their 34-6 loss to Baltimore. L.A.'s run defense looks like a serious issue as the Ravens rushed for 187 yards and three TDs.

7. Buffalo Bills (4-2)

Previous ranking: 3

The Bills got a little too ahead of themselves Monday night in Tennessee, and it backfired. Josh Allen's failed fourth-down conversion inside the 3-yard line snapped Buffalo's four-game win streak. A bye week and a bounce-back game against the Dolphins await.

6. Dallas Cowboys (5-1)

Previous ranking: 8

The Cowboys squeaked out a 35-29 overtime victory over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Dak Prescott threw for 445 yards, the most ever against a Bill Belichick-coached Patriots team.

5. Green Bay Packers (5-1)

Previous ranking: 6

Remember when the Packers were written off after that awful Week 1 loss to the Saints? So much for that. They remain atop the NFC North standings with their fifth straight win Sunday vs. the Bears.

4. Baltimore Ravens (5-1)

Previous ranking: 5

Lamar Jackson didn't duplicate his monster Week 5 performance, but he didn't have to. The Ravens dominated the Chargers from start to finish on Sunday with a 34-6 statement victory.

3. Arizona Cardinals (6-0)

Previous ranking: 4

Arizona's undefeated campaign continued with a 37-14 victory over the Browns on Sunday. It was another spectacular showing from QB Kyler Murray, who tossed four touchdown passes. Two of them went to his favorite wideout, DeAndre Hopkins. They'll look to stay unbeaten next week when they host the Texans.

2. Los Angeles Rams (5-1)

Previous ranking: 2

The Rams rolled over the Giants at MetLife Stadium, 38-11. Cooper Kupp's monster season continued with nine catches for 130 yards and two TDs.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1)

Previous ranking: 1

Tom Brady and the Bucs held off the Eagles on Thursday night to hold on to the top spot in our weekly power rankings. We really wouldn't rule out this guy playing until he's 55 years old.