(RADIO.COM Sports) Of the teams that were in the top 10 of our RADIO.COM Sports NFL power rankings last week, just five of them won in Week 6.
As much as the Seahawks need to figure out defensive solutions to remain among the sport's elite, they were on their bye in Week 6 and remain undefeated. With that, they hold serve with their positioning in the countdown from a week ago.
That said, four other teams in the top 10 lost -- and many in relatively ugly fashion. Without further ado, here are this week's RADIO.COM Sports NFL power rankings.
Behind dominant defense, Steelers leapfrog Ravens
1. Seattle Seahawks (Last week: No. 1)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (Last week: No. 2)
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last week: No. 4)
4. Baltimore Ravens (Last week: No. 3)
5. Tennessee Titans (Last week: No. 6)
The Browns had averaged 37.5 points per game in their previous four contests. Cleveland then arrived in Pittsburgh for a key AFC North battle, and arguably the best defense in the NFL limited the Browns to just seven total points. We focused quite a bit last week on the emergence of Steelers receiver Chase Claypool, who looks like a legitimate star, but make no mistake, this is a team built around its defense. Losing Devin Bush to a season-ending ACL tear is unfortunate, but the Steelers are holding opponents to less than 19 points per game. Bud Dupree, T.J. Watt, Stephon Tuitt, Cam Heyward and Minkah Fitzpatrick are part of a defensive unit that makes you believe that the Steelers have a chance to make a deep playoff run.
How will Browns respond after difficult loss?
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last week: No. 10)
7. Green Bay Packers (Last week: No. 4)
8. New Orleans Saints (Last week: No. 12)
9. Cleveland Browns (Last week: No. 7)
10. Buffalo Bills (Last week: No. 9)
In their four wins, the Browns have outscored opponents 150-111. In their two losses, the Browns have been outscored by an embarrassing total of 76-13. To make matters worse, the team's two losses came at the hands of division rivals in the Ravens and Steelers. As the Browns wait for Nick Chubb to return, it will be interesting to see how Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry and Kareem Hunt respond against the Bengals this week. Can they rebound from a second difficult divisional loss and regain that swagger?
Just how good are the Bears?
11. Indianapolis Colts (Last week: No. 13)
12. Arizona Cardinals (Last week: No. 15)
13. Chicago Bears (Last week: No. 16)
14. Las Vegas Raiders (Last week: No. 14)
15. Los Angeles Rams (Last week: No. 11)
Perhaps it's unfair to have a team that's 5-1 outside the top 10, but we're continuing to keep the Bears at bay at this point. The Bears have a plus-12 point differential after six weeks. By comparison, the Kansas City Chiefs, the sport's other 5-1 team, have a plus-48 point differential. The debate here isn't whether the Bears will contend for a playoff spot. It's whether they will continue to be in the mix for the top seed in the NFC. That seems unlikely, given the offense's limitations. Nick Foles and company are about to hit a difficult stretch in their schedule, as four of their next five opponents -- the Rams, Saints, Titans and Packers -- have winning records. If the Bears make it through that stretch at the top of the NFC North, they'll certainly jump into the top 10 and probably higher.
Patriots fall under .500 after shocking loss
16. New England Patriots (Last week: No. 8)
17. San Francisco 49ers (Last week: No. 18)
18. Miami Dolphins (Last week: No. 23)
19. Carolina Panthers (Last week: No. 17)
20. Los Angeles Chargers (Last week: No. 20)
Sunday brought a disastrous effort by the Patriots, who now find themselves in the unfamiliar spot of being 2-3 and under .500 in late October. It won't get easier for the Patriots either. They'll see old friend Jimmy Garoppolo and a resurgent 49ers team this week and have matchups against Bills and Ravens on tap in two of their next three games after that. In an AFC East in which no one is running away, it'll be interesting to see if Cam Newton can help to rally a team that has a negative point differential through its first five games.
Cowboys appear on verge of collapse
21. Detroit Lions (Last week: No. 26)
22. Minnesota Vikings (Last week: No. 19)
23. Philadelphia Eagles (Last week: No. 22)
24. Houston Texans (Last week: No. 24)
25. Dallas Cowboys (Last week: No. 21)
Never mind the NFC East, the Cowboys didn't look like a team that will win another game this season in their first game without Dak Prescott, getting shellacked by the Cardinals on Monday night. Andy Dalton really struggled in his first start, throwing two interceptions and looking rusty. The bigger concern might be that Ezekiel Elliott fumbled twice, upping his total on the season to five. What's more, the former All-Pro doesn't seem to run with the same explosion that he once did, a concerning sign for the Cowboys, who can't get out of his deal until after the 2022 season. It feels like a matter of when defensive coordinator Mike Nolan will be fired, not if. After an underwhelming finish in to his tenure in Green Bay, Mike McCarthy needs a much better showing the rest of the way out himself.
Giants get first win, but at what cost?
26. Cincinnati Bengals (Last week: No. 25)
27. Denver Broncos (Last week: No. 28)
28. Atlanta Falcons (Last week: No. 29)
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last week: No. 27)
30. New York Giants (Last week: No. 31)
31. Washington Football Team (Last week: No. 30)
32. New York Jets (Last week: No. 32)
The Giants defeated the Washington Football Team on Sunday, thanks in large part to Kyle Allen's indecisiveness on a go-ahead two-point conversion attempt. So the Giants have their first victory of the Joe Judge era, but what are the ramifications of that win? The Giants now could lose the tiebreaker to the division rival Washington Football Team, meaning the Giants are less likely to land Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence or Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields in the NFL Draft, whichever one doesn't end up on the in-stadium rival Jets. The one win probably went a long way in helping Judge to get on his feet and potentially avoid being a one-and-done. Beyond that, it's hard to find too many positives.