City Sports Report

NFL Week 6 Rankings by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

1.Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 4-1 after welcoming back two-time Super Bowl winning starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after a four-game suspension. Troy Polamalu leads a defense that is among the best in the league, one that will keep the Steelers in any game they play this season. The Steelers will be tested this week with a matchup against a talented Miami Dolphin team.

2.New York Jets. The Jets once again have a dominant defense, but it is the leadership of second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez, who threw his first two interceptions of the season against Denver last week, who is really making waves. Though it wasn’t an impressive victory over Denver Broncos, the Jets earned the victory and are the only five-win team in the league. The bye week will help Darrelle Revis, Santonio Holmes and other Jets improve throughout the season.

3.Baltimore Ravens. Losing in overtime to a well-coached and talented New England Patriot team is no embarrassment, though a win would have kept the Ravens with the best record in football. Quality victories against the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as a solid defense and offense that will continue to improve with the acquisition of Anquan Boldin, place this Joe Flacco-led team as one of the most dangerous and a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

4. New Orleans Saints. The defending Super Bowl champions got their offense back on track in a 31-6 dismantling of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Though they are still missing the game-changing talents of Reggie Bush, the Saints have the talent to make a run at another Super Bowl.

5.Tennessee Titans. With Chris Johnson and Vince Young in the backfield, a potent running attack leads the Titan offense, while a solid defense is among the best in the league. The Titans embarrassed Jacksonville on Monday Night Football to show that they are for real this season.

6.Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts have been a staple at the top of anyone’s top 10 rankings in the Peyton Manning Era and continue to be so. A hard-earned victory against the talented Redskins 27-24 on Sunday Night Football shows that the Colts are still capable of pulling out the close ones.

7.The New York Giants. When playing their best on defense, the Giants are a tough team to beat, as they have shown the Bears and Texans earlier this season. We didn’t see the best of the Giants Sunday, but they were able to defeat the Detroit Lions. The Giants continue to be a talented mystery.

8.New England Patriots. Hard to say a team has improved with the loss of Randy Moss, but the reacquisition of Deion Branch may make New England forget about the troublesome Moss. A quality win over a tough Baltimore Raven team Sunday may lead to a streak by the Patriots.

9.Philadelphia Eagles. With two capable quarterbacks on the sidelines, including one of the most exciting, explosive, and controversial players in the league with Michael Vick, a talented offense and strong defense will cause teams problems in an NFC with lots of parity. Quarterback Kevin Kolb had a good game in the absence of Vick in a quality victory against the Falcons.

10.Houston Texans. The Texans are 2-0 on the road, but only 2-2 at home, but are 3-0 in the conference. This may be the year that the Texans finally make the playoffs, as they may possess tie-breakers over other teams fight for a berth.

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