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2008 Power Rankings: Week 6
RK (LW) TEAM REC COMMENT
1 (1) Giants 4-0-0 Hanging 44 on the Seahawks without Plaxico Burress was a strong statement. It will take more than the Browns to knock this team off course. (MM)
2 (2) Titans 5-0-0 They benefited from an iffy call in Baltimore but more than matched up physically. Class of the AFC is off, then at KC before a home Monday nighter vs. Colts. (PK)
3 (6) Redskins 4-1-0 This team should be 7-1 at the midway point. Jim Zorn has made all the right moves over the past month. (MM)
4 (3) Cowboys 4-1-0 Wade Phillips says not to worry about the ugly win over the Bengals. But it’s definitely cause for concern. (MM)
5 (5) Steelers 4-1-0 After the victory at Jacksonville, it’s time to consider Pittsburgh as one of the elite. (JW)
6 (7) Panthers 4-1-0 The Panthers are solid all the way around and getting better. (PY)
7 (11) Broncos 4-1-0 The Broncos showed they can win games on defense. If they show they can do it consistently, the Broncos will be in good shape all season long. (BW)
8 (4) Bills 4-1-0 The Bills hit a speed bump on their way to what could have been an undefeated record at their bye. Trent Edwards was knocked out of the game with a concussion and will need the extra time to regroup. All the Bills will. (TG)
9 (13) Patriots 3-1-0 The Patriots got just what they needed after their bye week. They bounced back from their crushing Week 3 loss to the Dolphins with a methodical victory over the 49ers. (TG)
10 (18) Bears 3-2-0 You can’t fight it right now: The Bears are the best team in the NFC North. Kyle Orton is no mere game manager, either. (KS)
11 (17) Colts 2-2-0 The miraculous win probably said more about the Texans than about the Colts, who remain disturbingly out of sync. Troubles will be hard to fix against Baltimore. (PK)
12 (9) Eagles 2-3-0 Remember when we thought this was a top-five team? Seems like such a long time ago now. (MM)
13 (10) Buccaneers 3-2-0 The Bucs need to find an offense as they head into division showdown with Carolina. (PY)
14 (20) Cardinals 3-2-0 Adrian Wilson’s return restores swagger to defense. Kurt Warner regains grip on offense. (MS)
15 (14) Ravens 2-2-0 The Ravens played well the past two weeks and have nothing to show for it. Can this team keep bouncing back from tough losses? (JW)
16 (8) Chargers 2-3-0 The Chargers are perplexing. They’ve lost three games by a total of 10 points, but the reality is San Diego is 2-3 and needs to get in gear soon. (BW)
17 (12) Jaguars 2-3-0 The defense hasn’t been what many expected, and the secondary needs to get well in time for trip to Denver. (PK)
18 (19) Jets 2-2-0 Brett Favre has an extra week of prep time to help the Jets maintain the momentum they gained heading into their bye week. (TG)
19 (21) Vikings 2-3-0 The Vikings saved their season Monday night — with a big assist from the Saints. (KS)
20 (24) Falcons 3-2-0 Matt Ryan won at Lambeau Field. That means he can win anywhere. (PY)
21 (15) Packers 2-3-0 Injuries, especially on defense, are catching up to the Packers. (KS)
22 (16) Saints 2-3-0 Saints have been handing away wins. (PY)
23 (26) Dolphins 2-2-0 A second straight win over a preseason AFC favorite has the Dolphins surging. They’re only 2-2, but hope is being restored. (TG)
24 (22) 49ers 2-3-0 Road from 2-3 to a likely 2-5 is a slippery one for Mike Nolan. (MS)
25 (25) Browns 1-3-0 After the bye, the Browns are finally healthy. Let’s see what they’re really made of when they play host to the Giants next game. (JW)
26 (23) Seahawks 1-3-0 The Seahawks’ run of four consecutive division titles might be coming to an end. Will Seattle put up a fight? (MS)
27 (28) Raiders 1-3-0 With the Lane Kiffin saga behind them, the Raiders need to enter the Tom Cable era playing with the same intensity they did in the final three weeks of the Kiffin era. (BW)
28 (27) Texans 0-4-0 Once, a game against Miami looked as if it would be relief from a tough starting stretch. Not anymore. (PK)
29 (29) Chiefs 1-4-0 The Chiefs stagger into their bye with a 1-4 record on the heels of a 34-0 loss at Carolina. The question is, will the Chiefs want to come back when their bye week is over? (BW)
30 (30) Bengals 0-5-0 Perhaps the Bengals should move to the NFC East. They seem to play their best games against elite competition. (JW)
31 (31) Lions 0-4-0 Sorry. This is one of the worst teams we’ve ever seen. (KS)
32 (32) Rams 0-4-0 Jim Haslett’s first game as Rams head coach takes him to Washington. Not a good place to start. (MS)

These latests rankings come as no surpise to any of here in Detroit, or anywhere else in the sports world for that matter. The only thing slightly suprising is that the Lions aren’t last. Don’t worry, it’ still early, and the Lions have little to no hope. After looking at the rest of the schedule it is quite possible that the Lions will be the Dolphins of ’08, chasing down the first winless season since 1976 when the Buccaneers finished 0-14 as a first year expansion team. Like many other Detroit fans, I would almost rather see us lose every game and secure the #1 overall pick, and at least be remembered in history considering we’re terrible regardless.

The remainder of their schedule looks like this:

6 Sun, Oct 12 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Metrodome
7 Sun, Oct 19 4:05 PM FOX Tickets Reliant Stadium
8 Sun, Oct 26 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Ford Field
9 Sun, Nov 2 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Soldier Field
10 Sun, Nov 9 1:00 PM CBS Tickets Ford Field
11 Sun, Nov 16 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Bank of America Stadium
12 Sun, Nov 23 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Ford Field
13 Thu, Nov 27 12:30 PM CBS Tickets Ford Field
14 Sun, Dec 7 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Ford Field
15 Sun, Dec 14 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Lucas Oil Stadium
16 Sun, Dec 21 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Ford Field
17 Sun, Dec 28 1:00 PM FOX Tickets Lambeau Field

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The only conceivable victory for the Lions will come at Houston, who is ranked 28th, but nearly knocked off the Colts in week 5, before the Colts put up 21 points in the final 4:04 to steal the game. Houstan is a decent team, outside of this freak meltdown they has displayed the ability to play some defense, not impressive d, but existent. The only chance the Lions have at Houston will be similar to previous games vs Green Bay and Atlanta, in a shootout.The remaining low ranked teams on the schedule include Green Bay and New Orleans, who are both good teams. Green Bay at Lambeau is a lock, I promise that will be the bet of the day when the time comes. New Orleans will have little reason to fear coming to Ford Field. They are traditionally slow starters, that get it going when it counts. They figure to be in the playoff mix come December, and will likely put up 40+ points in a routing of the then last ranked Lions.Embrace our team Detroit. At least some changes have been made. At least we got big #81. Lastly, at least we are not from Canada- and to quote a listener on 971 the Ticket, “at least we have a football team.” Sort of.

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