We are through six weeks in the 2014 NFL Season and boy has it been exciting. There have been some good teams that haven’t been just that, along with some teams that have taken the league by storm. That’s foreshadowing for our number one ranked team.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1)
The five win Eagles have been winning in a lot of different ways. They started this season fourteen points down to the winless Jaguars, beat a good Colts team IN Indy, almost blew a huge lead at home vs. St. Louis, and shut-out the Giants 27-0. Their only blemish on there resume is a road loss to the 49ers. Philly has had contributions from every part of there team; offense, defense and special teams. They score the second most points in the league with 30.5, 7th in total yards, 2nd in total sacks, 1st in forced fumbles with 2 defensive touchdowns, AND to top it off 2 special teams touchdowns. The Eagles remaining schedule is really, really difficult so we will see how they navigate through, but for now, they are a contender to win the NFC.
4. Arizona Cardinals (4-1)
The leaders of the NFC West after 6 weeks reside in Arizona. The Cardinals have suffered SO many injuries, mostly on defense, and yet here we are with the Cardinals ahead of everyone. Carson Palmer finally returned this week and Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd both had there first scores. Andre Ellington has been the every down back the organization hasn’t had since Beanie Wells, which was quite a few years back. Arizona’s defense has forced 11 turnovers, which is 8th in all of football. Not only have they been a turnover machine, they have only given the ball away 3 times for a turnover differential of +8, which is good for third in the league. The Cards have three quality wins against San Diego, New York, and San Francisco, one lone loss to Denver.
3. Denver Broncos (4-1)
What do ya know, the Broncos crack a top 5 power ranking. With three quality wins versus Indy, Kansas City, and Arizona, Denver hasn’t slowed down a step from last season. Thomas squared have taken over the first 6 weeks with 13 touchdowns, 9 for Julius and 4 for Demaryius. There offense is elite and the defense is the fourth best team against the run. Peyton Manning is 2 TD’s away from the all-time record so it will only be a matter of time, aka the next game, before he is the all-time record holder. A big-time matchup on primetime television next week against the 49ers on Sunday night football will be a big test for Denver.
2. San Diego Chargers (5-1)
News flash: The Chargers are really, really good. Philip Rivers has been flat out awesome and has been a top 5 MVP candidate. He leads the league in completion percentage, 2nd in passing touchdowns, 3rd in yards, and has the highest QB rating in football. Losing Ryan Mathews was seemingly going to hurt, until they may have found a diamond in the rough with Brandon Oliver who has over 300 total yards in the past 2 weeks. I could rant and rave about how good there offense has been, but don’t think that’s the only reason they sit atop the AFC West. Their defense ranks 5th against the pass and 9th against the run. They’ve taken the ball away 9 times and have only given it away twice for a +7 turnover differential. They don’t have the most difficult schedule remaining, this could be San Diego’s season.
1. Dallas Cowboys (5-1)
Here we are, headed to Week 7, and the Dallas Cowboys are the number one ranked team in the National Football League. After a HUGE win IN Seattle, Dallas has the confidence, which is warranted, that they can beat anybody in the league. They have the best rushing attack in football as DeMarco Murray is on a record setting pace in almost every running category imaginable. Tied for first in what is turning out to be one of the better divisions in football, once again, Dallas doesn’t have that hard of an upcoming schedule and could be looking at a 9-1, 8-2 record headed into there Week 11 bye week. Tony Romo has been really smart with the ball and is completing passes at an elite level. My concern isn’t the Dallas offense, but the defense without a doubt has a lot of question marks. Rolando McClain has been GREAT in the middle of the defense, but secondary concerns always seem like a problem for Dallas, even though they have made plays whenever they’ve needed to.