Falcons to No. 1, Raiders on rise in PFF's NFL Power Rankings for Week 6
Week 5 of the NFL season is now behind us, with only one team still laying claim to the title of “undefeated.” Debuting last week, the Pro Football Focus Power Rankings are back, with some noteworthy shifts among the top teams.
Each team’s overall grade is a cumulative metric that takes into account the grade of every individual player on the team’s roster— which can be even further broken down to a snap-by-snap level. Our analysis team then factors in some big-picture numbers to account for external factors we aren’t grading.
We’ll be updating our NFL Power Rankings each week through the remainder of the 2016 season.
Entering Week 6, the Atlanta Falcons now own the top spot on the list, dethroning the Broncos (who actually slid to fifth after a lopsided loss to the Falcons). Largely elevating Atlanta’s grade has been the impressive play of its receiving corps, which owns a league-high cumulative grade in that facet of play through five weeks.
The Oakland Raiders are another team moving in a positive direction, going from No. 8 overall entering Week 5 to No. 7 heading into Week 6. The Raiders own the second-highest offensive grade through five weeks of play (Falcons edging them out for the No. spot), led by the 88.2 passing grade of quarterback Derek Carr (second only to Carson Wentz this season). The Oakland defense, however, has remained relatively stationary, moving to No. 25; if the Raiders can improve on that side of the ball, expect them to climb even closer to the top overall spot.