Falcons to No. 1, Raiders on rise in PFF’s NFL Power Rankings for Week 6

See how every NFL team stacks up in the Week 6 edition of PFF's Power Rankings.

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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.

You can check out the complete Power Rankings here.

NFL Power Rankings

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.

  • hotbari

    Falcons lose at home to Tampa Bay and are the top rated team? Terrible. You can’t just forget that game happened.

    • Ahmed Mohamed

      that’s the first game of the season not week 5.

      • hotbari

        These are season rankings.. NOT week 5. PFF has the Falcons as the 24th ranked defense.

        • Peter Diaz

          If you watched that first game, you probably saw that it wasn’t really a loss statistically speaking. These rankings are not based on win-loss and I think they also figure in strength of opponents. Falcons arguably have the hardest schedule i the league especially after next week.

        • Christopher

          Haters gon hate. Excuses are left after the 00:00 hits. #riseup

          • hotbari

            Falcons started 6-0 last year. It’s just as likely they don’t win another game this year.

    • Fanalytics

      I don’t know if you realize this, but since then 4 weeks have passed by and they won in Oakland, handled New Orleans and Carolina, and had a 23-6 lead before garbage time on the defending super bowl champs in Denver.

      • Rick James

        Its called a rivalry game. First game of the season and a game we were dominating if not for costly penalties.

        Remember, this ranking is based off individual player performances all added together to give the rank.

        So, even in a loss, your players can play at a high level.

        This is not a ranking based off of wins/losses.

        • James Rogers

          Well, if the individual players are doing so good, that should be reflected in the w/l record. Atlanta is nowhere near the best team in the lg.

      • hotbari

        I hope you realize Denver was without their Starting QB and Carolina has only 1 win this year.

      • James Rogers

        Don’t know if you realize this, but there’s now way in hell that the Falcons are the best team in the lg.

  • MJustified

    Vikings deserve to be in the top 3. This list is a complete JOKE

    • Salwc2k

      Why should the Vikes be in the Top3 with the 18th ranked Offense? You’re not understanding how this list is compiled. It’s not what team is the best in the league, it’s a power ranking based on the compiling of each individuals performance (rank) on the team and in the league according to PFFs player rankings.

    • NAJ

      The list doesn’t take into account coaching/scheme/doing the basics right. PFF doesn’t reward individuals with doing basics well and not making mistakes. Individually, we may not be going above and beyond to thrill these guys but we are complete as a team, working in harmony. Grading will be let down by our O-Line and guys with very low individual grades (Barr, Robison, Greenway)

  • ArmchairMike

    As a lifetime Falcons fan I have to say this just freaking stupid, top ten but no way number one. Minnesota has earned that spot and they already have what we are working towards, an elite defense.

    • az459

      What’s really stupid is calling yourself a “falcons fan” and not truly considering all of the stats that got them to be voted “number 1″. You disgrace all Falcons fans because if you truly were you would be praising that they beat the two super bowl teams from last season back to back and beat them convincingly. Their offense is top notch and considered the NFL’s best right now. If you compare their schedule atm against the vikings there’s no debate who has had the tougher opponents thus far. This is why I as a Falcons fan consider them as number 1 atm.

      • ArmchairMike

        Freaking crybaby,

        • az459

          Nice freaking comeback. Is “freaking” your favorite word? Lmao fucking douche.

          • ArmchairMike

            OK, Fucking crybaby/

          • Adam

            Falcons do not have a more difficult schedule. I give them credit with beating the Broncos, but they also faced their backup QB. They beat the Panthers, but everyone is beating the Panthers. You beat the Saints who have the worst defense in the league, you beat the Raiders who the Vikings beat last year.

            The Falcons are good, but to say they are better than the Vikings is absurd. The Vikings are dominating even with soo many injuries. I’d like to see if the Falcons can keep this up after the injury bug hits them. Also the Falcons play in the worst division in football. The whole division is 1-3 except them. Pump the breaks and lets see you beat the Sea hawks and some more good defenses. The Falcons will have to score a lot to win as their defense is terrible. Also the Falcons historically always start out hot, and than come to earth. Last year they went 6-1 before going on a losing streak.

      • Brunori08

        Ok so how exactly has Atlanta had the tougher schedule? They lost to Tampa Bay at home and are giving up 30 points a game .. you’re argument is invalid bub

        • Brunori08

          Your*

        • az459

          So just because they lost to Tampa on week 1 automatically excludes them from any top ten consideration including the coveted number 1 spot?? And just because they “gave up” over 30 points defensively doesn’t mean shit for your argument and all of the haters out there because the super bowl champs Broncos were held to just 18 points. And yes regardless if they had a rookie qb which I’m certain you would have come back with because their defense should have scored a defensive td or two cosidering them to be the top defense in the league. Like I said before the Falcons beat the two super bowl teams from last season and the champs on the road so for you to downplay that achievement makes your argument invalid.

          • Brunori08

            Did I downplay their victories? No.. I asked how you think there is “no debate” that the falcons had the tougher schedule than the Vikings bc they didn’t .. you’re just a homer and your bias is absurd

          • az459

            After reading your original post you definitely imply that you downplay their victories. You only use two cheap points to prove your argument (their only loss to and points against). Deny all you want and call me a homer which I expect to be called that coming from a hater like you but I never said there was no debate, you said that. I think the “correct” word should be “arguably” since this is exactly what we’re doing when it comes to choosing who’s #1 this week. I’m just stating the falcons case because it’s not everyday they are considered to be a top team and there are so many haters that come out of the woodwork to talk shit about the birds and show no respect. But just look at the teams the vikings won against versus the falcons and sorry bud as you said but that’s where your argument falls apart.

      • Pat Infante

        The Vikings will knock the snot out of the Falcons just like last year. Are you really going to bash our schedule? Sure we didnt get to beat Paxton Lynch and all but we already beat 3 super bowl QB’s and Xavier Rhodes shuts down #1 WRs . Like when he shut down OBJ, Jordy, Benjamin, Hopkins… oh and Julio last year. julio is a great player, i know but he will get shut down by Xavier Rhodes cause thats what he does week in week out…

  • Always Right

    so the chargers are number 2 in the NFL with 30 points a game, having a larger gap from number 2 to number 3 than there is from number 3 to number 7 in that category so a pretty substantial margin. That somehow gets them ranked as the 20th best offense?

    • MarcM

      Yeah its called turnovers

      • Always Right

        yeah and they would have like 35 a game without them so what is your point?

        • MarcM

          My point is that there ranking isn’t only about what they do good but about what they do bad…doesn’t matter if you throw 4 TDs if you also give the ball away 4 times. That’s like investing $400 and getting $400 back.

          • Always Right

            no it isn’t. Unless you have discovered that every single turnover led to a touchdown for the other team then the analogy doesn’t hold. and are you claiming you would rather have a team that scores 17 a game with fewer turnovers?

          • MarcM

            Seeing as how there are teams who score less than 30pts a game and have better then a 1-4 record yes I would.

          • Always Right

            well there is this crazy thing called defense which is responsible for limiting the other teams points, so it would be strange to blame the 1-4 record on the 2nd highest scoring offense in the league. Also, if their isn’t a much heavier weight assigned to points as opposed to TOP or yards, than the metrics are flawed fundamentally. I can’t see an intelligent case to be made that a low scoring offense is better than a high scoring one

          • MarcM

            How about the fact that there are offenses that score nearly the same #of points without turnovers? I can’t see a single intelligible argument to be made that says those offenses aren’t better than the chargers hence their ranking

          • Always Right

            ok heres a litmus test. do you truly believe that the chicago bears who are ranked 30th in scoring, only .6 points a game out of dead last, is worthy of being ranked TWELVE. will you say with a straight face that they have been justifiably bounced up almost 20 spots because of turnovers? they have 7 giveaways which is only 4 less than the chargers, yet score about 2 TDs less a game. That 4 turnover difference in 5 games is enough to overcome the point differential and be 8 spots better? Is that intelligible enough for you? and while your at it go ahead and explain cinci’s number 8 offensive ranking while having the 7th worst scoring offense and giving the ball away 5 times

          • MarcM

            Give it up, bad teams turn the ball over, their ranking reflects that. Period.

          • MarcM

            And no not correct, even if the other team doesn’t score off the many turnovers Rivers and Gordon give up, the Chargers still lose other things like feild position and time on the clock. There’s a reason turnover margin is a pretty accurate predictor of W/L

          • MarcM

            When you get a chance Mr. Always Wrong, take a look at the metrics PFF uses to rank offensive production. Its not just a matter of how much but WHEN and at WHAT COST (I.e. efficiency, turnovers) that offense needed to produce the numbers they did. Seeing as how the chargers have sucked in both of those categories are you really surprised?

  • crosseyedlemon

    Appreciate the power rankings but would like to see additional columns indicating how much the team has trended upward or downward from the previous week.

  • avsblow

    Never reading another PFF article again. You seriously cannot have the Vikings not at number 1 if they are the only undefeated team in the league. And to have them at number 8 is just insulting. Lol can’t wait to hear the raging from these PFF bitch boys who cry cuz their team is garbage and preach like PFF is the damn bible. Doesn’t matter don’t care what you say vikings are undefeated and nobody else is….end of story.

    • Peter Diaz

      This isn’t a subjective power ranking bro…go over to SB nation or bleacher report if you want to see your vikings at the top. This is based on numbers, it’s not claiming to be subjectively accurate.

      • avsblow

        Don’t care and it’s not subjective they are for a fact the best team in the league rn and it shouldn’t be called power rankings then it should be called pff statistical rankings or some other stupid shit.

        • Peter Diaz

          I agree it shouldn’t be called a “power ranking” but its not a fact that the Vikings are the best. Falcons offense would give their D a run for their money

          • avsblow

            Well at least you agree with that. But idk it’d be the matchup of the year for both clubs probably and I’m sure they’d put up most points and yds vs vikings but don’t see them beating the vikes. Vikes d is much better than atl d who’s given up a TON of points every game. Sure the offense is better probably but don’t think the atl defense can win it for them which is what it’ll come down to

          • Bob

            Haha lol surrrrre they would, they thought Rodgers, Cam, and OBJ would do damage too

  • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

    this is my favorite comment section to start smashing that block button weekly

    • crosseyedlemon

      If your stating that this feature is an excellent filter for determining those who actually engage their gray matter before posting and those who simply whine because they can….I agree.

  • Ranger1873

    Viking fan here. This #8 stuff feeds right into Zimmer’s bunker mentality. Keep it coming.

  • Pat Infante

    PFF has a flawed system because they can not calculate team chemistry which is why the Vikings really are #1…

    • crosseyedlemon

      OK, I’ve read some rather silly criticism of PFF in the past but this is the first time I recall them being accused on failing to account for team chemistry. If you are in your basement with a lab set and periodic table, we would all appreciate you enlightening us as to the correct formula that should be applied.

      • Pat Infante

        Im just saying the PFF system is flawed. The Vikings are a very good ‘team’ they have the right pieces in the right places that compliment each other very well. PFF has no way of accounting for it. When you rank the best team in football or at least the lone undefeated team in football at 8 then maybe its time to reevaluate whether you system is flawed or not. None the less they shut down 3 super bowl QB’s in their 5 wins…. But thats OK… We’lll see how the rest of the season goes. #FlawedSystem ——– on a side note Trump 2016 #MakeAmericaGreatAgain

        • crosseyedlemon

          As you mentioned, teams are usually successful when they have the right pieces in place but that is generally accepted as being the responsibility of the people in the front office. PFF does not grade those people (although it might be fun if they did).

  • Pat Infante

    or coaching

  • Pat Infante

    Zimmer hates PFF tho so they prob salty about that.

  • Adam

    At least the got one part right! They have the Packers below the Vikings.

  • Josh Pate

    Every week the PFF metrics reveal themselves to be more and more flawed.

    The Vikes D leads the league in turnovers, scoring, and yards per play. But they are #4.

    Seriously, people that pay for the full monty are idiots.

    Shit formula in, shit formula out.

    Can we grade PFF’s credibility? Lowest in the league, and sinking fast.