Exxedera’s NFL Power Rankings – Week 6

Week six of the NFL is set to kick off Thursday night as the undefeated New England Patriots face off against rookie Daniel Jones and the New York Giants. We’ve already seen some upsets happen this season so an upending of the Patriots wouldn’t be too surprising especially to the Giants.

Let’s take a look at how the entire league stacks up ahead of week six.

Power Rankings:

1. New England Patriots (5-0)

2. New Orleans Saints (4-1)

3. San Francisco 49ers (4-0)

4. Seattle Seahawks (4-1)

5. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)

6. Green Bay Packers (4-1)

7. Los Angeles Rams (3-2)

8. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)

9. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

10. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)

11. Detroit Lions (2-1-1)

12. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)

13. Houston Texans (3-2)

14. Dallas Cowboys (3-2)

15. Oakland Raiders (3-2)

16. Minnesota Vikings (3-2)

17,Carolina Panthers (3-2)

18. Chicago Bears (3-2)

19. Tennessee Titans (2-3)

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)

21. Los Angeles Chargers (2-3)

22. New York Giants (2-3)

23. Cleveland Browns (2-3)

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)

25. Atlanta Falcons (1-4)

26. Arizona Cardinals (1-3-1)

27. Denver Broncos (1-4)

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)

29. Cincinnati Bengals (0-5)

30. Miami Dolphins (0-4)

31. New York Jets (0-4)

32. Washington Redskins (0-5)

How Long Can Tom Brady Play At A High Level?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has cemented his status in the National Football League (NFL) as arguably the greatest player to ever play the game.

He won his first Super Bowl when I was just five years old and I’ve watched him continue to dominate the league over the years. He won his latest Super Bowl this year when I was 22 years old. It’s been wild to watch him grow before my eyes, literally from Kindergarten through college, and what’s even wilder is the fact that he’s won six Super Bowls in that span.

He and head coach Bill Belichick have combined for over 200 wins together as a pair together, leading the next HC-QB combo by almost 100 wins which means another combo (Brees-Payton or Roethlisberger-Tomlin) would need six perfect regular seasons to accomplish this and neither quarterback is going to even play another six seasons. Oh yea and Brady accomplished the perfect regular season in 2007, guiding the Pats to a 16-0 regular season while winning the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. He lost that year’s Super Bowl along with another one in 2012, however his dominance when it matters compares to the GOAT’s in other sports as well.

Brady’s Super Bowl record can be compared to Kobe Bryant’s NBA Championship record (6-2 for Brady, 5-2 for Bryant) and his chances to win it all can be compared to LeBron James (Brady has gotten the Pats to eight straight AFC Championship games, while LeBron had eight straight NBA Finals appearances which different teams. He won his latest Super Bowl at age 41, which leads many to believe a decline must be in order. But many also believed that for the past 3-4 seasons yet he’s won 3 of the last five Super Bowl’s. At age 40 he led the league in passing yards and attempted while winning his third NFL MVP award (2007, 2010).

If Tom Brady can continue his high play with how young of a roster they’ve built, Brady may very well play at a high level well into age 45 honestly. That’s crazy to even think about but he hasn’t slowed down yet and he’s also blessed to play in one of the weakest divisions in football. He has won his division 16 of the last 19 season and every other quarterback in the division is playing in their second NFL season. That’s alot of youth for teams expected to compete against a team that has been built to consistently beat them year in and year out.

Who Is The Second Best Team In The AFC East?

The AFC East has been ran by the New England Patriots for nearly two decades now. Their dominance has culminated in six super bowl championships, nine conference championships and 16 AFC East titles in the past 19 season including every season since 2009. That’s an amazing streak for a team that has arguably the best football player of all-time in Tom Brady but has gone through plenty of skill players on both sides of the football to surround Brady with.

So what’s up with the rest of the division? Well the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets have all been lacking the two most important things that the Patriots have: Great coaching and consistent quarterback play. The New York Jets even made one the most boneheaded decisions this past offseason in signing Adam Gase as their head coach. It was a retractive move due to the fact that he failed as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, so the Jets know a thing or two about his futility as a coach. The Bills made the playoffs in 2017 after not making the playoffs for 18 full seasons prior to that and what do they do after? Cut starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor who endured a couple of seasons of being on the playoff cusp before pushing them over the edge. We haven’t even discussed the Dolphins big boneheaded move: Trading for QB Josh Rosen. Would I trade draft picks for a former first round quarterback who threw more interceptions than touchdowns and led the worst offense in the league last season? Absolutely not, but I’m not an NFL GM for a reason.

So who is the second best team in the AFC East? We’ll rank the teams from second to worst below.

Buffalo Bills

Make no mistake about the Bills they are a talented team and annually have a top 15 defense. Last year’s number six ranked defense loses longtime defensive tackle Kyle Williams to retirement however they still have enough pieces there to be a top defense especially with the addition of former Houston DT Ed Oliver in the draft. 2018 first round pick Tre White had a great season while being inserted in as the number one cornerback on a team that had a hole to fill after trading Stephon Gilmore to the Patriots (Go figure)

On the offensive side of the ball, second-year pro quarterback Josh Allen is expected to take more command of the offense and be more of an impact player from here on out. LeSean McCoy’s days in the backfield may be numbered as they brought in Frank Gore and drafted David Singletary out of FAU in the draft, so don’t expect a loss of McCoy to slow down what is a top 5 rushing attack in the league.

New York Jets

The Jets have had the best offseason of any team in the AFC East so far with the acquisitions of RB LeVeon Bell, LB C.J. Moseley & DT Quinnen Williams.

Legendary Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski Retires From The NFL

Longtime New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has officially retired from the NFL via an instagram post.

The Patriots great ended his career with five super bowl appearances including three SB wins in only nine seasons. Gronkowski’s 79 career TD’s rank 28th all-time in league history and it’s third all-time among tight ends. Since he entered the league in 2010 nobody had more receiving TD’s than the big bodied tight end who managed this feat while only playing in 16 games twice in his career.

The football world is going to miss Gronk. Not only for his formidable play on the football field but also for his fiery personality off of it.