Nfl Week 6

October 13, 2002|By Ken Murray

POWER RANKINGS

Team Ken Murray's comment

1. Oakland (1) Won 11 of past 12 vs. NFC teams.

2. Miami (4) 4-0 vs. Mike Shanahan in regular season.

3. Denver (6) Clinton Portis lasted until the second round.

4. San Francisco (7) 49ers exorcised ghost of their Rams' past.

5. New England (3) Tom Brady vs. Brett Favre.

6. Philadelphia (2) Donovan McNabb needs the bye the most.

7. Green Bay (13) Terry Glenn goes back to Foxboro.

8. New Orleans (11) All four wins against 2001 playoff teams.

9. Tampa Bay (12) Mike Alstott is an afterthought now.

10. San Diego (5) Cover-two defense couldn't stop Broncos.

11. Indianapolis (10) Russ Purnell's coverage teams are No. 1.

12. Jacksonville (15) Has NFL's best road record since 1996.

13. Chicago (9) Lost at least one starter in each game.

14. Buffalo (8) What defense?

15. N.Y. Giants (19) At least they won't have to chase Michael Vick.

16. Ravens (23) Nobody's laughing now.

17. Washington (22) Weeding out the Florida quarterbacks.

18. Arizona (24) Best start since 1991.

19. Carolina (17) Hasn't allowed 100-yard rusher in six games.

20. Cleveland (14) Tim Couch let home crowd get to him.

21. Kansas City (21) Has scored 85 of 171 points in fourth quarter.

22. Pittsburgh (16) Jerome Bettis has nine 100-yard games vs. Bengals.

23. Dallas (20) Dave Campo's decision-making under fire now.

24. Atlanta (18) Falcons not taking many shots downfield.

25. Seattle (27) Trent Dilfer has two TDs in 100 attempts.

26. Tennessee (25) Bud Adams says Titans being out-coached.

27. Detroit (28) Injuries decimate receiving corps.

28. St. Louis (26) Back to obscurity?

29. N.Y. Jets (30) Allowed 200-plus rush yards in three straight games.

30. Houston (29) Jermaine Lewis averaging 10.4 yards per punt return.

31. Minnesota (31) Local sale would save Vikings for Minneapolis.

32. Cincinnati (32) Exposed Steelers' defense last year.

(Last week's ranking in parentheses)

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

Packers WR Terry Glenn: The former No. 1 Patriots draft pick faces his old teammates. He should not expect a welcome committee.

Broncos WR Rod Smith: QB Brian Griese's favorite target has a slightly separated left shoulder, but will play against the Dolphins.

Buccaneers LB Derrick Brooks: The five-time Pro Bowl pick (above) already has four interceptions and three touchdowns to lead the team in both categories. He'll eye Cleveland's Tim Couch today.

THE HONORS

Game of the week: Dolphins at Broncos. Ricky Williams, averaging 113 rushing yards per game, faces the Broncos' No. 2 rush defense. Rookie Clinton Portis goes against Miami's No. 4 rush defense.

Dog of the week: Raiders at Rams. Oakland injuries and St. Louis pride could keep the score down, but the Rams already may have bailed out on this season.

Upset of the week: Chiefs over Chargers. Chiefs RB Priest Holmes had a 181-yard rushing game against the Chargers last year. QB Trent Green, 3-0 against San Diego, has finally elevated his game.

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