Saturday, October 17, 2020

Seattle Seahawks Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Seattle Seahawks rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 3.2 (2nd)
  • Best ranking: 1st (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 6th (NFL.com)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Seahawks in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

EPR has the Packers with a relatively significant edge over the Seahawks. There were times Sunday night where it felt like Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer were trolling Seahawks Twitter. After riding an aggressive, pass-heavy approach to a 4-0 record, Seattle faced a third-and-22 from the Minnesota 42 on its first drive. They took the ball out of Russell Wilson's hands and handed it to Travis Homer for a 5-yard gain before punting. The Seahawks began the third quarter with three straight runs before punting on fourth-and-1. But with 1:57 left, Wilson and DK Metcalf took over, going 94 yards and converting a pair of fourth downs, including the game-winning 6-yard touchdown. Metcalf is third in the NFL with 496 yards. He's averaging a league-best 22.5 yards per reception and is 10th in yards per route run (2.79). It wasn't always pretty. The Seahawks' defense gave up 449 yards and 31 first downs. But they improved to 5-0.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

With the game on the line, Russell Wilson is magic in the fourth quarter. His drive to beat the Vikings was classic. But the defense has major issues.

USA Today -- Rank: 2

NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" crew gave me this earworm, but I can't unhear it -- is DK Metcalf currently the league's best receiver? At 22.5 yards per catch (best in the NFL) along with 496 yards, five TDs and a huge clutch factor? Gotta say, pretty compelling case.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

Biggest weakness: The defense

The Seahawks are 5-0 despite a historically leaky defense. They allowed a combined 1,292 passing yards over their first three games, easily the most to begin a season in NFL history. They had been fine against the run until Sunday night versus Minnesota when they were gashed for 201 yards on the ground. The 2,356 yards Seattle has given up are the most by any team through five games since the 1950 Colts, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The Seahawks' saving grace has been forcing turnovers -- they're tied for second in the NFL with 10 -- and getting stops in critical moments, like the stuff on fourth-and-1 against the Vikings on Sunday. -- Brady Henderson

NFL.com -- Rank: 6

Pete Carroll is the perfect coach for this Seahawks team. At halftime, with Seattle facing a 13-0 deficit, Carroll told NBC's Michele Tafoya the scoreboard was irrelevant midway through the game. "We haven't even started yet," he said. The Seahawks proceeded to score three touchdowns in a 1:53 span of the third quarter, got a game-saving fourth-and-1 stop deep in their own end, then Let Russ Cook on a 13-play, 94-yard drive in the final two minutes to steal a win from the desperate Vikings. Minnesota held the ball for nearly 40 minutes and outplayed Seattle for about 55 minutes of game time. And yet, it was Carroll and the Seahawks celebrating in the end. This is a team that believes.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Pittsburgh Steelers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 5.4 (5th)
  • Best ranking: 2nd (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 9th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Steelers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

They somehow did it again in the draft with Chase Claypool. The rookie wide receiver had seven catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns on 11 targets in the Steelers' win over the Eagles. He also added a rushing touchdown. And the truth is Claypool could have had an even bigger game. He had a 42-yard touchdown called back for a highly questionable offensive pass interference penalty. And he just missed a 33-yard gain because he couldn't get a second foot in bounds. For the most part, Pittsburgh has transformed into a ball-control offense that relies on efficiency. Ben Roethlisberger's average pass Sunday traveled just 5.9 yards past the line of scrimmage, which was second lowest among starters. He got rid of the ball on average in 2.26 seconds, which was tied for second fastest. The Steelers are 4-0, but they're still trying to figure out what formula is going to work best for them.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

At 4-0, they sit atop the AFC North heading into a big early-season game with the Browns. The pass offense is coming alive.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

They remain undefeated ... and they -- vaunted defense included -- continue to struggle relative to lineup of poor teams faced. Big test vs. Cleveland in Week 6.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Biggest weakness: The deep ball

Ben Roethlisberger is off to a solid start with 10 touchdown passes, one interception and a 67% completion rate. But one crucial thing is missing from his arsenal: the deep ball. It's not that Roethlisberger can't get the ball down the field after elbow surgery; it's that he is missing his receivers. Big Ben has the highest off-target rate (59%) and fourth-worst completion rate (24% for 4-of-17) on throws 20-plus yards downfield this season, per ESPN Stats & Info data. The veteran quarterback joked after Sunday's win that maybe the surgeons gave him too much arm strength. -- Brooke Pryor

NFL.com -- Rank: 4

The Steelers are 4-0 for the first time in 41 years (how is this possible?) and Chase Claypool has officially arrived as the organization's latest bull's-eye hit at wide receiver. Claypool, the second-round pick out of Notre Dame, flashed his playmaking ability in Pittsburgh's first three wins, but he exploded on Sunday with four touchdowns in a 38-29 win over the Eagles. Like Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Diontae Johnson before him, Claypool's arrival shows off Pittsburgh's uncanny ability to find first-round-caliber talent outside the top 32 picks of every draft class. It's no coincidence why certain teams remain competitive year after year.

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Cleveland Browns Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Cleveland Browns rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 10.0 (9th)
  • Best ranking: 6th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 15th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Browns in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

There are stretches when it feels like the Browns are one of the league's best teams. Kevin Stefanski with creative play-calls, Baker Mayfield spraying the ball all over the field, one of the league's best run games. Defensively, Myles Garrett dominating and Olivier Vernon playing his role well as a complementary pass rusher. If they can just cut out some of the mistakes -- like two Mayfield interceptions and a couple of Jarvis Landry drops Sunday -- they might really have something. Regardless, their win over the Colts was another step in the right direction, and since their blowout loss in Week 1, the Browns have looked like a professional operation. They've got a big one in Week 6 at Pittsburgh.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

Are the Browns for real? We will know for sure this week if they beat the Steelers on the road.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

If not for fact -- and "fact" seems warranted -- things always go sideways in Cleveland, coach of year award could already be given to Kevin Stefanski.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Biggest weakness: Secondary

The Browns were banking on big things from second-round pick Grant Delpit, but the safety was lost for the season to an Achilles injury in training camp. Days before Delpit's injury, nickelback Kevin Johnson suffered a lacerated liver in practice; Johnson has since returned but hasn't yet regained the form he flashed in training camp. Throw in corner Greedy Williams' shoulder injury, which has sidelined him all five games, and Cleveland's secondary has yet to reach full strength. As a result, it has struggled at times defending the pass, surrendering 296.4 passing yards per game, third worst in the NFL. -- Jake Trotter

NFL.com -- Rank: 9

The Browns are 4-1 for the first time since 1994 after they once again got key contributions from both sides of the ball. Indy entered the game with the league's stingiest defense, but the Browns piled up more yardage in one half than the Colts had been allowing all season to a slate of lesser opponents. Baker Mayfield played extremely well in those first two quarters, and when the offense cooled off after the intermission, the defense closed the game out with big plays, including a pick-six by Ronnie Harrison Jr. Cleveland's fierce pass rush also forced a frazzled Philip Rivers into a crucial intentional grounding penalty that created a safety. A fascinating showdown looms this week in Pittsburgh.

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Dallas Cowboys Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Dallas Cowboys rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 20.4 (T-19th)
  • Best ranking: 18th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 24th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Cowboys in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 20

I'll never understand how Dak Prescott was able to calmly call to the Cowboys' sideline as he sat on the ground looking at his broken ankle. Prescott's season is over and he's already on the long road to recovery, but there's reason to be optimistic about his long-term prospects. Assuming that Andy Dalton will be able to give the Cowboys similar quarterback play does a disservice to how good Prescott has been. Dallas has great wide receivers, and Michael Gallup came up huge in their win against the Giants. But they are without both starting offensive tackles, and their defense ranks 24th in EPA per snap. The Cowboys still have a decent chance at winning the division, but their ceiling is significantly lower with Dalton filling in for Prescott.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 18

Dak Prescott is lost for the season, which means Andy Dalton is in as the starter. With the way the defense is playing, he's going to have to chuck it around a lot.

USA Today -- Rank: 24

Andy Dalton's new team just lost its best player but definitely still has horses to win lackluster NFC East if troops rally post-Dak.

ESPN -- Rank: 18

Biggest weakness: Defense

With Dak Prescott out for the season, you would think it would be the offense's ability to put up points with Andy Dalton at quarterback. But it's not. It's on the defense -- the entire defense. Cowboys opponents have had 60 drives in the first five games and have scored on 31 of them, with 19 touchdowns and 12 field goals. (And four of those possessions were either taking a knee or running out the clock to kill the half or a game.) The Giants entered Week 5 with 47 points, and their offense scored 24 points on two touchdowns and four field goals. With dynamic offenses to come, the Cowboys' defense has a lot to fix. -- Todd Archer

NFL.com -- Rank: 22

Complete disaster. That's the only way to describe what happened on Sunday in Jerrah World, a last-second 37-34 win over the Giants that will be remembered for the awful ankle injury tha ended Dak Prescott's season after a brilliant month. Enter Andy Dalton, whose smart offseason signing looks genius now that Dallas will be forced to go with a backup QB the rest of the way. Dalton, 32, has shown in his years of starting experience that he can play at a high level when surrounded with the right parts. He's got that now in a way he never had in Cincinnati. Dalton has the ability to keep the Cowboys relevant, but there's no sugarcoating the ugly nature of Prescott's loss. For a team that entered 2020 with Super Bowl aspirations, it's an absolute crusher.

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Buffalo Bills Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Buffalo Bills rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 7.8 (8th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

EPR dropped the Bills six spots after their loss to the Titans. I looked at it as one bad game under unusual circumstances where they were missing some key players like Tre'Davious White, John Brown and Matt Milano. Having said that, they got stomped and were sloppy. The Bills had three turnovers and 10 penalties. They didn't have a single game last season where they hit both those marks. In the next month, Buffalo has matchups with the Chiefs, Patriots and Seahawks. They're still well-positioned in the AFC East, but after that stretch we'll have a better sense of whether the Bills should be taken seriously as Super Bowl contenders.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

They got caught in a tough situation because of the Titans' COVID-19 issues, and it showed. Now they have to try and regroup against the Chiefs.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

In fairness to them, Tennessee's situation dealt Buffalo a very tough hand. But no one expected P Corey Bojorquez to be Bills' best player Tuesday night. If defense is Buffalo's Achilles' heel, it appears to be quickly fraying.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Biggest weakness: Pass defense

Death, taxes and an elite Bills pass defense. Those are the absolute truths we have become accustomed to over the past two seasons, when Buffalo finished fourth and first, respectively, in passing yards allowed. In typical 2020 fashion, the Bills are polar opposites from their previous selves in that regard, allowing the fourth-most passing yards per game through four games this season. They have battled injuries in both the secondary and at linebacker, neither of which have helped their case; fortunately for Leslie Frazier's unit, Buffalo's offense has proved more than capable of winning a shootout. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

NFL.com -- Rank: 7

The Bills had been so stellar this season that it was jarring to watch them struggle so mightily on Tuesday night in Nashville. Ill-timed penalties, killer turnovers, defensive lapses; Buffalo was not nearly sound enough against a Tennessee team that played crisp football despite a long layoff. Josh Allen made his usual collection of big throws, but was held back by accuracy issues that recalled his first two seasons. The defense struggled mightily in the red zone, playing withou starters Tre'Davious White, Matt Milano and Levi Wallace. The Titans scored a touchdown all six times they entered inside Buffalo's 20-yard line. A night to forget.

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Green Bay Packers Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Green Bay Packers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 1.6 (1st)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 3rd (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 3

Despite having a bye week, they bump up to the three spot. EPR has the Packers ahead of the Chiefs, while I kept them at No. 4. Green Bay has a legitimate case to be the top team. The Packers have had the league's most efficient offense by pretty much every statistical metric. They've gone three-and-out on a league-low 2.8 percent of their drives. Aaron Rodgers is first in QBR and is on pace to set a career high for adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A). The Packers' offensive line has been key. They rank first in pass block win rate, and Rodgers has been sacked on just 2.1 percent of his pass plays, which is well below his career average of 6.8 percent. Through five weeks, they look very much like Super Bowl contenders.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

They come off their bye as the best team in the NFL with the best offense. Plus, they are getting Davante Adams back. They do face a tough road game at Tampa.

USA Today -- Rank: 1

Among undefeated teams, their collective 51-point differential is easily the widest margin. At a time when there's no apparent juggernaut in the league, this metric seems as good as any to give Green Bay -- which owns the NFL's highest-scoring offense -- the nod to top this week's poll.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

Biggest weakness: Injuries

After they were charmed last season in the health department, the Packers have already been hit harder in four games this year than in all of 2019. Consider whom they've played without for parts or all of games so far: Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Equanimeous St. Brown, Marcedes Lewis, Lane Taylor, Billy Turner, Kenny Clark, Christian Kirksey, Kamal Martin and Rashan Gary, among others. They've survived so far, and they will get several of those players back, perhaps as soon as this week. But if anything (other than the run defense) can derail this team, it is injuries. -- Rob Demovsky

NFL.com -- Rank: 1

Hitting No. 1 in the Power Rankings during your bye week -- everything's coming up Packers these days. This nugget, from The Athletic's Bob McGinn, says a lot: Green Bay is the first team in NFL history to score at least 150 points without a turnover in its first four games. That speaks, of course, to the tremendous play of the resurgent Aaron Rodgers, but excellence is everywhere for the Packers during their 4-0 start. Za'Darius Smith entered Week 5 tied for the league lead in sacks. Aaron Jones is on a 1,500-yard rushing pace. Allen Lazard emerged as a playmaker before going down with an injury. Mason Crosby hasn't missed a field goal. We saw teams enter this pandemic-altered season looking ragged and unready for the challenge. The Packers were the opposite.

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2020 Fantasy Football TE Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 6 to 16

When it comes to picking up or trading for players, one factor to consider is the player's fantasy football strength of schedule.

A player's fantasy strength of schedule is far from the most important aspect of his outlook. But if you're debating a pair of players and they are otherwise comparable in your view, a more favorable fantasy schedule could at least break the tie.

Based on the fantasy points each team has surrendered up to this point, we average what each team's remaining opponents have given up to each position. The higher the number, the more favorable their collective remaining matchups are.

With that said, here are the TE Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule for the remainder of the year:

RankTeamPlayerCumulative PointsFantasy Playoffs
1New York GiantsEvan Engram10.9933.66
2Pittsburgh SteelersEric Ebron10.9331.48
3Minnesota VikingsIrv Smith Jr.10.6739.2
4New Orleans SaintsJared Cook10.6534.72
5Carolina PanthersIan Thomas10.633.3
5Denver BroncosNoah Fant10.636.22
7Kansas City ChiefsTravis Kelce10.5342.9
8Dallas CowboysDalton Schultz10.5133.28
9San Francisco 49ersGeorge Kittle10.2539
10Los Angeles ChargersHunter Henry10.1837.41
11Atlanta FalconsHayden Hurst10.0632.04
12New England PatriotsRyan Izzo10.0132.96
13Las Vegas RaidersDarren Waller9.9323.82
14Seattle SeahawksGreg Olsen9.9135.1
15Detroit LionsT.J. Hockenson9.6926.76
16Philadelphia EaglesZach Ertz9.5741.74
17Cleveland BrownsAustin Hooper9.2826.08
18Chicago BearsJimmy Graham9.2132.96
19Baltimore RavensMark Andrews9.1534.38
20Tampa Bay BuccaneersRob Gronkowski9.0733.99
21Jacksonville JaguarsTyler Eifert9.0633.01
22Miami DolphinsMike Gesicki8.9325.08
23New York JetsChris Herndon8.930.12
24Green Bay PackersRobert Tonyan8.824.44
25Cincinnati BengalsDrew Sample8.7631.11
26Arizona CardinalsDan Arnold8.6528.92
27Tennessee TitansJonnu Smith8.3127.32
28Indianapolis ColtsJack Doyle8.2425.17
29Houston TexansJordan Akins8.2226.68
30Buffalo BillsDawson Knox7.9825.18
31WashingtonLogan Thomas7.7720.5
32Los Angeles RamsTyler Higbee7.3622.78

* Note: Totals above are the average fantasy football points allowed based on their remaining opponents.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 12.0 (12th)
  • Best ranking: 10th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 15th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Bucs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

They've given away 410 yards on penalties through five games; only the Saints have been worse. The Buccaneers blew a 13-0 lead on Thursday night against the Bears, scoring just one touchdown on 10 offensive drives. Tampa had a 19-17 lead with the ball and 2:48 left. But they went three-and-out, losing 2 yards, and had to punt. The Buccaneers got one more shot with 1:13 left but turned it over on downs. After the game, they found out they lost stud defensive tackle Vita Vea for the season. The Buccaneers will host the undefeated Packers in Week 6.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

The offensive injuries showed up in the loss to the Bears. The extra time off had to be good for this team as they ready to play the Packers.

USA Today -- Rank: 15

Yeah, Brady's inability to count during loss at Soldier Field was baffling. But the bigger setback might have been DT Vita Vea's broken leg.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

Biggest weakness: Discipline

The Bucs are tied with the Cardinals for a league-leading 42 penalties through five games, with their 410 penalty yards more than that of any other team in the league. They also led the league with 133 penalties last season. They had 11 penalties for 109 yards Thursday night against the Bears, which caused the Bucs to lose three leads and ultimately the game, 20-19. "They stop drives. We had so many third-and-longs, and we just could never get into any rhythm," Tom Brady said after the contest. "We obviously have a lot of work to do." -- Jenna Laine

NFL.com -- Rank: 12

Much of the focus after Thursday night's disappointing one-point loss to the Bears was on Tom Brady's failures in basic math (just own it, Tommy!), but a more disturbing development for the Bucs is the loss of Vita Vea. The third-year defensive tackle fractured his leg late in the game, an injury that will end his season. Vea was off to an All-Pro start, with two sacks and 16 pressures from the nose tackle position, and his presence commanded double-teams that freed up the rest of Tampa Bay's front seven to make plays. Brady and the offense get the headlines, but it's been Todd Bowles' defense that was primarily responsible for the Bucs' hot start. Don't be surprised if the unit takes a step back without Vea.

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Kansas City Chiefs Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Kansas City Chiefs rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 3.4 (3rd)
  • Best ranking: 2nd (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 6th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

Let the record show that I had the Chiefs in the top spot, despite their loss to the Raiders, but EPR (which was developed by Douglas, a Chiefs fan!) bumped them down to No. 3. Normally when the Chiefs' defense is getting gashed, the offense can keep up. But that wasn't the case Sunday. In their first four drives after halftime, the Chiefs totaled two first downs, punted three times, and Mahomes threw an interception. They had a pair of touchdowns called back for penalties, and Nick Keizer had a bad drop on third-and-long. The defense entered the game first against the pass but allowed six completions of 20-plus yards. The Chiefs need to play better, but I'll still take them over any opponent on a neutral field right now. One bad game is no reason to panic.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 4

The defense fell flat against the Raiders. One other thing that is showing up is the poor play by the offensive line. It just hasn't been as good.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

Good time to stop and take a pause ... and acknowledge Kansas City has only looked impressive twice (Texans, Ravens) despite its 4-1 start.

ESPN -- Rank: 3

Biggest weakness: Too much pressure on Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes is facing too much pressure even when opponents aren't blitzing. He has been pressured on 34.7% of his dropbacks when not facing a blitz, the second-highest rate in the league. This disparity is throwing off the passing game's usual efficiency. It's easy to blame the offensive line, but that group is 14th in pass block win rate at 60.9%. Mahomes deserves some of the blame. He has a tendency to drift in the pocket, which makes a lineman's job more difficult. -- Adam Teicher

NFL.com -- Rank: 2

The Chiefs were eventually going to lose. It hadn't happened since last November, so really, they were overdue. But it was how Kansas City lost that makes you wonder. Derek Carr and the Raiders piled up nearly 500 yards of total offense -- with five plays of at least 40 yards -- and Patrick Mahomes was regularly running for his life against a Vegas pass rush that had been lifeless before Sunday. Mahomes was pressured 16 times on Sunday, the second-most pressures he has faced in an NFL game, per Next Gen Stats. Mahomes' first interception of the season, a huge turnover midway through the fourth quarter, came on a throw made from a crumbling pocket. Was this merely a bad week ... or a sign of bigger issues?

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Friday, October 16, 2020

2020 Fantasy Football WR Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 6 to 16

When it comes to picking up or trading for players, one factor to consider is the player's fantasy football strength of schedule.

A player's fantasy strength of schedule is far from the most important aspect of his outlook. But if you're debating a pair of players and they are otherwise comparable in your view, a more favorable fantasy schedule could at least break the tie.

Based on the fantasy points each team has surrendered up to this point, we average what each team's remaining opponents have given up to each position. The higher the number, the more favorable their collective remaining matchups are.

With that said, here are the WR Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule for the remainder of the year:

RankTeamPlayerCumulative PointsFantasy Playoffs
1Arizona CardinalsDeandre Hopkins31.4494.33
2Baltimore RavensMarquise Brown31.37102.59
3WashingtonTerry McLaurin30.9499.86
4Philadelphia EaglesDeSean Jackson30.5490.5
5Cincinnati BengalsA.J. Green30.06106.17
6Los Angeles ChargersKeenan Allen29.4599.29
7Buffalo BillsStefon Diggs29.4104.96
8Los Angeles RamsRobert Woods29.25113.24
9Jacksonville JaguarsD.J. Chark29.0582.62
10New York JetsJamison Crowder29108.6
11Cleveland BrownsOdell Beckham Jr.28.7388.55
12Indianapolis ColtsT.Y. Hilton28.698.27
13New York GiantsDarius Slayton28.5188.88
14Las Vegas RaidersHenry Ruggs28.0887.32
15Chicago BearsAllen Robinson27.8899.16
16Kansas City ChiefsTyreek Hill27.8594.16
17Houston TexansWill Fuller27.8378.14
18Tennessee TitansA.J. Brown27.6994.67
19Green Bay PackersDavante Adams27.6792.75
20New Orleans SaintsMichael Thomas27.6297.62
21Pittsburgh SteelersJuJu Smith-Schuster27.5885.42
22Atlanta FalconsJulio Jones27.1782.7
23Carolina PanthersD.J. Moore27.0887.29
24Dallas CowboysAmari Cooper27.0790.24
25San Francisco 49ersDeebo Samuel27.0586.26
26Detroit LionsKenny Golladay26.9991.52
27Tampa Bay BuccaneersChris Godwin26.9106.17
28Denver BroncosJerry Jeudy26.7884.16
29Minnesota VikingsAdam Thielen26.7779.4
30New England PatriotsJulian Edelman26.1481.9
31Miami DolphinsDeVante Parker26.0788.58
32Seattle SeahawksTyler Lockett24.4675.08

* Note: Totals above are the average fantasy football points allowed based on their remaining opponents.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Jacksonville Jaguars rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 28.6 (29th)
  • Best ranking: 28th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 29th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Jaguars in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

We have a leader in the clubhouse for worst play of the year. Down 13-7, the Jaguars faced a fourth-and-1 from the Houston 8 with 3:21 left in the third quarter. They dialed up a pass with running back James Robinson. Robinson lined up in shotgun, started running to his right, didn't like what he saw, fumbled, and the Texans took over on downs. Earlier in the game, the Jaguars missed a pair of field goals, and Doug Marrone punted on fourth-and-2 from near midfield. They have lost four in a row.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

They competed against the Texans, but their kicking woes cost them any chance to win it. Their defense is bad and has injuries. That's not a good combination.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

Per Elias, they've already made NFL history. Jags are first to lose three in a row in one season (not counting Week 1) to winless teams.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Biggest weakness: Defense

The Jaguars have given up 30-plus points in four consecutive games, something that's only been done twice before in franchise history (2013 and 2014), and they're allowing 417 yards per game. They can't blame injuries, because the three starters who missed Sunday's game (DE Josh Allen, LB Myles Jack, CB CJ Henderson) have been on the field in every other game. The front hasn't gotten much pressure, and coordinator Todd Wash doesn't like to blitz much anyway, but the Jaguars haven't gotten home when they have blitzed. This side of the ball needs an infusion of talent. -- Mike DiRocco

NFL.com -- Rank: 28

The Jaguars make way too many mistakes to win games right now. On Sunday, it was a pair of ugly field-goal misses by kicker Stephen Hauschka, a bizarre fourth-and-1 call in the red zone that led to a James Robinson lost fumble, and a Gardner Minshew sack/fumble/turnover in the fourth quarter that doomed a final comeback attempt. The Jacksonville defense actually showed improvement against the Texans despite the injury absences of linebacker Myles Jack, defensive end Josh Allen and cornerback C.J. Henderson, but the Jags have been unable to put together a complete effort during this four-game losing streak. The margin for error is too tight for Doug Marrone's team.

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New England Patriots Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New England Patriots rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 10.2 (10th)
  • Best ranking: 4th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 10th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Patriots in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

Their game against the Broncos first got bumped to Monday night and then was pushed back to Week 6. We'll see if Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore -- both of whom tested positive for COVID-19 -- are able to play.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

COVID has impacted them in a big way. But the postponement of their game with the Broncos actually might help since Cam Newton should be back.

USA Today -- Rank: 4

Let's just toss out their Cam-less loss at Kansas City. You hate to say Pats caught a break with Week 5 COVID bye, but presumably now having Newton for next game should put them right back on track to posting viable defense of AFC East throne. Their handling of Las Vegas in Week 3 also looks much more impressive in context of this week's league-wide snapshot.

ESPN -- Rank: 11

Biggest weakness: Tight end production

Backup quarterback almost was the choice here after four interceptions in Kansas City in Week 4 (one was more a result of wide receiver Julian Edelman letting the ball slip through his hands). But tight end production in the passing game was ultimately the pick based on a larger, four-game sample size. The Patriots have three catches for 44 yards from their tight ends. This comes one year after they ranked last in the NFL in tight end receptions and targets. -- Mike Reiss

NFL.com -- Rank: 11

The Patriots had another player test positive for COVID-19 on Sunday morning, leading to a third shutdown of the team facility in 10 days and the postponement of the scheduled Week 5 matchup against the Broncos. New England will now hope to play its game against Denver in Week 6, one of a slew of schedule changes announced by the league on Sunday.

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Chicago Bears Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Chicago Bears rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 13.8 (14th)
  • Best ranking: 9th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 17th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Bears in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 17

Nick Foles has thrown 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in a season. Foles has thrown seven touchdowns in a game. And he won a Super Bowl MVP after delivering one of the greatest championship performances in NFL history. Foles has also been on five different teams, and he's only 31 years old. He'll miss some throws so badly that they'll make you cackle while watching from your couch. He's the most high-variance quarterback I've ever seen, and the Bears' win over the Bucs last week offered the entire Foles experience in one game -- really in one half. The bad news for Chicago: They are one of the worst 4-1 teams of all-time. The good news: Over 77 percent of the teams that have started 4-1 over the last 10 seasons have made the playoffs. And this year, there's an extra wild-card berth in each conference.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 9

They are 4-1. Nobody can take that away from them, even if it hasn't always been pretty. Beating Tampa Bay was a nice victory.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

One of Week 5's best images was Tom Brady looking up from the turf with that "You again?" expression upon realizing Khalil Mack had bagged him yet again.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Biggest weakness: Rushing offense

The Bears have yet to establish a consistent rushing attack under coach Matt Nagy, who doubles as the offensive playcaller. The Bears enter Week 6 ranked 26th in total rushing yards (477) and dead last in rushing touchdowns (one). For his part, Nagy is eternally optimistic about the prospects of running the football effectively. "I have a lot of faith in our run game, I really do," Nagy said. "I feel good about that. There is no panic at all. I know for me that part is exciting to figure out ways to get it back on track because that is ultimately going to help our offense." -- Jeff Dickerson

NFL.com -- Rank: 16

"There's something special about this team." That was Bears coach Matt Nagy after his team's 20-19 win over the Bucs on Thursday night, Chicago's third victory this season in which it's overcome a double-digit deficit. I'm not sure these Bears are special -- that's actually one of the last words I'd use to describe them -- but 4-1 is 4-1, and they possess a commendable closer's mentality. While we're tossing out some faint praise, how about some love for Jimmy Graham, who's become something of a punching bag in recent years as his skills have receded from All-Pro levels? His one-handed touchdown catch against the Bucs marked his fourth score in five games, a reminder that he remains a solid red-zone option at age 33.

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Philadelphia Eagles Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Philadelphia Eagles rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 21.0 (23rd)
  • Best ranking: 19th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 23rd (NFL.com)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Eagles in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 21

I don't know what it says about the state of the franchise that their most encouraging game of the season was a 38-29 loss, but it's true. Carson Wentz played his best game, and the Eagles might have something in Travis Fulgham, who caught 10 of 13 targets for 152 yards. This team has a bunch of major issues -- both in the short term and the long term. Yet at 1-3-1 with a likely loss coming next week against the Ravens, the Eagles are still positioned to potentially win the NFC East, given how bad the Giants and Washington are and the Cowboys having to play without Prescott. Unlike Dallas, the Eagles can expect to get injured players like Jalen Reagor and Dallas Goedert back. They have five games remaining against division opponents, and -- I can't believe I'm typing this -- 6-9-1 could be enough to win the NFC East.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 20

Even at 1-3-1, they are far from out of the division race. They showed some fight in Pittsburgh.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

WR Travis Fulgham's breakout (10 catches, 152 yards, TD) was overshadowed by Chase Claypool's Sunday, but Philly might have something here.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Biggest weakness: Linebacker

The Eagles have the smallest amount of cap dollars ($4.3 million) committed to linebacker in the NFL, and it shows. Opposing tight ends have racked up 32 catches for 323 yards and five touchdowns through five games. Much of that damage has come with linebackers in coverage. The position is ranked low (last?) on the team's priority list when it comes to roster construction. While there is some merit to that philosophy given how often defenses are in subpackages these days, the Eagles have taken it to an extreme -- and it's hurting them. -- Tim McManus

NFL.com -- Rank: 23

There were positives to take out of Sunday. Miles Sanders ripped off a 74-yard touchdown run in his return to his hometown ofPittsburgh. Travis Fulgham is officially a thing after a sterling 10/152/1 performance on 13 targets. But the Eagles' defense had no answers for Ben Roethlisberger or rookie Steelers wideout Chase Claypool (four TDs) in a 38-29 loss. Philadelphia showed heart in nearly rallying back from a 31-14 deficit in the second half, but there were too many mistakes, both by Carson Wentz (two more interceptions) and the defense, which had a number of ugly coverage breakdowns and a quiet day rushing the passer. Things don't get any easier this week against the 4-1 Ravens.

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