Tabeek's NFL Power Rankings: Patriots, Saints 1-2 as Falcons slide

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It feels a little early to be writing this with 11 games to go in this 2019 NFL season, but we're starting to see some separation from the haves and the have nots.

And I'm not talking about teams like the Patriots, Saints, Packers and Chiefs. Nor am I referring to the likes of the Dolphins, Bengals, Redskins or Jets, either.

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However, the 49ers (4-0), Bills (4-1), Seahawks (4-1) and even the Lions (2-1-1) are starting to show everyone that they're not about to roll over anytime soon. And, well, on the opposite end of the spectrum you have the Chargers (2-3), Steelers (1-4) and even the Falcons (1-4) – teams we were expecting more from who haven't produced the wins like we thought they would.

But there are 12 weeks to go and a lot can – and will – happen between now and Dec. 29, the final Sunday of the season. And it's going to be very interesting to see how it all unfolds. So, without further ado, it's time for the Week 6 edition of my power rankings. Enjoy.

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1. Patriots (5-0)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
I can see this team cruising into their bye week with a perfect 9-0 record at this point. Oh, by the way, they’ve allowed zero passing TDs this season.1
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2. Saints (4-1)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
They haven’t skipped a beat playing without Drew Brees. That doesn’t bode well for the NFC.3
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3. 49ers (4-0)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
In case anyone is still wondering if the Niners are legit, you can stop now. They are.5
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4. Packers (4-1)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Week after week they keep silencing the doubters. Oct. 27 (vs. Chiefs) can’t get here soon enough.7
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5. Chiefs (4-1)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Speaking of the Chiefs, they’d better shore up that run defense or it’ll be a much colder winter in KC.2
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6. Seahawks (4-1)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
No one cares about style points when they look at your win-loss record. Pretty or not, Seahawks keep stacking those W’s up.9
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7. Bills (4-1)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
It’s time to take this team seriously. They head into their bye week on a high note.10
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8. Cowboys (3-2)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Back-to-back close losses to two quality teams. They better not look past the Jets though.4
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9. Rams (3-2)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Tough loss on the road in Seattle. I still think they’ll end up winning the West. Unbeaten Niners are up next.6
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10. Panthers (3-2)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Say what? Cam who? Oh, you mean Christian. Yeah, he’s the best all-around back in the league.14
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11. Vikings (3-2)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Now that’s more like it, Vikes. Get the ball more to your gifted receivers and you’ll win plenty more.16
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12. Eagles (3-2)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
If/when this team gets completely healthy, they’re going to be a handful. They’re getting closer.12
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13. Lions (2-1-1)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
I’m still trying to figure out just how good this team can be. They head to Lambeau next, so I think we’ll find out a lot.11
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14. Texans (3-2)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
It’ll be Deshaun Watson vs. Patrick Mahomes on Sunday. Two young guns going at it. Should be fun.15
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15. Raiders (3-2)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
I’m slowly learning to not count the Raiders out. They’ll face the Packers when they come out of their bye week. That’ll be telling.18
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16. Colts (3-2)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
They attacked the Chiefs’ weak spot and beat ’em. Sure helps when you have Quenton Nelson and Marlon Mack.21
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17. Ravens (3-2)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Nothing better than beating your bitter rivals in their place … in overtime. Well done, B-more.24
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18. Bears (3-2)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
I once thought this team would go as far as Mitchell Trubisky would take them. I don’t see Chase Daniel taking them anywhere.8
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19. Buccaneers (2-3)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
They hung with the Saints on the road but came up short. Huge division game vs. Carolina up next.13
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20. Browns (2-3)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
They may have a lot of talent, but it’s not coming together. It doesn’t get any easier with the Seahawks coming to town.17
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21. Jaguars (2-3)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
The Gardner Minshew Express continues to roll, but they left their defense in Jacksonville on Sunday. Better find it with the Saints up next.20
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22. Giants (2-3)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
OK, can we cool it with all the talk about how Daniel Jones is the second coming of Phil Simms or Frank Gifford or Eli … never mind.19
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23. Titans (2-3)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Marcus Mariota and the Titans are still playing conservative, mistake-free ball but … scoring seven points isn’t going to win many games.22
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24. Chargers (2-3)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
I don’t write (or say) this often but Philip Rivers had an ugly game. It’s gonna be hard to catch the Chiefs like that.23
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25. Cardinals (1-3-1)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray experienced their first NFL victories. Congrats. Let’s hope win No. 2 doesn’t come until at least Oct. 20.27
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26. Steelers (1-4)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
The injuries and the losses are piling up in the Steel Town. Up next? A trip to LA and a bye week.26
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27. Falcons (1-4)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
The offense is starting to click but the defense is starting to rattle. Will a week of ‘isolation’ in the desert help them get back on track? We’re about to find out.25
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28. Jets (0-4)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Will Sam Darnold return this week? Whoever is behind center will face an angry Cowboys team.28
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29. Redskins (0-5)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
The season appears to be lost and they’ve already fired their coach but there is hope: Dolphins are up next.29
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30. Broncos (1-4)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
It was a fine time for Phillip Lindsay to reel off his first 100-yard game of the season. Can they string a couple wins together and crawl back into the AFC West race?30
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31. Bengals (0-5)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
The worst start by a first-year Bengals coach was Sam Wyche losing his first five in 1984. He now has company.31
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32. Dolphins (0-4)TABEEK'S TAKEPREVIOUS
Well, one team is going to earn their first win of the season. Will it be Miami? The loser has the inside track to the top pick in April, so there’s that.32
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