Week 7 NFL Consensus Power Rankings
By giving Tom Brady multiple possessions in the final few minutes of the game, he was able to connect with Kenbrell Thompkins in the corner of the endzone to give the Saints their first loss of the season in Week 6.
Through six weeks of the NFL season, there are now only two unbeaten teams: Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs.
Although both teams play in the same division, they have improved to their 6-0 in different ways. The Broncos lead the NFL in scoring offense (44.2 points per game) while the Chiefs lead it in scoring defense (10.8 PPG allowed).
The Broncos have scored 35 points (or more, usually much more) in every game this season. Although he is 37 years old, Peyton Manning is playing the best football of his life.
Manning is averaging 363.2 passing yards per game and has a 22:2 TD-to-INT ratio with a league-best 128.8 passer rating. If he maintains his current pace, he will break the records for both passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season. With a talented trio of receivers (Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker) and a breakout tight end (Julius Thomas), the Broncos have four players that are on pace to exceed 1,000 receiving yards.
The ground game may not be anywhere near as explosive as their passing offense, but Knowshon Moreno has emerged as the team's lead back and has more carries (80) than Ronnie Hillman (36) and Montee Ball (43) combined. Moreno has over 500 yards from scrimmage — 373 rushing and 189 receiving yards — and has scored seven touchdowns.
If there is a team that could slow down the Broncos offense some, it's the Chiefs.
Not only do the Chiefs rank first in the league in scoring defense, but they rank fifth in the NFL in total defense (306.3 yards per game allowed). The Chiefs are tied for first in intercepted passes (10) and they have returned three of them for scores. In addition, nobody has more sacks than the Chiefs (30). In fact, that is as much as — or more than — eight teams had all of last season.
The Chiefs offense, specifically their passing offense, won't scare anybody, but Jamaal Charles does give them a dynamic do-it-all playmaker out of the backfield.
Through six games, Charles has 475 rushing yards, which is the sixth-most in the NFL, to go along with 33 receptions for 300 yards and a total of seven touchdowns. The only running back with more receptions than Charles, which is also tied with Chicago's Matt Forte, is San Diego's Danny Woodhead (36).
Here's this week's question: Will the Chiefs and Broncos have perfect records heading into their Week 11 matchup?
Kevin Hanson (follow on Twitter):
In an "any given Sunday" league, I don't expect to see both teams unbeaten when they meet for their matchup next month. That said, they will be favored in all six games that stand in their way for a showdown of 9-0 teams.
Assuming the Broncos get by the Colts this weekend, I think they handle the Redskins and Chargers easily in the following weeks. They host the Redskins, who have one of the league's most generous defenses, and they get an extra week to prepare for the Chargers due to their bye.
I do think that the Chiefs will lose one of their next three games before their Week 10 bye. If they win all three, however, I can only imagine the excitement in Kansas City as the Chiefs will have two weeks to wait (and prepare) for their battle at Mile High.
John Trifone (follow on Twitter):
My first instinct would be to say that Kansas City will lose a game, but after a little more thought, I think both teams will remain undefeated until they square off in Week 11.
I could easily see KC slipping against Houston, but their quarterback situation is an absolute mess. It's a good time for the Chiefs to be playing them, so I think they will get by. Cleveland could pose a challenge, but being in Kansas City, it's tough to take the Browns on the road. There is a chance they could get beat by Buffalo on the road, but I don't think that's too likely. So even though it's close (maybe 60/40 that they win their next three games), I'll take KC to stay unbeaten
The Broncos will have a tough matchup at Indianapolis, but I think they'll get by, and I don't think the Redskins have any chance at all going into Denver. San Diego could prove to be a tough game, as the Jeckyl and Hyde Chargers may be tough at home. Still, I think the Broncos are just too good. This one isn't as close for me (maybe 85/15 that the Broncos remain undefeated).
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Sean Beazley (follow on Twitter):
It would be crazy to see two undefeated teams battling each other in Week 11, but sadly I don't see that happening.
While the schedule is definitely favorable for both teams with only Denver playing a team over .500 in Indianapolis next week, I just don't see it happening. I believe Kansas City slips up in Buffalo right before their bye week. Denver's first loss comes Week 12 at New England.
Dan Yanotchko (follow on Twitter):
As much as we, and the entire league, would love to see Kansas City and Denver both at 9-0 in Week 11 play each other, it simply will not happen.
The team that actually has the best chance to be 9-0 is Kansas City as they have a fairly weak schedule as they have home dates with Houston and Cleveland, and then on the road to Buffalo, which is the equivalent of 3 gimmes. I could see the Broncos getting picked off this week, as they head to Indy, which is a very tough place to play, and also in Week 10, the Broncos will have to play the Chargers, who are always tough at home.
Although I would love to see an undefeated rematch like Bears-Dolphins in 85, it simply will not happen.