Rick Gosselin's Week 6 NFL rankings: Los Angeles rules (still)

Tom Brady has rushed for a touchdown each of the last two weeks – the first time he’s scored touchdowns in consecutive games since 2012.

Editor's note: Rick Gosselin is in his 46th season reporting on the NFL in 2018. He has covered the Lions, Giants, Chiefs and Cowboys in his career plus 35 Super Bowls. He has served on the Hall of Fame selection committee and is a member of both the senior and contributor sub-committees. Gosselin also is one of the 12 voters for the AP 32, the weekly ranking of NFL teams conducted by the Associated Press. Here is his ballot for Week 6:

1. Los Angeles Rams. Todd Gurley has three 100-yard rushing games this season, including a 200-yard effort last weekend against Denver. Gurley now has more 100-yard rushing games than two NFL divisions – the NFC North (two) and the AFC South (none).

2. New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees has completed more passes for more yards than any quarterback in NFL history. His next TD pass will be the 500th of his career – and he’s just 41 away from becoming the NFL’s all-time leader in that category as well.

3. New England Patriots. Forget about Tom Brady’s arm for a second. Worry about his legs. Brady has rushed for a touchdown each of the last two weeks – the first time he’s scored touchdowns in consecutive games since 2012. Brady scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak against the Colts and a four-yard scramble last weekend against the Chiefs.

4. Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have seven individual 100-yard receiving games from four different pass catchers – wideouts Sammy Watkins (two) and Tyreek Hill (one), tight end Travis Kelce (three) and running back Kareem Hunt (one).

5. Los Angeles Chargers. Philip Rivers is the only quarterback to throw at least two touchdown passes in every game this season. He has thrown 15 touchdowns on the season for the 4-2 Chargers.

6. Minnesota Vikings. Kirk Cousins has thrown only two interceptions over the last four games covering 176 passes. But he’s still been too careless with the football, losing five fumbles over those last four games.

7. Baltimore Ravens. There have been 99 individual 100-yard receiving games this season. The Ravens are one of only two NFL defenses that have not been victimized for a 100-yard game yet. Oakland is the other. Dating to last season, the Ravens have gone a league-best seven consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard receiver.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 75 passes over the last two weeks without being sacked. His blocking front have given Roethlisberger a clean pocket to operate against both the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals and the Steelers won both games.

9. Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have picked a bad weekend to take the NFL’s 29th ranked defense on the road. Cincinnati travels to Kansas City where QB Patrick Mahomes is red hot with five consecutive 300-yard passing games. The Chiefs rank first in the NFL in scoring, fourth in offense and sixth in passing.

10. Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have lost a league-high seven fumbles – three by QB Carson Wentz and one apiece by QB Nick Foles, HB Jay Ajayi, HB Wendell Smallwood and PR Tre Sullivan.

11. Detroit Lions. The Lions were off last week but still took a hit, placing their Pro Bowl kick returner Jamal Agnew on injured reserve with a knee injury. Ameer Abdullah is the likely replacement on kicking downs.

12. Green Bay Packers. The bye couldn’t come at a better time for the Packers. That will give them an extra week to heal up and get receivers Randal Cobb and Geronimo Allison and CB Jaire Alexander back on the field. They’ll need them because the next two weekends on the road against the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots.

13. Houston Texans. For the second time in three weeks DeShaun Watson was sacked seven times in a game. He’s now been sacked 25 times through six games and is on pace to be sacked 67 times this season.

14. Washington Redskins. One of the reasons the Redskins never fully committed to Kirk Cousins as their quarterback was the turnovers. He committed 18 of them last season, throwing 13 interceptions and losing five fumbles. Only NFL five teams committed more turnovers last season. So Washington traded for Alex Smith, who has a history of ball security, and now the 3-2 Redskins have one of the least-giving offenses in the NFL. Only one team has committed fewer turnovers than Washington (five) this season.

15. Miami Dolphins. For the first time this season, the Dolphins had a 300-yard passer. For the first time this season the Dolphins had a quarterback who was not sacked. For the first time this season, someone else started at quarterback other than Ryan Tannehill – and his backup Brock Osweiler turned in a 380-yard passing game in the upset of Chicago.

16. Seattle Seahawks. The Legion of Boom may have been dismantled last offseason with the departures of Pro Bowlers Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman but Seattle’s defensive takeaway mentality didn’t leave with them. With a host of new faces, the 3-3 Seahawks have an NFC runnerup 13 takeaways this season.

17. Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are one of 10 teams still without a victory on the road this season along with, among others, the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots. The Cowboys are 3-0 at home and 0-3 on the road. They visit Washington this weekend looking for that elusive first road victory.

18. Jacksonville Jaguars. What’s happened to what three weeks ago was considered the best defense in the NFL? In the last two games the Jaguars have allowed 63 points and 802 yards in lopsided losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys. They have allowed a 300-yard passer (Patrick Mahomes), a 100-yard rusher (Ezekiel Eliott) and a pair of 100-yard receivers (Travis Kelce and Cole Beasley).

19. Carolina Panthers. RB Christian McCaffrey has many fumbles through five games as he has touchdowns – one. He scored on an 18-yard pass reception against the Giants this month. But he has rushed 71 times for a team-leading 349 yards without reaching the end zone.

20. Chicago Bears. How dramatically has the NFL shifted to aerial football this season? Five teams are completing 70 percent of their passes, including Chicago. Mitch Trubisky, in just his second season as an NFL starter, is completing 70.2 percent of his passes for the Bears. The league average last season was 63 percent.

21. Cleveland Browns. Bad news for the Browns. Rookie referee Shawn Hochuli and his crew will be officiating Sunday's game at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The home teams are unbeaten (5-0) in games worked by the Hochuli crew this season.

22. New York Jets. Linebacker Deron Lee shares the NFL interception lead with three. The last linebacker to lead the NFL in interceptions was Don Shinnick of the Baltimore Colts in 1959 with seven.

23. Atlanta Falcons. Matt Ryan has thrown 14 touchdown passes this season. Incredibly, his Pro Bowl WR Julio Jones hasn’t caught any of them. Jones has caught an NFL-runnerup 44 passes this season without reaching the end zone. Dating to last season, Jones has now gone 11 consecutive games without scoring a touchdown.

24. Tennessee Titans. Marcus Mariota has thrown only two touchdown passes in his five starts this season – and both came in the same game against Philadelphia. He threw a combined 75 passes against Miami, Jacksonville, Buffalo and Baltimore in the other four games without reaching the end zone.

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans caught a TD pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick in each of the first three games of the season and posted 100 yards receiving in two of them. He also had a 10-catch game against the Eagles. But since Jameis Winston has returned to the lineup, Evans has become a secondary option with just 10 catches, 117 yards with no touchdowns in the last two games.

26. Buffalo Bills. There have been 66 individual 300-yard passing games in the NFL this season. The Bills have the lone NFL defense that has not been victimized yet for a 300-yard game – and Buffalo has already faced Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Kirk Cousins.

27. Denver Broncos. The NFL knows how vaunted the Denver pass rush is with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Maybe the Broncos ought to spend some time in practice this week working on their run defense. Denver has allowed a 200-yard rusher in each of its last two games (Isaiah Crowell and Todd Gurley) and three consecutive weeks of at least a 100-yard rusher (also Kareem Hunt).

28. New York Giants. The Giants are one of three teams still without a home victory this season The G-men are 0-3 at home with losses to Jacksonville, New Orleans and Philadelphia. Their only victory in a 1-5 season came at Houston in September.

29. San Francisco 49ers. California is a state of football contrasts. The two Los Angeles teams have a combined 10-2 record and are both ranked in the Top 5 this week. The two Bay Area teams have a combined 2-10 record and are both ranked in the Bottom 5 this week. The best of Los Angeles (Rams) plays the best of the Bay Area (49ers) this weekend.

30. Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Luck has passed for 1,130 yards and 11 touchdown passes in the last three games and his Colts have lost all of them.

31. Arizona Cardinals. Where is Kurt Warner when you really need him? The Cardinals rank last in the NFL in offense, last in rushing and 31st in passing. Larry Fitzgerald hasn’t scored a touchdown in six games and David Johnson is still looking for his first 100-yard rushing game.

32. Oakland Raiders. The Raiders made a $100 million investment in quarterback whisperer Jon Gruden to maximize the franchise’s investment in David Carr. But Carr has thrown one touchdown pass or fewer in five of his six starts and the Raiders are already out of the playoff hunt with a 1-5 record.

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