Week 5 saw two unbeaten teams, the previously 4-0 Kansas City Chiefs and 4-0 Buffalo Bills, fall at the hands of the Las Vegas Raiders and Tennessee Titans. The Top 10 of this week’s Power Rankings had a number of shake-ups as a result, including a new team at the top.
The 5-0 Seattle Seahawks, 4-0 Green Bay Packers, 4-0 Tennessee Titans, and 4-0 Pittsburgh Steelers still have no blemishes on their record. With an additional six teams holding just one loss, there’s not a lot of separation in the records of the league’s top teams so far.
These power rankings represent my opinion of how the NFL’s 32 teams stack up through five weeks of play. To debate or dispute my rankings, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @SakSports.
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- Seattle Seahawks (5-0) [Last Week: 3]
- New team at the top: This pick isn’t a slam dunk; the Seattle Seahawks haven’t had the toughest competition and even so, they’ve been in four straight one-score games. Seattle can’t rely on Russell Wilson (leader of my quarter-season MVP Watch) to put up 30 points every game, but so far, it’s been a winning formula through five games.
- Green Bay Packers (4-0) [Last Week: 2]
- Kansas City Chiefs (4-1) [Last Week: 1]
- Knocked off the top of the totem pole: The Kansas City Chiefs have been knocked off the top spot for the second time this season. Last time it was a toss-up between them and the Baltimore Ravens, but this time, Mahomes and the Chiefs slide a couple spots following a loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
- Baltimore Ravens (4-1) [Last Week: 4]
- Tennessee Titans (4-0) [Last Week: 6]
- Los Angeles Rams (4-1) [Last Week: 11]
- Up Five Spots: While the Los Angeles Rams didn’t do anything particularly impressive in their 30-10 victory over Wasington Football Team, they showed their consistency. Even in one loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Rams put up 32 points and only lost by three. L.A. moves up five spots with less consistent teams beneath them.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (4-0) [Last Week: 13]
- Biggest Winner of Week 5: In my eyes, the Pittsburgh Steelers had the most inspiring Week 5 win. I thought their 3-0 start may have been fool’s gold, and while the Philadelphia Eagles aren’t the toughest team in the league, the Steelers 38-29 victory showed me they’re a real threat this season.
- Buffalo Bills (4-1) [Last Week: 5]
- The Bills move down three spots in this week’s rankings after a dissapointing showing against the Tennesee Titans on Tuesday night.
- New Orleans Saints (3-2) [Last Week: 7]
- Moving down despite a win: The New Orleans Saints won in an exciting fashion on Monday Night Football, but something still hasn’t been right with this team since Week 1. With the defense allowing 30 points per game this season, there will be loads of pressure on Drew Brees and the Saints offense.
- Las Vegas Raiders (3-2) [Last Week: 14]
- The Las Vegas Raiders have now beaten the Chiefs and Saints, and are beginning to look like a legitmate playoff contender.
- New England Patriots (2-2) [Last Week: 9]
- Chicago Bears (4-1) [Last Week: 15]
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2) [Last Week: 8]
- Down Five Spots: There wasn’t anything horrifying about Tampa Bay’s Thursday night loss to the Chicago Bears. But it knocked Tampa Bay down from a borderline-elite team to just an above-average team in my eyes. Tampa is still headed for about 10-11 wins and a playoff spot.
- Cleveland Browns (4-1) [Last Week: 18]
- Up Four Spots: I was skeptical of the Browns 3-1 start, but a 32-23 win over a decent Colts team has Cleveland rising up my Week 5 rankings.
- Indianapolis Colts (3-2) [Last Week 12]
- Arizona Cardinals (3-2) [Last Week: 16]
- Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) [Last Week: 17]
- The 1-4 Los Angeles Chargers have lost four one-score games, and nearly outdueled the Saints, Buccaneers, and Chiefs. Justin Herbert is the real deal, and this team is better than their record suggests.
- San Francisco 49ers (2-3) [Last Week: 10]
- Biggest Loser of Week 5 (tie): San Francisco has a myriad of injuries besides at quarterback, but you’d think Jimmy Garroppolo’s return to the starting lineup would give the 49ers a boost. Instead, they were manhandled by the Dolphins, losing 43-17. The 49ers fall eight spots in this week’s Power Rankings.
- Carolina Panthers (3-2) [Last Week: 19]
- Houston Texans (1-4) [Last Week: 22]
- The Houston Texans finally got in the win column, although just over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Houston’s next two games against the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers will be tough and could doom the team to 1-6. (See Also: Three Reasons the 0-4 Texans Can Still Make the Playoffs)
- Miami Dolphins (2-3) [Last Week: 23]
- Minnesota Vikings (1-4) [Last Week: 20]
- Dallas Cowboys (2-3) [Last Week: 21]
- Moving down despite a win: The Dallas Cowboys outdueled the New York Giants, with their defense giving up 34 points to one of the worst teams in the league so far. What’s worse is starting quarterback Dak Prescott, who was playing at an MVP-level, being lost for the season. Andy Dalton is no scrub, but the Cowboys offense could lose a step without Prescott.
- Philadelphia Eagles (1-3-1) [Last Week: 25]
- Detroit Lions (1-3) [Last Week: 24]
- Denver Broncos (1-3) [Last Week: 27]
- Cincinnati Bengals (1-3-1) [Last Week: 28]
- New York Giants (0-5) [Last Week: 31]
- The Giants offense finally came alive against Dallas’ 32nd-ranked defense. Not all the Giants losses have been blowouts, and they seem more likley to earn a win next before any of the four teams below them.
- Atlanta Falcons (0-5) [Last Week: 26]
- Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) [Last Week: 29]
- Washington Football Team (1-4) [Last Week: 30]
- New York Jets (0-5) [Last Week: 32]
- Three straight weeks at the bottom: The Jets had a slight chance against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night in Week 4, but got back to more routine losing with a 30-10 loss at the hands of Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5.
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