NFL Power Rankings Odds and Predictions Week 5: Winless Texans Make Change

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 06, 2020

We’ve had our first head coaching change in the NFL, and it took only four weeks. It won’t be the last one in the 2020 season.

Here’s an updated NFL Power Rankings off the Week 4 results.

1. Kansas City (4-0): New England at least showed a blueprint on Monday night to slow that high-powered Chiefs offence a bit, but Kansas City has a pretty good defence, too. It could be a bit of a letdown possibility Week 5 vs. the Raiders.

2. Buffalo (4-0): I moved the Bills up to second because they had the second-best win of the unbeaten teams in Week 4, 30-23 in Las Vegas. It’s remarkable how much better QB Josh Allen is just from this point last year.

3. Green Bay (4-0): Four more touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers and another 30-point game for the Pack on Monday night in a fairly easy victory over Atlanta, despite A-Rod without his top two receivers. Green Bay is on the bye Week 5.

4. Seattle (4-0): Russell Wilson’s 16 TD passes through his team’s first four games has tied a league record, and the Seahawks, like the Packers, have yet to be held under 30 points. They probably won’t be this Sunday night at home vs. Minnesota, either.

5. Pittsburgh (3-0): The Steelers got an unwanted bye in Week 4 because of the Titans’ COVID-19 outbreak. The good news: That means four straight home games for Pittsburgh. The bad: 13 straight weeks of playing and three in a row on the road following the home stretch.

6. Baltimore (3-1): The Ravens haven’t quite resembled their 2019 overpowering selves yet but also have dominated every opponent but in their loss to Kansas City.

7. Tennessee (3-0): The Titans have cleared their final COVID-19 protocols and this Sunday’s big home games vs. Buffalo is a go. Like the Steelers, though, no rest for the players the remainder of the season off that forced bye week.

8. Indianapolis (3-1): If the Colts had Andrew Luck these days, this is a team that could win a Super Bowl with the NFL’s No. 1 defence. Not sure that’s possible with past-his-prime Philip Rivers.

9. Tampa Bay (3-1): In Sunday’s 17-point comeback win over the Chargers, Tom Brady became the third quarterback in NFL history with 30 career games of at least four touchdown passes. However, the Bucs are very banged up on offence heading into Thursday night’s game in Chicago.

10. Cleveland (3-1): The Browns might be legit and lead the NFL in rushing by far, but they also lost top tailback and 2019 NFL rushing runner-up Nick Chubb for probably six weeks due to injury. That will hurt.

11. New Orleans (2-2): The Saints improved to 1-2 without All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas with a comeback win in Detroit in Week 4 and should get Thomas back for the Week 5 Monday nighter vs. the Chargers.

12. LA Rams (3-1): The Rams were not good offensively in Sunday’s escape against the Giants but it may have been a bit of a trap game off back-to-back games on the East Coast. L.A. is back on that coast Sunday at Washington.

13. New England (2-2): The Patriots better hope they get back Cam Newton quickly from his positive COVID-19 test because clearly Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham aren’t the answers. If Newton has a few negative tests this week, he would be allowed to play Sunday vs. Denver.

14. San Francisco (2-2): The Niners have more talent than the 14th-best team in these rankings, but they are just gutted by injuries. QB Jimmy Garoppolo might make it back Sunday vs. Miami.

15. Chicago (3-1): The Bears were exposed as 3-0 frauds this past Sunday as the Nick Foles-led offence was no improvement over the Mitchell Trubisky-led offence in a loss to Indianapolis. Could Coach Matt Nagy go back to Mitch if Foles struggles again Thursday vs. Tampa Bay?

16. Philadelphia (1-2-1): The Eagles are another team that has been torn apart by injuries, but they saved their season with Sunday night’s big upset in San Francisco and now are in first place in the putrid NFC East despite that 1-2-1 record.

17. Dallas (1-3): The Cowboys might have the most electric offence outside of Kansas City, but the Dallas defence couldn’t stop the University of Texas offence right now.

18. Las Vegas (2-2): As solid as the Raiders looked the first two weeks is as bad as they have largely looked the past two, and things get much tougher in Week 5 at Kansas City.

19. Arizona (2-2): The hype train surrounding Kyler Murray and the Cardinals has slowed considerably with back-to-back upset losses to Detroit and Carolina. It will stop completely this Sunday if Arizona loses at the New York Jets.

20. LA Chargers (1-3): The Chargers are about four plays from being 4-0 and rookie QB Justin Herbert looks spectacular. This franchise seems to always lose the close games, though.

21. Minnesota (1-3): The Vikings saved their season, too, in Week 4 with a victory at winless Houston, and while winning the NFC North isn’t going to happen, we still project a Wild-Card spot.

22. Carolina (2-2): Coach Matt Rhule has done a fantastic job with this young, rebuilding team. Star running back Christian McCaffrey will miss at least one more week due to injury.

23. Cincinnati (1-2-1): Joe Burrow is the first rookie quarterback ever to throw for at least 300 yards in three straight games. The Bengals got the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft right.

24. Detroit (1-3): The Lions have almost impossibly lost six straight games when they had at least a 10-point lead. With the team on the bye, it could be mean the end for Coach Matt Patricia – although his firing probably would have happened by now.

25. Atlanta (0-4): Coach Dan Quinn could be fired by the time you read this. The Falcons have plenty of talent, led by QB Matt Ryan, and have largely been competitive, but they have been decimated by injuries on defence.

26. Denver (1-3): The Broncos are hoping to get back starting QB Drew Lock from injury this week; if not, it will again be undrafted free agent Brett Rypien in a very tough matchup at New England.

27. Miami (1-3): Coach Brian Flores has said that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at QB this week, but that he had to think about it means the Tua Tagovailoa Era is imminent.

28. Houston (0-4): The Texans’ Bill O’Brien was the first coach fired this season on Monday; he was also the team’s general manager. One hot rumour: Houston will chase Clemson’s Dabo Swinney (for 2021 and beyond) to reunite him with Deshaun Watson.

29. Washington (1-3): Washington is going backward and Dwayne Haskins’ time as the starting quarterback may be up if the team loses at home to the Rams on Sunday.

30. Jacksonville (1-3): Doug Marrone got off the coaching hot seat with a Week 1 upset of Colts, but that’s looking more and more like a huge fluke each day as the Jags haven’t won since. Marrone is back on the hot seat.

31. New York Giants (0-4): Daniel Jones can’t stop turning the ball over, but at least the G-Men showed a pulse in pushing the Rams in Week 4.

32. New York Jets (0-4): How is Coach Adam Gase still employed? (we may just copy-paste that statement each week) QB Sam Darnold reportedly will miss Week 5, and that might not be such a bad thing.

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