Here’s an updated NFL Power Rankings off the Week 5 results with a first-time Number 1.
We had another head coaching change in the NFL after Week 5 with the Atlanta Falcons the latest to make a change.
1. Seattle (5-0): The Seahawks take over the top spot on the back of MVP favourite Russell Wilson, but there is one worrying sign as the 2,356 yards Seattle has given up are the most by any team through five games since the 1950 Colts. The Hawks are on the bye in Week 6.
2. Green Bay (4-0): The Packers lead the NFL in scoring at 38.0 ppg and have yet to be held under 30. They were off in Week 5 and could well take the top spot after Week 6.
3. Pittsburgh (4-0): British Columbia native Chase Claypool in a Week 5 win over Philadelphia became only the third rookie wide receiver to record four touchdowns in a single game in NFL history (Claypool had one rushing). The Steelers have played an easy schedule thus far. They finally get a challenge this week vs. Cleveland.
4. Kansas City (4-1): Forget that talk of Patrick Mahomes & Co. going 16-0. The team has lost back-to-back regular-season games under Mahomes just once but could lose again Monday in Week 6 at Buffalo.
5. Baltimore (4-1): The Ravens have the NFL’s best point differential by far at plus-73 and have won every game by at least 14 points (not counting their one loss of course).
6. Tennessee (4-0): The Titans improved to 4-0 for the second time in franchise history (also 2008) with a 42-16 win over the Bills on Tuesday. It was a stunning result, frankly, with all the COVID-19 issues on the Titans.
7. Buffalo (4-1): Let’s not read too much into Buffalo’s loss as the team was missing a few key starters. Still, the 26-point defeat Tuesday was the fifth-worst by a team that entered the game with a 4-0 or better record in the Super Bowl era.
8. Cleveland (4-1): The Browns are off to their best start 1994 and have scored 30-or-more points in four consecutive games, their longest streak since a seven-game stretch in 1968. They lead the AFC with 19 total touchdowns. Can Cleveland end a 16-game skid in Pittsburgh this Sunday?
9. LA Rams (4-1): It’s tough to get too excited about the Rams yet because all four wins have come against the atrocious NFC East. Let’s see what they do Sunday at San Francisco.
10. New Orleans (3-2): Drew Brees had just one victory in his Hall of Fame career in a game he trailed by at least 17 points. Make it two following Monday night’s shocking rally over the Chargers. New Orleans goes on the bye.
11. Tampa Bay (3-2): Huge game Sunday for Tampa Bay as the Bucs host the Packers – it’s the first time since 2014 that Tom Brady is a home underdog in a regular-season game.
12. Indianapolis (3-2): Someone has to say it – Indy needs to bench future Hall of Fame quarterback Philip Rivers following two more interceptions in a Week 5 loss to Cleveland.
13. Chicago (4-1): Are the Bears lucky or good? They squeaked another one out last Thursday vs. Tampa Bay in Week 5, but the offence is not improving at all.
14. New England (2-2): The Patriots need to trade for a tight end to help Cam Newton. They have a woeful three catches for 44 yards from their tight ends.
15. Las Vegas (3-2): Vegas probably doesn’t want the bye in Week 6 after playing terrific this past Sunday in upsetting the Chiefs in Kansas City.
16. Arizona (3-2): Don’t be surprised if the Cardinals try to boost their running game by signing former Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell, who was released by the Jets on Tuesday. The Cards have lost star pass-rushing linebacker Chandler Jones to a season-ending injury.
17. Carolina (3-2): Rookie coach Matt Rhule is doing a fantastic job with this team as the Cats are on a three-game winning streak after winning just five all of last year with a much more veteran squad.
18. San Francisco (2-3): The Niners at full strength aren’t a 2-3 team or the 18th-best in the NFL, but they are far from full strength right now.
19. Philadelphia (1-3-1): Philly is the top NFC East team simply by default. Some good news: The Eagles have been approved to start having limited fans at home games beginning Sunday vs. Baltimore.
20. Dallas (2-3): We picked the Cowboys to reach the Super Bowl in August. Go ahead and erase that because they have lost star QB Dak Prescott for the season. Dallas can still make the playoffs with Andy Dalton but isn’t winning the conference.
21. LA Chargers (1-4): Seriously, this might be the best/unluckiest 1-4 team in NFL history as all four losses are by one score. The Bolts have found their franchise QB, though, in Justin Herbert. He’s the new Offensive Rookie of the Year favourite.
22. Minnesota (1-4): The Vikings played arguably their best game Sunday but blew a late lead and lost by a point in Seattle. They also lost NFL leading rusher Dalvin Cook to a groin injury that will cost him Week 6.
23. Houston (1-4): The Texans were 0-4 under Bill O’Brien but are now 1-0 under interim coach Romeo Crennel. They have Deshaun Watson under centre and thus always have a chance in a game.
24. Miami (2-3): There seems to be a pattern on this team. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has a bad game, and the calls for rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa start, but then FitzMagic has a great game – as he did Week 5 – to keep Tua on the bench.
25. Cincinnati (1-3-1): QB Joe Burrow is going to be a good one, but this offence has been a slog at times with a horrible line in front of Burrow.
26. Denver (1-3): The Broncos had a bye foisted upon them in Week 5, but it came at a good time with a lot of guys hurt. Denver has forced just two turnovers on the season.
27. Detroit (1-3): Rather shockingly, coach Matt Patricia wasn’t fired during the club’s Week 5 bye. He absolutely should be if the Lions lose at awful Jacksonville this Sunday.
28. Washington (1-4): The Washington Football Team apparently already has given up on quarterback and 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins as he was demoted to third string in Week 5. Expect him to be traded by Nov. 3 (deadline day).
29. Jacksonville (1-4): The Jags have barely been competitive since their Week 1 win. Coach Doug Marrone could be fired this Sunday if his team is routed at home vs. Detroit.
30. New York Giants (0-5): At least the Giants showed a pulse Sunday in their near upset in Dallas. New York’s 34 points scored nearly matched what it had the first four games combined.
31. Atlanta (0-5): Owner Arthur Blank should have fired Coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff when the team started 1-7 last year – he waited on both until last Sunday’s loss. Now the Dirty Birds are a year behind.
32. New York Jets (0-5): On Tuesday, this laughingstock of a franchise released former Pro Bowl tailback Le’Veon Bell, whom they stupidly gave a $52 million contract to before the 2019 season. Joe Flacco starts at QB again this week. There’s just nothing positive to say here.
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