NFL Power Rankings: Week 5

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There is a new leader in the clubhouse this week, following New England’s first loss.


New England falls, as others reap the benefits of that loss. We begin to get a better idea of which teams will begin their push towards the playoffs, as the season reaches the quarter mark.

Rank
Last Week
Team
Record
Comments
32
32
cleveland
0-4
Death, taxes and the Browns losing football games. It feels good, man. Cleveland is tanking for something. Who knows what.
31
27
miami
1-3
Miami is not a good football team. 222 total yards against the Bengals, 74 of those coming on one passing play. Goodness, what are you doing down there, Miami?
30
26
detroit
1-3
THE LOINS ARE BACK IN TOWN. Your franchise is cursed. Fold and move to Mars.
29
28
san-francisco
1-3
A 14-0 start was not enough for San Francisco. They blew that lead and lost by a TD to a rookie QB. Smh. Also, Blaine Gabbert is not good.
28
31
chicago
1-3
Chicago won a football game! Congratulations guys, you earned it. Oh, it was against Detroit? Cancel the Super Bowl parade.
27
25
tampa-bay
1-3
After a fantastic opening week game, the Buccaneers crashed back to Earth HARD. Jameis Winston definitely loves throwing interceptions.
26
24
indianapolis
1-3
Indianapolis, your defensive efforts are offensive and your offensive line is as strong as a wet paper bag. I don't have enough room to tell you how poor your team is.
25
23
san-diego
1-3
Phil Rivers, I feel for you my dude. You're most certainly not a terrible QB, you just play for a pretty poor franchise. Keep slangin' the rock.
24
19
tennessee
1-3
The Titans are in a mess. From the start of the season, everything felt like one giant punt. How do we know? They fired their special teams coach after Sunday's loss. Why? Who knows.
23
30
new-orleans
1-3
Infants would have a better chance at fielding a decent starting defensive unit, when compared to this Saints' defense. This defense is still on pace to allow the 2nd-most points in NFL history. They won, so we're supposed to be nice..good job, Drew Brees.
22
29
jacksonville
1-3
The hype machine finally collects their first win of the season. Jacksonville certainly played poorly enough to lose this game, but Indianapolis damn near laid an egg in London. The Jaguars better hope this is momentum, that AFC South might become wide open shortly.
21
18
new-jets
1-3
Ryan Fitzpatrick keeps throwing interceptions. Until you lock up the beast, you will continue to suck. He can not be trusted.
20
21
washington
2-2
Well, you beat Cleveland. Congratulations? I mean, Matt Jones looked real strong and Kirk Cousins really managed that game well.
19
8
carolina
1-3
Nobody knows what is wrong with the Panthers. Their defense is lackluster, after a year where it was one of the league's best. To make things worse, Cam Newton might miss time with a concussion.
18
13
arizona
1-3
Kind of like Carolina, we aren't really sure what is going wrong in Arizona. Something isn't right, and they're looking like they might be without Carson Palmer this week. The playoff ship continues to sail away so early in the season.
17
22
buffalo
2-2
*shakes self awake*

What the hell? Two weeks in a row, the Bills defeat a Super Bowl contender. Granted, no Brady but a win is a win is a win. Buffalo moves to .500, good work. The Bills are trending in the right direction.
16
14
new-giants
2-2
After two wins, the Giants have gotten got the past two weeks. Granted, they lost to Minnesota this week. Either way, things aren't completely terrible for this team.
15
12
kansas-city
2-2
Ouch, Kansas City. Just burn the film from Sunday night's game. An embarrassing effort on all levels for this franchise.
14
16
dallas
3-1
Prescott and Elliott continue to impress. What a rookie one-two punch the Cowboys have! Challenges lie ahead but enjoy it for now.
13
15
oakland
3-1
Oakland is for real, people. These kids are a lot of fun to watch. Derek Carr has really created a wonderful relationship with Michael Crabtree (3 TD catches this week) and the Raiders defense is playing good enough to be 3-1.
12
11
cincinnati
2-2
Cincinnati's defense returned to form on Thursday night, which was expected when facing Miami. 5 sacks and an interception will certainly make that squad feel good heading into an extended break.
11
20
los-angeles
3-1
Quite possibly the best story out of the first quarter of the NFL season. After a handful of seasons with some "7-9 bullshit", the Rams are a little under halfway to their expected win total for the season. Their defense looks very strong and the offense finally remembered that you need to score to win.
10
10
houston
3-1
Coming off their first loss of the young season and the loss of J.J. Watt, Houston wanted to come out and pull momentum back in their favor. Good thing they played Tennessee this week, things are OK in Houston for now.
9
17
atlanta
3-1
Atlanta didn't just look good this week, they looked REALLY good this week. Matt Ryan over 500 yards passing and Julio Jones at exactly 300 receiving yards (!!!). My goodness.
8
9
seattle
3-1
Cyborg Russell Wilson continues to be just magnificent. 309 yards and 3 TDs, while playing with a high-ankle sprain and an MCL sprain. My body hurts just writing this sentence.
7
7
green-bay
2-1
BYE WEEK
6
5
baltimore
3-1
Baltimore suffered the taste of defeat for the first time this season, with a tough loss to a talented Raiders squad. Nothing to hang their head about, but they can't let it linger.
5
6
pittsburgh
3-1
After suffering a humbling loss to the Eagles last week, the Steelers turned the other cheek and laid the beat 'em down on Kansas City. Pittsburgh continues to be a scary team.
4
1
new-england
3-1
New England exceeded expectation, recording 3 wins in 4 games without Tom Brady. With that being said, the Patriots were on the tracks while the Bills' train was coming through this week. Not much could've been done. Could turn out to be a bad loss, but Brady is back next week.
3
3
philadelphia
3-0
BYE WEEK
2
4
minnesota
4-0
Sam Bradford has evolved into a very talented game manager this season. That tends to happen when you have to do just enough to win when your defense is one of the best units in the league. Watch out for these guys.
1
2
denver
4-0
Denver's defense does the damn thing again: 5 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 fumble recovery. The Broncos lost Trevor Siemian to a sprained AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder, but rookie Paxton Lynch looked solid in relief (14 of 20, 170 yds.,1 TD).

Written by Ryan Wolfe

Ryan Wolfe is the founder and editor-in-chief of BLTD Sports. He can be heard on the BLTD Podcast. Ryan's writing is also featured over at TheHockeyWriters.com.

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