With bye weeks now playing a role in the NFL season, we will see less games per week, but will be able to focus more on those who will play each week. Bye weeks can get funky, as a team like the Atlanta Falcons do not get a chance to prove how good (or how not so good) they are, while the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers put on a show. That is why power rankings are so fun and subjective! Here is how our week 5 NFL power ranking shape out.
5-0 Kansas City Chiefs
Even on a short week and having to play a road game in primetime, the Chiefs utterly dominated on all three sides of the ball to keep their undefeated season. They are undoubtedly the most complete team in the NFL.
3-2 New England Patriots
The defense looked a lot better on their short week, as the Patriots won despite a subpar performance from Tom Brady. Make that four straight games with a Chris Hogan touchdown, who will be looking to keep it rolling at the Patriots travel to MetLife to take on the 3-2 New York Jets.
3-1 Denver Broncos
The number one defense in the land will be fresh and should be expected to pick up a dominant win against a broken down, Odell Beckham-less, 0-5 New York Giants at Mile High Stadium on Sunday Night.
2-3 Houston Texans
Despite their home loss to the Chiefs, the Texans have to absolutely love what they are seeing out of Deshaun Watson. In the past two games, Watson has 10 total touchdowns (9 pass, 1 rush), one interception, and 599 total yards of offense. But with the good comes the bad, as two of their best defensive playmakers, JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus, will both miss the remainder of the season. Those can be two irreplaceable losses, no matter how awesome Watson plays.
3-2 Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars utterly dominated the Steelers at Heinz Field, picking off Ben Roethlisberger five times, while Leonard Fournette looked like the Fournette from LSU. Jags have bounced back nicely since the Jets loss, soundly beating both the Ravens and Steelers.
3-2 Pittsburgh Steelers
There seems to be major cracks in the foundation of this team, as they aren’t that intimidating on offense and have always been flawed on defense. They have all the tools to fix it quickly, but Steelers fans have to be disappointed of what they have seen so far.
3-2 New York Jets
Yes they are against the Dolphins, Browns, and Jaguars (who are good?), but the Jets are 3-2! The defense is growing and improving, while new offensive coordinator John Morton has implemented a winning gameplan for the limited Josh McCown, who has been steady. They now have the opportunity to make real headlines, as an upset over the Patriots would turn the AFC East upside down.
3-2 Baltimore Ravens
Nothing crazy here, as the Ravens took care of business against a Raiders team with their star quarterback on the sidelines. The Ravens are the definition of a boring team.
1-4 Los Angeles Chargers
They finally won a close game! Three of their four losses this year were by three, two points twice, a close game in the fourth started to feel like Groundhog Day. You know what could solve all your late game problems for at least one week? Playing the New York Giants.
2-3 Oakland Raiders
This team will undoubtedly be in trouble until Derek Carr comes back, but it’s time to wonder what has happened to Amari Cooper. Since the opening drive of the season, Cooper has only 11 catches for 104 yards.
Amari Cooper since the Raiders' opening drive of the season (essentially 5 full games): 11 catches, 104 yards, 0 TD. On 31 targets.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 9, 2017
2-3 Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green balled out with seven catches for 189 yards and a touchdown, as this Bengals offense has come alive since the firing of their offensive coordinator. As a team, they don’t strike the fear into me, as they now enjoy a bye week after two straight victories.
3-2 Buffalo Bills
The Bills were a feel-good story in the first month, but if you want to be seen as legitimate in this league, you have to take care of business against a team like the Bengals. Like the Bengals, they will also enjoy their bye week.
2-2 Miami Dolphins
The ugliest wins for one of the least exciting teams in the league. The Dolphins finally play in front of their home crowd for the first time all season, but can barely beat a Matt Cassel led Titans team. Jay Ajayi is struggling and Jay Cutler is well, still Jay Cutler. Don’t be shocked if he gets benched at some point this season.
2-3 Tennessee Titans
The Titans fall to 2-3, as they have given up an NFL worst 142 points this season. They will get the Monday Night spotlight this week, hoping Marcus Mariota makes it back to the field.
2-3 Indianapolis Colts
Jacoby Brissett is becoming a nice quarterback and put together a very nice game on Peyton Manning day. With Andrew Luck now practicing and the team at 2-3 in a weird division, the Colts aren’t dead!
0-5 Cleveland Browns
If you need to summarize the Browns in a sentence: The worst team in the league benched their rookie quarterback, as their record moved to 1-20 since the start of last season. But hey, at least Myles Garrett looked awesome in his first game.
Myles Garrett first play as a Cleveland Brown is a sack pic.twitter.com/BEGm3sJTI5
— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) October 8, 2017
3-1 Philadelphia Eagles
After his four touchdown performance this week, it’s safe to say that Carson Wentz can officially be given the title “franchise quarterback.” The Eagles are anchored by perhaps the best offensive and defensive line duo and skilled playmakers around Wentz. The Eagles should be considered the favorite for the NFC East at this point in the season.
3-2 Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers continues to show he is a bad, bad man, with yet another 4th quarterback comeback drive with seconds remaining in the game. Rodgers rightfully deserves the headlines, as his 18 4th quarter touchdowns are the most since 2016, but running back Aaron Jones also impressed in the Packers’ big win against the Cowboys at Jerry’s World.
3-1 Atlanta Falcons
Can’t fault a team that didn’t play, as the Falcons look to keep rolling against a troubled Dolphins team in week 6.
2-2 Washington Redskins
Same thing here goes for the Redskins, who let a defining game get away from them in their last game in Kansas City. They should be able to bounce back against the 49ers at home this week.
2-3 Dallas Cowboys
This whole team really played well, especially on the offensive side of the ball, but 70+ seconds was too much time for Aaron Rodgers, and the Cowboys paid the price. They will have to wait two weeks to have a chance to get back to .500, as they will be on a bye in week six.
3-2 Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks showed the Rams they are still the boss, cooling down the red hot Rams. The Seahawks defense is still elite and the offensive line is slowly getting better, even though it is clearly their Achilles’ heel.
4-1 Carolina Panthers
After a week of handling a foolish controversy in which he can only blame himself, Cam Newton didn’t let it bother him, as he completely controlled and dominated this game in Detroit. It was a good day for the Panthers, as Christian McCaffrey scored his first career NFL touchdown and the defense relatively kept Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense in check.
3-2 Detroit Lions
I still believe they are a complete team, but if they want to be seen as a top tier NFC team, they have to win those games against the Panthers. If the Packers are going to start to heat up here, then the Lions will have to keep up or once again, settle for a wild card spot race, which isn’t going to be easy this year.
3-2 Los Angeles Rams
The Rams were put in their place by the Seahawks, but Rams fans hope this loss humbles them and motivates them to improve, and not break their spirits. The Rams are still one of the most intriguing, young teams in the NFL.
2-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs haven’t been able to get into any sort of groove, as their four games this season have been W-L-W-L. Jameis Winston missed a lot of opportunities on Thursday and couldn’t capitalize against the Patriots at home, despite putting up big yardage numbers. He missed a lot of throws he should have completed and missed open players in general. If they want to compete this season, they have to take care of business against a bad Cardinals team this week.
3-2 Minnesota Vikings
A win is a win, but this is as disheartening of a win as you can get. It is upsetting to watch Sam Bradford go down once again, which calls for concerns about his future in the league. This defense can play, but with a subpar offense who is now missing their best playmaker in Dalvin Cook, it’s hard to see the Vikings competing in any sort of playoff race in a highly competitive NFC.
2-2 New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees and the Saints will defend their two game win streak against the Lions at the Superdome in week 6.
2-3 Arizona Cardinals
This Cardinals defense was supposed to be the strength of this team, as instead it has been exposed all year, giving up 125 points, second most in the NFC. With little playmakers on both ends of the ball, the Cardinals play like a 1-4 or 0-5 team as their only wins are against the 49ers and Colts.
0-5 San Francisco 49ers
The 0-16 watch is officially on, as the 49ers lose a heartbreaker in an overtime game in Indianapolis. The 49ers should be able to find themselves a win, as four of their fives losses have come by three,, two, three, and three points/
1-4 Chicago Bears
The rebuilding process is fully on, as the Mitchell Trubisky era is officially underway. John Fox pulled a couple of tricks out his bag, with a casual fake punt touchdown and an awesome 2-point conversion play. However, he could be a dead duck, as you can think the Bears pair Trubisky with a young, offensive-minded coach moving forward.
The Bears just ran the greatest 2 point conversion play of all time pic.twitter.com/rgZhFYJq17
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) October 10, 2017
0-5 New York Giants
Lifeless. This Giants season is officially over, as the Giants have failed to win a game this season and have lost Odell Beckham for the season. In an ironic twist, it will be this New York team’s fan base who is already looking at 2018 mock drafts, potentially for a new franchise quarterback. Major, franchise-altering decision will have to be made in the coming months, including: New head coach, potential new general manager, Eli Manning’s future, potentially drafting a new franchise quarterback, and Odell’s contract.
NFL Power Rankings
|1. Kansas City Chiefs||1. Philadelphia Eagles|
|2. New England Patriots||2. Green Bay Packers|
|3. Denver Broncos||3. Atlanta Falcons|
|4. Houston Texans||4. Washington Redskins|
|5. Jacksonville Jaguars||5. Dallas Cowboys|
|6. Pittsburgh Steelers||6. Seattle Seahawks|
|7. New York Jets||7. Carolina Panthers|
|8. Baltimore Ravens||8. Detroit Lions|
|9. Los Angeles Chargers||9. Los Angeles Rams|
|10. Oakland Raiders||10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|11. Cincinnati Bengals||11. Minnesota Vikings|
|12. Tennessee Titans||12. New Orleans Saints|
|13. Buffalo Bills||13. Arizona Cardinals|
|14. Miami Dolphins||14. San Francisco 49ers|
|15. Indianapolis Colts||15. Chicago Bears|
|16. Cleveland Browns||16. New York Giants|