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NFL Power Rankings: New Team Sinks To Bottom After Week 5

Five weeks into the NFL season, and six teams still remain perfect, one team remains winless, and almost all of the remaining 25 a



Five weeks into the NFL season, and six teams still remain perfect, one team remains winless, and almost all of the remaining 25 are largely interchangeable. The Bears went from being unanimously the worst team in the NFL (according to our Week 3 power rankings) to winning two back-to-back games; the injury-plagued Cowboys went from 2-0 to 2-3; and a huge chunk of teams look like they’ve never heard the word “consistency”. With so many teams still hovering right around the .500 mark, it falls to our panel of writers to sort the wheat from the chaff in this week’s power rankings.

You can see our previous power rankings at the link below: Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 |

(Panel: Gur Samuel, David Venables, Edd Hodsdon, Remy Cabache, Toby Durant, Tom Parry-Jones, Charlie Anderson, Pete Hallifax)

1. New England Patriots (4-0)

Last week: #1

GS = 1, DV = 1, EH = 2, RC = 1, TD = 1, TPJ = 1, CA = 1, PH = 1

After their early bye week, the Patriots lost none of their momentum. Tom Brady continued his rampage through the league with a 30-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The offense has several strong playmakers and a relatively good offensive line, and the front seven is one of the most dominant in the league. (EH)

2. Green Bay Packers (5-0)

Last week: #2

GS = 3, DV = 2, EH = 3, RC = 2, TD = 2, TPJ = 2, CA = 2, PH = 2

Rodgers found a way to give the ball away three times at home, yet still guide the Packers to a comfortable victory against the Rams. (DV)

3. Cincinnati Bengals (5-0)

Last week: #3

GS = 2, DV = 3, EH = 4, RC = 3, TD = 3, TPJ = 3, CA = , PH = 3

Cincinnati are really starting to look like the real deal, as they came from behind to beat the Seahawks in overtime. (TPJ)

=4. Arizona Cardinals (4-1)

Last week: =#5

GS = 5, DV = 5, EH = 1, RC = 5, TD = 6, TPJ = 7, CA = 5, PH = 6

Despite their loss to the St. Louis Rams, the Cardinals look like one of the most complete teams in the NFL, if not the most complete. Their defense has more pick-6’s than some teams have interceptions and are performing very well. The old guard of Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, and Chris Johnson have this offense clicking and firing on all cylinders. Bruce Arians is definitely one of the best coaches in the NFL. (RC)

=4. Atlanta Falcons (5-0)

Last week: #4

GS = 4, DV = 6, EH = 6, RC = 6, TD = 6, TPJ = 4, CA = 4, PH = 4

The Falcons continued their impressive start under rookie head coach Dan Quinn with a 25-19 overtime win against the Redskins thanks to Robert Alford’s 59 yard pick six. The running game can win games when Matt Ryan and Julio Jones struggle or are shut down, and the defense plays just well enough to keep Atlanta in tough games. The Falcons look ripe to win the NFC South and return to the playoffs. (EH)

6. Denver Broncos (5-0)

Last week: =#5

GS = 7, DV = 4, EH = 5, RC = 5, TD = 4, TPJ = 6, CA = 6, PH = 6

Peyton Manning gave Charles Woodson two reasons to have a very happy birthday. As painful as it is to watch,  the great man is waning. On the other side of the ball, however, the Broncos are elite. Provided they stay injury free, the AFC west will belong to Denver. (PH)

7. Carolina Panthers (4-0)

Last week: #7

GS = 6, DV = 7, EH = 7, RC = 7, TD = 7, TPJ = 5, CA = 11, PH = 7

The Panthers had a bye week so remain undefeated. They should have Luke Kuechly back which will only elevate their defensive play, so if Cam Newton can stay consistent or even improve, the Panthers will be a dangerous team. (RC)

8. New York Jets (3-1)

Last week: #8

GS = 9, DV = 9, EH = 8, RC = 8, TD = 10, TPJ = 9, CA = 9, PH = 8

The D for Gang Green is elite. The line is beastly and the secondary is deep, including the best corner to play the game. The offense is just good enough; Ryan Fitzpatrick won’t lose you any games, and he has weapons in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker along with a very, very good running back in Chris Ivory. (PH)

9. New York Giants (3-2)

Last week: #12

GS = 8, DV = 8, EH = 11, RC = 15, TD = 8, TPJ = 10, CA = 10, PH = 11

A nice way to win in the red-eye game against the 49ers. Eli Manning produced the goods when it mattered, and can only be helped when Victor Cruz returns. (DV)

10. Buffalo Bills (3-2)

Last week: #11

GS = 10, DV = 13, EH = 13, RC = 9, TD = 19, TPJ = 8, CA = 7, PH = 9

A one-point victory over a poor Titans side shouldn’t be much to shout about, but it helps the Bills to a 3-2 record on the season and a potential challenge to the Jets for an AFC Wildcard spot. (TPJ)

11. Seattle Seahawks (2-3)

Last week: #9

GS = 12, DV = 10, EH = 9, RC = 10, TD = 9, TPJ = 17, CA = 12, PH = 10

No-one wants to write-off the Seahawks just yet – they’ve managed to keep intact the core of the team that carried them to the last two Super Bowls – but with their only wins coming against a then-winless Bears, and a still-winless Lions, it’s fair to start asking if Seattle have peaked. Their game against the currently undefeated Carolina Panthers this Sunday will tell a lot: if the Seahawks win, they remain in the hunt for the postseason; if they lose, expect to see them tumble down next week’s power rankings. (GS)

12. Minnesota Vikings (2-2)

Last week: #10

GS = 11, DV = 11, EH = 10, RC = 12, TD = 14, TPJ = 11, CA = 13, PH = 13

The Vikings had a bye week this week. They need to come out of their bye strong to show they are still the second best team in the NFC North (RC)

#13. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)

Last week: #13

GS = 13, DV = 12, EH = 16, RC = 11, TD = 13, TPJ = 13, CA = 8, PH = 17

Came away with a tough win against San Diego after utilising the strengths of both Mike Vick and Le’Veon Bell. Had guts to go for it with the game on the line, but it was that courage that came through to win. (DV)

14. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)

Last week: =#17

GS = 20, DV = 14, EH = 18, RC = 13, TD = 16, TPJ = 12, CA = 10, PH = 14

The Colts will be hoping to have Andrew Luck back for the Patriots’ visit to Indy on Sunday night. The win against Houston was more a function of the Texans shooting themselves in the foot, but still, a divisional win is a divisional win. (PH)

15. San Diego Chargers (2-3)

Last week: #15

GS = 17, DV = 15, EH = 17, RC = 14, TD = 15, TPJ = 14, CA = 15, PH = 12

The Chargers failed to beat the Steelers in San Diego despite the Steelers being without Roethlisberger and holding a lead at multiple times. The defense showed that it can be very good, they just need to put offense and defense together. (RC)

16. St Louis Rams (2-3)

Last week: #14

GS = 15, DV = 18, EH = 12, RC = 17, TD = 11, TPJ = 19, CA = 17, PH = 18

After picking off Aaron Rodgers twice at Lambeau on Sunday in a losing effort, the Rams remain an unpredictable quantity. Not consistent enough to make the playoffs, but good enough to play spoiler, especially in their own division. (PH)

17. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)

Last week: =#22

GS = 18, DV = 21, EH = 21, RC = 16, TD = 12, TPJ = 16, CA = 16, PH = 16

The Eagles managed to find their form against a terrible Saints defense. Sam Bradford had 333 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two bad picks. The Eagles had 156 yards on the ground and dominated the Saints in a 39-17 win. Is this the start of a winning streak for the disappointing Eagles? (EH)

18. Cleveland Browns (2-3)

Last week: =#24

GS = 21, DV = 20, EH = 14, RC = 21, TD = 17, TPJ = 15, CA = 18, PH = 19

The Browns have to thank the Ravens for handing the game to them on Sunday. Josh McCown tore apart the league’s worst secondary for over 450 yards passing, while tight end Gary Barnidge has been a revelation, not including his ridiculous touchdown grab with his ass! (DV)

19. Oakland Raiders (2-3)

Last week: =19 GS = 16, DV = 17, EH = 19, RC = 20, TD = 18, TPJ = 18, CA = 25, PH = 21

The Raiders are on a 2 game losing streak now after starting very well. This is largely due to the amount of youth in key positions; however, they have shown that they can play incredibly well in big spots. Charles Woodson also looks like he will never age and leads the league in interceptions. (RC)

20. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)

Last week: #16

GS = 19, DV = 16, EH = 28, RC = 19, TD = 22, TPJ = 20, CA = 19, PH = 20

Dallas just aren’t that good without Tony Romo or Dez Bryant. They barely moved the ball against New England. The sole highlight for Dallas was the play of Greg Hardy and Jack Crawford, who got to Brady at will during the first half. (PH)

=21. Baltimore Ravens (1-4)

Last week: =#19

GS = 22, DV = 28, EH = 15, RC = 23, TD = 24, TPJ = 23, CA = 24, PH = 15

I have defended the Ravens for so long, but now I am throwing in the towel on their playoff hopes. Why? The defense can’t get off the field on third downs or in the fourth quarter. The offensive playcalling is too unimaginative when the game is on the line, plus it features no playmaking wide receivers. Joe Flacco is the only fit and working member of this franchise right now. Time for an overhaul. (DV)

=21. Washington Redskins (2-3)

Last week: #21

GS = 14, DV = 19, EH = 26, RC = 24, TD = 25, TPJ = 22, CA = 22, PH = 22

The Redskins hot start seems to be diminishing a little. The offense is struggling and the defense’s weaknesses are being exposed. Kirk Cousins can’t take care of the ball and DeSean Jackson’s absence is seemingly having a big impact as they are struggling for big plays. (RC)

23. Tennessee Titans (1-3)

Last week: =#22

GS = 25, DV = 25, EH = 20, RC = 22, TD = 20, TPJ = 27, CA = 21, PH = 26

Tennessee haven’t exactly had a great time of it so far this year. They’ve beaten the Bucs, but they’ve lost against the unpredictable Browns, the AFC South Kings the Colts, and the scary front seven of the Buffalo Bills. It should get better against Miami, Houston and New Orleans, but with Atlanta coming into Nashville during that stretch I can see the Titans at 4 – 4 halfway through the season. (PH)

24. Kansas City Chiefs (1-4)

Last week: =#17

GS = 28, DV = 26, EH = 24, RC = 18, TD = 21, TPJ = 24, CA = 23, PH = 24

The Chiefs really struggled to close out the game against the Bears, and to make matters worse, Jamaal Charles is done for the season after tearing his ACL in a non-contact incident. Without a confident quarterback due to Alex Smith’s hesitation in throwing downfield, the Chiefs don’t have the offense to make up for Charles’ loss. (EH)

25. Chicago Bears (2-3)

Last week: #=31

GS = 23, DV = 23, EH = 22, RC = 27, TD = 28, TPJ = 21, CA = 26, PH = 23

The Bears now have 2 wins in a row since Jay Cutler has returned, and he hasn’t looked bad, especially as he was without Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal. Furthermore, the defense has played well two weeks in a row now. (RC)

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)

Last week: #30

GS = 26, DV = 22, EH = 23, RC = 28, TD = 26, TPJ = 26, CA = 28, PH = 25

Won a shootout against a hot Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Doug Martin will carry this team to a few more wins, but Jameis Winston is still yet to display that he can do the same. (DV)

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)

Last week: =#24

GS = 30, DV = 24, EH = 25, RC = 25, TD = 29, TPJ = 29, CA = 27, PH = 28

The Jags are not the Jags of two years ago, that’s for sure, but they still aren’t great. Yes, they have so far played the Panthers, Colts and Patriots, but really, they should have done better against Tampa Bay. (PH)

28. San Francisco 49ers (1-4)

Last week: =#31

GS = 24, DV = 27, EH = 27, RC = 30, TD = 23, TPJ = 31, CA = 30, PH = 27

They will take heart in pushing the Giants close, but ultimately, their defense let the Giants hang around long enough to take the win. Their next game is against the Ravens, who they faced in the Super Bowl just three short years ago. How times change… (DV)

29. New Orleans Saints (1-4)

Last week: #26

GS = 27, DV = 29, EH = 29, RC = 29, TD = 27, TPJ = 30, CA = 20, PH = 32

The Saints really miss Jimmy Graham. On offense they are struggling to really get going and their defense certainly isn’t doing them any favours. They could have a rough year if the Panthers and Falcons stay hot.  (RC)

30. Miami Dolphins (1-3)

Last week: #28

GS = 32, DV = 31, EH = 20, RC = 26, TD = 31, TPJ = 28, CA = 29, PH = 29

A quiet bye week that was highlighted by the firing of defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, and the running of the Oklahoma drill in interim head coach Dan Campbell’s first training session. Time will tell if the Dolphins can get back on track. (DV)

31. Houston Texans (1-4)

Last week: #29

GS = 29, DV = 30, EH = 31, RC = 31, TD = 31, TPJ = 28, CA = 31, PH = 29

The Texans certainly aren’t the team lots of people expected them to be. Ryan Mallett hasn’t looked at all good and Bryan Hoyer isn’t much better, if at all. The JJ Watt/Jadeveon Clowney combination hasn’t wreaked the havoc it was supposed to. The Texans need to get something going soon. (RC)

32. Detroit Lions (0-5)

Last week: #27

GS = 31, DV = 32, EH = 32, RC = 32, TD = 32, TPJ = 32, CA = 32, PH = 31

During their 42-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Lions benched quarterback Matthew Stafford after three picks. When the only team that hasn’t yet won a game this season benches its starting quarterback, it’s never a good sign. The Lions need to turn things around. Fast. (EH)

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Gur Samuel

Hi! I'm Gur and I'm RealSport's Editor-in-Chief. I'm also currently the site's tennis editor, and contribute to our NFL, wrestling and Formula 1 coverage as well. I'm also an NFL analyst for CNN International and contributor to SB Nation, and have contributed to, or been interviewed by, various print, broadcast and online media, including the BBC, Mail Online, ABC, NBC, CBS, the Boston Globe, and Yahoo! Sports.

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