NFL Week 5 Power Rankings

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Who’s Hot

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs had to be worried after the first quarter pick-6 by Tom Brady, which made it a pick-6 in 3 of his last 4 played games. Tampa’s struggles persisted for the rest of the first half, but then Josh Kelly’s fumble at the end of the half was just what the doctor ordered. A Brady touchdown to Mike Evans cut the deficit to 24-14, and from that point on Brady was nearly flawless the rest of the day accounting for 5 touchdown passes as the Bucs won their third straight game, comfortably sitting atop the NFC South early on this season. Tampa’s defenses had its struggles throughout the game, but aside from the 75-yard bomb that Justin Herbert threw in the face of pressure off of his back foot, the Bucs defense held strong to seal the win, including a game-sealing interception by CB Carlton Davis.

 

Cleveland Browns: The Browns new head coach Kevin Stefanski must be given his flowers because finally, we are seeing the potential of this Browns offense, and this is without seeing elite quarterback play in Baker Mayfield. Watching Cleveland last season, it was clear that their strengths were in the running game and then building off of the success of Nick Chubb with play-action passing. Stefanski, much like he did with the Vikings, has come in and made it a priority to get the ball in the hands of their playmakers using creative play calls. The Browns have joined the class of the Ravens and 49ers as the premier run team in the NFL, as they are averaging over 200 yards on the ground in the first quarter of the season. Cause for concern in Cleveland is their defense, however. They went into the 4th quarter leading 41-14, but somehow let Dallas make it a 3 point game. This game was the third game this season where they allowed over 35 points. With the support of their run game grinding away the clock, Cleveland’s defense has to find a way to be more stout in the closing moments to secure wins.

 

Green Bay Packers: The Packers continued their winning ways against a helpless Atlanta team on Monday Night Football. Aaron Rodgers’ revenge tour keeps on chugging along with a 4 touchdown performance passing to the likes of Robert Tonyan with his top two receivers sitting on the sideline. Even without their top receivers, Green Bay boasts the best backfield tandem in the league when it comes to versatility in both the run and passing game. Both Aaron Jones and Jamal Williams are more than comfortable enough splitting out wide and running routes, a skill that was on full display as they combined for 13 receptions 135 yards, and 1 touchdown receiving. The biggest positive from this performance was on the defensive side of the ball because we know that as long as Rodgers is pulling the trigger Green Bay will put up points.  As bad as Atlanta is, their offense normally will put up points and yards, but Green Bay held them in check, led by Za’Darius Smith and his 3 sacks,  allowing for a comfortable Packers victory.

 

Who’s Not

NFC East: After this week, the NFC East leader is the 1-2-1 Philadelphia Eagles, by far the worst division leader this season. The division may come down to Dallas or Philly, neither of them proving to be solid contenders with major flaws on their teams. Through the first quarter, Dallas has shown they can have an elite offense at times, but they are mistake-prone and feature the worst defense in the league who gave up 49 points to the Browns. Dallas is the worst scoring defense in the league giving up 36.5 points. In Philadelphia, it seems to be the opposite because they boast a solid defense, but their offense is one of the worst in the league. Even though they beat San Francisco on Sunday, their offense still was not particularly sharp going against a depleted 9ers defense. The winner of this division is definitely the early favorite to be the worst division champ this year who gets to host a home playoff game.

 

Arizona Cardinals: After the first two weeks, Arizona had the look of a sneaky contender, but these past two weeks have set them back. After a loss to Detroit at home, the Cardinals went to Carolina and took another L. This past week was downright embarrassing getting dominated by Carolina on both sides of the ball. The total yardage in the game was 444 to 262 in favor of Carolina. They seem to have a winnable game on Sunday against the Jets, but they cannot overlook any opponents, because if you could look back at the last two weeks you could have said the same thing.

 

Houston Texans: The Texans finally made the move many people were calling for, firing  Bill O’Brien making him the first coach in the unemployment line this season. The Texans lost to the winless Minnesota Vikings at home placing them at 0-4 this season. And to make matters worse, both their first and second-round pick this season is owed to the Miami Dolphins as a result of the Laremy Tunsil trade last season. The Texans have put themselves in a tough spot where they continue to waste the superb talents of Deshaun Watson.

 

Top Performances Week 4: “You Must Win To Get In”

Tom Brady: 30/46 (65% completion) 369 yards 5 td 1 int 117.0 passer rating

 

Aaron Rodgers: 27/33 (82% completion) 327 yards 4 td 0 int 147.5 passer rating

 

Joe Mixon: 151 rushing yards 6.0 YPC 6 receptions 30 receiving yards 3 total TD

 

Odell Beckham Jr.: 5 reception 81 receiving yards 73 rushing yards 3 total TD 

 

Za’Darius Smith: 8 tackles 4 TFL 3 sacks 5 QB hits

 

     1. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)

Previous Ranking: 1

 

2. Seattle Seahawks (4-0)

Previous Ranking: 2

 

3 . Green Bay Packers (4-0)

Previous Ranking: 3

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)

Previous Ranking: 4

 

5. Buffalo Bills (4-0)

Previous Ranking: 5

 

6. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)

Previous Ranking: 6

 

7. Los Angeles Rams (3-1)

Previous Ranking: 7

 

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1)

Previous Ranking: 12

 

9. Tennessee Titans (3-0)

Previous Ranking: 8

 

10. Indianapolis Colts (3-1)

Previous Ranking: 16

 

11. New England Patriots (2-2)

Previous Ranking: 10

 

12. New Orleans Saints (2-2)

Previous Ranking: 15

 

13. Cleveland Browns (3-1)

Previous Ranking: 17

 

14. Las Vegas Raiders (2-2)

Previous Ranking: 14

 

15. Arizona Cardinals (2-2)

Previous Ranking: 9

 

16. San Francisco 49ers (2-2)

Previous Ranking: 11

 

17. Chicago Bears (3-1)

Previous Ranking: 18

 

18. Dallas Cowboys (1-3)

Previous Ranking: 13

 

19. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2-1)

Previous Ranking: 23

 

20. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)

Previous Ranking: 24

 

21. Carolina Panthers (2-2)

Previous Ranking: 28

 

22. Detroit Lions (1-3)

Previous Ranking: 19

 

23. Los Angeles Chargers (1-3)

Previous Ranking: 21

 

24. Houston Texans (0-4)

Previous Ranking: 20

 

25. Atlanta Falcons (0-4)

Previous Ranking: 25

 

26. Washington Football Team (1-3)

Previous Ranking: 22

 

27. Cincinnati Bengals (1-2-1)

Previous Ranking: 29

 

28. Miami Dolphins (1-3)

Previous Ranking: 26

 

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3)

Previous Ranking: 27

 

30. Denver Broncos (1-3)

Previous Ranking: 30

31. New York Giants (0-4)

Previous Ranking: 31

32. New York Jets (0-4)

Previous Ranking: 32

 

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