NFL Power Rankings Week 5

Right now, choosing the best teams and worst team in the NFL is easy: The Minnesota Vikings top the power rankings, being the only remaining undefeated. The Cleveland Browns are at the bottom, still looking for their first win.

Matt Ryan & the Atlanta Falcons are the first team to beat the Broncos in 2016
Matt Ryan & the Atlanta Falcons are the first team to beat the Broncos in 2016
  1. Minnesota Vikings (5-0): This isn’t just defense. Sam Bradford had the second highest QBR in week 5.
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1): Two games with Le’Veon Bell, both at home, 74 points. Not bad.
  3. New England Patriots (4-1): Having a tight end duo like Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski makes it easy for anyone.
  4. Atlanta Falcons (4-1): The Falcons might be for real, and a lot has to do with Matt Ryan having a double threat in both running backs, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.
  5. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1): Turning the ball twice (one should have been a dead ball) while giving up almost three-times your average in points usually results in a loss. It did.
  6. Denver Broncos (4-1): Paxton Lynch might be a good quarterback one day, but right now is not that day.
  7. Seattle Seahawks (3-1): Heading out of the bye week and meeting the best offense in the NFL isn’t a dream scenario for the Seahawks.
  8. Dallas Cowboys (4-1): Rookie Ezekiel Elliott has three consecutive games with over 130 rushing yards.
  9. Green Bay Packers (3-2): Aaron Rodgers, with a career completion percentage of almost 65%, has completed just 56.1% of his throws this season.
  10. Buffalo Bills (3-2): The Bills are averaging over 170 yards on the ground since Greg Roman was fired, including 193 in the win over the Rams.
  11. Oakland Raiders (4-1): The worst of the one-loss teams. If you wanna know why, look at their defense, and what it’s been giving up.
  12. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3): If Andy Dalton continues to get poor protection, the Bengals aren’t going to compete for the AFC North.
  13. Los Angeles Rams (3-2): Case Keenum made some big mistakes, but Jeff Fisher’s play calling in the loss to Buffalo was just as bad.
  14. Washington Redskins (3-2): For the first time this season, the Redskins gave up less than 20 points in a game as they went above .500.
  15. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2): Follow the bye week by playing the Oakland Raiders, in what might decide if the Chiefs have something to “sell” in the AFC West this season.
  16. Baltimore Ravens (3-2): Two consecutive losses and terrible numbers, including Joe Flacco throwing the ball over 40 times a game, resulted in changing the offensive coordinator.
  17. New York Giants (2-3): Eli Manning looks like someone who has lost all ability to decide anything on his own. With Ben McAdoo, the Giants basically lost a good OC and didn’t gain a good HC.
  18. Indianapolis Colts (2-3): For the first time in awhile, it felt like Andrew Luck had the right plays being called for him early on and not just when the game was out of reach for the Colts.
  19. Houston Texans (3-2): Brock Osweiler has more interceptions than touchdowns through the first five games.
  20. Detroit Lions (2-3): The Lions are very closer to being 5-0 this season, and just as close to being 0-5. Tough team to read.
  21. Arizona Cardinals (2-3): The way Carson Palmer has been playing this season, maybe they should stick with Drew Stanton a while longer.
  22. San Diego Chargers (1-4): The most unluckiest team in the NFL, with a quarterback that’s getting tired of feeling on his own.
  23. New York Jets (1-4): Might have been the most overrated team heading into this season.
  24. Carolina Panthers (1-4): Same line about the Jets, insert here.
  25. Tennessee Titans (2-3): With this kind of offensive line, there’s no reason the Titans shouldn’t be as productive on offense each time.
  26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3): When the Bucs don’t try to throw the ball every time, they’re not such a bad team.
  27. New Orleans Saints (1-3): Surprisingly, their next game against the Carolina Panthers is the battle between the two worst teams in the NFC South.
  28. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3): The only one-win team in the AFC South will try to change that against the bad Chicago Bears.
  29. Chicago Bears (1-4): Losing, but at least they’re a bit more pleased with their new quarterback (Brian Hoyer) compared to the old one (Jay Cutler).
  30. Miami Dolphins (1-4): This Deadspin post on Adam Gase and his choice of coaching the Dolphins says it all. Complete rebuild is necessary.
  31. San Francisco 49ers (1-4): Blaine Gabbert, Colin Kaepernick, Christian Ponder; the problem is much bigger than who is at quarterback.
  32. Cleveland Browns (0-5): The Browns have already had five different quarterbacks take snaps for them this season. How many more are they going to try out?
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