1. Kansas City Chiefs (–)
The Chiefs keep winning, Alex Smith continues to look like a top QB, and Kareem Hunt looks to be allergic to sub 100-yard games. Things are looking good in Kansas City. We’ll see how long the last undefeated team can go without losing a game.
2. Green Bay Packers (+2)
DeVante Adams has raised from the grave! A week ago, he took a shot that could have seriously injured the receiver, but he returned to the Packers to catch 2 TDs against the Cowboys. Another surprise performance for the Packers was backup running back, Aaron Jones, who ran for 125 yards and a TD. As much as starter Ty Montgomery wanted to play, he couldn’t feasibly expect to do so with multiple broken ribs. We’ll see how Jones is used when Montgomery gets back into the fold.
3. New England Patriots (+2)
The Patriots were able to win on TNF in Tampa Bay large in part to Stephen Gostkowski being perfect from range. Tom Brady threw for over 300 yards, but something seemed off about the veteran QB. Throughout the game, it was easy to see that he was feeling the Bucs pressure and seemed erratic in the pocket at times. Besides the eventual win, the biggest highlight from the Pats was wideout, Brandin Cooks. While Amendola and Hogan got the lion’s share of the targets, Cooks flashed the big play ability that he was traded for.
4. Atlanta Falcons (+2)
The Falcons were on bye in Week 5. They’ll play the Dolphins in Week 6.
5. Denver Broncos (+3)
The Broncos were on bye in Week 5. They’ll play the Giants in Week 6.
6. Carolina Panthers (+6)
It’s starting to look like the old Cam Newton is back. This week, he registered over 350 passing yards and 3 TDs. The coolest part of the game was when the Panthers ran a unique double option that resulted in rookie, Christian McCaffrey’s first career TD.
7. Philadelphia Eagles (+2)
If Carson Wentz keeps playing like this, the Eagles may run away with the NFC East. The Eagles have a tough TNF match-up with the Panthers, but if they can get a road win in Carolina then the sky’s the limit.
8. Detroit Lions (-6)
I probably had the Lions a little too high in last week’s power rankings, but they were an unfortunate goal-line stand from being perfect through 4 weeks. In Week 5, they tried their best to come back versus a good Panthers squad but ultimately fell short.
9. Minnesota Vikings (+1)
The Vikings should’ve never played Sam Bradford. RGIII was pleading for them to take him out on Twitter while having Vietnam flashbacks of his own knee injuries. Luckily for them, Case Keenum entered and played well enough to beat the Bears and rookie, Mitchell Trubisky.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (-7)
Big Ben was slinging interceptions like he was Oprah out there. On a couple of them, the Jags made legitimate good plays, but most of them were just ducks. Things seem to be very testy within that locker room, so I wouldn’t be surprised if their slide continues.
11. Oakland Raiders (-4)
The Raiders kind of suck without Derek Carr, which I guess is a testament to how good the young QB really is. Whatever it is, the Raiders need to get him back and healthy if they want to have a chance at getting an AFC wildcard.
12. Tennessee Titans (-1)
Matt Cassel is no Marcus Mariota. No receiver had over 34 yards, and if the Titans don’t get their QB1 healthy, that’s not likely to change. The Titans were a preseason favorite to make some noise this year, but it all relies on Mariota’s health.
13. Buffalo Bills (–)
The Bills lost a tough one to the Bengals in Week 5 largely in part to a ridiculous performance from opposing WR, AJ Green. I still think that the Bills are a much better team than people originally thought, but someone is going to have to step up in their receiving corps for them to be legit playoff contenders.
14. Los Angeles Rams (–)
The Rams have to get better play out of Todd Gurley if they are going to continue having a good season. 14 rushes for 43 yards isn’t going to do it. They have a tough matchup against the Jags defense in Week 6, but this could be a big win if they can get Gurley rolling again.
15. Houston Texans (–)
Deshaun Watson continues to look like the answer in Houston. This is his third week in a row throwing crooked number touchdowns. All 5 of his touchdowns went to either DeAndre Hopkins or Will Fuller, who are steadily separating themselves from the rest of the Texans receiving corps as Watson’s favorites.
16. Dallas Cowboys (–)
The Cowboys made one fatal flaw in this game…they left Aaron Rodgers too much time on the clock. The Boys played well, but they lost again, leaving their record at 2-3. Since their game against the Packers, their star RB, Ezekiel Elliot has been re-suspended. If they can’t get something going with their backup RBs in Zeke’s absence then it’s going to be a year to forget in Dallas.
17. Washington Redskins (–)
The Redskins were on bye in Week 5. They’ll play the 49ers in Week 6.
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (–)
Winston and the Bucs were unable to exploit a horrendous Pats defense on TNF and eventually fell 14-19. This game seemed to be a tale of two kickers. While the Pats’ Gostkowski went 4-4, the Bucs’ Nick Folk went 0-3 and ended up losing his job and effectively, the game in the process. The Bucs fall to 2-2 on the year, but the good news is that they have a healthy Doug Martin off of suspension to aid the offense.
19. Baltimore Ravens (–)
Buck Allen is becoming a force to be reckoned with for the Ravens. In today’s NFL, it’s a must for your RB to be able to run routes and catch passes. They also enjoyed a resurgence of WR, Mike Wallace, which led to an easy victory over the Raiders.
20. New Orleans Saints (–)
The Saints were on bye in Week 5. They’ll play the Lions in Week 6.
21. Seattle Seahawks (–)
I’m curious to see how long Eddie Lacy lasts as a Seahawk. They seem to give him chance after chance and he continues to be a disappointment. Luckily, their defense allowed them to beat a surprisingly good Rams team.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (+1)
I remember the good ole days when losing to the Jags was the worst thing that you could do in this league, but now, they might actually be a good football team. Their old-school style is fun to watch and is proving to be very effective.
23. Cincinnati Bengals (+1)
Have a day, AJ Green! 7 receptions for 189 yards and a TD…damn. Now, that 77-yard TD was mainly because of terrible secondary play from the Bills, but still. If the Bengals continue to get high-end play out of Green, they’ll continue to climb these rankings.
24. New York Jets (+1)
Well, I guess the tank is over in New York. The Jets keep winning and their draft position keeps plummeting. Their win streak is going to have to rely heavily on QB Josh McCown and his newfound favorite target, Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
25. Miami Dolphins (+1)
As far as ugly wins go, this one may take the cake. Jay Cutler didn’t even throw for 100 yards and the Dolphins redzone threat, DeVante Parker exited in the 1st quarter with an ankle injury. Their defense continues to be pretty good, however, but a Week 6 match-up with the Falcons may put a damper on that.
26. Arizona Cardinals (-4)
Poor Chris Johnson. He was only able to rush for 21 yards on 9 attempts, which led to the Cardinals trading for Adrian Peterson after the game. This move also probably ended CJ2K’s career. What’s really cold is that AP took the man’s number after the Cards cut him.
27. Indianapolis Colts (+1)
On the day that the Colts retired Peyton Manning’s #18, it was #4 that stole the show. After making 3 field goals and 2 extra points without missing, Adam Vinatieri nailed a 52-yarder to solidify a win on an important day in Indy.
28. Los Angeles Chargers (+2)
I don’t know what the Giants did to the Chargers, but they must’ve pissed them off because the Chargers murdered all of their receivers. They also scrapped away their first win of the year in a battle of the unlikely defeated teams.
29. Chicago Bears (-2)
Trubisky was looking pretty damn good in his debut until he threw a costly pick in the 4th It was odd that when the Bears made this QB change, Tarik Cohen became worryingly ineffective. Hopefully, this can be accredited to a good Vikings defense, because the Bears are already slim where playmakers are concerned.
30. New York Giants (-1)
RIP to the Giants receiving corps and their hopes and dreams for this season. Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr, and Sterling Shepard all left the game with ankle injuries and veteran return man/WR, Dwayne Harris fractured his foot. All but Shepard sustained season-ending injuries. The Giants are 0-5 with pretty much no hope.
31. San Francisco 49ers (–)
Even though Brian Hoyer put up respectable numbers, the 49ers were still unable to pull out a victory in Indianapolis. After their loss, it was reported that they also released NaVorro Bowman, which likely points to them scrapping this season and hoping for a good draft pick.
32. Cleveland Browns (–)
The Browns QB curse is a thing of legend; right up there with the curse of the Bambino. Rongy’s guy, DeShone Kizer was benched again, and Kevin Hogan looked like a serviceable QB. It’s shaping up to be a winless 2017 for the Browns.