Sorry Bills fans, your squad is the new No. 1 in the our NFL Power Rankings. The last three weeks, the leader lost the weekend after. That does not bode well for Sunday’s game visiting the Kansas City Chiefs. Check out what the rest of the Power Rankings look like after week 4 below.
NFL Power Rankings week 5
1. (3) Buffalo Bills
No one is talking about the week 1 defeat anymore. The Bills seem to be in the best shape of the entire AFC. Or they are the team that were lucky enough to play against the Texans on Sunday. Which of the two it is, we’ll see on Sunday. Then the Bills visit the Chiefs. It’s the regular season game. The over/under is 99.5 points.
2. (8) Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray is the best quarterback in the league right now. The Cardinals are the only team to be unbeaten for at least 31 points every game. The question is, of course, how long the team can keep up with this. After all, the next difficult task is never far away in the NFC West. Still, it doesn’t seem like the Cardinals are living far beyond their means. This team will participate until January.
3. (1) LA Rams
That was a brief visit to the top of the Power Rankings. After the impressive win over the Bucs, the Rams fell just as hard against the Cardinals. Matthew Stafford suddenly looked like the QB he was in Detroit. Despite an interception, it was not good, but also not nearly good enough for a win.
4. (2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Everyone in Foxborough was preoccupied with one thing on Sunday: Tom Brady ‘s passing record. Except for the man it revolved around himself. He threw the memorable ball away immediately after breaking the record and was only concerned with one thing: the next play and winning the game. It may have been more difficult than expected, but this mentality has already earned him seven titles and ensures that the Bucs are always a title contender, no matter how weak the defense is at the moment.
5. (5) Baltimore Ravens
It wasn’t about the easy win over the Broncos afterwards, but about John Harbaugh’s decision not to kneel but to rush a few yards to get over 100 yards. Apparently that’s something they care about in Baltimore. Hopefully Harbaugh has a whole list of obscure records he wants to take a shot at this year. It made an otherwise boring duel enjoyable until the end.
6. (6) Green Bay Packers
The game with the New Orleans Saints was less than a month ago. There was then plenty of doubt about Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. How crazy is that now? In the win over the Steelers, it was especially noticeable that the offensive line did well in the game; despite TJ Watt ‘s two sacks. For the Packers, this could be the key to success in the playoffs.
7. (4) Cleveland Browns
Baker Mayfield played a dramatic game and yet the Browns won in a game dominated by the defense. The way the Vikings’ attack was crippled promises much for the coming weeks. This squad is very complete, provided it reaches its potential in the passing game. Without Jarvis Landry, that’s the biggest question right now.
8. (7) Kansas City Chiefs
After extensive research we are out. If the Chiefs don’t give the ball away four times in the game, the offense is pretty good. Seven (serious) drives, six touchdowns. Patrick Mahomes may be forgiven for that one interception, but can the defense stop someone? The Eagles also did not have to score once. On Sunday we will know the answer, because then the Bills will come to visit.
9. (9) Dallas Cowboys
The attack is booming and Dak Prescott is playing at a level where only Kyler Murray currently stands out. Still, that’s not the biggest surprise in Dallas. That’s the defense. Trevon Diggs has a bad day if he only has one interception and Micah Parsons already seems to have the DROY title in his pocket. This team really has everything to disappoint the fans in the play-offs again.
10. (11) LA Chargers
Justin Herbert and the Chargers will play a serious role in the battle for the playoffs. The first half against the hitherto undefeated Raiders was a masterclass from the sophomore quarterback. It won’t be long before the residents of Los Angeles also discover the Chargers. Maybe then there will be more than 25 percent of the audience for the home club.
11. (15) Seattle Seahawks
Two good drives saved the Seahawks’ season for now. Because it was not yet convincing, despite the victory over the 49ers. The attack barely got going in the first half and the defense was exposed a number of times in the second half. In a short week with a visit from the Rams on Thursday, the team also has little time to correct these errors.
12. (10) Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders lost their undefeated status in Los Angeles. No shame against the Chargers, but in the strongest division in the AFC you have little leeway. Out of the next four games — Bears, Broncos, Eagles, and Giants — the Raiders would need to win at least three to be in earnest for a wildcard spot, or more. Although it would already be a big step forward if the Raiders ended the season with ten wins.
13. (14) San Francisco 49ers
Jimmy Garoppolo hopes to be back in time for the game against the Cardinals. For Trey Lance, it’s hoped that the 49ers at least come up with a plan in case he’s the quarterback after all. That was not the case on Sunday when he suddenly had to replace Jimmy G. at half time and it showed. However, if the Niners keep losing, it won’t be long before he is the real starter.
14. (18) Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals can already match last year’s number of victories on Sunday. The same goes for the Jets and Jaguars, by the way, but those teams are a different story. Joe Burrow will have to deal with the Green Bay Packers. That will probably be a bit too much of a good thing, but the steps forward that the Bengals are taking this year are big.
15. (13) Denver Broncos
Against better opponents, the Broncos don’t fare so well. Who could have seen that coming? Drew Lock was given a chance to prove coach Vic Fangio wrong against the Ravens after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a concussion. An opportunity he didn’t take. The Broncos wouldn’t have won with Teddy either, but the duel was over very quickly now.
16. (12) Tennessee Titans
They’re not the Texans yet, but outside of Houston, there wasn’t a team that had a worse weekend than the Titans. The Jets hadn’t been competitive for two weeks, but were too strong for the Titans on Sunday. Defensively it is still very mediocre, but without Julio Jones there is apparently not enough left offensively either. Still, many Titans fans won’t be awake for long from the defeat, as there is little competition in the AFC South.
17. (17) Carolina Panthers
The unbeaten record had to be broken once. Nobody in Carolina would have thought of a 17-0 season. It’s no shame that it happens against Dallas, although the third quarter was really dramatic. There was also good news, because Christian McCaffrey can train again this week. It is not yet certain whether he can be back on the field on Sunday, but it certainly looks like the running back will not be sidelined for long.
18. (16) New Orleans Saints
Who are the Saints? Wins over the Packers and Patriots and defeats to the Panthers and Giants make them the most unpredictable team. Certainly the latest loss to the Giants will hurt a lot in New Orleans, especially as it got to play in a sold-out Superdome for the first time in more than six hundred days.
19. (19) Minnesota Vikings
The defense did what it had to do against the Browns, but this time it was the offense that let the team down. After a quick touchdown, Kirk Cousins failed to add a single point in the last three quarters. Another setback in an already disappointing season, as there were certainly chances to be 4-0. Maybe should be. Now the team has only one win and the home game against the Lions is a game they need to win.
20. (21) New England Patriots
Afterwards it was (of course) about the return of Tom Brady and (wrongly) about the missed field goal by Nick Folk in the final minute of the narrowly lost game. What it really needs to be about is the absence of the running game and the poor play of the offensive line. Only then can Mac Jones really show his potential and maybe the Patriots can make something of the season.
21. (20) Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben really can’t take anymore. It’s hard to say about a former Super Bowl winner, but his final season seems to surpass that of the brothers Manning and Drew Brees. You could see the age with them, but not as strong as with Ben Roethlisberger, who can hardly throw deep anymore. The biggest blunders were the two balls he threw down behind the line of scrim on 4th. They were caught, but had no chance of yielding a first down. It’s going to be such a long, long year in Pittsburgh.
22. (24) Indianapolis Colts
A visit to sunny South Beach was just what the Colts needed. The Dolphins are in even deeper trouble than the Colts, allowing Carson Wentz to book his first win in Indy. Not only good for confidence, but also to keep a chance at the play-offs. Because the loss of the Titans made the Colts in the AFC South the big (okay, the only) winner of the weekend.
23. (27) Washington Football Team
Washington’s defense was expected to be even better this season and Chase Young was named as a contender to become the best defender of the year. There is nothing to see yet. The squad was fortunate that the Falcons continue to find ways to lose, leaving the Football Team still in the running in the NFC East. Still, things don’t look good in the capital.
24. (26) Philadelphia Eagles
Jalen Hurts is a fantasy god. The quarterback is one of the top players in that field. It’s not really visible in the results yet, although that’s not his fault. The offense continues to make offenses costing touchdowns and points and the defense has been unable to stop anyone for two weeks. Now that can still happen against the Cowboys and the Chiefs. If even Sam Darnold can score easily on Sunday, it’s time to find the panic button.
25. (28) Chicago Bears
Justin Fields was better on Sunday than in his first start. Although that is a very low bar. Kind of like saying Fields is better than Davis Mills. Still, it’s nice for the rookie to have a win, even if it’s against Detroit. The question is whether there will be a quarterback change in Chicago once Andy Dalton is really fit again. Whoever will start will have to do without David Montgomery in the coming weeks, as the running back will miss four games due to injury.
26. (22) Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins were the team to take the next step. Plenty of opportunities in the draft to close the gaps and a young quarterback with more experience. Four weeks later and the season is almost over. It wasn’t good with Tua, but with Jacoby Brissett it’s all a drama and then you also have to visit last year’s Super Bowl winner. Good luck.
27. (29) New York Giants
Giants fans finally get to see the attack they envisioned when Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones drafted. The young quarterback played clear for the second week in a row and threw 402 yards for a career high. Barkley is getting better by the week after his ankle injury from last year. Two touchdowns, including the winning in overtime, gave the Giants their first win of the year. However, is it in time to save the season yet?
28. (28) Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are building a new squad following the departure of Julio Jones. However, there is no new identity for the time being. The Football Team, not an attacking powerhouse after all, scored four times out of five when it got the ball after halftime. Resulting in another given lead and a heartbreaking defeat.
29. (32) New York Jets
Randy Bullock ‘s missed field goal in the last minute of overtime means more to the Jets than the Titans. The Titans are usually going to win the division anyway. For Zach Wilson and Robert Salah it was their first win. With a match in London against fragile Atlanta on the program, it could even be the start of a win streak.
30. (25) Detroit Lions
After the Ravens needed a miracle to beat the Lions, there was hope in Detroit that they would succeed against the Bears. However, the division rival was far too strong for the Lions, who, to make matters worse, also saw Romeo Okwara out with an Achilles tendon injury. The Lions are now the only team in the NFC without a win. We will see in the coming weeks whether Dan Campbell has indeed managed to inject a new mentality into the squad.
31. (31) Jacksonville Jaguars
In a week that focused on coach Urban Meyer, who went viral for dancing in a bar with a woman, the Jaguars were competitive for the first time. The defeat to the Bengals hurt Meyer more than the first three, but if the squad continues this growth, the year could still turn into something. After all, the whole AFC South is a mess. The four teams together have as many wins as the Arizona Cardinals.
32. (30) Houston Texans
After a decent start, we finally got the Texans we’ve come to love so much, as disaster tourists. The team lost 40-0 to a Bills team that was still taking it easy. On paper, it has two opponents on the program with the Patriots and Colts against whom it should have a better chance. However, every club now realizes that the Texans are an ideal opponent to polish their confidence against. So there will be no underestimation.