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NFL Division Rankings and Ratings-Week 5

NFL Division Rankings and Ratings-Week 5

Seems like just last week I was counting down the hours for the regular season to start and BAM, we’re already 1/4th of the way through the season. Let’s have a look at how the divisions are shaping out as we head into week 5.

AFC East

Miami Dolphins (3-1)

New England Patriots (2-2)

Buffalo Bills (1-3)

New York Jets (1-3)

Even though the Dolphins started out the year 3-0, their spark may have faded a bit after being thrashed by the Patriots in Week 4. They’ll need to bounce back in against the Bengals this week.

  • We’ve seen this Patriots team before right? Start the year out strong and then remind everyone they’re the Patriots? The return of Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon could help give that offense a spark.
  • Back to Earth for the Bills, after surprising the world in Minnesota, they put up a goose egg against the Packers. It looks like it’s going to be a long season.
  • After a promising Week 1, the Jets have dropped three straight including a Week 3 loss to the CLEVELAND BROWNS. Might as well throw in the towel now.

AFC NORTH

Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)

Baltimore Ravens (3-1)

Cleveland Browns (1-2-1)

Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1)

  • Andy Dalton and friends have been looking great on offense, but their defense leaves something to be desired. Their Week 5 matchup against the Dolphins will be a true test for them.
  • The Ravens’ defense has been solid this year, giving up 16 points a game. Joe Flacco is still performing at a high level. Their game against the Browns in Week 5 should be a W.
  • The Browns have been competitive this year, but it’s going to continue to be rocky with young players littered across their roster.
  • The only good news the Steelers have is that Leveon Bell is eyeing a return. The offense has looked stagnant at times through this lackluster season.

AFC South

Tennessee Titans (3-1)

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1)

Houston Texans (1-3)

Indianapolis Colts (1-3)

  • The Titans picked up their best win since the 1999 AFC Championship game (kidding) in a win against the Eagles. A healthy Marcus Mariota makes a playoff appearance quite likely.
  • The real test for the Jaguars will be this week against the Chiefs. Can their defense put a stop to Patrick Mahomes and Co.?
  • Well, at least Deshaun Watson is getting some solid reps. The Texans need a few wins to stay competitive before Jacksonville and Tennessee get away from them.
  • The Colts are looking like the doormat in this division. They just haven’t been able to put anything solid together.

AFC WEST

Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)

Denver Broncos (2-2)

Los Angeles Chargers (2-2)

Oakland Raiders (1-3)

  • After dominating the competition, the Chiefs faced a tough Broncos team and came out with a W. They look like the best team in the AFC right now.
  • The Broncos offense needs to get in gear if they want to make the playoffs this year. A matchup against the Jets could get them rolling.
  • The Chargers are still TBD. Their two losses came against the best teams in the NFL and their two wins were over mediocre clubs.
  • This definitely isn’t what Raiders fan expected when Jon Gruden took over the helm. It may continue to be bleak against the Chargers this week.

NFC EAST

Washington Redskins (2-1)

Dallas Cowboys (2-2)

Philadelphia Eagles (2-2)

New York Giants (1-3)

The Redskins come off the bye to take on the New Orleans Saints on MNF. This game should give some clarity on their outlook for the rest of the season.

  • The Cowboys’s season has been “meh” so far. A last minute win against the Lions in Week 4 was positive and they hope their momentum continues against the Texans.
  • The Defending Super Bowl champs have struggled so far. Their weak division may allow then to turn it around but fans are getting impatient.
  • Bleh. The offense leaves something to be desired and this team is heading south.

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears (3-1)

Green Bay Packers (2-1-1)

Minnesota Vikings (1-2-1)

Detroit Lions (1-3)

  • Bears fans must be happy after seeing Mitch Trubisky account for 6 TDs last week. They’ve got a bye this week, however.
  • Aaron Rodgers looks to be OK for now, and he’ll have to be for the Packers to keep up in the division.
  • The Vikings put up a fight against the Rams, but came up short. They’ll have to hope to turn things around when they play the Eagles this upcoming week.
  • Right now, the Lions are just hoping for the best draft pick and reps for young studs Kerryon Johnson and Kenny Golladay.

NFC SOUTH

New Orleans Saints (3-1)

Carolina Panthers (2-1)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2)

Atlanta Falcons (1-3)

  • The Saints’s offense has been on fire, but their defense needs to catch up if they hope to have any chance at maintaining their current position.
  • Coming off a bye week and a stellar Cam Newton game, the Panthers take on the Giants in what should be another win in Carolina.
  • After a hot start by journeyman QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, everything came crashing back down last week against the Bears. Looks like Famous Jameis is back is back in the starting lineup for Week 5.
  • It’s surprising to see Atlanta’s record after such offensive explosions in the past two weeks. Their defense will have to match their offense, starting against the Steelers this week.

NFC WEST

Los Angeles Rams (4-0)

Seattle Seahawks (2-2)

San Francisco 49ers (1-3)

Arizona Cardinals (0-4)

  • The Rams are streaking through the season so far and look to be the best team in the league at the moment. They play division foe Seattle this week.
  • Earl Thomas is a tough loss for Seattle, but they could sneak into the playoffs with a strong showing over the next few weeks.
  • The loss of Handsome Jimmy is tough for the 49ers, who will have to rely on breakout star Mike Breida to carry the offensive load.
  • The Cardinals have scored 37 points through 4 games. 15 teams have scored 37 or more points in a game this year. Not much else to say.
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