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NFL POWER RANKINGS: WEEK 5

Week 5 is approaching, as the first quarter is winding down on the NFL Season. The Los Angeles Rams are holding on to the number one spot with an unstoppable offense, and a scary front 4. Kansas City and Jacksonville will have an battle for early claim to the best team in the AFC, which could shake up the rankings for WEEK 6. Unfortunately, Arizona finds itself at the bottom of the list, which a strong hold on obtaining the first pick in the NFL draft.

  1. Los Angeles Rams (4-0) – Jared Goff has the Rams offense looking unstoppable heading into a divisional clash with Seattle. The Rams offensive juggernaut will be licking their chops now that Earl Thomas is out for the Seattle secondary. The Rams come in with the 5th ranked defense in points allowed, as Aaron Donald has lived up to his contract, recording 2 sacks thus far.
  2. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) – Patrick Mahomes looks like a dream fit under Andy Reids offense, and the defense stepped up when it needed to against Denver. Lost in the Mahomes love was the fact that Kareem Hunt had 175 yard from scrimmage and a touchdown in the win. The Chiefs will host Jacksonville in an early season game with major implications.
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1) – Most of the attention was on Jalen Ramsey and the defense before the season began, but the offense has been getting it done without much help from Leonard Fornette. The Jaguars do have the 1st ranked defense in the NFL, but Blake Bortles is also completing 64% of his passes with a 7 to 3 touchdown ratio.
  4. New Orleans Saints (3-1) – Drew Brees will face the Washington Redskins with a chance to break the NFL record for most passing yards on Monday Night Football. The real story is the emergence of Alvin Kamara, who has delighted fantasy owners everywhere with 5 touchdowns on the season. Michael Thomas has 42 catches for 445 yards, so they have fire-power all over the field. The Saints defense will look to keep improving, as they held the Giants to 18 points last week, after giving up an average of 34 points the previous 3 weeks.
  5. Tennessee Titans (3-1) – Tennessee comes into the game looking to keep pace with Jacksonville in the AFC South. Marcus Mariota bounced back from a hand injury to toss a late touchdown to Corey Davis, and the defense did just enough to keep the Eagles from getting a rhythm. Davis has been the leading receiver for Tennessee, with 22 receptions for 312 yards and a score.The Titans have only allowed 18 points per game through 4 games, with Wesley Woodyard leading the way with 33 tackles.
  6. New England Patriots (2-2) – After winning the first of a three game home-stand, New England will look to carry on the momentum against Indianapolis Thursday Night Football. The Patriots will welcome back Julian Edelman from a 4 game suspension, and will look to boost the 22nd ranked passing offense. The Patriots stepped up big defensively against the Dolphins, as they have allowed only 17 points in the last two games combined.
  7. Carolina Panthers (2-1) – The Carolina offense comes into to Week 5 with the highest ranked rushing offense in the NFL, averaging 166 yards through the ground. Christian McCaffrey leads the attack with 271 yards on 46 carries. Donte Jackson has accounted for most of the take-aways this year, creating 3 of the 5 turnovers, all interceptions. Defensively, Carolina has only given up 60 points total through 3 games.
  8. Green Bay Packers (2-1-1) – The Packers defense surprisingly looked like the better unit in Sundays win against Buffalo. Aaron Rodgers still looks a little banged-up, and the Packers lack any true weapons in the run and pass game. Green Bay is only averaging a meager 102 yards per game on the ground, 19th in the NFL. The defense is healthy and the secondary is ranked 7th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game.
  9. Baltimore Ravens (3-1) – The Baltimore defense may be one of the better units in the league, and they will welcome back Jimmy Smith in Week 5 to bolster the secondary. Terrell Suggs has already registered 2.5 sacks for a defense only allowing 275 yards per game, which ranks 2nd in the NFL. Joe Flacco has looked better with different weapons on the outside, and has thrown for 1,252 yards and 8 touchdowns so far. The Ravens have the 5th highest scoring offense in the league, averaging over 30 points per game.
  10. Chicago Bears (3-1) – The addition of Khalil Mack has taken some of the pressure off of the Bears offense, and Mitchell Trubisky has been the beneficiary. Trubisky is coming off of a 6 touchdown performance at the hands of a weak Tampa Bay defense, but nonetheless the offense looks much improved under Matt Nagy. The Bears rush defense comes in ranked 2nd in the NFL, and the defense as a whole is only allowing 16.3 points per game.
  11. Cincinnati Bengals (3-1) – Andy Dalton has engineered the Bengals offense to an impressive 3-1 record, including a huge road win in Atlanta. Even without Joe Mixon, the Cincinnati offense went for 39 points and 407 total yards in the win. Tyler Eiefert was lost for the season, but Dalton was able to rely on A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd, as 8 receivers made at least one catch. Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap have combined for 7 sacks, as Atkins is leading the way with 4.
  12. Miami Dolphins (3-1) – Ryan Tannehill and the Miami offense may have been exposed in a loss at New England, as the offense were help scoreless until a 4th quarter garbage time touchdown. The offensive line comes in banged up, and Miami still hasn’t established who is the main running back, as Kenyon Drake is losing touches to Frank Gore. Defensively, LB Kiki Alonso comes in with 46 tackles, and DB Xavien Howard has 3 interceptions.
  13. Philadelphia Eagles (2-2) – The Eagles offense is still looking to find a rhythm with Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery recently returning from injury. The offense has only put up 20.5 points per game, which ranks 26th in the NFL. Jordan Hicks leads the team with 31 tackles, and Fletcher Cox has dominated the middle on the Eagles defense, registering 3 sacks thus far. The offensive line must do a better job of keeping Wentz upright, as he was pressured all day, and sacked 4 times against the Titans.
  14. Washington Redskins (2-1) – The Washington defense has been the big story, only giving up 14.7 points per game (2nd) through 3 games. The NFC East leading Redskins are coming off a bye after only allowing 17 points to an Aaron Rodgers led offense. Offensively, the Redskins have welcomed the resurgence of Adrian Peterson, as he has run for 236 yards in 3 games.
  15. Los Angeles Chargers (2-2)- The Chargers escaped with a win against San Francisco, needing a 4th quarter field goal to seal the deal. Defensively, the Chargers will need to get Joey Bosa healthy before we can accurately gauge this team, as they currently are one of the worst statistically ranked teams in the NFL. Phillip Rivers has thrown for 1,156 yards and 11 touchdowns, and Melvin Gordon has been a huge weapon in both the running and passing game.
  16. Minnesota Vikings (1-2-1) – Minnesota will look to bounce back from a loss at Los Angeles, as they host the defending Super Bowl champs in Philadelphia. The offense under Kirk Cousins has kept them in games, although they come in only scoring 22.5 points in 4 games. Minnesota will need more from Dalvin Cook and the run game, as they may have the best wide receiver core in Adam Thielen and Stephon Diggs. Defensively, the Vikings have taken a big step back from their 2017 campaign, as they are currently allowing 385 yards per game. The defense hasn’t held an opponent to under 21 points in any game this year.
  17. Denver Broncos (2-2) – The Broncos face the New York Jets on the heals of one of the tougher losses in Week 4, surrendering a 10 point lead in the 4th quarter to division rival Kansas City. Case Keenum will need to play better if the Broncos want to make a push for the playoffs, as he has thrown 6 interceptions in 4 games. Defensively, the Broncos held Mahomes in check for most of the game, but came unraveled in the 4th quarter, and ultimately gave up the lead.
  18. Seattle Seahawks (2-2) – The loss of Earl Thomas is huge, and the Seahawks defense will truly get a test in the worse way against the Rams. Russell Wilson has been running for his life, and the passing attack is one of the worst in the league, averaging less that 200 yards per game. Running back Chris Carson is expected back for Seattle, and should help boost what has been an average run game. The defense is only allowing 20 points per game, but with the suspension of Mychal Kendricks, and the injuries to Thomas and K.J. Wright, I expect those numbers to look a little different next week.
  19. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1) – Big Ben and the Steelers are trying to dig themselves out of the bottom of the AFC North, as they take on the Falcons. The Pittsburgh running game has definitely missed Le’Veon Bell, as they rank 28th in the league in rushing yards per game. Pro Bowl receiver Antonio Brown is only averaging 9.4 yards per catch so far this season. The Steelers defense has to improve, as they rank in the bottom 5 in points allowed per game. T.J. Watt has been a bright spot, leading the team with 3 sacks.
  20. Atlanta Falcons (1-3)  – The Falcons defense couldn’t stop a last-minute scoring drive to Andy Dalton and the Bengals, and dropped to 1-3 on the season. They have given up 79 points in the last 2 games. Devonte Freeman will return for the Falcons on Sunday, which should provide a boost to the Falcons offense. Calvin Ridley has given the Falcons a reliable receiver to pair with Julio Jones, and comes in with 5 touchdown in his last 2 games.
  21. Dallas Cowboys (2-2) – Despite the win at home against the Lions, Dallas looks to be a pretender looming in the NFC. Dallas will play 4 of their next 6 games on the road, with 2 divisional games at Philadelphia and Washington. Zeke Elliott needs to touch the ball early and often for Dallas to be successful, and their defense has held opponents to 19.3 points per game (7th overall).
  22. Cleveland Browns (1-2-1) – The Browns lost a heart-breaker to the Raiders, as they were one oddly overturned penalty away from recording their 2nd win in as many weeks. Mayfield threw a costly interception late, and accounted for all 4 of Clevelands turnovers. The defense was a major disappointment, allowing 45 points and 565 total yards to Oakland. The Browns did rack up 2 interceptions, and despite losing the turnover was, still have a league leading 13 takeaways.
  23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) – Tampa Bay is starting to look like who most thought they were, and poorly coached defensive team without an offensive identity. Jameis Winston now takes the helm for the Bucs, taking over for Ryan Fitzpatrick in a move that was seemingly inevitable. The defense ranks last in the league in most defensive categories, including points allowed, and the offense took a big hit with the injury to O.J. Howard. The Buccaneers are not doing the defense any favors, failing to establish a run game, averaging less than 70 yards per contest.
  24. Indianapolis Colts (1-3) – After a puzzling loss in overtime, the Colts head to New England for Thursday Night Football. Andrew Luck is starting to find his rhythm, but will be without his featured wide receiver in T.Y. Hilton, who is out with an injury. Indianapolis was able to rack up over 478 yards of total offense against Houston, with 437 coming through the air. Defensively, the Colts are lead by Darius Leonard, who has a team leading 54 tackles and 4 sacks.
  25. Detroit Lions (1-3) – The Lions fell short in a comeback bid against the Cowboys, and now host division rival Green Bay. The Lions got a big game out of Kerryon Johnson and Golden Tate, but the defense remains the anomaly. Matt Patricia will look to fix a rush defense that is ranked dead last in the NFL, while the passing defense is ranked 2nd best in the NFL.
  26. New York Giants (1-3) – The Giants will look to get their 29th ranked scoring offense going against an aggressive Panthers defense. Olivier Vernon and Eil Apple will be welcome additions, returning to the Giants defense after missing the Saints loss with injuries. Saquon Barkley has been as advertised, but the Giants really need to look to get Odell Beckham more opportunities down the field, as he only averaged 8.6 yards per catch last week.
  27. San Francisco 49ers (1-3) – Despite the injury to Jimmy Garapolo, San Francisco gave the Chargers everything they could handle in Week 4. Tight end George Kittle had 6 receptions for 125 yards and a score, and the defense scored on a pick 6 to open the game against Phillip Rivers. DeForrest Buckner has 3.5 sacks for a defense that is giving up close to 30 points per game.
  28. New York Jets (1-3) – The New York Jets are starting to temper the expectations of rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who looked overwhelmed in facing a superior defense in Jacksonville. He hasn’t completed 50% of his passes in the past 2 games, and the offensive line isn’t giving him enough time to make much happen. Defensively, the Jets have created more takeaways surprisingly, as they have a plus 2 turnover margin.
  29. Houston Texans (1-3) – The Houston Texans will take a win any way they can get it, and came out with a bizarre win in OT against the Indianapolis Colts. DeShaun Watson threw for 375 yards in the shootout win, with DaAndre Hopkins accounting for 169 yards. The Texans defense did create points with a fumble recovery in the end-zone, but will have to improve on their 27 points allowed per game.
  30. Oakland Raiders (1-3) – Oakland was lucky to escape with an overtime win at home. Derek Carr sliced through the Cleveland defense, as he passed for over 400 yards and 4 touchdowns. Amari Cooper was his favorite target, catching 8 balls for 128 yards and a touchdown. Marshawn Lynch also went over the 100-yard mark, racking up 130 yards on 20 carries.
  31. Buffalo Bills (1-3) – Buffalo crashed back to Earth with their loss to Green Bay, as Josh Allen looked like a rookie getting his second start. The offense didn’t score a single point, as all facets of the game were shut down. Tremaine Edmunds has been  fun to watch on defense for the Bills, and their rushing defense is only giving up a respectable 95.3 yards per game, which ranks 11th in the NFL.
  32. Arizona Cardinals (0-4) – The Josh Rossen Era almost started off with a victory, but a late field goal sealed the loss for Arizona against Seattle. Cardinal fans have a lot to be happy with, including the possibility of getting the first pick in the NFL Draft. Rossen looked the part, and made a few tough throws, but couldn’t do enough late to get the win. The Cardinals come in only scoring an average of 9.3 points per game, which ranks dead last in the NFL.
Beau Osborn
Beau Osborn
Hailing from Austin, Texas by way of Denver, Colorado, Beau has always had a passion for sport betting lines and blogging, and is an avid NFL and MMA fan. He graduated from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Texas with a degree in Exercise Sport Science. Beau uses his regard for statistics, combined with a lot of film study and tendencies, to produce well-thought-out predictions and breakdowns.
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