Saturday 17 March 2018 / 05:21 PM


NFL Power Ranking Week Five

It was a crazy week in the League, with some teams shoving off criticism and doubt, while others created more. Without further adieu, let’s take a look at this weeks’ power rankings.

1. Denver Broncos (4-0) –

Denver put it on another hopeless team this week, hammering Tampa Bay behind another stout showing by that world-class defense. But there’s reason to panic in Denver, with starting QB Trevor Siemian down late against the Bucs. Coach Gary Kubiak thinks he can still play Sunday, and they’ll need him for the defense’s major test against Julio Jones and the Falcons.

2. Minnesota Vikings (4-0) +1

Speaking of defense, the Vikings just can’t be stopped. The latest victim was the New York Giants, who got smothered to the tune of just 10 points. Sam Bradford is still playing out of his mind, and the Vikings are still defying the odds. Minnesota look like the NFC’s best team, and I’m not sure anyone knows how.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) +1

The Eagles were off on Sunday, and it probably couldn’t have gone better. The Giants and Redskins both got stopped, and Dallas’ road is about to get tougher. A nice game against the Lions isn’t too insurmountable.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) +2

Well, the Steelers rebounded quite nicely after the Eagles shellacking, winning convincingly against the Chiefs. The offense got back to clicking, and the defense was able to find its footing. The Ravens losing also certainly gave them some help.

5. New England Patriots (3-1) -3

It had to come eventually, right? The Patriots finally dropped a game, as their rookie quarterback looked overwhelmed and out of place against that Bills defense. You have to take a slight fall for getting shut out, but the return of Brady awaits, and things should get right back on track. It helps that it’ll be Cleveland that gets the inaugural start.

6. Green Bay Packers (3-1) +2

The Packers had the week off, and got to sit back and watch the Lions take a loss, and the Vikings dominate. It’s going to be a tall task to win the division, but the rest gets them some life after that humbling defeat to Minnesota.

7. Seattle Seahawks (3-1) +2

Everything looked good for Seattle in their win over the Jets. The defense harassed Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the offense looked complete with Russell Wilson slinging it around. They enter the BYE week feeling pretty good, but that loss to the Rams still stings. They’ll get a full week to try and get healthy.

8. Baltimore Ravens (3-1) -3

The Ravens gave the Raiders everything they could on Sunday, and the offense still looked good. The defense, not so much – but the Raiders have a top offense. They get to return home for the Redskins, who’ve won two straight, to start the meat of their schedule.

9. Houston Texans (3-1) +2

The Texans claimed another victim, handling the Titans in a decently convincing game. Still, the Titans managed to move the ball fairly well, and the loss of JJ Watt obviously hurts the defense. The offense has looked good, but they are hitting a buzz saw at Minnesota next up. We’ll find out a lot this week.

10. Atlanta Falcons (3-1) +4

I think the Falcons are still scoring on that Carolina defense. Julio Jones had 300 (not a typo) yards against the Panthers, and the league’s top offense now resides in Atlanta. The defense is pretty bad, but if Matt Ryan and company are scoring like that, they may be able to get by just fine. It helps to have a two-game division lead just four games into the season.

11. Oakland Raiders (3-1) +6

That one had to feel good, with the Raiders getting a win over a quality opponent and easing some doubts about the strength of their team. The defense still needs some work, but this offense is something to fear. They get the easier Chargers defense this week.

12. Dallas Cowboys (3-1) +3

The Cowboys just keep rolling, knocking off the 49ers on the road in another impressive game for Dak Prescott and the offense. Ezekiel Elliot now leads the league in rushing yards, and the defense is coming along nicely. The Cowboys look legit, and they should be able to hand Tony Romo a winning record in Week 9.

13. Los Angeles Rams (3-1) +5

Well, color me shocked. The Rams looked like the worst team in football back in week one, but now have beaten the Seahawks, Bucs and Cardinals in back-to-back weeks. They are rolling, and the defense is stout. I’m not sure how they’ve turned it around so quickly, but this team looks like a disrupter in the division.

14. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) -7

The slide has continued for KC. After getting smacked by Houston, the Chiefs followed it up with a shellacking from the Steelers on Sunday night. It’s a perfect time for a BYE week, as the Chiefs need some work on both sides of the ball.

15. New York Giants (2-2) -5

Speaking of needing work, the Giants are on the way in the wrong direction. After a crushing loss to the Redskins, the Giants got humbled by the Vikings. The offense has spluttered in the last two weeks, and they are now staring a trip to Green Bay in the face. They’ll need the defense in tip-top shape for Aaron Rodgers fresh off a BYE.

16. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) –

The Bengals got back on the winning side of things, taking their frustrations out on the lowly Dolphins. The offense looks solid, but the defense finally caught up. They will probably need it, as they’ll try to slow Dallas this week. The front line has to continue pressuring to harass Dak Prescott.

17. Buffalo Bills (2-2) +5

Sure, it was a third-string rookie quarterback. But if you had told Rex Ryan that he could shut the Patriots out at home, he’d take it nine times out of 10. Somehow, Rex has managed to keep his job by outperforming with his defense. The offense is still struggling a bit, but as long as the Bills keep catching breaks, Rex may survive.

18. Washington Redskins (2-2) +3

It may be Cleveland, but a win is a win. Josh Norman played well, and that’s uplifting for a secondary that has struggled thus far in the season. Kirk Cousins still isn’t playing like last year, but a win is good for the confidence. We’ll find out how much better they got when they travel to Baltimore this week.

19. Arizona Cardinals (1-3) -7

The slide continues. The Cardinals have now dropped two home games in 2016, which is more than last year already. The defense isn’t near as dominant as we thought, and the offense looks shaky. Carson Palmer also may miss the Thursday night game, and it feels like a must-win in the division.

20. Carolina Panthers (1-3) -7

I’m not sure what else could have gone wrong for Carolina on Sunday. The secondary was awful, the offensive line let Cam get crushed, and Cam had a bonehead play on the goal line that probably will have him missing Monday night. And the Bucs are coming, which is a winnable game. They have to get back on track in a hurry, or this season may be lost.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) +7

The Jaguars finally got their first win, and it’s fitting that it would come against the Colts. As bad as the Jags have been, they are now sitting firmly in second in the division, as crazy as that sounds. Now they’ll enter the BYE week and do some soul searching for a team that was supposed to hit a new ceiling this year.

22. New York Jets (1-3) -2

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been about as bad as a quarterback can get in the last two games. His 9 INTs are the most interceptions by a quarterback since the 1970s, and they need to figure things out. They’ve sunk big money into Fitz, and a trip to Pittsburgh looms large.

23. Indianapolis Colts (1-3) -4

There are many painful losses in a season, but that one in London will sting. The Colts are sliding, and the talent around Luck is really bad. The defense stinks, and so does the system for the offense. And now, the Colts are coming off a long road trip to welcome the Bears, who just found some footing.

24. New Orleans Saints (1-3) +6

The Saints finally got in the win column, upending the Chargers to go into the BYE week with some confidence. This defense is still really bad, but the offense is cutting through everyone. They’ll get some rest before welcoming Carolina next week.

25. San Diego Chargers (1-3) -1

A loss at home against the Saints isn’t great, but it’s hard not to think that this is the best that the Chargers can do. Philip Rivers is on pace for 38 TDs and 4 INTs, but he’s got no help. The fact that they are still scoring at the rate they are is incredible, but that defense is bad.

26. Chicago Bears (1-3) +6

The Bears got a victory that they needed in the worst way. Winning one in the division is sweeter, and now the Bears can hopefully build on what they did on defense. If the offense can return to the form of the beginning of the year, the Bears can give the Colts a game.

27. Tennessee Titans (1-3) -2

The Titans just keep sliding. The Texans outgunned Marcus Mariota, who looks like he’s regressing under this new regime on offense. I don’t think he’s improving at the rate he should be. There may be yet another change of the guard in Tennessee, and I don’t think it’s a bad thing. A slow system for Mariota is lunacy.

28. Detriot Lions (1-3) -1

Bad time for Detriot to drop one. The Bears was a winnable game, and dropping it makes it very difficult to move up. Now they’ll welcome the red-hot Eagles, who are fresh off a BYE week. Stafford and company are going to have to come out swinging to try and save their chances at competing.

29. Miami Dolphins (1-3) -6

That was brutal to watch. Thursday night gave us a front-row seat to the horrible show of the Miami Dolphins. In the midst of a seven-year rebuild, they look no where closer to competing. They’ve got a winnable game at home against the Titans this week, and if they drop this, I’m not sure the staff survives the BYE week.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) -4

Things looked promising after that week one win over Atlanta. But that was three weeks ago, and now the Bucs have been blown off the field twice in three weeks. Now, they’ve got the reeling Panthers on Monday night, with both teams needing a win in a drastic way.

31. San Francisco 49ers (1-3) –2

Speaking of a three-week nosedive, the 49ers have flipped on what they looked like they could be, and have returned back to what we knew they were. This is a thin team, and losing Novarro Bowman off the defense will kill the leadership on that side. The offense will have to keep them afloat the rest of the way.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-4) -1

It was a loss, but you don’t get closer to a win than the Browns did Sunday. A controversial fumble likely cost them the game, and they’ve given each team a fight so far. They’ll get someone, but until then, they are the lone winless team in the league. Oh, and they get to play against Tom Brady this week. Yay!

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Austin Albertson

Austin is CBS' senior NFL and NBA analyst, bringing you commentary on everything between the lines and inside the hashes, from the film room to the scoreboard.

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