With Week 4 in the books, Week 5 is sure to bring just as much action. After a quarter of the season has been played we get a better picture of what team’s fatal flaws are and which teams could end up owning their divisions.
But this is not always true. Plenty of teams in league history have started poorly and yet they still went on to win their division and make a playoff run.
One thing is for certain; half of the teams that are in first place in their division are not who fans would assume at this point. Maybe certain systems are being broken or lacking certain cogs. Who knows?
Here are the Week 5 NFL Power Rankings:
- Los Angeles Rams (4-0)
The Rams are still the cream of the crop in the NFL. This team is absolutely freakish. Last Thursday, Jared Goff passed for career highs of 465 yards and five touchdowns.
— NFL (@NFL) October 4, 2018
2. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)
Patrick Mahomes is a star and he’s here to stay. Sure his game wasn’t as dazzling as the first three of this season, but it illustrated that he can be clutch and still win the game for Kansas City.
3. New Orleans Saints (3-1)
Drew Brees = Records. He has a chance to pass Peyton Manning this week for career yards.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1)
The Jaguars are one of the few teams in the league that are a complete team. The offense can get going and the defense can stop just about anyone.
5. Chicago Bears (3-1)
Mitchell Trubisky did not get player of the week for his performance in Week 4 because of Jared Goff and the Ram’s air raid offense. But that doesn’t make what he did last Sunday any less impressive. The sophomore Quarterback passed for 354 yards on 19-of-26 passing with six touchdowns.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)
The Bengals have quietly been successful this season and are currently tied for 1st in the AFC North. However, they lost tight end Tyler Eifert to a gruesome leg injury for the rest of the season that could have a huge impact on their successes going forward.
7. New England Patriots (2-2)
Tom Brady must have been pretty frustrated after New England lost two consecutive games. He came out against Miami and threw for 274 yards with three touchdowns in Week 4. Do not get this man angry, NFL.
— NFL (@NFL) October 4, 2018
8. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
The Ravens have been underestimated all season. They are currently tied for 1st in the AFC North and have found a consistent game-plan. Joe Flacco looks like he cares about keeping his job at Quarterback and Cornerback Jimmy Smith returns from suspension.
9. Carolina Panthers (2-1)
The Panther got to enjoy a bye week in Week 4. They will resume gameplay this week at home against the Giants.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (2-2)
The Eagles lost a shocker to Tennessee in Week 4. Philadelphia is still a good team but it seems like there may be some issues going on that aren’t transparent. But when you’re the reigning Champs, teams will put forth every effort to make sure you don’t repeat every week.
11. Tennessee Titans (3-1)
Tennessee is steadily winning games this season after many have written them off. They are currently tied for 1st in the AFC South under new head coach Mike Vrabel and only lost to a Miami team that started out hot.
12. Green Bay Packers (2-1-1)
13. Miami Dolphins (3-1)
This team was one of the hottest going into Week 4. Instead they had to endure a thrashing by a divisional foe in the Patriots. Their season is not lost, but it makes you wonder if the ways of winning this early were just a fortune for them.
14. Washington Redskins (2-1)
Washington got their chance to rest early with a Bye Week. They will look to start where they left off in Week 5 as they head down to New Orleans to start a tough stretch of games.
Through four weeks…
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— NFL (@NFL) October 3, 2018
15. Los Angeles Chargers (2-2)
Philip Rivers and company have managed to get to the .500 mark, but a lot of the defensive issues that they had last season seem to be creeping up on the team this season.
16. Denver Broncos (2-2)
The Broncos cried wolf after a controversially missed delay of game call that potentially lost them the game on Monday night. As bad as that missed call was, Denver was up by 10 in the final quarter and let that slip away.
17. Minnesota Vikings (1-2-1)
Minnesota could have used a win last Thursday. Instead, they head into Week 5 with a disappointing record and questions on how good this team really is.
18. Atlanta Falcons (1-3) –
The Falcons have struggled to close games out this season. Every game they have played this season has been decided by a touchdown or less.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2)
This team started hot with Ryan Fitzpatrick but has been hardly the same over the past few weeks. Jameis Winston will make his season debut as the starter in Week 6 as the staff elected to go with him moving forward.
20. Seattle Seahawks (2-2)
Things got scary there during points of the game for the Seahawks. They were barely able to get the win in Arizona to get to .500 on the season. And Earl Thomas’ send off as a Seahawk cannot have you feeling good as a fan or player.
21. Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
Attractive or not, the Cowboys were able to get to .500 on the season. It wasn’t easy and Dallas needs to stick to a healthy usage of Ezekiel Elliott, and Dak Prescott needs to continue his consistent play.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2 -1)
The Steelers are a mess this season. Without Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh is last in the league in rushing yards per game. Will they break and finally pay the man?
23. Houston Texans (0-4)
Deshaun Watson is starting to find his groove again and lead the Texans to their first win of the season. However, this team still has plenty of work that needs to be done on both sides of the ball.
24. Cleveland Browns (1-2-1)
Baker Mayfield said he takes all the blame for the Browns overtime loss. With Mayfield at Quarterback this team is trending in the right direction, but they still are struggling to close out games.
25. Indianapolis Colts (1-3)
Andrew Luck and company aren’t having the season they envisioned after he was sidelined for over a year. The Colts have tons of room to improve until they can compete for a playoff spot every season like in years’ past.
26. Detroit Lions (1-3)
Detroit was in good position to pull away with the win but they couldn’t keep Dallas at bay. The good news is that they have seen some good production from Kerryon Johnson the past few games rushing the ball.
27. San Francisco 49ers (1-3)
Surprisingly C.J. Beathard was able to keep the 49ers in the game and almost pulled out the upset. He went 23-of-37 for 298 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions.
28. New York Jets (1-3)
Talk about offensive woes. The Jets just couldn’t get the ball moving and struggled to contain the Jags. Sam Darnold could be the answer for the franchise, but that may be a few years down the line.
29. Oakland Raiders (1-3)
The Browns got to see some vintage Derek Carr in Week 4. The Raiders Quarterback threw four touchdowns plus a 2-point conversion that tied the game and allowed Oakland to take it to overtime.
30. New York Giants (1-3)
The Giants may have started the 2018 NFL season better than last year but they are still a long way from success. This team just can’t seem to find the win column even with Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. at their disposal.
31. Buffalo Bills (1-3)
Just when we thought the Bills were heading in the right direction, they stumbled hard. Buffalo is one disappointing team this season and things aren’t looking bright from here on out.
32. Arizona Cardinals (0-4)
Josh Rosen got the start and almost won, but thanks to Sebastian Janikowski, his first start was spoiled. But fear not, Rosen looks like he is definitely taking the reigns over from Sam Bradford going forward.
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