Five weeks are in the books and there are only two teams that are undefeated. Other teams are starting to climb out of their poor starts to the season and no team will finish the season winless.
One of the harshest realities of the list is the continuing demise of the Super Bowl Champ Eagles. This week they received news that star running back Jay Ajayi will miss the remainder of the season. That’s a huge blow for a team that has struggled to find a consistent offense this season.
The biggest surprise is that the Browns have actually won two games this season and technically have a record better than .500. They look like they are giving teams a run for their money.
Will the Rams or Chiefs lose this week? Can the Browns keep it going?
— NFL (@NFL) October 9, 2018
Here are our Week 6 NFL Power Rankings:
1. Los Angeles Rams (5-0)
The Rams were actually a quarter away from their first loss in Seattle. However a strong defensive effort in the 4th quarter allowed them to sneak away with an important divisional win. This team has proven it is a complete squad that’s able to compose itself in close games. Even scarier.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)
Patrick Mahomes finally threw an interception. That was pretty much the only negative aspect for the Chiefs this past weekend. They will square off with the Patriots in Week 6 and could make quite the statement with a win on Sunday Night Football.
3. New Orleans Saints (4-1)
Drew Brees = Records. The Saints thoroughly dismantled Washington and head into a Bye Week in Week 6.
4. Carolina Panthers (3-1)
Week 5 was quite the show for the Panthers and they were able to pull out a win. Cam Newton and company head to Week 6 in Washington D.C.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-1)
The Bengals looked like they were about to concede to Miami, but were able to score 27 points straight to get the win. Crazy thing is that no one is giving this team the credit that they deserve in the AFC North crown.
6. Chicago Bears (3-1)
The Bears got some rest in Week 5. They head to Miami this week in a matchup that could prove to the league that they’re for real.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)
Most would think that the Jaguars would have taken advantage of a weak Chiefs defense, however, they just couldn’t do much offensively. Jacksonville is still a great team, but it seems that some teams have figured out that Blake Bortles is going to have to beat them.
8. New England Patriots (3-2)
Tom Brady threw his 500th touchdown pass against the Colts last Thursday. He’ll need to be sharp once again as they host the offensive juggernaut Chiefs this week.
9. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
The Ravens have been pretty solid all season. That wasn’t the case against Cleveland in Week 5. Baltimore had difficulty with this Browns team and unfortunately lose in overtime in an ugly game.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
This team is not totally lost but they are struggling. The Eagles just can’t seem to find their identity and have struggled with multiple injuries. Can they turn it around or fall victim to the Super Bowl hangover?
11. Los Angeles Chargers (3-2)
The Chargers got the win against Oakland in last weekend. Can they beat the lukewarm Browns this week?
12. Minnesota Vikings (1-2-1)
Minnesota is finally finding some stability and consistency. They were able to avenge their NFC Championship loss against the Eagles in Week 5. Kirk Cousins and company will host the Cards in Week 6.
13. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2-1)
That’s the kind of game that Steelers fan expect every game. Pittsburgh finds itself climbing back up the ranks after a weird, disappointing start to the season.
14. Tennessee Titans (3-2)
Tennessee lost a heartbreaker against Buffalo. However, this loss may feel worse as they will need to come up with a plan to get the offense going on a more consistent basis.
15. Miami Dolphins (3-2)
The Dolphins thought they had a win all wrapped up last week. Unfortunately for them, the Bengals stormed back and stole it in the 4th quarter. After winning three straight to start the season, Miami has lost its last two games.
16. Cleveland Browns (2-2-1)
On a field goal from Greg Joseph in overtime, the Browns secured their second win of the season. The crazy thing is that some people are already talking about this team’s possibility of making a playoff run. That we’ll have to wait and see.
— NFL (@NFL) October 10, 2018
17. Green Bay Packers (2-2-1)
The Packers are having some major issues this season. If they don’t get it together, they may end up being in the basement in the NFC North.
18. Washington Redskins (2-2)
Washington came out of their rest week to an absolute beating by the Saints on Monday Night. They are not in bad shape though and at least head into Week 6 at .500.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2)
The Bucs will be fully rested against the Falcons this week after a bye week. Can they deal with the turnover at Quarterback with Jameis Winston now starting over Fitzmagic?
20. Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
The Seahawks almost pulled off the upset of the week but came up short. Seattle has been resilient all year and their record should be better than it is right now with the way this team been playing.
21. Atlanta Falcons (1-4)
The Falcons clearly aren’t the team that they should be this season and already find themselves in a deep hole. They need a win this week against an NFC South rivals in the Buccaneers.
22. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
Dallas has a problem. Some believe it’s Dak Prescott and others think it’s Jason Garrett and the coaching. Whatever is going on in Dallas, the Cowboys aren’t playing great football.
23. New York Jets (2-3)
Sam Darnold and Isaiah Crowell alone destroyed the Broncos defense. Their own defense improves each and every week with key pieces finding their roles in the system. Is this the start of something special in New York?
— NFL Fantasy Football (@NFLfantasy) October 9, 2018
24. Houston Texans (2-3)
Deshaun Watson had a killer game but the Texans just couldn’t score touchdowns. Fortunately, they were able to drive down the field and win by a field goal in overtime, a common theme in Week 5 of the NFL.
25. Detroit Lions (2-3)
Detroit made easy work of their divisional foe, the Packers, in Week 5. Matthew Stafford had to do very little work but threw two touchdown passes. LeGarrette Blount also added two rushing touchdowns as this time is finding a grittier identity under Matt Patricia.
26. Denver Broncos (2-3)
The Broncos got beat badly by the Jets in Week 5. They have their faults on offense, but defensively, there are big holes that need to be filled.
27. Indianapolis Colts (1-4)
Andrew Luck was back to his old ways in Week 5 but the Colts fell flat with their run game. They need to get better production at running back and on defense if they plan on making a run back into relevance.
28. San Francisco 49ers (1-4)
This team definitely is starting to feel the impact of losing Jimmy Garoppolo. But hey, at least they can add another high draft choice to incorporate into their young and evolving core.
29. Buffalo Bills (2-3)
The Bills pulled it off thanks to Stephen Hauschka’s 46-yard field goal as time expired. This team is definitely far from perfect, but they have defeated two teams that they probably should have lost to this season. How many more surprises will we see from the Bills in 2018?
30. New York Giants (1-4)
The Giants had an exciting day after a candid Odell Beckham interview where he called out his team, in particular long-time quarterback Eli Manning. Unfortunately they still fell short and lost to the Panthers.
31. Arizona Cardinals (1-4)
Well, at least the Cardinals got one win. Still, it’s going to be a tough, long season in Arizona which hopefully ends with another elite college prospect joining their roster.
32. Oakland Raiders (1-4)
It’s officially confirmed that the Raiders are not a good team this year. Jon Gruden needs to put in a lot of work if he intends to turn this team around. Maybe they are waiting until the move to Las Vegas?
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