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2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 5

Updated on October 13, 2015

NFL Power Ranks Week 5

We are now five weeks into the season and there are six remaining undefeated teams. That has never happened before in the NFL. With that kind of lead that must mean the top of these rankings will look a lot like the top of last week's. Spoiler alert: they do. But what about the rest of them? Guess you'll just have to scroll on down to see.

1. New England Patriots (4-0) ~ Another game and another win for the Patriots as they steamrolled the Cowboys in Dallas. Up next, however, a road date in Indianapolis where I'm sure nobody will bring up Deflategate because that's all been decided and nobody is talking about it. Right? (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Green Bay Packers (5-0) ~ Not only did Aaron Rodgers' streak of not throwing an interception end, he finished the game with three total turnovers for the first time in his career. Oh, and the Packers still won. (LWR 2)

3. Denver Broncos (5-0) ~ For the second time this season the Broncos failed to score an offensive touchdown. For the second time this season that didn't matter because the defense has been playing at an elite level. (LWR 3)

4. Cincinnati Bengals (5-0) ~ The Bengals trailed by 17 at home against the defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks. Surely they were primed for their first loss of the season. Andy Dalton had other ideas leading the team back for an overtime victory. The claws are out on these cats. (LWR 4)

5. Atlanta Falcons (5-0) ~ Devonta Freeman will not be denied. After his go-ahead touchdown catch was overturned with less than a minute to play he rumbled in for six yards on the ground as the Falcons took the lead late. They needed overtime to outlast the Redskins but these Falcons are playing with passion after back-to-back stale seasons down south. (LWR 5)

6. Arizona Cardinals (4-1) ~ An opportunistic defense just got a little better as the team signed defensive end Dwight Freeney for the rest of the season. I've always loved him as a player and will continue to root for him as a Cardinal. (LWR 6)

7. Carolina Panthers (4-0) ~ The Panthers are undefeated and in second place in their own division. This week is a trip to Seattle to face a Seahawks team Cam Newton has never beaten (0-4 in his career). (LWR 7)

8. New York Jets (3-1) ~ Brandon Marshall will look to extend his streak of consecutive games topping 100 yards receiving to four when the Jets host Washington this week. (LWR 9)

9. Indianapolis Colts (3-2) ~ Andrew Luck is a full participant in practice this week as he looks to return to the lineup. Matt Hasselbeck performed admirably in picking up two divisional wins while Luck was out. (LWR 10)

10. Seattle Seahawks (2-3) ~ Someone needs to awaken Jimmy Graham. The star tight end has 30 or fewer receiving yards in three of his first five games as a Seahawk. If they can get him going maybe it will help Seattle get out of the rut they find themselves in. (LWR 8)

11. Buffalo Bills (3-2) ~ Trouble in Buffalo? Rumors are swirling that quarterback Tyrod Taylor has an MCL injury that could cause him to miss this week's game. An offense already without LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams can ill-afford to lose their signal-caller. (LWR 11)

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) ~ Down by three with five seconds left on the road Mike Tomlin decided to run the ball. It worked as LeVeon Bell went in for the winning touchdown but if it hadn't? It would have been a long plane ride home from San Deigo. (LWR 12)

13. New York Giants (3-2) ~ With a fourth quarter comeback win against San Francisco Eli Manning picked up his 102nd career win which is a new franchise record. *Hat tip* (LWR 16)

14. San Diego Chargers (2-3) ~ A heartbreaking loss with no time left on the clock. That said, the offense welcomed back an old friend as Antonio Gates returned to the lineup and found the end zone twice. (LWR 14)

15. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) ~ DeMarco Murray had his best game as an Eagle, Sam Bradford wasn't sacked and the Eagles actually won the time of possession battle as they throttled the Saints. Two red zone interceptions are all that saved this from being really ugly. (LWR 22)

16. Minnesota Vikings (2-2) ~ After not living up to the big contract in Miami Mike Wallace looks rejuvenated in Minnesota leading the team with 20 catches for 233 yards and a score. (LWR 18)

17. Dallas Cowboys (2-3) ~ Change is coming: Matt Cassel has been named the starter in Dallas. Could it be too little too late as the Cowboys have lost three in a row without Tony Romo? (LWR 13)

18. St. Louis Rams (2-3) ~ James Lauriniatis is the name of the man who ended Aaron Rodgers' interception-less streak in Lambeau Field. You may remember his father as half of the WWF's Legion of Doom. I know I do. (LWR 15)

19. Cleveland Browns (2-3) ~ Josh McCown is reminding everyone why the Browns went out and signed him to play over Johnny Manziel. McCown set a franchise-record with 457 yards passing in an upset win over the Baltimore Ravens. (LWR 23)

20. Washington Redskins (2-3) ~ If Ryan Grant doesn't slip in overtime are we looking at a Redskins team that would be atop the NFC East? (LWR 20)

21. Oakland Raiders (2-3) ~ Charles Woodson picked off Peyton Manning twice over the weekend marking the first time the corner has bested the quarterback. Unless you turn back the clock to the 1997 when Woodson beat out Manning for the Heisman. Yeah, these guys have been playing for a long time. (LWR 21)

22. Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) ~ As if losing Jamaal Charles for the season wasn't bad enough the Chiefs went on to blow the game against the lowly Chicago Bears. It's only five weeks in but put a fork in 'em. They're done. (LWR 17)

23. Baltimore Ravens (1-4) ~ When Terrell Suggs went down in Week 1 we all knew it would be a huge loss. Since then the defense looks lost and Baltimore is all but out of it in the tough AFC North. (LWR 19)

24. Tennessee Titans (1-3) ~ Another tough loss has the Titans at 1-3. That warm fuzzy feeling with Marcus Mariota leading the way to a big Week 1 win has worn off. (LWR 24)

25. Chicago Bears (2-3) ~ Two straight wins have the Bears with a chance to reach the .500 mark as they get set to take on the winless Detroit Lions this week. (LWR 29)

26. Houston Texans (1-4) ~ What happened to the D in Houston? JJ Watt can't be happy with unit that has forced just two turnovers in five games. (LWR 25)

27. New Orleans Saints (1-4) ~ The Saints have allowed at least 20 points in each of their five games this season. Remind me again why defensive coordinator Rob Ryan still has a job? (LWR 26)

28. Miami Dolphins (1-3) ~ Dan Campbell will make his coaching debut on the road at Tennessee. A winnable game. Let's see if he can instill some passion in a team that appears to have been sleepwalking for the first quarter of the season. (LWR 27)

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) ~ Could we be seeing the return of the muscle hamster? Doug Martin has back-to-back 100 yard games and has chipped in four touchdowns along the way. A solid running game would certainly help rookie quarterback Jameis Winston in his development. (LWR 32)

30. Detroit Lions (0-5) ~ Matthew Stafford was benched in the third quarter on Sunday. Matthew Stafford was the quarterback on one of my fantasy teams. That team lost by one point. Thanks Matthew Stafford. (LWR 28)

31. San Francisco 49ers (1-4) ~ Just when it looked like the Niners were about to pick up their first win since the opener they go and give up an 82-yard touchdown drive to Eli Manning and the Giants. Easy come easy go. (LWR 30)

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) ~ Blake Bortles went on the road and threw four touchdown passes and the team still lost. Sometimes you can't blame the quarterback. This is one of those times. (LWR 31)

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