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My 2016 NFL Power Rankings Week 5

Updated on October 11, 2016

NFL Power Ranks

Another week is in the books which can only mean it's time for another NFL Power Rankings. Get you fill this week as there won't be an update for the next two weeks. Sometimes life events take precedent and my wedding is just a few short days away. Sorry ladies. This guy is spoken for. That being said, there's a lot of pressure to make these rankings extra special since you'll have to do without for a while. I could have just not said anything and left you wondering where the rankings were. Leaving comments here. Hitting me up on Twitter. You should probably do those things anyway. I should probably stop babbling and get to the rankings.

1. Minnesota Vikings (5-0) ~ If you had Minnesota as the last unbeaten team please head towards the cashier to collect your winnings. What's that? You didn't have them? Don't worry. Neither did most of us. They have looked quite impressive thus far though. Let's see how long they can keep it rolling. (Last Week's Ranking 2)

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) ~ Big Ben looks unstoppable as he now has nine touchdown passes and 680 yards passing in his last two games. Up next is the sad sack Miami Dolphins who just allowed Marcus Mariota to throw for four touchdowns. Pencil Big Ben in for a six-pack. (LWR 3)

3. New England Patriots (4-1) ~ As amazing as Roethlisberger is, there is simply no comparison to the golden god that is Tom Brady. The future hall-of-famer returned from his four-game suspension to throw for three scores and over 400 yards. Rust? Not anywhere to be found on this guy. (LWR 4)

4. Denver Broncos (4-1) ~ The champs were dethroned when they could only slow the onslaught that is Atlanta's offense. This was Paxton Lynch's first NFL start and Trevor Semien could be back although the Broncos have a short week with the dreaded Thursday night game. No team is perfect but nobody expected Denver to run the table this year. (LWR 1)

5. Seattle Seahawks (3-1) ~ Christine Michael wasn't supposed to be the starter at the beginning of the year but with Thomas Rawls ailing Michael has stepped up. He is averaging over 4.5 yards per carry and is a threat out of the backfield with 12 catches through the first four games. He could be the heir apparent to Marshawn Lynch they didn't even know they had. (LWR 5)

6. Atlanta Falcons (4-1) ~ They took down the champs but I'm still skeptical. Last year Atlanta started out 5-0 and finished 8-8. They travel to Seattle this week and if they can escape with a win maybe I'll be a believer. Until then I'm going to hold back on crowning them in the NFC. (LWR 7)

7. Green Bay Packers (3-1) ~ With five touchdowns in four games it's safe to say that Jordy Nelson is fully recovered from the ACL injury that cost him the 2015 season. He and Aaron Rodgers are one of the most lethal downfield combinations in the NFL. (LWR 8)

8. Oakland Raiders (4-1) ~ I've only been doing NFL Power Rankings for a few years now but I have to say this is the highest the Raiders have ever been on any of those lists. The team hasn't been relevant since 2002 but they are making a clear case to change that. (LWR 9)

9. Dallas Cowboys (4-1) ~ Dak Prescott has this team rolling but owner Jerry Jones has said that when Tony Romo is ready to play he will be back under center. Only Dallas could pull a move as idiotic as that. (LWR 13)

10. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) ~ Carson Wentz threw his first interception, the Eagles lost their first game and Lane Johnson's 10-game suspension has been upheld. There have been better weeks than this for Philly. (LWR 6)

11. Arizona Cardinals (2-3) ~ Carson Palmer didn't play but David Johnson made sure they didn't need him. The second year pro rushed for a season-high 157 and two scores as Arizona got the win they so desperately needed. (LWR 15)

12. Baltimore Ravens (3-2) ~ Baltimore is scoring under 19 points a game and two straight losses were enough for them to let offensive coordinator Marc Trestman go. Will the change be enough to help the Ravens put more points on the board? (LWR 10)

13. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) ~ Three losses in four games have the Bengals in a precarious position. Things won't get much easier this week with a trip to Foxborough in Mr. Brady's home debut. (LWR 12)

14. Houston Texans (3-2) ~ When Houston nabbed Will Fuller in the first round of this year's NFL Draft my initial thought was "Who?" Well, Fuller has so far impressed during his first few games in the league with two 100-yard games and a punt return touchdown to boot. Maybe this is why I'm not in an NFL front office. (LWR 11)

15. Buffalo Bills (3-2) ~ Three straight wins have the Bills back in the thick of things in the AFC East. Can Rex Ryan and company keep it up and snap the longest playoff drought in the NFL? Maybe it's a bit too early to think about such things but in Buffalo I'm sure it is on everyone's minds. (LWR 19)

16. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) ~ Coming off the bye I expect a healthy Jamaal Charles to get a lion's share of the carries in a key divisional game against Oakland this week. As I've said before, for my money, he is one of the best in the business. Andy Reid isn't stupid. I expect him to do the right thing here. (LWR 18)

17. Washington Redskins (3-2) ~ For the first time all season the Redskins held an opponent under 20 points. Considering they tied their season-low with just 16 of their own I'd say that was good timing for the D to step up. (LWR 20)

18. Carolina Panthers (1-4) ~ Some people are discounting their Monday night loss due to the fact that Cam Newton did not play. Considering the Panthers are just 1-3 when he does play I'm not giving them the same discount. (LWR 14)

19. Los Angeles Rams (3-2) ~ Nobody is doubting L.A.'s defense but they need to do something on the other side of the ball. Todd Gurley has been held in check thus far and there is virtually nothing coming from Case Keenum and the air attack. Meanwhile, number one overall pick Jared Goff continues to hold a clipboard on the sideline. (LWR 16)

20. New York Giants (2-3) ~ Eli Manning has just five touchdowns versus four interceptions on the season. A week ago Odell Beckham Jr. called out his quarterback and everyone scoffed. Maybe, just maybe, he's on to something. (LWR 17)

21. Indianapolis Colts (2-3) ~ A week ago the Colts played a game in London and then didn't have a bye week? What kind of scheduling chaos is this? I guess it worked out for them as the Colts beat the Bears in Indianapolis for the first time. (LWR 23)

22. Detroit Lions (2-3) ~ In a game that featured some of the worst officiating I've ever seen, the Lions snapped a three-game losing streak with a one-point win at home. Each of Detroit's five games this year have been decided by just one score. (LWR 25)

23. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) ~ Fresh off a win and a bye the Jags get to travel to Chicago to play a less than stellar Bears team. If the Jags are going to look like the .500 team I believe they can be, this is a must-win game. (LWR 24)

24. San Diego Chargers (1-4) ~ Each week San Diego finds a new way to lose. This time it was on a botched hold for a game-tying field goal late in the fourth quarter. I can only imagine what they have in store for us next week. (LWR 21)

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) ~ Tampa used a second round draft pick to take Roberto Aguayo in this year's NFL Draft. The rookie was off to a rough start and has hit on only four of eight attempts. That eighth attempt, however, won Monday night's game. Here's hoping that is the confidence builder the kid needs to get back on track. (LWR 28)

26. New York Jets (1-4) ~ In Sunday's loss to the Steelers, running back Matt Forte recorded his 500th career reception in just his 125th game. Only Marshall Faulk, LaDanian Tomlinson and Roger Craig did it quicker. (LWR 22)

27. Tennessee Titans (2-3) ~ First the Dolphins and then the Browns? The scheduling gods have smiled upon these Titans. It's up to them to take advantage. (LWR 27)

28. New Orleans Saints (1-3) ~ Once again the Saints are near the top of the league in passing offense (2nd) and points (3rd) but they rank dead last in points allowed. Until that changes this team will need to win a shootout every week. That's simply too much to ask of any offense, even one led by Drew Brees. (LWR 26)

29. Chicago Bears (1-4) ~ Two starts and two 100-yard rushing days for rookie Jordan Howard. The starting job might still be his when Jeremy Langford comes back from injury. (LWR 29)

30. Miami Dolphins (1-4) ~ Head coach Adam Gase has come out in support of starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. With just six touchdowns and seven interceptions, one has to wonder how long that support will last. (LWR 30)

31. San Francisco 49ers (1-4) ~ The support for Blaine Gabbert is gone by the bay. Head coach Chip Kelly has stated that Colin Kaepernick will get the start this weekend in Buffalo. That is a decision I simply cannot stand for. (LWR 31)

32. Cleveland Browns (0-5) ~ Another quarterback up (Charlie Whitehurst) and another quarterback down? Could the Browns really need to find another starter for this weekend's game? Man. At least they have the Indians going for them right now. (LWR 32)

That's all she wrote folks. Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave them right here. Or if that's not good enough you can follow/harass me on Twitter @therichwhiteguy. It wouldn't be the biggest waste of your time.


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