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My Week 5 NFL Power Rankings 2017 Edition

Updated on October 10, 2017

Week Five NFL Power Rankings

Another week in the books and another win for the Kansas City Chiefs. The 1972 Miami Dolphins will have to wait at least another week before popping that champagne. It should come as no surprise that K.C. reigns supreme yet again atop my rankings. I can’t see anything but a loss dethroning them. And that might not even be enough. You already know the top spot is the same, but what about the bottom? One winless team finally put one up in the win column this past weekend. Do we have a new cellar dweller?

1. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) ~ Alex Smith leads the league in completion percentage at 76.6%. Kareem Hunt leads the NFL in rushing with 609 yards. The Chiefs have also turned the ball over just once all year. Those three components are a good formula for having the only flawless record in the league. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Green Bay Packers (4-1) ~ All Aaron Rodgers does is rip out the hearts of the Dallas Cowboys and their fans. As an Eagles fan, I love that about him. Green Bay is in control of the NFC North, however, if Rodgers’ favorite receiver Jordy Nelson has to miss some time, that could cause an issue. Nelson missed the last series in Dallas when Green Bay scored the decisive touchdown. (LWR 2)

3. Atlanta Falcons (3-1) ~ The only team to beat the Packers this year just had an extra week to stew over their first loss of the season. It did come at a good time as receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu were forced to leave Atlanta’s loss with injuries. Jones should be a go this weekend while Sanu might need one more week to recover. (LWR 4)

4. New England Patriots (3-2) ~ Rob Gronkowski missed Thursday night’s victory in Tampa Bay, but all signs point to him being ready to take on the New York Jets this weekend. The winner of that game will have the upper-hand in the division. Obviously I’m betting on Tom Brady, but we could be looking at a first place Jets team in mid-October. (LWR 5)

5. Philadelphia Eagles (4-1) ~ They dismantled Arizona and appear to be clicking on all cylinders. Carson Wentz tossed a career-high four touchdowns against one of the better secondaries in the league, and the defense bottled up Larry Fitzgerald and the rest of the receivers. The secondary will only get better once Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones return from injuries. A stiff test awaits Thursday in Carolina against a rejuvenated Cam Newton. A win there will really get this fan to start thinking Super Bowl. (LWR 7)

6. Denver Broncos (3-1) ~ Denver’s defense will be rested up after the bye, and they get an early Christmas present with the reeling New York Giants coming to town without their top two receivers. Get your popcorn ready folks. This one could be a laugher. (LWR 8)

7. Seattle Seahawks (3-2) ~ If you take away the 46-point eruption against Indianapolis’ abysmal defense you see that Seattle is averaging just 16 points per game. Their defense is their calling card, but just a little more offensive output would take a little pressure off of the guys on the other side of the ball. They can’t hold everyone to single digits. (LWR 11)

8. Carolina Panthers (4-1) ~ OK, OK, I get it. I counted them out too early. I didn’t believe in them. I thought Cam was washed up. Maybe I was wrong. Maybe the Panthers will only get better, especially if Christian McCaffrey gets more involved. I just hope they wait another week before figuring out how to truly deploy the rookie running back. (LWR 14)

9. Detroit Lions (3-2) ~ Matthew Stafford nearly had another come-from-behind win in him. Too bad nearly doesn’t count in the NFL. Now there are rumors swirling that the injuries he suffered Sunday might keep him out of this coming game. What are the Lions without their signal-caller? Let’s hope Detroit doesn’t need to find out. (LWR 6)

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) ~ I’m legit concerned. A home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and their porous run defense is a game the Steelers win 99 out of 100 times. I guess this was that one time. It wasn’t the running game’s fault. Look no further than Ben Roethlisberger for this one as he threw five interceptions, two of which were brought back for touchdowns. Thanks Pittsburgh for eliminating me from my last man standing pool. Good luck to the final 11 of you that are left. Ugh. (LWR 3)

11. Dallas Cowboys (2-3) ~ Dallas has already matched last season’s loss total, and the wins aren’t that pretty either. They’ve beaten the Giants and Cardinals so far, who are a combined 2-7. They will look to re-group during their bye week. Up next is a trip to San Francisco to face a potentially 0-6 49ers team. (LWR 10)

12. Los Angeles Rams (3-2) ~ Tavon Austin is a speedy, shifty runner with the ball. The kind of player you like to have with the ball in space. The kind of player who can change a game on special teams with a big return. Tavon Austin is no longer that player in L.A. After muffing his fourth punt of the year, the Rams have decided to pull Austin from returning punts for the time being. (LWR 12)

13. Buffalo Bills (3-2) ~ The 20 points they allowed to Cincinnati on Sunday marked the most they’ve allowed all year. The defense isn’t a concern. The offense? Well, maybe. Tight end Charles Clay who leads the team in receiving yards (258) and is tied for the lead in touchdowns (two), injured his knee in Sunday’s loss and will miss multiple weeks. That isn’t good news for a team tied atop their division and looking to make the playoffs for the first time this millennium. (LWR 13)

14. Oakland Raiders (2-3) ~ What has happened to Amari Cooper? The former number four overall pick has been held to eight, nine and six yards receiving over his last three games. That is simply mind-blowing. Even with Derek Carr out, Cooper has shown he can go get the ball if it is in his vicinity. The Raiders are a mess right now. (LWR 9)

15. Minnesota Vikings (3-2) ~ Speaking of teams without a quarterback the Minnesota Vikings are again without Sam Bradford who finally returned after Week One. He didn’t even last one game. Case Keenum took over and helped Minnesota squeak out a victory in Chicago Monday night. Odds are he will be the quarterback until further notice. (LWR 16)

16. Washington Redskins (2-2) ~ When Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson left town it was safe to wonder who would step up in the passing game. Perhaps Jamison Crowder was ready to make the leap. Maybe free agent signee Terrelle Pryor would be Kirk Cousins' favorite target. Believe it or not, through the first four games, backup running back Chris Thompson leads the team with 235 yards and two touchdowns. (LWR 17)

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) ~ If Nick Folk could make a field goal we'd be looking at a 3-1 Bucs team fresh off a victory over the Patriots. But he couldn't. So we aren't. Enter Patrick Murray who returns to Tampa to take over the kicking duties. The bar isn't that high at the moment. (LWR 15)

18. Baltimore Ravens (3-2) ~ Joe Flacco had a pulse as he threw for more than 200 yards for the second straight game. That doesn't seem like much, but it's the first time he has done that this year. He also didn't throw an interception for the first time. With the Steelers surprising loss, the Ravens are right back in the thick of things in the AFC North. (LWR 21)

19. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) ~ There is no greater Jekyll and Hyde team this season than the Jags. They crushed the Texans. Then got smacked down to earth by Tennessee. They routed Baltimore only to lose to the Jets the next week. Lastly they went in to Pittsburgh and completely dismantled the Steelers. What will they do next against the Rams? (LWR 24)

20. Houston Texans (2-3) ~ Deshaun Watson looks like the real deal. The big concern here is that the Texans have lost defensive stalwarts J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus for the season. Jadeveon Clowney, Houston's eyes turn to you. (LWR 18)

21. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) ~ The Bengals offense has turned it around after not finding the end zone during the first two games. Perhaps committing to one running back is a reason for that as it looks like this is now rookie Joe Mixon's backfield. The second-rounder leads the team with 67 carries, 187 yards and the only rushing touchdown of the season for Cincy. Oh, and he's caught all 11 passes thrown his way. (LWR 23)

22. New Orleans Saints (2-2) ~ Adrian Peterson lasted four games in the Big Easy. The reason for letting him go so soon? The emergence of rookie Alvin Kamara who is averaging 5.5 yards per carry and has already secured 20 receptions in just four games. (LWR 20)

23. Tennessee Titans (2-3) ~ The loss in Miami was a bad one. If Marcus Mariota was healthy I think this team would be 3-2. If he is healthy they still have a shot. If not, well, it's a good thing they have two good running backs. (LWR 19)

24. New York Jets (3-2) ~ Ask any Jets fan if they thought the Jets would win more than two games this year. I'd bet a good majority of them would say no. But, they have. The Jets are tied for first place in the AFC East and they might not even be the biggest surprise in New York. (LWR 25)

25. Arizona Cardinals (2-3) ~ The running game has been non-existent which is why Arizona pulled out all the stops by acquiring former MVP Adrian Peterson from the Saints. The Cards will hope he can help balance the offensive attack out in the desert. (LWR 22)

26. Miami Dolphins (2-2) ~ Jay Cutler does not look good. At all. The Dolphins are averaging under 157 yards per game through the air which is dead last in all of football. At what point do they turn it over to backup Matt Moore? (LWR 26)

27. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) ~ The Chargers were the winless team entering Week Five's action that put one up in the win column. They did so by traveling to the east coast for an early game and those typically don't go in favor of the Chargers. This time it did. (LWR 29)

28. Indianapolis Colts (2-3) ~ Colts fans certainly didn't envision a season in which they were rooting for Jacoby Brissett and Marlon Mack, but that's where we are. Mack showed some burst and could be ready to steal some carries away from the veteran Frank Gore. If Indy can stay afloat and Andrew Luck can return healthy, they could still make a run at the division title. (LWR 31)

29. Chicago Bears (1-4) ~ The Mitchell Trubisky era is under way in Chicago and it almost started with a win. The rookie showed some flashes of why the Bears traded up to get him with the second overall pick in the draft. There will be bumps and bruises along the way, but in a season that is almost already lost, what else do they have to lose? (LWR 27)

30. San Francisco 49ers (0-5) ~ Make that four losses in a row by three points or fewer for the first time in franchise history. Two in a row in overtime. That's crushing. There is life out by the bay. It's not all doom and gloom. (LWR 30)

31. New York Giants (0-5) ~ Odell Beckham Jr is done for the year. Brandon Marshall? Yep, he's done too. Even Sterling Shepard is hurting. Who is left for Eli to throw to in New York? (LWR 28)

32. Cleveland Browns (0-5) ~ DeShone Kizer may be losing his grip on the starting job in Cleveland. Head Coach Hue Jackson has hinted that Kevin Hogan may get a start if the rookie doesn't show some signs of improvement soon. (LWR 32)

That's all she wrote folks. Or that's all I wrote. He. I brought this on myself didn't I.....Anyway.... 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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