NFL Week 5 Power Rankings: Rams remain in top 5 despite loss
1. New England Patriots (4-0 SU and 2-2 ATS)In building the rankings, it’s become clear that it’s the Patriots at No. 1 and then everyone else. New England won ugly on Sunday in Buffalo, but they did it with a big special teams play and a defense that continues to be lights out. Now Belichick is likely to get Colt McCoy and Daniel Jones in back-to-back weeks. Hard to see the Patriots losing in October, which would put them at 8-0, halfway to perfection.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS)Despite taking their first L against the spread and nearly losing outright in Detroit, the Chiefs move up to No. 2 because the MVP pulled out the win in the end and the Cowboys lost and the Rams are coming off back-to-back losses. Kansas City will have to get better on defense, but as long as they have the MVP dropping dimes and Travis Kelce flipping laterals, they’re going to continue to win a lot of football games.
3. Los Angeles Rams (3-2 SU and 4-1 ATS)Despite consecutive SU losses after their heartbreaker in Seattle last night, the Rams remain at No. 3. However, the drop will begin and the anxiety will start to set in next week if Sean McVay can’t figure out a way to get back on the winning track against San Francisco. Giving up a total of 8 touchdown passes the past two weeks is certainly cause for concern, but let’s not panic over a loss in Seattle that came down to a field goal kick that missed by centimeters.
Next up: San Francisco 49ers
4. New Orleans Saints (3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS)With so much of the top half struggling, the Saints move into the No. 4 spot after their impressive home win over the Cowboys. Led by a stout defense that stuffed Zeke all night and suffocated Dak and the passing game, New Orleans is showing us what it means to be a true team, bigger than any one man (even if that one man is one of the best to ever do it at the quarterback position). The Saints are on a mission this year.
5. Dallas Cowboys (3-1 SU and 3-1 ATS)It was a harsh reality check on Sunday night for the Cowboys, as they retreated to looking pedestrian on offense again. However, I think this was a case of the Saints defense showing us they’re indeed for real and Dallas being unready to face the challenge. It will be interesting to see how Ezekiel Elliott and the ‘Boys bounce back this week in a marquee game at home against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
6. Chicago Bears (3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS)The Bears D was at their best on Sunday in a dominating performance against the Vikings. It will be fascinating to see how the offense functions now that Mitch Trubisky is out with a shoulder injury. Could Chase Daniel be an upgrade? It’s possible. But the offense needs to continue to run through rookie running back David Montgomery, who seems like he’s due for a breakout performance. Maybe it comes this week in London against the Raiders.
“We played a heck of a game on offense, but that is the most dominant performance I’ve seen our defense do in quite some time.”More from Chase Daniel on a big win over the #Vikings, and how to keep things rolling without Mitch Trubisky in our @nflnetwork postgame interview: pic.twitter.com/npLzSKwSRV — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 30, 2019
7. Green Bay Packers (3-1 SU and 3-1 ATS)Still riding their strong start to the season, the Packers come in at No. 7. But that could change quickly as we’ll see if that start was for real when they travel to Dallas on Sunday to take on a Cowboys team that should be on edge after that disappointing loss to the Saints. Aaron Rodgers in Jerry’s World is always must-see TV and this week is no different in what will be the marquee match-up of the weekend.
8. San Francisco 49ers (3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS)The other cant-miss game will be the undefeated 49ers hosting the soap opera that is the Cleveland Browns on Monday night. It should be fun to watch two talented offenses go toe-to-toe in a game that could feature a ton of fireworks.
9. Baltimore Ravens (2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS)After losing a key divisional home game against the Browns, it could be argued the Ravens should be out of the top 10, but this is still a talented bunch with a young quarterback that has a ton of upside. Pittsburgh showed some life this past week against the Bengals, so it will be interesting to see if the Ravens will be able to assert themselves in the division and pick up a key win against the Steelers this weekend.
10. Indianapolis Colts (2-2 SU and 2-1-1 ATS)In an uncharacteristic performance on Sunday, the Colts came out lackadaisical against the Raiders at home and ultimately took the loss because of it. However, Frank Reich’s club returns to the familiar role of underdogs as the Colts travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs this Sunday night as 11-point dogs. And even though they’re nursing injuries to several key players, the possible return of star linebacker Darius Leonard could be a big boost.
I’ll look for Indianapolis to bounce back with a determined effort against the Chiefs in a contest where I think they may lean on their talented offensive line and try to control the clock and keep Mr. Mahomes on the sidelines as much as possible.
11. Philadelphia Eagles (2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS)The Eagles finally put it together last Thursday in an impressive win over the Packers. Now they get a struggling Jets team this week before being tested again next week when they travel to Minnesota and then follow that up with a trip to Dallas.
12. Minnesota Vikings (2-2 SU and 2-2 ATS)Speaking of the Vikings, it’s been a rough week with the Stefon Diggs rumors and Adam Thielen just speaking the truth. But I think the fiery Mike Zimmer will use the humiliating loss to Chicago as motivation this week and will have his talented defense ready to give the sky-high Daniel Jones his first official “Welcome to the NFL” moment. I like Minnesota a lot this week against the Giants.
13. Seattle Seahawks (4-1 SU and 2-3 ATS)You have to give it up to Russell Wilson. Dude has proven to be tough as nails both physically and mentally, as he’s become a one-man wrecking crew in Seattle. A proven champion, he continues to will his team to wins, which is exactly what he did last night in the Seahawks’ dramatic one-point win over the Rams.
Next up: Cleveland Browns
14. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2 SU and 3-1 ATS)The legend just continues to grow, as the Uncle Rico of the NFL continues to get it done both on and off the field. Putting the Jalen Ramsey saga to the side, Gardner Minshew has undoubtedly become one of the more fun storylines of the NFL season so far. Let’s see if the good times continue this week against a Carolina team that’s found some new life in recent weeks.
15. Tennessee Titans (2-2 SU and 2-2 ATS)The good version of the Titans showed up on Sunday as they dominated the Falcons from start to finish. In what could set up to be an ugly UNDER game, Tennessee now gets ready to host a Buffalo Bills team that could have Matt Barkley starting at quarterback.
Next up: Buffalo Bills
16. Houston Texans (2-2 SU and 2-2 ATS)The trio of AFC South teams remain connected in the rankings because I see so little space between them. Despite the loss to Carolina, I still have faith in Deshaun Watson. Now the Falcons come to town this week - yes, that same Falcons team that just lost at home to Tennessee. Based on the rankings, you’d have to expect a similar result, but for some reason, the Texans just don’t inspire a lot of confidence.
17. Cleveland Browns (2-2 SU and 2-2 ATS)The soap opera continues this week as the Browns travel to San Francisco for a marquee match-up on Monday night against the undefeated 49ers. As I wrote for the Niners, it should be a fun game that features two exciting offenses capable of putting on an entertains display of fireworks. I’m getting the popcorn ready now.
18. Buffalo Bills (3-1 SU and 3-1 ATS)Perhaps I could have moved up the Bills a bit more, but they’ve been climbing the rankings for several weeks now. Quarterback questions aside, this Buffalo defense is legit and fun to watch.
Next up: Tennessee Titans
19. Detroit Lions (2-1-1 SU and 3-1 ATS)Another team that continues to climb up the rankings. I have to be honest, I found myself eating my words about Matt Patricia as the Lions put on that impressive performance against the Chiefs. The offense was particularly good, as Matt Stafford, Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Kerryon Johnson comprise a talented core on that side of the ball.
Next up: Green Bay Packers
20. Los Angeles Chargers (2-2 SU and 1-2-1 ATS)With the secondary continuing to struggle, the Chargers find themselves on shaky ground despite turning it on in the second half and pulling away from the Dolphins over the weekend. This week they get another struggling team in Denver, who just found out Bradley Chubb will be out for the rest of year due to an ACL injury. The Chargers should be able to take advantage.
Broncos’ OLB Bradley Chubb actually returned to the game with his knee injury. Now he will have surgery on his torn ACL and miss the season - the biggest loss of Denver’s season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 30, 2019