by Zack Rhodes

Week 5 NFL Power Rankings Preview

Join BetAmerica Extra columnist Zack Rhodes as he fearlessly slices and dices all 32 teams and ranks them in order according to their Week 4 performance and Week 5 outlook.

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 rookie quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks with Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones on deck. Hard to see the Patriots losing in October, which would put them at 8-0, halfway to perfection.

Next up: Washington Redskins

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.

Next up: Indianapolis Colts

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.

Next Up: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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.

Next up: Green Bay Packers