NFL Power Rankings: Week 5

By Teddy Covers - Covers Expert

The New England Patriots are so hot right now they don't even have to play to stay on top of our Power Rankings, where tehy have been No. 1 for five consecutive weeks.

NFL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 3-0-0
-7 New England
In general, I’ll bump a team up a half point following their bye week; a chance to get healthy and scheme ahead. There are exceptions to this rule, but the Pats aren’t one of them.
2 2 same 4-0-0
-6 Green Bay
The Packers are riddled with key injuries on both sides of the ball right now. Their offense was sluggish and lethargic in the win at San Francisco, a clear flat spot after three huge wins.
3 4 up 1 4-0-0
-5.5 Cincinnati
When it comes to skill position talent, Cinci can make a legitimate case for having the best set of RB’s and WR’s in the NFL right now, especially with that group fully healthy.
4 3 down 1 3-1-0
-4.5 Arizona
Bruce Arians told the truth following Arizona’s rare home loss on Sunday: “You're not going to win many games kicking field goals in the red zone and losing the turnover battle.”
5 5 same 4-0-0
-4.5 Denver
The Broncos have been remarkably adept at winning ‘coinflip’ type games this season, with three of their four wins coming in games that went right down to the wire.
6 8 up 2 4-0-0
-3 Atlanta
QB Matt Ryan is one of eleven different NFL starting quarterbacks with a QB rating higher than 100. Last year, there was only four QB’s with that lofty rating.
7 6 down 1 2-2-0
-3 Buffalo
The Bills have been extraordinarily sloppy and undisciplined in two home losses, flagged for a whopping 31 penalties. They had two TDs called back in a two TD loss to the Giants.
8 11 up 3 4-0-0
-2.5 Carolina
I’m not giving Ron Rivera’s squad too much credit for their 4-0 start. Their four wins have come against the weakest schedule in the league, a quartet of 1-3 foes.
9 7 down 2 2-2-0
-2 Seattle
The Seahawks continue to slide in my power ratings after coming within a half yard of losing at home to the Lions on a night where Detroit looked awful on offense throughout.
10 13 up 3 2-2-0
-1.5 Minnesota
Even after his non-factor 31 yard performance on Monday Night Football to open the season, after four weeks of play, Adrian Peterson is the NFL’s leading rusher.
11 15 up 4 3-1-0
-1.5 N.Y. Jets
In their three wins, the Jets are +9 in turnover margin, winning the turnover battle each time. In their lone loss, the Jets were -3 in turnovers.
12 12 same 2-2-0
-1 Indianapolis
After watching the Colts barely escape at home against Jacksonville, it’s very clear. Without Andrew Luck in the lineup, Indy is no better than the 32nd ranked Jaguars.
13 9 down 4 1-3-0
-1 Kansas City
While the Chiefs 1-3 record makes this ranking appear high, let’s not forget that all three of KC’s losses have come against teams ranked in my Top 5.
14 19 up 5 2-2-0
-0.5 N.Y. Giants
The G-men continue to cash winning bets in one role, year after year – as road underdogs. They’re 2-0 ATS as road dogs this year and 59-38 ATS on the road in the Coughlin era.
15 10 down 5 1-3-0
0 Philadelphia
In two games against divisional rivals Dallas and Washington, the defenses that are most familiar with Chip Kelly’s schemes completely shut them down: zero points scored before halftime.
16 14 down 2 2-2-0
0.5 San Diego
The Chargers played without three starting offensive linemen, but the offense still rolled up more than 400 yards and notched their second straight 30+ point effort at home.
17 18 up 1 1-3-0
1 Baltimore
With leading receiver Steve Smith sidelined, Joe Flacco has a very limited receiving corps to work with. Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown look like the starting WR’s vs. the Browns.
18 22 up 4 2-2-0
1.5 St. Louis
Rookie RB Todd Gurley is finally fully healthy and having an immediate impact. Gurley gained 144 rushing yards in the second half of the Rams outright upset at Arizona.
19 20 up 1 2-2-0
2 Pittsburgh
With Ben Roethlisberger at QB, the Steelers passing game is as dangerous as any in the league. With Michael Vick at QB last week, Pittsburgh netted only 96 yards on 30 pass dropbacks.
20 21 up 1 2-2-0
2.5 Oakland
This franchise has struggled as a favorite for the last decade; a truly woeful 6-20 ATS in their last 26 tries. Prior to Sunday, they hadn’t been favored since Week 2 2013 vs. the Jags.
21 16 down 5 1-3-0
3 Houston
Despite an ongoing quarterback controversy, a struggling offensive line and no running game to speak of, the Texans continue to play at the fastest pace in the NFL on offense.
22 23 up 1 1-2-0
3 Tennessee
Ken Whisenhunt’s squad is just 2-13 SU in their last 15 games at Nissan Stadium, beating only divisional rivals Houston and Jacksonville (both by less than a TD) during that span.
23 28 up 5 2-2-0
3 Washington
The Redskins utilized their ball control gameplan against Philly extremely well, enjoying a 41-19 minute time of possession edge; wearing down Philly’s D on the game winning TD drive.
24 29 up 5 1-3-0
3.5 Cleveland
The NFL braintrust is conducting a thorough ‘investigation’ of why star cornerback Joe Haden was listed as ‘probable’ before being ruled inactive and not playing at San Diego.
25 24 down 1 2-2-0
3.5 Dallas
Cowboys backup QB Brandon Weeden is now 0-11 SU in his last eleven games as an NFL starting quarterback. Could we see Matt Cassel behind center against the Patriots on Sunday?
26 17 down 9 1-3-0
3.5 Miami
Last year, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen was fired after a poorly played loss to Miami in London. This year, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin got the axe after a dismal London showing.
27 27 same 1-3-0
3.5 New Orleans
There was absolute mayhem here in Vegas when the Saints missed a late field goal, then scored a TD on the first play from scrimmage in overtime to cover the pointspread.
28 25 down 3 0-4-0
4 Detroit
The Lions continue to find particularly excruciating ways to lose key games, with Monday Night’s loss at Seattle reminiscent of Detroit’s brutal loss at Dallas in the playoffs last year.
29 26 down 3 1-3-0
5 San Francisco
Offensive coordinator Geep Chryst hasn’t been an NFL OC since the 2000 season. QB coach Steve Logan has never been an NFL QB coach before. The inexperience shows!
30 31 up 1 1-3-0
5.5 Chicago
Jay Cutler shook off a bad interception on the previous drive to lead Chicago down the field for the game winning score against Oakland. Then again, most of it was Matt Forte, not Cutler.
31 30 down 1 1-3-0
5.5 Tampa Bay
After rookie kicker Kyle Brindza missed five field goals and an extra point over a two week span, he became another casualty in a very tough week for NFL kickers league wide.
32 32 same 1-3-0
6.5 Jacksonville
If Jacksonville’s kicker was able to make either one of the two potential game winning field goal attempts, my 32nd ranked team would be in first place in the woeful AFC South.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.