NFL Power Rankings: Week 5

By Matt Fargo - Covers Expert

The Seahawks hold on to their perch atop the Power Rankings, but the Bengals and Cardinals made big moves up despite coming off their bye week. Meanwhile the Bears, Patriots and Falcons take a big stumble down this week's ranks.

NFL Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 2-1-0
(2-1-0)
-7.75 Seattle
The Seahawks stay at the top off their bye week. Three of next four games are on the road starting in Washington on Monday night. They are 7-1 ATS L8 Monday night games.
2 2 same 2-1-0
(0-3-0)
-6.75 Denver
Denver remains number two after its bye week. 2-0 at home but both non-covers. Broncos are 6-0 ATS L6 games following a loss.
3 7 up 4 3-0-0
(3-0-0)
-5.25 Cincinnati
The Bengals move up a few slots and now hit the road to face the reeling Patriots. Cincy 13-4 ATS L17 games after allowing less than 15 points.
4 11 up 7 3-0-0
(2-1-0)
-4.25 Arizona
Arizona moves up seven spots despite coming off a bye in large part to its three opponents all winning. Cards are 5-0 ATS L5 road games.
5 8 up 3 3-1-0
(4-0-0)
-3.75 San Diego
Chargers had no issues with Jacksonville and stay home this week to face the Jets. The Bolts are 6-1 ATS L7 as favorites of 7 or more in 2nd straight home game.
6 3 down 3 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
-3.5 San Francisco
San Francisco handed the Eagles their first loss and now host a resurgent Kansas City team. The Niners are 7-0 ATS L7 as single-digit nonconference favorites.
7 4 down 3 2-2-0
(1-2-1)
-3 Green Bay
Green Bay halted its two-game skid and has a short turnaround for its 3rd straight divisional game Thursday. The Pack are 1-5-1 ATS L7 home games.
8 15 up 7 3-1-0
(2-1-1)
-2.5 Baltimore
Baltimore on a three-game winning streak and now hits the road to face revenge minded Colts. Over is 4-1 in Ravens last 5 road games.
9 12 up 3 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
-2.25 Detroit
Detroit is 3-1 for second straight season. Possible lookahead spot Buffalo with game at Minnesota next. The Lions are 7-0-1 ATS L8 off SU road underdog win.
10 5 down 5 1-3-0
(1-3-0)
-2 New Orleans
The Saints drop five spots after their third loss of the season, all on the road. They are 4-16 ATS L20 games as divisional favorites of more than a touchdown.
11 14 up 3 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
-1.75 Indianapolis
Colts coming off consecutive blowout wins and host Baltimore with revenge in mind from playoff loss two years ago. Indy is 1-6 ATS L7 in 2nd straight home game.
12 17 up 5 2-2-0
(3-1-0)
-1.5 Kansas City
Kansas City is back to .500 but that could be short lived on a short week playing at San Francisco. The Chiefs are 4-10 ATS L14 on Sunday following Monday game.
13 13 same 3-1-0
(2-2-0)
-1.25 Philadelphia
Eagles remain 13th after their first loss of the season.Philly is 0-6 ATS L6 prior to facing the Giants.
14 6 down 8 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
-1 New England
New England now has to rebound on a short week to face the undefeated Bengals. The Pats are 2-5 ATS L7 games following a SU loss of more than 14 points.
15 9 down 6 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
-0.75 Atlanta
Keep an eye on the injury report for the Falcons offensive line after losing three players last week. Atlanta is now 3-7 ATS L10 road games.
16 19 up 3 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
-0.5 Dallas
Dallas is 3-1 for the first time since 2008 with winnable home game this week vs. Houston before going to Seattle. The 'Boys are 5-1 ATS L6 vs. winning teams.
17 20 up 3 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
-0.25 N.Y. Giants
The Giants continue to move up after their second straight win. They have 10 days to prepare for the Falcons this week and are 0-4 ATS L4 after scoring 30 or more points.
18 10 down 8 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
0 Chicago
The Bears take the biggest fall this week after blow out loss to Green Bay. They are 4-11 ATS L15 following a SU loss of more than 14 points.
19 23 up 4 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
1 Buffalo
Buffalo moves up slightly despite a loss. Change at quarterback is not a good sign heading to Detroit. They are 9-2 ATS L11 in 2nd straight road game.
20 16 down 4 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
1.25 Carolina
Panthers are coming off two straight blowout losses with a crucial game this week. They are 10-3 ATS L13 after allowing 350 or more yards.
21 26 up 5 3-1-0
(3-1-0)
1.5 Houston
Houston is 3-1 despite getting outgained in all four games. They are 1-7 ATS L8 games after a win.
22 21 down 1 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
1.75 Minnesota
Coming off the upset of Atlanta, Minnesota heads to Green Bay on short rest as big dog on Thursday. The Vikes are 1-5 ATS L6 after scoring 30 or more points.
23 18 down 5 2-2-0
(1-3-0)
2 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh has a chance to take its frustrations out on hapless Jacksonville. They are 1-9 ATS L10 as favorites in 1st of consecutive road games.
24 27 up 3 1-2-0
(2-0-1)
2.25 Cleveland
Cleveland is coming off its bye week following three straight games decided on the final play. The Browns are 5-0 ATS L5 off a bye against teams with a losing record.
25 24 down 1 2-2-0
(2-2-0)
2.75 Miami
Miami heads into its bye week with momentum after its London victory over Oakland. They face Green Bay and Chicago following the week off.
26 29 up 3 1-3-0
(1-3-0)
3.25 Tennessee
Tennessee is on a three-game losing streak, all by double-digits. They are 0-7 ATS L7 home games.
27 22 down 5 1-3-0
(2-2-0)
3.5 Washington
Washington falls five spots after the Thursday debacle and gets rewarded with a visit from Seattle. They are 3-8 ATS L11 after loss by 14 or more points.
28 30 up 2 1-2-0
(1-2-0)
3.75 St. Louis
The Rams are back in action this week facing Philadelphia coming off its first loss of the season. St. Louis is 7-1 ATS L8 games following its bye week.
29 25 down 4 1-3-0
(0-3-1)
4.25 N.Y. Jets
A promising start for the Jets faded after their third straight loss and now travel to 3-1 San Diego. The Jets are 0-9 ATS L9 games off straight up loss as a favorite.
30 28 down 2 1-3-0
(1-3-0)
4.75 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is coming off its first win of the season after their upset of Pittsburgh. The Bucs are 12-2 ATS L14 road games coming off a win.
31 31 same 0-4-0
(2-2-0)
7.75 Oakland
Oakland is 0-4 for the first time since 2006, leading to the firing of head coach Dennis Allen. Good time for the Raiders bye week.
32 32 same 0-4-0
(0-4-0)
8 Jacksonville
Another week, another Jacksonville blowout loss and now it hosts the Steelers off an upset loss. The Jags are 3-12-1 ATS L16 games following a loss.

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.