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BestBetUSA NFL Power Rankings – Week Five

It’s been a big week in the NFL with plenty of teams moving up and down the rankings, lets get things started with a quick recap of how Week Four went for all 32 of the NFL franchises.

NFL Week Four Results

  • Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4) 21-24 Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)
  • Tennessee Titans (2-2) 24-27 New York Jets (1-3) OT
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) 42-30 Philadelphia Eagles (1-3)
  • Carolina Panthers (3-1) 28-36 Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
  • New York Giants (1-3) 27-21 New Orleans Saints (2-2) OT
  • Cleveland Browns (3-1) 14-7 Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
  • Detroit Lions (0-4) 14-24 Chicago Bears (2-2)
  • Houston Texans (1-3) 0-40 Buffalo Billls (3-1)
  • Indianapolis Colts (1-3) 27-17 Miami Dolphins (1-3)
  • Washington Football Team (2-2) 34-30 Atlanta Falcons (1-3)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2-2) 28-21 San Francisco 49ers (2-2)
  • Arizona Cardinals (4-0) 37-20 Los Angeles Rams (3-1)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3) 17-27 Green Bay Packers (3-1)
  • Baltimore Ravens (3-1) 23-7 Denver Broncos (3-1)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) 19-17 New England Patriots (1-3)
  • Las Vegas Raiders (3-1) 14-28 Los Angeles Chargers (3-1)

There were a number of stand out results this week, perhaps none moreso than the Cardinals superb win over the Rams, although the Jets and Giants deserve special praise for ending their losing streaks with wins over the Titans and Saints respectively.

Tom Brady surpassed Drew Brees’ record for most passing yards in the NFL in the Bucs win over his former team, the Patriots on Sunday night, while the Buffalo Bills earned their second highest ever shut out victory with a 40-0 thrashing of the Houston Texans.

Major disappointments this week include the Rams, Titans, Saints and Dolphins in particular. We now have just one unbeaten team with a 4-0 record in the NFL, while just two teams are searching for their first win of the new season.

So how has that affected this week’s rankings? Let’s take a closer look and find out (Last week’s rankings are shown in brackets)

BBUSA – Power Rankings Week 5 – Top 10

  1. Arizona Cardinals (3) – 4-0

If you are the only team with a 100% record in the NFL, then you should be top of the power rankings but make no mistake, the Cardinals deserve to be there. Kyler Murray is having a fantastic season and is already the new favourite in the race for the NFL MVP, they have beaten the Titans and Rams on the road and are averaging 35 points per game. Five touchdowns. They have a tough five week stretch of games coming up, but if they come through that well, then they could be in this top ten and at the top of the charts for a while yet.

  1. Buffalo Bills (4) – 3-1

After that week one loss to the Steelers, the Bills have arguably been the most efficient team on offense and defense over the last three weeks of the season. Josh Allen has been superb, the Bills have superb balance between units and they are racking up plenty of points while keeping two teams out of the last three scoreless. The Bills are averaging more than 39 points over the last 3 games and just seven against. That is Super Bowl calibre form.

  1. Los Angeles Rams (1) – 3-1

A defeat for the Rams this week has seen their stay at the top of the Power Rankings be a relatively short one. It’s not a case of the Rams not being as good as we thought they were, it’s just that the Cardinals are probably much better than we initially thought. This Rams team is good enough to shake off this loss and go again and I think we will see them do that next week.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2) – 3-1

A win for Tampa this week and yet more records for the GOAT Tom Brady, but in my eyes, the Bucs are not one of the top three teams in the NFL at the moment. They avoided defeat here due to a missed field goal late on and it is clear that when Gronkowski is out, Brady and his team mates do struggle a little against organised defenses like New England had. So despite a win, the Bucs do still drop a couple of spots, such is the quality in the NFL at the moment.

  1. Baltimore Ravens (7) – 3-1

Lamar Jackson and the rushing Ravens have shown that there is much more to them than rush-heavy offense. Jackson rushed for just 28 yards and the Ravens just 102 yards in total as they beat the previously unbeaten Broncos, with Jackson passing for 316 yards and a touchdown to Marquise Brown. Add to that automatic Justin Tucker with three more field goals and this Ravens team is starting to look a little scary for their rivals in the AFC North.

  1. Los Angeles Chargers (14) – 3-1

Two stunning divisional wins over the Chiefs and Raiders moves the Chargers not only to the top of the AFC West, but also up eight places in the rankings into sixth. Justin Herbert looks like being the face of the franchise for many years to come and with Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen looking so sharp, these Chargers look like being a very tough team to beat in the AFC West this season.

  1. Cleveland Browns (10) – 3-1

I’d have probably pushed the Browns above the Chargers but for one thing, and that was the quarterback play of Baker Mayfield this week. He was fortunate that the hapless Vikings were not able to take advantage of some slack play by the Browns QB. He is much better than that and they did still win, but against better teams the Browns would have been punished. Mayfield needs to improve if the Browns are to hang around in the top ten.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (9) – 2-2

The Chiefs defense conceded 30 points, but still managed to outscore the Philadelphia Eagles to earn a good road win. This Chiefs offense, on its day, is the most explosive in the NFL and perhaps the most difficult to stop, but defensively they are looking very susceptible. As we have seen already this season, better teams than the Eagles can give them real problems and unless the Chiefs can improve defensively, they may find it tough in the stacked AFC West this season.

  1. Dallas Cowboys (12) – 3-1

Dallas have moved into the top ten for the first time this season on the back of three wins in a row after their opening night loss to the Buccaneers. Dak Prescott is showing that his big contract was a wise move and with their offense and defense now firing nicely, I am fully expecting the Cowboys to make big moves towards that top five in the next couple of weeks.

  1. Green Bay Packers (11) – 3-1

The Packers reclaim their place in the top ten after falling out of it after week one’s blowout loss to the Saints. Aaron Rodgers and company have shown me that the opening day defeat was a minor blip for them and that they are looking just as strong as they did last season in the main.

BBUSA Power Rankings Week 5 – 11 to 32

  1. Las Vegas Raiders (5) – 3-1
  2. Denver Broncos (6) – 3-1
  3. Cincinnati Bengals (17) – 3-1
  4. Carolina Panthers (8) – 3-1
  5. San Francisco 49ers (13) – 2-2
  6. Chicago Bears (21) – 2-2
  7. New Orleans Saints (15) – 2-2
  8. Seattle Seahawks (18) – 2-2
  9. Tennessee Titans (16) – 2-2
  10. Washington Football Team (23) – 2-2
  11. Philadelphia Eagles (24) – 1-3
  12. Miami Dolphins (20) – 1-3
  13. New England Patriots (19) – 1-3
  14. Indianapolis Colts (28) – 1-3
  15. Minnesota Vikings (22) – 1-3
  16. Atlanta Falcons (25) – 1-3
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers (26) – 1-3
  18. New York Giants (29) – 1-3
  19. New York Jets (31) – 1-3
  20. Houston Texans (27) – 1-3
  21. Detroit Lions (30) – 0-4
  22. Jacksonville Jaguars (32) – 0-4

The past three weeks have seen three different teams atop the rankings but there is no doubt that the Cardinals deserve to be there, not only are they the only unbeaten team in the NFL, they have achieved that feat in what looks like being the toughest division in the NFL (along with the AFC West).

Defeats for the Raiders, Broncos and Panthers dropped them out of the top ten this week, but not by much. The Ravens, Bills and Chargers all made big moves in that top ten this week, while Dallas and Green Bay are now included in that elite group too.

Wins for the Giants and Jets moved them up the rankings slightly, but the winless Lions and Jags still occupy the bottom two spots in the table, with the hapless Texans just one spot above them. Washington, Chicago and Cincinnati all made big moves up the charts this week, the Bengals edging their way to that top ten.

Join me again next Wednesday when we take a look through the latest power rankings based on this week’s games in the NFL.

 

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