Well, what did we learn in the NFL this week? First off, there’s going to be a fair few kickers starting to worry about their jobs given the number of field goals and extra points missed across this weekend, which reached epidemic proportions!
On top of that we’ve seen some big statement wins, one team keeping their unbeaten record going, while two others are still searching for their first win of the season.
How has all this affected our Power Rankings? Let’s take a look at the results from Week 5 first before we find out.
NFL Week Five Results
- Los Angeles Rams (4-1) 26-17 Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
- New York Jets (1-4) 20-27 Atlanta Falcons (2-3)
- Detroit Lions (0-5) 17-19 Minnesota Vikings (2-3)
- New Orleans Saints (3-2) 33-22 Washington Football Team (2-3)
- New England Patriots (2-3) 25-22 Houston Texans (1-4)
- Miami Dolphins (1-4) 17-45 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-1)
- Green Bay Packers (4-1) 25-22 Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) OT
- Denver Broncos (3-2) 19-27 Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3)
- Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) 21-18 Carolina Panthers (3-2)
- Tennessee Titans (3-2) 37-19 Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)
- Cleveland Browns (3-2) 42-47 Los Angeles Chargers (4-1)
- Chicago Bears (3-2) 20-9 Las Vegas Raiders (3-2)
- San Francisco 49ers (2-3) 10-17 Arizona Cardinals (5-0)
- New York Giants (1-4) 20-44 Dallas Cowboys (4-1)
- Buffalo Bills (4-1) 38-20 Kansas City Chiefs (2-3)
- Indianapolis Colts (1-4) 25-31 Baltimore Ravens (4-1) OT
There were some big wins this week. The Bucs thrashed Miami, but I think the biggest wins were arguably for the Cardinals who relied on defense, rather than offense, to tie up five wins out of five against the 49ers and the Ravens who were pushed to overtime once again but this time prevailed against the Colts, scoring 22 unanswered points from the fourth quarter onwards.
The Chargers and Browns were involved in an absolute shootout which the Chargers managed to come out ahead, while the Packers and Bengals missed several chances apiece to win the game before Mason Crosby hit a field goal in overtime to claim the win.
However, for me the standout win was the Bills beating the Chiefs in Kansas and in a fashion that suggests we have a new top team in the AFC nowadays. Let’s see exactly how this affects the rankings this week.
BBUSA – Power Rankings Week 6 – Top 10
Arizona Cardinals (1) – 5-0
It’s hard to make a case for any team with an unbeaten record to win a game and then be knocked off the top, and although I was pushed hard by the Bills here, I couldn’t do it. The Cards showed their potent offense is backed up with a strong defense this week and that’s why they remain at the top of the rankings.
Buffalo Bills (2) – 4-1
Statement wins are often overstated but the Bills victory over the Chiefs this week was precisely that. They dominated the Chiefs on the Chiefs home patch and fully deserved their comfortable margin of victory. If they can repeat this against the Titans next week, it is hard to see them being denied top spot in the rankings much longer.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4) – 4-1
That was much more like it for Tom Brady and the Bucs this week, although their big win was against a Miami Dolphins side whose season seems to have imploded when Tua Tuigavailoa went down with injury. Even so, the Bucs looked very strong once again and you know for a fact that Brady is setting this team up for a strong defence of the Lombardi Trophy.
Baltimore Ravens (5) – 4-1
The Ravens needed overtime once again but they managed to score a touchdown and come back from a big fourth quarter deficit to score 22 unanswered points to clinch the win over the Colts. Lamar Jackson was sensational once again and carried the Ravens on his shoulders to the win. He is now very much in the frame for MVP once again.
Dallas Cowboys (9) – 4-1
Along with the Cardinals, the Cowboys have enjoyed a pretty rapid rise up the rankings. After a narrow loss to the Bucs in Tampa on the opening week of fixtures, the Cowboys have just got better and better and it is fully deserving they crack the top five after that superb win over the Giants.
Los Angeles Rams (3) – 4-1
A win for the Rams this week, but they continue to drop down the rankings as they weren’t quite so dominant as you would have liked to have seen against a Seattle side that were without Russell Wilson for a large part of the game. They are still a big danger in the NFC however.
Los Angeles Chargers (6) – 4-1
Justin Herbert is producing some scary numbers for teams set to face the Chargers and his arm took them top of the AFC West this week. Defensively, I think they have to make major improvements as the Browns showed by putting up over 40 points against them, which is why they dropped in the rankings despite that big win.
Green Bay Packers (10) – 4-1
Are the Pack back? Well, kind of. An overtime win against the Bengals is hardly going to get Cheesehead fans celebrating an imminent Super Bowl berth, but it does make them 4-1 and it was an important win in the context of not just the NFC North, but the NFC Conference in general.
Cleveland Browns (7) – 3-2
The Browns lost a narrow one this week to the Chargers in what was a game where offenses had a field day and defenses probably won’t want to view the tapes back this week. The Chargers are a strong team and for the Browns to push them so hard and still lose is gutting, but it shows they are a definite top 10 team.
Kansas City Chiefs (8) – 2-3
Another defeat for the Chiefs and it is their defense that is being the problem. Andy Reid knows his offense can put up points against anybody but the same frailties shown in other games were in evidence against the Bills this week. Have teams found out how to beat the Chiefs? It sure looks like it.
BBUSA – Power Rankings 11 to 32
- Cincinnati Bengals (13) – 3-2
- New Orleans Saints (17) – 3-2
- Tennessee Titans (19) – 3-2
- Chicago Bears (16) – 3-2
- Denver Broncos (12) – 3-2
- Carolina Panthers (14) – 3-2
- Pittsburgh Steelers (27) – 2-3
- Minnesota Vikings (25) – 2-3
- Las Vegas Raiders (11) – 3-2
- San Francisco 49ers (15) – 2-3
- Philadelphia Eagles (21) – 2-3
- Seattle Seahawks (18) – 2-3
- Atlanta Falcons (26) – 2-3
- New England Patriots (23) – 2-3
- Washington Football Team (20) – 2-3
- Indianapolis Colts (24) – 1-4
- New York Giants (28) – 1-4
- Houston Texans (30) – 1-4
- Miami Dolphins (22) – 1-4
- New York Jets (29) – 1-4
- Detroit Lions (31) – 0-5
- Jacksonville Jaguars (32) – 0-5
Outside the top ten we see the likes of the Saints, Titans Bears, Steelers and Vikings climbing, as do the Falcons. Big fallers included the Raiders, who having lost their head coach now look set for another tough season, and the Dolphins who have struggled since week one.
It’s still a winless time of it for the Jaguars, who have now gone 20 games without a win, a run that goes back to Week 1 of last season. However, they face the Dolphins next week and they are arguably the only other team, other than the Lions, that the Jags may have a realistic chance of beating.
Key matches next week see the Chargers and Ravens meeting, the undefeated Cardinals putting their record on the line against the Browns and on Monday Night, the Bills travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans, who may need another Music City Miracle to hold the rampaging Bills back.
Next week also sees the start of Bye Weeks for teams with the Jets, Falcons, 49ers and Saints all on a bye week. How will results affect their place in the Power Rankings? Join us next week to find out!