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Week 5 NFL Power Rankings

San Francisco gets the top spot back.

1 – San Francisco 49ers (2)

After a brief hiatus, the 49ers are back at the top in our Week 5 Power Rankings. The offence continues to look almost unstoppable, as they’ve now scored at least 30 points in all four of their games this season. Christian McCaffrey had another incredible day on the ground on Sunday, scoring a total of four touchdowns, while Brock Purdy threw just ONE incomplete pass. Every time you try to take one weapon away on this team, another makes a big play.  

2 – Buffalo Bills (5)

Josh Allen is now the MVP frontrunner after the Bills rolled over the Dolphins at home in Week 4. Week one seems like a season ago now in Buffalo, as Allen has this offence looking as good as they ever have. In the last three games, the Bills have outscored their opponents by a score of 123-33. Stefon Diggs has also silenced the offseason rumors of his unhappiness, which is huge for this team if they want to finally go the distance this season. 

3 – Philadelphia Eagles (3)

The Eagles may not be the best team in the NFC right now, but they’re still undefeated and yet to play their best ball. Week 4 was a close one against the Commanders, but the overtime period was more of an indication as to how well Washington played. Jalen Hurts did have his best game throwing the ball, and if this secondary can clean it up a little bit under their new defensive coordinator, Philly will remain in the contender conversation all season long.  

4 – Kansas City Chiefs (4)

Sunday Night Football was a weird one for the Chiefs. It’s hard to remember a game where Patrick Mahomes looked as bad as he did or where Zach Wilson looked as good as he did. Even then, the Chiefs got the W. The main problems with Kansas City this year have surprisingly been on offence, where it looks like Mahomes and his young receiver core still aren’t always on the same page. For a QB of his skill, though, this may be a good thing in the long run for KC. 

5 – Miami Dolphins (1)

The hype in Miami took a serious hit in Week 4 as the Dolphins got blown out in Buffalo. After scoring 70 points against Denver, Tua and the offence mustered up just 20 against the Bills. Their defence, which hasn’t really been talked about, has now allowed more than 30 points twice this season. The Dolphins are still an extremely talented team, but until they beat a big opponent, there will be questions surrounding their legitimacy as contenders. Their next opportunity for that will be on October 22, when they travel to Philadelphia for Sunday Night Football. 

6 – Dallas Cowboys (6)

The Cowboys got the train back on track with another blowout win against the Patriots on Sunday. Once again, it was Dallas’ defence that made the biggest difference in the game, as the unit scored two touchdowns on three Mac Jones turnovers. There are still some things we haven’t seen yet from this Cowboys team, specifically on offence. Thankfully, a Week 5 primetime matchup with the 49ers should show us exactly who this team really is. 

7 – Detroit Lions (7)

It looks like the Lions’ defence has found its mojo, which could be a big problem for their opponents. In the last two games, Detroit has recorded twelve sacks and two interceptions while allowing just 26 points. Week 5 could see more of the same, as the team will take on Bryce Young and the Carolina Panthers. If Campbell can keep the defence looking this good, watch out for Detroit. We know what their offence can do, and now seeing this, it’s clear that the Lions are close to being very, very good. 

8 – Seattle Seahawks (8)

Seattle may not have had the best offensive showing on Monday Night against the Giants, but it didn’t matter. The story of the night was their defence, which came up with eleven sacks and three turnovers. It’s hard to know how much of Monday’s result was their good play versus the awful offence of New York, but a secondary with a healthy Devon Witherspoon, Riq Woolen, Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams will never be easy to play against. Heading into the Week 5 bye, their offensive line will also finally have a chance to get healthy before a matchup with the Bengals in Cincinnati. 

9 – Baltimore Ravens (10)

Don’t sleep on the Ravens. Despite other teams often getting more of the shine in the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens are still sneaky contenders in the conference. Lamar Jackson looks great this season and threw for two touchdowns while running for two more for the first time in his career on Sunday. This team is one overtime loss from being undefeated and is already looking to grab a third divisional win this week against the inconsistent Pittsburgh Steelers.  

10 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (n/a)

Baker is balling! Not many people thought that the Bucs could make it back to the playoffs this year without Tom Brady under center, but the transition has been quite smooth so far. Defensively, the Bucs really haven’t had a bad game yet and on offence, Baker Mayfield is getting it done with the always-reliable pair of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. With Tampa Bay’s weak schedule and division, ten wins is starting to actually look attainable. 

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