NFL Week 5 Power Rankings

NFL Week 5 Power Rankings

NFL Week 5 Power RankingsIt’s been the case fairly often so far, but we have a new number 1 in the Ranks! We’re officially one-quarter of the way through the NFL season and it’s at the point where what we see on the field really isn’t a small sample size. If your team is 0-4, the season is basically over already. Records are starting to be truly reflective of how good or bad a team might be. Unfortunately, injuries shaped a significant portion of Week 4. We’ll see in the coming weeks how much they’ll affect the teams who have lost players. Let’s dive in!

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Kansas City Chiefs

Power Ranking: 1

  • Last Week: 2
  • Record: 4-0
  • Week 4 result: Win versus Washington Redskins, 29-20
  • Week 5: at Houston Texans

The lone undefeated team left in the NFL resides in Kansas City. The Chiefs might not have the most sizzle, but they bring the steak every single week. The QB is mocked quite a bit for being too safe(I definitely take my shots at Alex Smith), the running back is excellent yet only four games into his career and the WR corps makes *just* enough plays. They do have one of the better tight ends in football in Travis Kelce. The offense seems to do just enough every single week and maybe most importantly, they rarely turn the ball over. The defense is still a rock solid unit and their rookie kicker won the game in a pressure spot on Monday Night Football. Next week looks like a very fun game against the Houston Texans.

Green Bay Packers

Power Ranking: 2

  • Last Week: 5
  • Record: 3-1
  • Week 4 result: Win versus Chicago Bears, 35-14
  • Week 5: At Dallas Cowboys

Ty MontgomeryThe Packers took care of business in Week 4 behind QB Aaron Rodgers and his 4 TD passes. It’s a good thing for Green Bay that they played Thursday and they get the long week before heading down to Dallas. They lost both RBs Ty Montgomery and Jaamal Williams and WR Davante Adams to injury during the game. I for one was pretty happy to see Bears LB Danny Trevathan get suspended for two games. The hit he put on Adams was completely cheap and has no place in football. Montgomery has been a workhorse so far this season and could miss some time with a rib injury. It’s nothing new for the Packers, who have had injury issues every game so far. They can most likely get through the regular season like this, but need to get healthy for the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Power Ranking: 3

  • Last Week: 8
  • Record: 3-1
  • Week 4 result: Win versus Baltimore Ravens, 26-9
  • Week 5: versus Jacksonville Jaguars

The Steelers rebounded nicely after an inexplicable road loss to the Bears in Week 3. The Ravens matchup is always an emotionally charged game and the Pittsburgh defense came to play. It’s hard to tell how good the defense is. They’ve played rookie QBs DeShone Kizer, Case Keenum, Mike Glennon and Joe Flacco. It’s not exactly been the biggest challenge through 4 weeks. The QB schedule doesn’t get much harder this week with Blake Bortles coming to town. However, Pittsburgh will face one of the better defenses in the NFL. Aside from RB Le’Veon Bell, the offense still hasn’t gotten on track. The big plays are non-existent and WR Antonio Brown took his frustration out on a Gatorade cooler on Sunday. Pittsburgh has managed a 3-1 record without the offense playing well but they need QB Ben Roethlisberger to raise his level of play through the next 12 games.

Philadelphia Eagles

Power Ranking: 4

  • Last Week: 7
  • Record: 3-1
  • Week 4 result: Win versus Los Angeles Chargers, 26-24
  • Week 5: versus Arizona Cardinals

Carson WentzThe Eagles just keep on flying. The only loss through four games is on the road to the number one team in the ranks, the Chiefs. Flying all the way to Los Angeles and still getting a win is a big step. Ths was a trap game seeing as how the Eagles came off a last-second win versus the Giants the week previous. Philly got the running game going, and suddenly RB LeGarrette Blount is back to being a decent back. The Eagles need a balance of both running and passing so teams can’t key in on QB Carson Wentz. The secondary does remain a concern. CB Ronald Darby could go a long way to helping ease that worry when he comes back from injury. The front seven is legitimate and the Eagles are in the driver’s seat for a division crown.

Detroit Lions

Power Ranking: 5

  • Last Week: 10
  • Record: 3-1
  • Week 4 result: Win versus Minnesota Vikings
  • Week 5: versus Carolina Panthers

The Detroit Lions are a couple of inches away from being 4-0. If not for WR Golden Tate being ruled down last week before he broke the plane, the Lions would be sitting alone atop the NFC. This wasn’t the prettiest win they’ll get all season, but it still counts. The Detroit defense has been light years better than most thought coming into the season. QB Matthew Stafford hasn’t exactly lit up the stat sheet to this point but don’t let that fool you. He’s one of the best QBs in the game. RB Ameer Abdullah has put together back to back solid outings. The Lions have found ways to get it done so far and should feel pretty confident when the Panthers visit this week.

Houston Texans

Power Ranking: 6

  • Last Week: 13
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 4 result: Win versus Tennessee Titans, 57-14
  • Week 5: versus Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie QB Deshaun Watson absolutely exploded on Sunday, accounting for 5 TDs.The Titans had no answers for anything on Sunday. Watson was efficient, going 25-of-34 passing and adding 24 yards on the ground. Even with the caveat of it being a very small sample size, it’s incredible how Watson didn’t start the season. If the Texans have found their franchise QB, they could be a very dangerous team. They have a good defense and they have a running back tandem that can help move the chains in Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman. WR Will Fuller is a huge help to fellow WR DeAndre Hopkins as he brings the speed element opposing defenses are forced to account for. The pieces have all been there except for the QB spot for a couple of seasons. Watson could be the real deal and the Texans would be a Super Bowl contender if he is. We’ll get a better idea of what to expect from Watson when he faces the Kansas City defense at home.

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Los Angeles Rams

Power Ranking: 7

  • Last Week: 14
  • Record: 3-1
  • Week 4 result: Win versus Dallas Cowboys, 35-30
  • Week 5: versus Seattle Seahawks

Jared GoffCoach Sean McVay has to be the front-runner for coach of the year at the quarter way point of the season. The Rams have gone from averaging 14 points per game in 2016 to slightly over 35 per contest so far this year. Yes, they did upgrade the WR corps and the offensive line. McVay also has figured out how to get RB Todd Gurley going in both the run game and the passing game. He’s also figured out how to make QB Jared Goff look like a #1 overall pick. The defense, led by Aaron Donald, still hasn’t come together. I still feel like they will because of coordinator Wade Phillips. He’s got some talent to work with and they just need to be a little above average. There’s plenty of noise about how hard the schedule gets for the Rams. They do play the Seahawks, Jaguars, Cardinals, Giants, Texans, and Vikings in their next six. Don’t be surprised if the offense continues to play well, even though they won’t hang 35 points a game.

Atlanta Falcons

Power Ranking: 8

  • Last Week: 1
  • Record: 3-1
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus Buffalo Bills, 23-17
  • Week 5: Bye

The bye week is probably coming at a good time for the Falcons. They are 3-1, but they could very easily 1-3. It would be easy to blow off the loss to the Bills as the Falcons overlooked them and then lost WRs Julio Jones and Mohammed Sanu to injury during the game. That still doesn’t account for the fact that one Jordan Howard drop and one knee down from Golden Tate have let them escape with wins. One of the main culprits to this point is QB Matt Ryan. Many sharp analysts knew he would most likely regress from his 2016 season and that has been proven to be true. He’s on pace for around 500 fewer yards and has already thrown 5 INTs after throwing just 7 all of last year. He also is on pace for a meager 20 TDs compared to 38 from 2016. They can still lean on RBs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman and maybe they should be a little more often. They do face a lifeless Miami Dolphin team in Atlanta after the bye week.

New England Patriots

Power Ranking: 9

  • Last Week: 3
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus Carolina Panthers, 33-30
  • Week 5: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady FantasyThere’s really no way around this: the Patriots defense is flat out terrible. They are a liability and every team to play them so far has shredded this defense. Even though both the Panthers and the Saints haven’t been as good as many thought, they still had big games against New England. QB Tom Brady can only do so much. There really isn’t much of a running game to help take any pressure off. He knows he has to put 30 points on the board every time, and even that might not be enough. I figured Bill Belichick would be able to figure out some solutions by now. If the defense can’t at least be passable, New England won’t make it back to defend their Super Bowl crown. They face another challenge on a short week when they have to travel to Tampa on Thursday night.

Denver Broncos

Power Ranking: 10

  • Last Week: 17
  • Record: 3-1
  • Week 4 result: Win versus Oakland Raiders, 16-10
  • Week 5: Bye

Denver keeps going up and down in the ranks for one simple reason and that’s their uneven offense. Some weeks, they look like they can put up 25 points or more. Other weeks, it seems like a struggle to get a first down. This week was a little of both. There were flashes, but just 16 points against a below average Oakland defense isn’t very good. QB Trevor Siemian continues to be hit and miss and that’s the main reason this offense hasn’t unlocked their full potential. As it stands, opposing defenses can just stack up against RB C.J. Anderson and take their chances. The Broncos defense will be the heartbeat of the team and they really haven’t missed safety T.J. Ward at all. They have also seemingly fixed their weakness against the run. They’ve allowed 203 rushing yards total on the season so far. Their bye week should be focused on getting more from the offense. They welcome the New York Giants to Denver in Week 6.

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Seattle Seahawks

Power Ranking: 11

  • Last Week: 15
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 4 result: Win versus Indianapolis Colts, 46-18
  • Week 5: at Los Angeles Rams

The second half of this game could prove to be the turning point for Seattle this year. They were losing at home to the Colts without Andrew Luck, 18-10 at halftime. The Seahawks responded like good teams do and outscored the Colts 36-0 in the second half. QB Russell Wilson is starting to hit his stride and the Seahawks need him. The offensive line continues to struggle and they lost promising RB Chris Carson to a gruesome injury. I may be one of the last people on Earth that thinks Eddie Lacy is still a viable back in the NFL. It may not be the best fit with a bad offensive line, but he had a couple of good runs Sunday night. The defense scored twice and they need to start living up to their massive hype. There’s too much talent on that unit to be anything other than great. First place in the NFC West is on the line this week in Los Angeles versus the Rams.

Washington Redskins

Power Ranking: 12

  • Last Week: 12
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus Kansas City Chiefs, 29-20
  • Week 5: Bye

The final score of this game was super misleading. The Chiefs cashed in a failed lateral attempt at the end of the game for a TD. Also, WR Josh Doctson couldn’t hang onto what likely would have been the winning TD pass before Kansas City kicked the game-winning field goal. QB Kirk Cousins played fairly well in a hostile environment. What’s puzzling is how the Redskins failed to get RB Chris Thompson any real touches after his first three games. Rob Kelley left the game early and Samaje Perine fumbled again. The Redskins lost CB Josh Norman to a rib injury that Coach Jay Gruden said would be a multi-week injury. Washington has some pieces to make a run at the NFC East and have proven me wrong over the first four games.

Carolina Panthers

Power Ranking: 13

  • Last Week: 18
  • Record: 3-1
  • Week 4 result: Win versus New England Patriots, 33-30
  • Week 5: at Detroit Lions

Cam NewtonI’m not sure if the Panthers offensive performance in Week 4 was more about QB Cam Newton shaking off the rust or if it’s more about how putrid the Patriots defense is. Even if it’s somewhat in the middle, the Panthers have to be happy Newton shook off a ghastly interception early to torch New England. I mean, WR Devin Funchess looked good for maybe the first time in his young career. Much like the Steelers, the Panthers should feel happy about being 3-1 without the offense looking very good at all. Winning at New England is no easy task regardless of how poorly the Patriot defense is. Carolina faces another big challenge on the road this week when they travel to Detroit.

Oakland Raiders

Power Ranking: 14

  • Last Week: 9
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus Denver Broncos, 16-10
  • Week 5: versus Baltimore Ravens

The most important factor coming out of the Raiders loss at Denver is the health of QB Derek Carr. Right now, he’s expected to miss 2-4 weeks. QB E.J. Manuel is not a suitable replacement and the Raiders are in big trouble without Carr. This offense hasn’t looked very good except for a home game against the Jets so far this year. I’m willing to give them a pass this week since they were missing WR Michael Crabtree and they played in Denver. However, this team will go as far as the offense can take them. RB Marshawn Lynch has looked like a back who is over 30 and didn’t play football last year. It might be time for Oakland to give even more work to Jalen Richard or DeAndre Washington. Week 5 is a big week for Oakland. They really have to find a way to handle the Ravens even without Carr. As of now, nobody is confusing them for a dark horse Super Bowl contender.

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Minnesota Vikings

Power Ranking: 15

  • Last Week: 6
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus Detroit Lions, 14-7
  • Week 5: at Chicago Bears

The Vikings see a big drop in the rankings simply because the injuries are piling up. They have now lost their starting QB and RB and we’re only at Week 5. There are no real signs about when Sam Bradford will be back, and now Dalvin Cook has seen his excellent rookie season cut short due to an ACL injury. Replacements at both positions can only take the team so far. The defense is excellent and should remain so throughout the season, but Case Keenum isn’t scaring anyone. The Vikings do get WR Michael Floyd back from suspension so that could help the offense along a little bit. Still, this offense is not nearly as good as it was in Week 1 and it may not be near that the rest of the season. They travel to Chicago for a divisional showdown on Monday Night Football.

Tennessee Titans

Power Ranking: 16

  • Last Week: 4
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus Houston Texans, 57-14
  • Week 5: at Miami Dolphins

Maybe I was a year too early on my Titans hype. They have been mediocre to this point and this loss is basically a disaster. They made rookie QB Deshaun Watson look like the reincarnation of Steve Young on Sunday. The defense hasn’t played well in the least, and the offense hasn’t been nearly what I thought. QB Marcus Mariota left the game early due to injury and is considered day to day. Their additions to the offense have amounted to basically nothing so far. WR Eric Decker has done nothing and WR Corey Davis is hurt and will miss his third straight game. The run game has been uneven to this point and the Titans face an uphill climb in the AFC South. They do get a reeling Dolphin team in Miami next week.

Dallas Cowboys

Power Ranking: 17

  • Last Week: 11
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus Los Angeles Rams, 35-30
  • Week 5: versus Green Bay Packers

Ezekiel ElliottApologists might point to the absence of LB Sean Lee as to why the Cowboys lost this game. While I agree that Lee is one of the better linebackers in the NFL, this loss was no fluke. I believe the Cowboys played way over their heads last season and this is them coming back to Earth. WR Dez Bryant has faced some difficult matchups but has also been very inefficient(40 targets, 16 receptions). RB Ezekiel Elliott has started to play better and is getting more involved in the passing game, but the team lacks a #2 WR in a major way. I never understood why they didn’t address that need in the off-season. Dallas can beat any team in the league just by holding the ball for 35-38 minutes a game and hiding their weaknesses. It’s just not going to happen with the frequency it did last year. The defense certainly doesn;t want to see QB Aaron Rodgers on their schedule after giving up 35 to QB Jared Goff.

Buffalo Bills

Power Ranking: 18

  • Last Week: 29
  • Record: 3-1
  • Week 4 result: Win versus Atlanta Falcons, 23-17
  • Week 5: at Cincinnati Bengals

OK, I’m finally going to give the Bills some love. They’ve got to be one of the biggest surprises four games into the season. The defense has been excellent even though they traded CB Ronald Darby right before the season. QB Tyrod Taylor hasn’t been asked to throw a lot, but he’s done enough to keep the offense on track more often than not. I’d love to see what he could do in a more wide open and QB-friendly offense. RB LeSean McCoy hasn’t really played too well to this point and there has to be concern over his workload history. Losing WR Jordan Matthews to a thumb injury won’t help this offense in the least. Now would be a good time for rookie WR Zay Jones to step up. It’s not easy to run an offense through TE Charles Clay. Going into Cincinnati is not easy after a big win against the Falcons.

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Arizona Cardinals

Power Ranking: 19

  • Last Week: 19
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 4 result: Win versus San Francisco 49ers, 18-15 in OT
  • Week 5: at Philadelphia Eagles

Sorry, I can’t move the Cardinals up even with a win. That’s what happens when you have to get a walk-off touchdown from WR Larry Fitzgerald in the waning moments of overtime at home against the 49ers. The bottom line here is the Cards just haven’t given me any reason to think they’re a good team at this point. They have some talent on the roster but the offense is hampered by a bad offensive line and zero run game. You know it’s bad when RB Andre Ellington sees an insane 14(!!!) targets. On the defensive side, they lack any real playmaker past DBs Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. They come off a long game and now have to travel to the East Coast for the dreaded 1 pm start against Philadelphia.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Power Ranking: 20

  • Last Week: 20
  • Record: 2-1
  • Week 4 result: Win versus New York Giants, 25-23
  • Week 5: versus New England Patriots

Doug Martin fantasyAnother team that didn’t move because they struggled to beat a winless team at home. The Bucs will welcome RB Doug Martin back with open arms and I don’t believe for a second that they will limit his workload. For this offense to really hit, they need a running game to help QB Jameis Winston connect with WRs Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.Winston also has a pretty good TE combo in O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate. The defense held the Giants in check even though they were missing quite a few players. It won’t be nearly that easy when the Patriots come to Tampa this week on Thursday night.

New Orleans Saints

Power Ranking: 21

  • Last Week: 21
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 4 result: Win versus Miami Dolphins, 20-0
  • Week 5: Bye

The Saints defense…shut out another football team?? Does it still count if it happens in London? I don’t think the Saints are suddenly very good on defense, although it appears rookie DB Marshon Lattimore is a home run for New Orleans. He’s off to an excellent start, but fellow rookie Alvin Kamara stole the show. I was very excited for him to land in New Orleans since his skill set meshed so well with their offense and we saw why Sunday. He caught 10 passes for over 70 yards and a TD and officially has taken over in front of Adrian Peterson and maybe even Mark Ingram. Peterson was a terrible signing from the day it happened. I still wonder if that erupts in the locker room at some point. New Orleans gets to rest this week after their London trip and play the Lions at home in Week 6.

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[jax] Jacksonville Jaguars

Power Ranking: 22

  • Last Week: 16
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus New York Jets, 23-20 in OT
  • Week 5: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Coming back from London and not getting a bye week is a difficult spot for any team. However, the Jaguars should still be able to take care of business against the Jets. The defense gets credit as one of the best in the NFL and they’re excellent against the pass. The run defense is a different story. The entire unit should be ashamed for letting Bilal Powell get up after 6 yards and house a TD run since he was untouched. They also got scorched by Elijah McGuire for a 60+ yard TD. I have a feeling Le’Veon Bell may find some cracks this Sunday. The offense needs someone other than RB Leonard Fournette to step up and help this offense for the uneven results to change.

Chicago Bears

Power Ranking: 23

  • Last Week: 22
  • Record: 1-3
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus Green Bay Packers, 35-14
  • Week 5: versus Minnesota Vikings

I’m not going to kill the Bears for going to Lambeau Field and getting lit up. Better teams have suffered the same fate. The Bears are a better team at home and will be breaking in prized rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky this week. I do question why the Bears would throw him into the fire against the Vikings defense. Yes, Mike Glennon has been bad by any measure. Trubisky still faces the same challenges that Glennon did. There’s zero receiving threats on the Chicago offense. It’s either Jordan Howard or Tarik Cohen..and that’s about it. The defense can be pesky at home and it seems like they’ll be dealing with Case Keenum, not Sam Bradford.

Indianapolis Colts

Power Ranking: 24

  • Last Week: 23
  • Record: 1-3
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus Seattle Seahawks, 46-18
  • Week 5: versus San Francisco 49ers

TY HiltonAnother team in a very difficult spot, the Colts played well in the first half…and then got their doors blown off in the second half. I’ve said it almost every week- this team has almost nothing going for it outside of CB Vontae Davis, WR T.Y. Hilton, and QB Andrew Luck. Without Luck, they have nothing. Even with him, I’m not sure they’re better than .500. I do have to say that QB Jacoby Brissett has looked like a pretty functional NFL QB. I wonder if Patriot Coach Bill Belichick made a rare mistake when he traded Brissett for WR Phillip Dorsett right before the start of the season. They have to take advantage of a winnable matchup when the 49ers come to Indy this week.

Cincinnati Bengals

Power Ranking: 25

  • Last Week: 30
  • Record: 1-3
  • Week 4 result: Win versus Cleveland Browns, 31-7
  • Week 5: versus Buffalo Bills

You’ll forgive me if I’m not too impressed with the Bengals beating the Browns. I will say QB Andy Dalton and the offense as a whole looks much better in the two games since they installed Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator. It’s not fair to try and grade the defense after a game versus the Browns, either. Even if they get the ship headed in the right direction, they face a giant climb out of the 0-3 hole they created for themselves. At this point, they would almost have beat the Pittsburgh Steelers both times to have a shot at the division and the Wild Card is obviously murky at this point. The Bengals have a much tougher game on the slate when the pesky Bills come to Cincy.

San Francisco 49ers

Power Ranking: 26

  • Last Week: 26
  • Record: 0-4
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus Arizona Cardinals, 18-15 in OT
  • Week 5: at Indianapolis Colts

It’s possible the 49ers might be the toughest 0-4 team in the NFL. Other than Week 1 when the Panthers worked them over, San Francisco has lost their next 3 games by a combined 8 points. At the end of the day, results are all that matter. However, when you’re in this stage of a rebuild, moral victories should be recognized. Coach Kyle Shanahan has this team fighting hard every week. I know I mentioned this last week, but it’s impressive his guys continue to give it their best considering they all know what this team is capable of from a talent standpoint. RB Carlos Hyde will continue to be the focal point of this offense and might do some serious damage this week at Indy.

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New York Jets

Power Ranking: 27

  • Last Week: 32
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 4 result: Win versus Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-20 in OT
  • Week 5: at Cleveland Browns

The Jets have crawled out of the basement and quite honestly, they’ve already hit what I thought would be their win total for the entire season. What’s more, they have a shot at a three-game winning streak when they travel to Cleveland in Week 5. The Jets only real offense came from explosive runs from Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire and that’s probably the only real way they’ll be able to put points on the board. QB Josh McCown isn’t scaring any defense and neither is that receiving corps. I don’t expect the Jets to stay out of the basement for very long.

Baltimore Ravens

Power Ranking: 28

  • Last Week: 27
  • Record: 2-2
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus Pittsburgh Steelers, 26-9
  • Week 5: at Oakland Raiders

This is meant as a serious question and not as a Steeler fan: does Baltimore have one player above league average on offense? Their WR corps has nothing really going for it, the running backs are a mess, their starting TE is closer to 40 than 30, and the QB is not remotely worth his contract. There’s no strength for the Ravens to lean on. The defense isn’t bad, but they can’t make up the gap when the offense can’t move the ball. This looks like a team that could win maybe 5 or 6 games. I will say if they got the Raiders without QB Derek Carr in Baltimore instead of Oakland, I would probably pick them to win. Now that game becomes a toss-up.

Miami Dolphins

Power Ranking: 29

  • Last Week: 24
  • Record: 1-2
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus New Orleans Saints, 20-0
  • Week 5: versus Tennessee Titans

I’ll say this- NFL players and coaches are creatures of habit. The start of this season has been nothing like most seasons for the Dolphins. They didn’t play Week 1 dealing with a hurricane. Then they have traveled to Los Angeles, New York, and London in three consecutive weeks. Still, SIX combined points versus the Jets and the Saints is completely unacceptable. RB Jay Ajayi has yet to get much going, the WR corps has talent but is being capped by a QB that can’t be bothered.

While I get that Jay Cutler isn’t going to be a threat to run routes, he literally never took his hands off his hips. That’s just ridiculous from a pro. When that’s the kind of effort your QB is giving you, there’s a reason your team and your offense has been pathetic through three games.

Los Angeles Chargers

Power Ranking: 30

  • Last Week: 25
  • Record: 0-4
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus Philadelphia Eagles, 26-24
  • Week 5: at New York Giants

This team is the most surprising 0-4 team in the NFL. They have a very talented offense, especially with WR Keenan Allen healthy once again. The defense has at least one stud at all three levels. Still, they just can’t seem to put things together. QB Philip Rivers hasn’t played well at all and that’s a big part of the struggles. It also has to be a little weird for an NFL team to play in a 28,000 seat stadium and not even be able to fill it with your own fans. They face a long week when they have to travel across to country to New York. Maybe they can finally get their first win.

New York Giants

Power Ranking: 31

  • Last Week: 28
  • Record: 0-4
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 25-23
  • Week 5: versus Los Angeles Chargers

I wasn’t very high on the Giants coming into the season but even I didn’t think they would be 0-4 at this point. Then again, they’ve suffered injuries to both Odell Beckham and Janoris Jenkins at different parts of the season. The defense isn’t quite as good as last season and they have absolutely no running threat at all. The offense runs around QB Eli Manning, but that may not be the best thing for any team at this point in his career. This is another team that is short on playmakers outside of a few players. It could still get worse for the Giants before it gets better this season. Either the Chargers or the Giants should get their first win of the season this week.

Cleveland Browns

Power Ranking: 32

  • Last Week: 31
  • Record: 0-4
  • Week 4 result: Loss versus Cincinnati Bengals 31-7
  • Week 5: versus New York Jets

I’ve been a champion of the Browns and their rebuilding effort, but they also aren’t showing many signs of life. It doesn’t help they traded a pick that could have been Carson Wentz and passed on Deshaun Watson in consecutive drafts. There’s growing speculation that the front office and Coach Hue Jackson aren’t on the same page. It’s never a good sign when a coach is publicly saying that a player(Kenny Britt) should be benched, but he didn’t have any options because they were so thin at the position. Unless everyone can figure out the vision for this franchise, they will be stuck as one of the worst teams in the NFL.

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