The NFL power rankings for Week 5 are out, and we see a big dip from the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Atlanta Falcons are rising up.
Houston Texans 0-3-1
Last rank: 32nd
The only winless team in the league. The Texans fight hard, they just don’t have the talent.
Chicago Bears 2-2
Last rank: 28th
Justin Fields appears to be a failed experiment.
Pittsburgh Steelers 1-3
Last rank: 24th
The Steelers are 1-3 and their next four games are all against top-end teams. Good luck.
Washington Commanders 1-3
Last rank: 26th
After winning in Week 1, Washington has a case for the worst team in football over the past three weeks.
Carolina Panthers 1-3
Last rank: 25th
The Panthers are feverishly trying to figure out if they can get a conditional seventh-round pick for Baker Mayfield and Matt Rhule.
New England Patriots 1-3
Last rank: 27th
This isn’t your father’s Patriots. Not nearly enough talent to win most games.
New York Jets 2-2
Last rank: 30th
The Jets are finding ways to win. It’s not pretty, but they’re 2-2.
Indianapolis Colts 1-2-1
Last rank: 22nd
Indianapolis is really, really lucky it plays in the AFC South. The Colts would be cooked in any other division.
Detroit Lions 1-3
Last rank: 20th
Defense? Anybody? The offense can score, but so can anybody who plays the Lions.
Seattle Seahawks 2-2
Last rank: 31st
Seattle is shockingly showing a real offense some weeks. If nothing else, the Seahawks are fun.
Cleveland Browns 2-2
Last rank: 21st
How do you lose when the opposing quarterback throws seven completions with an interception?
Atlanta Falcons 2-2
Last rank: 29th
How do you win when your quarterback throws seven completions with an interception?
New Orleans Saints 1-3
Last rank: 17th
The Saints have talent, but they don’t have a quarterback, and might not have a coach.
Las Vegas Raiders 1-3
Last rank: 23rd
Finally, a win for the Raiders. Now, they go to Arrowhead on Monday night in another must-win.
Tennessee Titans 2-2
Last rank: 19th
Tennessee hasn’t been impressive, but it’s 2-2 and tied atop the AFC South.
Arizona Cardinals 2-2
Last rank: 18th
How are the Cardinals 2-2? It feels like they should be 1-8. Also, enjoy those extensions for Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury.
New York Giants 3-1
Last rank: 16th
The Giants are finally changing their culture under head coach Brian Daboll. The losses might come this year, but this is the start of something good.
Los Angeles Chargers 2-2
Last rank: 15th
The Chargers won, but they did everything possible in the second half to lose.
Denver Broncos 2-2
Last rank: 11th
This isn’t a winning team. The Broncos have issues all over, and now injuries are mounting.
Jacksonville Jaguars 2-2
Last rank: 12th
Even though Jacksonville lost, the Jaguars should feel good about their team. Good talent, good coaching.
Dallas Cowboys 3-1
Last rank: 13th
After losing Dak Prescott, many thought the Cowboys were in for a long season. Instead, they’re 3-1 and in great position.
Los Angeles Rams 2-2
Last rank: 7th
The Rams better find another weapon, because throwing to Cooper Kupp on every play isn’t ideal.
San Francisco 49ers 2-2
Last rank: 14th
The Niners have their offensive deficiencies, but this is a contender.
Baltimore Ravens 2-2
Last rank: 8th
The Ravens have blown two ridiculous leads at home. The defense isn’t good, and the entire team is incredibly dependent on Lamar Jackson.
Cincinnati Bengals 2-2
Last rank: 10th
Huge game this weekend. Beat the Ravens, and after an 0-2 start, the Bengals are in first place of the AFC North.
Minnesota Vikings 3-1
Last rank: 9th
The Vikings are weird, and they’re far from consistent, and yet they’re 3-1 and tied atop the NFC North.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-2
Last rank: 6th
Tampa Bay got rocked against the Chiefs, but the schedule now gets much easier and the Bucs’ health is getting there.
Miami Dolphins 3-1
Last rank: 5th
The big concern right now is about Tua Tagovailoa, and the Dolphins’ decision-making.
Green Bay Packers 3-1
Last rank: 4th
Green Bay is winning ugly, but it’s winning. Aaron Rodgers and Co. will figure it out.
Kansas City Chiefs 3-1
Last rank: 3rd
The Chiefs showed all they can be on Sunday night. They out-rushed the Buccaneers by a 189-3 margin.
Buffalo Bills 3-1
Last rank: 2nd
What a gut-check by the Bills, coming back from a 20-3 deficit to beat the Ravens. Buffalo is back on track.
Philadelphia Eagles 4-0
Last rank: 1st
The only undefeated team in the league. Philadelphia looks great.