PFT’s Week Five power rankings

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1. Patriots (3-0; last week No. 1): The bye week, the one weekend of the year when the Patriots definitely won’t win.

2. Packers (4-0; No. 2): When they envisioned finally beating the 49ers, they likely assumed the 49ers would be a little bit better than they currently are.

3. Broncos (4-0; No. 3): Peyton Manning should be very glad he’ll never have to face the Denver defense.

4. Bengals (4-0; No. 5): They’re separating from the rest of the division; the next goal is to separate from the rest of the conference.

5. Falcons (4-0; No. 6): Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman, and Julio Jones are the new triplets.

6. Cardinals (3-1; No. 4): We’ll know a lot more about this team after back-to-back games at Detroit and Pittsburgh.

7. Panthers (4-0; No. 10): The schedule gets a lot tougher, soon.

8. Seahawks (2-2; No. 9): Jimmy Graham doesn’t block in the running game. And the offensive line doesn’t block in the passing game.

9. Jets (3-1; No. 14): The Jets hadn’t killed a coach this convincingly since Rich Kotite.

10. Rams (2-2; No. 17): Sunday’s win over the Cardinals inevitably will be bookended by a loss to someone like the Browns.

11. Cowboys (2-2; No. 8): Brandon Weeden deserves the least blame for the last two losses, and he’ll likely get the most of it.

12. Steelers (2-2; No. 11): Yes, Ben Roethlisberger had a phone on the sideline. And he was trying to drop Josh Scobee from his fantasy team.

13. Giants (2-2; No. 25): Unfortunately, “we should be 4-0” doesn’t count as a tiebreaker.

14. Bills (2-2; No. 7): From a coach who accused a referee from being an “over-officious jerk” to a coach who is giving the referees carpal tunnel syndrome from reaching for their flags.

15. Ravens (1-3; No. 15): They’re not dead yet. If they don’t get some help at receiver, they will be.

16. Vikings (2-2; No. 13): After the bye, 2-2 could quickly become 7-2.

17. Chiefs (1-3; No. 12): They’re still haunted by that fumble.

18. Raiders (2-2; No. 18): The fact that they didn’t think it was a trap game made it a perfect trap game.

19. Chargers (2-2; No. 19): The team that once traded the right to make Mike Vick the first pick in the draft welcomes him to town for the first time as a starter.

20. Colts (2-2; No. 20): Barely beating the Titans and Jaguars doesn’t bode well for hanging another banner this year. Unless the banner will say “We beat the Titans and Jaguars.”

21. Browns (1-3; No. 21): Dwayne Bowe said “it starts Sunday.” Maybe on one of these Sundays it will.

22. Washington (2-2; No. 29): Every win delays by roughly a month the possible decision to risk putting RG3 and his $16.1 million injury guarantee on the field.

23. Dolphins (1-3; No. 16): And now comes the artificial improvement as players hope to help the interim head coach keep the job, so they can then go back to underachieving.

24. Titans (1-2; No. 24): With the Colts poised to lose some games and the Texans unsettled at quarterback, the Titans could make things interesting after Marcus Mariota gets his NFL sea legs.

25. Texans (1-3; No. 23): They gave up on Brian Hoyer too soon, and they’re sticking with Ryan Mallett too long.

26. Jaguars (1-3; No. 26): Maybe they should have kept Josh Scobee, after all.

27. Eagles (1-3; No. 22): Unfortunately, “we’re a few missed field goals away from being 3-1” doesn’t count as a tiebreaker.

28. Buccaneers (1-3; No. 30): Baseball may be looking pretty good to Jameis right about now.

29. Saints (1-3; No. 31): With the Panthers and Falcons each 4-0, it’s going to be a tough climb to the top of the division.

30. Bears (1-3; No. 32): Suddenly, Jay Cutler doesn’t seem like such a horrible option.

31. 49ers (1-3; No. 27): “Losing with class” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

32. Lions (0-4; No. 28): For a change, the Lions have someone but themselves to blame for a tough loss.

108 responses to “PFT’s Week Five power rankings

  1. The 2-2 Seahawks are #8 in the power rankings? Seriously? After almost losing (they SHOULD have lost) to a now 0-4 team…AT HOME? Seriously? This needs some serious explaining…

  2. 26. Jaguars (1-3; No. 26): “Maybe they should have kept Josh Scobee, after all.”

    Yea since Scobee has been so reliable this year. Oh wait, he is unemployed. Good point Florio.

  3. Lions are better than the Bucs, Saints, 49ers, Niners, Bears, Jags, Texans. And maybe the Eagles, Titans and Dolphins. You have the undefeated Panthers behind several 1 loss teams so you can’t solely be basing the Lions rank on them being the only team with zero wins. Nonsense.

  4. msw11 says:
    Oct 6, 2015 9:55 AM
    26. Jaguars (1-3; No. 26): “Maybe they should have kept Josh Scobee, after all.”

    Yea since Scobee has been so reliable this year. Oh wait, he is unemployed. Good point Florio.

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    Did you see the Jags game?

  5. I guess I am the only one that thinks the Broncos are the weakest of the 4-0 teams. They haven’t been very impressive in any of their games.

  6. Where would the Lions be ranked if the illegal bat had been called and they would have gotten the ball at the half yard line? Seems like they very likely would have won that game and probably jumped up to around 24. You’re really holding that illegal bat committed by the other team against them, aren’t you?

  7. While the Lions can blame the refs for the play, their offense looked awful for 3 and 3/4th quarters of the game. The defense scored more points than the offense! Detroit’s defense stepped up and kept them in the game but the offense could not capitalize.

  8. chc4 says:
    Oct 6, 2015 9:57 AM
    Lions are better than the Bucs, Saints, 49ers, Niners, Bears, Jags, Texans. And maybe the Eagles, Titans and Dolphins. You have the undefeated Panthers behind several 1 loss teams so you can’t solely be basing the Lions rank on them being the only team with zero wins. Nonsense.

    This statement is very clearly correct. Pretty sure you guys know that too considering your jobs are to write about professional football.
    And to the guy predicting 58-3 next week I’m not even sure if it’s a good idea to dignify such an insane statement by replying to it so how about you just remember that you said that and come back on Sunday evening and admit you were way off. If you really feel so strongly about what you’re saying then you should stand by it no matter what. Book it.

  9. I know the Saints are a team of 50% rookies and newbies but I still don’t get how anyone is ranking the Dolphins at 6 and 7 slots above the Saints.

    It’s okay though. Sean Payton’s teams have always performed better when they held underdog status.

    Now 1-3 after beating the Romo-less ‘Boys, woohoo we’re on to Philly.

  10. Schneider has done a marvellous job at building a good team in Seattle, but Russell Wilson can’t be running for his life and dodge 2-3 pass rushers on every throwing play. It’s insane that he was able to put up the numbers he did yesterday and all 4 games really with the type of protection he’s getting. I also don’t understand why Alvin Bailey isn’t starting on our OL when his play last season was terrific. Also, Nowak is absolutely terrible and doesn’t seem to be getting better at all, I don’t understand why we cut Lemuel Jeanpierre who would’ve done a much better job at starting than Nowak.

  11. I see Caldwell is plummeting down. Again. Looks like he’s bringing Megatron down with him this time.

  12. The Vikings defense is good, but until the offense starts clicking on all cylinders AND they start beating teams with at least a .500 record, ranking them 16 is a bit high! Maybe more like 20 or so.

    Same can be said about the Packers. They have not beat anyone with more than 2 wins. Ranked 2 is way too high!

  13. I can’t complain too much about the Panthers ranking since the first 4 games were against week teams. We’ll see how things go in Seattle (I feel good about beating them for once).

    But what really hurts is the Rich Kotite reference. If it weren’t for Dom Capers having a stellar second interview, Kotite would have been the first Panthers coach (shudder). And it would have been at least 2005 before we had our first winning season. Now I have to spend the rest of the day getting that ugly visual out of my head……

  14. I think you’re still holding on too hard to preseason expectations and last year’s standings when it comes to the Ravens and Seahawks. Both should be lower.

    I also think you haven’t adjusted the Steelers and Cowboys properly to account for their injuries. I’d take the Bills, Vikings, and Giants over either right now.

    And lastly, call me a homer, but I think the Bengals are a more complete, better team than the Broncos. It’s close, though.

  15. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk2014asterisk says:
    Oct 6, 2015 10:23 AM

    1. Patriots (3-0; last week No. 1): The bye week, the one weekend of the year when the Patriots definitely won’t CHEAT.
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    Are you related to Rex Ryan? He can’t get the Patriots out of his head either.

  16. I don’t get the Cowboys at 11. Do the Cowboys even have enough men to make the 53 man roster? How can they be that high in the rankings when pretty much everyone is injured? Can Witten do everything now on offense?

    I get in the beginning of the year that they were a good team, but now? Not so much.

  17. megatronownsyou says:

    And to the guy predicting 58-3 next week I’m not even sure if it’s a good idea to dignify such an insane statement by replying to it so how about you just remember that you said that and come back on Sunday evening and admit you were way off. If you really feel so strongly about what you’re saying then you should stand by it no matter what. Book it.

    The only thing Megatron is going to own after Sunday is an 0-5 record. The Cardinals are clearly the better team. Book it!

    #tofindDetroitsteamjustgoogle0and16lol
    #bookit

  18. The comment about the Lions doesn’t make sense. Seems the Lions lose to controversial call week in and week out. It’s almost staged really, like hey, you guys are going to be the worst team in the league this year, but at least you’ll have the right to complain about the refs every game. This is pushing me away from the NFL.

  19. Broncos and Bengals have both beaten the Ravens and Chiefs. Bengals have also beaten the Raiders (#18) and Chargers (#19), and the Broncos have beaten the Vikings (#16) and Lions (#32). Bengals are also +44 in points scored/allowed, while Broncos are +28.

    If the Bengals are beating better teams (according to your own rankings) and beating them by bigger margins, why are they ranked lower?

  20. The Dallas Football team and the Kansas City Football team are ranked too high. The Washington Redskins should be moved up to where Kansas City is.

  21. The Cowboys are too high. For all of the nonsense that gets thrown around about coaching, no one in the media has the courage to go after the Cowboys for the last 2 weeks. The decisions and inability to change were worse than Philbin any day of the week.

    I still don’t get the Ravens infatuation. Bottom 10 team for anyone who knows anything about the game.

  22. Dear Lord, you must not have actually watched any of the Giants game to rank them that high. Or just needed to justify having Buffalo ranked so high.

  23. romophobic says:
    Oct 6, 2015 11:00 AM
    The Cowboys are too high. For all of the nonsense that gets thrown around about coaching, no one in the media has the courage to go after the Cowboys for the last 2 weeks. The decisions and inability to change were worse than Philbin any day of the week.

    I still don’t get the Ravens infatuation. Bottom 10 team for anyone who knows anything about the game.
    _____________________________________
    Nobody wants to go after a team that will be returning 3 starting defensive players next week in Hardy, McClain, and Mincey.

    Still not sure they can do more than 8-8 once they get everyone else back unless Sean Lee can stay on the field. There is some defensive depth but he coordinates every play better than an MLB in the NFL today.

  24. Lion’s fans, this is just based on the w-l’s. If the players don’t give up, they’ll rise above the teams they are truly better than. The D played great last night. Ziggy’s a stud. Let’s just hope they stay pumped. This D is getting fit for sure playing so much, and that’s good.

  25. Everybody loves to find a forgotten rule to complain about. Seriously, it’s a bad rule that makes no sense. Incidental contact by the defense, forcing the ball out of bounds would have been a legal touchback. But doing it on purpose is illegal? It’s a bogus rule. Not even Steve Young, Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, Jon Gruden, or Mike Tirico knew this rule. Steve Young asked “is this a new rule” incredulously. People are outraged that “Seattle got away with one here”, but it’s the rule that needs to change.

  26. Chiefs are ranked way too high.
    Defense is giving up 30+ points a game. O-Line is on pace to give up a record number of sacks and their turnover differential is horrible. Our Headchoke cant manage the game-clock.

  27. beastmode5150 says:

    My fave PFT post, love reading mouth breathers get agitated about “Power rankings”

    obvious what orifice you’ll be breathing from once seattle starts dropping. They are a couple lucky breaks from being 0-4.

  28. The Vikings “could quickly become 7-2” after the break?

    Um, look, I’m a Viking fan, and I’d love nothing more than to see that happen. However, historically, one of this franchise’s problems has been its tendency to assume they’ll win the easy games, and then not bother showing up to put in the performance. Many of us wonder if that’s not what happened opening weekend this year.

    After the break, the Vikings play the Chiefs (or should I say “The Kansas City Team”) at home, and then hit the road for three of the next four games. Under Mike Zimmer, the Vikings are 2-8 on the road, including 0-2 this year. If this team wants to be taken seriously, they’ll start winning on the road, and come out of that five game stretch no worse than 6-3. Otherwise, you’re looking at just another Viking team that can’t hold its water away from home.

  29. I would have said the Browns were rated too high, but compared to the teams that are below them, maybe not.

  30. Mr. Lunch,

    I believe the outrage of which you speak has less to do with Seattle “getting away with one here” than it does them getting away with one again. Or if you prefer, getting away with one here….AND there.

    Though the Lions getting the shaft in The Dez Call doesn’t help matters, so you can always blame Jerry.

    Sincerely,
    – a Texas A&M fan

  31. ajgreenhof says:
    Oct 6, 2015 10:12 AM
    This is Cincy’s year.

    The first Lombardi trophy will be in the case soon.
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    Let’s start with a SINGLE playoff win skippy…

  32. thefootballgodssay says:
    Oct 6, 2015 9:54 AM

    giants 13 pertty good for a bad team mike florio

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    TOTALLY AGREE!

    There goes (AGAIN!) the love affair with Dallas.

    I am not saying the Giants should be before them, it really doesn’t matter where the Giants are ranked. They don’t crack the top ten often times anyways. I just think there are more teams better than the Cowboys.

  33. 8. Seahawks (2-2; No. 9): Jimmy Graham doesn’t block in the running game. And the offensive line doesn’t block in the passing game. DON’T BLOCK

    Fixed.

    Hawks will end up 9-7 on the strength of their defense if that O line doesn’t figure something out.

    I guess you can’t take five of the Village People and declare them a competent offensive line.

    Coaching hubris.

  34. Lions at 32 based on record actually makes sense, hey look on the bright side may’be they should just have the #1 pick for the 2016 draft, cause they look like they deserve it.

    Their not using all their great weapons on offense correctly I mean pass mostly to Riddick or some random #3 chart player on the team. Stafford doesn’t throw deep like he use to it’s just short completions yea Lombardi is one of the problems why the lions are this terrible but so is the Offensive Line. Now they did try to get it together at the end only to be screwed of course by the refs when will the curse of Bobby Layne end.

  35. Redskins at 22 maybe too high; there are games that get circled when the schedule comes out (Pat’s & Colt’s is one). Only one person probably circled the Redskins at Falcons but that was Kyle Shanahan. If the Redskins can keep it close then 22 is OK. In Scot (with one t) we trust.

  36. I just don’t think the Bears and the Lions are as bad as they’re ranked. No one cares what I think? Okay, never mind. . . . .

  37. Aaron Rodgers is first in quarterback rating at 125.9. Tom Brady is third at 119.6. In between them is Andy Dalton at 123.

    Whoulda thunk it?

  38. Lions were 11-5 last season, so what the hell is goin’ on here? Oh right… N. Suh (“Da Boogeyman”) dun left Detroit. You might lose your job, Jim Caldwell, watchout!

  39. Just to be clear, the Dolphins got blown out by a Jets team more concerned about sufficient TP supplies, fired their head coach, and still only dropped half (7) the number of slots that the Patriots did last year against the Chief (14) before winning the Super Bowl.

  40. They may not have the most difficult upcoming schedule, but (as usual) you are giving the Vikings way too much credit by thinking they have an easy path to 7-2. The Rams and Chiefs aren’t exactly pushovers and the Raiders finally look like they might actually belong in the NFL again. The Bears and Lions have been pretty terrible so far this year, but we are still talking about back to back divisional games on the road.

  41. “Da packers are gonna go 16-0 over the next 10 weeks YAEH!!!!!”

    16 wins in 10 weeks? Someone needs to have a conversation with the guys who make the schedules…

  42. I probably would have put my Bears at 28… but what’s a couple of ticks. The arrow *appears* to be pointing up but they need to follow-up with another good game this Sunday.

    As for the Lions, even though they’re a division rival they came within a half yard of beating the same team that hammered the Bears 26-0. So not sure how they can fall all the way to the bottom after last night.

  43. “Aaron Rodgers is first in quarterback rating at 125.9. Tom Brady is third at 119.6. In between them is Andy Dalton at 123.”

    Its early in the season. The high pressure games are still months away and they’ll fold in the playoffs like usual.

  44. Typically I complain that Florio does not show my Bills enough respect when issuing the weekly rankings. This week Florio shows my Bills waaayyyyyyy too much respect. My Bills may be, talent wise, one of the best teams in the NFL but they are going nowhere with that clown head coach…..

  45. weepingjebus says:
    Oct 6, 2015 12:15 PM

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    It’s pretty sad that you are recalling how far the Patriots dropped in the power rankings in a single week from early last season.

    Not everything is some grand conspiracy against the Patriots.

  46. mrgdawg says:
    Oct 6, 2015 11:14 AM
    Chiefs are ranked way too high.
    Defense is giving up 30+ points a game. O-Line is on pace to give up a record number of sacks and their turnover differential is horrible. Our Headchoke cant manage the game-clock.

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    Dont worry the Bears are coming to town, that same team will look like division champs while playing the hapless bears.

  47. 16. Vikings (2-2; No. 13): After the bye, 2-2 could quickly become 7-2.

    It could also easily become 3-6 with games upcoming v. the Chiefs, @ Detroit, @ chicago, v StL Rams, @ Oak, v. Green Bay.

    More likely to be 3-6 rather than 7-2.

  48. How can a team with no legitimate wr’s be ranked 15. I love the Ravens but that is way too high. Maybe ravens can get a little better against the Browns (but they looked pretty good against SD – yikes!!!)

  49. Broncos too high. Should be round 8. If it wasn’t for Defense they’d be 2-2 or worse. Papa John giving up more points than defense giving up! If they beat Packers, Patriots & Bengals down the road, then we can talk #1 or 2. Until then, I’m holding my breath every time i see the WEEBLE-WOBBLE passes.

    And I’m a 40yr DIEHARD DONKEY fan pre-ORANGE CRUSH fan!!

  50. The Chiefs just kicked another field goal down by 2 TDs with a little over 2 minutes to play!

    Lateral offenses get stuck in the red zone…..not a shocker…..17 way too high for these dogs.

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