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NFL Power Rankings, Week 5: Cardinals fly into No. 1 spot, Cowboys hit top 10

NFL Power Rankings, Week 5: Cardinals fly into No. 1 spot, Cowboys hit top 10

Or now not it’s officially anarchy atop the Vitality Rankings.

Our contemporary No. 1 wasn’t even within the tip 10 per week ago. Our previous No. 1 barely held on to a top-10 slot this week. The Packers, Chiefs and Browns all gained … and dropped within the rankings.

About a of this could perchance maybe maybe confuse you. About a of this could perchance maybe maybe even anger you. But keep in mind this: I did now not obtain the madness that defines Our League as we enter Week 5. I only look to function sense of the mindless. Or now not it’s a troublesome job, and I’ve it to the ideal of my abilities.

Godspeed.

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NOTE: Up/down arrows judge circulation from the Week 4 Vitality Rankings.

Arizona Cardinals

Old outrageous: No. 11

That right there used to be a licensed, no-doubt-about-it, oh-helllllll-sure, Statement Make a selection™. The Cardinals went to Los Angeles and laid the smackdown on a Rams crew that spent the week being overestimated as a Spacious Bowl current (we are capable of also fair have played a tiny feature in this build). What made the 37-20 triumph especially impressive used to be that it wasn’t all a pair of dynamo efficiency by Kyler Murray, though the rising third-yr quarterback used to be all all over again splendid. As a substitute, this used to be a crew effort: The offense had its intention with the Rams’ elite protection, whereas the Playing cards’ protection pressured two early turnovers and saved the Matthew Stafford-led Rams air attack out of sync all afternoon. The victory used to be the most vital for the Cardinals in 9 tries against Sean McVay’s Rams. Talked about cornerback Byron Murphy Jr.: “I truly feel love, as a crew, we’re constructing in direction of something.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Old outrageous: No. 2

The Bucs landed more than an iconic quarterback with an unmatched résumé when they signed Tom Brady a yr ago in March. Tampa Bay also received a generous provide of Brady Magic, that invisible pixie grime that pushed Reduce Folks’s jog-forward field impartial are attempting into the left true to get Tampa’s 19-17 clutch over the Patriots. Brady did now not throw a touchdown in his mighty-ballyhooed return to Foxborough, whereas Mac Jones — his factual successor in Novel England — done 19 consecutive passes at one level. But Brady led the Bucs to the jog-forward field impartial within the fourth quarter, then watched from the sideline as Invoice Belichick’s gamble on Folks got here up snake eyes. Brady’s had dozens of “special” wins in his occupation — we expect about this one is up there.

Buffalo Bills

Old outrageous: No. 4

The Funds are fully humming on protection straight away. This used to be extraordinarily flawed news for young Davis Mills, the third-round Texans rookie QB who threw four interceptions and led the Houston offense to fair over 100 yards in a 40-0 Buffalo victory at Orchard Park. The Texans usually are now not terminate to the Funds’ weight class, but enormous teams flex their muscle mass against the league’s have-nots, which is exactly what we saw on Sunday. This coming Sunday, we will acquire a basic, high-time showdown with the Chiefs — a rematch of remaining season’s AFC Championship Sport … and maybe a preview of this season’s AFC Championship Sport. The Funds can only hope they’re going to have star linebacker Matt Milano, who exited within the most vital half on Sunday with a hamstring hurt.

Green Bay Packers

Old outrageous: No. 3

Aaron Rodgers enjoyed victories mammoth and tiny on Sunday against the Steelers. The reigning MVP suggested the Packers to a moderately stress-free 27-17 clutch at Lambeau in a game that featured a enormous contribution from Randall Cobb, the outmoded wideout Rodgers single-handedly brought aid to Green Bay for the duration of the QB’s unfriendly summer season of discontent. Cobb used to be a non-aspect in Green Bay’s first three video games, but he busted out against Pittsburgh with 5 catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers stated before the season that he deserved a declare in how the Packers obtain a roster around him; Cobb made his veteran friend survey Ken Jennings-stage vivid on Sunday.

Baltimore Ravens

Old outrageous: No. 5

The Ravens knew what they wanted on the final play Sunday. With their trudge of 100-yard dashing video games in jeopardy, Lamar Jackson took the snap and shuffled to his left sooner than sliding down for a 5-yard obtain. The droop put Baltimore over the century ticket and tied an NFL document — and more importantly, capped a decisive victory over the previously undefeated Broncos in Denver. Jackson threw for more than 300 yards for fair the 2d time in his occupation, whereas Marquise “Hollywood” Brown atoned for his disastrous Week 3 with an resplendent diving touchdown engage. The protection took it dwelling: Don “Wink” Martindale’s crew allowed fair 254 yards of offense. It will most likely most likely salvage time, but the Ravens at all times seem to figure it out on that side of the ball.

Dallas Cowboys

Old outrageous: No. 14

The explosive Cowboys offense has garnered mighty of the headlines within the early going, but the largest breakout star is playing on the more than just a few side of the ball. Cornerback Trevon Diggs is up to 5 interceptions on the season after two Sam Darnold picks helped fabricate 10 Dallas factors in a 36-28 clutch over the Panthers at Jerrah World. The 23-yr-veteran became the most vital Cowboy since the merger to document an interception in each and every of the most vital four video games of a season. Carolina bought aid into the game within the fourth quarter — half of the contest Diggs watched from the sideline with what the crew termed “tightness in his aid.” The young playmaker’s presence on the sphere has hasty change into valuable.

Los Angeles Chargers

Old outrageous: No. 10

After the Chargers done off the Raiders to scamper right into a 3-intention tie atop the AFC West, they received a excessive compliment from an unlikely provide. “They’ll head locations this yr,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden told the assembled media at SoFi Stadium after the Bolts’ 28-14 clutch. “They’ll be a power to be handled.” Justin Herbert delivered one other star flip with three touchdown passes, but the QB did now not fracture it by myself. Los Angeles bought enormous performances from working aid Austin Ekeler (145 complete yards, 2 TDs) and the total protection, which held the Raiders to season lows in production across the board. Comprise up that stadium, Chargers fans!

Los Angeles Rams

Old outrageous: No. 1

Let the events of Sunday abet as a reminder to the Rams: Must you originate now not affirm your “A” game within the NFC West, you have the aptitude to acquire embarrassed. That is what took situation in a 37-20 loss to the Cardinals at SoFi Stadium, a game that made the correct vibes of the Rams’ pristine September truly feel love they got here years ago. Two early turnovers — one a Matthew Stafford interception, the more than just a few a fumble by Sony Michel that put Arizona up terminate to the pink zone — had been became into Cardinals touchdowns, whereas Stafford and his receivers struggled to search out a groove. The essentially unswerving protection has also encountered turbulence, surrendering 911 yards and 61 factors within the past two weeks. The Rams settle on to adjust on the flit with the Seahawks up next on Thursday night. 

Cleveland Browns

Old outrageous: No. 8

When the Browns’ protection dominated the Bears in Week 3, it felt this form of mismatch of personnel and intention that it used to be complicated to distill indicators of proper progress. Sunday’s 14-7 clutch over the Vikings used to be varied: Cleveland went right into a adverse ambiance and shut down an opposing offense that had been humming as effectively as any unit in soccer within the season’s first three weeks. The total Browns need now is balance. Baker Mayfield done decrease than half his passes in a single in every of his worst performances in most trendy memory. Mayfield has at all times been a streaky quarterback, but he used to be a criminal responsibility on Sunday. Cleveland will continue to take hang of video games with a stingy protection and elite working game, but Mayfield need to beef up to function the Browns factual Spacious Bowl contenders. 

Las Vegas Raiders

Old outrageous: No. 9

The Raiders were leisurely starters all season, and on Monday night, they dug a gap they had been unable to climb out of. Playing in front of a sellout crowd made up mostly of Silver & Black fans in Los Angeles, the Raiders spotted the Chargers 21 factors sooner than lastly getting on the board within the third quarter. A Derek Carr touchdown pass to Darren Waller brought Vegas interior a touchdown, but the Bolts pulled away late to select a bit of the AFC West lead. The Raiders’ offense used to be humbled for the most vital time, surroundings season lows in factors, complete yards and first downs within the loss. “We won’t reach out and salvage that many punches within the most vital round,” Jon Gruden stated after the game. “That used to be ridiculous.”

Seattle Seahawks

Old outrageous: No. 17

“We originate now not lose three in a row around here.” These had been the words of left variety out Duane Brown after the Seahawks delivered their best all-around efficiency of the season in a 28-21 clutch over the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Russell Wilson accounted for three touchdowns, whereas the Seattle protection — so thoroughly outclassed in Minnesota per week earlier — shut down the San Francisco attack in a very valuable NFC West showdown. There used to be some correct fortune jumbled in. Niners QB Jimmy Garoppolo exited at halftime with a calf hurt, and San Francisco kicker Robbie Gould used to be scratched moments sooner than kickoff with a groin project, but the Seahawks showed up though-provoking to play and bought the job performed. For the document, Seattle hasn’t had a 3-game shedding trudge in 10 years.

San Francisco 49ers

Old outrageous: No. 7

Jimmy Garoppolo is going by yet one other hurt, this time a calf contusion, and Kyle Shanahan will once all all over again spend the week fielding questions in regards to the quarterback region. Trey Lance delivered an uneven efficiency in Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks, but his athleticism and playmaking ability could perchance perchance be San Francisco’s best shot, with a showdown against Kyler Murray and the excessive-flying Cardinals up next. The Niners’ offense appears caught in a rut with Garoppolo within the aid of middle — that remained the case in Jimmy G’s two quarters against a Seattle protection that used to be hemorrhaging yardage and factors sooner than Sunday. If Shanahan decides now is the time to pull the put off and scamper to the newborn, the willpower will seemingly be justified.

Carolina Panthers

Old outrageous: No. 13

The Panthers took their first loss of the season due to a disastrous third quarter in Dallas. Carolina went into the tunnel up 14-13 on the half, but used to be outscored 20-0 over the next 15 minutes of game time. The Cowboys’ protection rattled Sam Darnold by transferring to a blitz-heavy intention that produced a lengthy field-impartial jog away out, a 3-and-out, then aid-to-aid Trevon Diggs interceptions. Darnold and the offense did effectively to wrestle aid within the fourth quarter with two touchdown drives, but Dallas efficiently ran out the clock with its energy working game. One brutal quarter apart, the Panthers acquitted themselves effectively against a excessive-quality opponent. No settle on to terror.

Cincinnati Bengals

Old outrageous: No. 19

The Bengals have a bit of first situation within the AFC North, and Joe Burrow very mighty looks love The Franchise. The 2d-yr quarterback picked apart the Jaguars in a 24-21 clutch, exhibiting poise and presence as he led the Bengals to four consecutive scoring drives within the 2d half of a comeback victory. Burrow is averaging 9.2 yards per are attempting (third within the NFL among qualified passers), and he’s getting significantly greater security: Cincinnati has allowed only 1 sack within the past two weeks after surrendering 10 within the season’s first two video games. If the Bengals care for their young star true, something special will seemingly be brewing within the Queen City.

Denver Broncos

Old outrageous: No. 12

Sunday’s exhibiting against the Ravens is unlikely to convince doubters that Denver’s perfect September used to be more about who the Broncos are than who they played. They had been unable to dwell Lamar Jackson by the air, and the offense couldn’t acquire something else getting right into a dispiriting 23-7 loss at Mile High. Teddy Bridgewater struggled to scamper the offense sooner than exiting the game with a concussion; Drew Lock took over within the 2d half and used to be unable to manufacture a single level as Broncos fans jeered. “Or now not it’s very disappointing,” security Justin Simmons stated. “We knew how valuable this used to be, especially being ready to reach aid aid dwelling and play a crew love Baltimore. We knew what the stakes had been for it, and it’s fair disappointing.”

Minnesota Vikings

Old outrageous: No. 16

It used to be so easy for Kirk Cousins and Co. within the most vital three weeks. On Sunday, that pattern gave the impression destined to continue when the Vikings marched straight down the sphere for a touchdown in their opening power against the Browns. Then the script flipped. Minnesota had 11 possessions from that level onward and by no intention scored all all over again in a disappointing 14-7 loss at U.S. Financial institution Stadium. Cousins used to be knocked out of his groove by a consistent Cleveland pass droop, and Dalvin Prepare dinner spent more time on the sidelines with that ominous ankle project. The Vikings serene truly feel love they’ve the DNA of a playoff crew, but a 1-3 launch locations them in a posh region. They gained’t acquire the postseason within the event that they will now not acquire consistency.

Tennessee Titans

Old outrageous: No. 15

The Titans played without A.J. Brown and Julio Jones on Sunday, but you can’t hang a painful loss to the previously winless Jets completely on the banged-up wide receiver corps. The offensive line did now not adequately give protection to Ryan Tannehill, the aid fracture of Tennessee’s protection used to be victimized by Zach Wilson on multiple deep strikes and Randy Bullock overlooked the aptitude game-tying field-impartial are attempting in beyond regular time in a 27-24 loss. At 2-2, the Titans know they’ve stars at working aid and quarterback. After that, things are intention too dicey for Mike Vrabel’s crew. “We’re fair pissed off because we bought our tails whupped,” security Kevin Byard stated after the game. “Or now not it’s consistency with us.”

New Orleans Saints

Old outrageous: No. 18

Who’re the Saints? That’s a aesthetic inquire of to seek recordsdata from after a 2-2 launch by which Novel Orleans has alternated looking out love a legit contender and a convention also-ran. We bought a slight bit of both on Sunday against the Giants: The Saints jumped out to a 21-10 lead within the aid of a pair of Taysom Hill touchdown runs, but the offense went wintry because the protection faltered in crunch time. Novel Orleans surrendered 11 unanswered factors to terminate the fourth quarter, then allowed the Giants to march down the sphere for the a hit touchdown on the most vital power of beyond regular time. Playing in front of a offered-out dwelling crowd on the Superdome for the most vital time in 637 days, the result couldn’t be regarded as something else decrease than an narrative letdown.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Old outrageous: No. 20

Beating the Packers at Lambeau Discipline requires a precision efficiency by the offense. The Steelers couldn’t affirm that on Sunday, and they’re going to salvage a 3-game shedding trudge into Week 5 for that reason. The working game remains non-existent in Matt Canada’s offense, and Ben Roethlisberger and his receivers usually are now not doing ample. On Sunday, Roethlisberger and JuJu Smith-Schuster left factors on the sphere with disasters to connect on two pass plays that must have gone for rankings. Roethlisberger could perchance maybe maybe were more right on the throws, whereas Smith-Schuster could perchance perchance have helped his QB by flashing the playmaking ability that marked his first two seasons in Pittsburgh. The attack is now not as dynamic as it needs to be, and it’s made the Steelers a middling crew.

Indianapolis Colts

Old outrageous: No. 26

Or now not it’s a launch. The Colts went all the vogue down to Miami for a need to-clutch Week 4 contest and bought the job performed with a 27-17 victory over the Dolphins. Indy used to be the superior crew in all three phases and bought breakout video games from Jonathan Taylor (103 yards, TD) and tight fracture Mo Alie-Cox (two touchdowns). Carson Wentz displayed improved mobility two weeks removed from his double ankle sprain, providing hope that Indy can dig itself out of an 0-3 gap. It helps that the Colts play within the AFC South: As Indy discovered its intention into the clutch column on Sunday, the Titans had been falling on their face against the Jets. The division remains there for the taking … Who needs it?

New England Patriots

Old outrageous: No. 23

The irony is that Invoice Belichick would by no intention have settled for that 56-yard field-impartial are attempting in genuine rainfall if Tom Brady used to be serene his quarterback. Mac Jones had played a very ambiance friendly game to that level, but gaining Belichick’s believe in game-deciding moments remains a piece in progress. So, going by fourth-and-3 from the Bucs’ 37, Belichick in its build despatched out Reduce Folks, who clanked the ball off the left true in a 19-17 loss to the defending champions. It used to be a posh ending to an night by which the Pats’ protection did now not resign a touchdown pass to Brady and held Tampa Bay to its lowest level complete of the season. Silent, Brady’s crew discovered a technique at Foxborough. The same veteran story … with a twist.

Washington Football Team

Washington Football Crew

2-2

Old outrageous: No. 24

With each and every passing week, Taylor Heinicke builds the case that he deserves the starting quarterback job, no matter Ryan Fitzpatrick’s availability. Heinicke led Washington on aid-to-aid touchdown drives within the fourth quarter on Sunday, turning a 30-22 deficit right into a 34-30 clutch over the Falcons in Atlanta. He ended the day with 290 yards passing whereas leading the Football Crew to rankings on four of their 5 2d-half possessions. With the Washington protection continuing its aesthetic disappearing act (where have you gone, Younger & Sweaty?), Heinicke is being requested to care for his crew’s season afloat. To this level, so correct.

New York Giants

Old outrageous: No. 30

When the Giants selected Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones in aid-to-aid drafts, the understanding used to be for the pair of top-10 picks to steer Enormous Blue for future years aid. A disappointing 2020 season brought considerations to that understanding, but the duo done love young stars in an resplendent 27-21 road clutch over the Saints. Jones threw for a occupation-excessive 402 yards and commanded the offense with self assurance, whereas Barkley scored two touchdowns, alongside side the game-winner in beyond regular time, and seemed very mighty love the participant who dominated the league for stretches sooner than suffering a torn ACL remaining September. The Giants put themselves in a deep gap with their 0-3 launch, but a nearer survey below the hood reveals a crew being able to acquire sizzling.

Philadelphia Eagles

Old outrageous: No. 22

The Eagles rolled up over 450 yards of offense on the Chiefs and by no intention needed to send their punter on the sphere. It used to be one other promising effort by the offense, but also one other game stuffed with unforced errors that doomed Philly to its third straight loss. The Eagles had three touchdowns taken off the board by penalties in drives that finally ended with field dreams. Longtime NFL personnel man Mike Lombardi calls these cases “four-level plays” for the amount of factors you jog away on the sphere by buying and selling a touchdown/PAT for a field impartial. The maths ain’t quite: The Eagles had three “four-level plays” on Sunday in a game they lost by 12. Reduce Sirianni’s crew needs to effectively-organized it up.

Miami Dolphins

Old outrageous: No. 21

This used to be speculated to be the season Miami put it all together and have turn into a energy participant within the AFC. Four video games into the season, the one thing unparalleled about this crew is how mediocre it’s. The Dolphins welcomed a winless Colts crew into their constructing on Sunday and had been thoroughly outplayed in all phases of a 27-17 defeat. The Fins, losers of three straight since their season-opening clutch in Foxborough, were outscored 62-17 in two dwelling losses. Up next is a frightening road matchup against Tom Brady and the defending champion Bucs. If it’s now not crisis time in Miami, it’s getting terminate to it. 

Atlanta Falcons

Old outrageous: No. 25

The Falcons had been all put up. They had been in their constructing and in possession of a 30-22 lead over the Washington Football Crew with decrease than 10 minutes to play. In the event that they closed the game out, they’d head to London with the likelihood to scamper above .500 with a clutch over the rebuilding Jets. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the fracture used to be as grim as it gets: Atlanta’s protection surrendered two touchdowns with the offense unable to respond to aid in a 34-30 loss. “We had multiple opportunities to take hang of that game and we did now not,” stated Falcons coach Arthur Smith, who could perchance perchance age love a sitting U.S. president this season. “… We pick to acquire quite heaps of things mounted in a proceed.”

New York Jets

Old outrageous: No. 32

Zach Wilson made several throws to excite the Jets and their fanbase in Sunday’s 27-24 beyond regular time clutch over the Titans at MetLife Stadium, but one stood out above the leisure: With the game tied at 17 within the fourth quarter, Wilson rolled to his right on a bare bootleg and spotted Corey Davis downfield. Wilson, seeing that the Titans’ deep security had drifted out of region, motioned to his wide receiver to head deep, then delivered a well-known strike for a 53-yard touchdown. The play showed off Wilson’s improvisational skill and next-stage arm ability, and right this moment refilled the effectively of Jets fan optimism that had dried up over three losses to launch the season. Talked about Robert Saleh of his young QB: “I judge he used to be superior.”

Chicago Bears

Old outrageous: No. 29

Week 4 brought undeniable progress for the Bears and their beleaguered offense. Chicago scored on David Sir Bernard Law touchdown runs in each and every of its first two possessions en route to a 24-14 clutch over the woeful Lions. Justin Fields used to be greater in his 2d occupation launch, and the offensive line did a significantly greater job preserving the rookie QB (funny how that works when it’s now not Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney screaming around the sides). Furthermore significant used to be a schematic shift for the Bears, who saw offensive coordinator Invoice Lazor salvage over play-calling duties to obvious results. Matt Nagy didn’t seem happy to talk in regards to the switch after the clutch, but Chicago’s offense is maybe greater off with the head coach out of the captain’s chair.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Old outrageous: No. 31

City Meyer known as Thursday’s night’s 24-21 beyond regular time loss to the Bengals “devastating” and “heartbreaking.” You acquire it: Meyer isn’t feeble to shedding, and he’s now dropped four consecutive video games for the most vital time in a head-instructing occupation that dates aid to 2001. The Jaguars coughed up 14-0 and 21-14 leads in Cincinnati, but Jacksonville played a mighty more aggressive ticket of soccer than we saw over the season’s first three weeks. Monday brought needless drama, as Meyer used to be pressured to address a viral video that showed a girl dancing terminate to his lap in a Columbus, Ohio, bar. “I fair apologized to the crew and personnel for being a distraction,” Meyer stated.

Detroit Lions

Old outrageous: No. 27

The hits stick with it coming for the Lions. Linebacker Romeo Okwara, Detroit’s most elementary participant on protection, is done for the yr after tearing his Achilles tendon in Sunday’s 24-14 loss to the Bears. It’s the a linked devastating hurt that ended the season of 2020 first-round pick Jeff Okudah aid in Week 1. It’s all crushing news for a Lions crew that had one in every of the thinnest rosters in soccer to launch the season. With attrition surroundings in, Detroit’s ability disparity is compounded. Now Detroit’s the lone remaining winless crew within the NFC, and it’s on head coach Dan Campbell to care for the Lions from shedding hope.

Houston Texans

Old outrageous: No. 28

The Texans showed wrestle within the most vital three weeks, even managing a clutch within the season opener against the Jaguars. Sunday’s 40-0 loss to the Funds makes you wonder how many more times David Culley’s crew will style victory sooner than the season is by. The Texans need Tyrod Taylor aid within the worst intention: Rookie Davis Mills simply isn’t though-provoking to face top NFL rivals, a actuality laid bare in a nightmarish efficiency against the Funds that produced as many interceptions as passing first downs (four each and every). For sure, the Texans’ struggles droop deeper than the newborn below middle. “You’ll want to perchance perchance put Joe Montana available within the market today, and the intention we played, that you will seemingly be now not going to have any success on offense,” Culley stated.