NFL Power Rankings SportsGrid’s Week 5 NFL Power Rankings
Our NFL Power Rankings of every team before Week 5 are here.
Our rankings are based mainly on the thoughts of oddsmakers, via futures odds and current point spreads. There are minor tweaks based on ambiguity. These power rankings are not my power rankings. As I will reiterate all year,
I’m not an expert, because nobody is an expert.
1.32. Jacksonville Jaguars
Traditional Power Rankings will put the Texans below the Jaguars, who somehow have won 4 of 5 games. But they haven't been very impressive in doing so, and even though they swept the Texans, the Texans would assuredly be favored in a rematch.
Get angry if you'd like, but this is truth.
2.31. St. Louis Rams
Roger Clemens is not playing well.
3.30. Oakland Raiders
If I were a Raiders fan, I'd root against Matt McGloin, because if he's your QB of the future... I pray for you.
4.29. New York Jets
The Jets will probably be favored vs. the Browns, and if they win that... the 29th-ranked team might be a Dolphins (or Panthers) upset away from... a playoff berth.
5.28. Washington Potato Skins
Just a warning, Kirk Cousins is a less-annoying, much-less-athletic, better-passing Tim Tebow. Be careful what you wish for.
6.27. Minnesota Vikings
Still Adrian Peterson and some useless blobs. But that is enough some weeks.
7.26. Green Bay Packers
This is their Aaron Rodgers-less ranking. They're top 5, easily, when he comes back.
8.25. Tennessee Titans
The Titans actually have
lots of life in the AFC playoff race, somehow. But that life will be sucked out by Ryan Fitzpatrick.
9.24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The "2013 Chiefs = 2012 Chiefs, 2014 Bucs = 2013 Chiefs" tweet I saw a while ago seemed to make sense... but then the Bucs decided to get competent quarterbacking and become decent...
10.23. Houston Texans
They are a disgrace. They are the 2012 Jets. But there's potential for the future here.
11.22. Buffalo Bills
E.J. Manuel is struggling.
12.21. New York Giants
Great "the Giants always sneak into the playoffs!" narrative, people.
(But, yes, they're still thought of fairly-highly by oddsmakers.)
13.20. Cleveland Browns
Well, that was impressive. (They should've won, let's be honest.)
14.19. Pittsburgh Steelers
This is why I've been calling the Steelers the "best bad team" in the NFL, as opposed to the worst good team. They're bad.
I think they still could
make the playoffs.
15.18. Atlanta Falcons
Bahahaha they lost to the Rodgers-less Packers.
16.17. Miami Dolphins
in control of the race for the final Wild Card.
17.16. Indianapolis Colts
Oddsmakers have been trying to tell you that the Colts aren't great all year, but you wouldn't listen.
18.15. Baltimore Ravens
They're looking like they could somehow sneak into the playoffs. That sounds familiar. (Too bad they're still pretty bad.)
19.14. San Diego Chargers
This team is still only Philip Rivers, but that's not the worst thing.
20.13. Dallas Cowboys
With Aaron Rodgers potentially returning for their game in Dallas next week... the Cowboys could be in a lot of trouble... even if they beat the Eagles in Week 17.
But never count out an explosive team in the playoffs.
21.12. Chicago Bears
That was impressive. Except for the fact that they didn't actually do much on defense, so their biggest question mark remains just that.
22.11. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have gone from sneaky-good to actually-good... but now they've probably crossed into overrated territory.
23.10. Detroit Lions
They caught a huuuuuuuuuuge break with Aaron Rodgers (and Jay Cutler) getting hurt, pun(s) intended. But
they're cutting things close...
(This is the first time in team history that the Lions have gotten lucky.)
24.9. Kansas City Chiefs
If you thought the Chiefs were the best team in the NFL, I have some snake oil that goes great on salads.
25.8. Philadelphia Eagles
I have to think they're creeping into overrated territory (probably already there, actually), since this defense still hasn't proven much.
26.7. New England Patriots
The Pats have dropped an entire tier with the loss of Gronk.
27.6. Cincinnati Bengals
They are pretty MEH for the supposed 6th-best team in the league. Big jump-up in quality after them.
28.5. New Orleans Saints
Seriously: They NEED home-field advantage. They're
(probably) not getting home-field advantage.
29.4. San Francisco 49ers
Impressive win. Still ranked lower than the Seahawks, though. A two-point home win isn't enough.
30.3. Carolina Panthers
A loss in New Orleans does not mean they're not still considered slightly better than the Saints on a neutral field, probably. Then again, 3-5 are basically all even.
31.2. Denver Broncos
They would still assuredly be favored over NE at home. And Seattle. But not in either place. They're basically tied with the Hawks, but possibly a tiny notch below.
32.1. Seattle Seahawks
The only reason the Seahawks are in first is because they have the same odds to win the Super Bowl as the Broncos in most places... but their road is tougher. Thus, a slight edge. But it's basically a wash with 1 and 2... then it drops to 3-5... then 6-7... 8-9... and then we're really dropping, here.