Week 5 NFL Power Rankings: Raiders Win Big

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Derek Carr led his team to a huge victory over the defending champs. (Photo by Charlie Riedel/ AP Photo)

Week 5 of the NFL season has passed, and the landscape of the NFL has changed a bit. A star running back was cut, and several head coaches have been fired. With a new team at the number one spot, here are the power rankings for Week 5 of the NFL season.

32. New York Jets (0-5) Prev: 32

The Jets were losers again this week, but that is not the main story from the Jets this week. On Tuesday, running back Le’Veon Bell was released. Bell was the Jets’ best weapon on offense by far, but he was criminally misused by head coach Adam Gase. With other teams firing their coaches after poor starts, one has to wonder how long the Jets will let Gase reign for.

Team MVP: Jamison Crowder (8 rec, 116 yds, TD)

Next: at Dolphins

31. New York Giants (0-5) Prev: 31

The two New York teams continue to be at the bottom of the barrel in the league. The Giants came close to victory in Dallas on Sunday, but the defense was not able to keep the Cowboys from kicking the game-winner. Joe Judge needs to get his first win soon before people begin to question his capabilities as a coach.

Team MVP: Darius Slayton (8 rec, 129 yds)

Next: vs Washington

30. Atlanta Falcons (0-5) Prev: 27

The Falcons lost their fifth straight on Sunday, and after that, owner Arthur Blank had seen enough. The Falcons parted ways with both head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. After making both of these moves, a full rebuild is likely in Atlanta’s future, and nobody’s spot on the roster is secure. Including quarterback Matt Ryan.

Team MVP: Todd Gurley (121 rush yds, 4 rec, 29 yds, TD)

Next: at Vikings

29. Washington Football Team (1-4) Prev: 30

Washington moves up this week, but only because the Falcons continued their streak of failure. Washington was squashed by the Rams, and they even benched Dwayne Haskins, their first-round quarterback. Now, they may also be looking to trade him, wasting the draft pick. It is not all negative, however, as Alex Smith was able to find his way back onto the field.

Team MVP: Alex Smith (9/17, 37 yds, came back from life-threatening leg injury)

Next: at Giants

28. Detroit Lions (1-3) Prev: 29

The Lions had their bye week this week, and they go into it at 1-3. The Lions have shown flashes of talent, but have yet to find a way to put it all together to lead to multiple wins. Matt Patricia will hope his team can figure it out soon.

Next: at Jaguars

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) Prev: 26

The Jags were beaten by their winless division rivals, the Houston Texans. Jacksonville has looked at times like a team that can cause trouble, but at other times like a team that is at the very beginning of a rebuild. The defense created two turnovers, but they still managed to give up 30 points. Jacksonville will look to get back in the win column next week, something they haven’t done since week 1.

Team MVP: Gardner Minshew (31/49 301 yds, 18 rush yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Lions

26. Miami Dolphins (2-3) Prev: 28

The Dolphins were supposed to get crushed by the 49ers on Sunday. What happened was that Miami beat down on last year’s NFC champions. The Dolphins have high trap game potential, but they should not be expected to make a playoff run due to their inconsistencies.

Team MVP: Ryan Fitzpatrick (22/28, 350 yds, 16 rush yds, 3 TDs)

Next: vs Jets

25. Denver Broncos (1-3) Prev: 25

Denver was forced to take their bye week this week, due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the New England Patriots’ organization. Despite the complaints from multiple Broncos players, this could be a blessing in disguise, as it gives quarterback Drew Lock and tight end Noah Fant a chance to play in the matchup against New England.

Next: at Patriots

24. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3-1) Prev: 24

The Eagles ran into a buzzsaw of a Pittsburgh Steelers team, but they were able to give them some competition. Carson Wentz still has a turnover problem that he needs to figure out, but he looked a lot better this week than he has in previous weeks. The Eagles will hope Wentz will continue to trend in a positive direction, as they are not out of the divisional race just yet.

Team MVP: Miles Sanders (80 rush yds, 19 rec yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Ravens

23. Cinncinati Bengals (1-3-1) Prev: 23

Cincinnati took the loss on Sunday. One thing that became apparent is that the Bengals’ offensive line needs some serious work. They have the franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow, a quality running back in Joe Mixon, and two good young wide receivers in Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins. The offensive line is holding the offense back, and if they are not careful, could get Burrow injured.

Team MVP: Logan Wilson (1 tackle, INT)

Next: at Colts

22. Houston Texans (1-4) Prev: 20

The Texans smartened up and fired Bill O’Brien from both his head coaching position and his general manager position. On top of that, they also got their first win of the season. The Texans move down this week solely because there are teams in much better positions than Houston finds themselves in now.

Team MVP: Brandin Cooks (8 rec, 161 yds, TD)

Next: at Titans

21. Carolina Panthers (3-2) Prev: 22

Don’t look now, but the Panthers are catching fire. They find themselves above .500 in a division featuring powerhouses such as the Saints and the Buccaneers. They’re also doing all this without their best player, Christian McCaffrey. Coach Matt Rhule deserves a lot of credit for this sudden turnaround.

Team MVP: Teddy Bridgewater (27-37 313 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Bears

20. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) Prev: 18

The Chargers are so much better than a 1-4 team. Yet here they are. LA finds themselves down multiple starters, yet still taking the Saints, a very good team, to overtime. There is a lot to be excited about in the future for Los Angeles, but they will need to start getting healthy first.

Team MVP: Justin Herbert (20/34 264 yds, 4 TDs)

Next: Bye

19. Dallas Cowboys (2-3) Prev: 19

Sure, Dallas won on Sunday, but it sure didn’t feel like it. Dak Prescott, who was on track for career numbers, suffered a freak injury to his leg, similar to those of Paul George and Gordon Hayward, and will miss the rest of the season. Dallas now turns to Andy Dalton to guide them to an NFC East title.

Team MVP: CeeDee Lamb (8 rec, 124 yds)

Next: vs Cardinals

18. Minnesota Vikings (1-4) Prev: 16

The Vikings were very competitive with a top team in the Seahawks, but they still wound up taking the loss. One concerning point for Minnesota is the injury to Dalvin Cook. Alexander Mattison performed well in his place, but Minnesota would likely prefer to have Cook on the field. Minnesota did show that they can compete with anybody.

Team MVP: Alexander Mattison (112 rush yds, 3 rec, 24 yds)

Next: vs Falcons

17. Las Vegas Raiders (3-2) Prev: 21

Sunday was the biggest win in the Gruden era. The Raiders came, saw, and conquered the undisputed kings of the AFC in the Kansas City Chiefs. Now after beating their division rivals, it remains to be seen where this will take the Vegas Raiders. It likely will not be to the top of the division, but they may very well find themselves in the postseason this year if they keep up this trajectory.

Team MVP: Derek Carr (22/31 347 yds, 3 TDs, INT)

Next: Bye

16. San Francisco 49ers (2-3) Prev: 11

The Niners were smacked by a team they really should have beaten on Sunday. They got back both Jimmy Garropolo and Raheem Mostert and still lost by a large margin. The benching of Jimmy G is most concerning after his first-half struggles, and now there is a lot of uncertainty in the Bay Area.

Team MVP: Raheem Mostert (90 rush yds, 3 rec, 29 yds)

Next: vs Rams

15. Arizona Cardinals (3-2) Prev: 14

The Kyler Murray to Deandre Hopkins connection got back on track, and so did the Cardinals. Sometimes, all you need to get back on track is a game against the worst team in the league. That may be the case for Arizona, as they will look to take this newfound momentum into the future and claim a playoff spot in the NFC.

Team MVP: Deandre Hopkins (6 rec, 131 yds, TD)

Next: at Cowboys

14. Indianapolis Colts (3-2) Prev: 13

Indy were losers against a red-hot Cleveland Browns squad on Sunday. Phillip Rivers tossed a pair of picks on Sunday, which certainly did not help their case. The defense did get a pair of interceptions for themselves, so it was not all bad for the Colts. Hopefully, for Indianapolis, this was just running into the wrong team at the wrong time.

Team MVP: Bobby Okereke (10 tackles, INT)

Next: vs Bengals

13. Cleveland Browns (4-1) Prev: 17

The Cleveland Browns have to be the hottest team in the NFL right now. They are putting up points and yards like nobody’s business, and the defense is holding their own as well. Even without Nick Chubb, the running game stayed hot, going for over 100 yards. The Browns will have to prove that they are in the league of the Ravens and Steelers yet. They get that chance next week.

Team MVP: Ronnie Harrison (2 tackles, INT, TD)

Next: at Steelers

12. Chicago Bears (4-1) Prev: 15

The Bears had their biggest test to this point in the season and passed it swimmingly. They live up to their identity, where their quarterback played well enough to the point where they could be competitive, and the defense played well. We were also reminded that Khalil Mack is a force of nature, especially when he flipped an offensive lineman with one hand.

Team MVP: Khalil Mack (3 tackles, 2 sacks)

Next: at Panthers

11. Los Angeles Rams (4-1) Prev: 12

Speaking of forces of nature, Aaron Donald can also be put in that category. The Rams may not look like the team that went to Super Bowl 52, but they certainly look like a winner to this point in the season. The NFC West remains the NFL’s best division.

Team MVP: Aaron Donald (4 sacks)

Next: at 49ers

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2) Prev: 7

The Bucs offensive line, which had played well to this point in the season, was rocked by Khalil Mack and the Bears on Thursday. Tom Brady was in trouble all night long, and it may have even gotten him to the point where he forgot what down it was. It was a rare mental mistake from Brady, one that he likely won’t make twice in that crucial situation.

Team MVP: Carlton Davis (7 tackles, INT)

Next: vs Packers

9. New Orleans Saints (3-2) Prev: 9

New Orleans found themselves in a fight Monday night but ultimately pulled out a victory. However, there is some trouble brewing in the Big Easy. Michael Thomas was suspended for the game after punching his teammate and doesn’t look to be too remorseful about it. He has not gone full Antonio Brown yet, but Saints fans may be concerned if it continues in this direction.

Team MVP: Emmanuel Sanders (12 rec, 122 yds)

Next: Bye

8. New England Patriots (2-2) Prev: 8

The Patriots had their bye week moved up due to their Covid-19 situation. It may be a blessing in disguise, as it appears likely that they will get back both Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore for their matchup against the Broncos. A full-strength Patriots team may be as dangerous as any team in the league.

Next: vs Broncos

7. Buffalo Bills (4-1) Prev: 6

Josh Allen’s development curve took a bit of a hit as he was thrown off by the Titans’ defense. Allen threw two interceptions, but the connection with Stefon Diggs remained strong. Buffalo will look to get back in the win column after losing the battle of the unbeaten teams.

Team MVP: Stefon Diggs (10 rec, 106 yds)

Next: vs Chiefs

6. Tennessee Titans (4-0) Prev: 10

The Titans steamrolled Buffalo on both sides of the ball. They pounded the rock, running for over 130 yards, and forced three turnovers. Tennessee looks like the undisputed favorite to win the AFC South.

Team MVP: Malcolm Butler (7 tackles, 2 INTs)

Next: vs Texans

5. Baltimore Ravens (4-1) Prev: 4

Baltimore ran roughshod all over the Bengals’ poor offensive line. The Ravens suddenly find themselves with intense competition in the division in the Steelers and Browns, something they didn’t have last year. Next week, however, should be another easy time for the Ravens.

Team MVP: Patrick Queen (9 tackles, sack, TD)

Next: at Eagles

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-0) Prev: 5

Pittsburgh continued their newfound offensive domination on Sunday and may have even found another new weapon. Rookie Chase Claypool had his big coming-out party, scoring four touchdowns. The defense looked a little suspect, however, giving up 29 points to an Eagles team that had been struggling over prior weeks.

Team MVP: Chase Claypool (7 rec, 110 yds, 6 rush yds, 4 TDs)

Next: vs Browns

3. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1) Prev: 1

The Chiefs took their first loss of the season on Sunday, and it was one that will leave a bad taste in their mouths. They lost to the Raiders, their divisional rivals. With this loss, and the Chargers taking them to overtime a few weeks ago, Kansas City, who had dominated the AFC West, may be facing more competition in their division than in previous years.

Team MVP: Travis Kelce (8 rec, 108 yds, TD)

Next: at Bills

2. Seattle Seahawks (5-0) Prev: 3

Seattle was struggling vs a feisty Vikings team and even found themselves down late. It was on their MVP candidate Russell Wilson to lead a game-winning drive, and that’s exactly what he did, throwing a game-winning touchdown to D.K. Metcalf. Seattle looks very good early on.

Team MVP: DK Metcalf (6 rec, 93 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: Bye

1. Green Bay Packers (4-0) Prev: 2

The Pack claims the number one spot this week after Kansas City fell to the Raiders. The Packers were on their bye this week, but they get a big test in Week 6. However, they should be getting Davante Adams back this week, which should give the offense, which had been thriving, even more of a boost.

Next: at Buccaneers