The Wentzlvania edition of the rankings features a superstar-in-the-making quarterback, a floundering old signal caller on his way out and a collection of chokers on a team with a bright blue star on their helmets.
Week 5 Power Rankings:
1. Chiefs (5-0); Last week: 1
Raise your hand if you’re still not completely sold on Andy Reid’s club. Sure, the only undefeated in the land deserves a spot on the mountaintop for the second consecutive week, but I’ll feel a lot more confident if Kansas City avenges last year’s divisional round loss to the Steelers this week. Note to Travis Kelce: No dumb penalties, please.
Carson Wentz continues to look like a franchise quarterback.
2. Packers (4-1); Last Week: 3
Who’s more clutch these days than Aaron Rodgers? The man is a freakin’ magician when it matters most. Rodgers’ game-winning drive against the Cowboys was a work of art.
3. Broncos (3-1); Last Week 2
Sorry, Denver. Blame Rodgers for your slide from the No. 2 spot during your bye. The good news: The dumpster fire that is the New York Football Giants comes to Mile High for a Sunday night freebie.
The fearsome Broncos defense gets the putrid Giants up next.
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4. Falcons (3-1); Last Week 6
Sometimes, resting has its privileges. Dan Quinn’s squad climbs two spots coming off their bye. The Dolphins come to town… with a new offensive line coach.
5. Eagles (4-1); Last Week: 9
Philly cracks the Top 5 thanks to the ass-whuppin’ it put on the Cardinals. Don’t look now, but Carson Wentz is playing like a Top 5 quarterback. The second-year trigger man has elevated his game on the money downs.
General manager Howie Roseman is looking like a damn genius for trading up twice to get his man.
6. Patriots (3-2); Last week: 7
I still need visual evidence that New England’s defense actually exists. The Hoodie can thank recently unemployed kicker Nick Folk for beating the Bucs last week. The Evil Empire doesn’t look so scary, but they’re somehow still tied atop the AFC East. A road test against the surprising Jets is on the horizon.
Cam Newton has accouned for seven touchdowns over the past two weeks.
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7. Panthers (4-1); Last Week: 13
Cam Newton is looking more and more like himself, which is scary news for the rest of the NFC South. A fun Thursday night showdown against the Eagles awaits.
8. Lions (3-2); Last Week: 4
Detroit plummets out of the Top 5 after Matthew Stafford took a beating in a home loss to Carolina. The good news: The toothless Saints defense is on the docket this week.
9. Steelers (3-2); Last Week 5
Maybe Big Ben really is close to the finish line. The future Hall of Famer was a pick-six machine in an embarrassing home loss to the Jaguars. By the way, can someone please inform Todd Haley that Le’Veon Bell needs to be fed?
10. Raiders (2-3); Last Week: 8
It seems like ages ago when Oakland held the coveted top spot in the rankings. Three straight losses and an injury to your starting quarterback will do that to a team. Derek Carr (back) is expected to return against the Chargers this week.
11.Buccaneers (2-2); Last Week: 10
It’s okay, Tampa Bay fans. Nick Folk has been replaced.
The Cowboys once again blew a late lead Sunday.
12. Cowboys (2-3); Last Week: 12
How ’bout them Cowboys? Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott can only do so much. Sooner or later, the Dallas D needs to stop blowing double-digit leads. Jerrah’s team will have a week to think about it during their bye.
13. Seahawks (3-2); Last week: Unranked
Pete Carroll & Co. deserve credit for overcoming a 10-point road deficit to beat the Rams and grab a share of the AFC West lead. But questions remain. Many questions. Like that brutal offensive line.
14. Jaguars (3-2); Last week: Unranked
Hard to believe that an NFL team could win by three touchdowns on a day when their quarterback completes eight passes for 95 yards. Thankfully for the Jags, Leonard Fournette is a grown man.
15. Rams (3-2); Last week: 11
Sean McVay’s club drops four spots after losing to Seattle. A road test in Jacksonville is up next.
NOTES: The Bills and Texans dropped out of the Top 15.