The Depth Chart: 2013 NFL Week 5 Power Rankings
October 2nd, 2013 - 12:32 pm
Here’s a look at my NFL power rankings for Week 5 of the 2013 season.
RANK. TEAM NAME (PREVIOUS RANK)(RECORD)
- Denver Broncos (1)(4-0) — Some rankings have Seahawks higher, but Manning would crush them. Best team in league.
- Seattle Seahawks (2)(4-0) — Had a scare against Texans but fought back for the big win.
- New England Patriots (3)(4-0) — Stayed perfect with big road win over Atlanta.
- New Orleans Saints (4)(4-0) — Saints are cruising right now behind well-rounded team. Bears have tough home matchup this week.
- Indianapolis Colts (8)(3-1) — Colts crushed the lowly Jaguars, but have looked solid even well before that.
- San Francisco 49ers (11)(2-2) — Pounded the Rams on Thursday night. Kaepernick looked better.
- Kansas City Chiefs (14)(4-0) — Somebody break up the Chiefs. Unbelievable start for Andy Reid’s new squad.
- Chicago Bears (5)(3-1) — Lost to the Lions on the road, but still a better football team.
- Miami Dolphins (7)(3-1) — Couldn’t keep up with the Saints on the road in their first loss.
- Green Bay Packers (13)(1-2) — Moved up during their bye week. Lots of bad around the league from the upper-level teams.
- Detroit Lions (16)(3-1) — Smacked the Bears around at home and looking like a better team than originally predicted by league observers.
- Cincinnati Bengals (6)(2-2) — Embarrassing loss to the lowly Browns is not looking good for them.
- Baltimore Ravens (9)(2-2) — Somehow lost to the Bills on the road. Flacco (5 INTs) looks like he’s earning every dollar of that $20 million contract … or not.
- Houston Texans (10)(2-2) — Had an upset victory over the Seahawks in hand but choked it away.
- Atlanta Falcons (12)(1-3) — Injuries are really hurting this team. Lost a close game to a better Patriots team.
- San Diego Chargers (19)(2-2) — Looking a lot better than many expected them to be. Knocked off the Cowboys at home.
- Tennessee Titans (18)(3-1) — Off to an impressive, 3-1 start to the season. Drubbed the Jets.
- Dallas Cowboys (15)(2-2) — Fell to the Chargers this week. This team led by “franchise” quarterback Tony Romo, will continue to live in mediocrity.
- Buffalo Bills (22)(2-2) — Big home win over the Ravens this week.
- Philadelphia Eagles (17)(1-3) — Remember this team’s Week 1 offensive explosion? Three straight losses since.
- Washington Redskins (20)(1-3) — Picked up their first victory of the season against a lowly Raiders team.
- St. Louis Rams (21)(1-3) — Talented football team but still can’t put it all together.
- Cleveland Browns (27)(2-2) — Can’t really believe I’m ranking them this high (because they’re not better than most teams below this) but they’ve earned it.
- Carolina Panthers (23)(1-2) — Stand pat after a bye week.
- Arizona Cardinals (25)(2-2) — Knocked off the struggling Buccaneers.
- Minnesota Vikings (28)(1-3) — Took out the Steelers in London for their first victory.
- New York Jets (24)(2-2) — Lost to a better Titans team by a wide margin.
- Oakland Raiders (31)(1-3) — Really haven’t done much to earn this ranking, but the teams below them have surely earned lower ranks.
- New York Giants (26)(0-4) — Unbelievable bad start for this team. Not looking good.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (29)(0-4) — Another team, like the Giants, who are surprisingly winless at this point.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30)(0-4) — Quarterback issues never equal success.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (32)(0-4) — Yikes.