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)

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