With the NFL season now a quarter of the way over, we have five teams that remain undefeated. The Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs.
While my top two teams remain the same, there has been some shifting in the top five. Both the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots moved up a spot in the rankings, while the undefeated Chiefs have cracked their way into the top five. The Detroit Lions also found their way into the top ten this week after a huge win against the Chicago Bears this past Sunday.
Here are last week’s rankings. Below are my rankings for week 5 of the NFL season. Don’t forget to leave your opinions and comments below and also make sure you check back every Wednesday as I will continue update the rankings each week.
Number 1: Seattle Seahawks (4-0) – Last Week 1
Despite being down by 20-3 headed into halftime, the undefeated Seahawks were able to find their way back into the game against a good Texans team in Houston, winning 23-20 in overtime.
Number 2: Denver Broncos (4-0) – Last Week 2
Peyton Manning and this Broncos offense is scary good. Once they get back Von Miller and Champ Bailey they might actually be unstoppable.
Number 3: New Orleans Saints (4-0) – Last Week 4
After an impressive performance on Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins, the Saints exerted themselves as contenders in not only the NFC, but the entire league.
Number 4: New England Patriots (4-0) – Last Week 5
The Patriots continue to find ways to win football games. However, despite the huge win in Atlanta, New England has lost arguably their best defensive player, Vince Wilfork.
Number 5: Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) – Last Week 9
This is by far the most surprising team of the season. Andy Reid has this team playing phenomenal football. They’re playing very efficiently and have a +9 which ties them for first place in the league. If Alex Smith can continue to play the way he has been playing, this team can make some noise in the AFC.
Number 6: Chicago Bears (3-1) – Last Week 3
Even though the Bears defense has been good all year, they got torched by Reggie Bush and the Detroit Lions. Now they must take on a Saints team that just scored 38 points against an above average Dolphins unit.
Number 7: Indianapolis Colts (3-1) – Last Week – 8
Winning back-to-back road games in this league is quite impressive (even if one of them is Jacksonville). The Colts will be battle tested this week at home, as they will take on the Seattle Seahawks. This is a huge statement game for Indy.
Number 8: Miami Dolphins (3-1) – Last Week 7
Despite the fact that the Dolphins were completely dominated on Monday Night by the Saints, the Dolphins are still poised to make a run at the playoffs. Now they will take on the Ravens at home, who have been quite inconsistent this season.
Number 9: Detroit Lions (3-1) – Last Week 16
Reggie Bush has been such a huge acquisition for this offense this season. At 3-1, the Lions are tied for first place in a division that features the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers.
Number 10: San Francisco 49’ers (2-2) – Last Week 14
The 49’ers proved to everyone last week against the Rams that everything will be okay. They played tough, physical football en route to their first win in three weeks.
Number 11: Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) – Last Week 6
The Bengals took a huge step back this past weekend. Andy Dalton needs to step it up. This offense has been way too inconsistent and predictable. They have the talent and the pieces to win, they just need to figure out how to get that done.
Number 12: Houston Texans (2-2) – Last Week 10
Texan fans were so mad with Schuab’s performance late in Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks that they felt the need to burn his jersey in the parking lot. Now they have to try and bounce back on the road in San Francisco.
Number 13: Green Bay Packers (1-2) – Last Week 11
Coming off a bye week, the Packers must find a way to win this week’s game against the first place Lions. They can’t fall too far behind in a tough NFC North.
Number 14: Baltimore Ravens (2-2) – Last Week 12
Joe Flacco threw five interceptions this past week, largely in part of their inability to run the football. Going up against the Dolphins defense on the road is not going to be an easy task for defending champs.
Number 15: Tennessee Titans (3-1) – Last Week 17
Even with a 3-1 start, I am not as high on the Titans as everyone else. They have to continue to play turnover free football, however, the loss of Jake Locker is going to significantly hurt this team.
Number 16: Dallas Cowboys (2-2) – Last Week 15
I don’t understand how a team with such great talent can be so inconsistent. The pass defense was brutal last week against Philip Rivers and now they have to try and stop Peyton Manning.