Before week five started there were five undefeated teams in the National Football League. Now, with week five officially in the books that number has been cut down to three teams; the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and the Kansas City Chiefs. It is not only the undefeated teams that are making headlines. Teams such as the Houston Texans and the Atlanta Falcons have been in the headlines, but not for good reasons. After both Houston and Atlanta making a near Super Bowl berth last year, they have both faltered this season.
Another team that has made huge strides this season are the Indianapolis Colts. After a week two loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Colts have really picked up their play, winning 3 straight games. What is more impressive is who they were able to beat. Other than the Jaguars, the Colts have been able to conquer the San Francisco 49′ers and the Seattle Seahawks. With two huge wins the Colts have really put the AFC on notice.
With some big games on the slate this week such as the Packers at Baltimore and New Orleans at New England, we are definitely in store for yet another great week in the NFL. Here are my Power Rankings headed into week six. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below! Also, make sure you check back every Tuesday as I will continue my Power Rankings throughout the season.
Number 1: Denver Broncos (5-0) – Last Week 2
After being the number 2 team in my rankings all season the Denver Broncos jump to number one after a shootout win against the Cowboys. Can anyone stop Peyton Manning?
Number 2: New Orleans Saints (5-0) – Last Week 3
Three straight wins against teams with a winning record. Much like the Broncos, the Saints offense is a nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators.
Number 3: Seattle Seahawks (4-1) – Last Week 1
The Seahawks fall down to number 3 after suffering their first loss of the season. Seattle’s consecutive regular season win streak has finally been snapped.
Number 4: Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) – Last Week 5
Another week, another win for the Kansas City Chiefs. I think it’s time to stop saying they are a surprise team. They’re not. They’re for real.
Number 5: Indianapolis Colts (4-1) – Last Week 7
Other than the loss to the Dolphins, the Colts have really impressed in all of their games. If Andrew Luck continues playing like this don’t be surprised to see a Manning/Luck AFC Championship game. Wouldn’t that be something else?
Number 6: New England Patriots (4-1) – Last Week 4
Tom Brady’s consecutive game with a passing touchdown was stopped at 52 games. The offense did not look good against the Bengals. Good luck defeating the Saints while scoring 6 points.
Number 7: San Francisco 49′ers (3-2) – Last Week 10
The 49′ers completely dominated the Houston Texans on Sunday Night football. I think the 49′ers are back from their two week vacation.
Number 8: Chicago Bears (3-2) – Last Week 6
Two straight losses for the Bears has Chicago reeling. In their defense their past two opponents have a combined record of 8-2.
Number 9: Green Bay Packers (2-2) – Last Week 13
The Packers won a much needed victory this past Sunday against their in division rival, Detroit Lions. However, the loss of Clay Matthews for a month can severely hurt them. Next up, the Ravens.
Number 10: Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) – Last Week 11
Much like Green Bay, the Bengals won a huge game this past week. Dalton needs to continue his development if this team wants to do anything in the AFC.
Number 11: Baltimore Ravens (3-2) – Last Week 14
An impressive win for the Ravens on the road against a good Miami team. A win this week against Green Bay would be a huge step forward for Baltimore.
Number 12: Detroit Lions (3-2) – Last Week 9
Calvin Johnson not playing definitely had a huge factor into the poor performance by the offense. They need him out there.
Number 13: Miami Dolphins (3-2) – Last Week 8
After a 3-0 start the Miami Dolphins have come back down to Earth. They still have a really good young core of players. They just need to figure out what to do with the line. The bye week came at a perfect time.
Number 14: Dallas Cowboys (2-3) – Last Week 16
The Cowboys proved to everyone this past Sunday that they can hang with the big boys. Despite a great showing by Romo, everyone is unfairly criticizing him for one late mistake. Despite the loss they move up two spots since they have been the only team that has been able to keep up with the Broncos.
Number 15: Tennessee Titans (3-2) – Last Week 15
Even with the loss of their starting quarterback the Titans remained competitive against a really good Chiefs team. If they can continue to play good defense they can survive until Locker comes back.
Number 16: Cleveland Browns (3-2) – Last Week 21
Wow. I can’t believe the Browns have pulled off three straight victories. However, the team now will have to turn back to Brandon Weeden. Can he turn his season around?