Week 5 saw the first NFL bye weeks of the season, but the NFL’s scriptwriters definitely didn’t take the week off.
From Jamaar Chase’s explosion and the Bengals potential get-right game to the 49ers separating themselves from the rest with an absolutely dominant win over Dallas, Week 5 gave us some incredible storylines.
But it also gave us some depressing stories, as several major players were injured and subsequently placed on Injured Reserve, putting players like Vikings star WR Justin Jefferson and flashy Dolphins rookie RB De’von Achane out for a minimum of 4 weeks.
This week’s power rankings fully reflect the chaos and seismic shifts in the greater picture of the NFL.
1. San Francisco 49ers (Prev. 1)
As of this moment, the 49ers are in a class of their own atop the NFL. It looks as though only injuries can stop this team.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (Prev. 2)
It was a weird one in Minnesota as the Chiefs escaped with a win in a one possession game, but Mahomes and Co. got the job done.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (Prev. 5)
The Eagles have started 5-0, and once again possess a dominating roster. The path in the NFC is wide open, and Philadelphia is aiming to take advantage of that.
4. Miami Dolphins (Prev. 6)
After a setback in Buffalo, the Dolphins are once again rolling with another win. Miami is on pace to be one-of-if-not-the best offensive team of all time through the first 5 weeks.
5. Buffalo Bills (Prev. 4)
The Bills offense couldn’t turn it up across the pond, falling to Jacksonville in London on Sunday morning. London games can be odd for anyone, and the Bills should be just fine.
6. Detroit Lions (Prev. 7)
Detroit kept on rolling with a blowout win over the Panthers on Sunday. Dan Campbell’s Lions look like the real deal.
7. Dallas Cowboys (Prev. 3)
The Cowboys were, to put it plainly, humbled on Sunday night football in Santa Clara. Dallas will need to be better on both sides of the ball if they hope to challenge for the NFC crown this season.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars (Prev. 11)
Two weeks in London saw the Jaguars come away with two wins. Jacksonville has momentum back on their side heading into a week 6 matchup with the Colts.
9. Baltimore Ravens (Prev: 8)
The Ravens lost a weird one to the division rival Steelers on Sunday, but the Ravens remain the current favorite in the AFC North.
10. Seattle Seahawks (Prev. 9)
Coming off a bye week.
11. Los Angeles Chargers (Prev. 10)
Coming off a bye week.
12. New Orleans Saints (Prev. 17)
The Saints absolutely dominated a hapless New England squad on Sunday. As star RB Alvin Kamara and the New Orleans run game get rolling, the Saints have a quietly solid squad in a weak NFC.
13. Cincinnati Bengals (Prev. 18)
Ja’maar Chase put the Bengals on his shoulders and carried them to victory on Sunday, racking up 150+ yards and 3 touchdowns. The Bengals may not be all the way back yet- but their performance against the Cardinals is certainly encouraging.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers (Prev. 21)
The Steelers grit their teeth and pulled out a tough 17-10 victory against the Ravens on Sunday. While Pittsburgh isn’t publicly viewed as very threatening, the Steelers defense is good enough to keep them in football games.
15. Indianapolis Colts (Prev. 19)
Despite losing rookie QB Anthony Richardson for an extended period to injury, the Colts are looking good with backup Gardner Minshew, pulling off another win to improve to 3-2 on Sunday.
16. Cleveland Browns (Prev. 16)
Coming off a bye week.
17. Tennessee Titans (Prev. 12)
The Titans are trying to find their way back to their success with the ground and pound, but it has been ineffective thus far. This year’s version of Tennessee feels middling at best.
18. Los Angeles Rams (Prev. 13)
Cooper Kupp came back! The Rams still lost, however, their third loss in 4 games.
19. Tampa Bay (Prev. 14)
Coming off a bye week
20. Green Bay Packers (Prev. 15)
The Packers offense declined to make an appearance against the Raiders on Monday Night Football.
21. Atlanta Falcons (Prev. 23)
They are solid, but the time is not now in Atlanta. Bijan Robinson is special.
22. Houston Texans (Prev. 21)
The Texans are simply too young to threaten this season, but their potential is immense.
23. New York Jets (Prev. 25)
The Jets are, sadly, not that good without Aaron Rodgers, as we feared they would be.
24. Washington Commanders (Prev. 25)
Can’t get a lot more embarrassing than getting blown out by the Bears in primetime.
25. Las Vegas Raiders (Prev. 26)
The Raiders defense looked good on Monday night football- but it could have just been the Packers offensive ineptitude.
26. Arizona Cardinals (Prev. 27)
The Cardinals are better than we expected, but still not very good.
27. New England Patriots (Prev. 24)
This may be the worst Bill Belichick coached team in history. Absolute tire fire in New England.
28. New York Giants (Prev. 28)
The Giants had the unfortunate duty of being the latest sacrificial lamb to the Dolphins offense.
29. Minnesota Vikings (Prev. 27)
Close, but not quite. The 2023 Minnesota Vikings in a nutshell.
30. Chicago Bears (Prev. 32)
They won a game!
31. Carolina Panthers (Prev. 30)
They did not win a game! (And they can’t get Caleb Williams because they traded their first round pick for Bryce Young)
32. Denver Broncos (Prev. 31)
Let’s ride (into the sun so we don’t have to watch the Broncos play football anymore)