NFL Power Rankings – Week 5. Cardinals Remain Unbeaten.

NFL Power Rankings – Week 5. Cardinals Remain Unbeaten.
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Another new team at the top of our NFL Power Rankings heading into week 5!

Week 5 sees last week‘s chart topper fall, while the Chargers and Bills showed that they really are Super Bowl contenders.

Here are our NFL Power Rankings going into week 5!

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1 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons ARIZONA CARDINALS 4-0
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3 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons BUFFALO BILLS3-1
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5 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons CLEVELAND BROWNS3-1
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8 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons BALTIMORE RAVENS3-1
9 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons DALLAS COWBOYS3-1
10 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons KANSAS CITY CHIEFS2-2
11 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons LAS VEGAS RAIDERS3-1
12 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons SEATTLE SEAHAWKS2-2
13 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons CINCINNATI BENGALS3-1
14 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS2-2
15 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons CAROLINA PANTHERS3-1
16 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons DENVER BRONCOS3-1
17 File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia Commons NEW ORLEANS SAINTS2-2
18 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons TENNESSEE TITANS2-2
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21 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS1-3
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NFL POWER RANKINGS ANALYSIS

TOP HALF

Kyler Murray takes the Cardinals to the top of the NFL Power Rankings
Image Credit: AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

We have new leaders at the top of our NFL Power Rankings for the second week running. The Arizona Cardinals are the only unbeaten team remaining in the NFL and Kyler Murray is performing like a future league MVP!

All eyes were on Foxborough for the Return of Tom Brady. The Bucs left with a win, but were unable to put on a show due to the weather in New England.

The Bills shut out the Texans in what was a depressing performance for Houston, while the Chargers continued to show they should be contenders into the post-season with a win in a difficult atmosphere at So-Fi Stadium. Keeping every team they have played to their lowest points total on the season, the Bolts are ready to charge.

The Cowboys are also a team who continue to impress and should be a shoe in to win the NFC East and make the playoffs.

3 previously unbeaten teams fall entering week 5.

The Broncos were put to the sword by the Ravens. Having played 3 teams who were 0-9 combined, the Broncos needed to answer whether they were the real deal or whether their record was subject to their opposition. Draw your own conclusions.

The Panthers, on the other hand, were able to put up points on the Cowboys, but ultimately couldn’t keep the Cowboys from riding away with the win. With Stephon Gilmore now on board, the Panthers’ defence will be purring.

The Raiders also fall. So-Fi stadium felt like a home game for the Raiders on their return to LA, but they couldn’t keep the Chargers defensive front from attacking Derek Carr.

BOTTOM HALF

Ben Roethlisberger
Image Credit: stillcurtain.com

The Steelers continue to crash and burn and appear to be in free fall after their week 1 win. As do the Dolphins who don’t look the same with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback.

The Atlanta Falcons found a way to lose again. No surprise there. All the signs are that the Falcons roster is in far worse shape than expected. Flying to London to take on the Jets in week 5, Zach Wilson will be looking to put on a show!

The curse on New York seems to be lifted with both the Jets and the Giants getting victories in overtime. It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win. The teams they beat, the Titans and the Saints respectively, also sit in the bottom half.

Chicago were improved in week 4 and have now named rookie QB Justin Fields as their starter going forward. It’s a bold call by Matt Nagy and the Bears’ front office to let Fields learn on the job, especially given the state of their offensive line.

Despite a loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Vikings don’t actually look in too bad of a shape. Kirk Cousins is putting up good numbers and is flying under the radar. Ultimately, it’s the wins and losses that count and Minnesota need to start winning soon.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse in Jacksonville, last week happened. That is now a 19 game losing streak for the Jaguars and with a matchup against the Titans this week, It doesn’t show any sign of stopping.

Who are you higher on and who are you lower on? Let us know what you think of our NFL Power Rankings over on Twitter @NinetynineYards and @Owain_Jones_

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