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Pro Football Weekly’s Week 5 power rankings

October 3, 2018

Pro Football Weekly’s Power Rankings are updated every Tuesday during the NFL’s regular season and are intended to rank teams based on their talent and performance to date. Rankings will change each week because of personnel changes, injuries and performance, and a team’s ranking in any given week has no impact on where they might rank in weeks to come. Rankings will fluctuate a great deal more the first few weeks of the season as teams seek their levels and schedules balance out. These are PFW’s Power Rankings entering Week 5 of the 2018 season.

Rank / Team / 2018 Record / The Skinny

1. Rams (4-0) — Points scored by week: 33, 34, 35, 38

2. Chiefs (4-0) — Chiefs vs. Rams, Mexico City, Week 11 — best international matchup ever?

3. Jaguars (3-1) — Donte Moncrief already matched his 2017 TD output

4. Panthers (2-1) — Read up on story of DE Efe Obada, it’s great

5. Saints (3-1) — Won on road without Brees going nuclear, get Mark Ingram back now

6. Eagles (2-2) — Just needed one fourth-down stop on three tries in OT to win

7. Patriots (2-2) — But wait, we were told that Sony Michel was no good ...

8. Vikings (1-2-1) — Defensive changes coming? Who’d have thought?

9. Packers (2-1-1) — We’re here for Rodgers passive aggressively calling out McCarthy

10. Ravens (3-1) — They have great distribution in the passing game

11. Chargers (2-2) — Kicker woes? On this team?! Never

12. Bears (3-1) — Largest home blowout since 61-7 thrashing of GB in 1980

13. Dolphins (3-1) — Injuries starting to mount for shorthanded team

14. Bengals (3-1) — Banged-up A.J. Green the difference in huge road win

15. Titans (3-1) — Can’t overlook what they’re doing right now

16. Steelers (1-2-1) — Make-or-break game in Week 5? That’s where we’re at

17. Washington (2-1) — Next two games (at Saints, vs. Panthers) will be telling

18. Bucs (2-2) — Defense suddenly looks like bottom-five unit

19. Broncos (2-2) — Hadn’t blown 10-point 4Q lead in past 65 home games

20. Falcons (1-3) — Points allowed past three home games: 24, 43, 37

21. Seahawks (2-2) — Pyrrhic victory at Arizona with Earl Thomas done for year

22. Cowboys (2-2) — Had they lost to Lions, would Jason Garrett be in trouble?

23. Colts (1-3) — Admire their guts, but brutal loss after they fought back

24. Browns (1-2-1) — Gain six more inches late, and they’re over .500

25. Giants (1-3) — Explosive talent on offense but can’t score points consistently

26. Jets (1-3) — Week 1 win starting to look like serious aberration

27. Lions (1-3) — Had no answers for stopping Ezekiel Elliott late

28. 49ers (1-3) — Lost by two on road with backup QB who showed serious guts

29. Texans (1-3) — Broke NFL’s longest losing streak but got a lot of help

30. Raiders (1-3) — Jared Cook en route to career year at 31, on his fourth team

31. Bills (1-3) — Josh Allen reverted back to Wyoming form at Green Bay

32. Cardinals (0-4) — A bad team, sure, but Josh Rosen’s debut was darned good

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