NFL Power Rankings, After Week 5 of the 2019 SeasonRoughly a 1/3 of the way through the regular season, and as usual we see some teams start to show their plans coming to fruition. For 3 quarters, the Packers were the best team on this weekend, they had everything going right. Buffalo continues to show their defense is on a par with the best, and the Saints continue to win without Drew Brees. The Raiders 2nd win in a row was an eye catcher as well.
The combined record of the Patriots opponents this year, minus the Bills, is 1-17. Hell, with the Bills its 5-18. Here comes the 2-3 Giants.
The cupcake schedule continues. But they show up each week and play the right way. The one tough game at least showed they can be tested.
Next: NY Giants
For how dominant they were for 3 quarters at Dallas, they deserve this spot. That was very impressive. The schedule gets tougher in the 2nd half, and maybe Dallas is being exposed as a pretender, but for at least this week, the Pack is definitely back. Great gameplan and execution
Why won't the top tens files call up the 'Niners logo all the sudden? I'll add it later... The Monday night win over the Browns keeps the 'Niners ahead of Sea and LAR in the NFC West. they still have the 4 games against those 2, and obviously those will be pivotal.
Next: @ LA Rams
Beat Tampa Bay, and I think its obvious the Bucs are better. Saints will be a load when Brees returns I think, and continue to find ways to win. Bridgewater had a very good game. Interesting fact: Mike Evans has 2 games in his career when he's been totally shut out, no catches. Both have come against the Saints
Next: @ Jacksonville
The Colts went into that hornets nest and completely quieted that crowd, no small feat. Great gameplan, and the Chiefs have work to do, especially run defense. They won't go very far in January if they can't stop the run.
Some offensive coordinator will eventually find some holes in this defense, that usually happens, but at the moment Buffalo is a force. Playing just well enough on offense to take advantage of the good field position supplied by their defense. It definitely hurt the Titans chances that their kicker, Cairo Santos, missed on all 4 of his FG attempts, tying the most misses in an NFL game since the merger.
Tough team to figure out, but they hang tough in games, then Wilson works his magic towards the end. They'll have to become a more well rounded team to hang with the NFC's elite teams, but they have the players to pull it off.
Next: @ Cleveland
Its true the star-crossed Jets are not a good enough team to gauge yourselves against, but the talented Eagles appear to have the ship righted. The games against the Cowboys now have added incentive for Philadelphia, given the Cowboys recent struggles.
Next: @ Minnesota
It truly was difficult to include this team after that choke job. But lets face it, they have the talent and coaching to easily stay relevant in the NFC West, and the NFL as a whole.
Next: San Francisco
Great job Colts. Great game plan to slow the Chiefs juggernaut passing game. The 10th spot this week came down to the Colts, Raiders, Texans, Lions, Bears, Ravens, Cowboys, Panthers and Vikings. The Colts had the most impressive win of this group. Although the Raiders caught everyones attention as well.
I gotta believe the recent struggles are directly tied to injuries on the O-line. Once they get healthy there, I believe they become very good again.
We have a very small amount of time to continue to call them the Oakland Raiders, as they soon will move to Las Vegas. Just thought I'd take the opportunity to mention that. For many, it must seem like just another greedy sports team moving to a more prosperous environment, and while that is undeniable, it does make me a little sad for the fans in Oakland, who have already endured the team moving once to Los Angeles, before returning to Oakland.