Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 5: Cardinals’ tumble continues
Week 4 was a weird one in the NFL.
The league had to postpone one game until later in the season (which was a bummer because it was supposed to pit two undefeated teams against each other) and move another to Monday night.
But some constants held up. The Kansas City Chiefs are really strong and have relished their role as defending Super Bowl champions with an unspectacular but thorough beating of the Patriots. Because of this, Kansas City stays atop the pecking order for Week 5.
Other undefeated squads are looking almost as strong, thanks to quarterback play. Seattle, Green Bay and Buffalo all kept the zero in the loss column with tremendous performances from Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Josh Allen, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals turned in an almost lifeless effort against Carolina, and fall into the 20s for this week’s rankings.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) —
Built to win games now without Mahomes having to be super-human.
2. Seattle Seahawks (4-0) —
Wilson on pace for 64 touchdown passes this year.
3. Green Bay Packers (4-0) —
Rodgers with 13 TDs and no picks through the first four games.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) —
Having their bye week moved up probably won’t prove ideal.
5. Buffalo Bills (4-0) ▲1
Allen is really good, his receiving corps loves making plays for him.
6. Baltimore Ravens (3-1) ▼1
Nice bounce-back win over Washington.
7. Tennessee Titans (3-0) —
It’ll be interesting to see how hard they’ll get penalized by the NFL after the rash of coronavirus cases.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) —
The Bucs have had nine pick-sixes against them since the start of 2019 and two from Tom Brady this year.
9. Los Angeles Rams (3-1) ▲2
It wasn’t pretty, but they’ll take the win over the Giants.
10. Indianapolis Colts (3-1) ▲3
Colts have allowed just 29 points during their three-game streak.
11. New Orleans Saints (2-2) ▲3
Drew Brees looked just fine against Detroit, thank you.
12. Cleveland Browns (3-1) ▲4
Browns averaging almost 40 a game over their last three contests.
13. New England Patriots (2-2) ▼3
Isn’t a veteran like Brian Hoyer supposed to know end-of-half scenarios?
14. San Francisco 49ers (2-2) ▼4
George Kittle is back, but Nick Mullen’s pick-six was one of the worst ever.
15. Chicago Bears (3-1) ▼3
Maybe start Mitchell Trubisky, then bring in Nick Foles in the the third quarter?
16. Carolina Panthers (2-2) ▲3
They’re 2-0 without Christian McCaffrey … you figure it out.
17. Las Vegas Raiders (2-2) —
Derek Carr is sick of losing. Jon Gruden is sick of wearing a mask.
18. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2-1) ▲7
Yes, they’re in first place with one win through four games.
19.Arizona Cardinals (2-2) ▼1
Washed away all the good from a 2-0 start with losses to Lions and Panthers.
20. Minnesota Vikings (1-3) ▲7
The offense is starting to get cranked up a bit; 437 yards per game over the last two.
21. Dallas Cowboys (1-3) ▼6
Cowboys are one botched onside recovery away from 0-4.
22. Detroit Lions (1-3) ▼1
Matt Patricia angered a lot of people by saying he had a lot of work to do when he took over the job.
23. Los Angeles Chargers (1-3) —
Three straight losses by a total of 15 points, but rookie quarterback Justin Herbert looks like the real deal early on.
24. Miami Dolphins (1-3) ▼5
Can we see Tua already?
25. Cincinnati Bengals (1-2-1) ▲3
Joe Burrow got the first of what could be many wins.
26. Denver Broncos (1-3) ▲3
They beat the Jets, but I’m still not sure Vic Fangio is an NFL head coach.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) ▼5
That Week 1 win over Indy seems like years ago.
28. Washington Football Team (1-3) ▼4
Ron Rivera is one tough dude.
29. Atlanta Falcons (0-4) ▼1
Being 0-4 after starting 1-7 last year? Quinn’s seat is hot.
30. Houston Texans (0-4) ▼4
Why empower Bill O’Brien to that degree and fire him after four weeks?
31. New York Giants (0-4) —
The Giants have less points on the season than the Browns had Sunday.
32. New York Jets (0-4) —
Adam Gase deserves all the criticism he got for his handling of Sam Darnold and Mekhi Becton.