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NFL Week 5 Power Rankings: Eagles Soar into the Top 5

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Entering Week 5 because the only undefeated team within the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles have finally climbed into the highest five of The Ringer’s weekly NFL power rankings. No offense within the NFL has the next floor right away, and quarterback Jalen Hurts continues to recuperate each week. The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Chargers are each clinging to top-10 spots after improving to 2-2 with much-needed wins in Week 4. However the top two spots remain unchanged: the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs are the league’s only powerhouses through 4 weeks. Featuring the 2 best quarterbacks in football right away, Buffalo and Kansas City entered the season at no. 1 and no. 2, respectively, and haven’t budged.

The Better of the Best

1. Buffalo Bills (3-1 | last week’s rating: 1)

Josh Allen is the perfect player within the NFL right away. After trailing the Ravens 14-3 in the beginning of the second quarter, Allen accomplished 16-of-27 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 62 yards and one other rating in the ultimate three quarters of the sport, helping the Bills secure a 23-20 comeback win on the road.

Allen ranks third in EPA per dropback (0.26) behind Patrick Mahomes and Tua Tagovailoa, while the Bills rank second within the NFL in total points allowed (58) and yards per play allowed (4.23). We likely won’t know if any team is healthier than the Bills until they travel to Arrowhead to square off against the Chiefs in Week 6.


2. Kansas City Chiefs (3-1 | last week: 2)

I’m legitimately frightened of the versions of Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid we saw against the Bucs on Sunday Night Football in Week 4. Mahomes took three sacks and threw a fourth-quarter interception, but every little thing else was just sensational. The offense was truly firing on all cylinders (because it has been all season), and it was hard to even make sense of all of it at times against top-of-the-line defenses within the NFL.

3. Green Bay Packers (3-1 | last week: 3)

Sure, they went to extra time against a Patriots team that played its second- and third-string quarterbacks, however the Packers were quite obviously the higher team on Sunday. The defense gave up some shots on play-action, rookie Romeo Doubs fumbled the ball and dropped what would have been a go-ahead touchdown late within the fourth quarter, and Aaron Rodgers made a boneheaded end-of-half throw that resulted in a pick-six. The excellent news is Rodgers otherwise played at the extent we’re accustomed to, and wide receiver Allen Lazard and running back Aaron Jones picked up the slack as needed—the duo combined for 231 yards on 25 touches. Don’t overreact to the close game; the Packers are still the team to beat within the NFC ahead of the Eagles (for now).

4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-0 | last week: 7)

Week 4 showed us that there may be just a lot margin for error with this Eagles team. Jalen Hurts was late throwing a crossing route early in the primary quarter, and the ball was ultimately intercepted for a pick-six. That mistake contributed to a 14-0 first-quarter hole within the pouring rain at home. But Hurts and the Eagles proved too talented and too well-coached for any early deficit to matter. Miles Sanders rushed for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns, and linebacker Haason Reddick recorded two sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries within the Eagles’ 29-21 comeback win over Jacksonville. After withstanding a slow start from Hurts and surviving the unforgiving weather against a very good Jaguars team, the Eagles appear like a team that’s built to last.


Deep Postseason Contenders

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2 | last week: 4)

Tampa Bay fumbled the opening kickoff, and Travis Kelce strolled into the top zone to place the Chiefs up 7-0, all in the primary 45 seconds of the sport. The Buccaneers never recovered. They still managed to attain 17 first-half points and finished the sport with 31—their highest output of the season—but Tom Brady and the offense just couldn’t go strike for strike with Patrick Mahomes.

The Buccaneers defense, even after allowing 41 to Mahomes and Co. on Sunday night, still ranks top-five in yards per play allowed (4.79) and defensive EPA per play (0.12). And though Brady doesn’t appear to be having as much fun as he probably hoped coming out of retirement, he’s playing well enough for the Buccaneers to still be considered contenders.

6. Baltimore Ravens (2-2 | last week: 5)

Lamar Jackson is having to do that alone. The Ravens are completely depending on his heroics each week to win football games. This week, Jackson was failed by his coaches. After going 12-of-16 for 108 yards and a touchdown in the primary half, Jackson accomplished just eight passes for 36 yards and threw two picks within the second half against Buffalo. The Bills adjusted; Greg Roman didn’t. The longtime NFL offensive coordinator just isn’t putting Jackson (or the Ravens’ other skill players) ready to succeed or capitalize on easy offense.

7. Miami Dolphins (3-1 | last week: 6)

The largest story line coming out of the Dolphins’ 27-15 loss to the Bengals is just how poorly the NFL and the team handled Tua Tagovailoa’s Week 3 injury against the Bills and the next concussion Tagovailoa suffered 4 days later, Thursday night in Cincinnati. Head coach Mike McDaniel announced Monday Tagovailoa will miss the team’s Week 5 matchup against the Jets.

Teddy Bridgewater will get the beginning against Latest York. McDaniel’s offense is explosive and artistic enough to survive Bridgewater being a step back in timing and accuracy from Tua, but Tagovailoa will have to be the healthy starting quarterback for Miami if their deep postseason aspirations will ring true.

It should be interesting to look at the betting line on this game throughout the week, as last week’s line shifted from Bengals -1 to Bengals -3.5 even before Tagovailoa’s injury. The Dolphins opened as 3.5-point favorites on the road against the Jets.

Playoff Competitive

8. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2 | last week: 10)

The Bengals must be 4-0. Slow starts and bizarre miscues in weeks 1 and a pair of against the Steelers and Cowboys, once they were outscored 34-9 in the primary halves of those games combined, cost Cincinnati two games they were favored to win. As an alternative, they’re just 2-2, riding back-to-back wins against the Jets and Dolphins and their backup quarterbacks.

Joe Burrow is handling pressure higher every week, and the defense enters Week 5 ranked sixth in EPA per play. Burrow ranks second in EPA per dropback (0.25) over the past two weeks, and he ranks fifth in the identical stat on pressured dropbacks. Head coach Zac Taylor is still (very rightfully) under fire for questionable play calling and fourth-down decisions, but Burrow and Co. are greater than talented enough to beat his shortcomings just as they did on their technique to a Super Bowl last season.

9. Los Angeles Chargers (2-2 | last week: 9)

Week 4 served as a get-right game for the Chargers. Justin Herbert was automatic, Austin Ekeler scored his first three touchdowns of the 2022 season, and, hell, even Jerry Tillery beat a block cleanly for a strip-sack. Even with injuries to edge rusher Joey Bosa and left tackle Rashawn Slater, Los Angeles closed out Week 4 ranked fourth in quarterback pressure rate (43.6 percent) on defense and eleventh in pressure rate allowed (27.5 percent) on offense. The ultimate rating (Chargers 34, Texans 24) was closer than the sport ever was for the Bolts.

Now, let’s not get too drunk on the Chargers Kool-Aid. The Texans are still the worst team within the NFL. Eventually, the injuries to Bosa and Slater will rear their ugly heads against higher teams, and L.A. might want to play near-perfect complementary football to beat them. Herbert, after all, gives them that likelihood.

The 49ers sacked Rams QB Matthew Stafford seven times on Monday night.

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10. San Francisco 49ers (2-2 | last week: 14)

The 49ers defense is legit. On the heels of an absolute gem of a game from defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans against the Rams on Monday Night Football, San Francisco ranks first in yards per play allowed (3.81) and defensive EPA per play (0.19). Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t need to be anything greater than a game manager to maintain the team on target for one more deep postseason run if Ryans and Co. stick with it.

11. Los Angeles Rams (2-2 | last week: 8)

Without Andrew Whitworth, Odell Beckham Jr., and Von Miller, the Rams just don’t have enough star power to beat good football teams right away. The Rams now have two ugly losses, first to the Bills and now the 49ers—two top-10 teams on this list. Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp need to do every little thing for the offense to maneuver the ball, and Aaron Donald is the one player creating consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Los Angeles ranks thirty first in quarterback pressure rate, per TruMedia, and the offense is tied for twenty fifth in EPA per play (-.08).

12. Minnesota Vikings (3-1 | last week: 11)

We’re learning that any time Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen get one-on-one matchups, and if Kirk Cousins is usually protected up front, the Vikings can be uber-competitive. It happened Sunday in London against the Saints. Latest Orleans entered Week 4 dead last in quarterback pressure rate, and that trend continued. Cousins had loads of time, and the Jefferson-Thielen combo won many of the one-on-one matchups with the secondary en path to a combined 18 receptions for 219 yards. Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore shadowed Jefferson for many of the game, and it wasn’t pretty.

Jefferson told the media after the sport just how confident he’s in one-on-one situations in comparison with the double and triple coverage he’s seen in recent weeks. Concerns remain for a way the Vikings’ offense will fare when teams throw multiple defenders at Jefferson and force Cousins and Co. out of their comfort zone, but there’s enough time within the season for first-year head coach Kevin O’Connell to regulate for that and keep the Vikings on target for the postseason.

13. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2 | last week: 13)

Trevor Lawrence turned the ball over five times in bad weather and the Jags still nearly pulled out a win against the one remaining undefeated team within the NFL. Don’t regress to the “lol classic Jags” pondering just yet. Lawrence and Doug Pederson are still on the helm of a really talented, much-improved Jaguars team and share first place within the AFC South with the Titans. Expect a bounceback against the Texans at home in Week 5.

14. Denver Broncos (2-2 | last week: 12)

The Broncos can’t sustain or finish drives right away. The team ranks twenty third in third-down conversion percentage (35 percent), thirtieth in first downs per game (16.5), and dead last in red-zone efficiency (30 percent) through 4 weeks. Adding injury to insult, they’re now without starting running back Javonte Williams for the remaining of the season after he suffered an ACL injury within the Week 4 loss against the Raiders. Quarterback Russell Wilson and first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett need to be on the identical page and recuperate in high-leverage situations like third downs and red zone before they’ll even think in regards to the postseason.

On the Bubble

15. Arizona Cardinals (2-2 | last week: 15)

Kyler Murray gave the Panthers life when he threw a second-quarter pick-six to linebacker Frankie Luvu, but the remaining of the sport went the Cardinals’ way. Arizona scored 23 second-half points to beat Carolina on the road, 26-10, and improve to 2-2 on the season. There isn’t much else to remove from this game, nevertheless. The Cardinals’ offense remains to be too depending on Murray making plays outside of structure to imagine it might be sustainable. And the slow starts are reaching an unfathomable level. The Cardinals enter Week 5 ranked last in point differential (-57) and tied for thirtieth in total points scored (30) in the primary three quarters of games.

Cowboys QB Cooper Rush

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16. Dallas Cowboys (3-1 | last week: 20)

Cooper Rush is keeping the ’Boys alive right away, and I actually can’t imagine it. After a 25-10 win over the Commanders in Week 4, Rush stays undefeated within the NFL as a starter and has the Cowboys tied for second with the Giants within the NFC East. I wrote the Cowboys off after the injury to Dak Prescott within the team’s embarrassing Week 1 loss to the Buccaneers, but Rush and a Micah Parsons-led defense have proved me improper. Dallas still isn’t deep-postseason competitive until Prescott returns to the starting lineup healthy, and there are still concerns with the team’s lackluster receiving corps and offensive line, however the door is open for Dallas to be a surprise playoff contender in January so long as they keep grinding out wins with Rush on the helm.

17. Tennessee Titans (2-2 | last week: 17)

The Titans have won back-to-back games, but their offensive line is in shambles, especially with Taylor Lewan out for the season with a knee injury. Derrick Henry, who ranks twenty eighth among the many 29 backs with 40-plus carries this season in yards before first contact per attempt (0.75), needs to be a superhero every week to get the run game going. And quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been under pressure on 39 percent of dropbacks this season, the third-highest rate within the league. It’s going to be a struggle each week for Tennessee to place up points.

18. Indianapolis Colts (1-2-1 | last week: 16)

The Colts need to protect Matt Ryan and stop turning the ball over in the event that they desire a shot on the postseason. Ryan ranks tenth in EPA per dropback when kept clean, but second-to-last in EPA per dropback when pressured. The offense has also turned the ball over nine times, tied for the second-highest total within the league. Star running back Jonathan Taylor, who suffered an ankle injury last week, is tied for third in carries (81) through 4 games, but his efficiency behind the Colts’ underperforming offensive line is disastrous. He averaged just 2.1 yards per carry within the Week 4 loss against Tennessee and ranks just twentieth in yards per carry (4.05) amongst backs with 40-plus carries on the season. There’s a path to achievement for Indianapolis, but there may be too many obstacles in front of them to truly get there in time to salvage their 1-2-1 start.

19. Latest Orleans Saints (1-3 | last week: 18)

Jameis Winston, Michael Thomas, and Alvin Kamara all missed the sport on Sunday, and Latest Orleans’ defense didn’t win enough of their one-on-one matchups with Minnesota’s talented receiver duo.

Though rookie receiver Chris Olave and running back Latavius Murray, who was elevated off the practice squad, played well enough against Minnesota, the Saints must get healthy and stay healthy in the event that they’re going to stay within the On the Bubble tier on this list. Each side of the ball are talented in Latest Orleans, but the novelty within the coaching staff with Sean Payton gone, the injuries, and now a 1-3 start are all stacking the deck against them.

20. Cleveland Browns (2-2 | last week: 19)

The Browns aren’t built to return from behind, and if opposing teams can get out to leads, because the Falcons did with their 10-0 first-quarter start in Week 4, Jacoby Brissett and the offense will struggle. Cleveland’s ideal offense runs through Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, because the Browns rank first in EPA per rush, per TruMedia, and only fifteenth in EPA per pass. Chubb and Hunt combined for 77 of their 167 total rushing yards within the fourth quarter against Atlanta, however it wasn’t enough. Cleveland must get that duo going earlier to achieve success.

Long-Shot Playoff Hopefuls

21. Las Vegas Raiders (1-3 | last week: 22)

Josh Jacobs and Davante Adams took a torch to the Broncos defense in Week 4. Jacobs hadn’t surpassed 70 rushing yards in a game for the primary three weeks, yet he gashed the Broncos for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. And though Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II was in lockstep with Adams for much of the sport, the Raiders’ star wideout still hauled in nine passes for 101 yards on 13 targets. The Raiders need big games from their stars like Jacobs and Adams in the event that they’re going to beat their porous offensive line and underperforming defense week in and week out. The 1-3 begin to the season still may be too deep for Las Vegas to sneak into the playoffs, however the winning formula is apparent.

22. Latest York Giants (3-1 | last week: 25)

Saquon Barkley leads the NFL in rushing yards (463) and appears reborn while playing for brand spanking new head coach Brian Daboll—and he admirably filled in as a wildcat QB Sunday against the Bears after each of the Giants’ quarterbacks suffered injuries. Daniel Jones’s health can be the Giants’ most significant story line heading into Week 5 against Green Bay in London; if he can’t play, Daboll can have to show to Davis Webb and lean much more heavily on Barkley, who for now seems up for the challenge.

23. Atlanta Falcons (2-2 | last week: 26)

Perhaps no player or unit within the league is exceeding expectations greater than the Falcons’ offensive line. Atlanta leads the NFL in yards before first contact per rush (2.64), in line with PFF/TruMedia. Even with Cordarrelle Patterson sidelined for the subsequent month with a knee injury, the team’s rushing attack should proceed to roll. That success on the bottom combined with a powerful play-action attack (ranked eighth in offensive EPA per play at 0.06 entering Week 5) will keep the Falcons competitive, even when the defense (ranked thirtieth in defensive EPA per play)continues to struggle.

Seahawks QB Geno Smith

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24. Seattle Seahawks (2-2 | last week: 27)

Geno Smith leads the NFL in EPA per play and completion percentage above expected (CPOE) composite through 4 weeks, per RBSDM.com. I sat at my keyboard and skim that back five times just now. That’s absolutely insane.

Smith is running the offense like coordinator Shane Waldron is drawing it up, delivering accurate, on-time passes in and outdoors of play-action with league-leading consistency. And Rashaad Penny is maximizing the Seahawks’ overperforming offensive line and ranks third within the NFL in yards per carry (5.96) entering Week 5. They’re going to be a troublesome out each week.

25. Detroit Lions (1-3 | last week: 21)

In true roller-coaster, fun-to-watch fashion, the Lions lead the NFL in total points scored (140) and points allowed (141). Numerous that offense has been generated when trailing big late in games, specifically against the Eagles last month and most recently against the Seahawks in Week 4, but there’s absolute confidence that this Detroit team can rating. The offense was without leading receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and leading running back D’Andre Swift in Week 4 and still scored a season-high 45 points. It’s an excellent place to be for a rebuilding team still on the lookout for a long-term answer at quarterback. Fans can have fun points and losses in droves as they steer the course toward the Bryce Young/C.J. Stroud sweepstakes in 2023.

26. Latest England Patriots (1-3 | last week: 23)

Matt Patricia called an NFL-low 12 play-action plays through the primary three weeks of the season. With a mix of Brian Hoyer and Bailey Zappe under center in Week 4, he called nine play-action plays against Green Bay. The Pats averaged 10 yards per play on those snaps, which included a touchdown. It still wasn’t enough of a spark to drag out the win for Latest England, however it appears like progress for what has been a clumsy Patricia-led offense to start out the season.

Defensively, rookie cornerback Jack Jones, a fourth-round select of Arizona State, played a career-high 72 defensive snaps and logged a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a pick-six within the Patriots’ Week 4 loss against Green Bay—after which he talked some trash to Aaron Rodgers. It’s a daring move for a rookie, but a vivid spot for a Patriots team that hasn’t had lots of them this season.

27. Washington Commanders (1-3 | last week: 24)

Carson Wentz knows what has to vary if the Commanders are ever going to right the ship with him under center. He told the media after Washington’s Week 4 loss to the Cowboys that he just needs to be higher and more consistent, but those are merely words. The fact is that Wentz has taken more sacks (17) than every other quarterback this season, and he’s tied for second within the league in interceptions (5). He ranks twenty seventh in EPA per dropback (-.10) and is tied for twenty seventh in PFF passing grade (58.8). Any such performance is strictly why I hated the Wentz trade for Washington this offseason, and I don’t see it getting any higher anytime soon.

Bottom of the Barrel

28. Latest York Jets (2-2 | last week: 31)

Zach Wilson is healthy and still playing hectic, anxiety-inducing hero ball, but he was a superhero within the fourth quarter on Sunday against Pittsburgh. Wilson was wildly inaccurate and made head-scratching decisions to start out the sport, averaging -0.51 EPA per dropback through the primary three quarters, which ranked twenty eighth amongst quarterbacks in Week 4. Then, trailing 20-10 within the fourth quarter, Wilson went 10-of-12 for 128 yards and a touchdown to cap the comeback win and improve the Jets’ record to 2-2 on the season. Wilson simply can’t play like he did to start out the sport if the Jets are going to proceed to construct around him long-term, however the fourth-quarter output was a breath of life Latest York desperately needed more of that, and the Jets might be on their way out of the quarterback hell they’ve been stuck in for over a decade.

29. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3 | last week: 28)

Mike Tomlin benched Mitchell Trubisky after the QB took three sacks while going 7-of-13 for 84 scoreless yards and a pick in the primary half against the Jets. Trailing 10-6, rookie Kenny Pickett injected much-needed life into the offense and helped the Steelers construct a 20-10 fourth-quarter lead. Pickett was accurate, on-time, and fearless under pressure—every little thing Trubisky wasn’t this season.

Zach Wilson, nevertheless, outplayed him within the fourth quarter. Pickett threw a costly interception up 20-17 with just below 4 minutes left to play that he later admitted he was attempting to throw quite a bit higher to avoid an interception.

Pickett brought juice to a hapless offense, but that’s not enough. The Steelers are still a good distance away from getting back into the hunt after three consecutive losses.

30. Carolina Panthers (1-3 | last week: 29)

Baker Mayfield doesn’t have it. He isn’t him. He enters Week 5 ranked second-to-last in EPA per dropback amongst quarterbacks with 80 or more dropbacks (-.23), and the one quarterback below him, Trubisky, was benched on the half in Week 4.

Head coach Matt Rhule isn’t even 100% sure if Baker is the starting quarterback of the team, and I’m not even 100% sure how long Rhule stays the top coach. He’s 1-26 in NFL coaching profession in games where opposing teams rating 17 or more points. “Fire Matt Rhule” chants erupted at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, and I’m 100% sure they were warranted.

31. Chicago Bears (2-2 | last week: 30)

For the primary time this season, second-year quarterback Justin Fields didn’t look freaking awful. He entered Week 4 ranked twenty eighth in EPA per dropback (-.14), but made multiple highlight-reel throws en path to a season-high 174 yards and 0 interceptions against the Giants. (The Bears still lost.) The bar needs to be much higher than that if Chicago goes to climb out of the depths of this list and commit to Fields long-term, however it’s a step in the best direction for Fields truthers and Bears faithful alike.

32. Houston Texans (0-3-1 | last week: 32)

The Texans are officially the one winless team within the NFL. They’re not without exciting flashes, just like the 75-yard touchdown run from rookie Dameon Pierce in Week 4, but any success is just too sporadic for the team to shut out games. And you possibly can’t persuade me this isn’t absolutely the best-case scenario for Houston. Every week their probabilities of earning the primary pick within the 2023 NFL draft increase is a large win for a rebuilding Texans team desperate for a quarterback to kick off a legitimate rebuild.

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