2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 5

matt-ryan-falconsSix teams remain unbeaten going into Week 5 of the 2015 NFL season. See which of these teams has surprised everybody and continues shooting up the power rankings. Also check out our Week 4 power rankings here.

1. New England Patriots (3-0); bye week, same spot – No team has been as dominant as the Patriots so far. They sport a plus-49 point differential through 3 games.

2. Green Bay Packers (4-0); beat San Francisco 49ers, same spot – Not the typical offensive explosion that we’ve seen from the Packers, but their defense was excellent.

3. Denver Broncos (4-0); beat Minnesota Vikings 23-20, up 1 spot – The Broncos are officially a defensive team, leading the league with 18 sacks, and 11 different players recording at least 1 sack.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-0); beat Kansas City Chiefs 36-21, up 1 spot – Is this a new Andy Dalton? He’s averaging over 10 yards per pass attempt and not turning the ball over.

carson-palmer-arizona5. Arizona Cardinals (3-1); lost to St. Louis 24-22, down 2 spots – Arizona was shocked at home, and this was Carson Palmer’s first loss since the 2013 season.

6. Atlanta Falcons (4-0); beat Houston Texans 48-21, up 2 spots – In just four games, Devonta Freeman has more rushing TD’s (7) than any Falcons back has had total since 2012.

7. Seattle Seahawks (2-2); beat Detroit Lions 13-10, down 1 spot – Seattle has the talent to be here, but somehow they’ve failed to manage an interception or rushing TD.

8. Carolina Panthers (4-0); beat Tampa Bay 37-23, up 3 spots – The Panthers have yet to beat anybody noteworthy, but their schedule heats up against the Seahawks in Week 6.

9. New York Jets (3-1); beat Miami Dolphins 27-14, up 6 spots – Most thought the Bills or Dolphins would be the second-best team in the AFC East; but it looks like the Jets are it.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2); lost to Baltimore 23-20 (OT), down 2 spots  – Pittsburgh needs to stay afloat until Big Ben gets back from injury.

11. Buffalo Bills (2-2); lost to NY Giants 24-10, down 2 spots – The one thing that’s killing the Bills this year: 58 penalties – 12 more than any other team at this point.

andrew-luck-playoffs12. Indianapolis Colts (2-2); beat Jacksonville 16-13, down 2 spots – Indy saved their season with this win, but Andrew Luck is still questionable for the Texans game.

13. Kansas City Chiefs (1-3); lost to Cincinnati Bengals 36-21, down 1 spot – Kansas City has played an absolutely brutal early season schedule. Their last-ranked defense shows it too since they’re giving up 31.3 PPG.

14. Dallas Cowboys (2-2); lost to New Orleans 26-20, down 1 spot – All the attention is on QB Brandon Weeden, but the defense has allowed 438.0 yards per game over the last two contests.

15. New York Giants (2-2); beat Buffalo Bills 24-10, up 6 spots – The Giants looked for real after dominating a tough Bills team on the road.

16. St. Louis Rams (2-2); beat Arizona Cardinals 24-22, up 6 spots – As his 164 rushing yards showed, Todd Gurley finally gives this offense the dimension they’ve been missing.

17. San Diego Chargers (2-2); beat Cleveland Browns 30-27, same spot – San Diego gets a boost this week with Antonio Gates coming off suspension.

adrian-peterson-201518. Minnesota Vikings (2-2); lost to Denver 23-20, down 2 spots – It’s not hard to see Minnesota likes playing at home: they’ve lost five straight road games and won as many straight at home.

19. Baltimore Ravens (1-3); beat Pittsburgh 23-20, up 5 spots – Justin Forsett finally got back to where he left off last year with 150 rushing yards.

20. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3); lost to Washington Redskins 23-20, down 4 spots  – Philadelphia just can’t seem to string together consistent quarters; they’ve failed to score a point in half of 16 quarters played.

21. Oakland Raiders (2-2); lost to Chicago Bears 22-20, down 2 spots – The Raiders failed to take a big step up with the loss to Chicago.

22. New Orleans Saints (1-3); beat Dallas 26-20, up 2 spots – The Saints are allowed the most yards per play, but if their offense doesn’t turn the ball over, like last Sunday, they can win.

23. Washington Redskins (2-2); beat Philadelphia 23-20, up 8 spots – A perennial loser before this year, Kirk Cousins now has a .500 record this season.

24. Detroit Lions (0-4); lost to Seattle 13-10, down 4 spots – The Lions prove that you need something of a running game to succeed.

25. Houston Texans (1-3); lost to Atlanta 48-21, down 2 spots – Brian Hoyer could be taking back the starting job after this beating.

ndamukong-suh-dolphins26. Miami Dolphins (1-3); lost to NY Jets 27-14, down 8 spots – The worst has happened…the Dolphins can’t bottom out much more than this.

27. Chicago Bears (1-3); beat Oakland 22-20, up 5 spots – Robbie Gould is 9-for-9 on field goals, including the game winner here.

28. San Francisco (1-3); lost to Green Bay 17-3, down 2 spots – Voices are growing louder for Colin Kaepernick to take a seat.

29. Cleveland Browns (1-3); lost to San Diego 30-27, down 2 spots – As their season continues going downhill, they might as well give Manziel another try.

30. Tennessee Titans (1-2); bye week, up 1 spot – Marcus Mariota must avoid sacks from here on out; he’s been sacked on 10.6% of his dropbacks.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3); lost to Carolina 37-23, down 3 spots – Jamies Winston and Mike Evans have only connected on 10-of-28 throws, with three of these being INTs.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3); lost to Indianapolis 16-16, down 2 spots – Amazingly, the Jaguars could have been leading the AFC South if they’d won.

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