NFL Week 5 Power Rankings

1. Denver Broncos (5-0)
1. Denver Broncos (5-0)
The recipe for beating Denver is simple: Score early, score often and don’t throw fourth-quarter interceptions. Yeah, real simple. The Broncos have scored 103 points in their last two games – more points than 11 teams have scored all season.
2. New Orleans Saints (5-0)
2. New Orleans Saints (5-0)
The Saints won in Chicago for the first time since 2000, and the game wasn’t nearly as close as the 26-18 final indicates. Like it, love it or hate it, this is the best team in the NFC. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
3. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)
3. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 6: Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs scrambles against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
4. Indianapolis Colts (4-1)
4. Indianapolis Colts (4-1)
Statement win for Andrew Luck and the Colts, who trailed 12-0 early but held Seattle scoreless in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
5. San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
5. San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
The 49ers have won their last two games by a combined 69-14, during which they’ve rushed for a combined 396 yards.. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
6. Seattle Seahawks (4-1)
6. Seattle Seahawks (4-1)
Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson both rushed for 102 yards against Indy, but the defense and special teams were both below average. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
7. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2)
7. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2)
The Bengals have scored just one touchdown in their last two games, but the defense is legit, as Tom Brady was held without a touchdown for the first time in 52 games. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
8. New England Patriots (4-1)
8. New England Patriots (4-1)
So that’s what happens when you actually play a decent team. That’s the fewest points allowed (13) by the Patriots in a loss since 2001. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
9. Chicago Bears (3-2)
9. Chicago Bears (3-2)
In their last two losses, the Bears have trailed by an average of 17 points entering the fourth quarter. That’s a lot of digging. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
10. Green Bay Packers (2-2)
10. Green Bay Packers (2-2)
The Packers have won 23 straight home games against the Lions. That’s division dominance at its finest. But let’s see how the defense fares without Clay Matthews. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
11. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
11. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
Joe Flacco’s fourth-quarter pick-six was almost disastrous, but the Ravens got the win in Miami – thanks mainly to Ray Rice, who totaled 100+ yards for the first time this season and scored two touchdowns. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
12. Detroit Lions (3-2)
12. Detroit Lions (3-2)
How important is Calvin Johnson? The Lions had just three points through 57 minutes against a team, Green Bay, that entered the afternoon allowing an average of 29.3. (Photo Tom Lynn /Getty Images)
13. Miami Dolphins (3-2)
13. Miami Dolphins (3-2)
After two losses in six days, it’s safe to say the honeymoon’s over. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
14. Cleveland Browns (3-2)
14. Cleveland Browns (3-2)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 29: Quarterback Brian Hoyer #6 of the Cleveland Browns is sacked during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Bengals 17-6. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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15. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
The Cowboys have lost their last eight games when Tony Romo throws a fourth-quarter interception. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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16. New York Jets (3-2)
16. New York Jets (3-2)
You may not like him, but Rex Ryan has done one heck of a coaching job this year. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
17. Arizona Cardinals (3-2)
17. Arizona Cardinals (3-2)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 06: Tight end Jim Dray #81 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates with center Lyle Sendlein #63 after Dray scored a 7 yard touchdown reception against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Panthers 22-6. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
18. Tennessee Titans (3-2)
18. Tennessee Titans (3-2)
The Titans went four games without a turnover. They had three on Sunday. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
19. Houston Texans (2-3)
19. Houston Texans (2-3)
That’s four straight games with a pick-six. If Matt Schaub’s leash isn’t short, it should be. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
20. St. Louis Rams (2-3)
20. St. Louis Rams (2-3)
The Rams snapped a three-game losing streak – albeit at home against Jacksonville. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)
21. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
21. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
A win is great; losing Michael Vick is not. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
22. Oakland Raiders (2-3)
22. Oakland Raiders (2-3)
Another solid game for Terrelle Pryor, but let’s see how he does this Sunday in Kansas City. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
23. Washington Redskins (1-3)
23. Washington Redskins (1-3)
Hopefully a week off did wonders for RG3 – mentally and physically. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
24. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
24. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
Minnesota has two very winnable games upcoming against the Panthers and Giants, so the goal should be to get back to .500 and worry about the rest later. Oh, and welcome to the mix, Josh Freeman. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
25. Atlanta Falcons (1-4)
25. Atlanta Falcons (1-4)
Wow, what a disaster. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
26. San Diego Chargers (2-3)
26. San Diego Chargers (2-3)
The Chargers have alternated wins and losses all season and have scored 17 points in each of their last two defeats. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
27. Carolina Panthers (1-3)
27. Carolina Panthers (1-3)
The Panthers had two weeks to prepare for Arizona, yet they couldn’t find the end zone and were held scoreless in the second half. Cam Newton had four turnovers, including three interceptions, and was sacked six times. Carolina may soon be in the market for a quarterback. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
28. Buffalo Bills (2-3)
28. Buffalo Bills (2-3)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 29: Thad Lewis #9 of the Buffalo Bills looks to throw against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
29. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4)
29. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4)
The Steelers are 0-4 for the first time since 1968. Since the playoff field was expanded in 1990, no team has made the postseason after starting 0-5. Up this week? A trip to East Rutherford to take on the Jets. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4)
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4)
The Bucs follow their bye with a home game against the Eagles, who will likely be without Michael Vick. If the first win doesn’t come now, then when? ( Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)
31. New York Giants (0-5)
31. New York Giants (0-5)
The Giants are 0-5 for the first time since 1987. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)
The Jaguars scored a season-high 20 points on Sunday. They had scored 20 points in their previous two games combined. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)
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