Last week across the NFL introduced loads extra wackiness and unpredictability to the 2019 season. There are solely two undefeated groups left going into Monday night time, whereas two extra groups are now not winless.
Outside of the reigning Super Bowl-champion Patriots cruising together with a positive schedule, the one positive factor is a number of fluctuation with the remainder of the nice, mediocre and unhealthy groups. The actual surprises and disappointments have gotten somewhat extra clear, nevertheless.
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So after one other loopy week of upsets, this is how all 32 groups within the league stack up in opposition to one another.
NFL power rankings
1. New England Patriots, 4-0 (earlier rating: 1)
The Patriots truly trailed after giving up a protracted landing run to the Redskins. Then they tightened the screws defensively and noticed Tom Brady function with precision offensively, save for an interception. The schedule suggests they most likely will not be in actual hazard of dropping till November.
2. New Orleans Saints, 4-1 (3)
The Saints are 3-Zero after Drew Brees went down together with his proper thumb harm within the Week 2 loss on the Rams. The protection, particular groups and working sport have been enjoying the most important components till Teddy Bridgewater broke out with Michael Thomas within the passing sport in opposition to the Buccaneers. There’s probability they are going to go 6-Zero with out Brees heading into the Week 9 bye earlier than his return.
3. Green Bay Packers, 4-1 (5)
The Packers would possibly seem to be they’re profitable with big-play go protection and the working sport with Aaron Jones, however Aaron Rodgers nonetheless has loads to do with their success, even with out Davante Adams. The massive rebound in opposition to the Cowboys after the Eagles heartbreak stamps the Packers’ standing as soon as once more as NFC title contenders.
4. Seattle Seahawks, 4-1 (10)
Despite some actual defensive points, Russell Wilson’s crew additionally thrust itself into dialog in chasing one other Super Bowl. With Patrick Mahomes cooling off, Wilson would possibly get the overdue consideration he deserves for MVP.
5. Kansas City Chiefs, 4-1 (2)
Mahomes did not play properly in opposition to the Colts, excluding one razzle-dazzle spotlight, and his nagging ankle harm is making him look human. The Chiefs’ banged-up offensive line, their lack of adherence to the run and their shaky protection are placing additional on the MVP’s arm and legs.
6. San Francisco 49ers, 3-0 (7)
Their resume may use somewhat padding with solely wins over the Buccaneers, Bengals and Steelers in the mean time, however they’re nonetheless up right here for the spectacular methods they’ve gained with protection, working sport and a wholesome Jimmy Garoppolo, who seems to be prepared to interrupt out in an enormous means the remainder of October.
7. Los Angeles Rams, 3-2 (6)
The Rams’ protection has been a confused mess over the previous two weeks after a powerful begin in opposition to weaker quarterbacks. Their offense has grown too pass-dependent on Jared Goff with Todd Gurley not having the identical juice behind a weaker offensive line. This is not a hangover but, however they’re not so good as the NFC champion model of themselves.
8. Philadelphia Eagles, 3-2 (8)
The Eagles’ offense pale to the background for the primary time this season because the protection delivered its overdue assertion with 10 sacks and two touchdowns of its personal in opposition to the lowly Jets. That was probably the most 2017 the Eagles have regarded in 2019.
9. Dallas Cowboys, 3-2 (4)
The Cowboys stubbed their toes in opposition to the Saints and Packers in consecutive weeks, they usually out of the blue aren’t trying good for home-field benefit within the playoffs. Dak Prescott is in a mini-funk thanks partly to his hurting offensive tackles, a ton of errors each by him and people round him, and a protection that is been breaking slightly than simply bending.
10. Minnesota Vikings, 3-2 (12)
The Vikings are joyful on offense once more after taking it to the Giants with Kirk Cousins dishing to Adam Thielen and handing off typically to Dalvin Cook. As for Stefon Diggs, he ought to get his flip quickly . The passing sport has opened up once more, and a key matchup in opposition to the Eagles and their depleted secondary is subsequent.
11. Baltimore Ravens, 3-2 (11)
The Ravens needed to grind away with a struggling Lamar Jackson and a restricted working sport to steal one in time beyond regulation in opposition to the Steelers. Marlon Humphrey and the protection will need to have heard all of the discuss their demise, they usually made the mandatory clutch performs to remain atop the AFC North.
12. Buffalo Bills, 4-1 (13)
The Bills virtually took down the Patriots with protection final week, they usually took out their frustration on the Titans to win an anticipated battle of attrition. Imagine now if they’ll ever get Josh Allen cranking as a passer.
13. Oakland Raiders, 3-2 (24)
The Raiders this excessive? They are, and we’re not. The resume received stronger in a rush with consecutive victories over the Colts and Bears nowhere close to Oakland. Jon Gruden has his kind of gamers and is teaching at a excessive stage round enhancements within the protection and working sport with rookie Josh Jacobs.
14. Indianapolis Colts, 3-2 (16)
Speaking of nice teaching, Frank Reich and his workers did a exceptional job beating the Chiefs with a bodily, ball-control strategy that labored completely to maintain Mahomes off the sphere. This crew is not all the time excellent with personnel and execution, however Reich, offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni and defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus get probably the most out of their gamers.
15. Detroit Lions, 2-1-1 (14)
The Lions loved a bye after a stable all-around begin for their leaders, Matt Patricia and Matthew Stafford. Now every thing ramps up within the quest for the division with the Packers and Vikings up subsequent back-to-back.
16. Chicago Bears, 3-2 (9)
The Bears’ offense took some lumps with Chase Daniel, and the QB was made much more uncomfortable with out the standard dominant assist of Khalil Mack and the protection in opposition to the Raiders. Chicago’s incapacity to run the ball successfully and persistently additionally is not serving to these complementary causes.
17. Carolina Panthers, 3-2 (18)
Kyle Allen has been facilitator of the offense whereas letting Christian McCaffrey thrive as one of the best big-play weapon within the league. Now the protection has discovered its groove in assault mode for Ron Rivera. The Panthers would possibly need to go away this mojo alone and maintain Cam Newton shelved so long as they’ll.
18. Houston Texans, 3-2 (19)
Deshaun Watson made his changes and lit up the Falcons with speedy wideout Will Fuller. The QB went again to working round and freelancing throughout the offense, which places him at this finest. Even Bill O’Brien cannot botch something with that plan.
19. Cleveland Browns, 2-2 (15)
The Browns drop a couple of spots earlier than their Monday night time sport with a number of groups breaking out from the 2-2 doldrums. They draw an early playoff positioning battle in opposition to the 49ers whereas attempting to construct on their success in letting the run opening up the go.
20. Los Angeles Chargers, 2-3 (17)
Here we go once more with the injury-riddled Chargers making vital errors in key moments. It appeared Anthony Lynn had quarantined them from their regular game-finishing struggles, however they’re now not immune, particularly once they commit a number of red-zone turnovers.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2-3 (20)
The Bucs are a tough crew to learn. At instances, James Winston is a dominant downfield passer. Other instances, he’s a tentative thrower with little assist from the dashing assault. Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles are nonetheless optimistic influences for either side of the ball, however now some personnel limitations have gotten apparent.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars, 2-3 (21)
Gardner Minshew’s mustachioed magic did not come by means of with a remaining trick in Carolina, and out of the blue the Jaguars’ protection has turn into a legal responsibility. That makes the rookie QB’s play a good greater issue of their AFC South possibilities.
23. Tennessee Titans, 2-3 (22)
Marcus Mariota went from excellent in opposition to the Falcons’ weak protection again to very unhealthy in opposition to the Bills’ nasty protection. It did not assist that the Titans struggled to each end drives and salvage subject targets in one other sloppy residence efficiency.
24. New York Giants, 2-3 (23)
Daniel Jones has confirmed he nonetheless has rather a lot to study, and having some offensive ability accidents pile up round him hasn’t helped. The Giants’ protection is the first perpetrator for their unhealthy begin, and that sadly will maintain Jones in additional unfavorable matchup conditions.
25. Arizona Cardinals, 1-3-1 (28)
Kyler Murray was allowed to run wild and completely free for the primary time final week in opposition to the Bengals, and he confirmed what an unstoppable dynamo he may be. The sport plan known as for tons of dashing, which led to Murray assembly his first NFL aim: profitable his first sport.
26. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1-4 (26)
Ben Roethlisberger to Mason Rudolph to … Devlin Hodges? The Steelers’ offense cannot catch a break even when it is trying good and balanced once more. Mike Tomlin appears protected job-wise until he retains making illogical selections about time beyond regulation and “things of that nature.”
27. Denver Broncos, 1-4 (29)
Congratulations to Vic Fangio for lastly getting his crew on the board with a win because of his protection and a wholesome dose of the working sport. Look at that — Denver created strain, and it led to the game-changing takeaways that have been lacking within the first month of the season.
28. Atlanta Falcons, 1-4 (25)
Things aren’t trying good for Dan Quinn. The coach is now play-calling for a porous Falcons protection and is caught with one other coordinator who has no thought the right way to use the working sport to make life simpler on Matt Ryan. This crew has gone from playoff-caliber to simply plain unhealthy in a rush.
29. Cincinnati Bengals, 0-5 (27)
Zac Taylor received humbled once more as Klff Kingsbury received the Cardinals’ offense rolling on the Bengals’ expense. The protection is atrocious, and the offense is based on robust downfield passes from Andy Dalton.
30. Washington Redskins, 0-5 (30)
The Redskins went with one other quarterback in Colt McCoy and received related outcomes, assembly their normal of fundamental ineptitude underneath the now-fired Jay Gruden.
31. New York Jets, 0-4 (31)
The Jets want Sam Darnold again within the worst means, as they’ve been Luke Falked offensively with out him. The protection’s rash of key accidents, particularly at linebacker, have that unit grounded and at risk of being pounded extra transferring ahead.
32. Miami Dolphins, 0-4 (32)
Week 5 could be the one time the Dolphins do not lose a sport through the 2019 season. Week 6 vs. the Redskins has the texture of a Bizarro Super Bowl.