2022 B/R NFL Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Stand Entering Week 6?

NFL StaffOctober 11, 2022

2022 B/R NFL Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Stand Entering Week 6?

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    GLENDALE, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 09: Running back Miles Sanders #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes the football ahead of Zach Allen #94 and Markus Golden #44 of the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. The Eagles defeated the Cardinals 20-17.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
    Miles Sanders (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    If there's one word that defines the NFL in 2022, it's parity.

    Well, unless you're in Pittsburgh or Charlotte. Then the word is one that can't be written here.

    Five weeks into the season, only one undefeated team remains: the Philadelphia Eagles. After the Houston Texans downed the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, there are no winless teams. Nineteen of the league's 32 squads are either 3-2 or 2-3, including the entire NFC West. Both of last year's Super Bowl participants (the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams) are below .500.

    It hasn't all been a morass of mediocrity. The top three teams in the NFC East are a combined 13-2. That includes the 4-1 New York Giants, who have exceeded expectations in a big way. Their MetLife Stadium roommates have as well. After blasting the Miami Dolphins, the Jets are 3-2.

    The 4-1 Bills look unstoppable on offense. The 1-4 Panthers fired their head coach. The 2-3 Broncos can't move the ball with their new $243 million quarterback. It's your typical NFL season, in that it's anything but typical.

    After another wild week of action that included a statement win in Los Angeles, a baptism by fire for the first quarterback drafted in 2022 and a Thursday night game that set offensive football back 40 years, Bleacher Report NFL Analysts Gary Davenport, Maurice Moton and Brent Sobleski have gathered once again to sort through the week that was and slot all 32 teams from worst to first.

    The No. 1 team remains the same, but there's a new No. 32.

    And if you ever wanted to be an NFL head coach, they are hiring.

32. Carolina Panthers (1-4)

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    CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 09: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Carolina Panthers looks to throw the ball during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at Bank of America Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)
    Baker Mayfield (Mike Comer/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 31

    Week 5 Result: Lost vs. San Francisco 37-15

    The Carolina Panthers are officially a circus. And the man who was the ringleader of said circus was just shown the door.

    After a blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5, the Panthers decided enough was enough and fired head coach Matt Rhule. Over two plus-seasons in Charlotte, Rhule was a dismal 11-27. And it was getting progressively harder by the week to see where the wins were going to come from in 2022.

    Of course, it isn't any easier to see how interim coach Steve Wilks will win games. Carolina's defense is below-average. The offense under Baker Mayfield was dead last in yards per game, and now he'll be out "at least a couple weeks" with a high ankle sprain, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    As Sobleski wrote, it's going to take more than a coaching change to fix this team.

    "By the time owner David Tepper is done, the Panthers will have more reboots than the Halloween film franchise," he quipped. "The horror show that is this season demands a fresh start, though. Carolina is the league's worst squad, having posted a 1-4 record against one of the weakest schedules. Rhule's dismissal felt inevitable. Mayfield's run as QB1 has been an utter disaster. Maybe Tepper can console himself in the fact that the Panthers are finally staring down the possibility of legitimately addressing the quarterback position with the draft selection of Ohio State's C.J. Stroud."

31. Houston Texans (1-3-1)

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 09: Houston Texans running back Dameon Pierce (31) runs with the ball during the game between the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 9, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Dameon Pierce (David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Last Week: 32

    Week 5 Result: Won at Jacksonville 13-6

    The Houston Texans are winless no more.

    They may have a reputation as a punching bag, but where their rivals in Jacksonville are concerned, it's Houston that has been doing the punching—Sunday's win was the Texans' ninth in a row in the series.

    One win over the Jags doesn't fix Houston's assortment of problems. But the Texans have found something in rookie running back Dameon Pierce. For the second week in a row, Pierce had a big outing, racking up 113 total yards and scoring the game's only touchdown.

    After the win, head coach Lovie Smith talked up the young bruiser while speaking to reporters.

    "It's fitting that he would, when we needed a play like that, he would be the one that showed up," Smith said of the touchdown. "It's late in the game. Somebody's got to make a play and (there's) no such thing as fatigue. I can talk about Dameon Pierce quite a bit. You know, I just believe in the guy."

    With three straight against 2021 playoff teams coming up after the bye, the good times in Houston won't last long.

    But at least the Texans get to head into the off week with a smile on their faces.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 02:  Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the New York Jets at Acrisure Stadium on October 2, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
    Mike Tomlin (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 29

    Week 5 Result: Lost at Buffalo 38-3

    Mike Tomlin has been the head coach in Pittsburgh for over 15 years. During that time, the Steelers have never posted a losing record. Not once.

    It will take a miracle to keep that streak going in 2022. Because these Steelers are a hot mess.

    It's not surprising that they lost to a Bills team that is arguably the best in the AFC. Maybe even the best in the entire league. But the Steelers didn't just lose. They were embarrassed. Outclassed in every facet of the game. Dominated.

    With Pittsburgh undergoing the franchise's first four-game skid since 2013, Tomlin admitted to reporters that these Steelers aren't good—while pledging that they will be better.

    "We've got to know there's going to be better days," Tomlin said. "... Born out of our commitment to make sure there are better days. Where we are today, not good."

    It's getting harder to believe him. The Steelers are rolling out a rookie quarterback behind a bad offensive line with no run game to help him out. The defense is a shell of what we have come to expect from the Steelers.

    Simply put, the 2022 Steelers are bad.

29. Chicago Bears (2-3)

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - OCTOBER 09: Justin Fields #1 of the Chicago Bears runs against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
    Justin Fields (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 27

    Week 5 Result: Lost at Minnesota 29-22

    After losing for the third time in four games, the Chicago Bears probably don't want to hear about moral victories.

    But while the Vikings lost Sunday in Minnesota, something happened that could have a major impact on Chicago's fortunes: Justin Fields looked like an NFL quarterback.

    Fields' numbers against the Vikings weren't jaw-dropping—15 completions in 21 attempts for 208 yards and a touchdown. But to say his passer rating of 118.8 was his best of the season is a whopper of an understatement.

    Fields told reporters after the game that he's finally starting to acclimate to the speed of the NFL.

    "Just, like, trying to stay calm," he said. "When I first got here, you see big guys flying around, D-linemen going fast. You think you have to speed everything up, but I’m just starting to figure out you’ve gotta play within your own rhythm."

    One decent game doesn't mean that Fields has figured it out—he'll need to string a few performances like this together to offer real confidence that he's turned a corner.

    But given how atrocious the Chicago passing game looked over most of the season's first month, any progress is the most welcome of sights.

28. Washington Commanders (1-4)

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    LANDOVER, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 09: Carson Wentz #11 of the Washington Commanders talks with head coach Ron Rivera during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at FedExField on October 09, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
    Carson Wentz (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 30

    Week 5 Result: Lost vs. Tennessee 21-17

    On a scale of 1 to 10, the anxiety level among fans of the Washington Commanders is probably about a 23 after the team lost a heartbreaker to the Tennessee Titans.

    The game was indicative of Washington's struggles all season. Washington racked up 385 yards of offense but converted just one of 11 third downs and committed nine penalties. Quarterback Carson Wentz threw for 359 yards and two scores, but the only throw of Wentz's that anyone will remember is his last one: a game-sealing pick at the goal line.

    The game marked Washington's fourth consecutive defeat. But Wentz insisted to reporters after the loss that the Commanders can still get things back on track.

    "We have dug a hole, but at the same time there's a lot of games left, a lot of football," Wentz said. "The NFL is crazy. We try not to look at what happened the last couple games and what's ahead. We just got to go 1-0 each week. We've dug ourselves a hole. We did it to ourselves."

    The problem with Wentz's optimism is that the Commanders continue to keep digging each week. Wentz's interception Sunday was his sixth. He has at least one in four of five games. And the Commanders rank right at the top of the league in sacks allowed and at the bottom of the league in turnover differential.

    No team will win consistently committing mistakes at the clip Wentz and the Commanders are.

27. Detroit Lions (1-4)

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    FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 09: Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) in action during a NFL game between Detroit Lions and New England Patriots on October 9, 2022, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. (Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Jared Goff (M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Last Week: 26

    Week 5 Result: Lost at New England 29-0

    Detroit head coach Dan Campbell has a reputation as a straight shooter. And after watching his Lions get destroyed on the road in New England, he was true to form when speaking about the state of his team, telling reporters:

    "To me, it's about as bad as it gets. I mean, this is worse. You know, this is where we're at. And sometimes it's going to get bad before it gets better. And, you know, I believe we hit rock bottom. So now the only place to go is back up. And look, we're going to get some guys back. I got to look at everything top to bottom, which I have time to do for the bye."

    To say that nothing went right for the Lions in Week 5 is probably being kind. We had become accustomed to watching Detroit's "defense" let opponents go up and down the field at will, but the Lions were at least piling up yards and points on offense. Against New England, they couldn't even do that, and at 1-4 entering the bye, any illusions the team might have had about real improvement in 2022 are gone.

    Detroit was 0-of-6 on fourth down. It incurred 80 yards in penalties. The game was a comedy of errors that wasn't funny.

    And likable though Campbell may be, a good portion of the blame for that implosion is his.

26. Las Vegas Raiders (1-4)

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 10: Davante Adams #17 of the Las Vegas Raiders warms up before kickoff against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on October 10, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
    Davante Adams (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 23

    Week 5 Result: Lost at Kansas City 30-29

    When the Las Vegas Raiders jumped out to a 17-0 lead over the Chiefs on Monday night, it appeared they were headed toward a season-changing victory.

    Instead, it was more of the same for Vegas. Defensive lapses. A blown lead. And a fourth loss in five games that has the first year of the Josh McDaniels era teetering on the brink of disaster.

    McDaniels himself shares some of the blame for the defeat. Rather than kick an extra point to tie the game with under five minutes left in regulation, McDaniels elected to go for two. The attempt failed, as did the Raiders' final drive. And now Las Vegas is three games back of Kansas City with a head-to-head loss.

    As bad as Monday was, it's going to get even worse for wide receiver Davante Adams. Adams had a big game against the Chiefs, averaging more than 40 yards per catch and scoring twice. But after the game ended, he shoved a technician to the ground.

    There is zero doubt the action will draw discipline from the NFL. The question is whether that discipline will leave Las Vegas without its No. 1 wideout in its next game.

25. Denver Broncos (2-3)

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    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 06: Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks on prior to an NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on October 06, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Russell Wilson (Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Last Week: 18

    Week 5 Result: Lost vs. Indianapolis 12-9, OT

    Russell Wilson needs a hug.

    Things weren't supposed to be like this for him with the Denver Broncos. He was supposed to be the final piece of a Super Bowl puzzle. Instead, the puzzling thing is Wilson's play.

    It has been...ungood.

    Wilson was brutal against the Colts on Thursday night, completing 21 of 39 passes, posting a miserable passer rating of 54.9 and throwing a pair of ugly interceptions—including a red-zone pick late that let the Colts back into the game.

    Wilson admitted to reporters after the loss that he flat-out didn't play well.

    "It's very simple—at the end of the day I've got to be better. I've got to play better," Wilson said. "The defense played their butts off tonight, we had some key good drives. ... At the end of the day throwing two interceptions can't happen. Can't happen. I let the team down tonight."

    The thing is, it's not like this was an aberrant performance, Wilson and the Denver offense have looked terrible most of the season. First-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett is already under fire for a lack of offense and no lack of bad coaching decisions.

    The Broncos were labeled Super Bowl contenders in some circles before the season. That label has since fallen off—and burst into flames.

24. Cleveland Browns (2-3)

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    CLEVELAND, OHIO - OCTOBER 09: Nick Chubb #24 of the Cleveland Browns drags Asante Samuel Jr. #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers while scoring a touchdown during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
    Nick Chubb (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 19

    Week 5 Result: Lost vs. Los Angeles Chargers 30-28

    On Saturday in Cleveland, the Guardians won in thrilling fashion on a walk-off home run to advance to the American League Division Series.

    On Sunday in Cleveland, the Browns had an opportunity to repeat the feat by downing the Los Angeles Chargers on a last-second field goal.

    But these Browns are all about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in 2022, so Cade York's 54-yard attempt was wide right. And in the third game in four weeks, the Browns lost by three points or fewer. Cleveland's three losses have come by a combined six points.

    It was the same story Sunday as it was against the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets. The defense faltered at crucial moments. Jacoby Brissett threw another brutal late interception. And yet another brilliant effort from running back Nick Chubb was wasted.

    "It's not like the Browns are a bad team that's getting pancaked on Sundays," Davenport said. "If the Browns could close games, this team could easily be 4-1 or even 5-0. But Cleveland flatly refuses to get out of its own way, finding new ways to lose by the week.

    "Two of Cleveland's next three are against teams that made the playoffs last year, and the third is a trip to Baltimore. By the time the Browns hit their bye in Week 9, they may be in too deep of a hole to dig out."

23. Seattle Seahawks (2-3)

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    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 09: Geno Smith #7 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome on October 09, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
    Geno Smith (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 21

    Week 5 Result: Lost at New Orleans 39-32

    There has been good news and bad news for the Seattle Seahawks in 2022.

    The good news has been the play of quarterback Geno Smith. While Russell Wilson has struggled in Denver, Smith has been a revelation in Seattle. Against the Saints, he completed 64 percent of his passes, threw three touchdowns and no interceptions and posted a passer rating of 139.7. It wasn't a fluke, either—Smith has been consistently good most of the year.

    But the defense hasn't been. Far from it, in fact.

    One week after allowing 45 points against the Lions, the Seahawks allowed almost 40 points in New Orleans. Seattle had no answer for gadget-man extraordinaire Taysom Hill, who ran for over 100 yards and accounted for four touchdowns—including a 60-yard game-winning run in the fourth quarter.

    The Seahawks also incurred another major injury Sunday when running back Rashaad Penny suffered a fractured fibula that likely ended both his season and his time in Seattle, as he'll be a free agent at the end of the year.

    The team at least has rookie Kenneth Walker III at running back behind Penny—but unless Walker can play linebacker, too, it probably won't make a ton of difference.

22. Atlanta Falcons (2-3)

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 09: Atlanta Falcons Defensive Tackle Grady Jarrett (97) sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Tom Brady (12) but receives a penalty on this play during the regular season game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 09, 2022 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Grady Jarrett (Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Last Week: 20

    Week 5 Result: Lost at Tampa Bay 21-15

    Say what you will about the Atlanta Falcons. They aren't going down without a fight.

    Sunday in Tampa, the Falcons fell behind the heavily favored Buccaneers 21-0. But rather than fold, the team rallied, peeling off 15 unanswered points to make a game of it before a sketchy roughing the passer call on Atlanta's Grady Jarrett during the Buccaneers' final drive sealed the deal.

    Falcons cornerback Casey Hayward told reporters after the game it didn't look like roughing, although he allowed he wasn't right on top of the play.

    “From my vantage point it looked like it was a bad call, but that’s why you put the refs out there to make these calls,” Hayward said. “They pay these guys to make those calls. It looked bad on my standpoint, but I was in the back end.”

    However, while the Falcons dropped another close one, Sobleski pointed out that they have at least been a tough out.

    "Atlanta may not be a good football team, per se. But the Falcons are giving every opponent a run for their money," he said. "Arthur Smith's squad owns a 2-3 record. Even so, its point differential sits at a semi-respectable minus-four. Every contest has been decided by six or fewer points. Obvious deficiencies can be found throughout the roster. Yet the Falcons play a tough, disciplined brand of football with just enough playmakers to compete each week."

21. New Orleans Saints (2-3)

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    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 09: Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at Caesars Superdome on October 09, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
    Taysom Hill (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 25

    Week 5 Result: Won vs. Seattle 39-32

    Offense hasn't come especially easily for the New Orleans Saints in 2022—at least not consistently. But Sunday against the Seahawks, the Saints got one of their best offensive showings of the season—from a likely and unlikely source.

    The likely source was star running back Alvin Kamara, who returned to the lineup after missing last week's loss in London to amass almost 200 total yards. The unlikely source was tight end Taysom Hill, who eclipsed 100 rushing yards, scored three touchdowns on the ground, threw a touchdown pass and even returned kicks.

    After the victory, Saints quarterback Andy Dalton praised Hill's unique skill set while talking to reporters.

    "His performance today, it's hard to match—all the stuff that he can do and all the stuff he was able to do to help us," said Dalton. "He's special."

    After New Orleans dropped three straight games, the win was badly needed to keep its season afloat. But things get quite a bit more difficult from here. Starting with next week's home date with the reigning AFC champions, the Saints play three straight against 2021 playoff teams, followed by a matchup with the first-place Baltimore Ravens. Following that are meetings with the Rams, 49ers and Buccaneers.

    It's a brutal two-month stretch—one that's going to be awfully hard to navigate without falling too far off the pace in the NFC South.

20. New England Patriots (2-3)

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    FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 09: New England Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe (4) runs with the ball during a NFL game between Detroit Lions and New England Patriots on October 9, 2022, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. (Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Bailey Zappe (M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Last Week: 24

    Week 5 Result: Won vs. Detroit 29-0

    You cannot stop Bailey Zappe. You can only hope to contain him.

    Forced into action by injuries to Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer, Zappe made his first start Sunday against the Lions. The rookie didn't light the world on fire, but only four of his 21 pass attempts fell incomplete, though he did throw an interception.

    The performance drew praise from head coach Bill Belichick.

    "Bailey made a lot of good decisions," Belichick told reporters. "Was accurate with the ball. Thought he showed some poise there in some pressure situations where he got out of it and found an open receiver, made good decisions."

    Just as they did last week against the Packers, the Patriots leaned heavily on the running game. Damien Harris suffered a hamstring injury, but Rhamondre Stevenson stepped up with 175 yards on 27 touches.

    The New England defense did its part as well. Facing a team that led the league in total offense and scoring offense, the Patriots pitched a shutout, forced two turnovers and allowed just 312 yards.

    It was an impressive all-around effort that was badly needed to keep New England from coming off the rails. Now, with two consecutive matchups against teams with losing records, the Patriots have a chance to build momentum.

19. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 9: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Jacksonville Jaguars throw deep on a passing play during the game against the Houston Texans at TIAA Bank Field on October 9, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Texans defeated the Jaguars 13 to 6. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
    Trevor Lawrence (Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 13

    Week 5 Result: Lost vs. Houston 13-6

    As recently as a couple of weeks ago, it looked like the Jacksonville Jaguars had figured something out. They went to Los Angeles and blasted the Chargers.

    Over the last two weeks, however, Jacksonville has looked a lot less like a team on the rise and more like, well, the Jaguars.

    Sunday's loss to the previously winless Texans was messy. The Jags racked up 422 yards and punted only three times but couldn't finish drives. They committed penalties at critical junctures and turned it over twice. Both of those turnovers belonged to Trevor Lawrence, who has a staggering seven over the last two games.

    Despite Lawrence's struggles, head coach Doug Pederson said he hadn't lost confidence in the second-year signal-caller.

    "He's going to get better," Pederson said. "He's going to get better. I'm not worried about that at all. We have a lot of faith and trust in him, and he can definitely do the job. We've seen it this season. We've just got to keep working on it."

    Davenport isn't so sure.

    "The Jaguars aren't as bad as the team that lost to the Texans," he said. "But we overestimated them after they blew out the Chargers. They're a young team with holes on both sides of the ball and won't have consistent success with a quarterback who makes way too many mistakes. So long as Lawrence keeps giving the ball to the other team, it will be hard to take Jacksonville seriously as a playoff contender."

18. New York Jets (3-2)

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 09:  New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) runs for a touchdown during the second quarter of the National Football League game between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins on October 9, 2022 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Zach Wilson (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Last Week: 28

    Week 5 Result: Won vs. Miami 40-17

    The New York Jets have not been a good team for a long time—a sad fact evidenced by New York's 12-game losing streak against AFC East opponents entering Sunday's showdown with the rival Dolphins.

    The Jets ended that skid in emphatic fashion, pasting the short-handed team. In doing so, quarterback Zach Wilson said New York sent a message that its days as a tomato can are done.

    "The expectation is changing," Wilson told reporters. "We're expecting to come in here and win ... and be shocked when we don't. That's how the mindset needs to be for everybody."

    The Jets have won three of their last four games.

    "They've built momentum and look like a much-improved club compared to last year," Moton said. "While we must acknowledge that the Jets beat teams that played Jacoby Brissett and a couple of rookies in Kenny Pickett (after Mitch Trubisky was benched) and Skylar Thompson at quarterback, Gang Green's youngsters have played well."

    In a victory over the Browns, rookie first-rounder Garrett Wilson caught eight passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. In his season debut, Wilson caught a touchdown pass and helped engineer the go-ahead touchdown drive against the Steelers. Against the Dolphins, rookie second-rounder Breece Hall racked up 197 scrimmage yards with a touchdown.

    The Jets' future looks bright.

17. Indianapolis Colts (2-2-1)

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    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 06: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) looks for an open receiver during an NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on October 06, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Matt Ryan (Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Last Week: 22

    Week 5 Result: Won at Denver 12-9, OT

    Winning is all that matters. Teams don't get anything for style points.

    While the Indianapolis Colts clawed their way back to .500 by outlasting the Broncos in Denver on Thursday night, they remain a hard team to get excited about.

    Five weeks into the Matt Ryan era, Indianapolis is averaging 13.8 points per game. Ryan struggled in a big way against the Broncos, throwing two interceptions, absorbing six sacks and posting a passer rating of 60.1.

    After the contest, Ryan applauded his teammates—but allowed that the Colts have to improve.

    "We need to play better for sure, but I'm proud of the guys," Ryan said. "Wins are what we need. We're right in the mix. ... I thought the two drives at the end showed a lot of guys. You just keep battling—and it helps when your defense is shutting them down, too."

    Indy needs to figure things out. Its next two games are against a pair of AFC South rivals in the Jaguars and Titans, both of whom the Colts have already lost to this season.

16. Arizona Cardinals (2-3)

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    GLENDALE, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 09: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals throws a pass during the second half of the NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. The Eagles defeated the Cardinals 20-17.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
    Kyler Murray (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 15

    Week 5 Result: Lost vs. Philadelphia 20-17

    The Arizona Cardinals gave the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles all they could handle Sunday. Were it not for a missed field goal by a replacement kicker, Arizona would have headed to overtime for the second time this season.

    But almost doesn't count. And while the Cardinals are just one game out of first place in the surprisingly mediocre NFC West, they have to figure out why they can't get in gear early.

    Sunday's loss marked the first time in seven games dating back to last year that Arizona has gotten a first down on its first series of a game. The Cardinals fell behind the Eagles 14-0 and never led. Arizona has been outscored 80-26 in the first half.

    Five first-half points per game won't get it done, folks.

    Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray told reporters that the team badly needs to improve in that aspect. But he also expressed confidence that would happen.

    "We've got a lot of season left," Murray said. "We've got a great team, great locker room. I am confident in everybody in that locker room. We've got to get it together. Right now, we're not playing complementary football."

    Actually, a little panic might do this team some good—anything to up the sense of urgency.

15. Miami Dolphins (3-2)

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 09: Tyreek Hill #10 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates a run against the New York Jets during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 09, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
    Tyreek Hill (Elsa/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 5

    Week 5 Result: Lost at New York Jets 40-17

    Remember when the Miami Dolphins were 3-0 and the No. 1 team in these power rankings?

    Ah, the long ago days of Week 4. Those were good times.

    Granted, injuries are the biggest reason for Miami's back-to-back losses. First, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a nasty concussion against the Bengals. Then, backup Teddy Bridgewater was knocked out of Sunday's loss to the Jets, forcing the Dolphins to turn to seventh-round rookie Skylar Thompson.

    That went about like you'd expect.

    The news gets worse. Star cornerback Xavien Howard didn't play against New York because of a groin injury. Left tackle Terron Armstead left with an injured toe and did not return. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill was in a walking boot after the game.

    "It seems like Miami's win over Buffalo happened in a different season," Davenport said. "The Dolphins have gone from cruising along and looking like one of the AFC's better teams to teetering on the brink of panic.

    "Hill's injury may not be serious, and perhaps the Dolphins will get Armstead, Howard and Tagovailoa back for Week 6. Because the way the Bills are playing, if Miami loses to Minnesota next week, it risks falling so far behind Buffalo that the AFC East race will be over by November."

14. Los Angeles Rams (2-3)

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    INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams hands off to Cam Akers #3 of the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
    Matthew Stafford (Michael Owens/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 11

    Week 5 Result: Lost vs. Dallas 22-10

    The Los Angeles Rams have problems—plural. Problems that were once again plainly evident in a loss to the Cowboys that frankly wasn't as close as the score.

    The Rams offensive line has been abysmal in pass protection, and it allowed five sacks against Dallas. The running game is non-existent, managing just 38 yards on 15 carries Sunday. With those two issues, Matthew Stafford is pressing—he leads the NFL with seven interceptions.

    Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters what anyone with eyes can see: that these Rams do not look like the defending Super Bowl champions.

    "This is some adversity that we're facing right now," McVay said. "You find out a lot about people when you do go through that. It's not good enough right now. I'll never pretend that it is."

    A Week 6 home date with the woeful Panthers should get the Rams back to .500. But Sobleski isn't sure a quick fix is coming.

    "The Rams aren't good right now," he said. "They've lost back-to-back games by a combined score of 46-19. They've been outscored 77-29 against opponents with winning records. The franchise went all-in last season to claim a championship. Now, the Rams are feeling the aftereffects. The offensive line is a mess after Andrew Whitworth's retirement. Protection is an issue. The running game is anemic. The offense seems to be stuck in mud at times."

13. Tennessee Titans (3-2)

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    Tennessee Titans linebacker David Long Jr. reacts after an NFL football game against the Washington Commanders, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Landover, Md. Tennessee won 21-17. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    David Long (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Last Week: 17

    Week 5 Result: Won at Washington 21-17

    Not that long ago, the Tennessee Titans appeared to be falling apart. The No. 1 seed in the AFC in 2021 was 0-2 and had been stomped 41-7 by the Bills.

    Fast-forward three weeks, and after surviving the Commanders on the road, the Titans are 3-2 and back in first place in the AFC South.

    It wasn't an especially stylish win—the Titans got a 102-yard rushing game from Derrick Henry, but Tennessee was outgained by 144 yards and needed a goal-line interception to secure the win. But as linebacker David Long Jr. (who snagged that interception) told reporters, these Titans care less about how they win and more about getting the job done.

    "We never panic," Long said. "This is what we do it for. This is what you dream of. Don't panic. Somebody made a play, and we walk off the field. It just ended up being me."

    Said Davenport: "Frankly, I don't know how confident I am in calling these Titans either good or bad. They haven't beaten a team with a winning record, and their three victories have come by a combined 13 points. But three wins in a row is three wins in a row, and first place is first place. Stiffer tests await for Tennessee, but for now at least it is the class of the worst division in the league."

12. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)

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    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts after their 19-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)
    Joe Burrow (Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 8

    Week 5 Result: Lost at Baltimore 19-17

    The Cincinnati Bengals are probably the best 2-3 team in the league—and not just because they are the defending AFC champions.

    Whether it was at home against the Steelers in Week 1, at Dallas in Week 2 or Sunday night in Baltimore, all three of Cincinnati's losses have come by three points or fewer. All three defeats came down to the last second—so head coach Zac Taylor is confident that things will change.

    "We've lost three games on the last play of the game," Taylor told reporters. "I told the guys, 'We've got to keep taking our shots, and the season will even itself out.'"

    However, there could be trouble brewing. The Bengals couldn't move the ball vertically against the Ravens. Partly that was because wide receiver Tee Higgins missed most of the game with an ankle injury. But it was also because teams almost exclusively play with two deep safeties against Cincinnati. Quarterback Joe Burrow acknowledged that adjustment has taken a toll on the offense.

    "There's just nothing down the field if teams are going to play us like they did today," he said.

    The Bengals rank last in the AFC in yards per play. That's not the production one usually associates with Super Bowl contenders.

11. Green Bay Packers (3-2)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay Packers looks dejected after the NFL match between New York Giants and Green Bay Packers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 9, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
    Aaron Rodgers (Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

    Last Week: 4

    Week 5 Result: Lost vs. New York Giants 27-22 in London

    Aaron Rodgers is not a happy camper.

    It's not often that Rodgers' Green Bay Packers have blown a double-digit lead. In fact, prior to 2019 it had never happened in a home game. Sunday's game in London wasn't at Lambeau (obviously—moving the stadium would be hard), but it technically counted as a home game.

    And the Packers couldn't hold a 10-point halftime lead, failing to score after intermission until the Giants took a safety with the game in hand.

    After the Packers dropped out of a tie for first place in the NFC North, cornerback Jaire Alexander said he isn't worried about their recent offensive struggles.

    "But if we lose next week, then I'll be worried," Alexander told reporters. "But it's a new situation for everybody. New circumstances, sleep patterns. It's a whole adjustment here in London."

    Rodgers, however, didn't want to hear talk of losing to the Jets in Week 6.

    "Frankly, I don't like all this conversation about losing next week," Rodgers said. "I'm a firm believer in the power of words and manifestation. And we've got to check ourselves on that, because talking about that is not winning football. There was conversation about it in the locker room, and I don't like it. Ja's my guy, but we don't need to be talking like that."

    There is still time to figure things out, but this team has issues on offense.

    It also has the same record as those Jets.

10. Los Angeles Chargers (3-2)

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    CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 09: Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) celebrates as he leaves the field following the National Football League game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Cleveland Browns on October 9, 2022, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Austin Ekeler (Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Last Week: 12

    Week 5 Result: Won at Cleveland 30-28

    In some respects, the Chargers' Week 5 win in Cleveland was a microcosm of their season: a rollercoaster of highs and lows.

    There was the high of a huge performance from running back Austin Ekeler, who piled up 199 total yards and two touchdowns. And of a big day from wide receiver Mike Williams, who caught 10 passes for 134 yards. But there were also the lows of a porous run defense that was gouged for 213 yards and a baffling late fourth-down call that nearly cost L.A. the game.

    The Bolts are now back above .500 ahead of next week's home tilt with the reeling Broncos.

    But given that three of the Chargers' five games have been decided by five or fewer points, it's becoming evident that they don't have a ton of margin for error. Still, Sobleski lauded the team's resiliency.

    "The Chargers didn't Charger anything this past weekend," he said. "Instead, Los Angeles found a way to win despite giving the Browns every opportunity to claim the victory. A missed field goal as time expired—after head coach Brandon Staley's inexcusable decision to keep the offense on the field for a failed fourth-down play in Los Angeles territory—may have been the end result. But the tally in the win column doesn't include an asterisk. The Chargers went on the road and kept pace in the AFC West despite injuries to quarterback Justin Herbert, left tackle Rashawn Slater, wide receiver Keenan Allen and defensive end Joey Bosa. The latter three didn't even play."

9. New York Giants (4-1)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Saquon Barkley of New York Giants celebrates after winning after the NFL match between New York Giants and Green Bay Packers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 9, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
    Saquon Barkley (Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

    Last Week: 16

    Week 5 Result: Won vs. Green Bay 27-22 in London

    The New York Giants might just be good.

    Despite a 3-1 start, they hadn't garnered a ton of respect nationally. They hadn't exactly beaten a murderers' row of opponents, and while the G-Men were winning, they weren't piling up the style points doing it.

    However, on Sunday in London, they made their biggest statement of the 2022 season. After falling behind Aaron Rodgers and the Packers 17-3 and trailing 20-10 at halftime, they didn't allow another point until taking an intentional safety with the game already all but decided.

    After missing time last week with an ankle injury, Daniel Jones was efficient, completing 21 of 27 passes for 217 yards. Running back Saquon Barkley had another big game, piling up 106 total yards and a touchdown.

    As Moton wrote, it's time to give Big Blue some props, although they are still looking up at two squads in their division.

    "The Giants have an impressive 4-1 record, but they may be the third-best team in their division behind the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, who beat Big Blue in Week 3," he said. "Nevertheless, we cannot take anything away from the Giants. Head coach Brian Daboll has done a lot with a mediocre roster that's battled injuries on both sides of the ball and still beat the Packers in Week 5. Because of a top-10 scoring defense, Barkley’s strong start to the season with a league-leading 676 yards from scrimmage and Jones' playmaking skills as a ball-carrier, the Giants are a sneaky top-10 team."

8. Minnesota Vikings (4-1)

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - OCTOBER 09: Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a win against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
    Justin Jefferson (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 7

    Week 5 Result: Won vs. Chicago 29-22

    The Minnesota Vikings look like the best team in the NFC North.

    No, really.

    They made things harder than they needed to be at home against the Bears. After racing out to a 21-3 lead, Minnesota allowed Chicago to peel off 19 unanswered points and briefly take the lead. But thanks to an efficient outing from quarterback Kirk Cousins and big games from running back Dalvin Cook and wide receiver Justin Jefferson, the Vikes were able to outlast the Bears and claim sole possession of first place in the division.

    At 4-1, the Vikings are tied with the Cowboys and the Giants for the NFC's second-best record. But Davenport has one reservation about the team moving forward.

    "The Vikings have the offensive firepower to hang with anyone," he said. "And Cousins appears to be taking well to head coach Kevin O'Connell's scheme. But if Week 5 was any indication, the defense isn't on the same level as that of Dallas, Tampa, San Francisco or Philadelphia. That may not keep the Vikings from making the playoffs, but against better teams, those shortcomings could be a problem."

    "The Vikings have gone through Round 1 against their division rivals, and they have a 3-0 record within the NFC North. With an early advantage over those teams and a 4-1 record, they belong in the top 10," Moton added. "With that said, the Vikings have allowed average to below-average teams to hang around late in games. In Week 5, they fell behind the Bears 22-21 with 9:26 left in regulation. At the 2:26 mark, Cousins scored on a one-yard run. Other than a dominant 23-7 Week 1 victory over the Packers, Minnesota has squeaked by in its wins, though in fairness, teams typically battle close with division rivals."

7. San Francisco 49ers (3-2)

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    CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 09: Jeff Wilson Jr. #22 of the San Francisco 49ers walks on to the field during warm-ups before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)
    Jeffrey Wilson (Eakin Howard/Getty Images}

    Last Week: 10

    Week 5 Result: Won at Carolina 37-15

    The San Francisco 49ers are hitting their stride.

    Granted, beating the hapless Panthers hasn't been especially difficult this season. But the manner in which the 49ers dispatched Carolina was still impressive. Running back Jeff Wilson Jr. picked up 120 rushing yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 253 yards and a pair of scores. The defense held the Panthers to just 308 yards and three third-down conversions in 15 attempts.

    There were some notable injuries Sunday. But as Moton noted, the Niners have as much momentum right now as just about any team in the NFC.

    "The 49ers had a slow start to the season with two bad losses to the Bears and Broncos, but they're a top-five team right now," he opined. "Remember, this is mostly the same squad that advanced to the NFC Championship Game last season. With Garoppolo under center in place of Trey Lance, who's out for the year with an ankle injury, San Francisco has a surefire playoff squad. Head coach Kyle Shanahan did announce Monday that cornerback Emmanuel Moseley tore his left ACL. Moreover, defensive end Nick Bosa exited the the game against the Panthers with a groin injury. But for now, few teams have played better than the 49ers, who have outscored their last two opponents 61-24."

6. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)

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    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens looks to pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)
    Lamar Jackson (Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 9

    Week 5 Result: Won vs. Cincinnati 19-17

    Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti may want to start doing wrist exercises now. Because he's likely to cramp up when the time comes to put all of the zeroes on Lamar Jackson's next contract.

    Jackson's numbers weren't great at face value in Sunday night's comeback win over the Bengals: 19 completions in 32 attempts for 174 yards with one touchdown and an interception. That pick led to a Cincinnati touchdown, and Jackson missed two long throws to wide-open receivers.

    But when the Ravens needed him to, Jackson stepped up, leading the team on a seven-play, 50-yard drive that culminated in Justin Tucker's game-winning field goal.

    Head coach John Harbaugh made it clear to reporters afterward that he believes Jackson is worth whatever it takes to keep him around.

    "There is nobody like him," Harbaugh said. "I'll take him over everybody. He's ours. We love Lamar. He's the Ravens' quarterback. I know the Ravens fans feel the same way. We love Lamar. Players love him. Our organization loves him."

    At 3-2, the Ravens are the only team in the AFC North with a winning record. And while the defense remains a question mark, Baltimore has just two opponents left the rest of the season who sport more wins than losses. It's not going to be easy to knock this squad off its perch atop the division.

5. Dallas Cowboys (4-1)

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    INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: Micah Parsons #11 of the Dallas Cowboys runs as he defends during an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
    Micah Parsons (Michael Owens/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 14

    Week 5 Result: Won at Los Angeles Rams 22-10

    It's mea culpa time. OK, wea culpa time.

    We have underestimated the Dallas Cowboys.

    Despite the absence of starting quarterback Dak Prescott, the Cowboys have peeled off four straight wins. After handling the Rams with relative ease in Week 5, those include victories over the 4-1 Giants and over both of last year's Super Bowl teams.

    Cooper Rush has played well in relief of Prescott, and the Dallas ground game peeled off 163 yards against Los Angeles. But the real story has been the defense, which Rush gushed about while speaking to reporters after the game.

    "It's incredible to watch," Rush said. "They're able to do a lot because of how they communicate, how smart they are, all three levels. We get to see that in practice every day itself, so to get to see that on game day, what we deal with, it's very fun."

    Dallas ranks seventh in total defense and third in scoring defense, and it's possible the Cowboys will have Prescott back for Week 6.

    That's good because they have a huge matchup Sunday night. They travel to Philadelphia to face the undefeated Eagles in a battle for NFC East supremacy.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 09: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks out towards the field during the regular season game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 09, 2022 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
    Tom Brady (Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Last Week: 6

    Week 5 Result: Won vs. Atlanta 21-15

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't an easy team to figure out this season.

    In the early going Sunday, it appeared they were going to make short work of the Falcons. Tampa stifled Atlanta offensively and held a 21-0 lead in the third quarter. But after allowing two straight unanswered touchdowns, the Bucs had to hang on for dear life to escape with a six-point win.

    Tampa was able to put a stop to its two-game skid, but after the game, Tom Brady admitted to reporters that the Buccaneers have work to do.

    "Obviously, it's tough to lose two straight at home. You have to earn it in the league. There are no easy games, You've got to play good," Brady said. "Five games in and we've got a lot of work to do. We're not nearly at the point of where we're capable of being."

    Davenport agrees.

    "The Buccaneers have essentially the same roster that won the Super Bowl a couple of years ago," Davenport said. "But for whatever reason, they have struggled to put together a complete effort this year. Tampa is still easily the best team in the NFC South, but this isn't an organization that will be happy with just a division title. And to make a deep playoff run, the team has to improve—especially on offense."

3. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

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    ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 09: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates with Gabe Davis #13 after a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Highmark Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
    Gabriel Davis (Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 3

    Week 5 Result: Won vs. Pittsburgh 38-3

    So, um, the Buffalo Bills are pretty good.

    When quarterback Josh Allen hit wide receiver Gabe Davis for a 98-yard touchdown on the first series of the game, it set the tone for what became an absolute dismemberment of a completely overmatched Steelers team.

    When Allen hit Davis again in the first half for a 62-yard score, it kind of felt like piling on.

    The only thing that stopped Buffalo's offense in Week 5 was the Bills dialing things back in the second half. The team recorded a gaudy 552 total yards. Allen's 424 passing yards were the second-most in a game in franchise history. His 348 passing yards in the first half tied for the second-most over the opening two quarters of an NFL game since 1991. The Bills also forced two turnovers and sacked rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett three times.

    While speaking to reporters after the victory, veteran edge-rusher Von Miller applauded the team for keeping itsfoot on the gas until the game was well out of hand.

    "We came into this with the killer instinct, attitude, the mindset of domination," Miller said. "And I feel like that mindset really separates good teams from other good teams."

    Games like this separate the Bills, all right—from the rest of the teams in the AFC East.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)

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    KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - OCTOBER 10:  Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after a touchdown during the 2nd half of the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on October 10, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)
    Travis Kelce (Jason Hanna/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 2

    Week 5 Result: Won vs. Las Vegas 30-29

    When two division rivals meet, sometimes the records go out the window. A team that is both familiar with and has contempt for an opponent can sometimes punch above its weight.

    That was the case Monday night—almost.

    The Raiders gave the Kansas City Chiefs all they could handle at Arrowhead Stadium, racing to a 17-0 first-half lead. But Las Vegas had no answer for the combination of Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, and the Chiefs escaped with a win.

    Normally, holding Kelce to just 25 yards would be a good omen for an opponent. But when four of those catches go for touchdowns, not so much.

    It wasn't a perfect win, but Davenport said the squeakers are sometimes more impressive than the blowouts.

    "When Kansas City fell behind early, it was fair to wonder whether it had gotten caught looking past one-win Vegas to its Week 6 showdown at home against Josh Allen and the Bills," he said. "But great teams find ways to rally even when they aren't at their best, and the Chiefs did that to maintain their usual spot atop the AFC West. Now comes the game just about everyone assumes is a preview of the AFC Championship Game."

1. Philadelphia Eagles (5-0)

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    GLENDALE, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 09: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to throw the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
    Jalen Hurts (Norm Hall/Getty Images)

    Last Week: 1

    Week 5 Result: Won at Arizona 20-17

    The Philadelphia Eagles just keep getting it done.

    Sunday's win in Arizona wasn't the most attractive or emphatic victory the team has logged this season. After jumping out to a 14-0 first-half lead, Philly's offense stalled for most of the rest of the game. But just as they have all season long, the Eagles made plays when they needed to and received a little good fortune when Cardinals kicker Matt Ammendola's late field-goal attempt sailed wide.

    Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts admitted after the win that while he was glad the Eagles emerged victorious, he wasn't especially pleased with how he played.

    "What could I have done more to put us in a better position? I feel like in many ways, I feel like I let them down," Hurts told Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia (h/t Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk). "Just with opportunities we didn’t take advantage of and the ball touching my hands every play. Those are the mixed emotions I have."

    The victory kept the Eagles undefeated and atop the NFC East, and it set up one of the biggest matchups so far this season. Next Sunday night, Philadelphia will host the 4-1 Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field in a battle for first place in the league's most surprising division.

    If Philadelphia can eke out a win there, it could make quite the regular-season run. After Dallas, the Eagles won't face another team with a winning record until another prime-time tilt with the Packers on Nov. 27.

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