By December, we may not remember what transpired over the first month of the 2020 NFL season. However, it has set the stage for what could be one of the more memorable years in recent football history.
If the playoffs started today, usual suspects such as the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks would be in. So would Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Chicago Bears and the Cleveland Browns. The 2019 NFC champion San Francisco 49ers and the defending AFC South champion Houston Texans would be out.
Of course, the regular season doesn't end today, and there's a lot of football left to unfold. Here, we'll take inventory of where teams currently stand and where some of the top squads might be headed.
Week 5 Standings, Points For/Against
Buffalo Bills (4-0) 123/100
New England Patriots (2-2) 97/92
Miami Dolphins (1-3) 93/96
New York Jets (0-4) 65/131
Tennessee Titans (3-0) 80/74
Indianapolis Colts (3-1) 103/56
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) 95/117
Houston Texans (0-4) 80/126
Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) 80/58
Baltimore Ravens (3-1) 122/73
Cleveland Browns (3-1) 124/126
Cincinnati Bengals (1-2-1) 99/99
Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) 117/70
Las Vegas Raiders (2-2) 111/120
Denver Broncos (1-3) 82/98
Los Angeles Chargers (1-3) 83/95
Philadelphia Eagles (1-2-1) 84/107
Dallas Cowboys (1-3) 126/146
Washington Football Team (1-3) 79/112
New York Giants (0-4) 47/96
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) 120/92
Carolina Panthers (2-2) 99/102
New Orleans Saints (2-2) 123/123
Atlanta Falcons (0-4) 106/138
Green Bay Packers (4-0) 152/101
Chicago Bears (3-1) 85/81
Minnesota Vikings (1-3) 105/125
Detroit Lions (1-3) 99/127
Seattle Seahawks (4-0) 142/109
Los Angeles Rams (3-1) 106/80
Arizona Cardinals (2-2) 98/92
San Francisco 49ers (2-2) 107/71
Returning playoff teams like the Packers, Seahawks and Chiefs are back in the postseason mix, which shouldn't come as a surprise. What is surprising is how some of these teams have gotten to first place in their respective divisions.
The Packers, for example, have been utterly dominant through four weeks. While some expected the team to take a step back in the wake of another offseason without additional receiver help, Aaron Rodgers and Co. have looked even better than last year's 13-3 squad.
Considering Green Bay has dealt with injuries to receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, their dominance cannot be dismissed.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, have also looked potentially better than last year's team. The addition of rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire to the backfield has added balance and another weapon to an already dangerous Kansas City offense.
Seattle has the early leading MVP candidate in quarterback Russell Wilson. The future Hall of Famer has been to seven Pro Bowls but has never received a vote for NFL Most Valuable Player.
"Come on? No votes at all? What more do I have to do around here, huh? I'm just saying, can we get a few votes here or there?" Wilson said on ESPN 710 Seattle's Tom, Jake and Stacey show in May this year.
Wilson, who has 1,285 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and just two interceptions, is going to get himself some votes this year. He's going to have to continue lighting it up because Seattle possesses the worst passing defense in the league.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the lead in the AFC North, thanks to the return of a healthy Ben Roethlisberger and the Baltimore Ravens' loss to "kryptonite" Kansas City. Pittsburgh and Baltimore will face off in Week 8 in a game that could pave the way to a division title.
The 3-1 Browns are also in the AFC North mix, and they've gotten there by running the football. They racked up over 300 rushing yards against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4. However, they also got blown out by the Ravens in Week 1 and recently placed starting running back Nick Chubb on injured reserve. There's a good chance that if they get into the postseason, it's as a wild-card team.
The Bears are also 3-1 but are looking like an iffy wild-card candidate. They recently replace Mitchell Trubisky with Nick Foles at quarterback and promptly lost in Foles' first start.
The Tennessee Titans have a half-game lead over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South, though Indy's league-best defense could give it an edge moving forward. Brady and the Bucs are in control of the AFC South, while the 1-2-1 Philadelphia Eagles somehow have the lead in the woeful NFC East.
If relegation was a thing in the NFL, the entire NFC East might be demoted.
Lastly, the 4-0 Buffalo Bills have a lead over Cam Newton's New England Patriots in the AFC East. While the Patriots can never be counted out, the Bills look like a truly elite team under the guidance of an improved and MVP-worthy third-year version of quarterback Josh Allen.
Week 5 Power Rankings
1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Baltimore Ravens
5. Buffalo Bills
6. Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Los Angeles Rams
9. Tennessee Titans
10. New England Patriots
11. New Orleans Saints
12. Cleveland Browns
13. San Francisco 49ers
14. Indianapolis Colts
15. Chicago Bears
16. Las Vegas Raiders
17. Carolina Panthers
18. Arizona Cardinals
19. Philadelphia Eagles
20. Dallas Cowboys
21. Cincinnati Bengals
22. Los Angeles Chargers
23. Minnesota Vikings
24. Washington Football Team
25. Detroit Lions
26. Miami Dolphins
27. Jacksonville Jaguars
28. Denver Broncos
29. Atlanta Falcons
30. Houston Texans
31. New York Giants
32. New York Jets