NFL Power Rankings: Initial Post Sunday Breakdown Ahead of Week 6

Jake RillSenior Writer IOctober 12, 2020

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. The Raiders won 40-32. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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For the first time since Week 10 of the 2019 NFL season, the Kansas City Chiefs were on the losing end of a game on Sunday. And it came as a bit of a surprise as to which team halted their franchise-record 13-game winning streak, which included last year's playoff run and their Super Bowl LIV victory.

The Las Vegas Raiders scored a road upset at Kansas City on Sunday, holding on for a 40-32 victory. It was the first time since 2012 that the Raiders beat their AFC West rival at Arrowhead Stadium. Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr had lost his first six starts against the Chiefs in Kansas City.

Was it just an off day for the Chiefs, who opened the season with four straight wins including strong victories over the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots? Or could the Raiders be a contender in the AFC this season, although they were coming off back-to-back losses in Weeks 3 and 4?

It will be interesting to see how these teams fare in the weeks to come after this surprising Week 5 result.

With much of the week's action complete, here's a look at the current power rankings and a breakdown of some of Sunday's other notable results.


Current NFL Power Rankings

1. Seattle Seahawks (5-0)

2. Green Bay Packers (4-0)

3. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)

4. Baltimore Ravens (4-1)

5. Buffalo Bills (4-0)

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-0)

7. Tennessee Titans (3-0)

8. New Orleans Saints (2-2)

9. New England Patriots (2-2)

10. Los Angeles Rams (4-1)

11. Chicago Bears (4-1)

12. Cleveland Browns (4-1)

13. Las Vegas Raiders (3-2)

14. Arizona Cardinals (3-2)

15. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)

17. Carolina Panthers (3-2)

18. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)

19. San Francisco 49ers (2-3)

20. Miami Dolphins (2-3)

21. Los Angeles Chargers (1-3)

22. Minnesota Vikings (1-4)

23. Houston Texans (1-4)

24. Detroit Lions (1-3)

25. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3-1)

26. Cincinnati Bengals (1-3-1)

27. Denver Broncos (1-3)

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)

29. Atlanta Falcons (0-5)

30. Washington Football Team (1-4)

31. New York Giants (0-5)

32. New York Jets (0-5)


Seahawks Become First Team To Reach 5-0

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The Seahawks continued their strong opening to the 2020 season with the first 5-0 start in franchise history, but it took an impressive late drive against the Vikings to remain undefeated.

Seattle went 94 yards on 13 plays on its final drive of the game, with Russell Wilson throwing a go-ahead six-yard touchdown pass to DK Metcalf with 15 seconds remaining, as it held on for a 27-26 win.

The quarterback has been playing at an MVP level, so it wasn't a surprise his night ended with that game-winning drive. He finished 20-for-32 for 217 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for a team-high 58 yards on five carries. Two of his touchdowns went to Metcalf, who led Seattle with six receptions for 93 yards.

Through the first five weeks, the Seahawks have struggled defensively, and that continued against the Vikings, who racked up 449 total yards (248 passing and 201 rushing). But that hasn't caused Seattle to lose any games. In fact, it keeps finding ways to pull out victories in close games, as each of its past four have been decided by eight or fewer points.

Seattle's offense didn't even start strong, compiling only 66 total yards in the first half. But it is a talented unit, and as long as Wilson and the playmakers continue to play well, the Seahawks should remain difficult to beat as one of the top teams in the NFC.


Ravens Bounce Back In Dominant Fashion

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It was the reigning NFL MVP (Lamar Jackson) against the reigning Heisman Trophy winner (Joe Burrow) in Sunday's quarterback matchup for the Ravens-Bengals contest in Baltimore. And at least for now, Jackson's Ravens still hold an advantage over their AFC North rival.

Coming off its first loss of the season to Kansas City in Week 4, Baltimore dominated from the start and cruised to a 27-3 win over Cincinnati. Jackson passed for 180 yards and two touchdowns to help the team improve to 4-1.

But it was Baltimore's defense that led the way, as it held Cincinnati to 205 total yards and forced three turnovers. That included a 53-yard fumble return touchdown by rookie linebacker Patrick Queen that put the Ravens ahead 27-0 with 8:21 to go in the fourth quarter.

Other than Cincinnati, the AFC North teams are off to strong starts as Pittsburgh improved to 4-0 and Cleveland improved to 4-1. So while Burrow is an exciting young quarterback and the Bengals have some potential future stars in place, it's clear they're still not up to par with the rest of the division, including the Ravens.


Browns Defense Leads Way Against Colts

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Entering Sunday, the Colts had the No. 1 defense in the NFL through the first four weeks. And they fared pretty well against the Browns, forcing two turnovers and allowing Cleveland's offense to score only three points in the second half.

However, the Browns defense found ways to put up points. Ronnie Harrison Jr. had a 47-yard interception return touchdown early in the second half, Cleveland got a safety when Indianapolis quarterback Philip Rivers committed a penalty in his own end zone in the fourth quarter, and the Browns held on for a 32-23 win for their fourth consecutive victory.

Cleveland allowed only 308 yards and forced two turnovers. Its defense also allowed only one touchdown, which came in the first quarter. Indianapolis' only other touchdown came on a 101-yard kickoff return by Isaiah Rodgers in the third quarter.

After a lopsided 38-6 loss to the Ravens in Week 1, the Browns have recovered nicely and are proving they could be a top contender in the AFC this season.

Even without top running back Nick Chubb, Cleveland rushed for 124 yards on Sunday, which included 72 from Kareem Hunt, who also had a receiving touchdown.