2014 Week 5 Powre Rankings, 49ers, Bears, Bengals, Bills, Broncos, Browns, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, Football Giants, Jaguars, Jets, Lions, Packers, Panthers, Patriots, Raiders, Rams, Ravens, Redskins, Saints, Seahawks, Steelers, Texans, Titans, Vikings
2014 Week 5 Powre Rankings
One-quarter of the way through the season, and teams are starting to show who they really are. We will know more surely about most teams come the halfway point of the season, however.
1. Seattle Seahawks (2-1).
The Hawks will have a chance to either further solidify their reputation at Washington and at home versus Dallas in the next two weeks, and either expose (or further expose, in Washington’s case) what each team is about.
2. Arizona Cardinals (3-0).
The Cards have a date with Denver in Week 5. We will know how good they really are, regardless of whether Carson Palmer or Drew Stanton is QB.
3. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0).
The Bengals can do similarly to Seattle by solidifying their stance in the rankings by traveling to Foxborough, and the Patriots will reveal a lot about themselves in that game, as well.
4. San Diego Chargers (3-1).
After getting their annual Week 1 choke out of the way, the Bolts picked right up where they left off last season.
5. Baltimore Ravens (3-1).
I still cannot understand how they are 3-1.
6. Denver Broncos (2-1).
The B-Men don’t get any relief from tough defense with the equally-rested Cards coming to town.
7. Detroit Lions (3-1).
Don’t you constantly wait for the other shoe to drop with this team? However, you cannot deny what they’ve done to this point against three very good defenses in their wins.
8. Houston Texans (3-1).
This just feels like a flimsy team with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB.
9. Dallas Cowboys (3-1).
Same thing with Dallas, although Romo has not been asked to do as much offensively. Yet. With DeMarco Murray on pace for 400 carries, you will see more Romo passing later in the season. And you know what December means to this team.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1).
Fly Eagles Fly turned into Die Eagles Die in San Francisco. Their offense mustered zero points against a defense missing four key starters.
11. Indianapolis Colts (2-2).
Granted, it was the Jaguars and Titans, but it may have been the elixir for the Colts’ offense AND defense.
12. Green Bay Packers (2-2).
People have overreacted to the Packers’ past two games. Their best barometer thus far has been Week 2. Week 1 they gameplanned around purposely avoiding one defensive player with their offense. Week 3 they lost to a hungry Lions team with a front seven that leaned on the Packers’ weak offensive line all game. Week 4 they beat a team led by an error prone QB who was due for a bad game and had one.
13. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2).
If the Chiefs can continue integrating Knile Davis into their offense and make Travis Kelce into who they think he can be (a big body with excellent speed and athleticism), they will be tough to beat. Even with all their best defensive players (other than Hali and Houston) out.
14. New York Football Giants (2-2).
Eli Manning has found his groove the past three games, and will get Odell Beckham back to add to his stash of offensive toys in Week 5.
15. San Francisco 49ers (2-2).
Kudos to the 49ers for shutting down what many deemed to be an unstoppable offense, but they have a ton of issues offensively; most notably, QB Colin Kaepernick.
16. Atlanta Falcons (2-2).
The narrative about the Falcons is true: they are lights out at home, and the light goes OUT on them on the road.
17. Chicago Bears (2-2).
The Bears cannot be trusted to reel off long winning streaks (i.e. a playoff run) as long as Jay Cutler is QB.
18. Miami Dolphins (2-2).
Can the Fins be consistent offensively? Their defense is fine.
19. Buffalo Bills (2-2).
EJ Manuel isn’t the problem in Buffalo. They are kidding themselves if they think Kyle Orton is the answer. It appears that Doug Marrone is fearing for his job (with an ownership change lurking, it is likely justified on his part.).
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2).
The Steelers ought to be ashamed of themselves.
21. Cleveland Browns (1-2).
The Browns should very well be 3-0, and they will have a chance to reel off three in a row coming out of their bye. The Titans are feckless, the Steelers were fortunate to beat the Browns AT HOME, and the Browns have the Jaguars in Week 7.
22. Carolina Panthers (2-2).
The grumblings for Riverboat Ron’s job are going to get louder soon. He wasn’t the one who shipped off all of Cam Newton’s WRs — one of whom buried them as a member of the Ravens in Week 5 — although Kelvin Benjamin fell into their laps and they have been fortunate that he has continued doing what he did at Florida State.
23. New York Jets (1-3).
Reality stinks, doesn’t it? After a Week 1 bye, the Jets have done nothing but find ways to lose every single game since. They weren’t that good to begin with (barely eking out a win against the hapless Raiders), and have been put back into their place in terms of proclaiming who is the best team in the New York area.
24. Minnesota Vikings (2-2).
The Vikes are going places with Teddy Bridgewater. He will need to play Week 5 (Thursday) vs. Green Bay for the Vikes to have a chance to actually move to within a half game of the NFC North lead. They likely will not beat Green Bay with Christian Ponder.
25. New England Patriots (2-2).
They may have been ranked much higher before, but Week 4 showed the dearth that the Patriots have offensively, and that is not going to miraculously change before facing a Top 3 defense (Cincinnati) and two very tough defenses right afterward (Buffalo and Jets).
26. Tennessee Titans (1-3).
The Titans are trying hard, despite starting eternal backup, Charlie Whitehurst. They just do not have the horses on either side of the ball, both due to personnel decisions and injury.
27. St. Louis Rams (1-3).
Does Shaun Hill return as QB? In my personal, humble opinion, Austin Davis has more ability than Hill. Knowing Jeff Fisher, he will screw it up and put Hill in to lose five straight before finally going back to the rookie.
28. Washington Redskins (1-3).
Kirk Cousins remembered that he played for Sparty in Week 4, and played like it.
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3).
The Bucs finally played up to their abilities defensively. Mike Glennon should have been the starting QB all along. No one knows what was in the mind of Lovie Smith to anoint Josh McCown without competition heading into training camp and the preseason. The good thing for the Bucs is that they are only 1.5 games back in the worst division in the NFL.
30. New Orleans Saints (1-3).
Have said it all year: the Saints miss Sproles’ intangibles and ability to read defenses/get yards after the catch more than anything. Their offense is missing a 4th or 5th gear. They were arrogant (Sean Payton’s major character flaw, which also bit him in the ass on a critical 4th down gamble) enough to think they could plug in any small, scatback type to fill Sproles’ role, and were cheap with Jimmy Graham in negotiations. Both cheapskate moves are coming back to haunt them every game. Had Teddy Bridgewater played the entire game in Week 3, the Saints would be 0-4.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4).
The Jags will be better with Bortles, but they are going to have to open up the offense and let him pass downfield if they are ever going to win a game. You cannot dink and dunk when teams are coming after a rookie QB and don’t respect your run game.
32. Oakland Raiders (0-4).
Although many (yours truly, included) felt that Dennis Allen was always in over his head in Oakland, he hasn’t been given anything to work with. His best defensive player is perpetually on IR (and is again, this year), their entire secondary is long in the tooth, and they can’t protect their QBs (one of which took an awful beating in London and is now injured).