NFL Power Rankings Week 5: 49ers retain top spot as Dolphins, Bengals dip originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Only two teams remain undefeated while other should-be contenders have a trip to the drawing board.
Let’s sort it all out with NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 5:
32. Chicago Bears (0-4): Justin Fields arguably posted the best game of his career just for Chicago to blow a 28-7 lead to the previously winless Broncos. And Chase Claypool watched from home. The weather worsens in Windy City.
30. Denver Broncos (1-3): Should the Broncos even feel proud of their performance? Let’s see how they use this momentum boost.
26. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2): Mike Tomlin has already stated the need for change. Sums up Pittsburgh despite the 2-2 start.
25. Cincinnati Bengals (1-3): Joe Burrow injury issues aside, there’s no logical reason for Cincinnati to be this bad. They might need change somewhere soon.
22. Washington Commanders (2-2): Inspiring effort vs. Philadelphia but they’re conceding too many points three weeks in a row.
21. Arizona Cardinals (1-3): Joshua Dobbs and the Cardinals fight, even if their talent gap is wide.
19. Tennessee Titans (2-2): Order the AFC South in any way right now and it probably makes sense.
18. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2): The Jaguars should win this division given their playoff run last year, but they haven’t shown it yet.
17. Houston Texans (2-2): DeMeco Ryans may be building something special, and their next three games are against non-Tampa Bay NFC South teams. Why not go 5-2?
16. Minnesota Vikings (1-3): The Vikings haven’t been completely bad or convincingly good. No. 16 feels fair.
14. New York Jets (1-3): Man is that Jets defense good, and they could’ve stole a win vs. Kansas City.
12. Green Bay Packers (2-2): It wasn’t a pretty showing on Thursday, but the Packers have something cooking on the slow burner.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1): They have tough games on the calendar, but the Bucs can — and should — make the NFC South their own.
7. Miami Dolphins (3-1): You never want to lose 48-20 to a rival amid title-contender talk, but the Dolphins have to bounce back and show they can handle adversity.
5. Detroit Lions (3-1): The Lions are gritty and won a prime time game in Lambeau. This feels…different?
4. Buffalo Bills (3-1): Buffalo made a statement vs. Miami to cap off a third straight rout. A Josh Allen without turnovers can get the Bills to the Promised Land.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (4-0): Yes, it’s an undefeated start for Philly, but some of their results could’ve easily been losses. They need more assurance in their style.
2. Dallas Cowboys (3-1): Trevon Diggs‘ absence wouldn’t have been missed vs. New England’s weapons, but, bar the blip vs. Arizona, this Cowboys team make games their own. It’s what the Eagles are missing.
1. San Francisco 49ers (4-0): Controlled and composed in all four commanding wins — the signs of a real Super Bowl contender. Next week vs. Dallas is the first big test.