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NFL Power Rankings Week 5

Posted: 11 hours agoLast updated: 9 hours ago

We are four weeks into the 2022 season, and it is admittedly still tough to get a read on the NFL landscape.

The top and bottom tiers are starting to separate themselves, but there is a pretty large cluster of average teams — nearly half the league has a 2-2 record through four games — that is going to sort itself out in the coming weeks. For now, it’s my job to figure out which teams are contenders and which are pretenders moving forward.

Read on to see this week’s top risers and fallers, and be sure to check back in every week to see where your favorite team stands. Here are our NFL power rankings heading into Week 5.

Please note that all 2022 NFL futures odds are courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook and are current as of Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. ET.

2022 NFL Power Rankings

32. Houston Texans (0-3-1) ↔️

The Texans are the last remaining winless team in the NFL after the Raiders got off the schneid Sunday. Houston dug itself too big of a hole to climb out of against the Chargers, spotting Los Angeles a 27-7 halftime lead. Davis Mills and impressive rookie RB Dameon Pierce tried to rally the troops, but it was too little too late.

31. Carolina Panthers (1-3) ⬇️ 3

After four games, it’s pretty clear to say that Baker Mayfield isn’t the long-term solution at quarterback in Carolina. Mayfield turned the ball over three times (two INT, one fumble) in a 26-16 home loss to the Cardinals Sunday, which continued to pile the pressure on head coach Matt Rhule. The schedule doesn’t get any easier with the 49ers, Rams, and Buccaneers on deck.

30. Washington Commanders (1-3) ⬇️ 1

The Commanders are now on a three-game losing skid after taking back-to-back divisional defeats over the last two weeks. Carson Wentz looked dreadful against Dallas and Philadelphia, and the offense mustered just 18 points across those two games. Washington’s Week 1 win against Jacksonville feels like a long time ago.


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29. Detroit Lions (1-3) ⬇️ 5

We all knew this defense was bad, but I’m not sure we thought it was THAT bad.

The Lions surrendered 555 total yards (8.8 yards per play) to the Seahawks in a 48-45 home loss. Sure, Detroit did what it always does and fought until the final whistle, even without WR Amon-Ra St. Brown and RB D’Andre Swift, but those guys don’t play defense.

28. Chicago Bears (2-2) ⬇️ 5

This is the biggest fraud of a 2-2 team that I have ever seen, and the fact they were a few plays away from being 3-1 is mind-boggling. Justin Fields has the worst passer rating of any quarterback that has started all four games. He has taken 16 sacks and has no weapons outside of Darnell Mooney.

If only we could combine the Bears’ defense with the Lions’ offense to create a super team in the NFC North.

See where the Bears select in our 2023 NFL Mock Draft

27. Seattle Seahawks (2-2) ⬆️ 4

If only the Seahawks could play a defense like Detroit’s every week. Still, Geno Smith deserves a lot of credit for delivering a strong performance and Rashaad Penny finally had the breakout game many fantasy football managers were waiting for.

Let’s see what Seattle can do against a much more talented Saints defense next week.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3) ⬇️ 7

The Mitchell Trubisky era in Pittsburgh looks to be over after just four weeks.

It’s hard to blame head coach Mike Tomlin for sticking with rookie Kenny Pickett after the first-round pick injected some life into the offense in the second half of last week’s loss to the Jets. Although, handing Pickett his first career start against the Bills seems a bit like feeding him to the wolves.

25. New England Patriots (1-3) ↔️

When was the last time New England occupied last place in the AFC East after a month of the season?

Still, the Patriots deserve some credit for their effort on Sunday as third-string quarterback Bailey Zappe was forced into action at Lambeau Field and nearly pulled off a massive upset over the Packers.

The one-two punch of Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson will continue to carry the load for this offense, which has a favorable matchup against Detroit next week.

24. New Orleans Saints (1-3) ⬇️ 2

The short-handed Saints were inches away from forcing overtime in London, but Wil Lutz‘s late field-goal attempt double-doinked off the uprights and fell short. Still, New Orleans still played pretty well for a team that was missing its starting quarterback, running back, and top wide receiver.

23. New York Jets (2-2) ⬆️ 7

Zach Wilson started the game 8-for-24, but no one is going to remember that after he orchestrated a pair of touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to lead the Jets to a comeback win over the Steelers in his season debut.

After showing minimal opposition to the Bengals last week, the defense forced four turnovers, including a key fourth-quarter interception of Pickett that set up the game-winning score.

22. Cleveland Browns (2-2) ⬇️ 4

The Browns realistically should be 4-0, but they endured another painful loss Sunday. Cleveland outgained Atlanta 403-333, but a lack of red-zone efficiency and costly turnovers eventually were the difference in a 23-20 defeat.

If this team doesn’t make the playoffs, games like that will be the reason why.

21. Atlanta Falcons (2-2) ⬆️ 5

The Falcons are quickly becoming every gambler’s favorite team as they sport the only 4-0 record against the spread in the NFL. That mark could be in some trouble next week against the Buccaneers, however, as Atlanta’s rush-heavy approach could have some trouble against Tampa Bay’s elite run defense.

The loss of running back Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) for at least four games won’t help either.

20. Indianapolis Colts (1-2-1) ⬇️ 3

You know it, I know it, he knows it. Matt Ryan needs to figure out how to hold onto the football.

Ryan has fumbled nine times in four games, which puts him well on pace to break the NFL record of 23. Sure, some of that is on an offensive line that has conceded 15 sacks in four games, but he also has to get the ball out quicker.

A matchup against a tough Denver defense on Thursday Night Football won’t be easy, but the Colts have a habit of finding wins when we least expect it.

19. Las Vegas Raiders (1-3) ⬆️ 8

This is a big bump, but the Raiders got a big win over the rival Broncos to avoid an 0-4 start that likely would have doomed their season before it truly began. More impressive was the way they won, utilizing a running game that had been merely average through three weeks.

Josh Jacobs rushed for 144 yards and a pair of scores, and the Raiders’ defense added a touchdown on a long fumble return. A date with the Chiefs on Monday Night Football awaits.

18. Arizona Cardinals (2-2) ⬆️ 2

The Cardinals’ bizarre home-road split continues, as Kyler Murray led his team to a second-half victory in Carolina. Arizona hasn’t looked good for long stretches of the first four games, but a 2-2 record has Kliff Kingsbury‘s squad in a four-way tie for the NFC West lead.

A home date with the Eagles should tell us more about where this team stands.

17. Tennessee Titans (2-2) ⬆️ 4

After back-to-back ugly losses to start the season, the Titans have rallied back to .500.

Derrick Henry has looked like his typical self over the past two weeks, rushing for a season-high 114 yards and a score in Tennessee’s 24-17 win over Indianapolis Sunday. I’m not fully sold on the Titans just yet, but the defense was impressive in forcing three turnovers.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) ⬇️ 1

The Jaguars raced out to a 14-point lead in Philadelphia, but couldn’t hold on to give coach Doug Pederson a victory against his former team. Trevor Lawrence had his worst performance of the season, fumbling four times as he struggled to hold onto the football in the wet weather.

Still, despite five turnovers in all, Jacksonville had a chance to go down the field and tie the game late. This team is going to be competitive in a bad AFC South.

15. Denver Broncos (2-2) ⬇️ 4

Russell Wilson had one of his more efficient games with the Broncos, but it wasn’t enough as Denver dropped to 2-2 on the year with a 32-23 loss in Las Vegas. This offense still has its problems, and now it will have to replace running back Javonte Williams, who is out for the year with a torn ACL.

Maybe it’s finally time to let Russ actually cook?

14. Los Angeles Chargers (2-2) ⬆️ 2

After getting blown out by Jacksonville, the Chargers looked like the Chargers Sunday. Justin Herbert threw for 340 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Austin Ekeler scored three times to help Los Angeles pick up a much-needed win in Houston.

Allowing the Texans to get within three points after leading by 20 at halftime was less ideal, but a win is a win.

13. New York Giants (3-1) ⬆️ 1

It wasn’t pretty, but none of the Giants’ three wins really have been.

Saquon Barkley continued his impressive start to the season, turning 31 carries into 146 rushing yards in wet weather conditions at MetLife Stadium. Still, New York doesn’t get too much credit for a home win over the Bears, and it may now have some injury issues at quarterback ahead of a trip to London after both Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor got banged up Sunday.

12. Los Angeles Rams (2-2) ⬇️ 7

Sean McVay‘s struggles against the 49ers continued Monday night as the Rams mustered just three field goals in a 24-9 loss in San Francisco. And while that individual result wasn’t all that surprising, the larger picture is a bit worrying for the defending Super Bowl champs.

The Rams’ offense has looked average at best, and their results against decent opposition is troubling. A matchup with the Cowboys next week should tell us a lot.

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) ⬇️ 4

What looked like the best defense in the NFL through three weeks got absolutely shredded by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs Sunday night. And while that can happen to a lot of teams, it was more concerning to see Kansas City run the ball successfully with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Isiah Pacheco.

The good news for the Buccaneers is that Tom Brady and the passing attack woke up. Brady threw for 385 yards and three scores as Tampa Bay basically abandoned the run after spotting the Chiefs an early 21-3 lead. A home matchup against the Falcons seems like a nice get-right spot.

10. Miami Dolphins (3-1) ⬇️ 9

Yeah, the Dolphins’ love probably got a bit out of hand last week.

More concerning than their play on Thursday night, however, is how they have handled quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (head/neck) over the last few weeks. The left-hander will now give way to Teddy Bridgewater, who will start a very winnable game against the Jets on Sunday.

9. Dallas Cowboys (3-1) ⬆️ 1

Dallas’ defense put on another impressive display against Washington, forcing a pair of turnovers and limiting the Commanders to 4.2 yards per play. Cooper Rush threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, again doing just enough to help the Cowboys get the win.

Dak Prescott could return soon, but there’s no need to rush him back with the team playing this well.

8. Baltimore Ravens (2-2) ↔️

The Ravens should probably be 4-0, but they keep finding wild ways to lose football games.

After watching a 21-point, fourth-quarter lead evaporate against the Dolphins a few weeks ago, Baltimore blew a 17-point advantage against the Bills. This one was less improbable, and Lamar Jackson and the offense had a chance to win it in the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t get it done.

7. Minnesota Vikings (3-1) ⬆️ 2

After two quiet weeks, Justin Jefferson made a name for himself in London with a 10-catch, 147-yard performance. Kicker Greg Joseph drilled five field goals, including the game-winner, and Minnesota got a much-needed win over a short-handed Saints squad.

The Vikings don’t always make things look pretty, but this team is going to be competitive in the NFC.

6. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) ⬆️ 7

Knocking off the top team in last week’s rankings is generally a good ingredient for a major boost, and the Bengals deserve credit for quieting some of the early-season panic after an 0-2 start.

Cincinnati still isn’t out of the woods just yet, but a win in a divisional matchup against the Ravens on SNF would go a long way.

5. San Francisco 49ers (2-2) ⬆️ 7

This defense is elite.

The offense is always going to have its ups and downs, but Jimmy Garoppolo looked much better Monday night. Deebo Samuel is an electric playmaker, and Kyle Shanahan is always going to get something out of his rushing attack, no matter the running back.

Consistency will be the key, especially with winnable games against the Panthers and Falcons coming up.

Bet Tip: 49ers to Win NFC West (+120)

All four teams in the NFC West are tied with a 2-2 record, but FanDuel Sportsbook still has the 49ers and Rams at the same odds to win the division despite San Francisco’s victory over LA Monday.

The Niners have an easier schedule ahead of the rematch with the Rams in three weeks and have dominated the head-to-head series with Los Angeles in recent years. If results go as they should, San Francisco will be favored to win the division by the time we hit Week 8.

4. Green Bay Packers (3-1) ↔️

A win is a win, I guess.

The Packers needed multiple comebacks and 70 full minutes of game time to knock off Brian Hoyer and Zappe at Lambeau. Green Bay’s offense is starting to get into high gear, but the defense can’t stop the run. That’s an issue that needs addressing before we get to December and January.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (3-1) ⬆️ 3

Mahomes and the Chiefs got their revenge on the Buccaneers in a Super Bowl 55 rematch, which was one-sided from the outset. Mahomes made his typical magic happen against the top defense in the league, including a remarkable touchdown pass to Edwards-Helaire early in the second quarter.

Any concerns about the offense have been answered for at least another week.

2. Buffalo Bills (3-1) ⬆️ 1

Josh Allen and the Bills just won’t be denied.

Buffalo rallied from a 17-point deficit in Baltimore, overcoming a mass of injuries and the wet weather to improve to 3-1. The Bills’ defense made some crucial plays at key times, including a fourth-quarter goal-line stand to give their offense a chance to win the game.

A matchup with the Steelers should offer a reprieve ahead of a postseason rematch against Kansas City.

1. Philadelphia Eagles (4-0) ⬆️ 1

The Eagles are the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL after overcoming a 14-point, first-quarter deficit in a 29-21 win over the Jaguars. Jalen Hurts had his worst outing of the season in the wet weather, but Miles Sanders (27-134-2) and the Philadelphia rushing attack paved the way to victory.

Nick Sirianni‘s squad still hasn’t played a 2021 playoff team yet, but a plus-44 point differential (second behind Buffalo) shows the Eagles have been good value for their results thus far.

Author

John Arlia

Before joining The Game Day, John served as the National Writer for the United Soccer League, where he primarily covered the USL Championship out of the league’s headquarters in Tampa, FL. A devout soccer fan, John attended the last two men’s World Cups in Brazil and Russia and can’t wait for the 2026 edition to come to North America. Having also written for Sporting News Canada since getting his master’s from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU, John has acquired a diverse sporting background, but considers football, golf, and soccer his three strong suits.

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