On Monday, Oct 6, 2014 the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Washington Redskins 27-17 to put an exclamation point on Week 5 of NFL Football. A week which saw the last unbeaten teams fall, an impressive resurgent performance by the New England Patriots, and some further regression by the Detroit Lions. Here is how it all shakes out; as 11 of the 32 teams now have a record of 3-2.
These are the current NFL Power Rankings for all 32 NFL teams:
1) Last Week #1: Seattle Seahawks (3-1) – Anyone who watched Monday Night Football, now knows the difference between being a QB just being mobile, and a QB who knows how to make plays while on the move. Russell Wilson rushed for 122 yds, but it was more masterful than anything Michael Vick ever did. The position of QB, is played above the shoulders.
2) LW#3: San Diego Chargers (4-1) – This team might just be for real. Even with Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead out injured, they continue to roll. Philip Rivers is having an MVP type season. Also, remember the name ‘Branden Oliver’.
3) LW#5: Denver Broncos (3-1) – Had a good win vs Arizona this week, and Peyton Manning joined Brett Favre as only QB’s ever to throw 500 TD passes. The bad news; They lost RB Montee Ball for at least a couple of weeks, due to a groin injury. Peyton is gonna have to pick it up even more.
4) LW#11: Green Bay Packers (3-2) – Aaron Rodgers has returned to his old reliable self, as has WR Jordy Nelson. Julius Peppers is looking strong as a pass-rush specialist, and Clay Matthews is playing well. Outscored last two opponents by a combined score of 80-27.
5) LW#7: Dallas Cowboys (4-1) – Dallas now only needs to go 4-7 the rest of the way, to meet their usual 8-8 season. The offense goes thru RB DeMarco Murray, who has rushed for 100 yds in each of the first five games. His achilles heel, is fumbling. He leads the NFL with 4 fumbles. For now though, everything is working.
6) LW#14: San Francisco 49ers (3-2) – It looks like things are turning around. RB Frank Gore has found his game, and rushed for 100 yds in each of the last two games. The key to continued 49ers success, is power running, and ball control.
7) LW#2: Cincinnati Bengals (3-1) – Blew a chance to legitimize themselves as a conference power, when they came out and played a horrible game against New England, on Sunday night. It looks like they can still be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the moment.
8) LW#8: Indianapolis Colts (3-2) – Three straight wins after starting the season 0-2. Trent Richardson may not ever develop into a dominant RB, but QB Andrew Luck has enough weapons to continue to be effective.
9) LW#6: Baltimore Ravens (3-2) – Played tough in loss to Indianapolis. There may still be some soft spots here and there, but Ravens are definitely showing they can be an effective team, in the post-Ray Rice era.
10) LW#9: Philadelphia Eagles (4-1) – Had an uncharacteristically tough time with the St Louis Rams. The defense needs to play tougher, and RB LeSean McCoy needs to get back to his old self, if this team is to get to the next level.
11) LW#15: New England Patriots (3-2) – On the heels of unparallelled media chatter regarding a possible rift between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, they silence everyone, by destroying the Bengals on national primetime television.
12) LW#4: Arizona Cardinals (3-1) – This is a good football team, but QB Drew Stanton went down with a concussion, and QB Carson Palmer, is questionable to play this weekend. They play a good team game, but winning games with a 3rd string QB, is a tall order.
13) LW#12: Kansas City Chiefs (2-3) – After destroying New England last week, KC came up short in big game vs San Francisco. With a losing record, and the next game being against San Diego, it is definitely gut-check time for the Chiefs.
14) LW#10: Detroit Lions (3-2) – Okay, so they did have three missed FG’s in the loss to Buffalo, but it is still Buffalo. Inability to convert in the Red zone, is what leads to FG’s in the first place. It also looks like they may now be without Calvin Johnson for the next two games.
15) LW#18: New York Giants (3-2) – Three straight wins for the Giants, but it looks like they will be without RB Rashad Jennings for 2-3 games. Big Sunday night game against Philadelphia coming up this weekend. It should be fun.
16) LW#13: Miami Dolphins (2-2) – Coming off a dismantling of the Oakland Raiders, and a bye week, Miami will now welcome Green Bay into town this week. Win or lose, this team is about to learn a lot about itself.
17) LW#16: Atlanta Falcons (2-3) – Missing three starters on offensive line, is going to make it tough to get anything done. Chicago, Baltimore, and Detroit coming up. Falcons are really going to have to earn it.
18) LW#20: Cleveland Browns (2-2) – As gutsy a bunch as there is. This weekend, had the biggest road team comeback in NFL history (25 pts), against Tennessee. They have four winnable games coming up. A 6-2 Cleveland Browns team ? Dare to dream. It starts with Pittsburgh this week.
19) LW#19: Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) – Grudge match with Cleveland coming up. If this Steelers team can eliminate mental errors, they will be able to stay in the hunt. The defensive penalties and breakdowns, are the worst.
20) LW#22: Chicago Bears (2-3) – Two straight weeks of getting soundly outplayed in the second half. If they don’t start playing 60 mins of football each week, this team may soon be in a free fall.
21) LW#24: New Orleans Saints (2-3) – Needed a big comeback, just to beat Tampa Bay. Now going into a well-timed bye week. New Orleans is still pretty far from being okay. The defense remains horrendous. Only Tampa Bay and Jacksonville have given up more points this season.
22) LW#23: Carolina Panthers (3-2) – Came up with a big win over Chicago, when they really needed it. When the running back corps becomes healthy again, they should be fine.
23) LW#21: Houston Texans (3-2) – Loss to Cowboys showed two things. Houston plays with a lot of passion. Houston does not have the personnel to compete with the top teams.
24) LW#25: Buffalo Bills (3-2) – Quite the send off, a victory over the Detroit Lions, in the final game played under the ownership of the Wilson family. The team will be transferred to new owner Terry Pegula, later this week. Ralph Wilson was the original owner of the Buffalo franchise. Mr. Wilson passed away earlier this year.
25) LW#17: Minnesota Vikings (2-3) – The Vikings had better hope and pray Teddy Bridgewater stays healthy. Many of us had forgotten just how bad a QB Christian Ponder really is.
26) LW#27: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-4) – An absolute choke job against the Saints this past weekend. Not only inexcusable, but it probably killed any hopes of a trip to the playoffs. Well, if they go 9-2 the rest of the season, they can finish at 10-6. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
27) LW#26: St Louis Rams (1-3) – The Rams may be in the midst of a disastrous season, but it looks like Austin Davis might develop into a decent NFL QB, in the not too distant future.
28) LW#28: Washington Redskins (1-4) – Looked a lot better in loss to Seattle, than in the previous loss to the New York Giants. It sounds like sarcasm, but it isn’t. Kirk Cousins is still the best choice at QB.
29) LW#30: Tennessee Titans (1-4) – Put themselves in the NFL record books, by blowing a 25 point lead at home, to the Cleveland Browns. Everyone likes a little distinction. That was sarcasm.
30) LW#31: Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) – Hopefully they can build a team around QB Blake Bortles, before he is doomed to a career like Archie Manning. The kid has talent, but he cannot do it alone.
31) LW#32: Oakland Raiders (0-4) – What exactly is “commitment to excellence” supposed to mean ? Over the years, it has become more and more puzzling. Apparently it has nothing to do with either winning, or being competitive.
32) LW#29: New York Jets (1-4) – QB Geno Smith was late to a team meeting the night before the San Diego game, because he was “at the movies”, and forgot he was on Pacific time, not East coast time. He then went out on Sunday, and threw for only 27 yards before getting benched at halftime. Rex Ryan says Geno will the starter again next week. That is all.