NFL Power Rankings: Nos. 32-21
It’s weird to think it, but the Miami Dolphins could feasibly pull off their first win of the season in Week 6 when they host the also-winless Redskins.
Only masochists should be watching that one, seriously.
L, 31-6 @ Eagles
You’re bad when you can only muster 128 total yards of offense, as the Jets allowed the Eagles to score two defensive touchdowns, too.
L, 33-7 vs. Patriots
Quarterback Case Keenum isn’t the answer. Dwayne Haskins isn’t ready yet. Colt McCoy won’t work out, either.
Neither is no-longer-head coach Jay Gruden, who was finally relieved of duties Monday morning.
L, 26-23 vs. Cardinals
Losing to the lowly Cardinals shouldn’t justify jumping a spot in our NFL power rankings. But at least the Bengals were somewhat watchable in Week 5, despite the losing effort.
Wide receiver Tyler Boyd is fun to watch, too.
L, 26-23 vs. Ravens (OT)
The Steelers had chances to win this game, even after losing quarterback Mason Rudolph to a concussion. Pittsburgh’s three forced turnovers on defense should have made the difference.
The fact they didn’t tell you what you need to know about the Steelers so far this season.
L, 53-32 @ Texans
Head coach Dan Quinn is wasting some of the best years from his top offensive weapons, quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones. And second-year receiver Calvin Ridley can only do so much, too.
Like Gruden, Quinn is probably counting down the days until he’s released from his duties.
W, 26-23 @ Bengals
The Cardinals are still bad, yes. But Arizona is also showing the rest of the league it’s not going to be the pushover squad many thought it would be in 2019.
Quarterback Kyler Murray might not put up the most impressive of stats. But at least he’s pretty fun to watch.
L, 28-10 vs. Vikings
Maybe quarterback Daniel Jones won’t be the answer, as he looked completely lost for the Giants against a still-tough Vikings defense.
New York’s running game took yet another hit, losing fill-in running back Wayne Gallman to a concussion.
Jones isn’t the kind of player yet capable of putting an offense on his shoulders.
W, 20-13 @ Chargers
Boy, the Broncos needed a win like this.
While Denver’s offense hasn’t been impressive at all this season, it’s easy to forget there are still some defensive playmakers. Even if Bradley Chubb is out for the year with a partially torn ACL.
Kudos to the Broncos for taking down a tough AFC West division rival, the Chargers, on the road. Denver gets a nice boost in NFL power rankings as a result.
L, 14-7 vs. Bills
The Titans defense did its job. Tennessee’s offense should have done enough.
But special teams matter, and kicker Cairo Santos won’t forget the four missed field goals, one of which was blocked, as those turned out to be the difference in yet another ugly loss for head coach Mike Vrabel.
L, 34-27 @ Panthers
Running back Leonard Fournette went off in Week 5, which is great for fantasy owners. And quarterback Gardner Minshew seemed like he was going off, but those three fumbles hurt.
It might have been a good idea for the Jaguars defense to focus on stopping Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey as the No. 1 part of their defensive game plan.
Jacksonville didn’t, though. That hurt.
L, 31-24 @ Saints
Like the Cardinals, the Buccaneers are proving to the rest of the league they’re nowhere near as bad as many thought they’d be.
Granted, coordinator Todd Bowles defense surrendered over 450 all-purpose yards to Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Co. Bridgewater went off, too, which suggests Bowles’ blitz-happy ways may not always be beneficial.
But as long as Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston isn’t turning the ball over, Tampa Bay has a chance. They did in a hostile environment in Week 5.