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Chiefs, Seahawks lead the way in Week 5 power rankings

The NFL is a quarter of the way through the season, and we’ve got some early standouts.

Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills celebrates after Devin Singletary scored a two yard touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the fourth quarter in the game at Allegiant Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The NFL closed out Week 3 and one week from today we’ll be one quarter of the way through the 2020 season. Time flies by once football gets going, and before you know it we’ll be in the playoff stretch.

We are starting to get a better handle on some of the good and bad teams across the league. We can’t draw too many conclusions yet, but we’re starting to put together some educated guesses as to where this season might be headed.

And so, we’re back with our latest set of NFL power rankings. Three weeks ago we opened with power rankings that used Super Bowl odds and strength of schedule. We moved into a more subjective look a week later, and are continue on with some gut feelings.

Best performers, Week 4

Props first to the undefeated teams that won this week. The Chiefs, Seahawks, Packers, and Bills all improved to 4-0. There’s a long way to go, but the 4-0 teams all look solid right now, and it would be a stunning upset for any of them to not make the playoffs later this year.

A step down, how about the Browns? They won their third straight game, this time going into Dallas and impressing on offense. Sure, their defense did what it could to blow the game, but man, this Browns offense is impressive when it’s clicking. We still don’t know just how good they are, but they deserve a ton of credit for how they performed in their win on Sunday.

Sleeper teams, Week 4

The Panthers haven’t exactly beaten the greatest teams these past two weeks, but a pair of wins over the Chargers and Cardinals have them at 2-2. They travel to Atlanta next week and then host the Bears in Week 6. The next two weeks offer Carolina an opportunity to make some noise. And yes, I’m very much not sold on the Bears.

More questions than answers, Week 4

What are the Bears? They lost at home to the Colts in a 19-11 game that was not really as close as the final score would indicate. Chicago hosts the Bucs on Thursday in what will be a second consecutive potential contender on the slate. I suspect we see the Bears lose again, but maybe they surprise us.

And with that, here’s a look at my power rankings as we head into Week 5.

2020 NFL power rankings, Week 5

Rk Team Record Diff LW
Rk Team Record Diff LW
1 Kansas City Chiefs 4-0 +47 1
2 Seattle Seahawks 4-0 +33 2
3 Baltimore Ravens 3-1 +49 3
4 Green Bay Packers 4-0 +51 4
5 Buffalo Bills 4-0 +23 5
6 Pittsburgh Steelers 3-0 +22 7
7 Los Angeles Rams 3-1 +26 9
8 Indianapolis Colts 3-1 +47 13
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-1 +28 12
10 New England Patriots 2-2 +5 6
11 Tennessee Titans 3-0 +6 11
12 Arizona Cardinals 2-2 +6 8
13 San Francisco 49ers 2-2 +36 10
14 Cleveland Browns 3-1 -2 18
15 New Orleans Saints 2-2 0 16
16 Las Vegas Raiders 2-2 -9 14
17 Carolina Panthers 2-2 -3 26
18 Chicago Bears 3-1 +4 17
19 Dallas Cowboys 1-3 -20 15
20 Minnesota Vikings 1-3 -19 23
21 Cincinnati Bengals 1-2-1 0 25
22 Los Angeles Chargers 1-3 -12 21
23 Detroit Lions 1-3 -28 19
24 Philadelphia Eagles 1-2-1 -23 29
25 Miami Dolphins 1-3 -3 28
26 Denver Broncos 1-3 -16 30
27 Jacksonville Jaguars 1-3 -22 20
28 Atlanta Falcons 0-4 -32 24
29 Washington 1-3 -33 22
30 Houston Texans 0-4 -46 27
31 New York Giants 0-4 -49 31
32 New York Jets 0-4 -66 32