Week Five Power Rankings (NFL)

1. Kansas City Chiefs– Another week and they are still on the top of the hill. The offense is finally playing potent football and the defense has been able to get the job done without its heart and soul in Eric Berry. This may be Andy Reid’s most special team. Tonight’s game in Houston just might determine who will win the offensive rookie of the year award. It’s time to respect Alex Smith as a quarterback and not a game manager anymore.

2. Detroit Lions– These aren’t the same Lions that we’ve been so accustomed to seeing. Right now, they are sitting at 3-1 (should be 4-0) and Stafford is playing again at an MVP level. There’s excitement on both sides of the football right now. There’s balance offensively and on defense, they are a very physical unit that loves to get the takeaway. This is an enormous game for them today with some big conference implications.

3. Philadelphia Eagles– Next to the Los Angeles Rams, this is the team that I’ve been extremely impressed with so far this season. Doug Pedersen has them in a good position right now. 3-1 and on top of the up and down and topsy-turvy NFC East? They are tied for the best record in the conference as well. How could they not get some love from me? They’re starting to run the football and Blount is getting more comfortable with his new team. They can only go up from here.

4. Green Bay Packers– The injury bug has decimated them, but they still sit at 3-1 and tied for first place in their division with the Lions. They’ve been without two starting offensive linemen, they are down to their third running back on the depth chart and they have a few guys down on defense as well, but they are still winning games and that’s what’s important. Aaron Rodgers is also without Davante Adams for a few games at least after suffering a neck injury. They could be 4-1 after today with a win in Dallas.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers– This was a statement win for them last week in Baltimore, a place they haven’t won at since 2012 and it comes after being upset in Chicago the week before in week three. I think Le’Veon Bell is finally starting to get comfortable after missing the entire preseason and all of the training camp. When you feed him the football, he will do great things like you saw on Sunday. Their offense was still able to be productive despite their receivers all having 50 yards receiving or less.