Week 5 of the NFL season was another COVID-affected week with a bunch of schedule changes being announced, the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots were granted an early bye week as their game was pushed to this upcoming Sunday. This culminated in the NFL’s second Tuesday Night Football game in 70+ years between the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans. Here are the top 10 NFL teams entering Week 6.
10. Chicago Bears (4-1)
Previous Ranking: N/A
Despite starting the season 3-0, the Bears were not taken seriously as contenders and the doubters were proven right as they were dominated by the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4. However, they had the chance to redeem themselves on Thursday Night Football, facing the 3-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They prevailed 20-19, giving Nick Foles a 2-0 record versus Tom Brady. While they have not been impressive, they are 4-1, giving them a cushion to improve as they push for the playoffs. Their next matchup at Carolina will be huge a test to see where they stand in the big picture of the NFC.
9. Buffalo Bills (4-1)
Previous Ranking: 5
The Bills were forced to play in the NFL’s second rendition of Tuesday Night Football in 70+ years as they took on the Titans, who didn’t practice for their matchup. However, the Bills were punched in the mouth by the Titans passing attack and secondary, and Derrick Henry stiff-armed any hopes the Bills had of winning. It was the Bills’ first loss of the season and they hope to not start a losing streak as they welcome the Kansas City Chiefs to town on Monday.
8. Cleveland Browns (4-1)
Previous Ranking: 8
Wait…. the Browns are 4-1?!?! Yes, that record isn’t a typo. The Browns are 4-1 for the first time since 1994 when Bill Belichick and Nick Saban were on the coaching staff. In a huge game for the Browns, they defeated the previously 3-1 Indianapolis Colts 32-23, showing their progress under first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski. The offense is well-balanced and the defensive was clutch, coming up with a pick-six in the third quarter. However, the true litmus test takes place this Sunday as they face their long-time oppressors in the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is a big game for you, Cleveland. Get it done.
7. Los Angeles Rams (4-1)
Previous Ranking: 9
The Rams’ matchup at Washington was business as usual against the NFC East, winning 30-10 and giving LA a perfect 4-0 record against that division. Alex Smith returning for Washington was the biggest story from the game but it was the Rams’ defense that controlled the game. Aaron Donald had four sacks while Troy Reeder broke out with three sacks. The Rams look to transfer their success from the NFC East to the NFC West as they head to San Francisco this Sunday.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-0)
Previous Ranking: 7
Rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool was drafted 49th in April and after Sunday’s game, many teams have to be kicking themselves for not selecting him. He scored four touchdowns in the Steelers’ 38-29 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. While it is concerning the Eagles hung around this game, the Steelers made the necessary plays to win and are still undefeated. They face the Browns this Sunday in the most intriguing game of the season to date.
5. Tennessee Titans (4-0)
Previous Ranking: 6
Many called for the Titans to be punished for breaking protocol and they didn’t practice over the last couple of weeks. None of that seemed to matter as on Tuesday night, they dominated the previously undefeated Bills 42-16, scoring six red-zone touchdowns. Ryan Tannehill looked as sharp as ever and the defense slowed down Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen’s hot start to the season. The Titans look to continue their roll as they face the Houston Texans on Sunday.
4. Seattle Seahawks (5-0)
Previous Ranking: 3
The Seahawks cannot seem to play a game without stressing out their fanbase, as against the 1-3 Minnesota Vikings at home, they trailed 13-0 at halftime and 26-21 late in the game. However, after stopping the Vikings’ on fourth-and-one late in the game, Russell Wilson led a brilliant drive to win the game 27-26 for Seattle. The defense is the worst in the NFL and will head into the bye week needing to get healthy and adjust their scheming.
3. Baltimore Ravens (4-1)
Previous Ranking: 4
The Ravens jump the Seahawks in these rankings due to their ability to dominate inferior teams. On Sunday, they did this once again as they handled the Cincinnati Bengals 27-3. Rookie linebacker Patrick Queen had himself a day against his LSU teammate in Cincinnati QB Joe Burrow, as he forced a fumble and returned another fumble for a touchdown. The Ravens look to dominate another struggling team as they face the Eagles on Sunday.
2. Green Bay Packers (4-0)
Previous Ranking: 2
The Packers got their much-needed bye last week as they needed to get wide receiver Davante Adams healthy as he has been dealing with a hamstring injury. They will need him as they play a huge game Sunday afternoon as they head to Tampa and face the Buccaneers.
- Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)
Previous Ranking: 1
While the Chiefs lost 40-32 to the Las Vegas Raiders this Sunday, they are still the best team in the NFL as not only were the Packers off last week but also, the Raiders played out of their minds more than the Chiefs playing poorly. The Chiefs could not cover the deep ball but to be fair, most teams cannot cover the speed the Raiders possess. The Chiefs look to reassert their supremacy as they face the Bills this upcoming Monday.