Week 5 NFL Power Rankings: Ravens take big tumble
By Ian Schultz
20) Carolina Panthers
Kyle Allen is 2-0 at the helm of the Panthers with wins over the Cardinals and Texans leaving many to question if Cam Newton‘s job will be there for him when he returns from injury?
19) Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jalen Ramsey saga continues and the legend of Gardner Minshew has entered Chuck Norris meme dimensions. They take on the Panthers Sunday in a matchup of middling teams.
18) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Anyone have an idea of what to make of these guys? They have road wins over the then Newton-led Panthers and the Rams and home losses to the Niners and the Giants. Your guess is as good as mine.
17) Indianapolis Colts
This is another tough team to figure out with Jacoby Brissett filling in nicely for the retired Andrew Luck. They’re banged up on both sides of the ball which is something monitor ahead of their Week Five matchup in Kansas City this Sunday night.
16) Houston Texans
Another befuddling team that has a tight road loss to the Saints and great road win against the Chargers while also having a home loss to the Newton-less Panthers. I think they’re still the team to beat in the muddled AFC South.
15) Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers are once again facing a flurry on injuries but are 2-2 after their win over the hopeless Dolphins. They have a chance to build momentum with back to back home games against the Broncos and Steelers next up.
14) Baltimore Ravens
Our Ravens come in at 14 after a devastating 40-25 beat down at the hands of Baker Mayfield and the Browns. The Ravens defense is left soul searching after giving up 500 yards in back to back weeks for the first time in franchise history. This is a big game for the Ravens this Sunday against the Steelers as a loss will land the Ravens in third place in the AFC North. Two weeks ago, the Ravens were flying high and even after a loss to the Chiefs in KC, folks were optimistic about this team. A loss this Sunday would leave the Ravens without a win in the AFC North and with their season hanging in the balance.
13) Detroit Lions
Is there a such thing as a good loss? I am not bullish on the Lions this year but at 2-1-1 they have been impressive so far and pushed the Chiefs to the limit last week. They’ll enjoy a bye week before heading to Green Bay for Monday Night Football win Week 6.
12) Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles sit at 2-2 after a huge win in Green Bay last Thursday night. Couple that with a Cowboys loss last week and the Eagles are just one game out in the NFC East.
11) Cleveland Browns
The Browns are trending up after a huge win in Baltimore. A tough date with the undefeated Niners is on the horizon for Monday night. A win there should vault the Browns into the top ten.