Power Rankings: Does Dak’s injury reshape NFC?

If you heard that a 1-3 team with one of the league’s worst defenses lost its quarterback for the season, you’d write them off immediately.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="But the Dallas Cowboys play in the NFC East.» data-reactid=»17″>But the Dallas Cowboys play in the NFC East.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Cowboys were the only NFC East team to win on Sunday. They happened to play another NFC East team, the New York Giants, so someone was likely to win. That win was costly, to say the least.» data-reactid=»22″>The Cowboys were the only NFC East team to win on Sunday. They happened to play another NFC East team, the New York Giants, so someone was likely to win. That win was costly, to say the least.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The vision of Dak Prescott laying on the ground after suffering a dislocated ankle will be remembered with some of the other infamous, graphic sports injuries through history. It was a horrific sight, a sad moment for Prescott and a huge blow to the Cowboys.» data-reactid=»23″>The vision of Dak Prescott laying on the ground after suffering a dislocated ankle will be remembered with some of the other infamous, graphic sports injuries through history. It was a horrific sight, a sad moment for Prescott and a huge blow to the Cowboys.

It doesn’t mean the Cowboys can’t still make the playoffs.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Dallas got the win on Sunday thanks to some clutch catches by Michael Gallup to set up a winning field goal. It’s just one win over the Giants, one in which they lost their quarterback who was on pace to throw for more than 6,000 yards this season, but it could end up being a huge one. When seven wins might be good enough for a division crown, every one is big.» data-reactid=»25″>Dallas got the win on Sunday thanks to some clutch catches by Michael Gallup to set up a winning field goal. It’s just one win over the Giants, one in which they lost their quarterback who was on pace to throw for more than 6,000 yards this season, but it could end up being a huge one. When seven wins might be good enough for a division crown, every one is big.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Being in the NFC East gives the Cowboys the chance to go to the playoffs, even with Andy Dalton at quarterback. The Eagles are 1-3-1, and they’re clearly the Cowboys’ only real threat in the division. Washington, which is 1-4, is not going to take the division no matter how bad it is. The Giants are 0-5 and while they at least have some talent, it’s very hard to imagine they put together a winning streak.» data-reactid=»26″>Being in the NFC East gives the Cowboys the chance to go to the playoffs, even with Andy Dalton at quarterback. The Eagles are 1-3-1, and they’re clearly the Cowboys’ only real threat in the division. Washington, which is 1-4, is not going to take the division no matter how bad it is. The Giants are 0-5 and while they at least have some talent, it’s very hard to imagine they put together a winning streak.

That leaves the Eagles and Cowboys. Dallas’ offense might still be the best in the division even with Dalton. There’s a lot of talent around Dalton, and he has been a good starter in the NFL before. The Cowboys might have invested in Dalton as a fallback option if Prescott held out on the franchise tag, but it’s a good investment now.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Dallas’ offense won’t be the same without Prescott. Dalton is serviceable but Prescott is better in practically every way. Dallas’ defense is a serious problem. But there’s a ray of hope with Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Gallup. Dalton can get them the ball. The best thing in Dallas’ favor is that the Eagles are wholly unimpressive. Teams change, sometimes with no advance warning, but it’s hard to watch the Eagles over the first five weeks and imagine them being an 8-8 team or even a 7-9 team. If 2-3 Dallas goes 5-6 the rest of the way, I’m not sure the Eagles are good enough to beat them for the division crown. And Dallas still has three games left against Washington and the Giants.» data-reactid=»30″>Dallas’ offense won’t be the same without Prescott. Dalton is serviceable but Prescott is better in practically every way. Dallas’ defense is a serious problem. But there’s a ray of hope with Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Gallup. Dalton can get them the ball. The best thing in Dallas’ favor is that the Eagles are wholly unimpressive. Teams change, sometimes with no advance warning, but it’s hard to watch the Eagles over the first five weeks and imagine them being an 8-8 team or even a 7-9 team. If 2-3 Dallas goes 5-6 the rest of the way, I’m not sure the Eagles are good enough to beat them for the division crown. And Dallas still has three games left against Washington and the Giants.

Dallas would be very, very unlikely to do much in the playoffs even if they made it. The defense has shown no signs of stopping anyone. The offense will be OK with Dalton but the ceiling is obviously lower now.

The Cowboys don’t have to be good though. They just have to be good enough to win the NFC East. That’s not a high bar to cross.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) will try to lead his team to the playoffs in Dak Prescott's absence. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) will try to lead his team to the playoffs in Dak Prescott's absence. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) will try to lead his team to the playoffs in Dak Prescott’s absence. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Here are the power rankings after (most of) Week 5 of the NFL season. We’ll update the rankings after Bills-Titans on Tuesday:» data-reactid=»44″>Here are the power rankings after (most of) Week 5 of the NFL season. We’ll update the rankings after Bills-Titans on Tuesday:

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="32. New York Jets (0-5, Last Week: 32)» data-reactid=»45″>32. New York Jets (0-5, Last Week: 32)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Could you guess who leads the NFL at 111.7 receiving yards per game? You’d have won plenty of bar bets if you knew it was Jamison Crowder. Crowder has played in just three games due to injury, but he has gained at least 100 yards in each game. For an offense this bad, that’s an accomplishment.» data-reactid=»46″>Could you guess who leads the NFL at 111.7 receiving yards per game? You’d have won plenty of bar bets if you knew it was Jamison Crowder. Crowder has played in just three games due to injury, but he has gained at least 100 yards in each game. For an offense this bad, that’s an accomplishment.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="31. New York Giants (0-5, LW: 31)» data-reactid=»47″>31. New York Giants (0-5, LW: 31)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Daniel Jones threw two touchdowns in the opener. In the four games since, he has thrown 141 passes with no interceptions and three interceptions. Usually, good quarterbacks don’t go that long without throwing at least one score. It’s getting harder and harder to be excited about Jones as the Giants’ answer at quarterback.» data-reactid=»48″>Daniel Jones threw two touchdowns in the opener. In the four games since, he has thrown 141 passes with no interceptions and three interceptions. Usually, good quarterbacks don’t go that long without throwing at least one score. It’s getting harder and harder to be excited about Jones as the Giants’ answer at quarterback.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="30. Washington Football Team (1-4, LW: 30)» data-reactid=»49″>30. Washington Football Team (1-4, LW: 30)

It’s a good thing Washington got that Week 1 win. They’ve lost by at least 14 points in every game since. And even in that Week 1 win, they trailed Philadelphia 17-0. Having that “1” next to their name means that we won’t pay much attention to how bad they might be, like we will with the winless teams.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="29. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4, LW: 29)» data-reactid=»59″>29. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4, LW: 29)

Before the Jaguars’ Week 3 game, the NFL Network’s pregame show talked about the Jaguars like they were obvious contenders. Well, no. The Jaguars lost their fourth in a row, and they gave up about 1,000 yards over the last two games. They are who we thought they were.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="28. Atlanta Falcons (0-5, LW: 27)» data-reactid=»61″>28. Atlanta Falcons (0-5, LW: 27)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Dan Quinn took the fall, and that had to happen. But Matt Ryan’s game has collapsed, too. He was bad on Sunday, from missing Hayden Hurst wide open in the end zone to throwing a truly miserable interception into the end zone late in the game. In Atlanta’s last three games, he has one touchdown and has thrown fewer than 250 yards a game. He needs to be better.» data-reactid=»62″>Dan Quinn took the fall, and that had to happen. But Matt Ryan’s game has collapsed, too. He was bad on Sunday, from missing Hayden Hurst wide open in the end zone to throwing a truly miserable interception into the end zone late in the game. In Atlanta’s last three games, he has one touchdown and has thrown fewer than 250 yards a game. He needs to be better.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="27. Denver Broncos (1-3, LW: 28)» data-reactid=»63″>27. Denver Broncos (1-3, LW: 28)

Practically losing a bye week stinks. It’s fair if players are upset about that. But every team knew there was a good chance they’d be inconvenienced this season. The Broncos losing a bye week because their Week 5 game against the Patriots got pushed to next week isn’t ideal, but it could be worse.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="26. Detroit Lions (1-3, LW: 25)» data-reactid=»65″>26. Detroit Lions (1-3, LW: 25)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Here was Terry Bradshaw on Fox’s pregame show, talking about Matt Patricia (via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press): “Patricia, in Detroit, can’t coach. Smartest guy in the world. Rocket scientist. Engineer. Can’t coach a lick. Can’t hold a lead when they’re leading by 10 points. He’s got to be gone.”» data-reactid=»66″>Here was Terry Bradshaw on Fox’s pregame show, talking about Matt Patricia (via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press): “Patricia, in Detroit, can’t coach. Smartest guy in the world. Rocket scientist. Engineer. Can’t coach a lick. Can’t hold a lead when they’re leading by 10 points. He’s got to be gone.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="25. Cincinnati Bengals (1-3-1, LW: 24)» data-reactid=»67″>25. Cincinnati Bengals (1-3-1, LW: 24)

The Bengals’ offensive line is still a problem, and that was exposed again against the Ravens. The Bengals have good skill-position talent, and the biggest priority of this next offseason will be getting Joe Burrow some linemen who can keep him upright.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="24. Houston Texans (1-4, LW: 26)» data-reactid=»69″>24. Houston Texans (1-4, LW: 26)

Sunday’s win must have been nice for Romeo Crennel. Crennel, Houston’s interim coach, hasn’t been a head coach since a horrible 2-14 season in 2012 with the Kansas City Chiefs. At age 73, he’s not going to get another permanent head coaching job. He is a football lifer, a great defensive coach and him being able to lead the Texans the rest of the season is a fun story.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="23. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3-1, LW: 20)» data-reactid=»71″>23. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3-1, LW: 20)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="It’s not a good sign that the NFC East is realistically a two-team race, one of the teams lost its quarterback and might have the worst defense in franchise history, and the Eagles still seem like the underdog to win the division.» data-reactid=»72″>It’s not a good sign that the NFC East is realistically a two-team race, one of the teams lost its quarterback and might have the worst defense in franchise history, and the Eagles still seem like the underdog to win the division.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="22. Dallas Cowboys (2-3, LW: 21)» data-reactid=»73″>22. Dallas Cowboys (2-3, LW: 21)

It was far from the most important injury that happened to the Cowboys on Sunday, but losing defensive tackle Trysten Hill to a torn ACL doesn’t help either. The Cowboys defense gave up 34 points to a Giants team that couldn’t move the ball at all the past few weeks, and now will be without another contributor.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="21. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4, LW: 22)» data-reactid=»75″>21. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4, LW: 22)

I was skeptical about Justin Herbert going into the draft. I’m willing to already admit I was wrong. He has the look of a future star. Monday night was a tough loss, but there’s something to be excited about.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="20. Minnesota Vikings (1-4, LW: 19)» data-reactid=»77″>20. Minnesota Vikings (1-4, LW: 19)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="It’s easy to criticize Mike Zimmer after the fact for going for it on fourth down. It didn’t work, and Russell Wilson drove downfield to beat them. It wasn’t a bad decision to go for it. He should have maybe run a quarterback sneak, which is practically automatic. Later in the game, he absolutely should have used his timeouts when Seattle’s offense got inside the 20-yard line. That’s an egregious clock management error. But going for it, trying to keep the ball away from Wilson, was not a mistake.» data-reactid=»78″>It’s easy to criticize Mike Zimmer after the fact for going for it on fourth down. It didn’t work, and Russell Wilson drove downfield to beat them. It wasn’t a bad decision to go for it. He should have maybe run a quarterback sneak, which is practically automatic. Later in the game, he absolutely should have used his timeouts when Seattle’s offense got inside the 20-yard line. That’s an egregious clock management error. But going for it, trying to keep the ball away from Wilson, was not a mistake.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="19. San Francisco 49ers (2-3, LW: 15)» data-reactid=»79″>19. San Francisco 49ers (2-3, LW: 15)

The 49ers might be in real trouble. Here is their upcoming schedule: vs. Rams, at Patriots, at Seahawks, vs. Packers, at Saints, at Rams, vs. Bills. A 4-3 record in that stretch would be pretty good, and that would put San Francisco at 6-6. And something much worse than 4-3 is possible.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="18. Miami Dolphins (2-3, LW: 23)» data-reactid=»81″>18. Miami Dolphins (2-3, LW: 23)

Ryan Fitzpatrick is fun to watch. He posted a 154.5 passer rating in one of his Fitzmagic games. But if we’re being honest (lowers voice) … it kind of is a bummer that every good game from him pushes back Tua Tagovailoa’s arrival in the lineup.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="17. Arizona Cardinals (3-2, LW: 16)» data-reactid=»83″>17. Arizona Cardinals (3-2, LW: 16)

Kenyan Drake got in the end zone, but still averaged just 3.3 yards per carry and his role in the passing game has disappeared. At some point, Arizona might start giving Chase Edmonds more carries. He has looked like the better option so far this season and it’s not really close.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="16. Carolina Panthers (3-2, LW: 18)» data-reactid=»85″>16. Carolina Panthers (3-2, LW: 18)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Is there a more likable player in the NFL than Teddy Bridgewater? What he’s done the past three weeks has flown a bit under the radar. It’s still a remarkable story that he came back from nearly losing his career (and possibly his leg) to an unlucky practice injury. He is playing at a high level for a Panthers team that has won three in a row. Anyone can get behind that story.» data-reactid=»86″>Is there a more likable player in the NFL than Teddy Bridgewater? What he’s done the past three weeks has flown a bit under the radar. It’s still a remarkable story that he came back from nearly losing his career (and possibly his leg) to an unlucky practice injury. He is playing at a high level for a Panthers team that has won three in a row. Anyone can get behind that story.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="15. New England Patriots (2-2, LW: 11)» data-reactid=»91″>15. New England Patriots (2-2, LW: 11)

Not that the Patriots were hoping for it, but let’s be honest: Having their game being pushed back to Week 6 is a pretty big break if quarterback Cam Newton and cornerback Stephon Gilmore can be activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list and play. It’s not how they drew it up, but it might save them a loss.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="14. New Orleans Saints (3-2, LW: 14)» data-reactid=»93″>14. New Orleans Saints (3-2, LW: 14)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Saints made some big plays in the fourth quarter and overtime, and credit them for getting a close win. But it’s impossible to have watched this Saints team five times and believe they’re a legitimate Super Bowl contender. There’s still plenty of talent, especially when Michael Thomas returns, but New Orleans is going to have to play a lot better going forward.» data-reactid=»94″>The Saints made some big plays in the fourth quarter and overtime, and credit them for getting a close win. But it’s impossible to have watched this Saints team five times and believe they’re a legitimate Super Bowl contender. There’s still plenty of talent, especially when Michael Thomas returns, but New Orleans is going to have to play a lot better going forward.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="13. Indianapolis Colts (3-2, LW: 9)» data-reactid=»95″>13. Indianapolis Colts (3-2, LW: 9)

While Philip Rivers had a couple of bad decisions on interceptions, it’s fair to ask if he has enough to work with in the passing game. T.Y. Hilton is off to a slow start. Rookie Michael Pittman Jr. is out due to surgery on compartment leg syndrome. Parris Campbell is out due to injury. Mo Alie-Cox might help but gets inconsistent use when Jack Doyle is healthy, for some reason. The lack of dangerous options at receiver and tight end affects the running game, too. It’s an offense with some holes that have nothing to do with Rivers.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2, LW: 8)» data-reactid=»97″>12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2, LW: 8)

The Buccaneers didn’t exactly have their preferred offensive lineup on the field last week, due to injuries. Once Chris Godwin returns, it will change the offense and the Bucs will be back on track. It’s not a big deal to lose on a short week at Chicago.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="11. Chicago Bears (4-1, LW: 17)» data-reactid=»99″>11. Chicago Bears (4-1, LW: 17)

The Bears have failed to exceed 18 first downs or 269 yards in either of their last two games. You won’t hear as much griping after a win though, and Chicago got a quality victory over Tampa Bay. Still, they need to figure out a way to generate some offense.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="10. Las Vegas Raiders (3-2, LW: 13)» data-reactid=»101″>10. Las Vegas Raiders (3-2, LW: 13)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="What a win. It’s the biggest for the Raiders in Jon Gruden’s second go-around, even bigger than the Saints win just a few weeks ago. The win over the Panthers is looking better, too. The race for playoff spots in the AFC will be tough, but why not the Raiders?» data-reactid=»102″>What a win. It’s the biggest for the Raiders in Jon Gruden’s second go-around, even bigger than the Saints win just a few weeks ago. The win over the Panthers is looking better, too. The race for playoff spots in the AFC will be tough, but why not the Raiders?

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="9. Tennessee Titans (3-0, LW: 10)» data-reactid=»103″>9. Tennessee Titans (3-0, LW: 10)

The Titans’ flippancy and recklessness should turn them into the Houston Astros of the NFL. If you had extreme ire over baseball players banging on trash cans or deflated footballs, you should feel even more angry at a team that seems to not care much that they’re putting the season at risk.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="8. Cleveland Browns (4-1, LW: 12)» data-reactid=»105″>8. Cleveland Browns (4-1, LW: 12)

Myles Garrett had a sack, four quarterback hits and his pressure on Philip Rivers that led to an intentional grounding in the end zone resulted in a safety at a crucial point in the game. He’s going to be in the NFL defensive player of the year conversation all year, and rightfully so.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="7. Los Angeles Rams (4-1, LW: 7)» data-reactid=»107″>7. Los Angeles Rams (4-1, LW: 7)

The Rams had some explosive plays in the passing game, as Jared Goff threw for 309 on just 30 attempts, and most of that happened in the rain. Whatever happened in last week’s lackluster win over the Giants, the Rams seem to have shaken it off.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="6. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-0, LW: 6)» data-reactid=»109″>6. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-0, LW: 6)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="It seems weird that the Steelers haven’t been 4-0 since 1979. It’s not like they haven’t been a consistently good franchise since then. Rookie Chase Claypool’s four-touchdown day announced his arrival as a possible star, and continues Pittsburgh’s remarkable track record of drafting receivers.» data-reactid=»110″>It seems weird that the Steelers haven’t been 4-0 since 1979. It’s not like they haven’t been a consistently good franchise since then. Rookie Chase Claypool’s four-touchdown day announced his arrival as a possible star, and continues Pittsburgh’s remarkable track record of drafting receivers.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="5. Seattle Seahawks (5-0, LW: 5)» data-reactid=»111″>5. Seattle Seahawks (5-0, LW: 5)

We’ll run out of nice things to say about Russell Wilson before the season is over. There isn’t a situation in which you’d bet against Wilson. He faced two fourth downs on Seattle’s final drive against the Vikings and made both of them look easy.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="4. Buffalo Bills (4-0, LW: 4)» data-reactid=»113″>4. Buffalo Bills (4-0, LW: 4)

The Titans have had a lot more distractions and player losses, but the Bills have been put out, too. They have been in a strange holding pattern most of the past week. Their ability to focus on the task at hand is being tested, and it would be impressive if they can fight through it and beat a good Titans team.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="3. Green Bay Packers (4-0, LW: 3)» data-reactid=»115″>3. Green Bay Packers (4-0, LW: 3)

The Packers have a strong argument to be No. 1. Their offense has been fantastic and the defense is solid. I prefer the AFC teams, even with a loss for each of them, but this next stretch of four games, including three on the road (at Tampa Bay, at Houston, vs. Minnesota, at San Francisco) could put the Packers in the top spot.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="2. Baltimore Ravens (4-1, LW: 2)» data-reactid=»117″>2. Baltimore Ravens (4-1, LW: 2)

The Ravens’ four wins have all come by double digits, with an average margin of 21.8 points. They have played some bad opponents but also beat the 4-1 Browns by 32 points. There are some undefeated teams behind them, but I’ll still stand by the Ravens being the second-best team in football.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="1. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1, LW: 1)» data-reactid=»123″>1. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1, LW: 1)

I don’t like college football and basketball polls that automatically move a team down due to a loss. It’s the whole body of work. Put simply, the Chiefs lost, but it happens and I’d still pick Kansas City to beat any other NFL team on a neutral field. I’m fine sticking with the Chiefs as the best team in the NFL. It’s not the best idea to drastically change your opinion on a team based on one game.