Pro Football Weekly’s Power Rankings are updated every Tuesday during the NFL’s regular season and intended to rank teams based on their talent and performance to date. Rankings will change each week because of personnel changes, injuries and performance, and a team’s ranking in any given week has no impact on where they might rank in weeks to come. Rankings will fluctuate a great deal more the first few weeks of the season as teams seek their levels and schedules balance out. These are PFW’s Power Rankings entering Week 6 of the 2019 season.
1. Patriots (5-0): Their NFL-best point differential is Plus-121 and No. 2 is the Niners, who also haven’t played anyone, at plus-70.
2. Saints (4-1): Teddy finally gets in on act, improves to 3-0 as Brees’ replacement starter — and NFL passing champ ahead of schedule.
3. Chiefs (4-1): Patrick Mahomes was brilliant, as always, but can others minimize that by copying Colts’ physical, ball-control formula?
4. Packers (4-1): They’ve been very good, with ample reasons to think they’re only scratching the surface.
5. 49ers (4-0): Hard not to like what they’ve done, but also hard to ignore who they’ve done it against.
6. Seahawks (4-1): Russ is the early favorite to win his first MVP award, and ‘Hawks off to best start in post-L.O.B. era.
7. Eagles (3-2): Firing on all cylinders entering season’s toughest stretch: at MIN, at DAL, at BUF, vs. CHI before the bye.
8. Colts (3-2): Remarkable win Sunday night at Arrowhead, with the physical and mental toughness that equals staying power.
9. Rams (3-2): Hardly perfect, but they’re a 44-yard miss by Greg Zuerlein from battling Niners next week at home for first place in the West.
10. Bills (4-1): The defense has been tremendous for the majority of McDermott’s tenure but the offense has underwhelmed just as long.
11. Bears (3-2): The offensive line and run game have become bigger deterrents to a special ‘D’ than Mitch Trubisky.
12. Cowboys (3-2): Packers have their number, but bigger concern should be mounting O-line injuries and recent mistakes.
13. Texans (3-2): Imagine if the Texans get 16-plus healthy games from Watson and Fuller.
14. Lions (2-1-1): Already shown a ton, but we’ll see how they compete in NFL’s best division over next two weeks.
15. Vikings (3-2): Sure, it was the Giants, but Kirk Cousins and Co. needed that.
16. Panthers (3-2): Christian McCaffrey has been the best skill player in the NFL through five weeks.
17. Ravens (3-2): The new-look ‘D’ has struggled immensely, basically eliminating Lamar Jackson’s margin for error.
18. Raiders (3-2): Destroyed Bears in London without top pick, top receiver, top blocker and defensive captain.
19. Chargers (2-3): Offense fizzles out vs. Denver in one of Philip Rivers’ worst games as a pro; Bolts must reignite quickly.
20. Jaguars (2-3): Christian McCaffrey just scored again on the Jaguars ‘D,’ but at least Jacksonville appears to have its QB.
21. Giants (2-3): Young Mr. Jones is exciting but Giants still not ready to play with the big boys.
22. Bucs (2-3): Bruce Arians might actually fix Jameis Winston, but what about his O-line?
23. Browns (2-3): Baker Mayfield has taken a step backward with the inexperienced head coach promoted after his work last year with Browns top pick.
24. Titans (2-3): If Titans season goes southbound, they’ll look back and lament the mistake-fueled home loss to Buffalo Sunday.
25. Steelers (1-4): Season almost assuredly over for the Steelers after Mason Rudolph’s frightening concussion, marking — checks notes — Devlin Hodges time.
26. Cardinals (1-3-1): Kyler Murray authors best performance yet in win No. 1 … by the skin of Cardinals’ teeth against winless Bengals.
27. Falcons (1-4): This much we can say for sure: Dan Quinn won’t be the first head coach fired.
28. Broncos (1-4): After getting bullied at home by Jaguars, Vic Fangio’s “D” answers the bell on road in suffocating upset of Chargers.
29. Bengals (0-5): Embrace the rebuild and sell their few coveted assets now, beginning with A.J. Green.
30. Jets (0-4): Sam Darnold’s return sure to be too little, too late, but at least it’ll signal the end of Luke Falk’s time at the controls.
31. Dolphins (0-4): Can’t lose during the bye week or Miami likely would have, but the biggest laughingstock in the NFL gets ’Phins out of final spot.
32. Washington (0-5): Washington fans truly deserve better, but Bruce Allen and Daniel Snyder deserve one another, and that’s the ultimate problem.