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NFL Power Week 6 Standings



The NFL Power rankings are inherently a judge of each team’s strength. But to find out which team is the strongest, you need to consider their weaknesses. This is what we are doing in this week’s leaderboard.

As we rank the teams this week, every NFL Nation reporter evaluates where the teams they cover have gone wrong this season. Some are picky; others (see New York City) are gaping holes.

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Week 5 Standings: 2

The biggest weakness: The defence

The Seahawks are 5-0 despite a historically weak defense. They allowed a total of 1,292 yards of passing in the first three games, easily the maximum to start a season in NFL history. They had been fine against Sunday night’s run against Minnesota when they were slashed 201 yards to the ground. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the 2,356 yards Seattle has given up is the highest of any team in five games since the 1950 Colts. The Seahawks’ saving grace was to force turnovers – they tied for second in the NFL with 10 – and get stops at critical moments, like things on fourth and 1 against Sunday’s Vikings. – Brady Henderson


Week 5 Standings: 3

The biggest weakness: Injuries

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After being spellbound in the health department last season, the Packers have already been hit harder in four games this year than in all of 2019. Consider who they’ve played without for parts or all games so far: In front of Adams, Allen Lazard, Equanimeous St. Brown, Marcedes Lewis, Lane Taylor, Billy Turner, Kenny Clark, Christian Kirksey, Kamal Martin and Rashan Gary, among others. They have survived so far and will get many of those players back, perhaps as early as this week. But if anything (besides the running defense) can derail this team, it’s injuries. – Rob Demovsky


Week 5 Standings: 1

The biggest weakness: Too much pressure on Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes is facing too much pressure even when opponents are not attacking. He suffered pressure on 34.7% of his dropbacks when not facing a blitz, the second highest rate in the league. This disparity is nullifying the usual efficiency of the passing game. It’s easy to blame the offensive line, but that group ranks 14th in the pass block win rate at 60.9%. Mahomes deserves some of the blame. It has a tendency to drift in the pocket, which makes a linesman’s job more difficult. – Adam Teicher


Week 5 Standings: 4

The biggest weakness: Transmission of a crime

The Ravens were hoping to see Lamar Jackson take the next step as a passerby, but that hasn’t always happened in five games. Baltimore is in 31st place in the pass, averaging 178.8 yards per game. Only crashed New York Jets are worse. Jackson recently admitted that he was “not happy” with the passing game, but said he believes there is still a lot of time in the season to turn things around. Given that the running game isn’t as dominant as it was last season, Jackson needs to become more accurate and efficient at throwing the ball if Baltimore is to beat the likes of the Steelers, Colts, Titans, and Patriots in November. – Jamison Hensley

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Week 5 Standings: 5

The biggest weakness: Pass the defense

Death, taxes and an elite law pass the defense. These are the absolute truths we’ve grown accustomed to over the past two seasons, when Buffalo finished fourth and first, respectively, in allowed yards. In typical 2020 fashion, the Bills are at opposites of their previous selves in this regard, allowing for the most spent fourth yards per game across four games this season. They fought injuries in both the secondary and the linebacker, neither of which helped their case; luckily for Leslie Frazier’s unit, the Buffalo offense proved more than capable of winning a shootout. – Marcel Louis-Jacques


Week 5 Standings: 7

The biggest weakness: The deep ball

Ben Roethlisberger got off to a good start with seven touchdown passes, one interception and a 67% completion rate. But one fundamental thing is missing from his arsenal: the deep ball. It’s not that Roethlisberger can’t get the ball out onto the pitch after elbow surgery; is that it lacks its receivers. Big Ben has the highest off-target rate (59%) and fourth-worst completion rate (24% for 4-of-17) on jumps of over 20 yards this season, according to ESPN Stats & Info data. The veteran quarterback joked after Sunday’s win that maybe the surgeons gave him too much strength in his arms. – Brooke Pryor


Week 5 Standings: 8

The biggest weakness: Kicking

The Rams are making their pitch on offense and defense, but kicks remain a concern due to inexperience. The Rams picked Samuel Sloman with a seventh round pick from Miami (Ohio) and stayed with him in a three-kicker competition during training camp. Sloman connected to 75% of his field goal attempts (6 out of 8), which ranks 28th in the NFL. However, it is fair to wonder why Sean McVay made the rookie attempt a 53-yard kick in windy conditions in week 3 at Buffalo (all of Sloman’s other attempts come from inside the 40-yard line). Sloman is 14 out of 16 in attempts for extra points (87.5%), which also ranks 28th in the league. – Lindsey Thiry


Week 5 Standings: 6

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The biggest weakness: Run defense

The Titans gave up 498 yards during their first three games. Mike Vrabel said it’s about failing to set the edge, not blocking, and not swarming the ball carrier. Running backs were able to find a seam along the scrimmage line and take advantage of bad angles or bad tackles to gain yard pieces. Tennessee is allowing a maximum of 5.8 yards per transport. The Titans have won a few close matches, but they won’t be able to continue doing so unless they stop teams from imposing their will through running play. – Turron Davenport


Week 5 Standings: 9

The biggest weakness: Sanctions

The Saints lead the NFL in total penalty yards and defensive penalties – including a whopping 11 pass interference flags for a total of 244 yards heading into Monday night’s game and another in Monday’s overtime win. You’d think it’s an area they could clean up. But it has consistently plagued them throughout the first month of the season, with at least two penalties each by starters Marshon Lattimore, Janoris Jenkins and Marcus Williams. And it helped turn their secondary talent into a question mark instead of a strength earlier this season. – Mike Triplett


Week 5 Standings: 14

The biggest weakness: Secondary

The Browns were relying on big things from second-round pick Grant Delpit, but safety was lost for the season due to a retired Achilles tendon injury. A few days before Delpit’s injury, nickelback Kevin Johnson suffered a liver laceration in training; Johnson has since returned but has not yet regained the form he had shown in training camp. He throws Greedy Williams’ shoulder injury into the corner, which has sidelined him for all five games, and the Cleveland secondary has yet to reach full strength. As a result, he struggled at times to defend the pass, yielding 296.4 yards pass per game, the third worst in the NFL. – Jake Trotter


Week 5 Standings: 10

The biggest weakness: Tight final production

The reserve quarterback was nearly the pick here after four interceptions in Kansas City in week four (one was more the result of winger Julian Edelman letting the ball slip into his hands). But tight end production in the passing game was ultimately the choice based on a larger four-game sample. The Patriots have three catches for 44 yards from their narrow ends. This comes a year after they finished last in the NFL in close receptions and goals. – Mike Reiss


Week 5 Standings: 11

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The biggest weakness: Discipline

The Bucs are on par with the Cardinals for 42 top-ranked penalties in five games, with their 410-yard penalty more than any other team in the league. Last season they also led the championship with 133 penalties. They had 11 penalties for 109 yards on Thursday night against the Bears, which caused the Bucs to lose three leads and eventually the game, 20-19. “They stop driving. We’ve had so many thirds and longs, and we’ve never been able to get into any rhythm,” Tom Brady said after the race. “We obviously have a lot of work to do.” – Jenna Laine


Week 5 Standings: 15

The biggest weakness: Impetuous crime

The Bears have yet to establish a fast and consistent attack under the guidance of coach Matt Nagy, who doubles as an offensive playcaller. Bears enter week 6 ranked 26th in total running yards (477) and last dead in running touchdowns (one). For his part, Nagy is eternally optimistic about the prospects of effectively managing football. “I have a lot of faith in our running game, really,” Nagy said. “I feel good about it. There is no panic. I know it’s exciting for me to find ways to get him back on track because this will ultimately help our attack.” – Jeff Dickerson


Week 5 Standings: 12

The biggest weakness: Game running

Guard Quenton Nelson enjoys sporting a hat that says “Run the damn ball.” Well, running the ball, a Colts strong point last season, was a struggle this season. After finishing seventh in the NFL in rushing in 2019, the Colts are now 19th in yarding rush per game (105.8) and 31st in yards per attempt (3.6). An important factor is the starting loss of running back Marlon Mack (Achilles), but another part is the offensive line which is not as dominant as in years past. A better running game will lighten what has become a heavy load on QB Philip Rivers’ right shoulder. – Mike Wells


Week 5 Standings: 17

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The biggest weakness: Turnover differential

As in, the Raiders must stop giving the ball and start taking it away more. With a turnover differential of minus-4, the Raiders were in 25th place in that department entering Monday night with seven freebies (6 fumbles lost, 1 interception) and three takes (0 fumbles recovered, 3 INT). Creating a turnover at the right time can transform a match, as evidenced by the choice of Jeff Heath of Patrick Mahomes in the fourth quarter of the Raiders’ shocked victory in Kansas City on Sunday. Easier said than done, but necessary. – Paul Gutierrez


Week 5 Standings: 16

The biggest weakness: Wiretapping

The Cardinals have only one interception this season, and it came in week 4, tying them to 29th in the NFL. Only Texans have less. Even though Arizona are in seventh place in the league with 14 layoffs, the Cardinals are unlikely to experience any pressure on quarterbacks. They are ranked 31st in percentage of pressure with a rate of 19.5. Very little pressure puts little stress on quarterbacks and stress tends to lead to bad shots and more interceptions. If the Cardinals can get more pressure up front, that will likely result in more choices. – Josh Weinfuss


Week 5 Standings: 13

The biggest weakness: Offensive line

The 49ers have questions all over the place right now, but a lot of them are related to injuries. The offensive line has faced a few injuries on the pitch, which undoubtedly damaged early season cohesion, but the group is still mostly what the team imagined in the off-season. Yet the 49ers produced 18 sacks, fourth by number in the NFL and 22nd in run block win rate. If the Niners fail to regain control of the scrimmage line consistently, it will be difficult for an attack with many directors to get back on track. – Nick Wagoner

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Week 5 Standings: 18

The biggest weakness: Defence

With Dak Prescott out for the season, you’d think it would be the striker’s ability to score points with Andy Dalton as the quarterback. But it isn’t. It’s about defense – the whole defense. Opponents Cowboys made 60 drives in their first five games and scored 31, with 19 touchdowns and 12 field goals. (And four of those assets were either taking a knee or running out of time to kill half or a game.) The Giants entered Week 5 with 47 points and their offense scored 24 points over two touchdowns and four field goals. With dynamic offenses on the way, the Cowboys defense has a lot to settle. – Todd Archer


Week 5 Standings: 22

The biggest weakness: Run defense

Despite all the worries about a young secondary coming into the season, the defense of the race was the biggest weakness. The Panthers forgo 135 yards per game to rank in the lower half of the NFL. Improving that statistic was an emphasis for the new staff after last year’s drive allowed a run of 143.5 yards per game. This was another reason to draft Derrick Brown in the first round. The Panthers rank as one of the worst teams in the NFL in yards after initial contact. And they’ve given up on eight rushing touchdowns, most of them across five games in franchise history. – David Newton


Week 5 Standings: 19

The biggest weakness: Revenue

The Chargers could have started very well 4-0 instead of 1-3 had it not been for their minus-4 turnover ratio. Anthony Lynn, however, is now working with a rookie quarterback in Justin Herbert and a rookie running back in Joshua Kelley (after Austin Ekeler crashed with a bad hamstring injury). The trainer has to be a patient or pull out what’s left of his hair to cope. There is no fun in Costa Mesa right now. And that was before the Chargers moved their goodbye week. – Shelley Smith


Week 5 Standings: 21

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The biggest weakness: Passage block

Minnesota are getting a great game from the tackles of Riley Reiff and Brian O’Neill, but their pass protection inside the offensive line remains an issue. Vikings rank 22nd in passing block win percentage and cannot establish an effective return game because of this. On Sunday in Seattle, Kirk Cousins ​​was shot almost every time he released the ball from the rifle in the second half. QB’s third-quarter humiliation after being fired (a turnover that allowed Seattle to score two plays later) was the direct result of the porous pass protection. – Courtney Cronin


Week 5 Standings: 20

The biggest weakness: Linebacker

The Eagles have the smallest amount of cap dollars ($ 4.3 million) committed to linebackers in the NFL, and it shows. Opposing tight ends have racked up 32 catches for 323 yards and five touchdowns in five games. Much of that damage came with the linebackers in cover. The position is ranked low (last?) On the team’s priority list when it comes to roster building. While there is some merit to this philosophy, given how often defenses are featured in sub-packs these days, the Eagles have taken it to the extreme – and it’s damaging them. – Tim McManus


Week 5 Standings: 24

The biggest weakness: Game running

The Dolphins’ offensive pass flows well, but must compensate for a hasty attack that has not found consistency. The Dolphins average just 3.7 yards per retrieve, 30th in the NFL. Miami’s rebuilt offensive line held up well protecting Ryan Fitzpatrick but did not establish itself as a well-managed blocking unit. This, coupled with the addition of Jordan Howard (18 carries, 14 yards) who looks like a bust, provides plenty of evidence that this is the dolphin’s greatest weakness. Myles Gaskin is a good story as the Dolphins surprise is attributable, but they will have to be more productive on the pitch to be a true contender for the playoffs. – Cameron Wolfe


Week 5 Standings: 23

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The biggest weakness: Slow departures

In five games, the Texans only got one first down on their opening records. That came on Sunday, when Deshaun Watson threw a 36-yard pass to Brandin Cooks in the game’s first Houston offensive play. However, the Texans did not get another first down on the puck. And they still have to score on their first possession. He might be fine against the now 1-4 Jaguars, but Houston needs to get started faster if he is to keep up with some of the best teams on the schedule, including the Titans and Packers. – Sarah Barshop


Week 5 Standings: 25

The biggest weakness: Literally the whole defense

Where to start. Lions gave up more yards per game (170.3) than any NFL team and conceded 5.16 yards per run. Detroit is producing 405 yards per game in total and 6.16 yards per game. They can’t get off the field – No. 31 in the first downs allowed per game (27.3) – and they can’t fire the quarterback (five sacks in four games). Even defensive ending Trey Flowers, when asked about the team’s lack of pass rush, said it wasn’t enough in pass rush situations because the teams are doing so well on them. It led to an inefficient defense and putting more pressure on the attack to have to score on every possession. – Michael Rothstein


Week 5 Standings: 27

The biggest weakness: Offense

Is it acceptable to group the entire crime into this category? Because any offensive metric isn’t, uh, ideal. Yards per play, efficiency of the red zone and touchdown per drive are among the categories in which the Bengalis rank at the bottom of the table. Having a wobbly offensive line, a lack of explosive wide catchers, a rookie quarterback, and a relatively inexperienced playcaller all took the lack of points into account. The Bengalis will need all of this to improve very soon. – Ben Baby


Week 5 Standings: 26

The biggest weakness: Offense

Washington ranks 30th or worse in a number of key offensive categories: points per game, yards per game, third down, quick yards per game, passing yards per game, total QBR and sacks per pass attempt. The team benched quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. after four starts, but there was a lot more to do around him. The defense is not playing well or consistently, but it is the offense that has been negative across the board. The hope for Washington is that in the next five weeks he will play three defenses ranked 23 or worse per allowed yards per game: Dallas, Cincinnati and Detroit. Now is the time they need to show growth. – John Keim

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Week 5 Standings: 28

The biggest weakness: Takeaway

The Broncos’ lackluster attack isn’t far from their defense’s inability to create weaknesses in terms of the team’s greater weakness after four games, but the two go together. The team lost the battle for turnover in three of their games, including an effort minus 3 in their only win over the struggling Jets. They forced the turnovers in one game: the second week defeat in Pittsburgh. Their two takeaways tie them to Houston last in the league. As a result, they didn’t create many short courts for a bout that already used three quarterbacks and lost his best wide receiver – Courtland Sutton – for the season with a knee injury. – Jeff Legwold


Week 5 Standings: 30

The biggest weakness: Defence

The Jaguars have given up on more than 30 points in four consecutive games, something that has only been done twice in franchise history (2013 and 2014), and are allowing 417 yards per game. They can’t blame the injuries, because the three starters who missed Sunday’s game (DE Josh Allen, LB Myles Jack, CB CJ Henderson) have been on the pitch in every other game. The front hasn’t received much pressure, and coordinator Todd Wash doesn’t like blitz very much anyway, but the Jaguars haven’t come home when they blitz. This side of the ball needs an infusion of talent. – Mike DiRocco


Week 5 Standings: 29

The biggest weakness: Defence

Yes, Matt Ryan hasn’t thrown a touchdown in the last two games and the 0-5 Falcons are built to rely on attack. But the defense can’t continue to give 32.2 points and 446 total yards per game. And he can’t continue to take big gains in the fourth quarter like he did against the Cowboys and Bears. – Vaughn McClure

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Week 5 Standings: 31

The biggest weakness: Score touchdowns

The Giants have six touchdowns in five games, including one coming from defense. That means the Giants’ offense averages exactly one touchdown per game, and its lack of truly explosive playmakers is glaring with Saquon Barkley out for the season and Sterling Shepard looking to tip the turf. It’s not like the Giants move the ball flawlessly and can’t even reach the end zone. Their 4.66 yards per game is 29 in the NFL. – Jordan Raanan


Week 5 Standings: 32

The biggest weakness: Football

The Jets aren’t good at anything, so it’s hard to spot a weakness. They are one of only four teams in the past 30 years (and the first since the 2013 Jaguars) to lose their first five games by more points. They lost by at least nine points in each game, as the offense only managed six touchdowns. They’ve given up at least 27 points in every game and the defense, which kept them in many games last season, are making 395 yards per game. It’s a fire in the dumpster. – Rich Cimini


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