NFL power rankings, Week 5: Falcons rise, Steelers fall

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 02: Tyler Allgeier #25 of the Atlanta Falcons runs with the ball against Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah #28 of the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 02: Tyler Allgeier #25 of the Atlanta Falcons runs with the ball against Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah #28 of the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The NFL power rankings for Week 5 are out, and we see a big dip from the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Atlanta Falcons are rising up.

32. team. 10. . 0-3-1. Previous: . Houston Texans

The only winless team in the league. The Texans fight hard, they just don’t have the talent.

57. . 2-2. Previous: . Chicago Bears. 31. team

Justin Fields appears to be a failed experiment.

1-3. Previous: . Pittsburgh Steelers. 30. team. 55.

The Steelers are 1-3 and their next four games are all against top-end teams. Good luck.

Washington Commanders. 29. team. 58. . 1-3. Previous:

After winning in Week 1, Washington has a case for the worst team in football over the past three weeks.

team. 87. . 1-3. Previous: . Carolina Panthers. 28

The Panthers are feverishly trying to figure out if they can get a conditional seventh-round pick for Baker Mayfield and Matt Rhule.

27. team. 47. . 1-3. Previous: . New England Patriots

This isn’t your father’s Patriots. Not nearly enough talent to win most games.

2-2. Previous: . New York Jets. 26. team. 30.

The Jets are finding ways to win. It’s not pretty, but they’re 2-2.

Indianapolis Colts. 25. team. 46. . 1-2-1. Previous:

Indianapolis is really, really lucky it plays in the AFC South. The Colts would be cooked in any other division.

50. . 1-3. Previous: . Detroit Lions. 24. team

Defense? Anybody? The offense can score, but so can anybody who plays the Lions.

Seattle Seahawks. 23. team. 36. . 2-2. Previous:

Seattle is shockingly showing a real offense some weeks. If nothing else, the Seahawks are fun.

Cleveland Browns. 22. team. 53. . 2-2. Previous:

How do you lose when the opposing quarterback throws seven completions with an interception?

. 2-2. Previous: . Atlanta Falcons. 21. team. 44

How do you win when your quarterback throws seven completions with an interception?

team. 15. . 1-3. Previous: . New Orleans Saints. 20

The Saints have talent, but they don’t have a quarterback, and might not have a coach.

Previous: . Las Vegas Raiders. 19. team. 28. . 1-3

Finally, a win for the Raiders. Now, they go to Arrowhead on Monday night in another must-win.

. 2-2. Previous: . Tennessee Titans. 18. team. 35

Tennessee hasn’t been impressive, but it’s 2-2 and tied atop the AFC South.

team. 32. . 2-2. Previous: . Arizona Cardinals. 17

How are the Cardinals 2-2? It feels like they should be 1-8. Also, enjoy those extensions for Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury.

31. . 3-1. Previous: . New York Giants. 16. team

The Giants are finally changing their culture under head coach Brian Daboll. The losses might come this year, but this is the start of something good.

2-2. Previous: . Los Angeles Chargers. 15. team. 13.

The Chargers won, but they did everything possible in the second half to lose.

45. . 2-2. Previous: . Denver Broncos. 14. team

This isn’t a winning team. The Broncos have issues all over, and now injuries are mounting.

52. . 2-2. Previous: . Jacksonville Jaguars. 13. team

Even though Jacksonville lost, the Jaguars should feel good about their team. Good talent, good coaching.

team. 123. . 3-1. Previous: . Dallas Cowboys. 12

After losing Dak Prescott, many thought the Cowboys were in for a long season. Instead, they’re 3-1 and in great position.

. 2-2. Previous: . Los Angeles Rams. 11. team. 51

The Rams better find another weapon, because throwing to Cooper Kupp on every play isn’t ideal.

San Francisco 49ers. 10. team. 42. . 2-2. Previous:

The Niners have their offensive deficiencies, but this is a contender.

team. 26. . 2-2. Previous: . Baltimore Ravens. 9

The Ravens have blown two ridiculous leads at home. The defense isn’t good, and the entire team is incredibly dependent on Lamar Jackson.

Cincinnati Bengals. 8. team. 56. . 2-2. Previous:

Huge game this weekend. Beat the Ravens, and after an 0-2 start, the Bengals are in first place of the AFC North.

60. . 3-1. Previous: . Minnesota Vikings. 7. team

The Vikings are weird, and they’re far from consistent, and yet they’re 3-1 and tied atop the NFC North.

Previous: . Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 6. team. 48. . 2-2

Tampa Bay got rocked against the Chiefs, but the schedule now gets much easier and the Bucs’ health is getting there.

team. 59. . 3-1. Previous: . Miami Dolphins. 5

The big concern right now is about Tua Tagovailoa, and the Dolphins’ decision-making.

Green Bay Packers. 4. team. 49. . 3-1. Previous:

Green Bay is winning ugly, but it’s winning. Aaron Rodgers and Co. will figure it out.

3. team. 124. . 3-1. Previous: . Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs showed all they can be on Sunday night. They out-rushed the Buccaneers by a 189-3 margin.

16. . 3-1. Previous: . Buffalo Bills. 2. team

What a gut-check by the Bills, coming back from a 20-3 deficit to beat the Ravens. Buffalo is back on track.

4-0. Previous: . Philadelphia Eagles. 1. team. 54.

The only undefeated team in the league. Philadelphia looks great.