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NFL power rankings after Week 5

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Wide receiver Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots dives into the endzone to score on a 59 yard touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half of the NFL game at AT&T Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Credit: Getty Images

1. PATRIOTS (4-0) (2): The Patriots are the most complete team in the game right now, with Tom Brady performing flawlessly on offense and Bill Belichick pushing all the right buttons on defense.

2. PACKERS (5-0) (1): On a day when Aaron Rodgers was less than perfect, breaking a no-interception streak that started in 2012, the Packers were good enough to hold off the Rams at home to stay atop the NFC North. The scoring defense was on the mark in a 24-10 win, but the run defense allowed Todd Gurley to run wild for 159 yards.

3. BENGALS (5-0) (3): Andy Dalton is a legitimate MVP candidate with yet another sizzling performance, this time against the defending NFC champion Seahawks. His dramatic fourth-quarter comeback and eventual overtime win gave the Bengals their first 5-0 start since 1988 - which happens to be the last time they went to the Super Bowl.

4. BRONCOS (5-0) (4): If you'd been told before the season that Peyton Manning would have more interceptions (7) than touchdowns (6) and the Broncos would be 5-0, it would have been hard to believe. But thanks to Denver's outstanding defense, the Broncos have been able to mask Manning's problems. For now, anyway.

5. PANTHERS (4-0) (6): After fattening up early against weak teams, the Panthers will get a better sense of how good they really are when they return from the bye to face the Seahawks on the road.

6. FALCONS (5-0) (5): Dan Quinn still hasn't lost a game as a head coach, but this one was closer than he would have liked. Atlanta wasn't at its best but was good enough to hold off Washington in OT, thanks to Robert Alford's pick-six against Kirk Cousins.

7. CARDINALS (4-1) (7): In their four wins, the Cardinals have averaged a whopping 42 points. The latest victim: the Lions in a 42-17 romp as Carson Palmer threw for three more touchdowns and the Cardinals' defense completely shut down Matthew Stafford.

8. JETS (3-1) (9): The Jets come off their bye week to host the Redskins on Sunday as Sheldon Richardson returns from a four-game suspension to add further depth to an already dominant defense.

9. SEAHAWKS (2-3) (8): It appeared the Seahawks were headed for a third straight win to answer a surprising 0-2 start, but their normally reliable defense disappeared in the fourth quarter and overtime against the Bengals.

10. STEELERS (3-2) (11): Michael Vick turns back the clock on a brilliant 80-yard game-winning drive against the Chargers. His critical 24-yard scramble up the middle and completion to tight end Heath Miller set up the deciding score. Mike Tomlin shows plenty of guts by going for it on the final play, and Le'Veon Bell gets into the end zone for the dramatic win.

11. VIKINGS (2-2) (10): The Vikings come back from the bye and host the reeling Chiefs, who will be without star tailback Jamaal Charles.

12. GIANTS (3-2) (12): Eli Manning puts together more late-game magic for his 27th regular-season comeback in the fourth quarter. The dramatic ending comes on a spectacular touchdown throw to Larry Donnell in a 30-27 win over the 49ers.

13. COLTS (3-2) (17): Matt Hasselbeck shows over the last two games why it's so important to have a viable backup quarterback. The 40-year-old veteran fills in admirably for Andrew Luck with back-to-back divisional wins, including last week's 27-20 decision over Houston in which he throws two touchdowns. Up next: the long-awaited rematch of last year's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots. Andrew Luck is back for this one.

14. RAMS (2-3) (13): Todd Gurley produces a second straight dominating game on the ground, but Nick Foles barely completes 30 percent of his passes to keep the Rams from winning back-to-back road games.

15. BILLS (3-2) (16): With his offense depleted by injury, quarterback Tyrod Taylor put the Bills on his back in a 14-13 comeback win over the Titans on the road. Without his top two running backs, Taylor rushed for 77 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.

16. COWBOYS (2-3) (14): Tony Romo can't get back soon enough as Brandon Weeden struggles yet again to get much of anything out of the Cowboys' offense. Time for Matt Cassel?

17. CHARGERS (2-3) (15): A critical pick-six from Philip Rivers and a defensive meltdown on the Steelers' final drive combine for a demoralizing home loss.

18. EAGLES (2-3) (18): Finally. After a month of misfires, Chip Kelly's offense explodes for a huge day against the Saints, but not before two red zone picks by Sam Bradford. Bradford rallied for 333 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.

19. RAIDERS (2-3) (19): The Raiders did a mostly terrific job against Peyton Manning, but Derek Carr couldn't do any better against the Broncos' smothering defense. Still, this is a much-improved Raiders team that looks like it might finally be turning things around.

20. REDSKINS (2-3) (21): It was a terrific effort nearly the entire way on the road against the unbeaten Falcons, but Kirk Cousins telegraphed yet another interception, this one in overtime that ruined hopes for an upset.

21. BEARS (2-3) (30): Jay Cutler puts in some good work late in the game against the Chiefs as his two touchdown passes lead the way in a stunning comeback win on the road.

22. BROWNS (2-3) (26): Josh McCown has another monster game for the Browns, and this time they finish off the job by upsetting the Ravens on the road in OT.

23. RAVENS (1-4) (22): The Ravens couldn't follow up their dramatic overtime win against the Steelers the week before and instead succumb at home to the Browns in a 33-30 shootout loss in OT.

24. CHIEFS (1-4) (20): It's looking like a lost season in Kansas City. At 1-4 and without injured tailback Jamaal Charles for the rest of the season, there's little hope of Alex Smith carrying the offense.

25. 49ERS (1-4) (27): At least the 49ers have been competitive in their last two games, even if they're staggering from a four-game losing streak after an impressive season-opening win. They couldn't hold the lead against the Giants at the end, prompting Colin Kaepernick to remain upbeat about what lies ahead.

26. BUCCANEERS (2-3) (29): Jameis Winston rebounds from a miserable performance against the Panthers last week, and Doug Martin breaks out with 123 yards, two rushing scores and a receiving TD.

27. LIONS (0-5) (23): Things got so bad for Matthew Stafford that coach Jim Caldwell benched his starter. It's a stunning turnaround after a playoff run in 2014.

28. TITANS (1-3) (24): Ken Whisenhunt is a miserable 3-15 since taking over as Titans coach last season.

29. SAINTS (1-4) (25): It sure looks like the Sean Payton era has run its course in New Orleans.

30. JAGUARS (1-4) (28): Blake Bortles had a fine afternoon with four touchdown passes, but the Jags' defense doesn't show up against the Bucs.

31. DOLPHINS (1-3) (31): The Dan Campbell era, which won't last past the end of the season, opens this weekend against the Titans. We'll see if his no-nonsense approach works in the short term.

32. TEXANS (1-4) (32): Brian Hoyer nearly brings the Texans back against the Colts. He doesn't get the win, but he does get one more shot at the starting job.

Note: Last week's ranking for each team is in parentheses after their record.


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