Falcons, Giants, Jets Climb In Scout NFL Power Rankings

Several teams made moves this week in the Scout NFL Power Rankings like the New York Giants and Jets and the St. Louis Rams. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons continue to be the surprise of the league.

No. 1 New England Patriots (3-0)

I still can’t figure out if it was good for the rest of the league or not that this Patriots team had a bye week. They take on the wounded Cowboys at home in week five.

Last week’s ranking: 1

Week five at Dallas

 

No. 2 Green Bay Packers (4-0)

The Packers improved to 4-0 with a win on the West Coast against the 49ers. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers got a harassed by the San Fran defense a little more than he would have liked but he was still effective, throwing for 224 yards and a touchdown. On the other side of the ball, the Green Bay defense was outstanding. They sacked Colin Kaepernick six times.

Last week’s ranking: 2

Week five vs St. Louis

 

No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals(4-0)

The Bengals beat the Chiefs 36-21. Andy Dalton came up big again, throwing for 321 yards. Jeremy Hill ran for three scores. Dalton got the Bengals off to another fast start. He completed all eight of his passes for 122 yards during their first two drives. With a season a quarter in the books the Bengals look for real.

Last week’s ranking: 4

Week five vs Seattle

 

No. 4 Denver Broncos (4-0)

The Broncos scored a field goal late to beat the Vikings 23-20. Brandon McManus connected from 39-yards out for the game winner. Denver got a nice jolt from their run game, in particular a 72 yard TD run by Ronnie Hillman in the win. But the story is their defense, as this unit continues to play exceptionally well.

Last week’s ranking: 5

Week five at Oakland

 

No. 5 Arizona Cardinals (3-1)

In perhaps the biggest upset of the weekend the Rams beat the Cardinals in Arizona 24-22. Credit the Rams defense for bending but not breaking in the red zone, forcing field goals rather than touchdowns. Arizona turnovers proved costly too.

Last week’s ranking: 3

Week five at Detroit

 

No. 6 Atlanta Falcons (4-0)

The Falcons have to be the surprise of the NFL at 4-0. On Sunday they dispatched of Houston pretty quickly. It was once again running back Devonta Freeman playing catalyst. He scored three times and had 149 yards of total offense. They were up 28-0 at the half and 42-0 at the end of the third quarter. Atlanta scored 48 points and superstar wide receiver Julio Jones only caught four passes for 38 yards.

Last week’s ranking: 8

Week five vs Washington

 

No. 7 Carolina Panthers (4-0)

The Panthers scored an easy win in Tampa, beating the Bucs 37-23. Carolina forced five turnovers, including four Jameis Winston interceptions. One pick was returned by Josh Norman for an easy early touchdown and the Panthers honestly didn’t look back. They made enough plays offensively. Cam Newton hit Ted Ginn for a pair of touchdowns.

Last week’s ranking: 7

Week five BYE

 

No. 8 Seattle Seahawks (2-2)

What’s an NFL weekend without a little controversy? That’s exactly what happened last night in Seattle near the game’s end. K.J. Wright’s battled ball out of the end zone from a Calvin Johnson fumble should have been ruled an illegal bat and Detroit’s ball at the one yard line. Could have been a much different outcome for the Seahawks, who played poorly once again on offense.

Last week’s ranking: 10

Week five at Cincinnati

 

No. 9 New York Jets (3-1)

The Jets struck early in London and never looked back to defeat the Dolphins. In the process New York put the death nail into Miami coach Joe Philbin. Chris Ivory led the way on the ground, rushing for a career high 166 yards and a touchdown. In all, this team rolled up 425 yards of offense. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick added a touchdown pass. The Jets held Miami to 0-16 on combined third and fourth downs.

Last week’s ranking: 9

Week fiveBYE

 

No.10 New York Giants (2-2)

The Giants scored a big road win against the Bills 24-10. They got a monster play from Rashad Jennings, who took a swing pass, broke some tackles and raced to the end zone for a huge fourth quarter score. Manning went 20 of 35 for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Does anyone realize just how close this team was to being 4-0 rather than 2-2? I like this team to win the NFC East at this stand point.

Last week’s ranking: 17

Week five vs San Francisco

 

No. 11 Buffalo Bills (2-2)

The Bills lost to the Giants 24-10. There were too many (17) penalties, mistakes and costly missed tackles for Rex Ryan’s squad. The Bills really struggled on offense and couldn’t generate much of anything, especially early.

Last week’s ranking: 6

Week five at Tennessee

 

No. 12 Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)

This was a disappointing loss for the Steelers and Mike Tomlin, especially considering they could have likely put away their bitter rival for good. Instead, Pittsburgh sits at 2-2 while Baltimore gets in the win column a game behind the Steelers. Mike Vick played pretty well in his starting role and didn’t commit a turnover in the loss. This team just has to learn to kick field goals. Josh Scobee missed two more and is now out of a job. 

Last week’s ranking: 9

Week five at San Diego (Monday)

 

No. 13 Minnesota Vikings (2-2)

The Vikings lost to the Broncos 23-20 in a very tight game. It was a difficult challenge for the Minnesota offense and they gave up seven sacks to the Denver defense. Adrian Peterson did bust loose for a 48 yard touchdown run but only finished with 81 yards rushing. Minnesota’s defense was equally up to the challenge. They intercepted Peyton Manning twice. The one big play they gave up was a 72-yard TD run by Denver running back Ronnie Hillman. They also allowed the Broncos to convert a key fourth and goal for a score.

Last week’s ranking: 15

Week five BYE

 

No. 14 St. Louis Rams (2-2)

St. Louis upset Arizona 24-22 in the desert in a huge surprise. Is this a sign for the Rams? Todd Gurley rushed for 146 yards and Tavon Austin scored twice in the win. These are two must develop into the central play makers for the St. Louis offense.

Last week’s ranking: 20

Week five at Green Bay

 

No. 15 Indianapolis Colts (2-2)

The Colts beat the Jaguars in overtime 16-13. And they did it without Andrew Luck, who was sitting because of a shoulder issue. That should give this team a boost, even if it was against Jacksonville. How about the two veterans for the Colts in quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and kicker Adam Vinatieri? They came through in a big way on Sunday. Indy tied the NFL record for consecutive wins against one division (15), which was set by the 1972-73 Miami Dolphins.

Last week’s ranking: 15

Week five at Houston (Thursday)

 

No. 16 Baltimore Ravens (1-3)

The Ravens needed this one in the worst way and they finally won, beating the Steelers 23-20 in overtime. It took a little luck and the running of Justin Forsett. He finished with 150 yards and carried Baltimore when the team needed him the most. Though they were battling Mike Vick and not Ben Roethlisberger, the Ravens defense limited Pittsburgh to 263 total yards. It also helped that Steelers kicker Josh Scobee pushed two fourth goal field goals wide left.

Last week’s ranking:18

Week five vs Cleveland

 

No.17 San Diego Chargers (2-2)

San Diego improved to 2-2 after a 30-27 win over Cleveland. It was yet another big game for quarterback Philip Rivers. He set up Josh Lambo and the game winning 39 yard field goal with two seconds remaining. Rivers passed for 358 yards and three scores. That’s terrific production considering the Chargers were playing without three offensive linemen starters.

Last week’s ranking: 19

Week five vs Pittsburgh (Monday)

 

No. 18 Kansas City Chiefs (1-3)

Kansas City lost to Cincinnati 36-21. It’s the Chiefs three consecutive loss after beating Houston in week one. Alex Smith had a ton of production but they still lost by 15 points. Smith did throw for 386 yards and that was under a ton of duress. Kicker Cairo Santos kicked seven field goals.

Last week’s ranking: 14

Week five vs Chicago

 

No. 19 Dallas Cowboys (2-2)

Dallas lost a big one in New Orleans 26-20 in overtime. This one has to hurt. On the first play of overtime the Cowboys let CJ Spiller get behind the defense. One missed tackle later and the former Clemson star was off to the races. It’s encouraging that Dallas got a good game from Brandon Weedeen.

Last week’s ranking: 12

Week five vs New England

 

No. 20 Oakland Raiders (2-2)

The Raiders have come back down to earth after losing a stunner to the Bears 22-20. They kicked a field goal to take a 20-19 with just over two minutes remaining. But the Oakland defense couldn’t make a stop and allowed Jay Cutler and Chicago to set up Robbie Gould. The veteran nailed 49 yard game winning field goal with two seconds left. In the end, you have to credit the Bears for just making one more play and they also held Latavius Murray and Amari Cooper in check.

Last week’s ranking: 18

Week fivevs Denver

 

No. 21 Washington Redskins (2-2)

The Redskins earned a huge win over divisional rival Philadelphia 23-20. It was a fourth quarter 90-yard drive piloted by quarterback Kirk Cousins. He tossed a four yard touchdown pass with to Pierre Garcon with 26 seconds left. That’s a big win for Washington and a big win for Cousins.

Last week’s ranking: 27

Week five at Atlanta

 

No. 22 Philadelphia Eagles (1-3)

The Eagles lost late to the Redskins 23-20. The defense just couldn’t make a stop. Kirk Cousins led Washington on a 90 yard drive, eventually throwing a short TD pass with 26 seconds left. For all the wheeling and dealing Chip Kelly did they are sitting on one win. Fortunately for the Eagles they are in a division where it won’t take but eight or nine wins.

Last week’s ranking: 16

Week five vs New Orleans

 

No. 23 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3)

It was all there for the Jags to land their second win of the season but they fell to the Luck-less Colts in overtime 16-13. Blake Bortles passed for 298 yards with one touchdown, running back T.J. Yeldon rushed for 105 yards and Allen Hurns caught a career high 11 passes for 116 yards and one score. Jacksonville had a chance to win it at the end of regular but missed a 53-yard field goal. Look on the bright side if you have Jags fan, you get the Bucs on Sunday.

Last week’s ranking: 22

Week five at Tampa Bay

 

No. 24 Detroit Lions (0-4)

The Lions fell to the Seahawks last night in a defensive struggle 13-10. The Detroit defense played well, scoring their only touchdown and chasing Seattle QB Russell Wilson all over the field. Calvin Johnson was about to score the game winner when he fumbled. The league blew the call which would have given this team a chance to tie or go ahead in the later stages of this game. It’s hard to believe the Lions are winless.

Last week’s ranking: 24

Week five vs Arizona

 

No. 25 Cleveland Browns (1-3)

The Browns lost a tough one to San Diego 30-27. Chargers kicker Josh Lambo kicked a 39 yard field goal with two seconds remaining. It was his second attempt. Lambo missed the first one but Cleveland cornerback Tramon Williams was flagged for off-sides. That’ just the luck of the Browns. They did play better. Quarterback Josh McCown passed for 356 yards and two scores. Duke Johnson made a big impact for the first time in the passing game. He finished with eight receptions and a touchdown.

Last week’s ranking: 25

Week five at Baltimore

 

No. 26 Tennessee Titans (1-2)

Tennessee did not play in week four, which will give their young QB an extra week to prepare for what Rex Ryan will throw at him on Sunday.

Last week’s ranking: 26

Week five vs Buffalo

 

No. 27 New Orleans Saints (0-3)

The Saints got in the win column beating Dallas 26-20 in overtime in New Orleans on Sunday night. Drew Brees connected on his 400th TD pass for the game winner. This went to the speedy C.J. Spiller from 80-yards out. His arm must have felt pretty good after throwing the ball 41 times for 359 yards and a pair of scores. That’s great news for this team, as they look to rebound off a poor start.

Last week’s ranking: 31

Week five at Philadelphia

 

No. 28 Miami Dolphins (1-3)

The Dolphins dropped their third straight on Sunday morning from London to the Jets. On Monday, Miami fired head coach Joe Philbin. He was 24-28. The Dolphins were supposed to fight for the playoff spot. Instead, they look more like a team trying to secure the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Dolphins tight ends coach Dan Campbell will serve as Miami's interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

Last week’s ranking: 23

Week five BYE

 

No. 29San Francisco 49ers (1-3)

San Francisco dropped its third game in a row, this time to Green Bay at home 17-3. You really can’t ask anymore from the defense as they did a nice job against the incredible Aaron Rodgers. But the 49ers offense couldn’t get anything going and it’s looking like another lost year for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Last week’s ranking: 29

Week five at N.Y. Giants

 

No. 30 Chicago Bears (1-3)

Chicago got their first win of the season, coming from behind to beat Oakland 22-20. In the end, veteran kicker Robbie Gould nailed a 49 yard game winner with two seconds left. Jay Cutler came back and played well for the Bears. He passed for 281 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Matt Forte added 91 yards on the ground. Martellus Bennett collected 11 receptions and a score.

Last week’s ranking: 32

Week five at Kansas City

 

No. 31 Houston Texans (1-3)

Houston got blown out by the Falcons on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta 48-21. They didn’t have an answer for running back Devonta Freeman, who scored three times and was a heavy contributor in the run and pass game. Hey, at least Brian Hoyer added some life to the listless Texans. He helped lead the Houston offense to 21 fourth quarter points. Arian Foster returned and fumbled on his first carry (which was returned for a score). He finished with 10 yards on eight carries.

Last week’s ranking: 28

Week five vs Indy

 

No. 32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3)

Tampa Bay lost to Carolina 37-23 at Raymond James Stadium. This was not a stepping stone game for their first round pick in Jameis Winston. He threw four interceptions including a very early pick-six. Maybe the Bucs should schedule all their games away from Tampa. They have lost 11 straight and not won at home since December 2013. In fact, Lovie Smith has yet to win a home game as the Bucs coach.

Last week’s ranking: 30

Week five vs Jacksonville

 


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