We are approaching Week 6 of the NFL season and the league is full of drama. We have key players injured, coaches coming under fire and The National Anthem is still a leading headline.
This past weekend Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt both were injured and look like they may be out for the remainder of the season. OBJ suffered a broken ankle while Watt suffered a fracture in his left leg.
Mitchell Trubisky made his first start for the Chicago Bears and the team still looks like the Chicago Bears. “Big” Ben Roethlisberger made a comment about “not having it anymore” after he threw five interceptions in Pittsburgh’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster found himself all over the Internet as he was seen in a video snorting a white substance stating that he was about to go to a team meeting.
As players continue to use their right to protest during The National Anthem, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declared that any player who decides to not stand for the Anthem will not play, with no exceptions. United States Vice President Mike Pence reportedly left the game early between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers after noting that several players were not standing for The National Anthem.
Keep checking in as the story continues on and off of the gridiron, for now let’s get to the rankings.
- Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)
The Chiefs look like a well-oiled machine as they continue to put up numbers and exciting plays around early MVP favorite, QB Alex Smith.
- Green Bay Packers (4-1)
Aaron Rodgers did it to the Dallas Cowboys again! His late game heroics propel the Packers to the top of the NFC North.
- Philadelphia Eagles (4-1)
Carson Wentz has taken control of this offense as the Eagles have won three games in a row. Philly’s offense is becoming one of the best in the league.
- Carolina Panthers (4-1)
After coming under scrutiny for some sexist comments that he made last week, Cam Newton put his focus on the Detroit Lions. He threw three touchdowns with 335 yards in the air in the win.
- Atlanta Falcons (3-1)
Atlanta had a bye this week but will look to get back in the mix as they host the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.
- Denver Broncos (3-1)
The Broncos also were on break this week. They will host the winless New York Giants this week on Sunday night football.
- New England Patriots (3-2)
The Patriots were able to hold off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers without the use of standout tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots defense stepped up in this game, Bucs kicker Nick Folk helped out a lot too.
- Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
The Seahawks’ defense threw water on the red hot Los Angeles Rams offense, holding them to just ten points. Now if they can get the offense started, they might be a contender again.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)
This Jacksonville defense just gets better and better. The offense is getting their legs under them behind rookie Leonard Fournette, as he ran for 181 yards and two TDs.
- Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
You would expect the Ravens to take care of business against the Raiders without Derek Carr. It looks like Baltimore was able to get some things going offensively, let’s see if it continues.
- New York Jets (3-2)
The Jets are surprising many with this winning record. They defeated a terrible Cleveland Browns team this past week and the test comes next week against New England.
- Minnesota Vikings (3-2)
Minnesota makes the switch to go with QB Case Keenum and gets the win over the Chicago Bears. To be real contenders the Vikings are going to have to find a fill in for injured rookie running back Dalvin Cook.
- Detroit Lions (3-2)
The Lions couldn’t get the running game going in their loss to the Carolina Panthers. Keep an eye out for quarterback Matt Stafford, he is starting to take some hits.
- Buffalo Bills (3-2)
The Bills could not take advantage of the Bengals turnovers and lost as a result. Tyrod Taylor was sacked six times in this game. Buffalo has a bye week coming up.
- Los Angeles Rams (3-2)
The Rams’ offense is going to have to find consistency if they are going to be taken seriously. Both Todd Gurley and Jared Goff have to protect the football.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)
There is a lot going on with the Steelers, it seems like something new every week. One thing is certain, you will never win when your QB throws five interceptions.
- Washington Redskins (2-2)
Washington was resting this past week, they will host the winless San Francisco 49ers coming up.
- New Orleans Saints (2-2)
The Saints relaxed this past week with a bye and they will host a banged up Matt Stafford and Detroit Lions this coming Sunday.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2)
The Tampa offense couldn’t get going against the Patriots as they continue to struggle to find chemistry.
- Miami Dolphins (2-2)
Jay Cutler persevered through Miami fans booing him to throw the winning touchdown. He will have to continue to win if he wants to keep his job.
- Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)
The Bengals put the ball in the hands of A.J. Green and it resulted in a win over the Buffalo Bills and now they get a chance to rest during a bye week.
- Indianapolis Colts (2-3)
The Colts took care of business defeating a winless San Francisco 49ers. Without Andrew Luck, this team will continue to be below average.
- Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
The Cowboys fell victim to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers again. Has the off field issues gotten to Ezekiel Elliott and as a result hurt the Cowboys production?
- Houston Texans (2-3)
The Texans are finding a groove on offense but the J.J. Watt injury is going to hurt on the defensive end.
- Arizona Cardinals (2-3)
The Cardinals have traded to get running back Adrian Peterson but will it help if their offensive line is still bad?
- Oakland Raiders (2-3)
The Raiders hope to get Derek Carr back this week and hopefully that will get them back on track after losing three in a row.
- Tennessee Titans (2-3)
The Titans are hopeful that they will get Marcus Mariota and Taylor Lewan back this week, hopefully that will jumpstart the offense.
- Los Angeles Chargers (1-4)
The Chargers ended a nine game losing streak in a win over the New York Giants.
- Chicago Bears (1-4)
The Bears had the win in their grasp and then the rookie QB Mitchell Trubiski threw an interception to put the Minnesota Vikings in position to grab the victory.
- New York Giants (0-5)
Someone tell the Giants that the season has started. With all of their injuries I don’t see a win anytime soon.
- San Francisco 49ers (0-5)
The 49ers just don’t have the pieces for Kyle Shanahan’s offense to work.
- Cleveland Browns (0-5)
Browns’ head coach Hue Jackson will be looking for anything to provide a spark in his team before the flame starts in his seat.