After 5 weeks our power rankings become a bit more clear. The first couple of weeks can be a bit noisy if a team has a really good or bad performance. But now we see the top teams starting to rise to the top.
I do not think anyone would argue that New England is the top team in the league at this time. Brady looks as good as ever. The passing game is tops in the league at +76.25 yards above opponents average (PYaboa). Defensively they come in 12th right now which is fine for an offense clicking as it is.
Arizona has been a bit of a thorn in my side for 2 years. We have been a pretty hard fade of the Cards and it has not been good for the bankroll. But here we sit 5 weeks into the season and Arizona is 4-1 and 2nd overall in the rankings. The Cardinal offense is second to only the Patriots but they are doing it in a more balanced fashion with a PYaboa of +24.04 and RYaboa of 14.32. Many thought the defense would be the strong point of this team but they are currently 15th overall.
I think some of you will disagree with Green Bay being 6th behind Atlanta, Cincinnati and the Jets but if you look at who Green Bay has played and how they have won it is not nearly as impressive. Of course Green Bay is a favorite over every team in the league on a neutral site other than New England right now. The Packers are 5th in offense and 10th in defense. The one number of concern is -11.96 Defensive Rushing Yards Above Average (DRYaboa). For a team that has spent a good chunk of the season in the lead we would expect their rushing against to be better as teams will be trying to pass on them. Not the case with Green Bay and something to watch for.
The ultimate surprise might be Tennessee at 11. This could be short lived or perhaps a sign that Tennessee has been a bit unlucky and should have more wins. They lost tight games to Indianapolis and Buffalo that they probably should have won. That would have made the 11th ranking look a lot more justified. This team is improving with Mariota at the helm although the passing game is at a -20.85 PYaboa.
Carolina fans may take offense to them being 15th behind a few teams with losing records but that is where they stand. The main reason is their strength of schedule is last in the league having played teams with a combined 5-15 record. If Carolina wants to prove they belong with the big boys they get their shot this week against Seattle. A strong performance, even if it is a loss, will help move them up the list.