It wasn’t easy, but somehow another week of the National Football League (NFL) checked the box on another week, despite two games being impact over the past few days by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
While it may not be business as usual in New York City these days, which is where the NFL calls home, they are somehow moving forward to the fifth week, which begins Thursday, October 8 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visiting the Chicago Bears. And before that game kicks-off, let’s unveil our latest Top 20 Noontime Sports Power Rankings for Week Five.
Noontime’s Week Five Power Rankings (Oct. 6, 2020)
1. Kansas City Cheifs (4-0, LW: No. 1): Sure, they moved Sunday’s game to Monday, but it certainly did not have an effect on Patrick Mahomes or Andy Reid.
2. Seattle Seahawks (4-0, LW: No. 2): Russell Wilson and the Seahawks cooked up their fourth opponent on Sunday.
3. Green Bay Packers (4-0, LW: No. 4): After four games, it is fair to say we underestimated Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Sorry, Green Bay!
4. Baltimore Ravens (3-1, LW: No. 3): The Ravens scored a bounce-back win over the Washington Football Team this past weekend and will continue their winning ways this week against the Cincinnati Bengals.
5. Buffalo Bills (4-0, LW: No. 6): As long as Josh Allen stays healthy, this team will be tough to stop.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0, LW: No. 5): The Steelers were idle this past week due to their game being postponed because of the coronavirus. But this week, they should be able to score their fourth win against the Philadelphia Eagles.
7. Tennessee Titans (3-0, LW: No. 7): Nine players could be sidelined this week against the Bills due to the team’s recently Covid-19 outbreak.
8. New England Patriots (2-2, LW: No. 8): The Patriots had a chance to win last night’s game against the Chiefs, but unfortunately struggled to contain Patrick Mahomes and the offense during the final minutes of the fourth quarter. New England’s defense is getting better and they should be able to bounce back this weekend against the Denver Broncos.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1, LW: No. 10): Tom Brady and the Buccaneers rallied to beat the Los Angeles Chargers for their third-straight win. Sure, it wasn’t the prettiest win, but something seems to be clicking between Brady and the Bucs offense.
10. New Orleans Saints (2-2, LW: No. 12): The Saints snapped their two-game skid with a much-needed win over the Detroit Lions. Once they welcome back Michael Thomas, they will be a tough team to stop.
11. Los Angeles Rams (3-1, LW: No. 9): The Rams barely beat the New York “Football” Giants this past week. They will need to play A LOT better this weekend against Washington.
12. Indianapolis Colts (3-1, LW: No. 14): Did you know the Colts have won three games this season? Neither did we!
13. San Francisco 49ers (2-2, LW: No. 11): The 49ers are banged up and desperately need their starters to come back quickly so they can keep pace with the Rams and Seahawks.
14. Cleveland Browns (3-1, LW: No. 16): Kevin Stefanski is enjoying a successful start in his first year with the Browns.
15. Chicago Bears (3-1, LW: No. 13): The Bears’ winning streak officially concluded this past weekend against Indianapolis. Can they return to the win column this week when they host Tampa Bay?
16. Carolina Panthers (2-2, LW: On The Rise): The Panthers have won two-straight and should be able to win a third-straight contest this weekend against the winless Atlanta Falcons.
17. Dallas Cowboys (1-3, LW: No. 15): The Cowboys could easily be 0-4, but somehow their special teams saved them two weeks ago against Atlanta. Mike McCarthy better figure things out quickly otherwise his time in Dallas may not last more than one year.
18. Arizona Cardinals (2-2, LW: No. 17): The Cardinals looked like a real threat earlier this season, but have looked like the Cardinals of the past these past few weeks. They should be able to bounce back this week against the New York Jets.
19. Las Vegas Raiders (2-2, LW: No. 18): The Raiders impressed us two weeks ago, but are now winless against the AFC East.
20. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2-1, LW: NR): The Eagles finally cracked the win column on Sunday against San Francisco while securing the top spot in the NFC East.
On the Rise: Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins