NFL Power Rankings 2019: Where 49ers, Raiders stand entering Week 6
How do 49ers, Raiders look after Week 5?
What kind of world is it we are living in?
The Raiders are in the midst of a six-week stretch away from home, and they got back into the AFC West race with wins at Indianapolis and Chicago (in London). Meanwhile, the Colts lost to the Raiders one week and upset the Kansas City Chiefs on the road a week later.
The four worst teams have separated themselves from the pack. Washington, Cincinnati, the New York Jets and Miami are horrible.
The New England Patriots clearly are the best. The 49ers solidified their spot in the top five with a dominant win over the Browns on "Monday Night Football."
Here are the latest NFL Power Rankings:
32. Washington (0-5)
Last week's rank: 32
All that’s lacking from this dysfunctional D.C. unit are multiple whistleblower complaints.
31. Cincinnati (0-5)
Last week’s rank: 27
If Zak Taylor and Andy Dalton can’t get the job done at home against the Cardinals, maybe there’s just no hope at all.
30. N.Y. Jets (0-4)
Last week's rank: 30
Adam Gase’s eyes are bigger than his offense.
29. Miami (0-4)
Last week’s rank: 31
The Dolphins enjoyed the bye, just as they did for the first four weeks of the season. They move up in the rankings because they did not lose. It’s that simple.
28. Atlanta (1-4)
Last week’s rank: 25
The Falcons have not won a game since blowing that lead to the Patriots in the Super Bowl. (Fact check, again: The previous sentence is not true, but it feels that way.)
27. Pittsburgh (1-4)
Last week’s rank: 26
Even the Steelers’ over-used electric medical cart is listed on the injury report as “out.” It was absolutely pathetic that Mason Rudolph had to walk off the field after being knocked out.
26. Denver (1-4)
Last week’s rank: 29
It took longer than he had hoped, but let the record show that Vic Fangio was on the sideline for the 500th victory in Broncos history.
25. Arizona (1-3-1)
Last week’s rank: 28
Kliff Kingsbury enjoys the sweet taste of victory for the first time in 50 weeks, and he can thank Kyler Murray’s legs for delivering it to him in Cincinnati.
24. N.Y. Giants (2-3)
Last week’s rank: 24
So, it turns out that Daniel Jones is not perfect. As memory serves correctly, neither was Eli.
23. Tennessee (2-3)
Last week’s rank: 23
Kicker Cairo Santos missed four field goal attempts in a seven-point loss. He’ll be hearing the boos in his sleep for a while.
22. Jacksonville (2-3)
Last week’s rank: 22
Gardner Minshew could throw an interception every time he drops back until the end of time, and he still is better than Blake Bortles.
21. L.A. Chargers (2-3)
Last week’s rank: 16
Andrew Luck wakes up on Mondays feeling good. Jacoby Brissett? Not so much.
20. Tampa Bay (2-3)
Last week’s rank: 18
Jameis Winston is playing his way into a future with the Buccaneers, but the team’s defense can show its way out.
19. Cleveland (2-3)
Last week’s rank: 17
The worst thing that happened to the Browns was that the season began. After all, they won the Offseason Super Bowl with all their impressive acquisitions.
18. Baltimore (3-2)
Last week’s rank: 14
Relying on the most-accurate kicker in NFL history to tie the game late in regulation and win it in overtime is not a bad strategy.
17. Minnesota (3-2)
Last week’s rank: 15
Seemingly on the verge of a revolt by his most-trusted target, Kirk Cousins did the wise thing. He threw repeatedly to Adam Thielen, who burnt the football Giants for seven catches, 130 yards and two TDs.
16. Chicago (3-2)
Last week’s rank: 6
Khalil Mack was rendered speechless. No comment. Thank you.
15. Raiders (3-2)
Last week's rank: 19
Who needs Khalil Mack when you got Benson Mayowa and Mo Hurst as the defensive stoppers? Jon Gruden’s fellas quickly turned around a lost season with an impressive road show.
14. Houston (3-2)
Last week’s rank: 20
Deshaun Watson puts up a perfect day behind a decidedly imperfect offensive line.
13. Carolina (3-2)
Last week’s rank: 13
Christian McCaffrey’s actions are controlled by a caffeine-pumped 23-year-old eAthlete from his parent’s basement in Sioux Falls.
12. Dallas (3-2)
Last week’s rank: 5
Coach Jason Garrett got penalized for use of “abusive language.” The fact he showed some emotion and verbalized what their fan base was thinking was the Cowboys’ highlight for Week 5.
11. Indianapolis (3-2)
Last week’s rank: 21
Defensive end Justin Houston upstaged Patrick Mahomes in his homecoming to Arrowhead with a sack and a big fourth-down stop.
10. L.A. Rams (3-2)
Last week’s rank: 8
The Rams face an important one Sunday against the 49ers. They’re on a long week. The 49ers are on a short week. And the Rams can ill-afford to lose back-to-back to Seattle and S.F.
9. Detroit (2-1-1)
Last week’s rank: 12
The bye week gives Matt Patricia a chance to sharpen his pencils for a big Week 6 game on Monday night at Lambeau Field.
8. Philadelphia (3-2)
Last week’s rank: 11
The Eagles prove, once again, that they are difficult to beat when their defense picks up 10 sacks. And, yes, it counts even though it was against the Jets. But things get a little more difficult next week at Minnesota.
7. Buffalo (4-1)
Last week’s rank: 10
The milestones keep coming for Frank Gore. He and Emmitt Smith are the only running backs in league history with 200 career starts.
6. Green Bay (4-1)
Last week’s rank: 9
When the Packers’ best offensive Aaron is Aaron Jones, that can be good or bad. With 182 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns from the third-year running back from UTEP, that was definitely a good thing.
5. Kansas City (4-1)
Last week’s rank: 2
We here at NBC Sports Bay Area NFL Power Rankings, Inc., pride ourselves on level-headedness and voice of reasonness. That said, there has never been a more dynamic, skilled, exciting , unique player in the first 100 years of the NFL. That said, there’s no excuse for losing to the Colts at Arrowhead.
4. 49ers (4-0)
Last week’s rank: 7
The bye week did not end the 49ers' momentum. They are now in the midst of a stretch in which they play five games in 25 days. They wish they could play teams from the AFC North every week.
3. Seattle (4-1)
Last week’s rank: 4
If there’s craziness in the Emerald City, I’ll take the Seahawks to win. Every. Single. Time.
2. New Orleans (4-1)
Last week’s rank: 3
Teddy Bridgewater is doing a fine job of not only keeping the Saints afloat during Drew Brees’ absence but creating some distance in the AFC South.
1. New England (5-0)
Last week’s rank: 1
The Pats are unbeaten, untied through five games for the fourth time in Bill Belichick’s career. Why? You can start with the facts that they have not allowed a passing touchdown and are on pace for 77 sacks for the season.