NFL Power Rankings: 49ers near rock bottom; Raiders still Top 10
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Five weeks are in the books...
32) Cleveland (0-5)
In five games, the Browns have used six different players at quarterback, including Terrelle Pryor, who is now officially listed as a wide receiver. Coach Hue Jackson played QB at the University of Pacific in the early ‘80s. He knows the playbook. He might be next in line.
31) 49ers (1-4)
Remember when the 49ers’ run defense was stout? Four consecutive opponents have now gashed them for more than 100 yards. And on the other side of the ball . . . “We need to evaluate everything we’re doing offensively,” coach Chip Kelly said. The 49ers do not appear the least-bit improved over Jim Tomsula’s one-and-done crew.
30) Chicago (1-4)
Don’t blame quarterback Brian Hoyer. He’s thrown six touchdowns, with no interceptions, and a passer rating of 108.5.
29) Jacksonville (1-3)
Is anyone sure the Jaguars didn’t just remain in London during the bye week?
28) San Diego (1-4)
The Chargers don’t play until Thursday, but they’ve already committed two turnovers and San Diego city officials have told L.A., “You can have them.”
27) New Orleans (1-3)
Dennis Allen’s attempt to rebuild his resume to get another head-coaching opportunity is not going well. His defense is on pace to give up a club-record 520 points.
26) Miami (1-4)
Ryan Tannehill was sacked six times and threw two interceptions against the Titans. Next up: A salivating Steelers defense.
25) Carolina (1-4)
The Panthers lost just once all of last year in the regular season. Now, they find themselves trailing the Falcons by three games in the NFC South standings.
24) N.Y. Jets (1-4)
Ryan Fitzpatrick sat out the entire offseason in a contract dispute. There’s no disputing this: Forget a long-term contract. He’s thrown five TDs, with 10 interceptions, and a horrendous passer rating of 64.8.
23) Tennessee (2-3)
Marcus Mariota threw for three TDs and ran for another on the road against the Dolphins. He looks to solve his home problems against the Browns – a team with plenty problems of its own.
22) Tampa Bay (2-3)
Rookie kicker Robert Aguayo did not miss a PAT in college and was 88.5 percent on field-goal attempts. The Bucs traded up to select him in the second round. He’s already missed an extra point and is 50 percent on field goals. But he got the one that mattered in a big win at Carolina.
21) Indianapolis (2-3)
The Colts are struggling, but Frank Gore continues to build his case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is less than 400 yards from surpassing Tony Dorsett for No. 8 on the all-time rushing list.
20) Detroit (2-3)
A guy named Slay had the big plays to remove the Eagles from the list of unbeaten teams. How perfect is that?
19) Arizona (2-3)
Even before Carson Palmer’s concussion, the Cardinals’ passing game was struggling. But running back David Johnson is proving to be fully capable of carrying the load on offense.
18) Washington (3-2)
After a slow start, Kirk Cousins and this team have regrouped nicely. Washington takes a three-game win streak into Sunday’s game against one-loss Philadelphia.
17) Los Angeles (3-2)
The improbable three-game winning streak has come to an end.
16) N.Y. Giants (2-3)
The Giants may have lost, but it was a day of redemption for Odell Beckham. Not only did he score his first TD of the season, but he made amends with the kicking net.
15) Cincinnati (2-3)
Four losses all of last season; three losses through five games this year. And a trip to New England for Tom Brady’s home debut is next on the docket.
14) Buffalo (3-2)
LeSean McCoy gained 150 against the Rams, and the Bills have won three consecutive. McCoy is heating up just as his old friend, Chip Kelly, comes to town.
13) Kansas City (2-2)
After their 43-14 loss to the Steelers, they had a bye week to stew and prepare for a visit to the Bay Area to face the Raiders.
12) Baltimore (3-2)
Marc Trestman. Fired. Does that sound familiar? Just like after the 1996 season with the 49ers (George Seifert’s final season), the person who succeeds Trestman is none other than Marty Mornhinweg (in Steve Mariucci’s first season).
11) Houston (3-2)
There are no regrets in Denver that Brock Osweiler was allowed to get away.
10) Philadelphia (3-1)
During a 1 ½-minute span late in Sunday’s game, the Eagles lost a fumble and Carson Wentz threw an interception. Those were Philly’s first turnovers of the season.
9) Raiders (4-1)
Since signing with the Raiders last year, Michael Crabtree has caught 14 touchdown passes. In that same time, 11 different 49ers wide receivers have combined for 13 TD receptions.
8) Dallas (4-1)
The Cowboys are the first team in NFL history to have a rookie quarterback with 1,000+ passing yards and a rookie running back with 500+ rushing yards in the first five games of season. You should know the names by now.
7) Pittsburgh (4-1)
Ben Roethlisberger has 15 touchdown passes, which is the most he’s thrown through five games in his 13-year career. In other words, he had a much-better week than his notorious golfing buddy.
6) Seattle (3-1)
Seahawks get the Falcons at home in a game that has head-to-head implications for a possible playoff rematch.
5) Green Bay (3-1)
So let me get this straight: This is what a bad year looks like for Aaron Rodgers, right? OK, got it.
4) Denver (4-1)
The Broncos dropped Paxton Lynch’s starting debut, but it was more a matter of the defense not living up to their typical high standards against Matt Ryan and the surging Falcons. Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis looks to get things back on track Thursday night, as he takes over for head coach Gary Kubiak while he deals with a complex migraine condition.
3) Atlanta (4-1)
Dan Quinn’s squad gets bonus points for beating last season’s Super Bowl participants in back-to-back weeks. Only three teams in 50 years have accomplished that, and no other teams in the past three decades.
2) New England (4-1)
So it turns out this newcomer, Tom Brady, is not a bad option as a No. 3 quarterback behind Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett.
1) Minnesota (5-0)
The Vikings are the second team since 1933 to start 5-0 without throwing an interception. And the defense is not too shabby, either.