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Week Five Power Rankings

Ben Affleck and Bill Belichick react to the Patriots' loss to the Buffalo Bills.

1. Broncos (4-0; last week No. 1): A perfect opportunity for a Paxton Lynch test drive has fallen into Denver’s lap.

2. Vikings (4-0; No. 3): When Blair Walsh misses a key field goal in the postseason, I’ll try not to say, “I told you so.”

3. Packers (2-1; No. 5): If there ever was a perfect time for presidential candidates to say something dumb about Wisconsin, Sunday night’s debate will be it.

4. Patriots (3-1; No. 2): Bye bye #Jimmy and #Jacoby; #Tommy is back.

5. Eagles (3-0; No. 6): How much will a too-early bye week disrupt the team’s momentum?

6. Seahawks (3-1; No. 8): By Thanksgiving if not sooner, this team could be No. 1.

7. Steelers (3-1; No. 9): Ben Roethlisberger is putting the finishing touches on his Hall of Fame credentials.

8. Falcons (3-1; No. 13): With no Roddy White around to disrupt the locker room by complaining about his lack of touches, maybe there won’t be a midseason swoon this year.

9. Panthers (1-3; No. 4): The time to panic is arriving.

10. Texans (3-1; No. 10): With a trip to Minnesota looming, Brock Osweiler could be walking into another buzzsaw this weekend.

11. Raiders (3-1; No. 15): Michael Crabtree has finally found a Bay Area quarterback who can get him the football in the end zone.

12. Cowboys (3-1; No. 12): Things are setting up nicely for Tony Romo’s return in Week Eight. And Dak Prescott’s inevitable return in Week Nine.

13. Ravens (3-1; No. 7): There’s a fine line between finding ways to win and finding ways to lose.

14. Bengals (2-2; No. 17): They may get a chance to lose another playoff game, after all.

15. Rams (3-1; No. 19): They may that seventh win a lot earlier than usual.

16. Chiefs (2-2; No. 11): “Thanks for waking up the giant, Doug.”

17. Washington (2-2; No. 24): Josh Norman would be even better if he used actual bows and arrows during games.

18. Giants (2-2; No. 14): OBJ’s fuse is getting shorter than . . . we all know where I’m going with this, right?

19. Cardinals (1-3; No. 16): From All or Nothing to Nothing and Nothing.

20. Jets (1-3; No. 18): Brandon Marshall is going down with the boat. The name of the boat is The Orca.

21. Bills (2-2; No. 25): Rex Ryan is still a better coach than reporter.

22. Dolphins (1-3; No. 20): Good news, Dolphins, you have four straight home games. Bad news, Dolphins fans, they have four straight home games.

23. Buccaneers (1-3; No. 21): Jameis Winston isn’t regressing; the rest of the league is improving.

24. Titans (1-3; No. 22): They’re keeping games close, which definitely represents progress.

26. Saints (1-3; No. 29): Could Drew Brees be the NFL’s first MVP from a team with a losing record?

28. Jaguars (1-3; No. 30): The Jaguars typically get better after playing in London; they can’t get much worse.

27. 49ers (1-3; No. 26): When they have seven months to get ready for a game, they’re unbeatable.

28. Colts (1-3; No. 23): With no help around him, Andrew Luck is aging faster than a president.

29. Bears (1-3; No. 32): The Bears’ next franchise quarterback is in college. Or in high school. Or in diapers.

30. Lions (1-3; No. 27): Golden Tate wasn’t benched; he was promoted to non-playing status.

31. Chargers (1-3; No. 28): The best way to win the stadium-funding vote in San Diego could be to find another team to play there.

32. Browns (0-4; No. 31): The Browns found out the hard way that they apparently are using the little-known two-football rule in Washington.