2018 NFL Power Rankings Summary - Week 5
|Average ranking (# of rankings)||1|
|Average change from last week||0.00|
|Highest ranking (source)||1st (multiple sources)|
|Lowest ranking (source)||1st (multiple sources)|
|Biggest positive change (source)||0 (multiple sources)|
|Biggest negative change (source)||0 (multiple sources)|
Thursday Night Football gave us an excellent start to Week 4 in a game in which both teams’ quarterbacks threw for more than 400 yards. Rams quarterback Jared Goff passed for 465 yards, five touchdowns, and zero interceptions in an impressive win over the Vikings. That performance has the Rams staying at No. 1 in our power rankings heading into Week 5.
The Chiefs closed out the week against the Broncos with a thriller as well; Kansas City held off the Broncos and came away with a Monday Night Football win to stay undefeated. The Rams and Chiefs are the only two undefeated teams remaining, keeping them in the same position as last week (first and second, respectively) in our power rankings.
The Rams face the Seahawks, Broncos, 49ers, Packers, and Saints in the next few weeks. Who’s going to hand LA its first loss? As for the Chiefs, they have the Jaguars, Patriots, Bengals, and a second meeting with the Broncos on deck.
Rookie snaps leader: DE John Franklin-Myers, 98 snaps out of 230 (42.6 percent). The fourth-round pick out of Stephen F. Austin is coming off his most productive game, with a strip sack in the Thursday night win over the Vikings.
If the Rams didn’t resemble a Super Bowl outfit (or at least the premier team in the league) to you on “Thursday Night Football,” they never will. Sure, you can single out the mass quantity of yardage allowed to the Vikings (446). Two things. First, Kirk Cousins played out of his mind for part of that game. Second, Rams CB Marcus Peters was definitely not 100 percent, while his cohort Aqib Talib was sidelined (and will continue to be). I said last week on both the radio and “The Power Rankings Show” on NFL Network that Jared Goff might be the top intermediate thrower in the NFL. Not sure anyone can disagree now. #SBLIII
Can their offense be stopped? It is clicking right now and Jared Goff is an MVP candidate.
It has been a while in these power rankings since the gap between the No. 1 and 2 team has been so large. There’s no realistic case you can make for any other team being No. 1. That doesn’t mean the Rams will win a Super Bowl, but this is the clear class of the NFL about a quarter of the way in.
The Greatest Show-Offs on Turf, Part II.
USA Today: 1st (1st)
A team that didn’t really try in preseason has seen top-ranked offense’s yards, points incrementally increase each week. This could get scary.