Power Rankings: Top 10 Teams In The NFL

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 | 0

Top 10 Teams In The NFL

The 2014 NFL regular season is now in full swing with five weeks gone by. Not surprisingly, the cream has risen to the top and the best teams have stormed out to strong records.

Not one team is undefeated at this point, which means that the rest of the year is going to be a wholly competitive one. There are a few surprise teams who have won more games than many people thought they would at this point, but overall, there are few surprises at the top. Let’s take a look at the Power Rankings for the Top 10 teams in the NFL heading into Week 6:

Marshawn Lynch

1) Seattle Seahawks:

The Super Bowl Champion Seahawks come in fresh off a 27-17 win over Washington last night (Mon., October 6, 2014), but they could have won th game by much more if not for three touchdowns by Percy Harvin getting called back on a penalty.

The Seahawks have a 3-1 record after getting upset by the San Diego Chargers in Week 2. They’re clearly the most complete team in the NFL, and with quarterback Russell Wilson developing into a megastar in his own right, they should be the prohibitive favorite to win the Super Bowl again. Whether that actually happens or not remains to be seen.


2) San Diego Chargers:

The Chargers have stormed out to a 4-1 record, beating up several lackluster teams while defeating the Seahawks. Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers continues to lead the Chargers offense with efficiency, and despite a few injuries the team keeps plugging along.

They have a few question marks about their defense, but with a plethora of offensive weapons and a good gameplan in place, the Chargers have earned their lofty rankings spot.


3) Cincinnati Bengals:

After storming out to a 3-0 start, the Bengals came back down to Earth in a 40-21 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. They’re still one of the elite teams, but they may have been overconfident about their chances against a reeling Pats team.

Still, they have one of the best running games in the league with Giovani Bernard and rookie Jeremy Hill, and their defense is also one of the toughest units. They should be the favorites to win the NFC North once again.

Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas

4) Denver Broncos:

The Broncos beat up on the undermanned Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, who were without both their starting and backup quarterbacks. Peyton Manning appears to be firing on all cylinders right now, and losing running back Montee Ball to a groin injury could actually help the team.

They have some telling games coming up against San Diego, but with the best offense in the league, you can’t count the Broncos out of making a return trip to the Super Bowl this year.


5) Dallas Cowboys:

The Cowboys are the biggest surprise on this list, winning four straight games after a terrible Week 1 home loss to San Fran. They beat in-state rival Houston in an overtime thriller on Sunday, and now they’ll be tasked with their toughest test when they head to Seattle in Week 6.

They have the league’s most punishing runner in DeMarco Murray, and that new gameplan is taking some of the pressure off of quarterback Tony Romo. Their defense, which was thought to be the worst in the league heading into this year, has also looked surprisingly effective in the early going of 2014.


6) Indianapolis Colts:

The Colts have rebounded well since starting out 0-2, winning three straight games including a Week 5 victory over Baltimore. Quarterback Andrew Luck has come into his own as one of the finest passers in the league, and he appears to be getting better.

They have several holes on defense, but Luck’s game changing ability tends to make up for a lot of that. They aren’t on the level of teams like Seattle and San Diego right now, but they could be headed there very soon.

Tom Brady, Bill Belichick

7) New England Patriots:

The Pats silenced all of their many critics by destroying the Bengals on Sunday, but their work is far from over. The team still has question marks on the offensive line and in the receiving corps, and the defense is a hit or miss week in and week out.

But with Tom Brady at the helm, the Pats proved they are never out of it. Playing in the weak AFC East, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see the Patriots take home another division crown.


8) Baltimore Ravens:

The Ravens have looked surprisingly solid in 2015. Quarterback Joe Flacco is surprising with his play, and the trio of running backs they use has been solid if not spectacular. They’ve also lost a couple of close games and could have a better record.

Time will tell if they can defeat AFC North rival Cincinnati, as that will most likely determine whether or not they win the division. The Ravens aren’t quite elite, but they’re a decent team with the potential to win over top teams if they can make the games ugly.


9) Arizona Cardinals:

The Cards took a dive at Denver in Week 5, losing quarterback Drew Stanton and cornerback Patrick Peterson to injury. They’re still 3-1, but they’re going to need starting quarterback Carson Palmer back and healthy before they can be considered a serious contender.

Despite many injuries on the defensive side of the ball, the Cards have fought hard to win in Palmer’s absence. If he can finally get back to full health, they could be a contender. If he cannot, more losses will undoubtedly be on the horizon.


10) Philadelphia Eagles:

The Eagles boast a 4-1 record through five games, but it’s how they got it that keeps them buried a bit low on this list. Sure, Chip Kelly, high octane offense puts a ton of points on the board, but it also gives opposing teams a ton of time to get back into the game, and they have been doing just that lately.

Their defense can’t stop anyone, but they have somehow been scoring an insane amount of touchdowns to make up for it. Quarterback Nick Foles has looked both brilliant and erratic at times, and the Eagles have just plated sloppy overall.

They could make waves in 2014, but they need to clean up their play in order to do so.

About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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