The beginning of bye weeks is here. Week 5 marked the first week where teams start taking their respective bye weeks. I don’t know what that has to do with the top five, but I always think it’s something interesting to note. This week was fun, all but three games ended with a final score differential of a touchdown or less. The Jets now have a winning record, the Jaguars dismantled the Steelers, the Seahawks aren’t ready to relinquish being the kings of the NFC West, and can you catch a football? The Giants may be knocking on your door soon. Not really any big changes this week, one newcomer. But let’s get to it.
Number Five – Denver Broncos
I mentioned bye weeks being back and the Broncos were one of the first teams up. Not many teams in the NFL are too impressive to knock them out of the top five after an inactive week. They shouldn’t have an issue this week against the winless Giants, who just lost Odell Beckham for the year.
Number Four – Carolina Panthers
How about this one? Two weeks ago they’re considerably beaten by the Saints and I mention they look completely lost to be a 2-1 team. All of a sudden, Cam Newton begins playing again and they win back to back road games at New England and Detroit. They almost let the game slip away this week but ultimately pulled out the win despite literally everything Matthew Stafford could give. They’ll have their third straight big game in a quick turnaround Thursday game at home against the 4-1 Eagles.
Number Three – Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons, like the Broncos, benefited from an early season bye week. They benefit in the top five from Buffalo being upset by Cincinnati and Carolina wasn’t impressive enough to hop all the way up to three. They host the Dolphins this upcoming week who they should have no problem with.
Number Two – Green Bay Packers
UGH. Personal bias with that? Absolutely. My personal bias aside, Aaron Rodgers is incredible. On a day when the Cowboys offense was clicking, Rodgers took advantage of a dwindling Cowboys secondary to come out with the victory. The Cowboys took over 9 minutes on their last possession simply to try to keep him off the field and it still didn’t work. The defense is going to need some work, but the offense certainly looks stellar. They have a rivalry game upcoming this week in Minnesota.
Number One – Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs maintain their perfect record and number one spot. Defense held Deshaun Watson and company to just 13 points through three quarters. Watson played great in the 4th quarter but at that point it was too late. Travis Kelce carved Houston’s defense and brought in 8 catches for 98 yards. But how about this Harrison Butker kid? Do Chiefs fans even remember Cairo Santos anymore? They have a favorable matchup against Pittsburgh next. Big Ben just threw 5 interceptions against the Jags. If you don’t already expect a big game from Kareem Hunt by default, you should here. Pittsburgh’s defensive front is terrible, as shown by Leonard Fournette this week. He might rush for close to 200 yards in this game.