- There's a new team on top, one that boasts what could be a historically great defense. Meanwhile, it's looking more and more like the disappointing Panthers may not even make the playoffs this year.
The NFC teams in playoff position through five weeks: Vikings, Cowboys, Falcons, Seahawks, Packers and Eagles. In the AFC: Raiders, Steelers, Patriots, Texans, Broncos and Ravens (with the Bills tied for that final spot).
Obviously, a long road remains in the regular season, but teams currently outside the top six in their respective conferences aren't exactly lining up to storm the gates. In piecing together this week's Power Rankings, it was far more difficult finding teams deserving of spots in the top half than it was filling out the depths.
Will the field close the gap on the frontrunners in Week 6? There are opportunities to do so: Miami vs. Pittsburgh, Kansas City vs. Oakland, the Giants vs. Baltimore and so on. Until then, this week's rankings: