Charg­ers move up to No. 5 as Jaguars slide to 8

USA TODAY International Edition - - NFL - Nate Davis

NFL power rank­ings, post-Week 5 edi­tion: 1. Rams (1): Their next three op­po­nents have com­bined for five wins, so Great­est Show On Surf poised to ride this un­de­feated start for quite some time. 2. Chiefs (2): Their next three op­po­nents have com­bined for nine vic­to­ries, so this KC Mas­ter­piece will be chal­lenged to ride this un­de­feated wave much longer. 3. Saints (3): Drew Brees’ record night over­shad­owed re­turn of Mark In­gram, who was clearly ready to re­claim his spot in highly pro­duc­tive “Two Dat” back­field. 4. Pa­tri­ots (5): Last time they hosted K.C., New Eng­land’s ban­ner-rais­ing ’17 opener, they were up­set by Alex Smith & Co. What does Ma­homes have in store? 5. Charg­ers (6): Puz­zling. Their losses are to per­fect Rams and Chiefs. Yet three wins over teams with 4-11 ag­gre­gate ledger have hardly been im­pres­sive. 6. Pan­thers (7): Good news? Julius Pep­pers six sacks from pass­ing Kevin Greene for third place on all-time list. Bad news? That sen­tence nearly 10 months old. 7. Ben­gals (8): Might have been bet­ter for Von­taze Bur­fict to be sus­pended for six games given Cincin­nati has lost five in a row to Pittsburgh with LB in lineup. 8. Jaguars (4): Dr. Blake has an im­pres­sive 818 pass­ing yards over past two games, though Mr. Bor­tles’ six turnovers more than off­set his bet­ter half. 9. Bears (14): In weird sched­ul­ing quirk, they’ll play next four games against AFC East. Feels like first-place Chicago should go 3-1 dur­ing this stretch. 10. Ravens (9): Just us, or are these La­mar Jack­son pack­ages lit­tle more than a nui­sance to Joe Flacco and un­nec­es­sary risk to fu­ture of fran­chise? 11. Steel­ers (16): Through five games last sea­son, Le’Veon Bell had 515 yards from scrim­mage. Through five games this year, James Con­ner has 581. 12. Vik­ings (17): Clear so­lu­tion to trig­ger league’s sec­ond-worst run game is giv­ing 329-pound Lin­val Joseph, who av­er­ages 64 yards per “carry,” some work. 13. Browns (24): Fi­nally, a “streak” they don’t want to break. Cleve­land could ex­tend run of con­sec­u­tive wins at home over Charg­ers to three this Sun­day. 14. Red­skins (10): They hadn’t played in 15 days, and it showed Mon­day in New Or­leans, where they got em­bar­rassed. Still, 2-2 good enough for first place in NFC East. 15. Pack­ers (11): Aaron Rodgers lone player with longer ac­tive ten­ure in Green Bay than Ma­son Crosby. Talk of cut­ting kicker af­ter a bad day pretty silly. 16. Dol­phins (18): How much is of­fense strug­gling? Mi­ami has more TDs on kick re­turns (both by Ja­keem Grant) than on ground (one by Kenyan Drake in Week 2). 17. Ti­tans (12): To­gether, Der­rick Henry and Dion Lewis are man­ag­ing just 3.3 yards per carry. Maybe this of­fense’s real is­sues aren’t ac­tu­ally at re­ceiver, folks. 18. Buc­ca­neers (19): Jameis Win­ston will be back in sad­dle, tak­ing NFL’s top pass­ing of­fense to At­lanta. Note: Win­ston has lost nine of 10 while in sad­dle. 19. Ea­gles (13): Team suf­fer­ing from Su­per Bowl hang­over and in dire straits at RB is type that might wa­ger Le’Veon Bell rental would pro­vide spark. 20. Tex­ans (26): A team seem­ingly on its deathbed just two weeks ago is sud­denly a game out of first in what ap­pears to be an em­i­nently winnable divi­sion. 21. Fal­cons (15): They don’t have to travel un­til No­vem­ber, so if they’re go­ing to make sea­son-sal­vaging run, it’s time to take care of busi­ness at home. 22. Jets (29): They churned out re­mark­able 323 rush­ing yards Sun­day. Over first four weeks? They had 352 yards, to­tal, from ground troops. 23. Lions (23): Be­fore Crosby fi­asco in Sun­day’s win, Detroit hadn’t been ben­e­fi­ciary of an op­po­nent’s missed kick in any of its other four games. 24. Bron­cos (20): Case Keenum’s in­ter­cep­tion to­tal while play­ing for Min­nesota — 7. Case Keenum’s in­ter­cep­tion to­tal while play­ing for Den­ver — 7. 25. Sea­hawks (21): WR David Moore hails from East Cen­tral and now makes plays in Pa­cific North­west. You guessed it ... ex­cel­lent change-of-di­rec­tion skills. 26. Cow­boys (22): Imag­ine hand­wring­ing had coach Ja­son Gar­rett gone for it on 4th-and-1 and his ter­ri­ble of­fense let him down. Same dif­fer­ence? Oh, right. 27. Colts (28): An­drew Luck and his re­built sidearm have 18 more pass at­tempts than any other QB this year. But his 6.1 yards per throw rank 32nd in league. 28. Bills (31): How has Josh Allen led Buf­falo to two wins? No quar­ter­back has been sacked more (19), and none has a worse passer rat­ing (60.4). 29. Giants (25): Wher­ever did an im­pres­sion­able young player such as Ster­ling Shep­ard get idea that such boor­ish side­line an­tics were ac­cept­able? Oh, right. 30. Raiders (27): We’d like to see Mar­shawn Lynch dress up as mem­ber of The Queen’s Guard and maybe raid a pub for some fish and chips this week. 31. Car­di­nals (32): Still hard to be­lieve a team with David John­son would rank last in to­tal yards and rush­ing yards per game at this stage. 32. 49ers (30): Bravo to the NFL for im­ple­ment­ing a sched­ul­ing pro­vi­sion that al­lows it to flex games ear­lier in the sched­ule ... oth­er­wise you would’ve seen Nin­ers in prime time four of next five weeks.


Philip Rivers and the Charg­ers are 3-2 and have lost only to un­beaten teams.

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