Blame AAU basketball, blame the one-and-done generation, blame whatever you want, but what cannot be argued is that there is an international wave taking over the NBA. Increasingly it seems like the best and most influential players in the NBA are from countries and regions outside of the U.S.
2019 NFL Power Rankings: Week Five
Here at the ICT Zone, our power rankings are based on a very simple philosophy. To be the man you gotta beat the man, if a lower ranked team beats a higher ranked team, then the two teams automatically swap spots regardless of results from prior weeks. With that, we move on to week five of the 2019 NFL season.
This week saw some encouraging results as far as the parity of the NFL is concerned. Tom Brady and the Patriots looked human and struggled to beat the Bills while in Detroit the Lions were 30 seconds away from defeating Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Almost doesn't count though and for now both teams remain undefeated. Lamar Jackson continues to impress this season but the Browns beat down on the Ravens despite an uncharacteristically bad game from Odell Beckham which is promising moving forward.
The Raiders jumped all the way to second on our rankings after defeating the Colts in an impressive victory while the Rams drop all the way to 29th after their shocking loss at home to the Buccaneers. The Rams defense continues to look awful, which begs the question is Aaron Donald the best defensive player in the game if his defense finished 20th last year and are currently 26th this season? I know it takes more than one player to have a great defense but at what point do we consider how much impact Donald is having on the defense.
This week sees the Lions and Dolphins enjoy bye weeks. For the Dolphins, there could be no better time for a bye week.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes didn't throw a touchdown and the Chiefs still pulled through.
2. Oakland Raiders +7
Gruden might be a better coach than we thought.
3. New England Patriots
Don't be fooled, Brady always has a few games where he looks old.
4. New Orleans Saints +9
The Saints are going to be fine without Drew Brees.
5. Philadelphia Eagles +23
This season could tilt in either direction for the Eagles.
6. Cleveland Browns +13
The Browns finally looked like a playoff contender.
7. San Francisco 49ers
Coming off a bye week and a Monday night game, expect the 49ers to be dominant.
8. Chicago Bears +14
This looks like a carbon copy of last season for the Bears.
9. Indianapolis Colts -7
That was a very winnable game that might come back to haunt the Colts.
10. Detroit Lions
The Detroit defense is for real, just need Stafford to look like an MVP candidate.
11. Tennessee Titans +16
The Titans continue their quest for the perfect 8-8 season.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers +17
Jameis Winston is actually pretty good.
13. Dallas Cowboys -9
Too early to call the Cowboys pretenders but this loss was very telling.
14. Buffalo Bills
The Bills defense deserves a lot more than what their offense brings to the table.
15. Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson finally didn't have to be superhuman to get a win.
16. Carolina Panthers +1
This week against the Jaguars will answer the Kyle Allen question once and for all.
17. Houston Texans -1
The Texans won't go very far if they continue to lose winnable games at home.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers +12
Don't be fooled, the Steelers are still an average team with no real weapons.
19. Baltimore Ravens -13
The Ravens come crashing back to earth and that might be good for the team.
20. Los Angeles Chargers
With Melvin Gordon back things look promising once again.
21. New York Giants
Daniel Jones looked bad but a win is a win and every snap is valuable experience.
22. Minnesota Vikings -14
Kirk Cousins seems to have declined for no understandable reason.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars
Gardner Minshew has another outstanding game but does not seem sustainable.
At least Dwayne Haskins finally got in game reps.
25. Denver Broncos
The season goes from bad to worse with Bradley Chubb out for the season.
26. Arizona Cardinals
Still can't tell the difference between Josh Rosen and Kyler Murray.
27. Atlanta Falcons -16
It's official. The Falcons are a bad team and need to start retooling the roster.
28. Green Bay Packers -23
At what point will teams stop throwing at the goal line even if is Aaron Rodgers.
29. Los Angeles Rams -17
The Rams are going nowhere with this defense.
30. Cincinnati Bengals -12
AJ Green covered up a lot of holes on this team.
31. New York Jets
The Jets should be extra grateful for the bye week.
32. Miami Dolphins
Finally, a bye week. A break from the constant beat downs.
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