the 2019 NFL season, the so-called “quarter pole,” only three undefeated teams remain.
The Patriots and Chiefs survived tough road games over the weekend to stay on their collision course for another AFC championship game meeting. The 49ers didn’t lose because they didn’t play anyone during their bye.Then there’s a baker dozen of teams that are even with 2-2 records. That’s more than 40 percent (13 of 32) of the league, including one entire division in which all teams are tied for both first and last place with that record.
After a week full of upsets, here’s looking at the big shake-up behind New England and Kansas City in Sporting News’ NFL power rankings ahead of Week 5.
NFL power rankings
1. New England Patriots, 4-0 (previous ranking: 1)
The Patriots couldn’t get much done offensively in Buffalo, but they showed their defensive dominance again with their takeaways. They made us remember they can win games with special teams, too.
2. Kansas City Chiefs, 4-0 (2)
The Chiefs don’t get style points for what they did on the road, either. But in a game where he didn’t have any touchdown passes, dazzling or otherwise, Patrick Mahomes still showed all of his playmaking and toughness in late comeback mode.
3. New Orleans Saints, 3-1 (9)
The Saints have marched to a couple consecutive victories without Drew Brees because their Patriots-like work on defense and special teams. They already have exceeded expectations in his absence, and Sean Payton is throwing in his name for coach of the year.
4. Dallas Cowboys, 3-1 (3)
They faced a hostile environment Sunday, and the Saints got revenge after last year’s low-scoring game between the teams. Let’s hope the Cowboys’ throwback to sudden offensive conservatism is an anomaly.
5. Green Bay Packers, 3-1 (5)
Their run defense continues to be a big concern, as is their rushing attack. But their pass defense and Aaron Rodgers will allow them to recover from a difficult game against a good Eagles team.