So we are almost done with Week 5 in the NFL. There were a few teams that are still unbeaten and other teams that recorded their first loss this weekend. After the crazy week that was here are my top 5 NFL teams through Week 5.
5. Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck and the Colts beat one of the NFL powerhouse teams, the Seattle Seahawks, this Sunday. Granted the Colts were at home and the Seahawks don’t have the best road record, but a win against a team that was 4-0 is still very impressive.
Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes while he led the team to his ninth career fourth-quarter comeback by going 16-of-29 passing for 229 yards. Two of the three top QB’s of the 2012 season, Luck and Russell Wilson, both played well. In the end Luck got the better of Wilson.
This victory could be one of those pivotal games that they will look back on this season. The Colts were able to hang with the big boys from Seattle and hand the Seahawks their first win. Even though Indianapolis is 13th overall in total offense and 11th overall in total defense, the Colts are still winning. In an AFC Conference where the West looks to dominate, the Colts can make noise by winning the AFC South. So far they are off to a great start.
4. Kansas City Chiefs
Philadelphia Eagles fans might believe in the hope that Chip Kelly can bring to their team, but Andy Reid is making his presence felt in Kansas City. Kansas City might not be blowing off the doors on teams, yet they sit at 5-0 tied with the Denver Broncos in the AFC West.
Reid and the Chiefs’ front office picked up a lot of great players this past offseason to establish an overall well rounded team. Alex Smith has been able to guide the offense to be the eighth overall team in the NFL in scoring. The Chiefs defense is sixth overall which takes pressure off the offense with the need to score a ton of points. It could be the BBQ in KC, but it looks like Andy Reid has the right recipe to guide the team right into the playoffs.
3. Seattle Seahawks
One of the dominant teams in the NFL, Seattle is picking up where they left off at the end of last season. Russell Wilson has thrown for a little under 1,000 yards five games in and has eight passing touchdowns. Marshawn Lynch is able to compliment Wilson and has three rushing touchdowns.
Richard Sherman leads the defense that punches opposing teams in the face and causes turnovers. This stifling defense ranks fifth overall and hopes to secure home field advantage in the playoffs. If they are able to reach the Super Bowl in New Jersey this year, they are a team that will embrace the tough winter conditions. Pete Carroll is a tremendous motivator and the whole team believes in his message, which can go a long way during a tough season.
2. Denver Broncos
Shocking I know. How dare I put the Broncos in the number two spot? Yes, Peyton Manning in putting up ridiculous numbers. He is leading Denver to have the number one overall offense in the league. He leads the league in almost every category. Yet, after watching this week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, the Broncos defense is why I have them ranked at the two spot.
The Broncos defense will get better as the season progresses, but they can’t rely on Manning to keep on bailing them out. As the weather turns Manning will have to play in some tough elements. That is something he has had issues with in the past. Yes, the defense came up big in the end of the game in Dallas, but they were playing against Tony “I throw an interception in key plays” Romo.
The Broncos are the favorite in the AFC to go to the Super Bowl, but the defense will need to improve if they want to win it all.
1. New Orleans Saints
Sean Payton and Drew Brees are back in full stride. The addition of Rob Ryan had been huge for building up the credibility of Saints defense. The Rob Ryan led defense this year is allowing just 304.5 yards a game, which is sixth overall in the NFL. Last year they were ranked dead last. They gave up 440 yards a game as they went 7-9 last season. The Saints are tied for second in the NFL for turnovers with a ratio of plus-5 on 10 takeaways.
If you are defense that can give the ball back to Drew Brees you will be able to win a decent amount of games. If the defense and offense can keep this pace up, they have a great shot of hoisting up the Vince Lombardi trophy at the end of the year.