Last week’s rankings in parentheses.
1. Rams 5-0 (1): They handled some adversity, including losing WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp to concussions, in an exciting win in Seattle. It’s not too early to start thinking about a Week 11 showdown with the Chiefs.
2. Chiefs 5-0 (2): For once the defense was the story of the day as the Chiefs picked off Blake Bortles four times, sacked him five times and forced a fumble in a blowout win.
3. Saints 4-1 (3): Drew Brees passed Peyton Manning as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards as the Saints demolished the Redskins.
4. Patriots 3-2 (6): New England’s backfield is emerging as a threat with rookie Sony Michel breaking out for 94 yards in a win over the Colts.
5. Bengals 4-1 (9): The defensive line was key as the Bengals scored 27 unanswered points to rally past the Dolphins and into sole possession of first in the AFC North.
6. Panthers 3-1 (13): A four-game suspension for LB Thomas Davis is over and TE Greg Olsen could be returning from a foot injury this week, so things are looking up.
7. Bears 3-1 (10): A lot of people are wondering when the offense will get RB Jordan Howard rolling, but the key is for QB Mitch Trubisky to continue with the hot hand.
8. Chargers 3-2 (14): Photos of “home” win over Raiders show nothing but a sea of silver and black. The Chargers are winning, but Los Angeles doesn’t appear to be very interested.
9. Jaguars 3-2 (5): They are down two left tackles and two running backs, and Blake Bortles isn’t good enough to overcome those obstacles, not every week anyway.
10. Steelers 2-2-1 (15): They looked fractured for the first month of the season and then they looked like a legitimate playoff threat in crushing the Falcons on Sunday as WR Antonio Brown finally got going.
11. Vikings 2-2-1 (17): Adam Thielen became the first wide receiver in the Super Bowl era to begin a season with a 100-yard game in his first five games as the Vikings beat the Eagles in Philadelphia.
12. Ravens 3-2 (7): Victory slipped through the hands of wide receiver Michael Crabtree in what turned into an overtime loss in Cleveland.
13. Titans 3-2 (4): Marcus Mariota never looked comfortable in loss to the Bills in Buffalo.
14. Eagles 2-3 (8): The Super Bowl champs are in a full-fledged funk. They’ve matched the number of losses they had last season, but there’s hope in the downtrodden NFC East.
15. Lions 2-3 (24): They have a week off after a stirring home win over the Packers but will be on road for three of next four.
16. Packers 2-2-1 (11): There are bad days and then there is the afternoon Mason Crosby had in Detroit, missing four field-goal tries and an extra point in a 31-23 loss to the Lions.
17. Dolphins 3-2 (12): They were down two starters on the offensive line and then left tackle Laremy Tunsil left early in the third quarter for concussion protocol and all hell broke loose for QB Ryan Tannehill in a loss in Cincinnati.
18. Browns 2-2-1 (25): Don’t look now, but a home win over the Chargers on Sunday would put the Browns above .500 for the first time since Week 14 of the 2014 season.
19. Seahawks 2-3 (22): They piled up 190 yards on the ground against the Rams but couldn’t come up with needed play at the end in a 33-31 home loss.
20. Redskins 2-2 (19): Their pot atop the NFC East is precarious after Jay Gruden’s team was abysmal in nearly every phase in a humiliating loss in New Orleans.
21. Texans 2-3 (26): They’ve got to do a better job of protecting Deshaun Watson after the quarterback took a beating in a thrilling win over the Cowboys.
22. Falcons 1-4 (18): They went from losing close games to getting trampled in Pittsburgh. This season will be on life support soon.
23. Cowboys 2-3 (20): Jason Garrett told you how he feels about his offensive line and running game when he punted on fourth-and-1 from the Texans 42-yard line in overtime.
24. Jets 2-3 (27): Isaiah Crowell rolled for a franchise-record 219 yards rushing in victory over Broncos.
25. Buccaneers 2-2 (21): The Bucs need to get the running game going if they want to get back to their winning ways beginning Sunday in Atlanta.
26. Broncos 2-3 (16): A once-vaunted defense was run over by rookie Sam Darnold and the Jets, and the 2-0 start to the season seems like it was long ago.
27. Bills 2-3 (31): Defense proving to be good enough for some key wins as the Bills have beaten the Vikings and AFC South-leading Titans.
28. Giants 1-4 (23): Massive payday has not stopped wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from popping off in a way he believes shows leadership.
29. Cardinals 1-4 (32): Opportunistic Cardinals turned five takeaways into three touchdowns in Steve Wilks’ first victory as coach.
30. Colts 1-4 (29): Tight end Eric Ebron caught nine passes for 105 yards with two touchdowns, the first 100-yard game of his career in loss to the Patriots.
31. 49ers 1-4 (30): They picked up 33 first downs and limited the Cardinals to 10 and still lost by 10. That’s what five turnovers will do.
32. Raiders 1-4 (28): Leaky defense allowed the Chargers seven plays of 40 or more yards in loss.
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