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  • Week 5 NFL Power Rankings: Your defense looks

    Here's a rundown of our Week 5 Power Rankings as determined by ESPN's power panel -- a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities -- with a special focus on all 32 units.

    Methodology: These rankings reflect which teams voters think would win head-to-head matchups. Higher-ranked teams would be favored against lower-ranked teams. Coming off a win doesn't guarantee a jump, and a loss doesn't guarantee a fall.

    1. Kansas City Chiefs

    2017 record: 4-0

    Week 4 ranking: No. 2

    Kirk Cousins completed just 58 percent of his passes against the Chiefs on Monday night ... which was still the best by any quarterback against them this season. Kansas City has allowed a league-best 51 completion percentage en route to a 4-0 start.

    2. Green Bay Packers

    2017 record: 3-1

    Week 4 ranking: No. 4

    but the pass rush has churned no matter who has been in it. The Packers have generated pressure at the fourth-highest rate this season -- on 31 percent of dropbacks -- even with injuries to Mike Daniels,Injuries have been an issue in Green Bay,Womens Shane Ray Jersey, Ahmad Brooks and Nick Perry.

    3. Atlanta Falcons

    2017 record: 3-1

    Week 4 ranking: No. 1

    Matthew Stafford or Tyrod Taylor. The offense has committed six turnovers the past two games, so if the defense can't force any themselves,The defense forced two takeaways against Aaron Rodgers but failed to force any against Mike Glennon, Atlanta will be facing an uphill battle.

    4. Denver Broncos

    2017 record: 3-1

    Week 4 ranking: No. 5

    LeSean McCoy,Authentic Jeff Heuerman Jersey, Marshawn Lynch and Melvin Gordon (among others). Defense has won Denver a title before,The Broncos' rushing defense has allowed 2.4 yards per rush and 50.8 rushing yards per game through the first four weeks -- and that was done against backs such as Ezekiel Elliott,Womens Marcus Mariota Jersey, and if it keeps this up, it might be able to do it again.

    5. Pittsburgh Steelers

    2017 record: 3-1

    Week 4 ranking: No. 6

    but the Steelers have quietly allowed the second-fewest points per game (14.8) this season. It might not be the "Steel Curtain,Womens Delanie Walker Jersey,The offense was supposed to make all the headlines," but it has led to a 3-1 record and first place in the AFC North.

    6. Seattle Seahawks

    2017 record: 2-2

    Week 4 ranking: No. 12

    the Seattle defense has held opponents to 18 or fewer points three times so far this season. The Seahawks are 45-7-1 (.858) when holding opponents fewer than 20 points during the Russell Wilson era,Womens DeMarco Murray Jersey,Aside from a hiccup against the Titans in Week 3, which is the most such games in that time.

    7. New England Patriots

    2017 record: 2-2

    Week 4 ranking: No. 3

    but it's not so great when your defense turns opponents into Tom Brady. The Patriots' defense has allowed a higher completion percentage,It's a great advantage having Tom Brady, more passing touchdowns and more yards per attempt than Brady has thrown this season.

    8. Philadelphia Eagles

    2017 record: 3-1

    Week 4 ranking: No. 13

    but the past two were by a combined five points. If the Eagles can tighten up in the fourth quarter,The Eagles have allowed the fewest points in the first three quarters of games this season but have allowed the second-most in fourth quarters. Philadelphia has three wins, they could start winning more comfortably.

    9. Detroit Lions

    2017 record: 3-1

    Week 4 ranking: No. 8

    which has led to 47 points off turnovers. Last season, Detroit had 14 takeaways,The best offense is sometimes a good defense. The Lions are tied for the league lead with 11 takeaways, leading to only 28 points off turnovers.

    10. Houston Texans

    2017 record: 2-2

    Week 4 ranking: No. 17

    but it hasn't mattered much for Houston thanks to rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and a still-potent defense. They struggled to stop Tom Brady -- who hasn't? -- but in all other games,J.J. Watt doesn't even have a sack this season, they've allowed just one passing touchdown with four picks.

    11. Oakland Raiders

    2017 record: 2-2

    Week 4 ranking: No. 7

    but the defense has yet to really break. Oakland has held opponents to just three touchdowns on 12 red zone trips through four weeks,The Raiders are bending this season, the lowest touchdown percentage allowed in the red zone so far in 2017.

    12. Dallas Cowboys

    2017 record: 2-2

    Week 4 ranking: No. 9

    DeMarcus Lawrence has been a force so far this season with an NFL-leading 7.5 sacks. Unfortunately for Dallas,Authentic Shane Ray Jersey, no other defensive player has been nearly as disruptive; the rest of the team has combined for just 4.5 sacks and two picks.

    13. Carolina Panthers

    2017 record: 3-1

    Week 4 ranking: No. 22

    a North Carolina native,Authentic Ty Sambrailo Jersey, is playing like he's 27 with a team-leading 4.5 sacks through four games. Opponents are still completing 71 percent of their passes against Carolina,There's no place like home. The 37-year-old Julius Peppers,Womens Ty Sambrailo Jersey, but Peppers is at least knocking them back a bit.

    14. Washington Redskins

    2017 record: 2-2

    Week 4 ranking: No. 14

    The Redskins entered Week 4 with the third-best opponent Total QBR. Alex Smith's big Monday night knocked Washington down a few pegs, but Josh Norman's injury could knock them down even further if he ends up out for an extended period.

    15. Buffalo Bills

    2017 record: 3-1

    Week 4 ranking: No. 15

    One. That's how many passing touchdowns the Bills have allowed through four games. It's no wonder Buffalo has allowed the fewest points per game and currently owns sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

    16. Los Angeles Rams

    2017 record: 3-1

    Week 4 ranking: No. 16

    If you think Todd Gurley is off to a great start,Womens Jeff Heuerman Jersey, then you should see what opposing running backs have done against Los Angeles. The Rams have allowed 4.9 yards per rush and a league-worst seven rushing touchdowns so far this season. They'll have to shore up the rushing defense if they have want to contend.

    17. Minnesota Vikings

    2017 record: 2-2

    Week 4 ranking: No. 11

    Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook are hurt, but the defense is still intact. The Vikings are allowing 19.0 points per game this season and 19.8 since 2014,Authentic Marcus Mariota Jersey, which means the Minnesota offense might not be as explosive moving forward, sixth best in that time.

    18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    2017 record: 2-1

    Week 4 ranking: No. 19

    The Buccaneers might have cause for concern considering their defense has just one sack through three games. Perhaps even more concerning is the pass rush has generated pressure on just 16 percent of dropbacks,Authentic Delanie Walker Jersey, the worst in the NFL. This probably won't bode well against Tom Brady and the Patriots on Thursday night.

    19. Tennessee Titans

    2017 record: 2-2

    Week 4 ranking: No. 10

    tied for most in the NFL,Pass defense was one of the Titans' biggest weaknesses last season,Authentic DeMarco Murray Jersey, including eight in the past two games. If Marcus Mariota's injury is serious, and it doesn't appear much has changed in 2017. Tennessee has allowed 11 passing touchdowns this season, the burden will fall even more on the defense for Tennessee to compete.

    20. New Orleans Saints

    2017 record: 2-2

    Week 4 ranking: No. 24

    and then pitched their first shutout since 2012. FPI isn't buying into the one-off performance,The Saints entered Week 4 with the second-worst defense, though, according to FPI, as it only slightly improved New Orleans to the fourth-worst defense.

    21. Arizona Cardinals

    2017 record: 2-2

    Week 4 ranking: No. 21

    The Cardinals allowed Total QBRs of 75 or better to Matthew Stafford and Dak Prescott, they've struggled against the good and thrived against the not-so-good. Carson Wentz, and QBRs of 25 or worse to Jacoby Brissett and Brian Hoyer. In other words, Jameis Winston and Jared Goff are up next for Arizona.

    22. Baltimore Ravens

    2017 record: 2-2

    Week 4 ranking: No. 18

    After recording eight interceptions and eight sacks between the first two games of the season, the Ravens have recorded just one pick and one sack in the two games since. With the offense sputtering, Baltimore will need the defense to be as disruptive as possible.
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