NFL Standings Week 5: Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs Retain First Place in AFC West

Let's check in on the NFL standings in Week 5, including a look at which players and teams improved or impaired their stock.

Week 5 of the NFL schedule answered a lot of questions in the NFL standings, and some teams are beginning to elevate themselves above the rest of the pack.

Let’s take a look at the latest standings in both the AFC and NFC and determine which NFL players and teams are on the rise. For analysis on what players saw their stock rise and fall, scroll down below the complete list of standings.

NFL Standings Week 5 | AFC

AFC East

Buffalo Bills (4-1)
New York Jets (3-2)
Miami Dolphins (3-2)
New England Patriots (2-3)

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
Cleveland Browns (2-3)
Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)

AFC South

Tennessee Titans (3-2)
Indianapolis Colts (2-2-1)
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)
Houston Texans (1-3-1)

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)
Los Angeles Chargers (3-2)
Denver Broncos (2-3)
Las Vegas Raiders (1-4)

NFL Standings Week 5 | NFC

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles (5-0)
Dallas Cowboys (4-1)
New York Giants (4-1)
Washington Commanders (1-4)

NFC North

Minnesota Vikings (4-1)
Green Bay Packers (3-2)
Chicago Bears (2-3)
Detroit Lions (1-4)

NFC South

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
New Orleans Saints (2-3)
Atlanta Falcons (2-3)
Carolina Panthers (1-4)

NFC West

San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
Los Angeles Rams (2-3)
Arizona Cardinals (2-3)
Seattle Seahawks (2-3)

Stock Up, Stock Down | Early Slate

Which players and teams improved their stock in Week 5, and who performed worse than expected? Let’s take a look at the players who helped their team win and those who may have had an unfortunate role in their team losing.

Stock Up | Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills Offense

Josh Allen had 348 yards passing and four touchdowns…in the first half. The Bills QB was on pace for an absolutely historic day through two quarters, but the Steelers didn’t put up any sort of fight in the second half. Allen still finished with 424 yards through the air, and everyone on Buffalo’s offense got involved.

Gabe Davis put up a Randy Moss-like stat line with three receptions for 171 yards and two scores, including a 98-yarder to start the game. Stefon Diggs grabbed eight balls for 102 yards and a TD, and rookie Khalil Shakir hauled in three catches for 75 yards and his first NFL touchdown. Explosive almost fails to define the Bills’ offense, as they had four scoring drives of three or fewer plays.

Oh, and Buffalo held Kenny Pickett and the Steelers offense to just three points. Bills-Chiefs in Week 6 has a lot to live up to after last season’s AFC Divisional Round game, but it’s shaping up as a potential game of the year.

Stock Up | Bailey Zappe and Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

One week after taking the Packers to overtime, Patriots rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe got his first NFL win as New England dominated the Lions 29-0. Detroit’s defense is among the worst in the NFL, but it’s still incredibly impressive for a fourth-round signal-caller out of Western Kentucky to emerge with a victory.

Zappe was efficient, completing 17 of 21 attempts for 188 yards and a score, while Nelson Agholor was largely at fault for Zappe’s lone interception.

On the other side of the ball, Bill Belichick never tires of playing Jared Goff. The Patriots held Goff and the Rams’ offense to just three points in Super Bowl 53, and Goff’s new uniform didn’t help on Sunday as the Lions got shut out. Detroit averaged just 4.9 yards per play and went 0-6 on fourth-down attempts.

Stock Up | Breece Hall, New York Jets

The Jets got a bit of a reprieve when Teddy Bridgewater left the game with a possible head injury, but no one can deny New York’s offense was incredibly impressive on Sunday. Zach Wilson avoided catastrophic mistakes en route to the victory, but it was running back Breece Hall that came out of the game looking like a true star.

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Hall, Gang Green’s second-round pick in April, managed 97 yards on 18 carries while scoring once. He probably should have posted even several more touchdowns on the ground, but Michael Carter (two), Braxton Berrios, and Wilson all got their own rushing scores. Hall also demonstrated his dynamism in the passing game with 79-yard and 21-yard catches.

Stock Down | Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars had seemed to place themselves at the top of the AFC South with impressive victories over the Colts and Chargers in Weeks 3 and 4. Even a close loss to the Eagles — arguably the best team in the NFL — couldn’t put a damper on this upstart Jacksonville squad.

But the Jags’ Week 5 loss to the Texans is a different story altogether. Houston was the only winless team remaining in the league, but they were able to hold Jacksonville to just two field goals. The Jaguars only allowed two field goals and a Dameon Pierce touchdown run themselves, but that was enough for the Texans to get the victory.

On the plus side, Travis Etienne Jr. looked explosive on 13 touches, but Trevor Lawerence posted just a 54.0 passer rating while throwing two interceptions. The Jaguars get the Colts, Giants, Broncos, and Raiders over the next four weeks, so they have a chance at redemption.

Stock Down | Carson Wentz and the Washington Commanders

Carson Wentz didn’t even play that terribly overall against the Titans in Week 5, but he still managed to throw a back-breaking interception with the game on the line. Facing 3rd-and-goal from Tennessee’s 2-yard line, Wentz was picked off by David Long to seal Washington’s defeat.

The Commanders are now 1-4 and far behind the three other NFC East teams, all of whom have at least three wins. It probably doesn’t make sense for Washington to turn to Taylor Heinicke at this point, but if Wentz struggles over the next few weeks, there almost surely will be calls for fifth-round rookie Sam Howell.

Stock Up, Stock Down | Late Slate

Stock Up | The Philadelphia Eagles Keep Rolling

Even when things don’t go perfectly according to plan, the Eagles seem to find a way to get the victory. Philadelphia played its closest game of the season on Sunday, and while they didn’t look totally in sync on either side of the ball, they escaped with a 20-17 victory in the desert.

Jalen Hurts avoided any costly mistakes in the passing game and contributed 61 yards and two scores on the ground, while Dallas Goedert and DeVonta Smith each managed at least eight catches and 80 yards.

The Eagles’ ability to run the ball at will was most evident on their final drive of the game. After the Cardinals scored to tie the game at 17, Philadelphia took over with 9:43 left in the fourth quarter and proceeded to run nearly eight minutes off the clock with a 17-play, 70-yard drive. While they only ended up with a field goal, the Eagles drained so much clock that Arizona was frantic on the last drive.

Stock Down | Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals continue to do very Cardinals things. Arizona played one of its best overall games of the season on Sunday, but they couldn’t come through when it got to crunch time.

After the Eagles took a 20-17 lead, Kyler Murray had 1:45 to get the Cardinals in field-goal range or win the game outright. Arizona quickly moved to Philadelphia’s 34-yard line, but then Murray spiked the ball on first down, giving up a valuable opportunity.

Murray got nine yards on second down, but he slid short of the first-down marker. Then, he improbably spiked the ball again on 3rd-and-1 with 22 seconds left, essentially forcing the Cardinals to go for a game-tying field goal on fourth down. It was the exact type of bizarre clock management we’ve come to expect from Murray and Kliff Kingsbury.

Replacement kicker Matt Ammendola missed the ensuing 43-yard kick, sending the Cardinals to 2-3. They’re still squarely in the NFC West, but Arizona is one of the more frustrating teams to watch in the NFL.

Stock Up | San Francisco 49ers’ Run Game and Defense

The 49ers will be tough to face all year long because they shut teams down with their all-world defense while running the ball down their opponent’s throats. Defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans might be the hottest name on the 2023 head coaching circuit, and his unit showed up again on Sunday.

San Francisco was hit hard by injuries against the Panthers, but those health issues didn’t affect their performance in a 37-15 win. Safety Talanoa Hufanga is becoming a play-making star, and the Niners continued to put pressure on Baker Mayfield even after Nick Bosa went down with an injury.

On offense, San Francisco rushed for 153 yards behind a Trent Williams-less offensive line. Left guard Aaron Banks, center Jake Brendel, and right guard combo Spencer Burford/Daniel Brunskill repeatedly opened lanes for Jeff Wilson Jr., who put up 120 yards and a score on the ground.

Stock Down | Baker Mayfield, Carolina Panthers

What else is there to say about Mayfield? Carolina’s decision to acquire him from the Browns, even at a significantly reduced price, looks like a mistake, and it seems likely to cost head coach Matt Rhule his job.

Mayfield wasn’t at his absolute worst against the 49ers, but his poor footwork and mechanics were on full display, particularly on a disastrous second-quarter pick-six to 49ers CB Emmanuel Moseley. P.J. Walker finished the game for Carolina, so we’ll have to wait to see if the Panthers consider an all-out QB change against the Rams in Week 6.

Stock Down | Los Angeles Rams

This wasn’t what the Rams’ Super Bowl encore was supposed to look like. After getting destroyed by the 49ers in Week 4, Los Angeles took another beating from the Cowboys in Week 5.

The Rams were favored against Dallas, but the game played out just as many expected it would. LA’s banged-up offensive line — deploying third-stringers at multiple spots — got lit up by Micah Parsons and the Cowboys’ front. Matthew Stafford took five sacks, including two by Parsons, and couldn’t get anything going in the passing game aside from a 75-yard catch-and-run TD by Cooper Kupp.

The Rams’ OL could get healthier. Van Jefferson will return at some point. And Los Angeles could re-sign Odell Beckham Jr. Things could certainly improve! But right now, this team looks entirely lost.


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