CLEVELAND – Week 4 in the NFL was full of heartbreaking losses and possibly season-saving field goals. This past week, the league saw 18 total (4 extra-point attempts) field goals missed which was the second most since 2010. The Steelers lost a very hard fought game and had to sit through Josh Scobee’s pitiful attempt to win the game on multiple occasions – forcing Mike Tomlin to go for it in situations most teams would normally trot the field goal team out onto the field. It will be interesting to see how climate will affect any coach’s decision to go for two with this new extra PA rule later in the season – especially in the AFC North. Enough of the kicker talk, here is look at NEOSI NFL Power Rankings for Week 5.
NEO Sports Insiders NFL Power Rankings
1. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1)
Coming off a bye, look for New England to return to the scene with a strong performance against the Dallas Cowboys – who were deflated after Drew Brees connected with C.J. Spiller on an 80-yard bomb to win the game in overtime this past weekend.
2. GREEN BAY PACKERS (2)
Another Sunday, another victory for Aaron Rodgers and company and Green Bay is looking as strong as ever through the first four weeks of the season. Week 5 presents a challenge against St. Louis who are very confident after defeating the Cardinals, but when teams visit Lambeau Field it usually doesn’t end well for anyone wearing opposing colors.
3. ATLANTA FALCONS (7)
This one was over before the coin toss. Atlanta toyed with Houston from opening whistle to victory formation. Another dominant performance from Devonta Freeman helped Atlanta jump into the Top 3 of our list and even if running back Tevin Coleman, 3rd round pick from this year’s draft, becomes healthy anytime soon I wouldn’t take Freeman out of your fantasy line-up and I wouldn’t expect Atlanta to do so either.
NEO Sports Insiders Newsletter
Sign up to receive our NEOSI newsletter, and keep up to date with all the latest Cleveland sports news.