6. New Orleans Saints (+1)
Beating the Bears just doesn’t seem worthy of moving the Saints up a spot in the power rankings, but then again you look at the teams the Bears have beaten and it kinda sorta makes you rethink whether this was a big win or not.
I’ll give credit where it is due, the Saints are trotting out medicore receivers and a defense that hasn’t quite been as dominant as I had expected them to be. Despite that, they are finding ways to get the ball to Alvin Kamara in space and he is doing a stellar job.
While Drew Brees isn’t blowing anyone away anymore, he is doing just enough to keep the offense moving and he has fully shifted to a guy who wins with his mind and not his arm.
This team may end up being the sleeper team that picks up steam late in the season, but a lot of that is going to depend on the defense getting back to elite status and Brees continuing to find ways to distract people from his lack of arm strength.
5. Baltimore Ravens (+0)
No shame in losing to a division rival in a close game like that, but it also doesn’t move you up the power rankings.
For the Ravens, the concern is that they just don’t seem to win games where other teams find ways to get on top of them early. While Baltimore managed to keep the Steelers from piling on quickly, they couldn’t ever pull ahead and unless this team gets a commanding lead early, you really don’t see any of that 2019 team that enthralled the NFL.
A lot of that is because Lamar Jackson just isn’t playing well and he looks worse as a passer. I don’t know if teams have figured something out about his limitations, but in less than a year’s time the NFL has taken this player that no one knew how to solve, and they made him just an above average quarterback in the NFL.