WARR staff @RegalRadio1
As another NFL season unfolds we here at We Are Regal Radio keep trying our best to give you detailed and specialized coverage of what’s still the current national pastime and that includes our WARR Power 5 NFL rankings, the first of which you can see here.
Compiled using votes by a trusted panel of WARR-associated followers of the League, we first gave you rankings during Week 5 after four games played with each team. We return (barely) in time for Week 9.
Bye weeks and some major match-ups between previously ranked teams and newly ranked teams have done a bit to switch things up from Nos. 3-5 and in our “contenders” list from 5 to 10, but up top the bosses are the same with the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs still at 1 and 2 respectively, though that could very well change after this week in the humongous showdown between the Rams and the New Orleans Saints.
Here’s our latest power rankings, use them to size up your pick ’em choices leading up to the Noon cutoff. First place votes are in parentheses.
1. L.A. Rams (6)
What can we say about this team at this point? They’re for real, they’re one of the best, they’re Super Bowl contenders; especially after surviving being pushed to the limit in games like against Seattle back on October 7 and last week’s instant classic with Green Bay.
The only question now is how high a seed will they be, and that’s still a question until the final seconds tick on their game with New Orleans. Escape that with a win and the Rams are likely the No. 1 overall seed and a contender for a perfect regular season.
2. K.C. Chiefs (2)
Losing to the Patriots a few weeks ago put a dent in the Chiefs’ armor but they are still very impressive, they’re still scoring a bunch and they still maintain a 1-game advantage on NE for best record in the AFC. Went 4-1 in October, including dominating wins over the Bengals and Jaguars and two competitive wins over rival Denver.
3. New England Patriots (1)
A lot has changed in the Pats favor in the past month — they gained another big weapon in Josh Gordon, welcomed back Julian Edelman and ran off four wins in a row, including the best win of October in out-shooting K.C. on Sunday night back on the 14th. Another statement could be made this Sunday night against the Packers.
4. New Orleans Saints
Winners of six in a row, the Saints have a chance today to take control of the NFC against the Rams and that comes off a very impressive second quarter where NO beat three winning teams including a division leader (Washington) and a prohibitive division leader (Minnesota).
5. Carolina Panthers
Sitting where the Chicago Bears were in the first rankings (sigh…), Cam Newton and his guys are giving a good effort in trying to keep pace with NO in the NFC South. Newton’s looking like the ultimate dual threat he was in winning the 2015 MVP and Christian McCaffery is maybe the best featured back Newton has ever worked with while tight end Greg Olson remains a great safety blanket for the pass attack.
These teams also received votes from our panel, but not enough to make the Power 5 this quarter. A good deal of tossing about was done here with only the Baltimore Ravens barely staying in the top 10 after ranking No. 7 in the previous votes.
Those Ravens face the rising Steelers this week in a key AFC North contest that may also start one team’s ascension up the next rankings while the other could fall out completely when we reconvene around the beginning of December.
6. L.A. Chargers
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Houston Texans
10. Baltimore Ravens
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