NFL Energy Rankings Week 6: 1-32 ballot, plus every group’s greatest weak point

The NFL Energy Rankings are inherently a choose of every group’s power. However to search out out which group is the strongest, you need to take into account their weak spots. That is what we’re doing on this week’s rankings.

As we rank groups this week, every NFL Nation reporter assesses the place the groups they cowl have gone unsuitable this season. Some are nitpicks; others (see town of New York) are gaping holes.

How we rank in our Energy Rankings: Our energy panel — a gaggle of greater than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — evaluates how groups stack up all through the season.

Earlier rankings: 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | Preseason

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Week 5 rating: 2

Largest weak point: The protection

The Seahawks are 5-0 regardless of a traditionally leaky protection. They allowed a mixed 1,292 passing yards over their first three video games, simply probably the most to start a season in NFL historical past. That they had been positive towards the run till Sunday night time versus Minnesota once they had been gashed for 201 yards on the bottom. The two,356 yards Seattle has given up are probably the most by any group by means of 5 video games for the reason that 1950 Colts, in line with ESPN Stats & Info analysis. The Seahawks’ saving grace has been forcing turnovers — they’re tied for second within the NFL with 10 — and getting stops in crucial moments, just like the stuff on fourth-and-1 towards the Vikings on Sunday. — Brady Henderson

Week 5 rating: 3

Largest weak point: Accidents

After they had been charmed final season within the well being division, the Packers have already been hit tougher in 4 video games this yr than in all of 2019. Take into account whom they’ve performed with out for elements or all of video games to date: Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Equanimeous St. Brown, Marcedes Lewis, Lane Taylor, Billy Turner, Kenny Clark, Christian Kirksey, Kamal Martin and Rashan Gary, amongst others. They’ve survived to date, and they’re going to get a number of of these gamers again, maybe as quickly as this week. But when something (apart from the run protection) can derail this group, it’s accidents. — Rob Demovsky

Week 5 rating: 1

Largest weak point: An excessive amount of stress on Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes is dealing with an excessive amount of stress even when opponents aren’t blitzing. He has been pressured on 34.7% of his dropbacks when not dealing with a blitz, the second-highest charge within the league. This disparity is throwing off the passing game’s usual efficiency. It is easy guilty the offensive line, however that group is 14th in move block win charge at 60.9%. Mahomes deserves a few of the blame. He tends to float within the pocket, which makes a lineman’s job tougher. — Adam Teicher

Week 5 rating: 4

Largest weak point: Passing offense

The Ravens had been hoping to see Lamar Jackson take the subsequent step as a passer, however that hasn’t constantly occurred by means of 5 video games. Baltimore ranks thirty first in passing, averaging 178.8 yards per sport. Solely the banged-up New York Jets are worse. Jackson just lately acknowledged he’s “not comfortable” with the passing sport however mentioned he believes there’s loads of time left within the season to show it round. With the working sport not being as dominant as final season, Jackson has to grow to be extra correct and environment friendly in throwing the ball if Baltimore needs to beat the likes of the Steelers, Colts, Titans and Patriots in November. — Jamison Hensley



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Week 5 rating: 5

Largest weak point: Move protection

Loss of life, taxes and an elite Payments move protection. These are absolutely the truths we’ve got grow to be accustomed to over the previous two seasons, when Buffalo completed fourth and first, respectively, in passing yards allowed. In typical 2020 vogue, the Payments are polar opposites from their earlier selves in that regard, permitting the fourth-most passing yards per sport by means of 4 video games this season. They’ve battled accidents in each the secondary and at linebacker, neither of which have helped their case; thankfully for Leslie Frazier’s unit, Buffalo’s offense has proved greater than able to profitable a shootout. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Week 5 rating: 7

Largest weak point: The deep ball

Ben Roethlisberger is off to a strong begin with 10 landing passes, one interception and a 67% completion charge. However one essential factor is lacking from his arsenal: the deep ball. It isn’t that Roethlisberger cannot get the ball down the sphere after elbow surgical procedure; it is that he’s lacking his receivers. Large Ben has the very best off-target charge (59%) and fourth-worst completion charge (24% for 4-of-17) on throws 20-plus yards downfield this season, per ESPN Stats & Data information. The veteran quarterback joked after Sunday’s win that perhaps the surgeons gave him an excessive amount of arm power. — Brooke Pryor

Week 5 rating: 8

Largest weak point: Kicking

The Rams are hitting their stride on offense and protection, however kicking stays a priority due to inexperience. The Rams chosen Samuel Sloman with a seventh-round choose from Miami (Ohio) and caught with him by means of a three-kicker competitors throughout coaching camp. Sloman has related on 75% of his area aim makes an attempt (6-of-8), which ranks twenty eighth within the NFL. Nonetheless, it is honest to query why Sean McVay had the rookie try a 53-yard kick in windy circumstances in Week 3 at Buffalo (all of Sloman’s different makes an attempt are from contained in the 40-yard line). Sloman is 14-of-16 on further level makes an attempt (87.5%), which additionally ranks twenty eighth within the league. — Lindsey Thiry

Week 5 rating: 6

Largest weak point: Run protection

The Titans have given up 498 dashing yards by means of the primary three video games. Mike Vrabel mentioned it comes all the way down to failing to set the sting, not walling and never swarming to the ball service. Operating backs have been capable of finding a seam alongside the road of scrimmage and make the most of unhealthy angles or poor tackling to realize chunks of yards. Tennessee is permitting a league-high 5.8 yards per carry. The Titans have received some shut video games, however they will not be capable of preserve doing so if they do not cease groups from imposing their will by means of the working sport. — Turron Davenport

Week 5 rating: 9

Largest weak point: Penalties

The Saints lead the NFL in complete penalty yards and defensive penalties — together with a whopping 11 move interference flags for a complete of 244 yards heading into Monday night time’s sport. You’ll suppose that is an space they may clear up. But it surely constantly plagued them all through the primary month of the season, with no less than two penalties every by starters Marshon Lattimore, Janoris Jenkins and Marcus Williams. And it has helped to show their gifted secondary right into a query mark as an alternative of a power early this season. — Mike Triplett

Week 5 rating: 14

Largest weak point: Secondary

The Browns had been banking on massive issues from second-round choose Grant Delpit, however the security was misplaced for the season to an Achilles harm in coaching camp. Days earlier than Delpit’s harm, nickelback Kevin Johnson suffered a lacerated liver in apply; Johnson has since returned however hasn’t but regained the shape he flashed in coaching camp. Throw in nook Greedy Williams‘ shoulder harm, which has sidelined him all 5 video games, and Cleveland’s secondary has but to achieve full power. In consequence, it has struggled at occasions defending the move, surrendering 296.4 passing yards per sport, third worst within the NFL. — Jake Trotter

Week 5 rating: 10

Largest weak point: Tight finish manufacturing

Backup quarterback virtually was the selection right here after 4 interceptions in Kansas Metropolis in Week 4 (one was extra a results of extensive receiver Julian Edelman letting the ball slip by means of his palms). However tight finish manufacturing within the passing sport was finally the choose based mostly on a bigger, four-game pattern measurement. The Patriots have three catches for 44 yards from their tight ends. This comes one yr after they ranked final within the NFL in tight finish receptions and targets. — Mike Reiss

Week 5 rating: 11

Largest weak point: Self-discipline

The Bucs are tied with the Cardinals for a league-leading 42 penalties by means of 5 video games, with their 410 penalty yards greater than that of some other group within the league. Additionally they led the league with 133 penalties final season. That they had 11 penalties for 109 yards Thursday night time towards the Bears, which prompted the Bucs to lose three leads and finally the sport, 20-19. “They cease drives. We had so many third-and-longs, and we simply might by no means get into any rhythm,” Tom Brady mentioned after the competition. “We clearly have a number of work to do.” — Jenna Laine

Week 5 rating: 15

Largest weak point: Dashing offense

The Bears have but to ascertain a constant dashing assault below coach Matt Nagy, who doubles because the offensive playcaller. The Bears enter Week 6 ranked twenty sixth in complete dashing yards (477) and lifeless final in dashing touchdowns (one). For his half, Nagy is eternally optimistic in regards to the prospects of working the soccer successfully. “I’ve a number of religion in our run sport, I actually do,” Nagy mentioned. “I be ok with that. There is no such thing as a panic in any respect. I do know for me that half is thrilling to determine methods to get it again on monitor as a result of that’s finally going to assist our offense.” — Jeff Dickerson

Week 5 rating: 12

Largest weak point: Operating sport

Guard Quenton Nelson enjoys sporting a hat that reads, “Run the rattling ball.” Nicely, working the ball, a power of the Colts final season, has been a battle this season. After ending seventh within the NFL in dashing in 2019, the Colts now are nineteenth in dashing yards per sport (105.8) and thirty first in yards per try (3.6). An enormous issue is the lack of beginning working again Marlon Mack (Achilles), however one other half is the offensive line not being as dominant as in years previous. A greater working sport will loosen up what has grow to be a heavy load on QB Philip Rivers‘ proper shoulder. — Mike Wells

Week 5 rating: 17

Largest weak point: Turnover differential

As in, the Raiders must cease giving the ball away and begin taking it away extra. With a minus-4 turnover differential, the Raiders had been tied for twenty fifth in that division coming into Monday night time with seven giveaways (6 fumbles misplaced, 1 interception) and three takeaways (0 fumbles recovered, 3 INTs). Making a turnover at simply the correct time can flip a sport, as evidenced by Jeff Heath‘s choose of Patrick Mahomes within the fourth quarter of the Raiders’ upset win at Kansas Metropolis on Sunday. Simpler mentioned than finished, however vital. — Paul Gutierrez

Week 5 rating: 16

Largest weak point: Interceptions

The Cardinals have only one interception this season, and it got here in Week 4, tying them for twenty ninth within the NFL. Solely the Texans have fewer. Though Arizona is tied for seventh within the league with 14 sacks, the Cardinals are hardly getting stress on quarterbacks. They’re ranked thirty first in stress proportion with a charge of 19.5. Little or no stress places little or no stress on quarterbacks, and stress tends to result in unhealthy throws and extra interceptions. If the Cardinals can get extra stress up entrance, that can probably translate into extra picks. — Josh Weinfuss

Week 5 rating: 13

Largest weak point: Offensive line

The 49ers have questions throughout proper now, however a lot of them are associated to accidents. The offensive line handled some accidents in camp, which undoubtedly damage early-season cohesion, however the group remains to be principally what the group envisioned within the offseason. But the 49ers have yielded 18 sacks, fourth most within the NFL, and rank twenty second in run block win charge. If the Niners cannot regain management of the road of scrimmage constantly, it should be troublesome for an offense with loads of playmakers to get again on monitor. — Nick Wagoner



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Week 5 rating: 18

Largest weak point: Protection

With Dak Prescott out for the season, you’ll suppose it will be the offense’s means to place up factors with Andy Dalton at quarterback. But it surely’s not. It is on the protection — the complete protection. Cowboys opponents have had 60 drives within the first 5 video games and have scored on 31 of them, with 19 touchdowns and 12 area targets. (And 4 of these possessions had been both taking a knee or working out the clock to kill the half or a sport.) The Giants entered Week 5 with 47 factors, and their offense scored 24 factors on two touchdowns and 4 area targets. With dynamic offenses to come back, the Cowboys’ protection has rather a lot to repair. — Todd Archer

Week 5 rating: 22

Largest weak point: Run protection

For all of the issues a couple of younger secondary coming into the season, the run protection has been the largest weak point. The Panthers are giving up 135 yards per sport to rank among the many backside half of the NFL. Enhancing that stat was an emphasis for the brand new employees after final yr’s unit allowed a whopping 143.5 yards dashing per sport. That was one more reason for drafting run-stopper Derrick Brown within the first spherical. The Panthers rank as one of many worst groups within the NFL in yards after preliminary contact. And so they have given up eight dashing touchdowns, probably the most by means of 5 video games in franchise historical past. — David Newton

Week 5 rating: 19

Largest weak point: Turnovers

The Chargers very properly might have began 4-0 as an alternative of 1-3 if it weren’t for his or her minus-4 turnover ratio. Anthony Lynn, although, is now working with a rookie quarterback in Justin Herbert and a rookie working again in Joshua Kelley (after Austin Ekeler went down with a nasty hamstring harm). The coach needs to be a affected person or pull out what’s left of his hair to manage. There is no enjoyable in Costa Mesa proper now. And that was earlier than the Chargers had their bye week moved up. — Shelley Smith

Week 5 rating: 21

Largest weak point: Move blocking

Minnesota is getting nice play out of tackles Riley Reiff and Brian O’Neill, however its move safety on the inside of the offensive line stays a difficulty. The Vikings rank twenty second in move block win charge and might’t set up an efficient dropback sport due to it. In Seattle on Sunday, Kirk Cousins bought hit practically each time he launched the soccer out of the shotgun within the second half. The QB’s third-quarter fumble after being sacked (a turnover that allowed Seattle to attain two performs later) was the direct results of porous move safety. — Courtney Cronin

Week 5 rating: 20

Largest weak point: Linebacker

The Eagles have the smallest quantity of cap {dollars} ($4.3 million) dedicated to linebacker within the NFL, and it reveals. Opposing tight ends have racked up 32 catches for 323 yards and 5 touchdowns by means of 5 video games. A lot of that injury has include linebackers in protection. The place is ranked low (final?) on the group’s precedence checklist with regards to roster development. Whereas there may be some benefit to that philosophy given how typically defenses are in subpackages today, the Eagles have taken it to an excessive — and it is hurting them. — Tim McManus

Week 5 rating: 24

Largest weak point: Operating sport

The Dolphins’ passing offense is flowing well, but it surely’s having to offset a dashing attacking that hasn’t discovered consistency. The Dolphins are averaging simply 3.7 yards per carry, thirtieth within the NFL. Miami’s rebuilt offensive line has held up properly defending Ryan Fitzpatrick however hasn’t established itself as properly run blocking unit. That coupled with the Jordan Howard addition (18 carries, 14 yards) wanting like a bust offers loads of proof that is the Dolphins’ greatest weak point. Myles Gaskin is a feel-good story because the Dolphins’ shock lead again, however they are going to should be extra productive on the bottom to be a real playoff contender. — Cameron Wolfe

Week 5 rating: 23

Largest weak point: Sluggish begins

By means of 5 video games, the Texans have solely gotten one first down on their opening drives. That one got here Sunday, when Deshaun Watson threw a 36-yard move to Brandin Cooks on Houston’s first offensive play of the sport. Nonetheless, the Texans did not get one other first down on the drive. And so they have but to attain on their opening possession. That could be OK towards the now 1-4 Jaguars, however Houston must get off to a sooner begin if it needs to maintain tempo with a few of the higher groups arising on the schedule, together with the Titans and Packers. — Sarah Barshop

Week 5 rating: 25

Largest weak point: Actually the complete protection

Where to begin. The Lions have given up extra dashing yards per sport (170.3) than any group within the NFL and have allowed 5.16 yards per rush. Detroit is yielding 405 yards per sport in complete and 6.16 yards per play. They can not get off the sphere — No. 31 in first downs allowed per sport (27.3) — and might’t sack the quarterback (5 sacks in 4 video games). Even defensive finish Trey Flowers, when requested in regards to the group’s lack of move rush, mentioned it hadn’t been in sufficient pass-rush conditions as a result of groups are working so properly on them. It has led to an inefficient protection and placing extra stress on the offense to have to attain on each possession. — Michael Rothstein

Week 5 rating: 27

Largest weak point: Offense

Is it acceptable to lump the complete offense into this class? As a result of each offensive metric is, uh, not ideally suited. Yards per play, purple zone effectivity and touchdowns per drive are among the many classes through which the Bengals rank close to the underside of the league. Having a shaky offensive line, an absence of explosive extensive receivers, a rookie quarterback and a comparatively inexperienced playcaller have all factored into the dearth of factors. The Bengals will want all of that to enhance fairly quickly. — Ben Child

Week 5 rating: 26

Largest weak point: Offense

Washington ranks thirtieth or worse in a variety of key offensive classes: factors per sport, yards per sport, third down, dashing yards per sport, passing yards per sport, complete QBR and sacks per move try. The group benched quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. after 4 begins, however there’s much more that wanted to be finished round him. The protection is not taking part in properly or constantly, but it surely’s the offense that has been unhealthy throughout the board. The hope for Washington is that within the subsequent 5 weeks it performs three defenses ranked twenty third or worse in yards allowed per sport: Dallas, Cincinnati and Detroit. Now’s the time when they should present development. — John Keim



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Week 5 rating: 28

Largest weak point: Takeaways

The Broncos’ lackluster scoring offense is not far behind their protection’s incapability to create takeaways by way of the group’s greatest weak point after 4 video games, however the two go collectively. The group has misplaced the turnover battle in three of its video games, together with a minus-3 effort of their solely win over the struggling Jets. They’ve compelled turnovers in only one sport — their Week 2 loss in Pittsburgh. Their two takeaways tie them with Houston for final within the league. In consequence, they have not created many brief fields for an offense that has used three quarterbacks already and has misplaced its finest extensive receiver — Courtland Sutton — for the season with a knee harm. — Jeff Legwold

Week 5 rating: 30

Largest weak point: Protection

The Jaguars have given up 30-plus factors in 4 consecutive video games, one thing that is solely been finished twice earlier than in franchise historical past (2013 and 2014), and so they’re permitting 417 yards per sport. They can not blame accidents, as a result of the three starters who missed Sunday’s sport (DE Josh Allen, LB Myles Jack, CB CJ Henderson) have been on the sphere in each different sport. The entrance hasn’t gotten a lot stress, and coordinator Todd Wash does not wish to blitz a lot anyway, however the Jaguars have not gotten house once they have blitzed. This aspect of the ball wants an infusion of expertise. — Mike DiRocco

Week 5 rating: 29

Largest weak point: Protection

Sure, Matt Ryan hasn’t thrown a landing over the previous two video games, and the 0-5 Falcons are constructed to depend on offense. However the protection cannot proceed to give up 32.2 factors and 446 complete yards per sport. And it will possibly’t proceed to blow massive fourth-quarter leads prefer it did towards the Cowboys and Bears. — Vaughn McClure

Week 5 rating: 31

Largest weak point: Scoring touchdowns

The Giants have six touchdowns by means of 5 video games, with one coming from the protection. Meaning the Giants’ offense is averaging precisely one landing per sport, and its lack of really explosive playmakers is obvious with Saquon Barkley out for the season and Sterling Shepard coping with turf toe. It isn’t as if the Giants are transferring the ball flawlessly and simply failing to achieve the tip zone, both. Their 4.66 yards per play is twenty ninth within the NFL. — Jordan Raanan

Week 5 rating: 32

Largest weak point: Soccer

The Jets aren’t good at anything, so it is onerous to pinpoint one weak point. They’re one in all solely 4 groups prior to now 30 years (and the primary for the reason that 2013 Jaguars) to lose their first 5 video games by a number of scores. They’ve misplaced by no less than 9 factors in each sport, because the offense has managed solely six touchdowns. They’ve given up no less than 27 factors in each sport, and the protection, which stored them in lots of video games final season, is yielding 395 yards per sport. It is a dumpster fireplace. — Wealthy Cimini

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