NFL Power Rankings and Awards: Week 5

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Oct 11, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) celebrates as he run in for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Week 5 is in the books, and it’s very evident that the NFL is extremely top-heavy in 2015. Six teams entered with Week 5 undefeated, and all six of them preserved their perfect records. Meanwhile, the Lions still remain winless and the majority of NFL teams have two wins or less in the four or five games they’ve played so far. Let’s take a look at the weekly MVP’s and get into the Power Rankings!

AFC MVP: Josh McCown

Don’t look now, but Josh McCown has been one of the league’s top quarterbacks through the past two weeks since returning from injury. He completed at least 70 percent of his passes in each of the Browns’ past two games, throwing for over 800 collective yards and four touchdowns in the past two weeks. McCown’s passer rating in Week 4 was 119.1, while his passer rating was 111.3 in Week 5. The most impressive part of McCown’s past two performances? He hasn’t thrown a single interception over that span.

NFC MVP: Doug Martin

Doug Martin showed glimpses of his rookie season’s success in a three-touchdown effort against the Jaguars. Martin rushed for 123 yards on 24 carries and caught three passes for 35 yards; he scored two touchdowns on the ground and one through the air. If it weren’t for Martin, the Buccaneers wouldn’t have been close in their matchup with the Jaguars, let alone the winners.

Coach of the Week: Marvin Lewis

Back-to-back Coach of the Week-caliber performances from Marvin Lewis, whose Bengals overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Seahawks in a 27-24 win. Lewis’ Bengals fell into a slump after they jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, but his team showed resiliency on both offense and defense. Andy Dalton has proven to be a top-10 quarterbacking maybe better, while the Bengals defense, which folded like a chair every time it went down in 2014, stood firm and shut down Seattle in the fourth quarter. There’s plenty of work to do for the Bengals, but the fact that Dalton has been such a standout this season is a testament to Lewis and his staff.

With the awards handed out, let’s get right into it and take a look at this week’s Power Rankings. If you don’t agree with where your team is ranked, just remember that I purposely ranked them lower than they should be ranked as a personal attack on you because I don’t like your team. That being said, hit me up on Twitter @HoweNFL if you want to discuss why I ranked your team where I ranked it. Without further ado, let’s get started.

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