Chris Schweitzer's week nine power fiveDate: November 8, 2018
By Christopher Schweitzer
A new team takes top spot this week, as the New Orleans Saints handed the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the season and jump up to number one on this week’s power five.
1. New Orleans Saints - The New Orleans Saints put on a dominant display on Sunday when they beat the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams were previously unbeaten and arguably the best team in football to that point. Drew Brees and the Saints at home were incredible. Brees passed for 346 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers, 211 of those yards coming from Michael Thomas. Alvin Kamara also added two rushing touchdowns. After the edition of Dez Bryant on Wednesday, this team looks formidable as ever.
2. New England Patriots - The New England Patriots just continue to win football games, even though they’re missing big pieces of the team. Facing the Packers on Sunday night, New England was without Rob Gronkowski and Sony Michel yet they were still able to put up 31 points. Cordarrelle Patterson was a big part of that as he had 61 yards and one touchdown as the acting running back with Michel out.
3 Kansas City Chiefs - The Kansas City Chiefs faced one of their easiest opponents of the last few weeks when they traveled to Cleveland to take on the Browns. Kansas City continued their offensive dominance as they scored five touchdowns and only turned the ball over once. At 8-1, the Kansas City Chiefs hold a tie for the best record in the league and one of three teams with only one loss.
4. Los Angeles Rams - The Los Angeles Rams were given their first loss of the season on Sunday when they traveled to New Orleans to take on the Saints. The Rams struggled to get Todd Gurley involved for a lot of the game because they were trailing for a large portion of the game. He still had an impact with 68 yards and touchdown but I’m sure the Rams would love to get him more than 13 carries. The Rams are still 8-1 on the season with one of the most well rounded teams in all of football.
5. Carolina Panthers - The Carolina Panthers put on a dominant display on Sunday when they took on the division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Carolina’s second ranked rushing attack continues to lead this team along with a solid defense. The Panthers had 179 yards rushing on the day, and put up 42 points against the Buccaneers. At 6-2, the Panthers are keeping pace with the top ranked Saints.
Christopher Schweitzer can be reached at email@example.com.