As week five is behind us in the NFL season, Pro Football Talk went straight to ranking the top ten NFL teams.
While the list has some teams everyone expects on the list, there are some new teams who hit the top ten.
So who is making the list, and who shouldn’t be on there as we enter week six of the NFL season?
PFT Lists Several Teams Who Many Expected To See
On Tuesday, the PFT list of the NFL’s top ten teams came out.
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Many fans saw teams everyone foresaw making the list.
Seeing the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, and Buffalo Bills was expected.
Three out of those four teams lead their division in the standings, with the Packers being the odd team out.
However, with the Packers’ loss in London to the New York Giants, they should be out of the top ten.
But despite a second half meltdown, they are ninth on the list.
With the list now out, and Green Bay in, why were the Minnesota Vikings left off the list?
PFT Got It Wrong Leaving Out The Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings lead the NFC North with a 4-1 record and already have a win over the Packers.
They are also 2-0 in the NFC North, meaning they own any tiebreaker if they lose in week six.
While their defense nearly let the Chicago Bears get a comeback win in week five, their offense pulled ahead to win the game.
However, PFT ignores how the Vikings’ offense didn’t allow their defense to cost them that division rivalry game.
They also overlook how the Vikings defense shutdown the Bears after their offense retook the lead.
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A critical defensive strip and recovery sealed a victory for the Vikings.
Yet, their play to retake the lead and seal the game isn’t putting them in the PFT rankings.
Instead, two odd teams are making the top-ten list, stealing the spot the Vikings deserve.
Giants And Titans Sneak In PFT Top Ten
Two teams making the PFT top ten are the New York Giants and the Tennessee Titans.
However, they should be just outside of their list.
The Titans are 18th overall in defense after week five, while the Giants at least rank ninth.
However, both teams are in the bottom half of overall offensive production this season.
The Titans rank 21st overall on offense, with their team ranking 23rd in points scored this season.
While that’s bad, the Giants offense ranks 28th overall, as Saquon Barkley is the only saving grace on their offense.
Even Mike Tanier from Football Outsiders reports how it’s Barkley that’s helping the Giants move up.
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However, he sees them as a middle of the pack team, which is lower than the PFT ranking.
While the Giants are riding a 4-1 record, that record doesn’t stand up against the stats and lackluster offensive play.
If either the Giants or Titans were removed from the list, the Vikings could claim their rightful spot in the top ten.