NFL power rankings 2017: Tracking where teams are entering Week 5

The NFL wrapped up Week 4 with a great battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington. The Chiefs secured the win and moved to 4-0, the last unbeaten team left in the NFL. Naturally, they’re the top-ranked team across the board in this week’s power rankings.

SB Nation released its Hope Rankings heading into Week 5. This isn’t a power rankings list. Instead, this list tells you which team SB Nation thinks has the most hope heading into Week 5. The Houston Texans are the No. 1 team on this week’s Hope Rankings. They defeated the Tennessee Titans, 57-14, in Week 4 — and rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 283 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Rookie safety Jabrill Peppers showed up on the injury report with a toe issue. Coach Hue Jackson said he has been dealing with it for a while, and it kept him out of practice on Wednesday. Peppers’ availability could come down to a Friday or game-day decision. — Pat McManamon

The biggest issue is still right tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), who did not practice Wednesday and has been out for much of the past month. As one of the game’s best right tackles, Gilbert affects much of the what the offense wants to do schematically. Four other starters sat out Wednesday: center Maurkice Pouncey (chest), offensive guard Ramon Foster (back), defensive end Stephon Tuitt (back) and linebacker Vince Williams. None of those injuries is considered major, but missed game action is possible. — Jeremy Fowlerlakers_058

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