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Power Rankings: Week Five

 

Another week has come to pass in the NFL, and the carousel of insanity continues to churn. Upsets with the one and two ranked teams from last week have this feeling like college basketball. As you might imagine there’s been a shakeup at the top. As always if you think you can do better than my rankings, leave your own rankings in the comments below. Teams in bold were on the bye week and their position remains unaffected.

1. New York Jets (4-1).  I spent a decent amount of time pondering who should be the number one team this week. As I stated before it’s likely that any of the top eight or so could make a legitimate claim to the top spot, but I ultimately went with the Jets given their tough road so far. They’ve faced three divisional games, two against quality opponents, one quality conference game (which they lost) and one quality out of conference game (which they won). This week the Jets are the best in football. Last Week: #4 

2. Baltimore Ravens (4-1).  Ravens running game woke up with a thunderous roar and steam rolled the Broncos, which is precisely what good teams should do. Had they not lost to the Bengals, this team would be number one with a sledgehammer. Beating the Patriots this weekend will cement the elite status. Last Week: #3

3. Indianapolis Colts (3-2).  Colts struggled against the surprisingly resilient Chiefs, but they’re still the Colts and until Peyton Manning hangs up his cleats, this is going to consistently be one of the best teams in football. Last Week: #6

4. Atlanta Falcons (4-1). Falcons are hovering in the shadows. Something tells me this could be a team who relishes relative anonymity before striking hard in the run for Dallas. Last Week: #9

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1). The Big Ben suspension drama has finally come to an end. After this week hopefully people will stop making excuses for why the Steelers lose or win. Last Week: #5

6. Chicago Bears (4-1). Bears manage to win even without their gunslinger. Good teams win even when their best pieces fall apart. Last Week: #12

7. New England Patriots (3-1).  Much will be made of the Patriot’s ability to win without Moss. My take is that they did just fine in the 6 years before they had him. Big test against Baltimore looms this week. Last Week: #7

8. Green Bay Packers (3-2).  Packers get knocked down a peg by the determined and scrappy Washington Redskins. Better hope Rodgers’ concussion clears up quickly. Last Week: #1

9. New Orleans Saints (3-2). The strain of being on top finally broke the Saints. There’s no way they should lose to Arizona and unheralded QB Max Hall. Last Week: #2

10. New York Giants (3-2). Giants are suddenly playing a lot better. Crushing the Texans has to be a serious confidence builder. Last Week: #10

11. Washington Redskins (3-2). McNabb is doing what McNabb does best. He’s finding a way to win in Washington. Last Week: #11

12. Kansas City Chiefs (3-1). Chiefs played exceptionally well against the Colts. They might just be onto something with Max Hall under center. Last Week: #13

13. Houston Texans (3-2).  Texans are struggling mightily right now. On paper they look to be a dominate unit, but in practice they’ve been inconsistent at best. Last Week: #8

14. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2). Eagles found a way to win with Kevin Kolb, but what will the solution be when Michael Vick returns? Last Week: #19

15. Miami Dolphins (2-2). Dolphins got the week off to regroup and get thing back on track. The AFC East will be a tough field to plow this year. Last Week: #15

16. Tennessee Titans (3-2).  Chris Johnson had a huge day and Vince Young was an efficient game manager in their win over the Cowboys. Last Week: #23 

17. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2). Two wins back to back has probably cooled the hot seat under Jack Del Rio. For Now. Last Week: #20

18. Arizona Cardinals (3-2). Max Hall played brilliantly in his debut against the Colts. However, he needs to learn how to protect himself better. The Cards are going to need him to stay healthy going forward. He may just be this year’s Flacco/Ryan/Sanchez Last Week: #27

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1). Best way to come back from a bye week is to win against a better opponent. Beating Cincy was huge for this young green squad. Last Week: # 22

20. Minnesota Vikings (1-3).  Brett Favre is looking his age. He has become an ever increasing liability to a Vikings team who has all the pieces necessary to win a championship. Last Week: #16 

21. Dallas Cowboys (1-3). The Cowboys are a team on the brink. Lose many more games and they’ll be faced with potential must wins for the rest of the season. Their only saving grace is just how weak the NFC East is this year. Right now the division is entirely up for grabs. Last Week: #17

22. San Diego Chargers (2-3). After beating the Cardinals senseless, the Chargers come out flat and drop an easy contest against the Raiders. Last Week: #14

23. Oakland Raiders (2-3). Huge win for the Raiders. Jason Campbell spelled Gradkowski effectively and did just enough to win the game. Last Week: #28

24. Detroit Lions (1-4). Finally get the winless monkey off their backs in a beat down of St. Louis. Last Week: #26

25. Denver Broncos (2-3). Broncos passing game is still stellar, but until their running attack gets healthy or improves, this is a team going nowhere fast. Last Week: # 21

26. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3).  Palmer’s seat has got to be absolutely boiling hot. I’m convinced that there is a T.O. curse. No team can win with him. Last Week: #18

27. St. Louis Rams (2-3). The good vibrations gravy train comes to a resounding halt. Rams get absolutely decimated by the winless Lions. Last Week: #24

28. Cleveland Browns (1-4). With Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme sidelined with ankle injuries has the age of Colt McCoy emerged sooner than expected? Last Week: # 25

 29. Seattle Seahawks (2-2).  Seahawks hope to right the ship and salvage their season coming off the early bye week. Last Week: #29

30. San Francisco 49ers (0-5). Just can’t seem to find a way to win. Alex Smith played admirably despite the loss. Last Week: #31

31. Carolina Panthers (0-5). Like the 49ers this team just can’t get it done. Last Week: #30

32. Buffalo Bills (0-5). When your owner starts opining about how bad your team is, you know nothing good is happening. Last Week: #32


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3 Responses to “Power Rankings: Week Five”

  1. Russ Loede says:

    My issues:

    Miami ranked ahead of Tennessee? No love for the Titans? Two impressive road victories. Miami, two horrible home losses within the division.

    Cincy, that low? They are coming back after the Bye returning to the combination of a solid run game, stingy D. Bengals will ride what won ’em the AFC North last season.

    49ers still can turn it around.

    Houston, Arizona both ranked too high.

    Minnesota too low.

    Atlanta WAY TOO HIGH! What stands out about them? They leave much to be desired, very average club in my book. 9-10 win team who will be ousted first game in the postseason. One and done. Guaranteed.

    Pittsburgh should definitely be ranked ahead of Indy. No question, no hesitation with the Steelers D playing the way it is. Better unit than their past two SB winning units.

    Giants should be higher. They are the MOST impressive, dangerous team in the NFC.

    Green Bay is going to struggle due to injuries unfortunately.

    Love your spot, take on New England. Excellent choice.

    Smart comment on Da Bears, wise perspective, however, Chicago should be lower. Very unimpressive showing in Carolina. I don’t care if Jay was under center or not, Collins’ display against the Panthers was flat out disgusting.

    Love where you have the ‘Skins. They WILL beat Indy @ home Sunday night.

    Good place for K.C.

    Saints, what to make of ’em? No clue. Shocking.

  2. Jon says:

    I think the problem with this year is that the whole power ranking beyond say the bottom three teams is a total crap shoot. I base alot of my ranking on gut feeling. I mean honestly you can make a very legitimate argument for anyone of the top 8-10 teams for a place in the top three.

    Look at the various power rankings put out by the main stream media, they’re all over the map! Guess this is why it’s so fun!

  3. If you have to pick a top team, the Ravens are very legit at this stage holding a victory over the Jets. But I agree that it seems to change weekly.

    Cincy deserves to be low due to two bad losses – one to the Browns and the other to the Bucs at home. They are 2 games off the pace so they better step it up if they plan on contending. I think Palmer is the key.

    Vikes have underachieved mightily.

    I don’t believe in Atlanta yet either but I have seen then ranked that high in other polls.

    It hurts me to say this but the Skins will win the NFC East. Their defense is tough and McNabb’s experience will be just enough.

    The Saints offense continues to sputter.

    It is fun to debate this because next week it will look different yet again.

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