Power Rankings – Week Five

Well folks, after four weeks in the NFL there is no clear-cut dominant team outside ofGreen Bay. What’s that you say? The Lions are undefeated? Well yes, but they’ve also been down by double digit points. The Ravens dismantled the Jets? Well yes, but the offense looked putrid. Let’s throw some darts at the wall and see what we come up with shall we?  As always if you think you can do better, leave your own rankings in the comments below.

1. Green Bay Packers (4-0). The Packer train just keeps rolling. Sunday night in Atlanta could be the first real test this team has faced since week one against the Saints. 

2. New Orleans Saints (3-1). Saints continue to win on the arm of Drew Brees and the legs of Darren Sproles.

3. Baltimore Ravens (3-1) The Ravens’ offense got crushed by the very nasty Jets front line. That said, the Jets’ offense was absolutely decimated by the nightmare Ravens defense. Three defensive touchdowns are incredibly impressive.

4. New England Patriots (3-1).  Despite struggling at the half, the Patriots got their feet set and blew the doors off the Raiders.

5. Houston Texans (3-1).  The Texans are finally beating the teams they need to beat. The next step is keeping it up and getting into the post season.

6. Detroit Lions (4-0). How many times can the Lions come back from big deficits and win games? In back to back weeks the Lions have accepted gifts from opposing quarterbacks.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1). Beating the Colts in their prime-time coming out party must have been a nice little gem for this young Bucs squad.

8. Buffalo Bills (3-1). The Bills couldn’t quite get to that four win plateau, much like last season. Either way, no harm in losing to a better than advertised Bengals team.

9. San Diego Chargers (3-1). It’s like the Chargers are allergic to doing well early in the season. Although they won, they struggled to put away the lesser Dolphins.

10. Tennessee Titans (3-1).  Matt Hasselbeck is getting precisely zero credit from the media on the Titans fast start. Beat the Steelers on Sunday and the world will start to notice. Guaranteed.

11. New York Giants (3-1). Abhorrent call by the refs in ruling down Victor Cruz leads the Giants to a victory they didn’t really deserve.

12. Washington Redskins (3-1). It wasn’t the prettiest outing every for the Skins, but they still won on the road against the Rams. 

13. San Francisco 49ers (3-1). Uh, don’t look now but the Niners are 3-1 and just beat the so called dream team inPhiladelphia..

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2). The Steelers are in big trouble and need to find a way to right this ship.

15. Atlanta Falcons (2-2). Another win by the Falcons, but the question marks are still massive going into the matchup against Green Bay Sunday night.

16. Chicago Bears (2-2). Bears’ defense has got to get itself together if this team is going to continue to win going forward. Can’t give up that many yards to a rookie QB.

17. New York Jets (2-2).  Nick Mangold is to the Jets what Peyton Manning is to the Colts. Watching Mark Sanchez without Mangold is like watching Batman without his utility belt.

18. Dallas Cowboys (2-2). Tony Romo is getting himself into some boiling hot water in the lone star state. His snubbing of Jerry Jones shows how high frustrations are running.

19. Oakland Raiders (2-2). Credit the Raiders for hanging in against the Patriots for as long as they could. Everyone knows they’re not there yet, but at least they’re getting better.

20. Cleveland Browns (2-2). The Browns move sideways in a heartbreaking loss to the Titans.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2). When the offense get’s going, this team is capable of beating anyone. It really is better than it gets credit for.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3). Mike Vick comes out guns blazing but his defense surrenders just enough points to ensure the 49ers walk away with the victory.

23. Kansas City Chiefs (1-3). Way to win a gameKansas City!

24. Carolina Panthers (1-3). Every time Cam Newton has video game numbers the Panthers lose. Maybe he needs to have another down day so they can win?

25. Arizona Cardinals (1-3). If I’m a Cardinals fan, I’m still angry about the Victor Cruz fumble that wasn’t.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3). Well at least it wasn’t a blow out against the Saints, I suppose that’s a start.

27. Denver Broncos (1-3). No one expected you to beat the Packers anyway. So at least there’s that.

28. Seattle Seahawks (1-3).  When the Seahawks are at home they can hang with anyone. It’s when they travel that the wheels just fall off. I’m not entirely sure Pete Carroll is capable of coaching effectively at this level.

29. Miami Dolphins (0-4). Not sure how long Tony Sparano can survive with the way the Dolphins have been playing this year.

30. Indianapolis Colts (0-4).  Help us Peyton Manning, you’re our only hope.

31. St. Louis Rams (0-4). The worst part about the Rams is that once their season opens up a bit difficulty wise they’re going to be competitive. Right now, they’re just hard to watch.

32. Minnesota Vikings (0-4). The stench coming from Minneapolis is the rotting corpse of Donovan McNabb’s career.


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