If the Playoffs were to start today, no less than six new teams would be featured. The name of the game this season has been shattered expectations. From the collapse of the dream team, to the rising sun in the west, no one could have predicted the way things have played out. As always if you think you can do better, leave your own rankings in the comments below.
1. Green Bay Packers (5-0). It’s only week five, but given how the Packers’ schedule plays out, there is a very legitimate belief that this team could match the 16-0 record thrown down byNew England in 2007.
2. Detroit Lions (5-0). The Lions are 5-0 for the first time since 1956. That’s enough to make me a believer.
3. New Orleans Saints (4-1). Their only loss this season came at the hands of the Green Bay Packers. They may not win the prettiest games, but they still win.
4. Baltimore Ravens (3-1) Coming off the bye week, the Ravens are 3-0 under John Harbaugh and have won eight straight.Houston comes to town on Sunday missing Andre Johnson and Mario Williams.
5. New England Patriots (4-1). TheNew England offense may be second to none but there are very serious concerns surrounding their lackluster defense.
6. Buffalo Bills (4-1). In beating the self proclaimed Dream Team, the Bills have firmly established themselves in the NFL.
7. San Francisco 49ers (4-1). The sun is rising in the west and the fans of the 49ers have got to be beaming with excitement over what Jim Harbaugh has managed to accomplish in such a short amount of time.
8. San Diego Chargers (4-1). The Chargers consistently play down to their opponents. It’s why I will never consider them elite, despite their record.
9. Washington Redskins (3-1). Thanks to the Giants and the Eagles, the Skins retain sole possession of 1st place in the NFC East despite the bye week.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2). The Steelers returned to being the Steelers in a win over the Titans.
11. Oakland Raiders (3-2). Huge win over the Texans helps the Raiders honor Al Davis properly.
12. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2). Eventually people are going to start realizing how good this defense has been playing. They can keep this team in any game.
13. Houston Texans (3-2). In successive weeks, the Texans have lost the two players that make their team dangerous. Johnson returns in a few weeks but Williams is lost for the season.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2). The Buccaneers celebrate their win over the Colts by getting embarrassed by theSan Francisco 49ers. That was flat out painful.
15. Tennessee Titans (3-2). The Titans wasted a perfect opportunity to show they were ready to ascend to the next level. That said, the Steelers needed that win badly and it showed in how they dominatedTennessee across the board.
16. New York Giants (3-2). The Jekyl/Hyde Giants return to action once again. Losing to the Seahawks has most suicide pools wrecked.
17. Dallas Cowboys (2-2). Romo has a mountain to climb coming off the bye week.
18. Cleveland Browns (2-2). Like the Cowboys above them, the Browns have a lot of work to do moving forward.
19. Chicago Bears (2-3). Give Jay Cutler his due. His play kept his team alive against Detroit. If not for a shaky offensive line, he may even have secured the victory.
20. Atlanta Falcons (2-3). They played remarkably well against the Packers, but it still wasn’t enough to get the win they needed.
21. New York Jets (2-3). The Jets are starting to realize that Mark Sanchez may not be the long-term answer at QB. He’s a great leader but lacks the talents needed to be truly successful at this level.
22. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3). Look at that! Two wins in a row!
23. Seattle Seahawks (2-3). Damn it Seahawks, you’re making me look bad by beating the Giants. Ah whatever, Carroll still isn’t a good coach.
24. Philadelphia Eagles (1-4). The only thing I need to say here is that the Kansas City Chiefs have a better record. Andy Reid’s seat is boiling hot if he continues to lose.
25. Carolina Panthers (1-4). Cam Newton has been playing like a man possessed. I hate to admit it, but he may be down right legitimate.
26. Arizona Cardinals (1-4). High hopes on the back of Kevin Kolb are rapidly falling apart.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4). How long until this team legitimately considers moving out of Jacksonville?
28. Denver Broncos (1-4). Tim Tebow made a game of it late against the Chargers. I still assert that he’s not so great, but he did enough to stay in contention.
29. Minnesota Vikings (1-4). Adrian Peterson had enough losing and put the team on his back for a victory.
30. Miami Dolphins (0-4). The Dolphins have a new QB coming off the bye week, yeah that’s a good sign…. I bet you see the want ads being circulated around the front office pretty soon.
31. St. Louis Rams (0-4). The Rams were blessed with an early bye week to try and get things back on course.
32. Indianapolis Colts (0-5). Curtis Painter isn’t that bad. Without the lockout, he may actually have been serviceable. He clearly has far better chemistry with his receivers than Kerry Collins.