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Week 5 NFL Power Ranks

Updated on October 10, 2012

Week 5 NFL Power Rankings

We are five weeks in to the NFL season which, in essence, means we are about a third of the way through the year. Let's not think about it like that though. That will make us (or at least me) sad. Let's focus on the positives. We have two unbeaten teams remaining, one in each league, that look capable of taking down any opponent. Those teams? The Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons, both of whom are 5-0 for the first time in franchise history. Parity is a wonderful thing isn't it? Conversely we have only one remaining winless team as the New Orleans Saints got on the board with a comeback victory over the San Diego Chargers. The standings are wide open so far. That should make for a solid year the rest of the way.

1. Atlanta Falcons (5-0) Matt Ryan has the look of the league MVP thus far as his team sits atop the NFC and he sports a pristine 13/3 TD/INT rate. My pick to win the NFC South this year ir looking spiffy. (Last Week's Rank 1)

2. Houston Texans (5-0) J.J. Watt is making a name for himself. With 8 1/2 sacks and a whopping eight pass defenses already Watt has Texans fans saying Mario who? (LWR 2)

3. San Francisco 49ers (4-1) The Niners have outscored their last two opponents by a combined score of 89-3. There really aren't any words for that. Curiously, they are one of just two teams (Pittsburgh) yet to play a division game this year. (LWR 4)

4. Baltimore Ravens (4-1) A vintage Ravens game this weekend after edging the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 9-6. With veterans Ray Lewis and Ed Reed aging one has to wonder how many more of these games the D has left in them. (LWR 3)

5. Chicago Bears (4-1) Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs have both scored in back-to-back games. Why is that notable? They both play defense. The Bears' D has some serious bite to it once again. (LWR 8)

6. New England Patriots (3-2) New uniform, same result. Peyton Manning went down to Tom Brady once again. Brady now leads the head-to-head rivalry 9-4. (LWR 12)

7. Minnesota Vikings (4-1) As much as I tried I can't keep them down any longer. They are tied with Chicago for the NFC North lead and can claim sole possession with a win in Washington this weekend. (LWR 14)

8. Arizona Cardinals (4-1) They suffered their first loss of the season during a short week divisional road game. I won't dock them too many points for that but their backfield is a mess after losing Ryan Williams for the year who was replacing Beanie Wells who is on injured reserve. (LWR 5)

9. New York Giants (3-2) The Giants are doing things a little different this year. With offense. They have already put up 152 points in five games (30.4 average) which is tops in the NFC. (LWR 11)

10. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) They couldn't pull off the close game in Pittsburgh this week falling to the Steelers by two points. The bigger two in this game might be the two fumbles from Michael Vick (one in the end zone) that are absolutely killing this team. (LWR 7)

11. San Diego Chargers (3-2) They lost a tough one in New Orleans blowing a 10-point second half lead. They can still increase their lead in the division next week by taking down a reeling Denver Broncos team at home. (LWR 9)

12. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) A bad loss at home against Miami may dampen any shot at catching the Ravens for the division title. Yes, I am making that call now. (LWR 10)

13. Green Bay Packers (2-3) The Packers blew a 20-3 lead against the Indianapolis Colts over the weekend. No, that wasn't Peyton Manning behind center in Indy. I don't know what to think of the Packers thus far. (LWR 6)

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) Facing the possibility of a 1-3 start Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers down the field for a last second field goal to dispatch the instate rival Eagles. Oh, and Rashard Mendenhall is back. (LWR 16)

15. Seattle Seahawks (3-2) The Seahawks beat the Carolina Panthers in an ugly 16-12 game. At least this one didn't end in controversy. (LWR 15)

16. Dallas Cowboys (2-2) They had a long time to sit and think about their Monday night blowout loss against the Bears and their vaunted D. Up next? A trip to Baltimore to face a defense just as scary. (LWR 17)

17. St. Louis Rams (3-2) The Rams took down one of the three undefeated teams left in the league in division mate Arizona. Now they sit a mere game back in the suddenly strong NFW West. (LWR 20)

18. Denver Broncos (2-3) The Broncos defense was a big reason they made the playoffs last year. Well, that and Tebow heroics. This year they have future hall of famer Peyton Manning calling the shots and the Broncos are scoring points (27 per game) but they are giving up 22.8 per game as well. That is catching up with them early on. (LWR 13)

19. Washington Redskins (2-3) Of course I have to talk about RGIII going out with a concussion. If he misses time the Skins season will be sunk. (LWR 18)

20. Detroit Lions (1-3) The Lions can ill-afford a 1-4 start to the season with Chicago and Minnesota way out front. This is a must win game in Philly on Sunday. (LWR 19)

21. Indianapolis Colts (2-2) RGIII is getting all the hype but for my money the Offensive Rookie of the Year so far plays in Indy. Luck and the Colts pulled off a massive upset in coming back from a 17-point deficit to take down the Packers. Somewhere Chuck Pagano is smiling. (LWR 27)

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) Tampa, like Detroit, needs a win against the Kansas City Chiefs this week to have any hope of saving their season. Luckily for them the Chiefs will be without quarterback Matt Cassell. Enter Brady Quinn. That sound you hear are the collective lips of Tampa's defense smacking at this delicious development. (LWR 21)

23. Miami Dolphins (2-3) The upstart Dolphins host the upstart Rams this week in a game that at the beginning of the season nobody would have shown any interest in seeing. (LWR 26)

24. New York Jets (2-3) After losing Darelle Revis and Santonio Holmes in successive weeks I figured the Jets would crater. Then they played a decently close game against the undefeated Texans. Still, if Mark Sanchez doesn't start playing better this team is going nowhere fast. (LWR 23)

25. Carolina Panthers (1-4) Cam Newton has come out with a new clothing line. I guess he can shift his focus on fashion since it certainly isn't on the field this year. (LWR 24)

26. New Orleans Saints (1-4) Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas' record for most consecutive games with a passing touchdown with 48 in a much needed comeback win against a good Chargers team. Now a bye to regroup and come out firing for the rest of the season. (LWR 30)

27. Buffalo Bills (2-3) So how about that defense that Mario Williams (the $100 million dollar man) was supposed to bolster? The Bills have given up a whopping 176 points (35.2 per game average) which is second worst in the league next to the Tennessee Titans. (LWR 22)

28. Oakland Raiders (1-3) The Raiders face a tough task this week on the road against my top team, the Atlanta Falcons. If Darren McFadden doesn't show up in this one the Raiders have no chance. (LWR 28)

29. Tennessee Titans (1-4) Five games into the season Chris Johnson has more fumbles (1) than touchdowns (0). That......is unbelievable. (LWR 25)

30. Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) The Chiefs weren't doing a whole lot on offense with Matt Cassel. Now we will have to see how they fair without their concussed signal-caller. (LWR 29)

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) To say the Jaguars offense is anemic is an understatement as they are averaging a meager 13 points per game, lowest in the league. (LWR 31)

32. Cleveland Browns (0-5) Things may be bleak in Cleveland but Trent Richardson has now scored in four straight games.. He has the make of a stud in this league. (LWR 32)

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      Sk8rkid4life 4 years ago

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      Sk8rkid4life 4 years ago

      do u watch teh football a lot?

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