Week five is in the books, and there were some big name teams that survived a scare. Both the Saints and Falcons needed a late field goal to win, while the Packers were able to hold on against the Lions. The Bengals were the culprit that got hit by the upset bug as they lost in Cleveland for their first AFC North loss in over a year.
It appears that the NFL is filled with mediocre teams, and then some very bad ones towards the bottom. The AFC North will be a dog fight, with the Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals battling it out.
Each week my rankings change drastically. What team can you actually trust this season? It’s a mystery.
1. Baltimore Ravens (6): 3-1. Joe Flacco put together a beautiful last drive and the Ravens got a huge win in Pittsburgh. It was enough to earn them the top spot in this weeks power rankings.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (1): 3-1. At 3-1, the Steelers are in great shape with Ben Roethlisberger’s anticipated return coming after the bye week.
3. New York Jets (7): 3-1. The Jets are really coming together right now, and Mark Sanchez is playing terrific. LaDainian Tomlinson is on a mission.
4. New Orleans Saints (3): 3-1. They survived a scare against the Panthers, but the offense still doesn’t look right. Drew Brees will have his best game of the season in Arizona this week.
5. New England Patriots (9): 3-1. The Patriots let the Dolphins know that the AFC East is a two team race. That was a dominating win, the defense and special teams could not be stopped in the second half.
6. Green Bay Packers (5): 3-1. Are the Packers as good as advertised? I’m not so sure. They easily could have lost that one to the Lions. They have a test this week in Washington.
7. Atlanta Falcons (8): 3-1. Honestly, the Falcons shouldn’t have won that game, but the Niners gave them a chance to win. Just like Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan put together a great last drive en route to the Falcons third straight win.
8. Houston Texans (11): 3-1. In a possible trap game, the Texans rebounded nicely and are currently sitting at first place in the AFC South. Arian Foster has been the best running back in the NFL this season.
9. Indianapolis Colts (2): 2-2. A slow start for the Colts, should they panic? Not quite yet. They will bounce back against the Chiefs.
10. San Diego Chargers (17): 2-2. They dominated the Cardinals, and now travel to Oakland as the Chargers try to win their first road game of the season.
11. Chicago Bears (4): 3-1. It almost looked as if the Bears offensive line was trying to injure Jay Cutler. If Cutler is out the Bears are in big, big trouble.
12. Washington Redskins (19): 2-2. It wasn’t pretty, but the McNabb got the win in Philly. Ryan Torrain looks like he is a keeper.
13. Dallas Cowboys (13): 1-2. The Cowboys bye week came at a perfect time and they should get it together with three of their next four games at home.
14. Kansas City Chiefs (15): 3-0. And then there was one: The Chiefs are the lone unbeaten team in the NFL. Their next task? At Indianapolis against a Colts team coming off a disappointing loss.
15. Minnesota Vikings (16): 1-2. Did the Vikings get it together over the bye week? We’ll find out Monday Night in New York.
16. Miami Dolphins (10): 2-2. The Dolphins can’t be considered serious contenders after dropping two straight home games to the Jets and Patriots. That second half was embarrassing.
17. New York Giants (21): 2-2. The defense got pressure to the Bears all night, injuring Jay Cutler and Todd Collins in the process. Can they bring the same defensive effort in Houston?
18. Cincinnati Bengals (12): 2-2. After sweeping the AFC North last season, the Bengals lost in Cleveland. They haven’t looked right all season.
19. Philadelphia Eagles (14): 2-2. Michael Vick’s injury came at a bad time for the Eagles. This team has major problems at the offensive line and with stopping the run.
20. Denver Broncos (22): 2-2. That was a steal to win the game in Tennessee. Kyle Orton continues to put up huge numbers this season.
21. St. Louis Rams (27): 2-2. Sam Bradford is playing great and has the Rams in the mix for the NFC West.
22. Tennessee Titans (18): 2-2. That’s a bad loss for the Titans, and now must get ready to play a Cowboys team in Dallas coming off of a bye week.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (25): 2-2. Josh Scobee is a god in Jacksonville, at least for one week. A 59 yard field goal to win, wow.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24): 2-1. The Buccaneers come out of the bye week at 2-1 and travel to Cincinnati this week.
25. Seattle Seahawks (20): 2-2. When will the Seahawks win a road game? They got dominated in St. Louis.
26. Cleveland Browns (31): 1-3. Finally, after coming close the first three weeks the Browns were able to put it all together for a win. P.S: Peyton Hillis has scored a touchdown every game this season.
27. San Francisco 49ers (26): 0-4. Nate Clements ought to be shunned by his teammates after fumbling that football. At 0-4, the Niners can still win the NFC West. Mike Singletary’s job may be on the line against the Eagles.
28. Arizona Cardinals (23): 2-2. This team flat out sucks. In their two losses, they have given up 41 points, and their two wins came against the Rams and Raiders in games they should have lost. Now they have a quarterback controversy. Things are ugly in the desert.
29. Oakland Raiders (28): 1-3. Remember when Jason Campbell was supposed to be the Raiders savior? Bruce Gradkowski is playing pretty well for them.
30. Detroit Lions (29): 0-4. The Lions have been in all four of their games but have nothing to show for it.
31. Carolina Panthers (30): 0-4. The Panthers played tough but couldn’t pull out the win. Clausen played much better than his first game.
32. Buffalo Bills (32): 0-4. Things are ugly in Buffalo, I honestly don’t know how many wins they will have. Jake Locker can’t come fast enough.
*(#) denotes last week’s ranking