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NFL Week 5 Power Rankings

2011 NFL Football Power Ratings

Each week during the heart of the NFL season, and once or twice during the NFL Preseason, we’ll gather the troops around the roundtable and hash out the NFL Power rankings. We check out the stats, looks at the records, and, most importantly, we take a close, close look at the heart of each team.

Best performance Week 4: Packers over the Broncos. I considered picking Detroit but the Pack put on a video-game like effort in their romp over Denver.

Worst performance Week 4: Jets losing to Ravens. New York’s offense was so bad that Rex Ryan was “emotionally hurt.”

Best game Week 5: Green Bay (4-0) at Atlanta (2-2). The offenses here are too good not to produce a shootout. Jets/Patriots has bad blood behind it but could produce ugly football.

Worst game Week 5: Kansas City (1-3) at Indianapolis (0-4). Maybe I’ll eat crow and this game will be exciting since both teams are so bad that they’ll make each other look good.

1. Green Bay Packers (4-0): As dominant as they look, they have to rectify their pass defense woes at some point.

2. Detroit Lions (4-0): Arguably more deserving of the top spot but can’t rank them above the undefeated champs.

3. New Orleans Saints (3-1): Jimmy Graham “has never had so much fun in the sport.” Having Drew Brees throw to you will do that.

4. New England Patriots (3-1): Test against their nemesis Jets will show us with the Pats are really made of.

5. San Diego Chargers (3-1): Concerning that they beat lowly K.C. and Miami by a combined 13 points.

6. Houston Texans (3-1): Arian Foster showed the Steelers that he’s no one-year wonder.

7. Tennessee Titans (3-1): No Kenny Britt, no problem for resurgent Matt Hasselbeck last week.

8. Baltimore Ravens (3-1): Got the win against the Jets but usually won’t win if Joe Flacco plays that poorly.

9. Buffalo Bills (3-1): Trouble in paradise? Blew big lead against Bengals and get desperate Eagles next.

10. New York Giants (3-1): Eli Manning skipped from preseason to midseason form overnight.

11. Washington Redskins (3-1): Another win last week but Sexy Rexy will sink the Skins soon enough.

12. San Francisco 49ers (3-1): Offense still a work in progress but only one NFC team has allowed fewer points.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1): Struggled to get past a CFL-caliber Colts team Monday night, though LeGarrette Blount looked great.

14. Atlanta Falcons (2-2): Still waiting for them to bust out and rout a team. This week against Green Bay probably isn’t the time to start.

15. New York Jets (2-2): Going back to “ground and pound” offense even though they haven’t run the ball well this season.

16. Dallas Cowboys (2-2): Every time we try to stick up for Tony Romo, he chokes again. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

17. Oakland Raiders (2-2): Loss to New England reminded us that someone other than Darren McFadden still must play well for Oakland to win.

18. Chicago Bears (2-2): Is Matt Forte the league’s most underappreciated back?

19. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2): Turning over the ball and not stopping the run. A team in decline.

20. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3): Still time to right the ship. Offense remains dynamic but they must learn to stop the run.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2): Offense will have its ups and downs but Cincy’s defense is tops in the NFL through four weeks.

22. Carolina Panthers (1-3): Newton and the Carolina offense are so exciting that we forget the team is still losing the games.

23. Cleveland Browns (2-2): Don’t be fooled by Colt McCoy’s 350 yards last week; garbage-time stats and took him 40 completions to get there.

24. Seattle Seahawks (1-3): Jackson-to-Rice connection, reunited after Minnesota Tour, showing life.

25. Arizona Cardinals (1-3): Beanie Wells’ breakout wasn’t enough to get Arizona a win last week.

26. Denver Broncos (1-3): Tim Tebow era could start up again after an inevitable loss to San Diego this week.

27. Kansas City Chiefs (1-3): Have played reasonably well two straight weeks now. Hope for this offense after all?

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3): Pitiful offense averaging fewer than 10 points per game.

29. Minnesota Vikings (0-4): Already four games behind two teams in their division. No excuse not to start Christian Ponder.

30. Miami Dolphins (0-4): Chad Henne shoulder injury is the nail in Miami’s coffin.

31. St. Louis Rams (0-4): Packers, Cowboys and Saints next on sked. Can you say 0-7?

32. Indianapolis Colts (0-4): Curtis Painter wasn’t bad as expected in his first NFL start.

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About Shea Matthews

Shea Matthews the Senior Writer at CP. Lives and breathes sports. He made the transition from athlete to sports journalist at a young age, writing in TV & national papers. Shea applies his knowledge to sports betting + handicapping daily, and shares winning picks with the world.


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