by National Football Post
October 04, 02011
Every week, the National Football Post brings you our NFL Power Rankings: a breakdown of how we stack up the league.
Week 5 (previous rankings in parentheses)
1. (1) Green Bay Packers (4-0): Rodgers is now putting up MVP-type numbers as the Packers continue to roll with a blowout win over the Broncos at Lambeau.
2. (2) New Orleans Saints (3-1): The Saints gained over 500 yards of total offense in the win over the Jags and they don't look like they are slowing down anytime soon.
ICONBrady and the Pats took care of the Raiders out in Oakland.
3. (4) New England Patriots (3-1): Brady and Welker made sure the Patriots didn’t drop two straight with a 31-19 win over the Raiders in Oakland.
4. (3) Baltimore Ravens (3-1): Flacco had a night to forget in the win over the Jets, but we can’t deny what the Ravens can do from a defensive perspective.
5. (7) Detroit Lions (4-0): Do you have any idea how to shut down Calvin Johnson in the red zone? After four weeks, no one in the NFL does either.
6. (6) Houston Texans (3-1): We like seeing the Texans physically win up front vs. the Steelers, but the injury to Andre Johnson is something to keep an eye on.
7. (9) San Diego Chargers (3-1): The Chargers are winning early in the season—and that’s a good sign.
8. (14) New York Giants (3-1): Eli Manning is playing at a Pro Bowl level and has thrown six TD passes in the last two weeks.
9. (11) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: (3-1) The Bucs looked sloppy at times in the win over the Colts, but that’s three straight for a team that plays a physical brand of football.
10. (8) Buffalo Bills (3-1): Should we drop the Bills lower after the road loss in Cincy? Let’s see how they play this week vs. Vick and the Eagles first.
11. (19) Tennessee Titans (3-1): Maybe that Week 2 win over the Ravens wasn’t a fluke as Matt Hasselbeck continues to throw TD passes.
12. (12) Oakland Raiders (2-2): Even with the loss to the Patriots, we still are high on the Raiders because of the style of football they play under Hue Jackson.
13. (5) New York Jets (2-2): After Sunday night, the Jets might want to think about changing that offensive game plan moving forward.
14. (18) Washington Redskins (3-1): Remember Ryan Torain? The RB showed up with 135 yards on the ground during the ‘Skins win in St. Louis.
ICONGore ran all over the Eagles in the 49ers' comeback win on Sunday.
15. (20) San Francisco 49ers (3-1): Frank Gore played like he was worth the new contract in the comeback win at Philly and Jim Harbaugh’s club is in first place.
16. (10) Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2): Can’t protect the QB and no big plays on defense. Some concern in Pittsburgh?
17. (15) Chicago Bears (2-2): Matt Forte ran for a career high 205 yards on Sunday, but will Martz’s new game plan sell vs. the Lions D-Line?
18. (16) Atlanta Falcons (2-2): Hard to figure out the Falcons when they have to hang on for the win vs. Tarvaris Jackson in Seattle.
19. (13) Dallas Cowboys (2-2): Romo will take some heat this week, but don’t forget about the secondary for Rob Ryan in the collapse vs. Detroit.
20. (17) Philadelphia Eagles (1-3): Real issues for Reid, Vick and the “Dream Team” after the 1-3 start.
21. (26) Cincinnati Bengals (2-2): Throw Andy Dalton a bone for brining the Bengals back in front of a half-empty stadium for the win over the Bills.
22. (21) Carolina Panthers (1-3): Cam Newton continues to produce, but this defense in Carolina isn’t ready to win games.
23. (23) Cleveland Browns (2-2): Colt McCoy threw 61 passes in the loss to the Titans. That's not a positive for the Browns.
24. (29) Arizona Cardinals (1-3): Sooner or later the Cards have to put together a fourth-quarter win if they want to catch the 49ers.
ICONGabbert will improve, but right now he is playing like a rookie QB.
25. (27) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3): Blaine Gabbert will improve with every start, but going 16 of 42 vs. the Saints isn’t going to cut it.
26. (25) Denver Broncos (1-3): John Fox’s defense was exposed in the loss to Rodgers and the Packers.
27. (32) Kansas City Chiefs (1-3): Hey, a win for the Chiefs—but let’s not start planning any parades.
28. (28) Seattle Seahawks (1-3): Where are the big plays from RB Marshawn Lynch?
29. (30) Indianapolis Colts (0-4): Its still hard to watch this offense operate without Manning and the WR screen isn’t enough to win games.
30. (24) Miami Dolphins (0-4): Can Sparano really keep this job for the entire season?
31. (22) Minnesota Vikings (0-4): Time to sit McNabb? Maybe, but there are more issues than just the QB position in Minnesota.
32. (31) St. Louis Rams (0-4): Josh McDaniels' offense has been nothing short of a bust after four weeks in St. Louis.
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