Week 5 Power Rankings
1. New York Giants – Steamrolled the hapless Raiders. Eli had a much needed short work day and needs the rest when the G-men travel the SuperDome to play the Saints next week.
2. Indianapolis Colts – Peyton Manning is playing some of the best football of his career and is making studs out of young receivers Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon.
3. New Orleans Saints – Big showdown looms next Sunday but the good news is that RB Mike Bell, who rushed for over two hundred yards in two games, is healthy.
4. Minnesota Vikings – Easy win over the inept Rams sets up a huge inter-conference game next week when the Baltimore Ravens come to the Metrodome.
5. Atlanta Falcons – Roddy White had his 2009 coming out party at the expense of the 49ers defense.
6. Denver Broncos – Their overtime victory against the Patriots turned them from pretenders to contenders. Not many people are questioning Josh McDaniels now.
7. Philadelphia Eagles – McNabb looked sharp in his return but lack of a rushing attack against a weak Tampa Bay defense is a concern.
8. Cincinnati Bengals – Emotional win for DC Mike Zimmer suddenly puts the Benglas at 3-0 in the AFC North. Don't look now but the Bengals are becoming legitimate contenders.
9. New England Patriots – The cracks in the dynasty are beginning to show. The game in Denver was one that Tom Brady and Co. would have won before his surgery.
10. Chicago Bears – You know the Bears paid close attention to the Atlanta/San Francisco game. A Sunday night game at the Georgia Dome is next for the Bears.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers – A win is a win no matter how ugly it is but the Steelers kept the Lions hanging around way too long.
12. Baltimore Ravens – Allowing Cedric Benson to rush for over 100 yards isn't a good sign for the Ravens defense since they go to the Metro Dome and face Adrian Peterson and the Vikings next week.
13. NY Jets – They couldn't shut down a quarterback in Chad Henne in his second start.
14. San Diego Chargers – Maybe they found their running game during the bye week. The Broncos and their suffocating defense are coming to town next Sunday.
15. San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers reverted to their former selves against the Falcons. Frank Gore can't come back quick enough.
16. Seattle Seahawks – What a difference Matt Hasselbeck makes! Seahawks fans can only hope that the team stays in this form for the rest of the year.
17. Green Bay Packers – Mike McCarthy and his staff on offense should have spent the bye week teaching the offensive line how to block.
18. Miami Dolphins – Chad Henne continues to develop into the QB that the Dolphins have needed since Marino retired.
19. Arizona Cardinals – The Cardinals barely escaped against the Texans. A crucial NFC West match up is next when they go to Seattle.
20. Houston Texans – It took them an entire half before they found their offense yet they still came a yard away from forcing overtime.
21. Dallas Cowboys – Miles Austin had a career day for himself and the Cowboys but it still took an extra quarter for Dallas to put away the Chiefs.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars – A true enigma on the field, however, that performance against Seattle probably sealed Jack Del Rio's fate.
23. Detroit Lions – The Lions achieved a morale victory by hanging around with the Steelers until late. Daunte Culpepper looked good in a spot start for the injured Matthew Stafford.
24. Carolina Panthers – Lucky call and all the Panthers are the third team this season to get their first win over Washington.
25. Washington Redskins – They somehow manage to grab defeat out of the jaws of victory. The bye week is two weeks away, which might be how much longer Jim Zorn is head coach.
26. Kansas City Chiefs – A narrow loss to the Cowboys, however, they should get their first win of the season next week against Washington if history is any indication.
27. Cleveland Browns – The stat line for Derek Anderson is staggering. 2/17 for 23 yards. This was the same QB that made the Pro Bowl two years ago.
28. Tennessee Titans – The good news is that the Vince Young era will resume next week. The bad news is that it resumes at New England.
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Byron Leftwich, Josh Johnson, there is no one that can make this offense looks any better than it has been.
30. Buffalo Bills – It looks like offensive coordinator Turk Schonert wasn't the problem after all.
31. Oakland Raiders – The Raiders have managed just 16 points in their last three games. The Bills have scored 20 and the Rams have scored 27.
32. St. Louis Rams – Rams assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Richard Curl was named NFL Europe's Coach of the Year in 1998 and 1999, the only coach in NFL Europe history to win the honor in consecutive seasons . Your 2009 St. Louis Rams!