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NFL Power Rankings - Week 5

Posted on: October 5, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 7:54 pm
I took a lot of flack last week for my power rankings and you know what?  I listened and I was completely wrong.  I have done my research this week and I feel as though I have gotten it somewhat right this time, but who are we kidding, there is so much disparity this year among the best teams in the NFL that no one can get it right.  But here is my best try...

1.  Baltimore Ravens (3-1) - The Ravens went into Pittsburgh and came out victorious.  Not only did they win but they mounted a touchdown producing, winning drive in the final minutes against the toughest defense in the NFL.  Joe Flacco made enormous strides in his maturity as a quarterback.  Yes, I know that Charlie Batch was the quarterback for the Steelers and things will be different from this point on, but that was a crucial win for the Ravens.  Baltimore will face a tough Denver team this Sunday and it should be a good game.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) - The Steelers lost a hard fought game to the Ravens on Sunday with their fourth string quarterback.  They played a fairly complete game but couldn't stop the Ravens from kicking the winning field goal in the waning seconds.  They have a bye this week and the next time they step on the field they will have their starting quarterback, Big Ben, back from suspension.  This team will not leave our power rankings for the rest of the year, mark my words.

3.  New York Jets (3-1) - The New York Jets offense has really come full circle since their embarrassing week one loss to the Ravens.  Mark Sanchez is starting to look more and more like a leader and is learning to not turn the ball over.  Ladanian Tomlinson looks like a running back with something to prove.  They destroyed the Bills and now turn their sites on the Vikings who will be coming into the New Meadowland Stadium off of their bye week.  This should be an interesting game.  The Jets will have both Revis back from injury and for the first time this year, Santonio Holmes.  Holmes and Braylon Edwards make for a dynamic receiving duo.

4.  Green Bay Packers (3-1) - The Packers are not playing up to their potential but still have a 3 and 1 record after four weeks.  I really believe the loss of Ryan Grant is going to be enormous by the end of the season.  They outplayed the Lions on Sunday but never put them away and came out with a 2 point victory.  They will have to sure up their running game and their defense if they want to make a deep run into January.  They have a tough conference match up this week as they head to the nation's capitol for a match up with the 2-2 Redskins.  Look for the Packers to have a tough time in Washington.

5.  Atlanta Falcons (3-1) - For the second week in a row the Falcons took advantage of the opposing teams blunders.  Two weeks ago the Saints missed a 29 yard field goal in overtime to beat them and this week Nate Clemens of the 49ers fumbles the ball after picking off Matt Ryan, allowing them to go the length of the field for a game winning field goal as time expired.  This week they head off to the dog pound for a match up with the 1-3 Browns.  On paper this looks like an easy win, but as they say, that is why the game isn't played on paper.

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 4. Thoughts or opinions?  Feel free to leave a comment!  Also don't forget to visit my site, , to watch our weekly picks video and submit your week 5 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.



Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:13 am

NFL Power Rankings - Week 5

Let's get real, we wouldn't be talking about the Raven had Jeff Reed made those two field goals. Joe Flacco played good, not great. Their offense still struggled against the Steelers D and that's with their Starting QB. Not impressive.

Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2010 7:56 pm

NFL Power Rankings - Week 5

Ok, ok, ok...I knew that...I should have reread my post before I put it up...I have since changed it...sorry for the confusion...I did watch the game and I know he threw a short touchdown pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh...

Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2010 7:14 pm

NFL Power Rankings - Week 5

maybe he should watch it again on NFL Network at 915PM

Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2010 5:01 pm

NFL Power Rankings - Week 5

Yeah dude, you lost all credability with me in your first few sentenses.  A game winning fieldgoal by the Ravens?  Even if you didnt watch the game you should have garnered that information from highlights somewhere.  Do a little research befor posting your opinion. 

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2010 4:45 pm

NFL Power Rankings - Week 5

YOU DID YOUR RESEARCH!?!!?  If you just watched highlights as a casual fan you would know that the Ravens did NOT, "mount a field goal producing, winning drive in the final minutes..."  They won on a touch pass, after the Steeler's special teams (who missed 2 field goals) decided to kick the ball to the 50 yard line, and then get a penalty on a fair catch!?!?  The Ravens only drove 40 yards in 23 seconds. That said, as  Steeler fan, I can't disagree with rankings.  Ravens beat Steelers. Would it have been different if Ben was in? Doesn't matter.  He wasn't and that is part of the game.  What if Ben was in and Ed Reed was in?  What if.. What if... What if...  Steelers are the most complete team I see, as long as the special teams doesn't it fall apart like last year.  They lost several games due to special teams last year, and the only loss this year is heavily on special teams.  You saw what New Englands special teams did to Miami....

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