Five weeks of NFL action are in the books and even though this has been a very odd NFL season so far, there are definitely some clear cut standout teams, mostly in the AFC. The top three teams remain the same this week with one new addition to our top 5. Here we go...
1. Baltimore Ravens (4-1) - In my opinion there is no doubt right now that the Ravens are the best team in the NFL. Arguments can be made for the Steelers and Jets but guess what, the only losses those two teams have came at the hands of the Ravens. They easily handled a struggling Broncos team on Sunday to improve to 4-1. Ray Rice finally showed why he is a top running back on Sunday, running for over 130 yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens have a tough game coming up this week as they will travel into New England to take on the Patriots. Another win and they will remain atop of our rankings.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) - The Steelers were on a bye this week and next week they will have their All-pro quarterback, Big Ben, back behind center. They welcome the Browns into Heinz field on Sunday in a divisional match up. The Steelers should be able to handle the Browns and cruise to a 4-1 start barring any major injuries to their starters. The Browns have been playing teams tough but the Steelers are definitely playing in a different league right now.
3. New York Jets (4-1) - The Jets had a good victory on Monday night over the Vikings and their former quarterback, Brett Farve. The Jets defense slammed the door home with an interception for a touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining in a close game. Mark Sanchez continues his good play at quarterback and has yet to throw 1 interception this season. The Jets will travel to Mile High stadium on Sunday to face the struggling Broncos. If they continue their solid play they should easily win and move to 5-1.
4. Atlanta Falcons (4-1) - The Falcons are far and away the best team in the very weak NFC. They went into the dog pound on Sunday and defeated a not so good Browns team. Their defense continues to impress every week and they held the Browns rushing attack to less than 30 yards. This week they head to the city of brotherly love to face the Eagles and perhaps their former quarterback, Michael Vick, depending on his injury status. If Vick plays this will be a huge test for the Falcons, if Kolb is behind center they should be able to walk away with a victory and solidfy their top spot in the NFC.
5. New England Patriots (3-1) - The Patriots were also on a bye this past week but still made news by trading away Randy Moss to the Vikings for a third round pick. They brought back one of their wide receivers from their past Superbowl glory days in Deion Branch. No offense to Branch, he is not Randy Moss and this is going to be a huge loss on the offensive side of the ball. They were struggling on the defensive side of the ball before the bye week and I hope they figured out a way to plug some of the holes or their time in the power rankings will be short lived. The face the #1 team in the NFL this week, the Ravens, at home, and they better play a flawless game or risk dropping a game and half behind the New York Jets in the AFC east.
There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 5. Thoughts or opinions? Feel free to leave a comment! Also don't forget to visit my site, www.moleandmeares.com , to watch our weekly picks video and submit your week 6 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.