NFL Power Rankings: Week 5

NFL Power Rankings: Week 5
October 8, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Week 5 has come and gone. Here are our NFL power rankings heading into Week 6 of the season.

Rank Team Record  


LW: 1

 (5-0) Peyton Manning threw an interception against Dallas, so he is human. But a 20-1 TD/Int ratio isn’t too bad.


LW: 4

 (5-0) Jimmy Graham is far and away the best tight end in the league. Graham tied an NFL Record with his fourth consecutive 100-plus yard game from a tight end.


LW: 7

 (4-1) Andrew Luck notched his 15th win as a starter by topping Seattle. Luck took 21 games to do it, the fastest in NFL history. The Colts look like contenders in the AFC.


LW: 5

 (5-0) Since 1990, teams that have started 5-0 have made the playoffs 90 percent of the time. Andy Reid looks like he’s on his way.


LW: 2

 (4-1) A rare sight for Seahawk fans: the defense giving up big plays. Expect at bounce-back game Sunday when they host Tennessee.


LW: 3

 (4-1) Tom Brady’s streak of 52 straight games with a TD pass came to an end in Cincinnati, despite  the services of Danny Amendola.


LW: 8

 (3-2) The 49ers completely embarrassed the Texans on national television, but there has to be some concern surrounding Colin Kaepernick, who only completed four passes through the first three quarters.


LW: 13

 (2-2) It helped that Detroit was without Calvin Johnson, but if the defense can provide stops for this high-scoring bunch in the absence of Clay Matthews (thumb), the Packers could run away with the NFC North.


LW: 11

 (3-2) A gritty comeback win on the road in a surprisingly tough place to play (Miami). When Ray Rice is the focal point of the offense, this team wins.


LW: 12

 (3-2) The Bengals have one of the best defenses in the NFL and it showed when they shut down Tom Brady.


LW: 6

 (3-2) Tough to head into a bye week with back-to-back losses. Rediscovering the run game should be a point of emphasis for Joe Philbin.


LW: 10

 (3-2) In the “totally obvious” department: WR Brandon Marshall is disgruntled about his role in Marc Trestman’s offense after two straight losses.


LW: 9

 (3-2) Calvin Johnson just reminded NFL fans that: 1. He’s the best receiver in the NFL, and 2. The Lions are average AT BEST when he doesn’t play.


LW: 17

 (2-3) Too high? Maybe. But two of their three losses have come to undefeated teams by a combined four points. See, I can write something about the Cowboys without mentioning Tony Romo.


LW: 15

 (3-2) The Titans couldn’t find the “comeback magic” in Week 5 against the undefeated Colts, but Chris Johnson was much more involved in the offense, which is a good thing.


LW: 23

 (3-2) Great win in for Rex Ryan’s team in Atlanta. After a tussle with the Steelers, the schedule gets much tougher (vs NE, @ CIN, vs NO).


LW: 20

 (3-2) Terrible blow to lose Brian Hoyer, but Brandon Weeden played mistake free in relief against Buffalo and the defense continued to shine. That’s the blueprint for success in Cleveland.


LW: 24

 (3-3) The Cardinals defense is legit, but no one around the league is scared about the offense outside of Larry Fitzgerald.


LW: 22

 (2-3) The Nick Foles era starts once again in Philadelphia with Michael Vick sidelined (hamstring). Foles looked good against the Giants, but every QB does these days.


LW: 14

 (2-3) Matt Schaub, and moreover, Gary Kubiak must turn things around to keep their jobs. Three points in the last four quarters will not get it done.


LW: 29

 (2-3) If you were crazy enough to stay up until 2 a.m. CT, you got to see Terrelle Pryor continue to make progress at a QB, and the Raider defense stepping up with two huge INTs late.


LW: 16

 (2-3) In a game they needed to win to keep pace with two undefeated teams in their division, the Chargers committed costly turnovers in a winnable game at Oakland.


LW: 18

 (1-4) Probably the biggest disappointment in the NFL this season after reaching the NFC Title game a year ago. Julio Jones’ loss (foot) is tremendous.


LW: 27

 (2-3) The Rams covered a 12-point spread by beating the Jaguars at home 34-20. Now they hit the road for a date with an angry Texans team.


LW: 25

 (1-3) An indication of how bad the NFC East is: The Redskins are 0.5 games out of first place in the division.


LW: 21

 (2-3) Thad Lewis, who was called up from the PRACTICE squad, will start this week at QB against a very good Bengals defense. The Bills may not get another win until E.J. Manuel returns from his knee injury.


LW: 19

 (1-3) A disastrous performance from Cam Newton (three INT’s, fumble) at Arizona. The line needs to help him a bit (seven sacks allowed).


LW: 26

 (1-3) Even during a bye week, the Vikings drop for their questionable signing of Josh Freeman.


LW: 28

 (0-4) They didn’t lose in Week 5 because they didn’t play. Steelers have a winnable game Sunday against the Jets.


LW: 30

 (0-4) Bye weeks are meant for teams to regroup and focus on football. Instead, Greg Schiano finds ways to stay in the press for his mishandling of former QB Josh Freeman.


LW: 31

 (0-5) The team is off to their worst start in 26 years and Eli Manning is playing the worst football of his career.


LW: 32

 (0-5) Justin Blackmon (136 yards, TD in his season debut) is the only reason to even CONSIDER watching this team play.

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