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Week 5 Power rankings

Adam Caplan

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Posted February 08, 2011 04:56 PM EST

The New England Patriots showed the NFL world why they are the No. 1 team at this point after their thrashing of the host Buffalo Bills last week. They've already sewn up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and are playing at the top of their game at a critical juncture. It will be interesting to see if any other teams in the AFC can challenge them during the playoffs. But it won't be easy since the Patriots are undefeated at home this season.

In the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons finally lost a game at home, but it wasn't as though the New Orleans Saints were dominant. That game could have gone either way. The Falcons still deserve to be the NFC's top-ranked team at this point based on their performance over the course of the season.

+7

Chicago Bears

-12

Denver Broncos

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4-1 - 1/17
Once the Ravens get starting FS Ed Reed back from his hip injury, their defense will be pretty close to complete. The offense is capable of putting up much bigger numbers on a weekly basis, and once they do, this team will be even tougher to beat.
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2

3-1 - 1/7
The Steelers get Roethlisberger back this week from his four-game suspension. If the Browns come within 20 points of Pittsburgh I'd be surprised. This could be the NFL's most complete team from both sides of the ball.
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3

4-1 - 1/10
Another impressive victory on Monday night against the visiting Vikings. Even when starting QB Mark Sanchez doesn't play well, the Jets can rely on their outstanding running game, which is averaging a league-leading 165.2 yards per game. And now their defExpand Description
Another impressive victory on Monday night against the visiting Vikings. Even when starting QB Mark Sanchez doesn't play well, the Jets can rely on their outstanding running game, which is averaging a league-leading 165.2 yards per game. And now their defense is looking even better with the return of OLB Calvin Pace and CB Darrelle Revis. But Revis said he was hurting all game against the Vikings, so his hamstring could be an ongoing issue. Collapse Description
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4

4-1 1 1/16
The big difference in this team from the past few seasons is they are able to win the close games. No surprise here, the Falcons are still a power running team. But they'll finally get starting WR Michael Jenkins back from his shoulder injury. He could beExpand Description
The big difference in this team from the past few seasons is they are able to win the close games. No surprise here, the Falcons are still a power running team. But they'll finally get starting WR Michael Jenkins back from his shoulder injury. He could be the missing element from their inconsistent passing attack.Collapse Description
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5

4-1 7 5/20
I'm still stunned that the Bears could overcome a four interception performance from QB Todd Collins to win easily against the Panthers last week. Obviously, it didn't hurt that RB Matt Forte put up 166 yards and two scores on the ground. But the key for Expand Description
I'm still stunned that the Bears could overcome a four interception performance from QB Todd Collins to win easily against the Panthers last week. Obviously, it didn't hurt that RB Matt Forte put up 166 yards and two scores on the ground. But the key for this team is the major improvement on the defensive side of the ball. The addition of DE Julius Peppers has been huge.Collapse Description
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6

3-2 5 1/21
The Giants are finally starting to get both sides of the ball playing well at the same time. They seem to be playing with a lot of confidence. Those 13 sacks over the last two weeks is a clear sign that their inconsistent defense is starting to come togetExpand Description
The Giants are finally starting to get both sides of the ball playing well at the same time. They seem to be playing with a lot of confidence. Those 13 sacks over the last two weeks is a clear sign that their inconsistent defense is starting to come together. It didn't look this way before the season started, but the Giants may be the NFC East's best team.Collapse Description
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7

3-2 1 2/16
The Colts aren't exactly playing great football, but they are still in a four-way tie for first place in the AFC South. Despite only posting 19 points last week, their offense is still arguably the best in the NFL. The one concern on defense is the ongoinExpand Description
The Colts aren't exactly playing great football, but they are still in a four-way tie for first place in the AFC South. Despite only posting 19 points last week, their offense is still arguably the best in the NFL. The one concern on defense is the ongoing absence of SS Bob Sanders. With him out of the lineup, the big plays on defense just aren't there. Collapse Description
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8

3-2 4 1/16
The reality for Green Bay is it's very hard to overcome numerous injuries on both sides of the ball. It will be a tremendous challenge for the coaching staff to find a way to get the backups that will be filling in to play at a high level. Still, as long Expand Description
The reality for Green Bay is it's very hard to overcome numerous injuries on both sides of the ball. It will be a tremendous challenge for the coaching staff to find a way to get the backups that will be filling in to play at a high level. Still, as long as Aaron Rodgers is behind center, the Packers can beat any team.Collapse Description
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9

3-2 3 1/12
I keep saying that there has been something missing from this team and that was proven during last week's loss at the Cardinals. In reality, the Saints should have put up at least 30 points on offense last week. So it's obvious that something is just a taExpand Description
I keep saying that there has been something missing from this team and that was proven during last week's loss at the Cardinals. In reality, the Saints should have put up at least 30 points on offense last week. So it's obvious that something is just a tad off on that side of the ball. The lack of big plays on defense could be attributed to the ongoing absence of FS Darren Sharper. Collapse Description
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10

3-2 5 3/27
All QB Vince Young has to do is not turn the ball over and the Titans have a realistic chance to win any game. While RB Chris Johnson isn't headed for last year's unbelievable rushing numbers, he's still the foundation of their offense. The one troubling Expand Description
All QB Vince Young has to do is not turn the ball over and the Titans have a realistic chance to win any game. While RB Chris Johnson isn't headed for last year's unbelievable rushing numbers, he's still the foundation of their offense. The one troubling issue is on defense, where they are giving up over 240 yards per game in the air. Collapse Description
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11

3-1 1 1/13
It's hard to see how the loss of starting WR Randy Moss will make this team better, but it will be interesting to see how the addition of veteran WR Deion Branch will help going forward. It's debatable whether Branch is a quality starting player at this pExpand Description
It's hard to see how the loss of starting WR Randy Moss will make this team better, but it will be interesting to see how the addition of veteran WR Deion Branch will help going forward. It's debatable whether Branch is a quality starting player at this point in his career, however.Collapse Description
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12

3-1 3 8/27
Give Kansas City credit for playing a very competitive game during last week's loss at the Colts. The defensive improvement over last year has been very impressive so far. But at some point, the Chiefs won't be able to hide QB Matt Cassel. It's hard to wiExpand Description
Give Kansas City credit for playing a very competitive game during last week's loss at the Colts. The defensive improvement over last year has been very impressive so far. But at some point, the Chiefs won't be able to hide QB Matt Cassel. It's hard to win consistently with your quarterback averaging less than 163 yards in the air per game. Collapse Description
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13

3-2 6 4/30
Well, maybe it was too good to be true. The wheels are starting to come off a bit for the Texans. That's two out of the last three games where QB Matt Schaub struggled to get the passing game going. The Texans are giving up almost 330 yards passing each gExpand Description
Well, maybe it was too good to be true. The wheels are starting to come off a bit for the Texans. That's two out of the last three games where QB Matt Schaub struggled to get the passing game going. The Texans are giving up almost 330 yards passing each game, a total which sums up their issues in the secondary. Collapse Description
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14

3-2 4 11/27
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is starting to get the type of results he's been looking for. While the Redskins are ranked at the bottom of the league on defense, they are actually playing much better than that on that side of the ball. SS LeRon LandryExpand Description
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is starting to get the type of results he's been looking for. While the Redskins are ranked at the bottom of the league on defense, they are actually playing much better than that on that side of the ball. SS LeRon Landry is playing at an MVP pace. Collapse Description
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15

3-2 5 4/20
You had to be impressed with QB Kevin Kolb's performance last week at San Francisco. The quarterback position for this team is in pretty good shape. The thing that Philadelphia has to overcome is injuries at several key positions. The depth at several posExpand Description
You had to be impressed with QB Kevin Kolb's performance last week at San Francisco. The quarterback position for this team is in pretty good shape. The thing that Philadelphia has to overcome is injuries at several key positions. The depth at several positions will be tested going forward. Collapse Description
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16

2-3 3 9/27
Call me crazy (most people do), but I still believe the Chargers will win the AFC West. This team is clearly underachieving, but QB Philip Rivers has to be the leading candidate for the NFL MVP award. Their defense is ranked at No. 2 overall, yet San DiegExpand Description
Call me crazy (most people do), but I still believe the Chargers will win the AFC West. This team is clearly underachieving, but QB Philip Rivers has to be the leading candidate for the NFL MVP award. Their defense is ranked at No. 2 overall, yet San Diego has a losing record? Odd.Collapse Description
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17

3-1 7 9/29
I'm still not sold on Tampa Bay, but I've been very impressed with the play out of second-year QB Josh Freeman. He continues to play with a lot of poise for such a young player. They still need to get more out of their running game if they want to be a plExpand Description
I'm still not sold on Tampa Bay, but I've been very impressed with the play out of second-year QB Josh Freeman. He continues to play with a lot of poise for such a young player. They still need to get more out of their running game if they want to be a playoff team. Collapse Description
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18

3-2 4 15/32
Talk about winning ugly. The Cardinals have given up 50 more points than they have scored this season. They are getting next to nothing from the quarterback position, yet they are in first place with a winning record. That can't last much longer, can it?
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19

3-2 7 9/28
The key for this team to continue to win is to take the ball out of QB David Garrard's hands as much as possible and put it into the hands of RB Maurice Jones-Drew. Over Jacksonville's two straight wins, Garrard has only thrown the ball 42 times. That hasExpand Description
The key for this team to continue to win is to take the ball out of QB David Garrard's hands as much as possible and put it into the hands of RB Maurice Jones-Drew. Over Jacksonville's two straight wins, Garrard has only thrown the ball 42 times. That has to be the recipe for success going forward. And getting MJD the ball more will help their much-maligned defense. Collapse Description
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20

2-2 3 8/20
I still say that Chad Henne is going to be a very good quarterback despite his mental errors during Miami's brutal loss to the Patriots. And Henne still needs to develop better chemistry with WR Brandon Marshall. Their defense might have an emerging big-tExpand Description
I still say that Chad Henne is going to be a very good quarterback despite his mental errors during Miami's brutal loss to the Patriots. And Henne still needs to develop better chemistry with WR Brandon Marshall. Their defense might have an emerging big-time player in OLB Cameron Wake.Collapse Description
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21

1-3 - 8/28
You can clearly see against the Jets how the addition of WR Randy Moss could help their passing game. He's the badly needed downfield passing threat that they have been missing with Sidney Rice out of the lineup. But their once-dominant defense hasn't beeExpand Description
You can clearly see against the Jets how the addition of WR Randy Moss could help their passing game. He's the badly needed downfield passing threat that they have been missing with Sidney Rice out of the lineup. But their once-dominant defense hasn't been playing that way this season. That's one of the reasons why Minnesota has only won a single game to this point.Collapse Description
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22

1-3 3 5/30
Dallas is yet another team that is underachieving in a big way. At least they may have found their main ball carrier in Felix Jones during last week's loss to the Titans. But why in a close game did they pass the ball nearly 25 times more than they ran itExpand Description
Dallas is yet another team that is underachieving in a big way. At least they may have found their main ball carrier in Felix Jones during last week's loss to the Titans. But why in a close game did they pass the ball nearly 25 times more than they ran it? Again, until they can get a semblance of balance on offense, Dallas will continue to underachieve. And their defense isn't getting enough turnovers on a weekly basis.Collapse Description
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23

2-3 7 3/31
Color me surprised that the Bengals are 2-3 at this point. What I've been saying for weeks in this space continues to be true. Something is off with veteran QB Carson Palmer. He hasn't been performing at a high level for a long time. And the defense is unExpand Description
Color me surprised that the Bengals are 2-3 at this point. What I've been saying for weeks in this space continues to be true. Something is off with veteran QB Carson Palmer. He hasn't been performing at a high level for a long time. And the defense is underachieving a bit as well.Collapse Description
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24

2-2 1 13/31
It will be interesting to see how the coaching staff uses recently acquired RB Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks had been trying to acquire him for several weeks, so it's obvious they want to build their running game around him. But the passing game is the bigExpand Description
It will be interesting to see how the coaching staff uses recently acquired RB Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks had been trying to acquire him for several weeks, so it's obvious they want to build their running game around him. But the passing game is the big issue on offense. At some point, we could see QB Charlie Whitehurst if things don't progress in that area.Collapse Description
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25

2-3 3 14/30
Well, it certainly didn't look like they were going to beat the division rival Chargers last week. For a change, the Raiders were the team that came back and won. It will be interesting to see how QB Jason Campbell performs after doing a decent job in relExpand Description
Well, it certainly didn't look like they were going to beat the division rival Chargers last week. For a change, the Raiders were the team that came back and won. It will be interesting to see how QB Jason Campbell performs after doing a decent job in relief of injured QB Bruce Gradkowski. Campbell simply has a stronger arm and can really get the passing game going if he can be consistently accurate.Collapse Description
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26

2-3 12 14/31
Believe it or not, QB Kyle Orton is on an MVP pace. It's the defense which is preventing this team from becoming a consistent winner. Losing OLB Elvis Dumervil is proving to be very hard to overcome. And Denver's most recent injuries on defense could provExpand Description
Believe it or not, QB Kyle Orton is on an MVP pace. It's the defense which is preventing this team from becoming a consistent winner. Losing OLB Elvis Dumervil is proving to be very hard to overcome. And Denver's most recent injuries on defense could prove to be even more problematic going forward. Collapse Description
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27

2-3 4 15/32
Reality hit the Rams a bit last week. The loss of WR Mark Clayton for the season is huge. Look for the coaches to rely on RB Steven Jackson even more going forward. It will be interesting to see how they'll use rookie WR Danario Alexander, who will be sigExpand Description
Reality hit the Rams a bit last week. The loss of WR Mark Clayton for the season is huge. Look for the coaches to rely on RB Steven Jackson even more going forward. It will be interesting to see how they'll use rookie WR Danario Alexander, who will be signed off the practice squad this week. Alexander was perhaps going to be as high as a second-round pick this year had he not dealt with knee problems again prior to the NFL Draft. Collapse Description
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28

1-4 2 19/30
The Lions finally have an offense worth watching each week. It's hard to find a weakness on that side of the ball. And give journeyman QB Shaun Hill credit. He's been doing a decent job of keeping the seat warm for Matthew Stafford. But for this team to sExpand Description
The Lions finally have an offense worth watching each week. It's hard to find a weakness on that side of the ball. And give journeyman QB Shaun Hill credit. He's been doing a decent job of keeping the seat warm for Matthew Stafford. But for this team to seriously challenge for a playoff spot, they will have to revamp the back seven of the defense. Collapse Description
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29

1-4 2 18/30
I keep saying the Browns are a competitive team, but sooner or later they have to start winning games. The quarterback position is a major concern, but so is the defense. Where would this team be without FB Peyton Hillis? He's the current version of formeExpand Description
I keep saying the Browns are a competitive team, but sooner or later they have to start winning games. The quarterback position is a major concern, but so is the defense. Where would this team be without FB Peyton Hillis? He's the current version of former Miami Dolphins FB Larry Csonka.Collapse Description
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30

0-5 1 17/31
For a head coach who says he wants winners, Mike Singletary isn't exactly getting that from his players. While everyone wants to blame QB Alex Smith, those two fumbles from Frank Gore didn't help their cause against the Eagles last week. Well, at least thExpand Description
For a head coach who says he wants winners, Mike Singletary isn't exactly getting that from his players. While everyone wants to blame QB Alex Smith, those two fumbles from Frank Gore didn't help their cause against the Eagles last week. Well, at least the 49ers get to host the Raiders this week, so the first win of the season could be on the horizon.Collapse Description
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31

0-5 - 25/32
Man, what a dreadful performance last week against the Bears. Despite recording four interceptions of journeyman QB Todd Collins, the Panthers still couldn't mount a competitive game. Their bye week came at the right time -- so we can get a week off from Expand Description
Man, what a dreadful performance last week against the Bears. Despite recording four interceptions of journeyman QB Todd Collins, the Panthers still couldn't mount a competitive game. Their bye week came at the right time -- so we can get a week off from watching them. Collapse Description
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32

0-5 - 19/32
Well, at least Ryan Fitzpatrick has played fairly well the last two games, but he's still not the answer at the quarterback position for the Bills. And Buffalo's defense has given up the most points in the NFL. The bottom line is Buffalo deserves to be doExpand Description
Well, at least Ryan Fitzpatrick has played fairly well the last two games, but he's still not the answer at the quarterback position for the Bills. And Buffalo's defense has given up the most points in the NFL. The bottom line is Buffalo deserves to be down here. Collapse Description
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Eagles    3 1 0
Cowboys    3 1 0
Giants    2 2 0
Redskins    1 3 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Cardinals    3 0 0
Seahawks    2 1 0
49ers    2 2 0
Rams    1 2 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Lions    3 1 0
Packers    2 2 0
Vikings    2 2 0
Bears    2 2 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Falcons    2 2 0
Panthers    2 2 0
Saints    1 3 0
Buccaneers    1 3 0
 

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Bills    2 2 0
Dolphins    2 2 0
Patriots    2 2 0
Jets    1 3 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Chargers    3 1 0
Broncos    2 1 0
Chiefs    2 2 0
Raiders    0 4 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Bengals    3 0 0
Ravens    3 1 0
Steelers    2 2 0
Browns    1 2 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Texans    3 1 0
Colts    2 2 0
Titans    1 3 0
Jaguars    0 4 0