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BRIAN BILLICK'S Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.

Week 5 Power Rankings


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Posted October 12, 2011 04:44 AM EDT

The top four remain the same, but the Pats crack the top five and the 49ers and Bills crack the top 10. I've got a line on who's hot and who's not going into Week 5. Enjoy. Watch Billick break down Week 5 Power Rankings

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San Francisco 49ers

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FOX SPORTS NFL POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

5-0 - 1/1
QB Aaron Rodgers hitting 12 different receivers in laying out 25 unanswered points against Atlanta, on the road, says it all. Can the Packers go 16-0? No. Can they beat everyone left on their schedule? Absolutely. Go figure that one.
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2

4-1 - 2/7
Jimmy Graham continues to challenge the Packers' Jermichael Finley as the best receiving TE in the game. He has three consecutive 100-yard games and is fourth in the NFL in receiving yards. As if New Orleans needed more weapons.
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3

3-1 - 2/10
Baltimore is primed for a great October facing Houston without Andre Johnson and Mario Williams, then traveling to the hapless Jags for its only road game this month, and then hosting the Cardinals. This could be a catalyst for a dangerous run by the RaveExpand Description
Baltimore is primed for a great October facing Houston without Andre Johnson and Mario Williams, then traveling to the hapless Jags for its only road game this month, and then hosting the Cardinals. This could be a catalyst for a dangerous run by the Ravens.Collapse Description
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4

5-0 - 4/15
The only thing the Lions hadn't done all year is run the ball. Well, Jahvid Best's 163 yards on the ground Monday night changed that tune, and maintaining that balanced attack will be crticial for them as they play in bad-weather games away from the comfoExpand Description
The only thing the Lions hadn't done all year is run the ball. Well, Jahvid Best's 163 yards on the ground Monday night changed that tune, and maintaining that balanced attack will be crticial for them as they play in bad-weather games away from the comfortable confines of Ford Field. Collapse Description
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5

4-1 1 2/7
Whether it comes from Steven Ridley or BenJarvus Green-Ellis, by adding a running game to what Tom Brady is doing this year, they could be lethal. Even with a good outing against the Jets, New England's D continues to be a concern, but between Brady's effExpand Description
Whether it comes from Steven Ridley or BenJarvus Green-Ellis, by adding a running game to what Tom Brady is doing this year, they could be lethal. Even with a good outing against the Jets, New England's D continues to be a concern, but between Brady's efficiency and an improved running game, it doesn't matter. Collapse Description
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6

4-1 1 2/22
The Chargers continue to prove they actually can win in September and October, but they need to start creating more seperation between themselves and the average teams. Just when they begin to run the ball the way Norv Turner wants they get pretty banged Expand Description
The Chargers continue to prove they actually can win in September and October, but they need to start creating more seperation between themselves and the average teams. Just when they begin to run the ball the way Norv Turner wants they get pretty banged up at the position. QB Philip Rivers misses his favorite target in TE Antonio Gates, and they will only get better when he returns from injury. Collapse Description
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7

4-1 11 2/21
This is a dramatic jump for the 49ers, but two road wins followed by a dominant win at home is impressive. Week 6 is a tough task, having to go to Detroit, but they have proven they play well on the road. QB Alex Smith is doing enough to help the Niners wExpand Description
This is a dramatic jump for the 49ers, but two road wins followed by a dominant win at home is impressive. Week 6 is a tough task, having to go to Detroit, but they have proven they play well on the road. QB Alex Smith is doing enough to help the Niners win, not just manage a game. Collapse Description
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8

4-1 4 6/30
The Bills are for real on both sides of the ball, as they showed in Sunday's 31-24 win over Philly. Defensively, they give up a lot of yards, but are opportunistic in creating turnovers. Offensively, Ryan Fitzpatrick is the perfect QB to orchestrate Chan Expand Description
The Bills are for real on both sides of the ball, as they showed in Sunday's 31-24 win over Philly. Defensively, they give up a lot of yards, but are opportunistic in creating turnovers. Offensively, Ryan Fitzpatrick is the perfect QB to orchestrate Chan Gailey's offense, and RB Fred Jackson and WR Stevie Johnson are augmented by a couple of pretty good TEs. Collapse Description
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9

3-2 - 2/9
The Steelers must have been tired of hearing just how old and slow they are. Even without injured LB James Harrison, they completely dominated the Titans on Sunday. On offense, they finally got the running game going like we are accustomed to seeing, alExpand Description
The Steelers must have been tired of hearing just how old and slow they are. Even without injured LB James Harrison, they completely dominated the Titans on Sunday. On offense, they finally got the running game going like we are accustomed to seeing, albeit from no-name Jonathan Dwyer. Collapse Description
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10

3-1 - 10/28
Coming off a bye week, the Redskins have a chance to put a stake in the heart of the Eagles and keep themselves atop the NFC East. The Eagles will test the newfound strength of the Redskins defense, but the 'Skins likely will find success in the running gExpand Description
Coming off a bye week, the Redskins have a chance to put a stake in the heart of the Eagles and keep themselves atop the NFC East. The Eagles will test the newfound strength of the Redskins defense, but the 'Skins likely will find success in the running game against a struggling Philly defense. Collapse Description
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11

3-2 4 5/13
The Texans just can't seem to catch a break. Losing their two best players in WR Andre Johnson and OLB Mario Williams in back-to-back weeks is very difficult to overcome. This may prove to be a tipping point for QB Matt Schaub, particularly facing the RavExpand Description
The Texans just can't seem to catch a break. Losing their two best players in WR Andre Johnson and OLB Mario Williams in back-to-back weeks is very difficult to overcome. This may prove to be a tipping point for QB Matt Schaub, particularly facing the Ravens in Baltimore this week. Collapse Description
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12

2-3 1 4/17
Yes, the Jets move up one spot after a loss. However, there is no shame in losing to my No. 5-ranked team on the road, and they actually were somewhat impressive in that loss. Oakland, Baltimore and New England have all run at will on the Jets. That is a Expand Description
Yes, the Jets move up one spot after a loss. However, there is no shame in losing to my No. 5-ranked team on the road, and they actually were somewhat impressive in that loss. Oakland, Baltimore and New England have all run at will on the Jets. That is a concern. Collapse Description
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13

3-2 5 8/30
Wow. Losing by 45 to a team that was averaging only 23 points over the first four weeks is a major concern, and it doesn't get any easier with New Orleans on the docket two out of the next three games.
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14

2-3 3 5/14
The Falcons can't seem to put it all together offensively. They are built to be balanced and are not strong enough to lose the time-of-possession battle. QB Matt Ryan doesn't look right, and he won't until the offensive line can keep defenders out of his Expand Description
The Falcons can't seem to put it all together offensively. They are built to be balanced and are not strong enough to lose the time-of-possession battle. QB Matt Ryan doesn't look right, and he won't until the offensive line can keep defenders out of his face. Collapse Description
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15

3-2 5 10/22
Give the Raiders credit for a big win on the road under emotional circumstances after the passing of owner Al Davis. Their statistical numbers were underwhelming, but they were good enough to "just win, baby." They are physical enough to make a run at theExpand Description
Give the Raiders credit for a big win on the road under emotional circumstances after the passing of owner Al Davis. Their statistical numbers were underwhelming, but they were good enough to "just win, baby." They are physical enough to make a run at the Chargers in the AFC West. Collapse Description
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16

3-2 2 5/19
Coming off a surprising loss to a Seahawks team that had failed to generate much offense coming into the game. Equally surprising was the lack of running game generated against a not-so-special Seattle defense. Eli Manning's 420 yards passing are great, bExpand Description
Coming off a surprising loss to a Seahawks team that had failed to generate much offense coming into the game. Equally surprising was the lack of running game generated against a not-so-special Seattle defense. Eli Manning's 420 yards passing are great, but not if you throw three picks in the process. Collapse Description
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17

2-3 2 7/22
The Bears played well in Monday night's loss to the Lions, and RB Matt Forte putting up 116 yards over 22 carries is very much worth noting. The Lions have a fearsome front seven, and it bodes well for the Bears, who should continue to utilize their bestExpand Description
The Bears played well in Monday night's loss to the Lions, and RB Matt Forte putting up 116 yards over 22 carries is very much worth noting. The Lions have a fearsome front seven, and it bodes well for the Bears, who should continue to utilize their best player in Forte. Not sure why he hasn't been given the long-term contract he deserves. Collapse Description
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18

3-2 2 13/31
CJ2K will be lucky to get 1,000 yards at this pace. The defense got exposed by the Steelers' smashmouth runs and play-action passes. QB Matt Hasselbeck will need the running game as the weather begins to turn.
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19

2-2 2 9/21
The bye week was a great opportunity for the Cowboys and, specifically, QB Tony Romo to overcome his second-half demise against the Lions in Week 4. Unfortunately for them, two weeks still won't provide them enough prep time for the New England Patriots. Expand Description
The bye week was a great opportunity for the Cowboys and, specifically, QB Tony Romo to overcome his second-half demise against the Lions in Week 4. Unfortunately for them, two weeks still won't provide them enough prep time for the New England Patriots. Collapse Description
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20

3-2 2 10/31
After Cam Newton, Andy Dalton is the most impressive rookie quarterback. This is a team that has long forgotten the days of Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. It is now all about Dalton, A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham . . . and they are betExpand Description
After Cam Newton, Andy Dalton is the most impressive rookie quarterback. This is a team that has long forgotten the days of Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. It is now all about Dalton, A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham . . . and they are better off for it. Collapse Description
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21

1-4 2 6/23
The Eagles are like witnessing a train wreck; while it is hard to watch, you just can't seem to pull your eyes from it. They are up and down the field, but keep turning over the ball in the scoring zones. Defensively, they played hard but still can't seeExpand Description
The Eagles are like witnessing a train wreck; while it is hard to watch, you just can't seem to pull your eyes from it. They are up and down the field, but keep turning over the ball in the scoring zones. Defensively, they played hard but still can't seem to tie the front and back ends together, and have way too many missed tackles. Either one will get you beat. Collapse Description
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22

1-4 1 20/32
This may be the most impressive 1-4 team in recent memory. They haven't lost any of those games by more than a touchdown, and WR Steve Smith and QB Cam Newton already have outperformed the offense of a season ago. The Panthers will cause nightmares for a Expand Description
This may be the most impressive 1-4 team in recent memory. They haven't lost any of those games by more than a touchdown, and WR Steve Smith and QB Cam Newton already have outperformed the offense of a season ago. The Panthers will cause nightmares for a team fighting for a playoff spot late in the season. Collapse Description
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23

2-3 1 15/31
If I've said it once, I've said it a million times: It is very difficult for an NFL team to win on the road, and that is exacerbated when going from coast to coast. Hats off to Seattle for its impressive win in New York.
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24

1-4 1 14/30
I'm on record as saying that Kevin Kolb was the best available quarterback in the offseason, and if not for the explosion of Cam Newton, that still would be true. Having said that, he hasn't been performing that way of late, and the Cardinals aren't evenExpand Description
I'm on record as saying that Kevin Kolb was the best available quarterback in the offseason, and if not for the explosion of Cam Newton, that still would be true. Having said that, he hasn't been performing that way of late, and the Cardinals aren't even close to being good enough to win during an off day from their quarterback. Collapse Description
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25

2-2 - 18/31
Not much to say about the Browns during the bye week, other than they better take advantage of their October and November schedule, because after that they get the Ravens and Steelers twice apiece to end the regular season.
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26

2-3 5 17/32
The Chiefs are on a two-game winning streak. Those two wins came against opponents that are a combined 1-9 on the season.
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27

1-4 - 8/30
Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno are making for a nice one-two punch out of the backfield, but the big story will be the beginning of the Tim Tebow show in Denver. I'm not a believer, but you have to see what you've got in him, for better or worse. Expand Description
Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno are making for a nice one-two punch out of the backfield, but the big story will be the beginning of the Tim Tebow show in Denver. I'm not a believer, but you have to see what you've got in him, for better or worse. Collapse Description
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28

1-4 4 22/32
Adrian Peterson posted his 15th multiple touchdown game on Sunday, which is the most in the NFL since his rookie season of 2007. They will need him to do that 11 more weeks this season if they want to win again.
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29

0-4 1 24/31
I'm not sure the bye week helps this team all that much with Green Bay, Dallas and New Orleans coming up the next three weeks.
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30

1-4 - 26/31
If it weren't for MJD, this team wouldn't even be worth writing about. They need to get better, and in a hurry.
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31

0-5 5 13/32
The Colts continue to fight hard, but continue to lose. I think Curtis Painter has played his way into the starting quarterback role, regardless of a healthy Kerry Collins.
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32

0-4 3 20/32
Unfortunately for the Dolphins, both the Vikings and the Chiefs won during their bye week. May be unfair, but the Dolphins become the worst team in the NFL over a weekend in which they didn't even play.
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East Division 

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Giants    0 0 0
Eagles    0 0 0
Redskins    0 0 0
 

West Division 

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49ers    0 0 0
Seahawks    0 0 0
Rams    0 0 0
 

North Division 

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South Division 

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Buccaneers    0 0 0
 

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Patriots    0 0 0
Jets    0 0 0
 

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