Seahawks.NET Power Rankings: Week Five

Heading into the second quarter of the 2005 season, and we've already debunked two myths that were prevelant at the start of the regular season.

Myth One:  The NY Giants will struggle to reach .500 this year.

Truth:  The Giants have scored more points than any team in the NFL this year thanks to the maturing Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress.  The offensive line that was, well, offensive last year has managed to jell into a decent unit and with the load lightened on Tiki Barber, he shouldn’t wear down by season’s end.  The Giants have yet to prove they can unseat the Eagles in the NFC East, but the offense has everyone in New York thinking about Playoffs already.

Myth Two:  The Colts defense is their achillies heel.

Truth:  Indianapolis finished last season with the #11 defense in the league, and they improved in the offseason.  They’ve only given up 2 touchdowns in 4 games and have yet to surrender a rushing touchdown.  Admittedly, they haven’t yet faced an elite team, but only allowing 6.5 points per game over a month against anyone is impressive.

Speaking of the Colts, they leap all the way to the top of the heap in this week’s Power Rankings.  Three teams tied for gaining the most ground this week as the Giants, Redskins and Broncos all gained six spots.  Kansas City was the big loser in Week 5, dropping seven spots and out of the top ten after blowing a 17 point lead at home against Philly.

This Week
Team
Commentary
Last Week
1
Indianapolis appears to have found their offensive rhythm and the defense is still holding tough.
3
2
With the return of Staley to compliment Jerome Bettis and rookie sensation Willie Parker, Pittsburgh returns from the bye with the most feared rushing attack in the NFL.
2
3
The Eagles were down 17 - 0 in the first quarter in Kansas City, one of the toughest places to play in the NFL, and didn't blink. Comeback wins like that are the hallmark of Championship Teams.
4
4
The Bengals have climbed about as high as they can go until they beat a quality opponent. A win on Sunday Night on the road in Jacksonville should help their cause.
5
5
Cadillac is nicked up and the defense came dangerously close to making Joey Harrington a hero. Fortunately for the Bucs they're playing the Jets this week.
6
6
Denver is undefeated since dropping the season opener, and has beaten quality opponents at home and on the road. They'll need to keep it up as they face Washington, New England, the Giants, and Philly over the next four weeks.
12
7
New England got crushed at home for the first time in years. Was it a fluke, or is Bellicek's bench finally running dry?
1
8
Nothing like a game against the Vikings to pad the rushing stats. This week they travel to New England to face a wounded World Champion team out to prove themselves.
9
9
Two straight wins against quality opponents has everyone believing in San Diego again. They'll be tested on Monday Night when the Steelers come calling.
14
10
The NFL's most potent offense put on a clinic against the Rams last week. They head into the bye week tied with the Eagles atop the NFC East.
16
11
Mark Brunell hung tough in face of steady pressure last week and had just enough to pull off the OT win against the Seahawks to remain undefeated.
17
12
There's no such thing as a "must-win" game in Week 5, but this weekend's game against the Rams is crucial to the spirit of the Seahawks. A win in St. Louis shows the rest of the league that Seattle can win on the road AND can beat their nemesis.
8
13
The Panthers are 2-2, but things are looking up with consecutive road games in Arizona and Detroit.
13
14
Kansas City heads into the bye week off of back-to-back losses. They'll need to regroup and find a way to stop the bleeding on defense.
7
14
Four turnovers and 120 yards in penalties will never get you a win.
10
15
After an early bye, the Dolphins head up to Buffalo for a divisional game against a reeling Bills team.
15
16
Mistakes cost the Cowboys a game they could have had against the Raiders last week. If they play that sloppy this week, the Eagles will destroy them.
11
17
The Saints committed no turnovers on Sunday and won.
20
18
The Rams' 25th ranked defense looked horrendous against the Giants 8th ranked offense. They'd better tighten it up this weekend when Seattle brings the #2 offense to town. St. Louis' only shot at winning the division is if they can keep their unnatural win streak against the Seahawks alive.
18
19
The growing pains of a first-year starter have some in Buffalo crying for a new QB. If the Bills are smart, they'll take their lumps early with Losman, and reap the benefits at the end of the season.
19
21
Cleveland comes back off of the bye week and host Chicago. The Browns need to win this game to show they've been able to make progress.
21
22
Beating a third string quarterback isn't impressive but a win is a win.
23
23
Drive-killing drops, costly penalties and poor clock management showed why the NFL's youngest team has a long way to go before they can be considered contenders.
24
24
In the woeful NFC North, the Bears know they've got just as good a chance as anyone to win the division. The question is how badly do they want it?
25
25
The Lions made a game of it, but in the end they couldn't get that one key play to earn the victory.
26
26
The offensive line gave up 9 sacks and couldn't get anything opened up for the running game. The defensive line was no better surrendering 285 yards on the ground. They'd better regroup during the bye, or it will be bye-bye for Mike Tice.
22
27
The Cardinals FINALLY woke up on offense and showed flashes of what they've had on paper all year.
31
28
Despite 13 penalties, the Silver and Black managed to notch a win with a solid running game, a stout defense and a kicker who finally found his groove, going 4-4 on the day.
30
29
Brett Farve showed why he's a first ballot Hall of Famer last Monday Night. Unfortunately, his recievers aren't, and the end result was another week without a win.
29
30
The Jets seem to think Vinny will help out, but Bollinger wasn't their problem last Sunday. A woeful offensive line was. I'm not sure the 41 year old Testeverde will survive this week against a ferocious Tampa Bay D.
28
31
After being unable to cross the opponents' 45 yard line all game, the 49ers have committed to Alex Smith and a rebuilding year.
27
32
The Texans looked better against the Bengals than they have all year, but the game still ended on a sack of David Carr and with another notch in the "L" column.
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