NorthwestFootball.net Power Rankings: Week 5

Dylan Johnson reviews the ridiculous ... and the sublime. Are the Giants still up top, and is it possible for anyone to be as bad as the Rams?

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NEW YORK GIANTS
The Giants made quick work of the Raiders to improve to 5-0.  They face their first real test against the Saints this Sunday.
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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Everyone knows the Saints offense is great, but most people don't know that New Orleans' offense averages 166.2 yards per game on the ground, the second best in the NFL.
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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Peyton Manning is on pace for a career year.  That's gotta be a frightening thought for defenses across the NFL.
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MINNESOTA VIKINGS
The Vikings are a well-rounded team in a mediocre division, which means home field advantage is within their grasp.
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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Jeremy Maclin had a breakout game against Tampa Bay.  If he becomes a consistent threat, the sky's the limit for Philly.
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DENVER BRONCOS
With every win, Denver is pushing me closer and closer to a big ol' serving of crow.
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ATLANTA FALCONS
Atlanta came off a bye and brought the hammer down on the 49ers, establishing that they are still very much for real.
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CINCINNATI BENGALS
The Bengals are the 2009 version of the Cardiac Kids.  The last two minutes of Cincy's games are must see television.
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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Since the NFL's Golden Boy didn't get a chance to touch the ball in OT last week, how long before the NFL announces they're changing the OT rules?
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BALTIMORE RAVENS
Baltimore's offense has left the team wanting two weeks in a row now.
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PITTSBURGH STEELERS
The Steelers aren't dominating like they've been in the past, but they are managing to win ball games.
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SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Evidently San Francisco isn't quite ready to run with the Big Dogs.
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CHICAGO BEARS
Chicago features an average defense and a less impressive offense and yet still get mad props from mainstream media.  I'm thinking that combination isn't going to last all season long.
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NEW YORK JETS
The Jets defense was completely worn out by the Dolphins rushing attack on Monday Night.  All around the league, OC's are pouring over the game tape …
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SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
The Chargers have had an extra week to prepare for the division-leading Broncos.  We'll find out just how "soft and bewildered" they are on Monday night.
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GREEN BAY PACKERS
The Packers hope to ease back into winning ways against Detroit this weekend.
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ARIZONA CARDINALS
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie made all the highlight reels, but the Cardinals 4th and 1 goal line stand was what really won them the game.
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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Matt Hasselbeck has played 2 full games and the Seahawks have won those games by a combined total of 65-0.  Next week's matchup vs. Arizona is a crucial game for both teams.
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MIAMI DOLPHINS
Miami's ground attack is strong enough to carry the team against many opponents, but they need a few more pieces to make the jump to the next level.
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DALLAS COWBOYS
An overtime win against the hapless Chiefs isn't helping make the case for the Cowboys as postseason threat.
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HOUSTON TEXANS
Three tries from 1 yard out with the game on the line and nothing to show for it but another loss.  Same as it ever was.
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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
The Jags were down 3-0 at the end of the first.  Fifteen minutes later, they were down by 20.
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CAROLINA PANTHERS
Carolina eeked out their first win against the pathetic Redskins.  That's one small step in the right direction …
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TENNESSEE TITANS
0-5 and not at the bottom of the Power Rankings?  Well, Tennessee could play any of teams ranked below them and be favored.
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DETROIT LIONS
The Lions are beginning to believe in themselves and it's beginning to pay dividends on Sunday.  They still have a long way to go, but they are far from the worst team in football.
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BUFFALO BILLS
The Bills are much better on paper than they are on the field.  Dick Jauron has to be feeling the heat.
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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Kansas City gave Dallas a serious run for their money, although that makes me think less of Dallas than more of the Chiefs.
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CLEVELAND BROWNS
Allegedly the Browns played a game last week.
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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Josh Johnson looked very good for a rookie quarterback.  Tampa Bay may not be in the mix this year, but they appear to have found an important piece to the puzzle.
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WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Washington has played 5 teams that were winless at they time they played the Redskins, and, yet, they are 2-3.  Jim Zorn's seat is the hottest in the NFL right now.
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OAKLAND RAIDERS
Jamarcus Russell is one locker room breakdown away from becoming Ryan Leaf.
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ST. LOUIS RAMS
St. Louis has lost 16 in a row, and hasn't put up much of a fight during that stretch.  

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