NFL Power Rankings: Week 5

Jordan Schwartz@jordanharrisonSenior Writer IOctober 6, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 04:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants scrambles during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 4, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Mannings stand atop the NFL mountain after the quarter-pole of the regular season. 

Eli's Giants are 4-0 after dismantling the Chiefs down in Kansas City and Peyton's Colts are also undefeated following a similar crushing of the Seahawks

Could the brothers be headed for a sibling Super Bowl?  We'll see.

1. (1) New York Giants (4-0)

The G-Men's Week 3-5 opponents are a combined 1-11, so it'll be nice to see them play some real competition again in two weeks, when they travel to New Orleans to play the Saints, who will be coming off a bye.  Eli's heel injury also has to be cause for concern.

2. (3) Indianapolis Colts (4-0)

Peyton leads the league in QB rating (114.5), yards (1,336), touchdowns (nine) and yards per attempt (9.75).

3. (4) Minnesota Vikings (4-0)

Not only did Favre beat his old team, but he also helped out the Yankees.

4. (5) New Orleans Saints (4-0)

The Saints turned the ball over just once, while forcing four takeaways from the Jets.

5. (12) Denver Broncos (4-0)

The Broncos have given up just 26 points this season.  That's 27 less than any other team in the NFL.

6. (6) New York Jets (3-1)

Okay, so Mark Sanchez might not be Joe Namath just yet.

7. (9) New England Patriots (3-1)

The Pats picked up a big win at home against the Ravens, thanks in part to two questionable roughing-the-passer penalties.

8. (1) Baltimore Ravens (3-1)

Penalties aside, if Mark Clayton catches that fourth-down pass with 28 seconds left, the Ravens might still be undefeated.

9. (10) Atlanta Falcons (2-1)

The Falcons move up a spot during their bye week as they get set for a difficult game at San Francisco on Sunday.

10. (11) Philadelphia Eagles (2-1)

Coming off their bye, the Eagles have a very easy road ahead against the Bucs, Raiders, and Redskins and should be 5-1 for their Nov. 1 showdown with the Giants.

11. (13) Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)

After having his extra point blocked toward the end of the fourth quarter, Shayne Graham made amends when he nailed a 31-yard field goal to win the game in the final seconds of overtime.

12. (14) Green Bay Packers (2-2)

Aaron Rodgers' eight sacks and one interception cost my fantasy team a victory this week because my opponent had Minnesota's defense.  Thanks, Aaron.

13. (15) Chicago Bears (3-1)

Jay Cutler has thrown seven touchdowns and one pick during his past three contests.

14. (16) Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)

Ben Roethlisberger averaged 10.1 yards per attempt on Sunday night against the Chargers.

15. (7) San Diego Chargers (2-2)

San Diego's defense surrendered 6.8 yards every time Pittsburgh snapped the football.

16. (17) San Francisco 49ers (3-1)

My eliminator pool pick was awfully shaky until the Niners remembered they were playing the Rams.

17. (8) Dallas Cowboys (2-2)

Tony Romo has thrown one touchdown and four interceptions over his last three games.

18. (19) Arizona Cardinals (1-2)

Coming off a bye, the Cards have a winnable game at home against the Texans on Sunday.

19. (20) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2)

Back-to-back division wins has the Jags tied for second in the AFC South and just a game back of a Wild Card spot.

20. (21) Houston Texans (2-2)

The Texans' defense, which entered the week as the worst in football, put up 26 points on my fantasy bench, while the defense I started (Tennessee) scored negative three. 

21. (22) Tennessee Titans (0-4)

With the Colts and Pats coming up, the Titans are looking to become the best 0-6 team ever.

22. (23) Seattle Seahawks (1-3)

Seneca Wallace isn't the problem with this team right now.  The big issue is that their defense has allowed 82 points over the last three weeks.

23. (24) Carolina Panthers (0-3)

Jake Delhomme didn't throw any interceptions this week.  Hey-oooooo!

24. (25) Miami Dolphins (1-3)

The Fish should just run every play out of the wildcat for the rest of the season.  And I'm not just saying that because I have Ronnie Brown on my fantasy team.

25. (18) Buffalo Bills (1-3)

I'm still trying to figure out how this team got so close to beating the Patriots in Week 1.

26. (26) Oakland Raiders (1-3)

Yahoo! Sports is reporting that head coach Tom Cable could be arrested soon in relation to an alleged assault on an assistant coach.  That could actually be good news for a team that ranks last in total offense.

27. (30) Detroit Lions (1-3)

The Lions haven't won since September.

28. (31) Washington Redskins (2-2)

Any game involving two teams ranked 26th or lower in these rankings (see Washington vs. Tampa Bay, Week 4) should be blacked out in all markets.

29. (27) Tampa Bay Bucs (0-4)

Not even close to the worst team in football.

30. (28) Cleveland Browns (0-4)

Still not the worst team in football.

31. (29) Kansas City Chiefs (0-4)

Almost there.

32. (32) St. Louis Rams (0-4)

Being outscored by Jeff Reed this year, 25-24.

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