NFL Power Rankings Week 5: A New No. 1 for the Second Week in a Row

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IOctober 5, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 5: A New No. 1 For The Second Week in a Row

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    Week 4 of the 2010 NFL season is in the books and it is that time of the week to update the NFL power rankings.

    Another week, another set of surprises.

    The Kansas City Chiefs are the final undefeated team in the NFL after both the Bears and Steelers lost their first game of the season.


    The Chiefs.

    Week 5 will be tough for the Chiefs since they get to face the Indianapolis Colts, who just lost their second game of the season and Peyton Manning will be playing as hard as ever.

    Without delay, I am Daniel Wolf and I am the AFC Featured Content Coordinator and Assignment Desk Editor for Bleacher Report and here are your NFL power rankings.


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32. Buffalo Bills (0-4)

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    Last game: Lost 38-14 to Jets

    Last week's ranking: 31

    Bills drop because they are relying on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick this season (look for a first round quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft, guaranteed) and for unknown reasons the Bills cannot get C.J. Spiller, Marshawn Lynch, or Fred Jackson going in the running game.
    Major problems in Buffalo.

    This week: Home versus Jaguars

31. Carolina Panthers (0-4)

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    Last game: Lost 16-14 to Saints

    Last week's ranking: 32

    The Panthers move up one spot because they nearly pulled off the upset of the reigning Super Bowl champion Saints.

    This week: Home versus Bears

30. San Francisco 49ers (0-4)

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    Last game: Lost 16-14 to Falcons

    Last week's ranking: 30

    The Niners maintain their ranking from last week, but how about rookie safety Taylor Mays? A defensive touchdown and 11 total tackles really cements his place as a starter.

    This week: Home versus Eagles

29. Detroit Lions (0-4)

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    Last game: Lost 28-26 to Packers

    Last week's ranking: 29

    The Lions have had a few close losses and they need to figure out how to finish games with a win.

    This week: Homes versus Rams

28. Oakland Raiders (1-3)

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    Last game: Lost 31-24 to Texans

    Last week's ranking: 27

    Bruce Gradkowski is still not the answer.

    This week: Home versus Chargers

27. Arizona Cardinals (2-2)

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    Last game: Lost 41-10 to Chargers

    Last week's ranking: 22

    Max Hall...sorry Larry Fitzgerald, but your stats will be very bad this season.

    This week: Home versus Saints

26. Cleveland Browns (1-3)

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    Last game: Won 23-20 over Bengals

    Last week's ranking: 28

    Peyton "Incredible Hulk" Hillis. Period.

    This week: Home versus Falcons

25. Seattle Seahawks (2-2)

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    Last game: Lost 20-3 to Rams

    Last week's ranking: 16

    Rookie safety Earl Thomas has three interceptions in four games and is really standing out on the Seahawks' defense.

    This week: BYE

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2)

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    Last game: Won 31-28 over Colts

    Last week's ranking: 26

    A last-second victory over the Colts should move the Jags up farther, but two spots are all they can move.

    This week: At Buffalo Bills

23. Washington Redskins (2-2)

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    Last game: Won 17-12 over Eagles

    Last week's ranking: 24

    Donovan McNabb needs a better running game and a better No. 2 receiver for the Redskins to move up more on this list.

    This week: Home versus Packers

22. St. Louis Rams (2-2)

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    Last game: Won 20-3 over Seahawks

    Last week's ranking: 25

    This is Sam Bradford's team and he already has them winning two games in a row.

    This week: At Lions

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)

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    Last game: BYE

    Last week's ranking: 23

    Looks like Josh Freeman is trying to move an object with his mind in this picture.

    This week: At Bengals

20. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2)

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    Last game: Lost 23-20 to Browns

    Last week's ranking: 15

    Terrell Owens had one heck of a game, but the Bengals still couldn't beat the Browns. Is this the beginning of the end?

    This week: Home versus Bucs

19. Dallas Cowboys (1-2)

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    Last game: BYE

    Last week's ranking: 19

    If the Cowboys are to win more games, then the trio of Felix Jones, Marion Barber, and Tashard Choice need to run the ball better.

    This week: Home versus Titans

18. Minnesota Vikings (1-2)

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    Last game: BYE

    Last week's ranking: 18

    Can both Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson get this offense functioning better after a week off?

    This week: At Jets

17. Denver Broncos (2-2)

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    Last game: Won 26-20 over Titans

    Last week's ranking: 21

    There are quiet rumblings about how Kyle Orton should start getting MVP consideration since he is throwing for big numbers this season.

    This week: At Ravens 

16. NY Giants (2-2)

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    Last game: Won 17-3 over Bears

    Last week's ranking: 20

    Giants upset the previously undefeated Bears and move up in the rankings.

    This week: At Texans

15. Miami Dolphins (2-2)

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    Last game: Lost 41-14 to Pats

    Last week's ranking: 14

    Quarterback Chad Henne has to stay away from the interception bug if the Fins are to be a contender in the AFC East and keep up with both the Jets and Pats.

    This week: BYE

14. Philadelphia Eagles (2-2)

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    Last game: Lost 17-12 to Redskins

    Last week's ranking: 8

    Kevin Kolb, Michael Vick, Kolb, Vick, and now Kolb again. Without Vick, the Eagles may continue to drop in the rankings.

    This week: At 49ers

13. San Diego Chargers (2-2)

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    Last game: Won 41-10 over Cards

    Last week's ranking: 17

    With Mike Tolbert emerging as a battering ram of a running back, when Ryan Mathews is healthy the Chargers all of a sudden have a great tandem at running back.

    This week: At Raiders

12. Tennessee Titans (2-2)

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    Last game: Lost 26-20 to Broncos

    Last week's ranking: 9

    Chris Johnson has been relatively quiet this season and is only averaging 3.8 yards per carry, which is down from 5.6 and 4.9 his previous two season in the NFL.

    This week: At Cowboys

11. Indianapolis Colts (2-2)

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    Last game: Lost 31-28 to Jags

    Last week's ranking: 2

    A pissed off Peyton Manning is a scary thought and opposing defenses do not want Manning to get angry because that means he will play harder than ever to beat you.

    This week: Home versus Chiefs

10. Chicago Bears (3-1)

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    Last game: Lost 17-3 to Giants

    Last week's ranking: 3

    Jay Cutler gotten beaten down along with the rest of the Bears on Sunday night.

    This week: At Panthers

9. Houston Texans (3-1)

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    Last game: Won 31-24 over Raiders

    Last week's ranking: 9

    With Arian Foster hitting it big time in the Texans' running game, what will become of rookie Ben Tate who is on IR in 2011?

    This week: Home versus Giants

8. New England Patriots (3-1)

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    Last game: Won 41-14 over Dolphins

    Last week's ranking: 10

    Jerod Mayo had 16 total tackles against the Fins on Monday Night Football and he looks to be the key to holding the defense together.

    This week: BYE

7. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)

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    Last game: BYE

    Last week's ranking: 12

    The Chiefs continue to slide up the list, and if they can beat the Colts this weekend, then they will be that much closer to being No. 1.

    This week: At Colts

6. New Orleans Saints (3-1)

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    Last game: Won 16-14 over Panthers

    Last week's ranking: 6

    Saints maintain seeing as how they barely managed to beat a bad Panthers team, but not having the top two running backs on their depth chart didn't help either.

    This week: At Cards

5. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)

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    Last game: Won 17-14 over Steelers

    Last week's ranking: 11

    Joe Flacco is starting to get hot and that is dangerous for opposing defenses with all the weapons at Flacco's disposal.

    This week: Home versus Broncos

4. NY Jets (3-1)

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    Last game: Won 38-14 over Bills

    Last week's ranking: 7

    Mark Sanchez may not be putting up the biggest numbers compared to other quarterbacks in the NFL, but he has a passer rating of 105.3 with eight touchdown and zero interceptions. Impressive.

    This week: Home versus Vikings

3. Atlanta Falcons (3-1)

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    Last game: Won 16-14 over Niners

    Last week's ranking: 5

    The Falcons may have squeaked by the Niners, but they have also beat the Saints and put up an overtime fight against the Steelers in Week 1 too. The Falcons are the real deal.

    This week: At Browns

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)

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    Last game: Lost 17-14 to Ravens

    Last week's ranking: 1

    The Steelers are on a bye week now, but Big Ben comes back in Week 6 and he can easily jump start the Steelers' offense, which is much needed.

    This week: BYE

1. Green Bay Packers (3-1)

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    Last game: Won 28-26 over Lions

    Last week's ranking: 4

    Yes, so the Packers barely beat a winless Lions team, but if you look at the three teams that were ranked ahead of the Packers last week, all three lost and the logical choice is to move the Packers up. Tough to really pick a true No. 1 this early in the 2010 season though.

    This week: At Redskins