NFL Power Rankings Week 5: Steelers Still Tops, Raiders Falling Fast

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 5: Steelers Still Tops, Raiders Falling Fast

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 03: Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers battles for extra yards while playing the Baltimore Ravens on October 3, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Baltimore won the game 17-14.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Ge
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    Week 4 of NFL football is over, and the time has come to power rank all the teams in the league.

    With plenty of upsets and dominant performances, this week’s NFL Power Rankings look drastically different from my Week 4 list.

    So, who made it to the top?

    And which teams need a miracle to save their seasons?

    Here we’ll rank each NFL team, Bleacher Report Lightning Round style.

32-21: The Bottom Of The League

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Leodis McKelvin #28 of  the Buffalo Bills breaks up a pass intended for Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Jets won 38-14. (Photo by Rick Stewar
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    32. Buffalo Bills: Come on. You’re used to it!

    31. Carolina Panthers: Moving up a spot after a close loss to the Saints.

    30. Oakland Raiders: This just isn’t your year, Raider Nation.

    29. Arizona Cardinals: You’re lucky your division is weak.

    28. Jacksonville Jaguars: I have to move you up for beating the Colts, but you’re still at the bottom of the league.

    27. Detroit Lions: I know you’re better than your record, Detroit.

    26. Cleveland Browns: Nice win over the Bengals, but you’ll stay at the bottom of your division.

    25. St. Louis Rams: Still working out the rookie kinks.

    24. San Francisco 49ers: I’m still holding out some hope for the Niners.

    23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Not that anyone actually cares in Tampa.

    22. New York Giants: You’re getting there.

    21. Seattle Seahawks: A definite contender for the NFC West.

20. Denver Broncos

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    NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass against the Tennessee Titans  at LP Field on October 3, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. Denver won 26-20.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    Kyle Orton is becoming a top quarterback in the NFL, and the Broncos had some impressive wins over the Seahawks and the Titans.

19. Washington Redskins

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Donovan McNabb made a big statement this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, and with a little work, we could see the Redskins moving up in the NFC East.

18. Minnesota Vikings

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball around C.C. Brown #39 of the Detroit Lions for a touchdown during the second half at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis,
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    The Vikings got their first win over the Detroit Lions, but this year’s Brett Favre isn’t last year’s Brett Favre. We will find out just how good this team is when they take on the New York Jets.

17. Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the Washington Redskins on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Once Michael Vick gets healthy, I could see the Eagles moving up, but as of right now, Philly isn’t looking so hot.

16. Chicago Bears

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 03:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears gets sacked by Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 3, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    I know that I had the Bears in the top five last week, but they got crushed by the New York Giants in Week 4. I honestly don’t know what to think about the Bears, and maybe they’ll impress me again against the Carolina Panthers.

15. San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers calls signals against the Arizona Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California.   The Chargers won 41-10.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    The Bolts seem to be getting back into the swing of things with a dominant win over the Arizona Cardinals, and Philip Rivers is leading one of the best offenses in the league once again.

14. Cincinnati Bengals

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 03:  Wide receiver Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a pass in front of Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    Terrell Owens seems to be getting the hang of the Cincinnati offense with a spectacular 10 catches for 222 yards on Sunday, and they’ll add another win next week against Tampa Bay.

13. Tennessee Titans

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    NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 03:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans stretches for extra yards against the Denver Broncos at LP Field on October 3, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. Denver won 26-20.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    I like the Titans this year. They have had some tough losses, but they have one of the best running backs in the game.

12. Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 03: Brandon Jackson #32 of the Green Bay Packers rushes pursued by C.C. Brown #39 of the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on October 3, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 28-26. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Get
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    I had the Packers ranked No. 2 on my list last week, but after a loss to the Bears and a near-loss to the Detroit Lions, Green Bay is having trouble living up to their preseason hype.

11. Miami Dolphins

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 4: Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins runs with a catch against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Field on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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    The Dolphins got rocked last night against the New England Patriots, but there were glimmers of greatness during the 41-14 massacre.

10. Dallas Cowboys

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys makes an adjustment at the line of scrimmage against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    I doubted the Cowboys early this season after two straight losses to the Redskins and the Bears, but they pulled it out against a strong Houston squad and changed my mind.

9. Kansas City Chiefs

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 26: Thomas Jones #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    Here you go, Chiefs fans. Enjoy it while it lasts. The Chiefs are the only undefeated team in the league, so I have to give them a top 10 spot. But I expect that to change after this week.

8. Atlanta Falcons

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 03:  Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes upfield against the San Francisco 49ers at Georgia Dome on October 3, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    I think the Falcons are the real deal this year, and with their only loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, they will be the team to beat in the NFC.

7. Houston Texans

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 3:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans scores a touchdown in front of linebacker Rolando McClain #55 of the Oakland Raiders  during an NFL football game October 3, 2010 at The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakla
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    I have high hopes for the Houston Texans this season. We knew that Matt Schaub and company were at the top of the league in passing, but the Texans currently lead the NFL in rushing as well.

6. New Orleans Saints

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a touchdown in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 3, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Ge
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    Has anyone else noticed that something is seriously up with the New Orleans Saints this season? Every win on the Saints’ record has been by five points or less (and that includes their win over the Carolina Panthers).

5. Indianapolis Colts

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws while taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 3, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars won 31-28.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Ima
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    I want to put the Colts higher on my list, but they lost to Jacksonville. Do I think Indy will bounce back? Absolutely.

4. New England Patriots

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 4: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots passes against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Field on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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    After last night’s spanking of the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots have eliminated any doubts that I originally had about Tom Brady’s offense. And how about those special teams? This is a solid football team.

3. New York Jets

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 03:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Jets won 38-14.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    As much as I hate putting the Jets above the Patriots, they did beat New England, and they are the top team in the AFC East.

2. Baltimore Ravens

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 03: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws a pass behind LaMarr Woodley #56 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 3, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Baltimore won the game 17-14. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty I
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    The AFC North is the toughest division in the NFL with powerhouse teams like the Baltimore Ravens. Joe Flacco is looking great at quarterback, and the Ravens pulled off an impressive clutch win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 03:  Charlie Batch #16 of the Pittsburgh Steelers hands the ball off to Rashard Mendenhall #34 during the game against the Baltimore Ravens on October 3, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Gett
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    Even though the Baltimore Ravens handed the Steelers their first loss, I still believe that Pittsburgh has the best team in the NFL. They played a close game against an extremely dominant Baltimore team, and they still don’t have their star quarterback.