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

Bailey BrautiganFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2010

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.