NFL Power Rankings Entering Week 5: L.T. and Jets Take Top Spot

David CarterCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2010

1. New York Jets (3-1) Last Week: No. 8
During the win over the Bills, LaDainian Tomlinson tied Jim Brown on the all-time list with his 25th game of at least 100 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets have outscored opponents by a combined 45 points in their four games (largest margin of any team in the league).

2. San Diego Chargers (2-2) Last Week: No. 11
Mike Tolbert rushed for 100 yards for the first time in his career and added his third rushing TD of the season. Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes for the Chargers, both to Antonio Gates who leads the NFL with six TD receptions. Gates also became the seventh tight end with 500 career receptions.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) Last Week: No. 1
The Steelers are looking pretty good despite the loss to the Ravens. And that’s WITHOUT Ben Roethlisberger. Now let’s see if Big Ben will be well-rested or well-rusted. And if it weren’t for Arian Foster, Rashard Mendenhall would get my vote for most impressive running back this season so far. Just saying…

4. New England Patriots (3-1) Last Week: No. 12
Tom Brady threw for only 153 yards, but the Patriots' defense and special teams made Brady the 11th QB in NFL history with 100 wins.

5. Green Bay Packers (3-1) Last Week: No. 3
Charles Woodson returned an interception for a touchdown for the 10th time in his career in the win over the Lions. Only two players have more “pick-sixes” in NFL history: Rod Woodson and Darren Sharper.

6. Atlanta Falcons (3-1) Last Week: No. 4
The Falcons’ win over the 49ers was just the second time since 1984 in which the Falcons won a game when trailing by 14 or more points after the first quarter (last was Dec. 3, 2006 at Arizona).

7. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) Last Week: No. 5

Let's see how much of a factor the extra week to prepare for Peyton Manning was on Sunday.

8. Tennessee Titans (2-2) Last Week: No. 2
Chris Johnson (19 rushes, 53 yards) was held under 100 yards for the second time in four games.

9. Indianapolis Colts (2-2) Last Week: No. 6
Despite the loss to the Jaguars, Peyton Manning gets my vote for MVP to this point.

10. St. Louis Rams (2-2) Last Week: No. 13
In the win over the Seahawks, Steven Jackson passed Marshall Faulk for second-most rushing yards by a Rams running back. Eric Dickerson is the only other Ram that has more rushing yards than Steven Jackson (7,245 compared to 6,991 for Jackson).

11. Philadelphia Eagles (2-2) Last Week: No. 7
Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb didn’t take many chances against the Redskins on Sunday, keeping the majority of his throws short and limiting the room for mistakes. The results of his infrequent attempts downfield justified the plan to keep things short, and running back LeSean McCoy set career highs in targets (14), catches (12) and receiving yards (110). Despite the loss to the Redskins, they are still the best-looking team in the NFC East division in my opinion.

12. New Orleans Saints (3-1) Last Week: No. 14
Drew Brees continues to do his thing (73.8 completion percentage), but the offense isn’t in top shape at all.

13. Houston Texans (3-1) Last Week: No. 20
The Texans are 3-1 for the first time in team history and have won four straight road games dating to last season. Arian Foster, the league's leading rusher, ran for 131 yards despite sitting out the entire first quarter. No other running back in the league has looked more impressive than Arian Foster. Period.

14. Baltimore Ravens (3-1) Last Week: No. 17
After struggling his entire career against the Steelers' nickel and dime packages, Joe Flacco figured it out on the Ravens' final drive. On the first ten drives against the Steelers, Flacco went only 8 for 18, averaged 5.2 yards per pass, and threw one interception. Hoever on the final drive of the game, he went 4 for 4 for 40 yards, and threw a touchdown pass. Just the facts…

15. Minnesota Vikings (1-2) Last Week: No. 15
Many wonder if the early by week is a good or bad thing for the veteran Vikings. I guess we’ll see…

16. Denver Broncos (2-2) Last Week: No. 21
The Broncos won for the first time this season (1-2) when Kyle Orton has at least 50 passing attempts (35-for-50, 341 yards, two TDs, interception). Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royal both went over 100 receiving yards against the Titans -- the second time this season Denver had two wide receivers with 100 receiving yards in the same game. (Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney against the Colts.)

17. Chicago Bears (3-1) Last Week: No. 9
Jay Cutler completed 8-of-11 passes for 42 yards with an interception before leaving the game against the Giants with a concussion. It was just the third time Cutler had fewer than 100 yards passing in a game in his career. Chicago managed just 110 yards of total offense, its fewest since Dec. 3, 2006 when they had 107 yards against the Vikings. The Bears' loss left the Chiefs as the only undefeated team in the NFL.

18. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) Last Week: No. 16
Terrell Owens is the fourth player since 1970 with three career 200-yard receiving games. Only Jerry Rice (four) has more

19. Dallas Cowboys (1-2) Last Week: No. 19
A bye week came at a nice time, but they need to get back to work and prepare for another team that shouldn’t be slept on in the Tennessee Titans.

20. Seattle Seahawks (2-2) Last Week: No. 10
The Seahawks bye week came at a nice time. They should use it to fix their offensive line and their issues.

21. Washington Redskins (2-2) Last Week: No. 23
Donovan McNabb only threw 19 passes and finished with his lowest completion total and lowest passer rating in his last 23 games.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) Last Week: No. 22
The Buccaneers are only averaging 1.83 yards per carry on first down.

23. Cleveland Browns (1-3) Last Week: No. 24
I can only think of six running backs in the league right now that are playing better than Peyton Hillis to this point (Foster, Mendenhall, Peterson, Johnson, Bradshaw, McFadden). Great job to the Browns on the win over the Bengals.

24. New York Giants (2-2) Last Week: No. 28
The Giants had 10 sacks against the Bears on Sunday, including nine in the first half. The 10 sacks are tied for the second-most by a team since 2000. Justin Tuck had a career-high three sacks and Osi Umenyiora also recorded three. The Giants snapped a two-game losing streak and defeated the Bears for the second straight time.

25. Detroit Lions (0-4) Last Week: No. 25
Calvin Johnson scored two touchdowns in the loss to the Packers. This is the THIRD time Johnson has scored two touchdowns in a game against the “Cheese heads.”

26. Miami Dolphins (2-2) Last Week: No. 18
Despite the Dolphins being 2-2, they have been outscored by a combined 26 points this season. A third place finish could be coming their way. They’ve already lost two home games.

27. Oakland Raiders (1-2) Last Week: No. 26
Darren McFadden had 129 total yards and Zack Miller had his third career 100-yard receiving game for Oakland. Bruce Gradkowski is 0-2 since being named the Raiders starting quarterback.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) Last Week: No. 31
Josh Scobee hit a 59-yard field goal -- the longest of his career and the longest in franchise history -- as time expired and the Jaguars beat the Colts for just the fifth time in 19 regular-season meetings.

29. Carolina Panthers (0-4) Last Week: No. 29
The Panthers sure know how to dig nice holes. They are 0-6 in September games over the past two seasons.

30. San Francisco 49ers (0-4) Last Week: No. 32
Alex Smith threw for 188 yards with a TD and two interceptions against the Falcons. His seven interceptions are the most by a 49ers QB in the first four games of a season since Steve Young threw eight in 1993. San Francisco is 0-4 to start a season for the first time since 2004.

31. Arizona Cardinals (2-2) Last Week: No. 27
The Cardinals have now allowed exactly 41 points in each of their two losses. Derek Anderson finished with a passer rating of 23.2 and has five interceptions (two Sunday) in his last three games. The Cardinals have been outscored by a combined 60 points this season (worst margin of any NFC team).

32. Buffalo Bills (0-4) Last Week: No. 30
The Bills have been outscored by a combined 64 points in their four games (16 points per game, largest margin in the league).

Top 10 Quarterbacks
1. Peyton Manning (Colts)
2. Philip Rivers (Chargers)
3. Kyle Orton (Broncos)
4. Drew Brees (Saints)
5. Matt Schaub (Texans)
6. Carson Palmer (Bengals)
7. Eli Manning (Giants)
8. Matt Ryan (Falcons)
9. Shaun Hill (Lions)
10. Donovan McNabb (Redskins)

Top 10 Running Backs:
1. Arian Foster (Texans)
2. Rashard Mendenhall (Steelers)
3. Adrian Peterson (Vikings)
4. Chris Johnson (Titans)
5. Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants)
6. Darren McFadden (Raiders)
7. Peyton Hillis (Browns)
8. LaDainian Tomlinson (Jets)
9. Maurice Jones-Drew (Jagaurs)
10. Steve Jackson (Rams)

Top 10 Wide Receivers
1. Reggie Wayne (Colts)
2. Austin Collie (Colts)
3. Anquan Boldin (Ravens)
4. Roddy White (Falcons)
5. Brandon Lloyd (Broncos)
6. DeSean Jackson (Eagles)
7. Terrell Owens (Bengals)
8. Mark Clayton (Rams)
9. Eddie Royal (Broncos)
10. Miles Austin (Cowboys)

Top 10 Defensive Players
1. Clay Matthews (Packers)
2. Shaun Phillips (Chargers)
3. Mario Williams (Texans)
4. Dave Ball (Titans)
5. Lawrence Timmons (Steelers)
6. James Anderson (Panthers)
7. Bernard Pollard (Texans)
8. Charles Godfrey (Panthers)
9. Earl Thomas (Seahawks)
10. Leon Hall (Bengals)


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