NFL: Where Do The New Orleans Saints Belong in the Week 5 Power Rankings?

Rob BeloteSenior Analyst IOctober 6, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 03:  Memebers of the Saintsations cheerleaders perform with pink pom-pons in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 3, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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NFL Power Rankings are a subjective thing and rarely are two peoples' lists ever exactly the same. At my site,, I once again took a hard look at all 32 teams, compared their records, the average points they've scored and allowed per game, their strength of schedule, and came up with the NFL Power Rankings for Week 5 in the 2010 NFL season.

Last week, the New Orleans Saints didn't get into my Top 10.  I wasn't thrilled with their victory at home against the Vikings in week 1 due to the close nature of the final score. 

The win against the 49'ers, albeit in San Francisco, doesn't seem to be as impressive as once thought, given that the 49'ers still don't have a win on their record.

The loss to Atlanta looks better now than it did before, though it's still a loss at home to a divisional opponent.

Now that New Orleans has hosted another divisional opponent and won, did they manage to get into the Top 10 yet?  I don't think anyone would say that a 2 point victory against Carolina is very impressive, especially because the Saints were losing at the end of the third quarter.

The Saints' defense isn't in the top 10 for average points allowed per game.  Their offense isn't clicking on all cylinders yet, having only managed 7 more points than they've allowed.

Where did I rank New Orleans this time around?

Could they have surpassed the Bears, who got beaten by two touchdowns this week?  It was a road game in New York...

How about the Patriots? The defense seems to be springing leaks all over the place and there aren't enough fingers to stop the flow - especially with Randy Moss now headed to Minnesota and the offense otherwise sputtering a bit (relying on their special teams in a big way last week).  Could the Saints pass them?

The Colts, counterparts for the Saints back in February's Super Bowl, got their second loss of the season, albeit on a 59 yard field goal on the road against a divisional opponent.  Surely the Saints are ranked better than them, despite the Colts having outscored them by nearly 40 points.

For the complete rankings and analysis, check out the article on my website,!  

Unlike Power Rankings you see elsewhere, your comments could help persuade me to rank your team better after Week 5!