SLR's Week 5 NFL Power Rankings

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Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) celebrates after scoring his first career touchdown during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is at roughly the one-quarter mark of the season, and you know what’s been missing from SideLion Report?

That’s right, NFL Power Rankings. Everyone loves them, hates them, or loves to hate them, and we haven’t been providing them to you… until now. This may seem a little unorthodox, starting a series of weekly power rankings after Week 4, but this might be the first point in the season that we’ve seen enough of each team to start making these somewhat accurate.

Think about how silly all those people feel who put the Philadephia Eagles as a top 10 team after the first week of the season. None of that happening here. I’ve been a longtime proponent of not overreacting to small or meaningless sample sizes, and there are few things in sports I hate more than NCAA preseason rankings.

So rather than toss out guesses at power rankings based on 60 minutes of the season, you get power rankings released after teams have played enough to actually be, you know, ranked. So expect SLR’s power rankings, by yours truly, every Monday at 12 noon (and updated Monday night) from now until Week 17, and please feel free to air out your grievances below. That’s why we do these things.

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  • zenobia123

    The Patriots went 18 – 0 and were accused of running up the scores in many games, until they lost the 19th game. Their whole season was then listed as a big choke. The Broncos and Seahawks have to win 14 more games to catch up to where the Patriots were and they will no way in hell do it, so stop crowing about them!

    • Josh Hutch

      Butthurt Patriots fan^^^

    • Jon

      This year Broncos and Seahawks are superior to the Patriots, deal with it.

    • Chris Pool

      Oh blow it out your ass crybaby.

    • Dean Holden

      Hey, I remember that.

      Seriously, though, what does the 2007 Patriots have to do with now? The Pats are really good this year, but they’re held together with duct tape and string. That they’re 4-0 is a testament to the brilliance of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick (and, though nobody wants to hear this, Josh McDaniels).

      There may come a time that the Broncos, Seahawks or Saints get exposed as not nearly as good as they look. But right now, they look better than the Patriots.

  • Keith Baley

    im a titans fan, and although im flattered you have us ranked 6th, I think the 15-11 range fits for us right now. We’ll see how the season progresses, but I definately have hope

    • Dean Holden

      The Titans were a bit lower, but I had to drop the Dolphins after MNF. I really like that Titans team, they’ve played well against some relatively quality competition. But prepare for a freefall if Fitz plays like he did in Buffalo.

  • TheDarkSide

    Cowboys have a shitty Offensive coordinator, making retarded Play calls.
    The offensive line is giving Romo decent protection, but the play calling sucks.
    There aren’t enough Slants, and enough throws to the middle of the field.

    I agree with everyone else that the Cowboys will be lucky to make the Playoffs.
    Actually, it should be easy, with the Rest of the NFC East, playing like garbage. !

    • Dean Holden

      The NFC East is wide open, because it doesn’t look like there should be a single playoff team in the mix. To watch them right now, any team would be lucky to finish 9-7. The only reason they’ll be above .500 is because they play each other enough that somebody has to win.

      Of course, each of those teams has potential to improve, but will they? They can also get worse (well, maybe not the Giants).

      • TheDarkSide

        LOOL! (maybe not the Giants)

  • solomon bellows

    Yep, the “human” side to the Seahawks may well be the same cold start that they experienced in their other away game in Carolina. The “1a and 1b” seem to concede, at least, the possibility that the Broncos point fest could fizzle quickly were they to be confronted by such a lock down defense as Seattle’s. Oh wait, that already happened!
    Wouldn’t mind watching the ‘irresistible force’ meet the ‘immoveable object’ in the same contest that, for my money, should have featured them at the end of last season.

    • Dean Holden

      Broncos/Seahawks would be the game to see right now, and it could well be the last game we see this season. What the 1a and 1b indicate is that the Broncos have been the more impressive team to watch, but the Seahawks have toiled against tougher competition.

      The reason the Seahawks get the No. 2 spot is that they got dominated in the first half against Houston, and I’m convinced they would have been beaten if not for the lucky break that was Matt Schaub’s atrocious decision-making.

      • solomon bellows

        Of course, offense is generally more entertaining than defense. Just ask the American soccer lobby. (grin) Sub out just the two qbs, who wins?
        If Seattle remembers to play both halves of the game, guessin they get home field advantage up until ‘the game’. What does Denver do to adjust to Seattle d’?
        Don’t imagine Broncos relatively softer schedule will in any way prepare them for that much adversity. We’ll see. Fortunately we gots gobs of football to go.
        Right now, I’d say it’s a push.