SLR’s Week 5 NFL Power Rankings

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Sep 29, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) warms up before the start of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)

This team is losing by an average of 24.5 points per game, but they might not be as bad as they look. They’ve been stomped out by the 4-0 Seahawks, the 4-0 Chiefs, and now the 3-1 Colts. In Week 6, they head to Denver. There are no words.

31. New York Giants (0-4)

I feel no joy from the Giants’ downfall, but it does make me love the NFL that much more.  The dynasty teams are never guaranteed, and the cellar-dwellers (see: Kansas City) are never ruled out. The Giants won a Super Bowl two seasons ago. This is what parity looks like.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4)

The Steelers have been in a very slow decline basically since their Super Bowl run in 2010-2011. They tried sticking with their veterans for a little longer than they should have, and now they’re going through growing pains in what they will probably refuse to call a rebuilding year. They’re too well-run to stay down for long, but chalk this season up as bottoming out.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4)

This team has a bunch of talent, but unfortunately very little of it resides at quarterback. The Josh Freeman saga is a mess, and the sooner they get him away from that team, the better off both parties will be. The bright side: Darrelle Revis looked like the Revis Island we’ve come to know in shutting down Larry Fitzgerald.

28. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3)

The Chip Kelly Offense ™ is really revolutionizing this team, and the entire NFL, isn’t it? They’ve had an admittedly tough schedule so far, but the defense is impressively bad, and the offense is nowhere near good enough to be getting the attention it’s getting. They run a lot of plays, (2nd in NFL), but are only 10th in scoring and dead last in time of possession, which means more time on the field for that dreadful defense. Compounding issues.

27. Oakland Raiders  (1-3)

They started Matt Flynn, and promptly scored 14 points against what was, statistically, the worst defense in NFL history through three games. There isn’t much more to say.

26. St. Louis Rams (1-3)

Sam Bradford looks worse every game, but they hang around because the rest of the team is talented, especially the defensive front seven. Cortland Finnegan, however, has had a nightmarish start to the season, and they can’t run the ball no matter who they give it to.

25. Washington Redskins (1-3)

The Redskins ought to continue to improve as Robert Griffin III continues to work his way back to health. That was a big game to get them in the win column, and because the NFC East is atrocious, they’re just a game out of first after a rough start.

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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.