SLR’s Week 5 NFL Power Rankings

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Sep 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) rushes against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. Tennessee won 38-13. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

24. New York Jets (2-2)

You watch the Jets’ offense, and they look like they’ll be picking in the top five in the 2014 draft. Watch the defense, and they look like a playoff team. Ultimately, this team will probably end up falling somewhere between the two.

23.  Carolina Panthers  (1-2)

It’s tempting to suggest the Panthers turned a corner with their 38-0 dismantling of the Giants in Week 3, but at this point, there’s only slightly more prestige in that than there is in beating down the Jaguars. We still don’t know what exactly they have in Cam Newton.

22. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)

Despite having only one win against an 0-4 team, I still like this Vikings team. They haven’t been able to finish, but they’ve led in the second half of every one of their games this year, and none of their losses have come against teams with a losing record (Cleveland is now 2-2). They need to figure out their quarterback situation, but Adrian Peterson will always deliver.

21. Arizona Cardinals (2-2)

This team confuses me. Are they overrated or underrated? Carson Palmer looks like he’s back, then he disappears again. Clutch performance to come back against the Bucs, but that’s the 0-4 Bucs they had to come back against from down by 10. When they play the Panthers next week, we’ll find out a lot about both teams.

20. Buffalo Bills (2-2)

What’s the mark of a young, inconsistent team? Losing to the Jets, then coming home and putting away the defending Super Bowl champs. Give this team some credit, missing three of their four starting members of the secondary, and forcing five interceptions on Joe Flacco. Remember the name of linebacker Kiko Alonso. You’re going to be hearing more of it.

19. Cleveland Browns (2-2)

You know what will put all those Josh Gordon rumors to bed? The Browns being tied for first in the AFC North. Nevermind tanking, Brian Hoyer has this team on a winning streak, and they beat a 2-1 divisional rival to get there. Nobody’s talking about it, but they’re fielding a top-10 defense in both yards and scoring.

18. Atlanta Falcons (1-3)

This team has to be better than 1-3, right? They’ve just matched their loss total from all of last year. Granted, the team’s they’ve lost to are currently a combined 10-0, but if this team is elite, they win at least some of those games anyway. Right now, the offense is above-average, and the defense is below-average. Nothing impressive at this point in the season.

17. Dallas Cowboys (2-2)

The NFL’s most schizophrenic team just keeps doing what it does. Blow out the Rams, then post a come-from-ahead loss against the Chargers. At least this one isn’t Tony Romo’s fault. To hear the Cowboys tell it, they have a star quarterback (Romo), running back (DeMarco Murray), wide receiver (Dez Bryant) and tight end (Jason Witten). If all that’s true, why is their offense in the bottom half of the league?

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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.