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.