Week Five Power Rankings

  1. Indianapolis Colts
  2. New England Patriots
  3. Dallas Cowboys
  4. Green Bay Packers
  5. Seattle Seahawks
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers
  7. Tennessee Titans
  8. Jacksonville Jaguars
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  10. Detroit Lions
  11. Washington Redskins
  12. Carolina Panthers
  13. Baltimore Ravens
  14. Denver Broncos
  15. Houston Texans
  16. Arizona Cardinals
  17. New York Giants
  18. Cleveland Browns
  19. San Diego Chargers
  20. Philadelphia Eagles
  21. San Francisco 49ers
  22. Kansas City Chiefs
  23. Oakland Raiders
  24. Chicago Bears
  25. Cincinnati Bengals
  26. New York Jets
  27. Miami Dolphins
  28. Minnesota Vikings
  29. Buffalo Bills
  30. Atlanta Falcons
  31. New Orleans Saints
  32. St. Louis Rams

Is the NFC getting stronger?  I’ve got an even split now in the top six – 3 AFC teams, 3 NFC teams.  The AFC seems to have more catastrophically disappointing clubs, with San Diego, Cincinnati and the N.Y. Jets all underachieving.  Of course the NFC has New Orleans, St. Louis and Chicago – but I just wasn’t that sold on either the Saints or Rams before the season, so I wouldn’t call their off-years catastrophic.  I still think 1-3 San Diego will right the ship, which is why I’ve got them rated above some 2-2 teams.  And I’m still thinking Philly is going to put something together before the year’s over, provided they can get Westbrook back in there, and not give up 12 sacks in a game anymore (even the Vikings’ O-line isn’t that bad).

I want to hand out kudos to one guy this week – Lane Kiffin, coach of the Oakland Raiders.  I thought it was great how Kiffin’s team managed to put up 35 points despite only throwing 12 passes the whole game – all five touchdowns being scored by Daunte Culpepper, 2 on throws and 3 on runs.  I was impressed by this because it shows that Kiffin is the kind of guy who understands how you have to game-plan based on the personnel you have.  Are you listening Brad Childress?  It doesn’t do any good to have what you think is a genius plan if you don’t have the players to carry it out.  Take a page from Kiffin’s book – look at the guys you do have, then put together your plan based on that.  Kiffin obviously figured that running and running was his best bet against Miami – and what happened?  35 points while only throwing 12 passes.  Sounds pretty kick-ass to me.