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Week Five Power Rankings

Every Monday night, I compile the PFT Power Rankings, a more-cumbersome-than-it-seems process.  (Please, pity me.)  Last night, I commenced the process while sitting between Damon Hack of SI and Alex Marvez of FOX in the press box at the New Meadowland Stadium.  (One is a perfect gentleman.  The other is a long-haired troublemaker who was watching pro wrestling via his Slingbox device.)

Coupled with the third quarter spent in the booth with Paul Allen and Pete Bercich of the Vikings Radio Network, where I was able to witness P.A.’s Christmas-morning glee upon witnessing the first touchdown of the second Randy Moss stint, I only partially completed the Power Rankings last night.

So here they are, better never than late.  Or something.


1. 
New York Jets (No. 1 last week; 4-1):  When a clumsily-built lead begins to collapse, plenty of teams fold.  The Jets didn’t.   

2. 
Baltimore Ravens  (No. 2; 4-1):  The offense finally is waking up, which could result in the Ravens putting a sleeper hold on the rest of the AFC. 

3.  Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 3; 3-1):  The entire Steelers defense will be disciplined under the Personal Conduct Policy after they get finished with Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

4.  Atlanta Falcons (No. 4; 4-1):  At a time when the NFC has no clearly dominant team, the Falcons are the closest approximation.

5. 
New England Patriots
(No. 8; 3-1):  So they traded away supposed model citizen and stellar performer Randy Moss and they traded for a washed-up guy who pissed and moaned his way out of town?  Sounds about right. 

6.  Indianapolis Colts (No. 9; 3-2):  They still look a lot different from the Colts of 2009, but so do most teams.   

7. 
New Orleans Saints (No. 5; 3-2):  Drew Brees said last week that the Saints could be undefeated.  He failed to point out that they also could be 0-5.   

8. 
Chicago Bears (No. 12; 4-1):  Reality eventually will catch up with this team.  But there’s a good chance it won’t happen until the middle of January.

9. 
Tennessee Titans (No. 11; 3-2):  If the team that beat the Cowboys
shows up more than once per month, the Titans will win the division.         

10. 
Green Bay Packers (No. 6; 3-2):  If the Packers had traded for Marshawn Lynch, he’d probably be injured, too.

11. 
New
York Giants (No. 16; 3-2):  Some teams get better as the season
progresses.  Some teams get a lot
better as the season progress.         
    

12. 
Kansas City Chiefs (No. 10; 3-1):  Dwayne Bowe can’t figure out why no one will let him hold their baby.

13. 
Houston Texans (No. 7; 3-2):  Take away that emotional Week One win
over the Colts, and this team is as mediocre as it ever has been. 

14.
Washington Redskins (No. 19; 3-2):  See Giants.

15.
  Philadelphia Eagles (No. 20; 3-2):  If Kevin Kolb leads the Eagles to victory on Sunday against the Falcons, coach Andy Reid may have to once again declare that Mike Vick is still the starter.  And we’ll all believe him.

16.
 
Miami Dolphins (No. 15; 2-2):  The best part about a bye week?  They were guaranteed not to lose another home game to an AFC East rival.

17. 
Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 22; 3-2):  Nothing lights a fire under a crappy quarterback better than having a not-quite-as-crappy quarterback looking over his shoulder.

18. 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 24; 3-1):  Beat the Saints, and we’ll move this team into the top 10.                        

19.  Minnesota Vikings
(No. 13; 1-3):  Would this team be 1-3 if Tarvaris Jackson had been the starter since Week One?     

20.  Dallas Cowboys (No. 14; 1-3):  Cue the “Jerry Jones has never fired a coach during the season” crowd, who seem to think that means he never under any circumstances would fire a coach during the season.  (Under that logic, Jones also will live forever.)

21. 
Arizona Cardinals (No. 27; 3-2):  Sorry, but stealing one from the Saints doesn’t excuse two of the ugliest performances we’ve ever seen.

22.  Denver Broncos (No. 23; 2-3):  The Broncos are the ultimate up-and-down team, which means that they’re very much alive in the AFC West.   

23.  St. Louis Rams (No. 17; 2-3):  Before any Rams fans complain about the drop to No. 22, be glad it wasn’t farther after that 44-6 loss to the Lions.

24. 
Seattle Seahawks (No. 25; 2-2):  Marshawn Lynch celebrated his arrival in Seattle by taking the owner’s plane for a joyride.      

25. 
San Diego Chargers (No. 18; 2-3):  After Sunday’s performance against the Raiders, San Diego fired Miami’s special-teams coordinator.   

26. 
Cincinnati Bengals (No. 21; 2-3):  Why do we have a feeling that Jordan Palmer won’t be the replacement for his brother Carson at quarterback in 2011?                       
      
27. 
Oakland Raiders (No. 28; 2-3):  If the Raiders aren’t careful, their blackout streak could be in jeopardy.                 

28.  Detroit Lions (No. 30; 1-4):  The Lions can spend the week enjoying a rare one-game winning streak.

29. 
Cleveland Browns (No. 26; 1-4):  Why not just line up Josh Cribbs under
center on every snap?  (It wouldn’t be a bad idea even after Seneca
Wallace and Jake Delhomme are healthy again.)

30. 
San Francisco 49ers (No. 29; 0-5):  If Jed York is going to make reckless predictions, why not guarantee a Super Bowl win, too?       
     
31. 
Carolina Panthers (No. 31; 0-5):  When the guy who’ll be the starting quarterback for the first game after the bye learns of his assignment, he’ll likely say, “Do I have to?”            

32. 
Buffalo Bills (No. 32; 0-5):  So will the Bills pick another Stanford quarterback with the first pick in the draft?  

UPDATE:  I flipped Giants and Texans.  Giants fans can stop sending me e-mails and Twitter messages now.  Please?

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105 Responses to “Week Five Power Rankings”
  1. NYJALLFINGDAY says: Oct 12, 2010 10:56 AM

    To be fair, I think the Ravens should have the edge on the Jets. They did beat us, no matter how small of an increment they did it by.

  2. brock29609 says: Oct 12, 2010 10:56 AM

    Wow, finally giving the Bucs some respect. I think they’re ranked too high, though.

  3. CowboysFansAreAllBandwagonFans says: Oct 12, 2010 10:57 AM

    Last night, I commenced the process while sitting between Damon Hack of SI and Alex Marvez of FOX. (One is a perfect gentleman. The other is a long-haired troublemaker who was watching pro wrestling via his Slingbox device.)
    Coupled with the third quarter spent in the booth with Paul Allen and Pete Bercich of the Vikings Radio Network, where I was able to witness P.A.’s Christmas-morning glee upon witnessing the first touchdown of the second Randy Moss stint, I only partially completed the Power Rankings last night.
    —-
    Please stop acting like Peter King with these kind of “look who I get to be near” posts… Peter King is a tool… Do you really want to be a tool too?

  4. tritan306 says: Oct 12, 2010 10:57 AM

    I’m absolutely baffled how you can rank the Jets over the Ravens when they have the same record and the Ravens flat out stomped the Jets…
    Am I missing something here?

  5. brasho says: Oct 12, 2010 10:58 AM

    Florio, how’s that prediction that the Bucs wouldn’t win 7 games in three seasons coming? Bucs have won 5 of their last 7 dating back to last season and Josh Freeman has gone 6-7 over his career despite playing for a 3-13 team last season.

  6. ravensos says: Oct 12, 2010 10:58 AM

    interesting how you have 1. jets 2. ravens even though the ravens beat the jets at jets.

  7. kravon says: Oct 12, 2010 10:59 AM

    Cue the angry Bengals fans who say they are being disrespected again this week.
    Gimme a break, losers.
    Kravon
    PFT VP of AFC North

  8. big007hed says: Oct 12, 2010 10:59 AM

    So the Bucs only loss is to the #3 team on this list but they are still 18? Wow Florio must have a personal thing against the Bucs.

  9. cheeseandwhinegotogether says: Oct 12, 2010 11:00 AM

    Can the Panthers at least be tied with the Bills for the last spot. God are my panthers awful this year.

  10. thehouseofho says: Oct 12, 2010 11:02 AM

    The Jets didn’t fold, but I wouldn’t say they rose up to the occasion either. Brett looked absolutely horrible last night and him throwing an INT at the end of the game has become the norm the last couple of years. I would have Baltimore first, Pittsburgh second and the Jets third.

  11. argos says: Oct 12, 2010 11:03 AM

    Is your definition of “power” to mean wins? r
    Vikings almost beat the Jets and Miami. Do you really think the Bears are better?

  12. grendel says: Oct 12, 2010 11:03 AM

    Weird year in the NFL…
    There’s basically 3 complete and solid teams, 4 good but unspectacular teams, 4 or 5 teams that are usually good but fall apart unexpectedly, and the rest somewhere from mediocre to crappy, often within one game.
    It’s like 2/3rds of the league forgot how to play football consistently.

  13. Jack Lambert's Dentist says: Oct 12, 2010 11:04 AM

    Cue the “you don’t give my team any respect” crowd. Win in January and you’ll get that respect. Till then, who gives a crap.

  14. Ddub says: Oct 12, 2010 11:06 AM

    Cinn Bengals have to be the WORST team in the NFL! Terrible, and how is Houston ranked higher than NYG?? Not a Giants fan, but they would most def house the Packers, and Houston if they played on Sunday!!

  15. Bruce2966 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:06 AM

    18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 24; 3-1): Beat the Saints, and we’ll move this team into the top 10.
    21. Arizona Cardinals (No. 27; 3-2): Sorry, but stealing one from the Saints doesn’t excuse two of the ugliest performances we’ve ever seen.
    I’m confused…

  16. OtisDelmas13 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:08 AM

    St. Louis – #24
    Detroit Lions # 28
    Detroit- 44
    St. Louis- 6
    Things that make you go hmmmm

  17. GreatGallopingGhosts says: Oct 12, 2010 11:11 AM

    8. Chicago Bears (No. 12; 4-1): Reality eventually will catch up with this team. But there’s a good chance it won’t happen until the middle of January.
    _________________________________
    I think reality just did catch up; that it wouldn’t matter how well they do they’l never have any respect on this site.

  18. Basic Instinct says: Oct 12, 2010 11:12 AM

    The Falcon’s will be hard to beat if Matt Ryan somehow manages to raise his quarterback rating a little. Otherwise the muttering about Matt Ryan will continue even if the Falcon’s keep winning.

  19. AlwaysBrewing says: Oct 12, 2010 11:12 AM

    How do you rank the Jets over the Ravens when Baltimore beat New York at New Meadowlands Stadium? Doesn’t make any sense.

  20. DopeBoys says: Oct 12, 2010 11:12 AM

    Love the Cowboys zinger. Well done!

  21. buttondown says: Oct 12, 2010 11:16 AM

    I am a life-long Saints fan. I think that they earned the number 1 ranking for the beginning of the season. I was happy how the defence handled the Vikings in the first game.
    Right now, number 7 is generous with how they’re playing. The offence is nowhere to be found and the defence surprises nobody.
    Get well soon Reggie, Pierre & Darren!

  22. Razsan says: Oct 12, 2010 11:19 AM

    Seriously about the Lions/Rams thing…what are you seeing in the Rams that would make you think they are better than the Lions? Obviously not the result from the football game….

  23. bigbiz7 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:19 AM

    Awesome to see the bungles at #26. I haven’t seen their fans on here since the preseason. All I heard was that they would run the table in the division and Pittsburgh would finish last in division. Haven’t heard a peep out of them since. It always will come down to Pgh and B-more. Best rivalry in the game. Looking forward to Dec. 5th with Ben back. Should be a great one…

  24. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Oct 12, 2010 11:20 AM

    How can Baltimore be #2 when the beat #1 on the road and #3 on the road.

  25. shea801 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:20 AM

    Florio, you nitwit! How do you have the Chargers two ahead of the Raiders? The Raiders just beat them! It doesn’t matter what you FEEL the ranking should be, one team bested the other, therefore, they get ranked higher than said beaten team! God, you can be such a tool.

  26. USMC Ret. says: Oct 12, 2010 11:20 AM

    Raiders below the Chargers and the Rams???
    Raiders beat both of these teams and should have a win against the Cardinals if not for a missed filed goal by “Seabass”.
    Are you out of your mind Florio!

  27. kravon says: Oct 12, 2010 11:21 AM

    Panthers should be last, since the Bills wore them out last season.

  28. njhitman says: Oct 12, 2010 11:21 AM

    Whats the over/under that McCoy don’t make it through the game . I say he by half time he ask’s for a trade . What away to start off your NFL first start and maybe his last start playing Pittsburgh . Breaking News Colt family just setup his furnnal arrangement

  29. EVH12345 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:26 AM

    1. Ravens – -Finally starting to mesh. Team looks good on paper and is starting to play well too. Big wins over the Jets and Steelers.
    2. Steelers – Without their franchise quarterback they are 3-1. Their defense is back with the return of Roethlisberger the upside it can only get better.
    3. Jets – Lost to the Ravens. Sanchez is putting up numbers that would only make him a starter in Carolina.

  30. Saints-America'sTeam says: Oct 12, 2010 11:26 AM

    All I can say is…you’re right about the Saints, Mike. I love our Saints, but I don’t want to hear that we could be 4-0…we’re not…PERIOD. When we beat the whiners (Vikes) by a few points, I said hey, we won…PERIOD. I say the same thing now. We lost 2 games…PERIOD.
    We’re still hoping our team will right this ship but a third of the season is gone and…well…it doesn’t look good. Not that it’s impossible to come back from, but it doesn’t look good.
    On the other hand it could be worse. We could only have won one game and be defending our QB’s school-boy behavior. We could be watching some of the worst coaching in the league. We could be whining about how the world is against us, that’s why we lose. But we’re not…because we’re Saints!

  31. umrguy42 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:28 AM

    @Otis -
    STL – 2-3
    DET – 1-4
    Other than this last game, both teams have played close, competitive games (Rams defense hadn’t given up more than 17 pts in a game), so I would imagine that the W-L record has to be the real difference maker. And/or that St. Louis still has their #1 QB draft pick playing, while Detroit currently doesn’t.

  32. philbirds says: Oct 12, 2010 11:29 AM

    Only gimme team this year is the Panthers. Outside of that, beating the Bills, Niners, and Browns are must wins for aspiring playoff teams. Losing to the other “bad” teams isn’t as shameful as it has been in year’s past.

  33. NyJetsTaketheEastin 2010 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:32 AM

    tritan306 says:
    October 12, 2010 10:57 AM
    I’m absolutely baffled how you can rank the Jets over the Ravens when they have the same record and the Ravens flat out stomped the Jets…
    Am I missing something here?
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    Yeah a Clue….. where do you get off with a 10-9 win has a stomping, and the Jets having 15 Gd’ penalties…..Explain the Bengals Loss there Moron…………….

  34. nflenthusiast says: Oct 12, 2010 11:37 AM

    Some of this is based off of potential/hype, some is based off actual record, so obviously it looks confused at best. The #1 team lost to the #2 at home, but that was the case last week so who actually expected that to change?
    How can Carolina not be the worst in the league? Buffalo actually has a glimmer of hope compared to them. You play an overvalued Bears team where Jim Kelly’s backup goes 6-16 for like 30 yds and 4 INTS, and you still lose? At least the Bills seem to be trying.

  35. Chiggs says: Oct 12, 2010 11:37 AM

    Ravens are the best team in the AFC, period. Watching them smash my Broncos made that point a lot more clear to me.

  36. Philtration says: Oct 12, 2010 11:38 AM

    # argos says: October 12, 2010 11:03 AM
    Is your definition of “power” to mean wins? r
    Vikings almost beat the Jets and Miami. Do you really think the Bears are better?
    ====================================
    “Almost” beat the Jets and Miami?
    Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
    The Vikings ARE 1-3. Not “almost” 1-3.
    When a team is 1-3 there is no whining about being ranked lower than a team that is 4-1.
    You should worry about being passed up by the Lions because they look like the better team at this point.

  37. jkorn1818 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:40 AM

    Houston and Chicago ahead of the giants? Really?

  38. reed380 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:42 AM

    Power Rankings are completely useless.
    Detroit-44
    St. Louis- 6

  39. Avrus says: Oct 12, 2010 11:46 AM

    @ triton306:
    “Ravens flat out stomped the Jets…
    Am I missing something here? ”
    Yeah, apparently you didn’t watch the football game. Or perhaps your idea of what a “stomping” is, and the rest of society is vastly different.
    A “stomping” is where you beat a team 28 to 14 like the Jets beat the Pats. Or Green Bay beating the Bills 34 – 7.
    When you win by one point you have nothing to brag about. Also Week 1 is always a gong show.
    With all of that out of the way – I think the Ravens should be in #1 position since they did in fact beat the Jets.

  40. Richm2257 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:48 AM

    argos says:
    Is your definition of “power” to mean wins? r
    Vikings almost beat the Jets and Miami. Do you really think the Bears are better?
    ————————————————
    This is the most retarded statement I have read on PFT this season.
    “Almost” beat the Jets and Miami????
    How do you rank “Almost” in wins and losses, chucklehead? Do the standings show the Vikings record as 1 win, 1 loss, and 2 “almosts”????
    Do we really think the Bears are better? Well, let’s see, they’ve won one more game than the Vikes …. so, um, yeah, they are.

  41. Visible says: Oct 12, 2010 11:49 AM

    The Lions have been playing without their starting franchise QB and their middle linebacker. When they played Minn they were w/out Stafford, Levy, Peterman, Best and Burelson and they still played tough. There are not many teams who would even be as competitive as the Lions missing both their MLB and QB. Even with that, they CRUSHED the Rams in all phases of the game. The Lions will end the season much higher on this list…no doubt. And right now they should be higher than the Rams…that is bizarre.

  42. Krow says: Oct 12, 2010 11:50 AM

    My schizophrenic Giants at 13 seems about right. Though they have the worst swings from week to week.

  43. somesome says: Oct 12, 2010 11:51 AM

    I am Ravens fan and just fine with second place, I also would have no problem to be ranked 3rd behind the Steeleers, the end fthe season is the ranking that counts. Right now the Ravens are top three, good enough.
    As for the Saints they are too high, they play some aweful football. Multiple INTs per game are going to destroy any post season aspirations.
    Giants are too low, who wants to go to the Meadowlands and face them? I’d rather go to Foxborro, ohh wait we are ….

  44. Reginald says: Oct 12, 2010 11:51 AM

    Redskins are the luckiest NFL team I’ve seen in a long freaking time. I’ve never hated them at all, and still have no reason to, but they don’t look good at all. A good team doesn’t lose to the rams. This lucky streak will end soon. On the other hand, I absolutely hate the Cowboys, but honestly they seem to be getting very unlucky in key situations. I think these two teams start switching outcomes in the coming week or 2.

  45. Richm2257 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:53 AM

    By the way, you’ve gotta love the Patriots who don’t even have a game (bye week), and trade a Hall of Fame receiver, yet still move up three spots in the rankings!
    Does the rest of the league suck that bad that New England improved by doing nothing while three teams got worse, or does Florio believe that Belichick really DOES know what the hell he’s doing?

  46. WNYhell5 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:54 AM

    I used to argue against the Bills being dead last. Not any more.

  47. Manuich1 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:56 AM

    The Giants have the #1 defense in the NFL, Hakeem Nicks is ranked 6th in receivers in the NFL while leading with 6 TD’s and Ahmad Bradshaw is ranked 4th in the league in rushing. Also the Giants beat both the Bears and the Texans yet are ranked behind them. Go figure. Gonna love watching climb the boards every week.

  48. Livinginclip says: Oct 12, 2010 11:57 AM

    How are the Bills behind the Panthers every single ranking? At least the Bills can put points on the board (see the New England game, Jaguar’s game,etc). The Panthers are LUCKY to even get six on the board. I just don’t understand the logic here, because it’s obvious if the Bills play the Panthers right now, the Bills will pull out their only win of the year and the Panthers will still be winless.
    And give the young Buc’s team some respect. Their only loss is to the #3 team. That says something, when you consider teams like the Colts (my team) are getting pounced and trounced on by crappy Texans and Jaguars team.
    Ravens beat the Jets already and would easily beat them again, with their defense and offense now clicking – so instead of buying into the Rex Ryan hype, put the Ravens up their on the #1 spot, where they belong.
    Your powerranking is full of biased mental errors, Florio.

  49. savoir laire says: Oct 12, 2010 11:57 AM

    Totally agree with jkorn…how can you do this when the Giants absolutely routed these two teams? And Tampa so low?…this is like a reverse barometer for the power rankings. What a stick a needle in the NFL standings joke this is!

  50. scra22 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:58 AM

    The NFC stinks. Whoever represents the NFC in the Super Bowl will probably lose anyway.

  51. nflenthusiast says: Oct 12, 2010 11:58 AM

    Yeah a Clue….. where do you get off with a 10-9 win has a stomping, and the Jets having 15 Gd’ penalties…..Explai n the Bengals Loss there Moron…………… .
    ======================
    Penalties are a lack of execution, which no top team can falter in and expect to win. Same thing happened to the Ravens in Cinncinnati (not to mention Flacco having the worst game of his life and the team still being close enough for a few bad penalties to ruin it).
    The difference is, the Ravens were playing a division rival who typically toughs out hard wins against them at home. The Jets lost their stadium opener at home to a non-divisional opponent who did, for all intents and purposes push them around even if the score was close.
    No way should this team be ahead of the Ravens OR Steelers. It’s obvious they can beat up on crap teams, but it’s more obvious that their defense is not impenetrable and their offense looks like crap when it plays defenses that are actually good.
    Edge has to go to Ravens.

  52. ppdoc13 says: Oct 12, 2010 12:00 PM

    So the ravens beat the jets in the meadowlands as well as the steelers ar pigburg bit ny is one and bmore is two. You must be from west Virginia

  53. Chrisbermanswig says: Oct 12, 2010 12:03 PM

    Ravens = 1
    The Damn Steelers = 2
    Jets = 3
    also Giants should be ranked higher

  54. green man says: Oct 12, 2010 12:04 PM

    Mid January will be fine for the Bears, better than the Peckers and ‘queens who are facing reality in mid October.

  55. Daygo_All_The_Way_Baby says: Oct 12, 2010 12:06 PM

    Jags and Cards ranked higher then the Bolts???
    Are you high Florio?
    Didn’t the Bolts Beat the Crap of those teams?
    We all realize that the Chargers have Junior High “Special Olympic” teams, but their Offense is lethal and their D is solid! Once Moran Norv gives RyGuy24 the keys to play and quits babying him… Rivers will have another Unbelievable option. Same slow start out the gate with costly turnovers in the red zone. It’ll get corrected and they will win the weak ass west and will be right back in the playoffs.
    GO SUPA CHAAAAAAAAAARGERS BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAAATCH!

  56. hnirobert says: Oct 12, 2010 12:10 PM

    My Phins will be in the 20′s after they lose to the Packers’ practice squad this week. Go Miami football!

  57. NYJALLFINGDAY says: Oct 12, 2010 12:18 PM

    @EVH12345
    Last night, maybe. He had a 100+ QBR before last night, it still might be over 100, I’m certainly too lazy to check. 8 touchdowns and no turnovers is nothing to scoff at, especially after him being a turnover machine around this time last year.

  58. dlmcc0909 says: Oct 12, 2010 12:22 PM

    Jets came out flat that first game against the Ravens, but if they played today nobody outside of Baltimore believes the Ravens would win it again. In either stadium. Jets are the better team

  59. mimi531 says: Oct 12, 2010 12:24 PM

    Ok people, I hate to be Captain Obvious here, just just beating a specific team once doesn’t make the other team better than them, ie Rams/Lions. No matter what, the Lions are still the Lions, and they suck. Also, I think it’s a tie between the Jets and Ravens. Winning 10-9 is an “ass-kicking?” Then a sack is unwanted sexual contact. (Might help Favre if he claims that one.) The Saints should NOT be ranked that high. No way. They have been sloppy and almost embarrassing to watch. With or without Reggie, they don’t have the spark they had last year, and even the games they have won have been low scoring against teams they should have smashed.

  60. WaltColeman says: Oct 12, 2010 12:33 PM

    Jets number one? That is like Jaworski getting corrected last night by Gruden. That is not a magnificent pass by Sanchez. He hit an open receiver for a 5 yard gain on the outside. All the announcers play down his bungles and go ridiculous on his accomplishments. Oh that is a confident pass, etc. Yeah…because many of his others besides Check down Mark look terrible.
    And Revis Island…HAHAA…How about Ellis Island?
    You know open to anybody with a hope and a dream?As soon as Jaworksi says…Revis shuts down all the best receivers…he gets pushed out of the way by AP?
    Overrated.

  61. smithopher says: Oct 12, 2010 12:34 PM

    tritan306 – the Jets have an offense now… the way they’re playing, I’d love to meet up with the Ravens. They also have confidence. They wouldn’t be making mental mistakes like they did week 1. Wish they didn’t get to take advantage of first game blunders by the Jets. Ravens took advantage of a pass interference call on rookie CB Kyle Wilson, which set them up at first and goal on the one instead of 4th and long around the 25. that was the only touchdown of the game, if not for the rookie it would’ve been 6-6 at that point and the Jets would have gone on to win the game. With Holmes added in, I have to go with the Jets. Best offensive line in football with a solid passer and two great runners behind it, and an elite unit of pass catchers.

  62. jimbrownspimphand says: Oct 12, 2010 12:41 PM

    Richm2257 says: October 12, 2010 11:48 AM
    argos says:
    Is your definition of “power” to mean wins? r
    Vikings almost beat the Jets and Miami. Do you really think the Bears are better?
    ——————– ——————– ——–
    This is the most retarded statement I have read on PFT this season.
    ***************************************
    Stick around my friend, it can only get better.

  63. clintcooper says: Oct 12, 2010 12:44 PM

    Wow, crazy. First of all, I am a totally die hard Saints fan. But they should be nowhere near the top 10 at this time. They are not playing with any confidence at all. I also think the Colts should be a bit lower, but whatever.

  64. nflenthusiast says: Oct 12, 2010 12:44 PM

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

  65. mntwinsfan1434 says: Oct 12, 2010 12:45 PM

    19. Minnesota Vikings (No. 13; 1-3): Would this team be 1-3 if Tarvaris Jackson had been the starter since Week One?
    No, they would be 0-4. And instead of losing those three games by a combined 18 points, the games would probably have been over before the 2nd quarter started. Anyone that thinks Tjack gives the Vikings ANY chance to win (let alone better than Favre or any other QB in the league) needs to watch more film of Tjack.

  66. funi says: Oct 12, 2010 1:02 PM

    Dallas 1 win and in last place ahead of Az with 3 wins and in 1st place? When will people realize that Dallas is not that good!

  67. ost2020 says: Oct 12, 2010 1:03 PM

    Bears over the Giants? Yeah, mike, that makes sense.

  68. tritan306 says: Oct 12, 2010 1:04 PM

    @ NyJetsTaketheEastin 2010
    When I say stomped I am referring to how the ravens dominated in every category in that game except one.
    I need to get a clue? Even your Jets fans are saying we deserve it. The facts: Ravens beat the Jets on the road and have the same record.

  69. nflenthusiast says: Oct 12, 2010 1:06 PM

    They wouldn’t be making mental mistakes like they did week 1. Wish they didn’t get to take advantage of first game blunders by the Jets. Ravens took advantage of a pass interference call on rookie CB Kyle Wilson, which set them up at first and goal on the one instead of 4th and long around the 25. that was the only touchdown of the game, if not for the rookie it would’ve been 6-6 at that point and the Jets would have gone on to win the game.
    ==================
    Ah, well I guess it’s too bad “what if’s” and “hey, this possibly could have happened” don’t count in the standings.
    Excuses are for the weak.

  70. Dewey Axewoond says: Oct 12, 2010 1:08 PM

    argos says:
    October 12, 2010 11:03 AM
    Is your definition of “power” to mean wins? r
    Vikings almost beat the Jets and Miami. Do you really think the Bears are better?
    _________________________________
    And I “almost” won the lottery–where’s my check?
    To answer you dumb question, YES.
    Bears have better coaching (and that’s not saying much), better defense, better LBs, better secondary, better overall front 7, better QB play, better receivers, better TEs, better RB position as a whole, better depth, better special teams, better organization, better history, better field, better fans, and a better record.
    4-1 vs. 1-3
    Now stick that in your horn and blow it, Swiss Miss.

  71. CincyAllDaWay says: Oct 12, 2010 1:10 PM

    Ddub says:
    October 12, 2010 11:06 AM
    Cinn Bengals have to be the WORST team in the NFL! Terrible, and how is Houston ranked higher than NYG?? Not a Giants fan, but they would most def house the Packers, and Houston if they played on Sunday!!
    =============================
    Correction…the Bills have to be the worst team in the NFL right now, but I gotta admit, my Bengals look like something coming from the south end of my north bound dog right now! Very disappointed to say the least!

  72. TampaBoy2002 says: Oct 12, 2010 1:21 PM

    WHEN the Bucs beat the Saints they deserve to be ranked right behind the Falcons. They should ALREADY be in the top ten.

  73. Mikey says: Oct 12, 2010 1:30 PM

    Saints fan here, and I posted last week that they were ranked too high. They shouldn’t touch the top 10 right now (neither should any other NFC team), and here are some reasons why:
    1. -1 TO differential on the season thusfar
    2. 35% red zone eff.
    3. 31st in rushing
    4. 18th overall offense
    5. Down to their 76th string RB
    6. Kick coverage makes me vomit in my mouth a little
    Defense is playing well (ranked 9th), but they can’t generate any turnovers, mainly becuase of that awful red zone effeciency on offense. Not scoring points means opposing teams don’t have to take any unnecessary risks and can stick to their game plan.
    Now for the good part. All of these problems are correctable, and nobody is going to run away with the NFC. Lots of ball still to be played, so 49ers, Vikings, and Cowboy fans, it ain’t over for you guys yet. The NFC is exceedingly mediocre this year.

  74. Hamburgler says: Oct 12, 2010 1:31 PM

    I love how folks think the Ravens should be ahead of the Jets. Someone use the word “stomped” to describe the Raven win over the Jets. Did you watch the game. Both teams were equally inept in that game. Ravens came out on top, but just barely. Jets are 3-0 in the division. Raven’s also lost to the Bengals, who are not that great of a team. Jets and Ravens are pretty close but I would give the edge to the Jets given their situations.

  75. FaulkAnA says: Oct 12, 2010 1:35 PM

    njhitman says:
    October 12, 2010 11:21 AM
    Whats the over/under that McCoy don’t make it through the game . I say he by half time he ask’s for a trade . What away to start off your NFL first start and maybe his last start playing Pittsburgh . Breaking News Colt family just setup his furnnal arrangement
    __________________________________
    I know, I know. This isn’t the place to rag on morons for their bad grammar. I know. But, WOW! I would feel neglectful if I didn’t intervene.
    Is that the way that you thought it up in your head, or is it the “getting it on paper” part that is the problem?
    I’m really curious. Were you happy about how that looked when you submitted it?
    Very interesting.
    I’m guessing that “furnnal arrangement” means that he wants to be cremated?
    Rather clever, actually.

  76. Philtration says: Oct 12, 2010 2:00 PM

    8. Chicago Bears (No. 12; 4-1): Reality eventually will catch up with this team. But there’s a good chance it won’t happen until the middle of January.
    ====================================
    I would much rather be the worst 4-1 team in the league than the best 2-3 team.
    By the way…. if the Bears are really that overrated, and they have already beaten the Packers, then what does that say about Green Bay?
    Which team is really the overrated one here?
    How much did you overrate the Cowboys coming into this season? The Bears beat them too.
    Which is it?
    Do you really know which teams are the best and which ones are just lucky?
    Power rankings are written by guys before the season starts who then they spend the next 4 months trying to put a spin the whole thing to show that their pre-season picks were really correct like this is some stupid BCS selection.
    The standings is all that matters.
    Real wins and loses.

  77. somesome says: Oct 12, 2010 2:10 PM

    njhitman says:
    October 12, 2010 11:21 AM
    Whats the over/under that McCoy don’t make it through the game . I say he by half time he ask’s for a trade . What away to start off your NFL first start and maybe his last start playing Pittsburgh . Breaking News Colt family just setup his furnnal arrangement
    ____________________ ______________
    I don’t know where to start. We all have typos, it is just a blog … but c’mon
    “I say he by half time he ask’s ”
    how do you get all this into half a sentence ….. ????
    “What away to start off your NFL first start and maybe his last start playing Pittsburgh.”
    … speechless

  78. peter pan says: Oct 12, 2010 2:16 PM

    Florio You pick every week against the Bears. You are not too smart or lucky, since they are 4 and 1, you have been right 20% of the time. I could pick better by flipping a coin and be far more accurate than you. It could ketch up to them in January , but will you still pick against them every week until then? Wake up- if they fix the O line, they are a good team.

  79. tango says: Oct 12, 2010 2:20 PM

    Raiders ranked that low ? Jets ranked #1. No frickin way

  80. WaltColeman says: Oct 12, 2010 3:18 PM

    Captan Check Down manages 5 Field Goals. LT is the one reason why they are playing better this year. Everything else is the same, except Revis is playing like Ellis Island…Open to any WR with a hope and a dream.
    Oh yeah…Mark can at least throw the slant sometimes, just not late in games when the throw goes flying.
    I would much prefer Rice, McClain and McGahee to Green, LT and Richardson.

  81. Mac-01 says: Oct 12, 2010 3:23 PM

    So the Ravens are #2 when they beat numbers 1 AND 3 at THEIR places? This poll is stupid. Ravens should be number 1.

  82. Nebster21 says: Oct 12, 2010 3:44 PM

    NFL enthusiast.
    So The Packers and Philly over the Redskins who beat them both?

  83. GiantsDefenseRules says: Oct 12, 2010 3:56 PM

    “The NFC stinks. Whoever represents the NFC in the Super Bowl will probably lose anyway.”
    @scra22
    True, That’s what everyone thought in 2008 when the Patriots went undefeated during the regular season! It only takes one game to break a streak.
    Also – Florio
    Thanks for putting the Giants above the Texans – I can see why the Bears are higher having the better record, but a 17-3 win is pretty one sided. Giants should be higher than Chicago. No higher than that….YET!

  84. Grulks says: Oct 12, 2010 4:02 PM

    For all the people yelling about the Jets being ranked over the Ravens, its not about one game between the two teams. I.e. this isn’t “how to playoff spots get determined between two teams”.
    The Jets have played consistently better since that game, than the Ravens have.
    The Ravens -almost- lost the Browns, needed to come from behind to beat the Steelers, and lost to a not very good Cincy team.
    The Jets have decisively set the tone for almost every game they’ve played.
    The sum is greater than the whole of the parts, as the saying goes.
    On an unrelated note, 20 is way to high for Dallas.
    I’m thoroughly disgusted with that football team right now. Few things are worse than watching the team you love, play like a junior varsity sheet show. (Florio/Greg, don’t you dare censor me for that, since you used that very same spelling in your “Tom Brady didnt know Moss was being” traded article). Inept does not even begin to describe this team.

  85. Gabrosin says: Oct 12, 2010 4:26 PM

    Don’t really care about who winds up on top of these arbitrary power rankings, but I do have to leave one comment.
    Steelers fan: “Yeah, we lost to the Ravens at home, but we’ve got Ben Roethlisberger back now, we could beat them if we played them again!”
    Jets fan: “Yeah, we lost to the Ravens at home, but we’ve got Santonio Holmes back now, we could beat them if we played them again!”
    Week 7, future Hall of Famer Ed Reed returns to the field for the Ravens. A team whose main criticism right now is a lack of turnovers forced by the defense will get back their top defensive playmaker. Ask Pittsburgh how much different a defense can be without its All-Pro safety.
    So don’t be so quick to assume that getting one of your stars back from suspension is going to make the difference in the next meeting. Baltimore’s not at full strength either… but they will be.

  86. permissions denied - eat me! says: Oct 12, 2010 4:34 PM

    Why can’t idiots spell!??!?!? Go back to freakin 3rd grade!!
    defenSe
    OffenSe
    DUH!!!!!!!

  87. Avrus says: Oct 12, 2010 4:48 PM

    @tritan306
    “When I say stomped I am referring to how the ravens dominated in every category in that game except one. ”
    ???
    Jets had more tackles, more sacks, more forced fumbles, an interception, 3/3 field goals and more net yards rushing.
    Face it, the reason the Ravens won was because of several bogus penalties. Ironically the same penalties the following week the Ravens were complaining about.
    Fair turnabout if you ask me.

  88. puppet601 says: Oct 12, 2010 5:48 PM

    Avrus says:
    October 12, 2010 4:48 PM
    @tritan306
    “When I say stomped I am referring to how the ravens dominated in every category in that game except one. ”
    ???
    Jets had more tackles, more sacks, more forced fumbles, an interception, 3/3 field goals and more net yards rushing.
    Face it, the reason the Ravens won was because of several bogus penalties. Ironically the same penalties the following week the Ravens were complaining about.
    Fair turnabout if you ask me.
    ……………………………………………………………………………
    lets see:
    1st downs- ravens 20 jets 6
    TOTAL yds- ravens 282 jets 176
    3rd down eff- ravens 57% jets 9%
    TOP – Ravens 38:32 jets 21:28
    DOMINATION. jets had 9 pts and more rushing yds due to a few mistakes by the ravens leading to great field position, YOU LOST AND YOU GOT EMBARRASED DEAL WITH IT as for these rankings? its a popularity contest who cares

  89. Beauregard says: Oct 13, 2010 1:09 AM

    It’s amazing how pathologically delusional the Charger fans are. “We’ll win the AFC West, then ramrod the Ravens, Steelers, Colts and Jets in the playoffs!” “We have Phillip by god Rivers!” and so on.
    Special teams alone will lose them 8 games this year.
    SD will come in third behind the Chiefs AND Raiders.
    Chargers rated 25th…BRRAAAHHAHAHAHAH!
    Such arrogance about pure suckyness.

  90. neckofturkey says: Oct 13, 2010 2:23 AM

    “Face it, the reason the Ravens won was because of several bogus penalties. Ironically the same penalties the following week the Ravens were complaining about.”
    Hahahhaah! More excuses! I love it. Revis dragging Mason to the ground. Bogus defensive holding. Cromartie getting beat and grabbing onto Boldin. Bogus!! What were there 5 or 6 “bogus” PI/holding penalties on the jets D in that game? Sucks to lose at home doesn’t it? Must have been a reason why. How about your team played with no discipline? Not that the calls were “bogus”.
    What was bogus (if I were a Jets fan) was Keller running out of bounds on 4th down before the 1st down marker to end the game. That’s just bogus!!
    You can’t even compare those PI/holding calls in the Jets game to the obviously bogus roughing the passer call on Suggs in the Bengals game. That’s just bogus.

  91. lowbudgetguy says: Oct 13, 2010 11:43 AM

    @FaulkAnA and somesome – thank you, thank you, thank you.
    It was so pathetic that I was going to comment, but you saved me the effort. His inability to express himself clearly might explain why his handle is “njhitman”, since if it’s true, the gun does the talking for him (or his targets would likely survive – oooohh, hope he doesn’t find out where the three of us live)

  92. puppet601 says: Oct 13, 2010 2:17 PM

    im curious…. the Cardinals ALMOST beat the steelers in the SB, so does that make them better than pitt that year? the colts ALMOST beat the saints last year in the SB, does that mean that the colts are the better team? Doesn’t make much sense when you apply the same principles to the JETS/RAVENS game either… the ravens won, in NY, in front of the entire nation on ESPN….yet the jets are the better team still…….hmmmm

  93. OntBoltFan says: Oct 13, 2010 4:38 PM

    Every time I see this column I think this is last weeks’s old ratings. We are now in week 6, so why not call it the week 6 ratings instead?
    You overreact to each week worse then the oddsmakers. The NYG destroyed the bears and are ranked below them. Same for SD who destroyed ARI.
    CIN made a stupid coaching decision or they would have won by 7 and now they are 8 spots below the team that beat them. Please.

  94. EspnHatesRaiders says: Oct 13, 2010 6:05 PM

    You and ESPN must sit around thinking what can we say to make the raiders look bad…
    Just like last week on primetime they quickly showed the raisers beating up on the chargers and tom jackson quote was “UGHHH THIS IS SUCH A SHAME” He puts his head in the palm of his hands and trent dilfer rubs his back! Thats a true strory!
    PFT really hates the raiders they are all steeler fans so they cant get the beatin out of their heads from what The Bruce did to them last year..
    You put the rams and chargers ahead of the raiders on your flawed list..
    Raiders beat both teams

  95. Tom Bradys hair says: Oct 14, 2010 6:46 PM

    I think jenn sterger should be number 1

  96. ChicagoJo says: Oct 14, 2010 6:52 PM

    You guys are morons. I’m a Bears fan and I can’t in good conscious rank them ahead of the Giants.
    And why rank the Saints so high? Because they won the superbowel LAST YEAR? They are also the most flip flopping team in the NFL, literally going from first to worst to first to next to worst to first in their division. They lost to the cardinals. To quote Al Bundy “it’s a very important game. If you lose to the Cardinals they kick you out of the league”
    The Redskins and Giants should in all fairness be ranked ahead of their division rivals.
    I guess head to head wins don’t show who the better team is like they used to.

  97. nicalooch76 says: Oct 14, 2010 9:14 PM

    There it is. You heard it Bucs, beat the saint’s and you’ll be respected by MIKE FLORIO. You don’t realize what this should mean to you!
    bahahahahahaha…

  98. BigBear123 says: Oct 14, 2010 10:15 PM

    Richm2257 says: October 12, 2010 11:48 AM
    argos says:
    Is your definition of “power” to mean wins? r
    Vikings almost beat the Jets and Miami. Do you really think the Bears are better?
    ——————– ——————– ——–
    Bears are only going to get better. Vikings continue to implode.
    Packers, well, they’re dropping like Brett Favres popularity ratings.

  99. Scheer1852 says: Oct 15, 2010 12:02 AM

    WaltColeman says:
    October 12, 2010 3:18 PM
    I would much prefer Rice, McClain and McGahee to Green, LT and Richardson.
    —————————————————————————
    I agree 100%. The reason why the Jets running game is still better than the ravens though, is because the Jets O-Line is a much better unit than the ravens o-line is.
    And for you to call Sanchez captain checkdown? Well I dont know about that, you must not have watched any Jets games since week 1. Sanchez has been playing much smarter and playing better football than Flacco since week 1.

  100. Route36West says: Oct 15, 2010 7:38 AM

    You got the Eagles at 15 I think they are better then that but they do deserve to be ranked there. At least until they can get there qb, offensive line, and injury situations figured out.

  101. PatMatson says: Oct 15, 2010 7:47 AM

    bigbiz7 says:
    October 12, 2010 11:19 AM
    Awesome to see the bungles at #26. I haven’t seen their fans on here since the preseason. All I heard was that they would run the table in the division and Pittsburgh would finish last in division. Haven’t heard a peep out of them since. It always will come down to Pgh and B-more. Best rivalry in the game. Looking forward to Dec. 5th with Ben back. Should be a great one…
    Puhleeze! Cue back to 2009 and we heard the same attitude from the ‘Burgh and Ravens fans. It’s the AFC North. I did thoroughly enjoy the stomping last year. This year….bleh.
    @Kravon: Looks like us Cincy fans know the product wasn’t as advertised this year. VP my @ss, more like the Queen of the AFC North.

  102. acers says: Oct 15, 2010 5:26 PM

    The bears are simply terrible…..wait till they play the vikes twice…..reality in bear land, as usual, will happen.

  103. footballrulz says: Oct 15, 2010 5:40 PM

    permissions denied – eat me! says:
    October 12, 2010 4:34 PM
    Why can’t idiots spell!??!?!? Go back to freakin 3rd grade!!
    defenSe
    OffenSe
    DUH!!!!!!!
    ___________________________________
    Dude–you see, this internet thing goes world wide. The www in front of the internet sites you visit means “world wide web”.
    Yes, in the US offense & defense are spelled with an S. However, in some other countries (Canada, England) the words are properly spelled with a C. I think it’s called the Queen’s (no, not the Vikings, but that lady in Brittain) English.

  104. BigBear123 says: Oct 15, 2010 8:34 PM

    Saints and Giants should be swapped around.
    Bears are about right, see Falcons description.

  105. oh the usual says: Oct 17, 2010 1:52 AM

    Raiders and Chargers both seem a bit low. The Chargers have a rough ST, and played sloppy against the Raiders. But watching that game…they will be in form soon. Raiders had a huge win in that game. They are improving. Defense is shaky though.
    Most dangerous teams, I think, are Titans and Giants. They’re ranked around where they should be…but these teams can beat anyone (any of those top 5-10′s included) on their good weeks. Get them in the playoffs, and I’d be nervous to play em.

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