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The CHARGED Elite: Week Five

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

There is more clarity this week as the top teams solidify their positions and others fall back.

The CHARGED Elite: Week Five

What happened to week four of the power rankings?  They mysteriously vanished into the ether, never to be seen again.  But don't fret, we tracked down the rankings for week five, and they are doing just fine.

Week five of the NFL was pretty cool.  The real refs made some more dubious calls (leading me to believe that some of them are replacement refs in disguise, sort of like Transformers for NFL referees).  Another unbeaten team fell, leaving just Houston and Atlanta left.  Teams are again starting to get muddled in the middle of the pack, but in the efforts of saving us all some valuable time, I will try and keep my comments to just one sentence per team.  Let's          

1. Houston Texans (5-0, Last Week: 1) - They were lucky to escape MetLife with a win, and they are going to miss Brian Cushing on defense, but this team has been dynamic on offense thus far.

2. Atlanta Falcons (5-0, Last Week: 2) - The Falcons are really rounding into form on both sides of the ball, especially behind Matt Ryan and his MVP start.

3. San Francisco 49ers (4-1, Last Week: 3) - Speaking of offense and defense, the 49ers have looked like world beaters on both sides of the ball ever since that loss to Minnesota.

4. Baltimore Ravens (4-1, Last Week: 5) - Baltimore wins ugly more than any team I can remember, but a win is a win.  

5. New England Patriots (3-2, Last Week: 8) - They can pass, they can run, and they should scare every defensive coordinator straight with their multi-faceted attack.

6. Chicago Bears (4-1, Last Week: 9) - The Bears might have the best defense in the NFC, and they also might have the best receiver in the NFC with Brandon Marshall.

7. New York Giants (3-2, Last Week: 12) - A different guy has stepped up for the Giants each week, but the one constant has always been Eli Manning. 

8. Arizona Cardinals (4-1, Last Week: 4) - The Cardinals have to figure out a way to protect Kevin Kolb more effectively, because their stingy defense certainly can't do both.

9. Minnesota Vikings (4-1, Last Week: 14) - I'm all in on the Vikings now, especially with the growth Christian Ponder has shown and a healthy Adrian Peterson running behind him.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2, Last Week: 7) - If Michael Vick wasn't so turnover prone, this team might be unbeaten.

11. Seattle Seahawks (3-2, Last Week: 13) - Some chinks in the armor are showing for Seattle, but they still possess one of the toughest defenses in the league.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2, Last Week: 17) - As long as Ben Roethlisberger is under center and the game is within reach, Pittsburgh has a chance to win.

13. San Diego Chargers (3-2, Last Week: 10) - They may have lost to the Saints, but Ryan Mathews finally looked comfortable, and that's a big development for this offense.

14. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2, Last Week: 11) - Miami has a tough defense, but Cincinnati has to a better job against teams like that if they want to make the leap in the AFC North.

15. St. Louis Rams (3-2, Last Week: 18) - The Rams are proving that the NFC West is certainly no joke, and Jeff Fischer has his team playing hard.

16. Green Bay Packers (2-3, Last Week: 6) - There is no way the Packers should be letting Indianapolis back into that game, and as a result the Packers find themselves in a pretty sizable hole.

17. Dallas Cowboys (2-2, Last Week: 16) - Hopefully the bye week did Tony Romo some good.

18. Denver Broncos (2-3, Last Week: 15) - Peyton Manning is returning to form, but costly turnovers and a roughed up defense are setting this team back.

19. Washington Redskins (2-3, Last Week: 19) - RGIII has to be careful outside the pocket; the Redskins couldn't afford to lose him.

20. Indianapolis Colts (2-2, Last Week: 30) - What a great win by an inspired Colts team for their ailing head coach, Chuck Pagano.

21. Miami Dolphins (2-3, Last Week: 27) - Miami has been sneaky tough this season, and Ryan Tannehill has come along much better than I thought he would.

22. New York Jets (2-3, Last Week: 21) - Credit New York for almost pulling out a win on Monday night, but this team is in an uphill fight the rest of the year.

23. Buffalo Bills (2-3, Last Week: 20) - So much has gone wrong in Buffalo that it's really hard to pinpoint anything specific.

24. Carolina Panthers (1-4, Last Week: 22) - Another week, another tough loss for sad Cam Newton and the Panthers.

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3, Last Week: 23) - Bye week, and hopefully a week put to good use for the Bucs.

26. Detroit Lions (1-3, Last Week: 24) - Bye week, and just like with Tony Romo, hopefully Matt Stafford had a nice week off.

27. New Orleans Saints (1-4, Last Week: 31) - No winless season in New Orleans, and Drew Brees passed Johnny Unitas for consecutive games with a touchdown.

28. Kansas City Chiefs  (1-4, Last Week: 25) - Jamaal Charles can't do it all by himself!   

29. Tennessee Titans (1-4, Last Week: 26) - Chris Johnson pulls you back in with one strong game, then reverts back to the new Chris Johnson.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4, Last Week: 28) - Hopefully for Jacksonville, Blaine Gabbert starts showing some tangible development over the rest of the season.

31. Oakland Raiders (1-3, Last Week: 29) - Oakland better have prepared for Denver's passing game during the bye week.      

32. Cleveland Browns (0-5, Last Week: 32) - Trent Richardson is a star, and he really deserves better than this team right now.

Agree?  Disagree?  Let us know what you think in the comments section.

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