This is how the NFL's 32 teams stack up after Week 5:
IN THE HUNT
(Teams, listed with record and previous week's ranking, that look good enough to be among the 12 playoff qualifiers but not based on conference)
1. New England (5-0; 1): The schedule finally gives the Pats the chance to quiet skeptics who say they haven't beaten anybody.
|Darron Cummings / Associated Press|
|The Colts will only get better when injured players like Joseph Addai return to the lineup.|
2. Indianapolis (5-0; 2): How much stronger will this team be with an extra week for injured stars to heal?
3. Pittsburgh (4-1; 5): See the Colts' comment above.
4. Dallas (5-0; 3): Wade Phillips got an early Christmas gift from a former employer.
5. Green Bay (4-1; 4): It doesn't get any easier with the Redskins coming to town.
6. Tennessee (3-1; 6): The Titans need to win because of Vince Young, not in spite of him.
7. Jacksonville (3-1; 10): David Garrard seems to be settling in as a starter.
8. Washington (3-1; 11): The pieces just might be starting to fall into place.
9. Arizona (3-2; unranked): Now let's see what Kurt Warner can do as a starter.
10. Seattle (3-2; 8): The Seahawks have a chance to get well in a hurry.
11. Tampa Bay (3-2; 9): Running out of running backs.
12. Detroit (3-2; 7): Two blowout losses in three weeks make it very hard to believe in these guys.
MIDDLE OF THE PACK
Atlanta Falcons (1-4)
Buffalo Bills (1-4)
Cincinnati Bengals (1-3)
Cleveland Browns (2-3)
Denver Broncos (2-3)
Miami Dolphins (0-5)
Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
New Orleans Saints (0-4)
New York Jets (1-4)
Philadelphia Eagles (1-3)
St. Louis Rams (0-5)
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