Then there were two: Unbeaten Giants and Titans top rankings

  • By Vic Carucci
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This is how the NFL's 32 teams stack up after Week 5:

In the hunt
Teams that look good enough to be among the 12 playoff qualifiers, but not based on conference.
Rank Team Record Prv. Comment
1. New York Giants 4-0 1 The resounding win over Seattle made a resounding statement: A repeat is realistic.
2. Tennessee Titans 5-0 2 After barely escaping Baltimore with a win, the Titans get a well-deserved rest.
3. Washington Redskins 4-1 4 With back-to-back NFC East wins, the Redskins beg to be taken seriously as a contender. No team matches their efficiency or grit.
4. Dallas Cowboys 4-1 5 You knew they'd find those lost running plays … and they'd better be ready to use them again in Arizona.
5. Carolina Panthers 4-1 6 Being good means winning the games you're supposed to win, but the task gets tougher vs. the Bucs.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers 4-1 8 Finding a way to overcome their injuries in Jacksonville was impressive.
7. Denver Broncos 4-1 9 Finally, the Broncos showed they can play a little defense, too.
8. Buffalo Bills 4-1 3 Losing Trent Edwards to a concussion cost them dearly, but it doesn't explain the horrendous performance by the Bills' defense or offensive line vs. the Cards.
9. New England Patriots 3-1 -- Maybe this Matt Cassel guy isn't so bad after all?
10. Atlanta Falcons 3-2 -- Matt Ryan is growing up in a hurry.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-2 11 These guys had better figure out their quarterback situation -- and fast.
12. Chicago Bears 3-2 -- These guys look to have finally figured out their quarterback situation.
The rest
Teams listed alphabetically
Middle of the pack Need work Week 6 games
Arizona Cardinals (3-2) Cincinnati Bengals (0-5) Chicago at Atlanta
Baltimore Ravens (2-2) Cleveland Browns (1-3) Miami at Houston
Green Bay Packers (2-3) Detroit Lions (0-4) Baltimore at Indianapolis
Indianapolis Colts (2-2) Houston Texans (0-4) Detroit at Minnesota
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3) Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) Oakland at New Orleans
Miami Dolphins (2-2) Minnesota Vikings (2-3) Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets
New Orleans Saints (2-3) Oakland Raiders (1-3) Carolina at Tampa Bay
New York Jets (2-2) St. Louis Rams (0-4) St. Louis at Washington
Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) San Francisco 49ers (2-3) Jacksonville at Denver
San Diego Chargers (2-3) Seattle Seahawks (1-3) Dallas at Arizona
    Philadelphia at San Francisco
    Green Bay at Seattle
    New England at San Diego
    N.Y. Giants at Cleveland

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