Solidification draws nearer as the moving and shaking ramps down.
That's the story after Week 5, as it always seems to be. Now is the time of the season when we get a lucid read on where teams stack up, where they deserve to be and where they might finish. We see some teams putting together a couple of sterling performances or poor showings in a row. We see the suspected good teams handling the weaker clubs. And we see your friendly writer doing some legit prognosticating after a futile effort the previous week.
Yeah, he is. As you can see below, there's a new numero uno. As for the rest of the NFL totem pole, have a gander. Your Power Rankings take is always appreciated: @HarrisonNFL is the place.
Now, let the dissension commence!
So what about Carson Palmer? Tell you what: Nerve damage is a tricky deal. He could be gone another week; he could be gone another month. It will be tough to keep this team in the top 10 if Thomas has to start.
People hissed at the No. 18 ranking last week. We gave the Pats a solid surge here for wasting last week's top team, but No. 11 is as far as we go. New England had failed to impress in any game this season before Sunday night, and was finding the going rough when there was no Matt Cassel around to gift-wrap four interceptions. All that said, what an impressive win. The Pats shut out Cincinnati on third down (0-for-7) and put up over two bills on the ground. Next up: at Buffalo, with first place in the AFC East on the line.
Manning last season + first two games of this season: 57.9 percent completion rate, 21 TD, 31 INT, 69.4 passer rating.
Manning's last three games: 70.1 percent completion rate, 8 TD, 1 INT, 115.2 passer rating.
I will never understand playing injured stars. It's medieval. And in more cases than not, it doesn't work. Moreover, resting them gives other players an opportunity to do something besides catch footballs from the JUGS machine. Just a thought.