The Cleveland Browns are in first place, Manning-Romo produced nearly 1,000 passing yards and Geno pizza-rolled the Atlanta Falcons to another loss. ...
What a Week 5. Talk about making the Power Rankings a bit difficult to put together.
You're right, Josh. Ranking the teams this week felt like pouring out a bucket of Halloween treats and getting 80 percent candy corn and Tootsie rolls. We're also at that point in the season when we have to sometimes ignore head-to-head records. Yes, the Bills beat the Ravens, but Buffalo sits underneath Baltimore, thanks to EJ Manuel's LCL sprain. The Chargers took down Dallas, yet they just played poorly in Oakland and have a far worse point differential than the Cowboys. And the Cardinals bested the Lions, but given how important the quarterback position is in today's NFL, Carson Palmer's subpar play this season can't be ignored.
So with that, we present this week's Power Rankings. Per the usual, feel free to share your thoughts ... @Harrison_NFL is the place.
Let the dissension commence.
The under-tweeted part of the story was the tremendous effort made to intercept that ball by Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan, who read Romo's eyes and made an incredibly athletic play to get in front of the tight end -- and catch the football. How often do we see defenders get position, only to drop the ball? Not this time; Trevathan secured another win for the best team in the world.
*These* Chiefs, however, have been playing solid defense in this young season, and -- unlike the team from 2003, which leaned on the always-underrated Trent Green -- don't rely on their quarterback to put up 30 points. It's a good thing, too, as Alex Smith didn't look so hot in Tennessee. Call Sunday's victory over the Titans a team win that further solidified the reality that Kansas City can go from 2-14 in 2012 to the postseason in 2013. </content:power-ranking>
Am I crazy? I'll take your thoughts @Harrison_NFL. It's becoming tough to say Luck doesn't have a big enough body of work yet.
While the Seahawks clearly are fallible, the thinking here is that they'll still go 13-3 or 12-4. It will be tough for any team to overtake Seattle in the race for home-field advantage in the NFC, especially if the 12th Man makes life miserable for the Saints in what's looking like the best game on the 2013 schedule: Dec. 2, New Orleans at Seattle on "Monday Night Football." #awesome
A bright spot from Sunday's loss to the Saints has to be Alshon Jeffery, who posted what amounts to easily the best performance of his career with 218 yards receiving and a touchdown (of course, I chose to drop him from my fantasy team last week).
While the offensive line has been a point of contention -- and for good reason -- Ryan Tannehill certainly could help the cause by showing more pocket awareness. Sometimes merely shuffling forward or backward, or sidestepping, makes all the difference in the world. For an example of this, look no further than Dolphins legend Dan Marino, who was the best at it, even with his surgically repaired Achilles/knees ... not to mention all those times he was weighed down by a pair of Isotoner gloves.
Maybe it's not time for the Texans to go with T.J. Yates yet. But I'll tell you what: Schaub doesn't look the least bit confident out there.
The biggest surprise in the defeat to the Raiders was how poorly the defense performed in the first half -- San Diego can't do that against Andrew Luck.
Actually, we'll have to put our puns back in the shed -- the Tuel shed? -- for now, as Thad Lewis, who had been on the Bills' practice squad, will start in Week 6. Look out, NFL; you're officially on notice.
We certainly don't root for coaches to be dismissed. Yet, the club's maddening inconsistency -- like being completely thwarted by the Cardinals' defense Sunday -- has to be tough for the head of the organization to stomach. We opined that last week was a terrible time for the Panthers to go on a bye. Uh, looks like it pretty much was.
Many believe Freeman is more talented than Christian Ponder. Moreover, while backup quarterback Matt Cassel led Minnesota to its only win of the season thus far, he is what he is at this point -- which basically is why he was available for the Vikings to sign this spring. So why not take a flier on Freeman?
No matter what, it just doesn't feel like an NFL season when the Steelers suck this bad.
Their biggest issues are clear. The secondary is blowing coverages. Overall, the defense has given up the most points (182) through five games since the 1961 Raiders (who were terrible). Meanwhile, Eli Manning is on pace to throw 38 interceptions. The Giants definitely aren't this bad; still, swagger is at an all-time low at MetLife.
"As a season ticket holder the Jags are doing great. I give my tickets to my customers which are fans of the opposing team and usually I have happy customers." -- George, Jacksonville
You have to hand it to that guy, who has found a way to deal with Gabbertmania in a positive way. My colleague, Marc Sessler, isn't quite as positive.