Week 4 of the 2009 NFL regular season has come and gone which means it’s time for another edition of my NFL power rankings. These power rankings are for week 5 of the season.
Trying something new this week as I’m doing my NFL power rankings ahead of my Zac’s Backs NFL picks article. Just as I did last week, I will be responding to some comments I received regarding last week’s NFL power rankings article.
NickNFLexpert said “I rank Denver behind Jacksonville at number 19.” Well, Nick, Denver is now 4-0. Do us all a favor and never, ever, ever rank college football teams for a living. Notre Dame will be in the BCS every year.
TJ said “No one gives the ravens respect still. 2nd in the league in Offense 2nd in D.. I’m surprised you kiss a… writes still don’t have Pitt 2nd” and Donald, a friend of mine from back in the day and a die-hard Ravens fan, said “Zac where is the love for my ravens. they are for real this year we got a off. and the D is going to pick it up just like the always do.”
Fellas, I ranked the Ravens fourth in the NFL last week. I don’t see that being disrespectful. What will you think of their ranking this week now that the Ravens are no longer undefeated?
With that, it’s time to anger more readers with my week 5 NFL power rankings.
32. Cleveland (0-4): The Browns played well enough to get back into the top 32 in my NFL power rankings. Cleveland actually played better than other 0-4 teams. Still, the Browns really should have won the game against the Bengals. For this reason, the Browns remain last in these NFL power rankings.
31. St. Louis (0-4): Wow the Rams are terrible. I’m a believer in the 49ers this season but being blown out by San Francisco 35-0? Terrible.
30. Tampa Bay (0-4): Losing to the Redskins is embarrassing for any team in 2009. The Bucs deserve to be in the bottom three of any NFL power rankings right now.
29. Kansas City (0-4): Yeah, they were playing against the New York Giants this previous Sunday. Still, the Chiefs must have one of the worst offensive lines in the past few years. The unit is almost as bad as the one in Cleveland.
28. Carolina (0-3): Boy did the Panthers need the bye week.
27. Tennessee (0-4): It’s time to stop saying the Titans are the best winless team in the NFL. Tennessee is a bad football team, possibly worthy of a lower seed in my NFL power rankings.
26. Oakland (1-3): Another terrible AFC West team that is going to get absolutely ca-rushed by the New York Giants. Oh yeah, the team’s head coach might get arrested, too. Fail.
25. Detroit (1-3): Hey, Lions fans. Things could be worse. At least you’re not in the cellar of NFL power rankings this week.
24. Buffalo (1-3): The Bills were dominated by the Dolphins on Sunday. I almost put them at 27 in my NFL power rankings this week.
23. Seattle (1-3): I think I’m ready to admit I was wrong about the Seahawks a month ago. Another mess of an NFL franchise.
22. Miami (1-3): The Dolphins got their first win in a big way on Sunday. I don’t think they’ll be higher than this next week, though, as they face the Jets on Monday night.
21. Arizona (1-2): The Cardinals have an opportunity to turn their season around with games against the Texans and Seahawks coming up.
20. Washington (2-2): The Redskins get Carolina this week. Can Washington actually get above .500?
19. Houston (2-2): The Texans destroyed the Raiders. That doesn’t impress me enough to put them any higher in my NFL power rankings.
18. Dallas (2-2): The Cowboys face Kansas City this Sunday. That should move Dallas up in next week’s NFL power rankings.
17. Jacksonville (2-2): Normally, beating Tennessee by 20 would be a bigger deal. Not this season. With Seattle, St. Louis and Tennessee once more ahead for the Jags, Jacksonville could move way up in these NFL power rankings in the next month.
16. Green Bay (2-2): If you’re honest with yourself, you’d know that the Packers should be 1-3.
15. Philadelphia (2-1): McNabb returns just in time to beat up on the lowly Bucs.
14. San Diego (2-2): The Super Chargers have an extra week to think about the Monday night match-up against Denver. A huge divisional game near the midway point of the 2009 NFL regular season.
13. Atlanta (2-1): Speaking of big games, the Falcons face off against the 49ers this week. That game will have a major impact on all NFL power rankings.
12. Pittsburgh (2-2): I’m not fully sold on the Steelers this season but they do have some easy games ahead. That should move Pittsburgh up in my NFL power rankings the next couple of weeks.
11. Cincinnati (3-1): The Bengals should have lost to the lowly Browns last Sunday. Cincy should also be 4-0.
10. Chicago (3-1): Beating up the Lions doesn’t get the Bears higher than the ten spot in these NFL power rankings. The Bears get a week break before going against the Falcons.
9. San Francisco (3-1): The 49ers are a decent football team. Beating the Falcons this week would move San Francisco higher up in these NFL power rankings.
8. New York Jets (3-1): Mark Sanchez finally looking like a rookie quarterback moves the Jets down to the eight spot in my NFL power rankings. I don’t see the Jets moving out of the top ten soon, though.
7. Baltimore (3-1): The Ravens are another team that moves down in the NFL power rankings simply for losing to a good football team. Make no mistake about it, though. Baltimore is the real deal.
6. New England (3-1): Don’t look now but the Patriots are 3-1. If the Patriots defeat the Broncos in Denver this coming Monday, they could move to the top three in these NFL power rankings.
5. Denver (4-0): The worst undefeated team in the NFL? Doesn’t matter. Until Denver loses a game, expect to see the Broncos in the top five of my NFL power rankings.
4. Minnesota (4-0): Text message from my friend Scotty, a die-hard Minnesota fan. “If you put Minn ahead of Denver in your power rankings I’m going to hit you.” Sorry, Scotty, but I’ve got to put the Vikings fourth after a nice win against the Packers on Monday night. Be gentle.
3. Indianapolis (4-0): Peyton Manning is on another planet right now and the Colts play the winless Titans this week. Could Indianapolis be in the top two in my NFL power rankings next week?
2. New York Giants (4-0): The Eli Manning injury does worry me a bit. Still, I have to put the Giants above all but one team in the NFL power rankings this week.
1. New Orleans Saints (4-0): Beating the then undefeated New York Jets makes the Saints the undisputed number one team in the NFL. If the Giants win as they should this coming Sunday, the Giants-Saints match-up on October 18 could be epic.
That’s all for my NFL power rankings for this week. Be sure to check out last week’s edition to see where your favorite team moved.