Week 5 of the 2009 NFL regular season has come to a close which means it’s time for another installment of my power rankings. These power rankings are for week 6 of the football season.
As has quickly become the tradition in my NFL power rankings, it’s once again time for the “I told you so” segment of the article. Since week 1, I’ve been chastised by numerous NFL “experts” for ranking the Denver Broncos too, too high. How could I possibly rank the Broncos ahead of the beloved New England Patriots? The dominant San Francisco 49ers? The phenomenal Atlanta Falcons? The awesome Philadelphia Eagles?
Wait. The Denver Broncos are now 5-0? Well look at that…
Last week, somebody told me “When we get halfway through the season your list will be completely different.” Well, duh. This is the NFL, friends. One thing that makes the league so great is that power rankings change on a weekly basis.
By the way, if you don’t have the Denver Broncos in the top five of your NFL power rankings going into week 6, they’re automatically flawed. Just sayin’.
There are also still plenty of readers complaining about my ranking NFL teams via rankings. Again, this is not the BCS. In the NFL, a team’s overall record matters. It matters quite a bit. If it didn’t, the New York Giants wouldn’t be in your top five. They’ve defeated the Redskins, Cowboys, Bucs, Chiefs and Raiders. Not impressive one bit.
How can I anger readers with my week 6 NFL power rankings? By giving the Cincinnati Bengals the love they truly deserve.
32. St. Louis (0-5): Would you pay to watch the Rams if Rush Limbaugh owned the team? They get the Lions on November 1. Might be a win for St. Louis. Maybe.
31. Tampa Bay (0-5): I can’t be the only fan waiting for the Josh Freeman era. Yeah, that’s gonna bring the Bucs surging up these NFL power rankings.
30. Kansas City (0-5): Boy, did the Chiefs let me down by not knocking off the Cowboys in Kansas City this past Sunday. Since Kansas City almost won, I came close to ranking them at 29 in this week’s NFL power rankings but I just couldn’t pull the trigger.
29. Tennessee (0-5): How bad did things get for the Titans on Sunday night? Vince Young played. Yes, that’s right. The Hall of Fame bound Vince Young.
T 28. Buffalo/Cleveland (1-4): Sure, the Oakland Raiders may very well be worse than either of these teams. The Bills and Browns earned the 28 spot in my NFL power rankings this week, however, by playing quite possibly the worst NFL game I’ve ever watched. The Browns even won the game and I’m still mad about what I saw. Neither team deserved a victory on Sunday. The UFL debut was far better than this garbage.
26. Oakland (1-4): I get the Raiders were facing off against the Giants. This is still a God awful football team. I kid you not when I say I’d start Charlie Frye over JaMarcus Russell. All seriousness.
25. Carolina (1-3): The Panthers beat the Redskins. In Carolina. Big deal. 86 yards on 32 carries is embarrassing.
24. Detroit (1-4): Keeping things close in Pittsburgh does not get the Lions a better spot in these NFL power rankings. Besides, it was more a case of the Steelers sleeping on the job. Like that hasn’t happened before this football season.
23. Washington (2-3): The Redskins are the same team we saw last NFL season. A poor/average one at best. Don’t expect Washington to climb too high in these NFL power rankings anytime soon.
22. Houston (2-2): I get it. I’m still in the minority. I’m just not a believer in the Houston Texans, yet. They prove me wrong and I’ll move them up in my NFL power rankings.
21. Jacksonville (2-3): 41-0. Proof at how much NFL power rankings truly are a week-by-week phenomenon.
20. Arizona (2-2): Escaping with a win against a team I don’t believe in at home won’t get you much respect in my NFL power rankings.
19. Green Bay (2-2): Much needed week off after the rough loss in Minnesota. They’ll be fine, Packers fans.
18. Seattle (2-3): Will Matt Hasselbeck be injured by the time I’ve finished typing this sentence? 41 points with Hasselbeck taking the snaps.
17. Miami (2-3): Is Chad Henne the real deal? They tore up an impressive defense in prime time on national television. That’s good enough to get them the 17 spot in these NFL power rankings.
16. San Diego (2-2): The Chargers have a huge chance to move up in these NFL power rankings if they defeat the undefeated Denver Broncos this coming Monday night.
15. Dallas (3-2): The worst three-win team in the NFL. Will the Cowboys get back into the top ten of these NFL power rankings again this season?
14. Pittsburgh (3-2): How are the Steelers 14 in my NFL power rankings? By not playing four full quarters in two straight weeks and losing to the Bears earlier in the season, that’s how.
13. San Francisco (3-2): Sorry, 49ers fans, but your team has had two chances to make it much higher in my NFL power rankings. They’ve gone 0-2 in both games.
12. Chicago (3-1): How seriously do you take the Bears? That question may be asked when they take on the Falcons this week.
11. Philadelphia (3-1): The Eagles beat up the Panthers, Chiefs and Bucs and they were crushed by their defense gave up 48 points against the Saints in Philadelphia. Why do people have this team so high in their NFL power rankings right now?
10. Baltimore (3-2): Good NFL teams have to go at least 1-1 against other good teams in remain higher up in these NFL power rankings.
9. New England (3-2): How are the Patriots beneath a team in these NFL power rankings that they defeated? Simple. Both Atlanta and New England faced off against a division leader. The Patriots didn’t win their game.
8. New York Jets (3-2): Starting to believe my doubts about the Jets. Don’t think they’ll get back into the top three of these NFL power rankings again.
7. Atlanta (3-1): An early bye may have caused you to forget about the Falcons. That 45-point performance against San Francisco was a quick reminder.
6. Cincinnati (4-1): One tipped pass away from being 5-0 and in the top five of my NFL power rankings. Much like the Broncos, yes, the Bengals are for real. At least they are right now.
5. Denver (5-0): Get comfortable in the top five of these NFL power rankings, Denver Broncos. You’ll be there a week from today (spoiler alert).
4. Minnesota (5-0): The Vikings won’t be in the top five of my NFL power rankings next week as the Ravens will break their two-game skid by defeating Hollywood Brett Favre and the Vikings.
3. Indianapolis (5-0): I can see why people have the Colts as number one in their NFL power rankings. I just don’t see it as much of an insult placing the Colts beneath the Giants and Saints. They have a bye this week so Indy will be ahead one of those teams a week from today.
2. New York Giants (5-0): I can’t place the Giants ahead of the Saints for beating the crap out of the Raiders. Being second in any NFL power rankings is nothing to be ashamed about.
1. New Orleans (4-0): The Saints had a bye. They don’t lose the top spot in my NFL power rankings simply for being idle. The number one spot in next week’s NFL power rankings will be determined by what could be an epic Giants-Saints contest this coming Sunday.
Be sure to check out my NFL power rankings for the previous week to see where your team shifted. As I’ve said numerous times before, there could be massive movement within one week.