Wednesday, October 7, 2009

LRN Power Rankings: Week 5

A more than exciting NFL week 4 in the books. Brett Favre squared off against the Packers. The Patriots showed up the previously undefeated Ravens. Finally, the Saints put their defense on display and showed up Rex Ryan. In the books, let's get after the LynchyRightNow Power Rankings:

1. New Orleans Saints (3) Mark Sanchez looked like a rookie should look this weekend (0 TD's, 3 INT's), we have Saints defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, to thank for that.

2. Baltimore Ravens (1) The Ravens made countless offensive mistakes in Foxborough, still they had an opportunity to escape with a win in the final seconds.

3. Minnesota Vikings (4) I've come to the conclusion that The Metrodome may present one of the biggest home field advantages in all of Football. Just ask Aaron Rodgers if you don't believe me.

4. Indianapolis Colts (6) Quietly 4-0 with Peyton Manning throwing over 300 yards in each of the first four games. No Marvin Harrison, no Anthony Gonzalez, clearly no problem.

5. New York Giants (5) Ho hum, another victory. The Giants four victories have come against teams with a combined record of 4-12 and they welcome Oakland to The Meadowlands this weekend.

6. New York Jets (2) I'm not sure where to go with the acquisition of Braylon Edwards, I'll sleep on it. Back-2-back division games on the horizon should test the J-E-T-S.

7. New England Patriots (9) For two consecutive weeks the Patriot defense made superstars in waiting, Matt Ryan & Joe Flacco look extremely average. Now can they do it on the road.

8. San Francisco 49ers (8) You don't move up the charts by pasting 35 on the board against the lowly Rams. Beat Atlanta convincingly, and we'll talk.

9. Cincinnati Bengals (7) Any questions remaining about the 3-1 Bengals should be answered this week as they travel to Baltimore.

10. Denver Broncos (16) The most surprising 4-0 start, hands down. Expect the road to get real tough with New England, San Diego, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh over the next five weeks.

11. Atlanta Falcons (10) The Falcons had a very tough time stopping Fred Taylor in New England, things don't let up in San Francisco.

12. Chicago Bears (13) 12 carries for 121 yards, for all of you counting at home that's 10+ yards a carry. If the Bears get this Matt Forte it won't matter what Jay Cutler is doing under center.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers (14) Like the Bears, the Steelers may have found their ground game this week. Rashard Mendenhall's 29 carries for 165 yards, now that's Steeler football.

14. Green Bay Packers (15) Circle it Aaron Rodgers, November 1st. When the Vikes and Brett come to Wisconsin, you get take two.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (11) Donovan will be back this week, Mike Vick is eligible. Now let the games begin.

16. San Diego Chargers (14) Norv & Phil better be keeping an eye on those Broncos, they'll be no miracle comeback against that defense this season. Don't get too far back.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars (24) You got me world, I have no idea what I'm talking about. Two convincing must wins against Houston & Tennessee, that's how you turn around a slow jump.

18. Dallas Cowboys (12) Fire Wade Phillips, dismiss Jason Garrett, and put TR on warning. Think I'm overreacting? You try cheering for the Cowboys in a 17-10 loss to Josh McDaniels and the Denver Broncos.

19. Houston Texans (19) I don't get excited over victories against the Oakland Raiders, no seriously not excited one bit. Win in the desert and we'll talk.

20. Arizona Cardinals (20) I'm pulling it together. Better it get it done this week, on the road in Seattle and The Meadowlands over the next two weeks is no easy task.

21. Miami Dolphins (25) Impressive rebound (38-10 v. Buffalo). Jets this week, then a bye. However, the Saints, Jets, and Patriots after the bye, not good.

22. Carolina Panthers (22) Nothing cures an 0-3 start like the Redskins, Bucs, and Bills after a bye. Expect Carolina to get something back over the next month.

23. Seattle Seahawks (23) Seneca Wallace has to be a bright spot with Seattle. In relief of an injured Hasselbeck, the Seahawks backup 33 of 45 with 257 yards passing and zero interceptions.

24. Tennessee Titans (18) Nothing cures an 0-4 start like the Colts and Patriots, before a bye week. (sarcasm) Hello 0-6.

25. Buffalo Bills (20) Just so we're clear, the seven teams after the Bills are just really, really bad.

26. Washington Redskins (27) I won't carry on with their schedule, I'll just let you go look it up. If I called for the firing of Wade Phillips, Jim Zorn your next.

27. Detroit Lions (26) If Daunte Culpepper is running an offense in the NFL, expect more of 2008 Lions fans. Matthew Stafford was the brightest light in Detroit. (That wasn't attached to a siren)

28. Oakland Raiders (28) Their head coach could be arrested within a week. Welcome to Oakland.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (29) Oh, the genius of Scott Pioli.

30. Cleveland Browns (31) I hope this works out for Cleveland, if not Eric Mangini has already traded Kellen Winslow, Braylon Edwards, passed on Mark Sanchez, and benched Brady Quinn. However, their four losses have come against 4 of my top 10 teams.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30) I'm not kidding, who is this team going to beat?

32. St. Louis Rams (32) Outscored 108-24 in four games. It wont' get any better, trust me.

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