Houston Texans Still No. 1 in Our Power Rankings
Outside of a second consecutive blowout delivered by the 49ers shaking things up, there wasn't much fluctuation in the Quality Stats Power Rankings in Week 5.
Only four squads moved more than three spots in either direction, and the Texans became the first team to rent out the top spot for longer than a week.
2. Atlanta Falcons (5-0) - The Falcons have five wins through five weeks. The rest of the NFC South combined? Three.
3. San Francisco 49ers (4-1) - The Niners have used consecutive blowouts to propel themselves from No. 16 to No. 3 in a two-week span. Alex Smith's stellar play has San Fran No. 1 in both Real Quarterback Rating and Offensive Passer Rating.
4. Chicago Bears (4-1) - Chicago's defense has been doing nasty things lately, forcing eight turnovers in two weeks. They've taken four interceptions back for scores in the last 120 minutes of football.
5. Minnesota Vikings (4-1) - Surprise, surprise. The Vikings are top-five in the Power Rankings and still tied with the Bears for the NFC North lead. The offense has put up at least 20 points in every game this season.
6. Baltimore Ravens (4-1) - Despite having now won three straight, the Ravens offense vanished in a 9-6 Week 5 win over the Chiefs and they dropped three spots in the rankings as a result.
7. New England Patriots (3-2) - Why should opponents fear the 3-2 Patriots? It looks as if they now have a rushing attack. New England is averaging 165.4 rushing yards per game and is tied for No. 1 in CHFF's Offensive Hog Index.
9. Green Bay Packers (2-3) - What's more surprising than seeing the Packers at 2-3? Finding them outside the top ten in all but one offensive Quality Stat, that's what.
10a. Denver Broncos (2-3) - The Broncos's tough schedule is beginning to put their season in doubt. Luckily, seven of the team's ten post-bye week opponents currently have a losing record.
10b. Arizona Cardinals (4-1) - The Cards are still setting pretty at 4-1 and tied atop the NFC West. That said, allowing 17 sacks over a two-game stretch is never a good sign. Neither is ranking 32nd in the Offensive Hog Index.
12. St. Louis Rams (3-2) - Things are starting to look up in St. Louis. The D was on display in the Rams 17-3 home win over the previously undefeated Cards in Week 5 and they're now 2-0 in against NFC West opponents.
13. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) - It's somewhat of a miracle that the Eagles are proud owners of a winning record after five games. Philly is No. 32 in Scoreability and has the most giveaways (14) in the NFC.
14. Miami Dolphins (2-3) - Miami is two overtime losses away from a 4-1 record and the rest of the schedule (includes the Colts, Jets, Titans, Bills (twice) and Jaguars) isn't so intimidating. Could the Fins be 2012's surprise playoff team?
15. Seattle Seahawks (3-2) - Finally, Seattle wins a much-needed road game and now remains in the NFC West hunt. The next four games (Patriots, 49ers, Lions and Vikings) should put their case for legitimacy to the test.
16. San Diego Chargers (3-2) - As usual, Norv Turner's squad is a puzzling bunch. They've demolished three teams with a combined 3-11 record, but allowing Drew Brees to set another passing record and deliver Saints fans their first win of the season couldn't have been an uplifting experience.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) - The No. 6 team in Real Quarterback Rating now has a healthy Rashard Mendenhall to repair the damage his absence did to the run game. Pittsburgh is still No. 31 in Rushing Yards per Attempt, despite Mendenhall averaging 5.8 YPC on Sunday.
18. Washington Redskins (2-3) - The Skins have dropped three of four and host the upstart Vikings in Week 6. After that, it's off to visit the defending Super Bowl champs with the Steelers to follow.
20. Dallas Cowboys (2-2) - Tony Romo hasn't had a passer rating higher than 75.1 in any game since Week 1, and the Cowboys are terribly inefficient (No. 31 in Scoreability and No. 28 in Bendability) on both sides of the ball.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) - Three consecutive one-possesion losses are tough to swallow, but the schedule offers reprieve. Four of next six opponents are one-win teams.
22. New Orleans Saints (1-4) - Drew Brees has 816 passing yards and seven TD's in his last two games and the Saints finally stopped the bleeding. Brees breaking Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a TD pass made the first win of 2012 even sweeter.
23. Detroit Lions (1-3) - The Lions desperately needed that bye week to heal their wounds, but four road games in five weeks doesn't sound too appetizing. Here's hoping they made some changes to a special teams' unit that allowed four touchdowns in two weeks.
24. Carolina Panthers (1-4) - Just like 2011, the Panthers are off to a 1-4 start. Only they're scoring less points (118 after five games in 2011 to 92 in 2012) and giving up (125 in 2011 to 132 in 2012) more.
25. Indianapolis Colts (2-2) - The Week 5 win over the Packers was huge, and it only gets better. Eight of Indy's next nine opponents currently have losing records.
26. New York Jets (2-3) - Tebowmania is going to eat Rex Ryan alive if the Jets don't right the ship soon. Sanchez has been awful, but the offensive game plans have been worse.
27. Buffalo Bills (2-3) - Buffalo slid ten spots in the rankings after apparently mistaking Week 5 as their bye week. The D allowed a whopping 621 yards of offense to the Niners in a 45-3 blowout.
28. Cleveland Browns (0-5) - The Browns were somehow able to maintain their status as the No. 32 team in Offensive Passer Rating, despite a semi-productive day from Brandon Weeden last week.
29. Oakland Raiders (1-3) - Oakland was idle in Week 5, yet moved up two spots. Will a date with the 5-0 Falcons in Week 6 send them right back down? Was that a rhetorical question?
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) - Not only are the Jaguars giving up 27.6 points per game, they own the lowest-scoring offense in the league.
31. Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) - Ah, free at last! The Chiefs move up from No. 32 after a two-week stay. Only they didn't move far.
32. Tennessee Titans (1-4) - Tennessee is allowing 36.5 PPG and hasn't held an opponent to under 30 points all year after doing so all but two games in 2011.
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