2012 NFL Power Rankings Week 5: Falcons Hovering Atop League
Week four finally saw some normalcy for the first time in this crazy 2012 season. Most of the top teams won and the stalemate at the top of the Power Rankings reflects that. Although I suspect that we have not seen the end of the insanity just yet.
1. Atlanta Falcons (Last Week Rank: 1, Trend: +0): The Falcons had a real scare put into them against Carolina, but pulled out a big division win. Who’s leading the NFL in QB Rating? If you said Matt Ryan you would be right!
2. Houston Texans (2, +0): The Texans may deserve the top spot. If I could I would put them at 1a, but I can’t. After the Jets, they have the Packers and Ravens on their schedule. If they can win all three they might find themselves on top.
3. Baltimore Ravens (3, +0): If it wasn’t for the week two hiccough against the Eagles, the Ravens would be, hands down, the best team in the AFC. And they are doing it on offense.
4. San Francisco 49ers (5, +1): The Niners needed a good rebound after losing to the Vikings. They did more than rebound as they dismantled the Jets.
5. Green Bay Packers (6, +1): Who would have thought that the Packers offense would be the reason they are “struggling”? The offense ranks 20th in points and yards. The defense is 9th in those same categories.
6. New England Patriots (7, +1): Didn’t we see this same Bills-Pats game late last season? Bills jump out to a big lead, then the Patriots just stomp them back into their place. Nice to see some things never change.
7. New York Giants (4, -3): I know everyone was high on the Giants coming into this season. They are the defending Champs, but they are looking like the up-and-down team that they were all of last regular season. And they are 0-2 in the NFC East.
8. Chicago Bears (9, +1): Did the Bears ever lay it on the Cowboys on Monday night? I’ve got one foot on the bandwagon; a few more outings like that and I’ll pull my other foot on.
9. San Diego Chargers (10, +1): The Chargers are only giving up 17.8 points per game. Philip Rivers was a turnover machine in 2011 and, although they are winning, he has thrown 4 interceptions in 4 games. That needs to stop if the Chargers are going to compete against the better teams.
10. Philadelphia Eagles (12, +2): The Eagles made it through a game without any turnovers. And they won. Consistency is an issue on offense, but the defense is giving up less than 300 yards per game.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (11, +0): The Steelers got an early bye week. After a horrible loss to the Raiders, they probably needed it.
12. Arizona Cardinals (15, +3): The undefeated season almost got derailed by the Dolphins, but almost wasn’t enough. The Cardinals are one of only three undefeated teams.
13. Seattle Seahawks (8, -5): I understand that Wilson has captured the hearts of Seattle fans and coaches, but in order to win the Seahawks might need 200 yards rushing from Lynch.
14. Denver Broncos (14, +0): There are no glaring holes in the Broncos game right now. But they are not excelling at anything either. They are a good football team. If Manning catches fire they could go on a good run.
15. Cincinnati Bengals (17, +2): What is the Bengals offense’s 3rd down conversion percentage? 27.7%. Not quite bad enough for worst in the NFL. Despite that, they are 8th in scoring and 10th in yards.
16. New York Jets (13, -3): Is it Tebow time yet???
17. Detroit Lions (16, -1): What a difference a year makes! The Lions high-flying offense is…well…average. And their special teams are only special in that short bus kind of way.
18. New Orleans Saints (20, +2): Either the Packers are not as good as we expected or the Saints finally started to put it together. Either way, the Saints are 0-4 and the defense has given up more yards than anyone else.
19. Carolina Panthers (21, +2): The Panthers gave the rival Falcons all they could handle. Learning how to win those types of games is what separates them from the better teams in the NFL.
20. Dallas Cowboys (19, -1): Maybe the Cowboys should trade for Tebow? I know Romo isn’t the only problem on the team, but how long can you ride with a guy that has proven he cannot take the next step?
21. Washington Redskins (24, +3): Another good day for RG3, and Morris running well against the Bucs D that had been stingy against the run resulted in another Redskins win. The defense (with key injuries) may be what keeps this team down this season.
22. Buffalo Bills (18, -4): The defense has given up 48, 35 and 52 points in their three losses. Pretty pathetic for a team that invested a boatload of money on the defensive side of the ball.
23. Minnesota Vikings (26, +3): I’m not sure that Sunday’s win was a result of a good Vikings team or a poor Lions one. Two special teams touchdowns and two field goals was all the scoring they had. But another win has the Vikings at 3-1.
24. Tennessee Titans (22, -2): It looks like Locker will miss at least a couple of games, and possibly more than that. Chris Johnson finally earned his money on Sunday. He’ll have to do more of the same if the Titans are going to put together some wins.
25. Miami Dolphins (23, -2): The Dolphins took the Cardinals into OT, but really only played a half of complete football. With a lead going into the second half, they only scored 8 points and found a way to lose.
26. St. Louis Rams (29, +3): It wasn’t pretty but the Rams pulled off a divisional win against Seattle. It’s not a good sign when your only touchdown is on a fake field goal.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (25, -2): Maybe it’s just me, but Josh Freeman does not look good. He is completing 54.6% of his passes. I’m thinking the Freeman of 2010 was the fluke; not the Freeman from 2011.
28. Kansas City Chiefs (27, -1): K.C. looked terrible again. Charles had another good day, but did fumble twice. The defense is giving up 34.0 PPG, while the offense has coughed the ball up 15 times.
29. Oakland Raiders (28, -1): The Raiders are giving up almost twice as many points as they score. That about sums it up.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (30, +0): I want to like the Jags, I really do, but they are so bad. They are dead last in scoring offense and yards per game. The defense is giving up a whopping 150.3 yards rushing per game.
31. Cleveland Browns (32, +1): The Browns played the Ravens tough on Thursday night. I said it last week and I’ll probably say it several more times this season. They will show flashes, but do not expect too much more.
32. Indianapolis Colts (31, -1): The Colts had a bye week. They had a lot to work on; we’ll see if it was time well spent.