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We were due for a good old-fashioned power rankings article, heading into week 6 here is what TOJ is thinking, feel free to vehemently disagree:
AFC Power Houses
1. Baltimore Ravens (4-1) – They beat the Jets on the road and Pittsburgh on the road. For some reason Cincy has the their number, yet the Ravens are a well-balanced team who can beat you in a variety of ways now.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) – Pretty damn impressive to be 3-1 without Ben Rothlisberger. They could be the most complete football with him back in the line-up.
3. New York Jets (4-1) – Offense should keep improving with Santonio Holmes getting into rhythm with Mark Sanchez and the defense will be better with Calvin Pace back full time. Maybe that Revis guy will eventually contribute also…
The Best In The NFC
4. Atlanta Falcons (4-1) – You have to go with the Dirty Birds as the NFC’s best so far, right?
Contenders Still Plenty Of Questions
5. New England Patriots (3-1) – It will be interesting to see how their offense adapts without Randy Moss. I can’t take them serious as a major threat to the Jets until their defense improves.
6. Indinappolis Colts (3-2) – They have a ton of holes and injuries but Peyton Manning will keep them in the thick of things.
7. New Orleans Saints (3-2) – They are a few plays away from being 0-5. You can’t be losing to rookie undrafted quarterbacks in their first start.
The Best Of The Mediocre
8. Kansas City Chiefs (3-1) – Yes, I am putting them here because they remind of a certain team in 2009 who could play defense and run the football but couldn’t throw at all. Fortunately, the Jets quarterback was a rookie last year. Matt Cassel just sucks.
9. Washington Redskins (3-2) – If they didn’t choke away a huge lead to the Houston Texans, they’d be 4-1. How the hell did they lose like that to the Rams?
10. Chicago Bears (4-1) – Are they the worst 4-1 team in recent memory?
11. Green Bay Packers (3-2) – An unbelievable avalanche of injuries and a complete lack of running game will make the NFC North race very interesting.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) – If Mike Vick can get back on the field and start producing the way he was, the Eagles will win the NFC East.
13. Tennessee Titans (3-2) – A physical (dirty) team that nobody is going to want to deal with down the stretch.
So Damn Confusing
14. New York Giants (3-2) – They went from looking like a 4-12 team and talk of Tom Coughlin being fired to arguably the best looking team in the NFC. Who knows what’s next? By the way, Hakeem Nicks is a beast.
15. Houston Texans (3-2) – They have been thoroughly average since beating down the Colts in week one.
16. San Diego Chargers (2-3) – The slow starts are getting tiresome. They can throw the ball to Antonio Gates, but not much else. Thank you for Antonio Cromartie and LaDainian Tomlinson by the way. Ryan Matthews is doing just a terrific job of filling in for him.
17. Tampa Bay Bucs (3-1) – I am not quite sure how this team is 3-1 but they are. It will be very interesting to see how they play New Orleans this week, in front of 129 somewhat excited fans.
18. Arizona Cardinals (3-2) – About as up and down as you can get.
19. Miami Dolphins (2-2) – You aren’t showing much as a contender in your division when you lose back to back primetime home games to your top two rivals.
20. Seattle Seahawks (2-2) – They should be 7-1 at home and 1-7 on the road.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) – This comment is blacked out.
22. Denver Broncos (2-3) – Who would have thought a Kyle Orton led team would be known only for their passing?
23. Dallas Cowboys (1-3) – Wade Phillips looks confused.
24. Minnesota Vikings (1-3) – Grab your elbow again, Brett.
25. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) – Carson Palmer kind of sucks these days.
Just Not Good
26. Oakland Raiders (2-3) – Kind of feisty this year, but overall they are still the Raiders.
27. St. Louis Rams (2-3) – At least they have hope for the future.
28. Detriot Lions (1-4) – They are one of the better 1-4 teams in recent memory…so they have that going for them.
29. Cleveland Browns (1-4) – Peyton Hillis has been pretty good. Good luck to Colt McCoy in Pittsburgh this week.
30. San Francisco 49ers (0-5) – Everybody in San Francisco needs to shut up…you are what your record says you are.
31. Carolina Panthers (0-5) – They should abandon the forward pass.
32. Buffalo Bills (0-5) – So happy they are in the AFC East.