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An Archive of the Bankroll Sports Handicapping Columnists' Week Five NFL Power Ratings After the Fourth Week of play in the 2008 Season.

2008 Week 5 NFL Power Rankings
(September 30 - October 5, 2008)

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  1. New York Giants (3-0) - The Giants, one of three undefeated teams left in the NFL are forcing pundits to place them in the # 1 spot. Defending Super Bowl Champions, and undefeated, what else can they do? It'll start with a week 5 match-up on Sunday with the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle comes into the game 1-2 on the year. Eli Manning as completed 65 of 107 passes for 107 yards and four touchdowns. Brandon Jacobs has carried the ball 50 times for 204 yards. The Giants will be without their top receiver Plaxico Burress on Sunday for a team suspension. New York moves up one position from last week from # 2 to # 1.


  2. Tennessee Titans (4-0) - The Titans have gotten off to a quick 4-0 start. With wins over Jacksonville, Cincinnati, Houston and Minnesota the Titans have an early advantage on the rest of the AFC South. The Titans will put their undefeated mark on the line this Sunday when they travel to 2-1 Baltimore for a date with the Ravens. The Ravens are coming off an overtime loss on Monday night football in Pittsburgh. Kerry Collins has piled up 577 yards in his three starts. Running back LenDale White has rushed for five touchdowns in the early going. Tennessee moves up two spots from last week from # 4 to # 2. 


  3. Buffalo Bills (4-0) - The Buffalo Bills are the last of the top three ranked undefeated teams in the NFL. The Bills move up two spots from last week from # 3 to # 5. Buffalo has scored 109 points, while allowing 63 points. The Bills four wins have come over Seattle, Jacksonville, Oakland and St. Louis. In the Bills two road games, they are averaging 25.5 points per game. They will be on the road Sunday, when they travel across country to face the 2-2 Arizona Cardinals. The Bills currently lead the AFC East.


  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) - The Buccaneers make a five spot jump from # 9 to # 4. The Buccaneers have won three straight games after a week one loss to New Orleans. In those three games, Tampa Bay has averaged 27 points per game. Quarterback Brian Griese has taken control of the offense, along with running back Earnest Graham. Tampa Bay will take the road and battle another 3-1 squad on Sunday. The Bucs will battle the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium.


  5. Washington Redskins (3-1) - Entering the top five at the # 5 position; the 3-1 Washington Redskins. Washington moves up 9 positions from the # 14 spot. The Redskins have won three straight games over New Orleans, Arizona and Dallas. The win on Saturday over Dallas was a very impressive 26-24 decision. Washington gained 381 total yards on offense in Dallas; led by quarterback Jason Campbell, who threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns on 20 of 31 passing. Clinton Portis carried the ball 21 times for 121 yards, but was not able to get inside the end zone. Washington will travel to Philadelphia on Sunday in an inter division battle with the Eagles.


  6. Dallas Cowboys (3-1) - The Cowboys fall six positions from the top spot at # 1. On Sunday the Cowboys were 26-24 losers at home to Washington. The loss puts the Cowboys a half game behind the New York Giants, who are 3-0  to start the season. Tony Romo has completed 90 of 139 passes for 1192 yards and eight touchdowns. Running back Marion Barber has been impressive thus far running for 311 yards and four touchdowns. Dallas has outscored opponents 120-89 in their first four games. The Cowboys look to get back on track this Sunday when they host Cincinnati at Texas Stadium. The Bengals are 0-4 to start the season.


  7. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) - After a sloppy Monday Night football win in overtime over the Ravens, the Steelers remain at # 7. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has completed 53 of 83 passes for 638 yards, with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Running backs Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall are both banged up with injuries, so the Steelers offense is under heavy questioning. Pittsburgh currently sits at the top of the AFC North with a 2-2 mark.  The Steelers will head to Jacksonville to battle with the 2-2 Jaguars.


  8. Carolina Panthers (3-1) - The Carolina Panthers move inside the top ten, to # 8 after being # 12 last week. The Panthers are 3-1 on the season with wins over San Diego, Chicago, and Atlanta. Their one loss on the season was at Minnesota(20-10). The Panthers have scored 80 points, and allowed 70 thus far. Young running back Jonathan Stewart has ran for 197 yards and four touchdowns in the first four games for Carolina. The Panthers are currently is tied with Tampa Bay at the top of the NFC South.  The Panthers will host 1-3 Kansas City this week.


  9. Baltimore Ravens (2-1) - The Ravens, after dropping a tough Monday Night game in overtime slide one position to # 10 this week. The offense looked decent, and we know the defense for Baltimore can play. The Ravens look to get the respect they feel they deserve from the rest of the look. Baltimore has allowed just 43 points in three games, with 23 of them coming on Monday. Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco has thrown for 450 yards and a touchdown, but has also thrown for an interception, and also fumbled away for a defensive touchdown. Receiver Derrick Mason caught 8 passes for 137 on Monday night, and has compiled 223 yards on the year. The Ravens currently sit in second place in the AFC North, behind Pittsburgh. Baltimore will host Tennessee on Sunday. 


  10. Denver Broncos (3-1) - Denver had an opportunity to start the 2008 4-0, and looked to be able to do that coming into Sunday's game. After Sunday's game, the Broncos walked away beat up, and asking themselves many questions. Denver left Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, after the Chiefs beat them 33-19. Denver has scored 133 points on the year, but allowed 117. Quarterback Jay Cutler, who has thrown for 1275 yards, and nine touchdowns in four games, has led the Broncos offense. The Broncos dropped from # 6 to # 10 after the loss. Denver will host the 3-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.


  11. Philadelphia Eagles (2-2) - The Eagles are the first of 11 teams in the NFL with a 2-2 record. Last week the Eagles were # 3, but after their loss on Sunday night in Chicago drop 8 spots, down to # 11. Donovan McNabb has completed 95 of 146 passes for 1100 yards and six touchdowns. The big question for the Eagles is their health. With McNabb shaky, and Westbrook missing week four, the status of these two star offensive players will determine which direction Philadelphia will head in the last of the season.  The Eagles will host the Washington Redskins 3-1 in a very important NFC East game. The Redskins currently lead the NFC East, tied with Dallas, with a 3-1 mark.


  12. New England Patriots (2-1) - The Patriots are coming off a bye week, and for the first time in two years, coming off a regular season loss. Not only did the Patriots lose, but were destroyed by division opponent Miami. The Patriots will look to rebound this week behind quarterback Matt Cassel. The Patriots dropped down a spot during the bye week, and currently sit at # 12. New England will take the road, to the West Coast and take on the 2-2 San Francisco 49ers.


  13. San Diego Chargers (2-2) - The San Diego Chargers got off to a slow start on Sunday, but were able to rally, and knock off the Oakland Raiders, and essentially end Lane Kiffin's head coaching life. The Chargers have put up 138 points in four games, but their vaunted defense has allowed 112. San Diego currently are one game behind Denver in the AFC West. The Chargers are 1-1 at home, and 1-1 on the road. San Diego will take the road, and travel to South Florida to battle the 1-2 Miami Dolphins. San Diego moves up three spots from # 16 to # 13.


  14. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) - The Jacksonville Jaguars are winners of two straight games. Both of those wins came on a game winning field goal by kicker Josh Scobee. After losses to the Titans, and the Bills, Jacksonville came back with a 23-21 win over the Colts, and a 30-27 win over the Texans. The Jaguars have given up more points than they have scored, but the 2-2 record is all that matters now. After the win on Sunday Jacksonville moves up three spots from # 17 to # 14. The Jaguars will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night football.


  15. Indianapolis Colts (1-2) - The Indianapolis Colts hope the bye week during week four fixed some of the early season problems they have experienced. The Colts franchise have not found themselves in an early season 1-2 hole in a long time. With a week one loss to Chicago, followed by a narrow win in Minnesota, followed by yet another home loss to Jacksonville, the Colts are 2.5 games behind front-runner; Tennessee in the AFC South. The Colts dropped two positions during their off week from # 13 to # 15. Indianapolis will look to get back in the win column on Sunday as they face the Texans in Houston.


  16. Green Bay Packers (2-2) - The Packers took a big hit from # 16 to # 8, falling eight spots after dropping their second straight game on Sunday. Tampa Bay was able to knock off the Packers in Green Bay 30-21. The Packers have scored 109 points, while allowing 101. Green Bay is 1-1 at home, and also 1-1 on the road. The Packers are currently tied with the Chicago Bears at the top of the NFC North, both at 2-2. This week Green Bay will look to get a win, as Atlanta comes to town. The Falcons are 2-2, and 0-2 on the road. 


  17. New Orleans Saints (2-2) - The Saints won their second game of the season on Sunday, and in the process moved directly in the middle of the 2-2 pack, at # 17, rising from # 19 last week. The Saints have scored 111 points on the year, and scored 100. New Orleans is one full game behind Carolina, and Tampa Bay in the South. They are both 3-1, while the Saints are 2-2. New Orleans looks to move above .500 on Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings come to down.


  18. New York Jets (2-2) - Brett Favre and his offense put up 56 points on Sunday, including six touchdowns from Favre's arm in a 56-35 win. The win for the Jets moved them to 2-2 on the year. Favre has completed 87 of 124 passes for 800+ yards and 12 touchdowns. His top receiver Laveranues Coles has caught four of his 12 touchdown passes. The Jets will be on their bye week during week five, before hosting the 0-4 Cincinnati Bengals on October 12th. The Jets moved up five spots from # 23 to # 18.


  19. Chicago Bears (2-2) - The Chicago Bears made a five team jump in the rankings. After losing their second straight last week the Bears fell to # 24;  this week, after an impressive Sunday night win over Philadelphia, the Bears are now # 19. The Bears are averaging 23.5 points per game in their first four games led by quarterback Kyle Orton, and rookie running back Matt Forte. The tough Bears defense has allowed 20 points per game, led by Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. The Bears are currently tied at the top of the NFC North, with a 2-2 record. Green Bay also sits at 2-2. This week Chicago will travel to Detroit, to mingle with the 0-3 Lions.


  20. Arizona Cardinals (2-2) - Arizona gave up an astonishing 56 points on Sunday in a road loss to the Jets. The Cardinals decision to stay out East after the 24-17 loss at Washington did not pay off. In the loss Kurt Warner put up 472 passing yards, with 122 of them going to start Larry Fitzgerald. The loss for Arizona forced them to fall five spots in the rankings, from # 15 to # 20. The Cardinals will play at home for two straight games before their week seven bye. This week, the Buffalo Bills will come to town, before the week six date with Dallas.


  21. San Francisco 49ers (2-2) - San Francisco was a tough luck 31-17 loser on Sunday in New Orleans. In that game, the 49ers turned the ball over three times, and yielded 363 yards to the Saints offense. San Francisco has defeated Seattle and Detroit, and fallen to Arizona and New Orleans in the early going. J.T. O'Sullivan has been solid, completing 68 of 111 passes for 962 yards and four touchdowns. San Francisco fell one position from last weeks # 20, to this weeks # 21. The 49ers will host the New England Patriots on Sunday.


  22. Seattle Seahawks (1-2) - Seattle, coming off a bye week will have a stiff week five challenge. The Seahawks will hit the road and travel across country to the defending NFL Champion New York Giants. After a 0-2 start, Seattle was able to knock off St. Louis in a 31-13 blowout win. The Seahawks have scored 80 points, and allowed 77 on the season. Seattle currently is in third place in the NFC West, with a 1-2 record, trailing 2-2 Arizona, and San Francisco. Seattle moved up one position from last week to # 21


  23. Atlanta Falcons (2-2) - The Atlanta Falcons are looking for a way to win a road game. With two impressive home wins, covered by two disappoint road losses the Atlanta Falcons find themselves in the same position as 10 other NFL teams; 2-2. Atlanta has scored just 9 points per game at home, while putting 36 up at home. Quarterback Matt Ryan, is just a rookie, but Atlanta will need more than two touchdowns and two interceptions out of their quarterback if they want to reach postseason. Running back Michael Turner has gained over 400 yards in four games, while also scampering for five touchdowns. The Falcons drop give spots from # 18 to # 23. Atlanta will travel to Green Bay to battle the 2-2 Packers on Sunday.


  24. Miami Dolphins (1-2) - The Miami Dolphins, coming off a bye week move up one spot to # 25 this week. Following the bye week, Miami hosts the 2-2 San Diego Chargers. The Dolphins will hope to get the same production from Ronnie Brown as they got during the blowout win over New England in week three. Miami currently is in last place in the AFC East, trailing Buffalo, New England, and the New York Jets.


  25. Minnesota Vikings (1-3) - The Vikings have started the season 1-3. The loss on Sunday to the Titans 30-17 dropped them two spots from # 23 to # 25. In that loss Gus Frerotte  put up 266 yards passing, as running back Adrian Peterson had his second straight sub 100 rushing yard performance of the season. The Vikings have scored 71 points on the year, while allowing 82. Minnesota will play in the Monday Night football game this week, as they travel to New Orleans, to battle with the 2-2 Saints.


  26. Cleveland Browns (1-3) - The Cleveland Browns picked up their first win of the season on Sunday, beating their state rival- the Cincinnati Bengals. The win moved the Browns up from # 29 to # 26. The win, a 20-12 decision was not easy, as the Browns trailed 3-0 at halftime, before scoring 20 second half points. Quarterback Derek Anderson has not been able to get on track, with receivers Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow picking up just one touchdown each. Cleveland resides in third place in the AFC North, with a 3-1 record. The Browns will take this week off, before hosting the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants on October 13th.


  27. Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) - The Kansas City Chiefs pulled off the most surprising win of week four. The win moved Kansas City from # 30 to # 27. Running back Larry Johnson had a huge day for the Chiefs running for nearly 200 yards, and a touchdown on the ground. Kansas City has been outscored 97-65 on the year. The Chiefs are 0-2 on the road thus far. Sunday, Kansas City will travel to Carolina to battle the 1-3 Panthers.


  28. Oakland Raiders (1-3) - The Oakland Raiders are on a bye week, and once again Al Davis has fired his head coach. Shades of Mike Shanahan appeared this week as Lane Kiffin was let go as the head man in Oakland. Much controversy has surrounded this ordeal, but the facts remain, Oakland is 1-3, and has potential of being 3-1 on the year. The Raiders have lost at Denver, and at Buffalo(both 3-1) and were down at home on Sunday to San Diego. The Raiders lone win of the year came in week two 23-8 over Kansas City. The loss on Sunday dropped Oakland from # 26 to # 28. The Raiders have scored 78 points, while allowing 101 on the year. After the bye week this week, Oakland will travel to New Orleans October 12th.


  29. Cincinnati Bengals (0-4) - The Cincinnati Bengals played on Sunday in a battle of two teams that had yet to win. Both teams were located out of the state of Ohio. The Bengals did not come away winners, and now they are facing the heat. Head Coach Marvin Lewis cannot seem to get his talented Bengals squad to play to their potential. With a great receiving core, the Bengals offense has only scored a minuscule 52 points in four games. The Bengals fall two positions from # 27 to # 29. Cincinnati will travel to Dallas this Sunday to battle with the Cowboys.


  30. Houston Texans (0-3) - The Houston Texans will finally host their first game of the 2008 season. After a road game, followed by the postponement with Baltimore in week two due to Hurricane Ike, followed by two more road games, the Texans will be glad to get back home. The Houston defense is giving up an average of 33 points per game in the first three games; to Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Jacksonville. Life does not get easy for Houston on Sunday as they host Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. The Texans will play their next four games at home. The Texans fall two positions from # 28 to # 30 in the polls.


  31. Detroit Lions (0-3) - The Lions took this past week off, and hope it re-energized the team, and the franchise. With Matt Millen finally being fired, the Lions have no scapegoat. Head coach Rod Marinelli now is the man under pressure, along with quarterback Jon Kitna. Kitna has completed 60 of 104 passes for 684 yards and five touchdowns. The three losses for Detroit have been to Atlanta, Green Bay, and San Francisco. In those three games, the Lions have been outscored 113-59. Detroit will host the 2-2 Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Lions remain # 31 after the bye week.


  32. St. Louis Rams (0-4) - The Rams held a halftime lead over Buffalo on Sunday. Scott Linehan may have been feeling good then. The case is not true now, as he has been fired as St. Louis' head coach. The new man now is former assistant Jim Haslett. The Rams have been outscored 147-43 in their first four games. Trent Green was the week four quarterback, but now with Haslett as the head coach Marc Bulger will appear to get the nod back under center in week six. The Rams will be off this Sunday, before heading to Washington. After the trip to Washington St. Louis hosts Dallas, then travels to New England, so things don't appear to be getting any easier. The Rams remain at # 32.

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