2008 Week 5 NFL Power Ratings
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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- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ¾ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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