The Patriots have finally knocked the Packers off of the top spot in the power rankings.
In last week’s rankings the Packers just held on to number one but New England’s 30-6 win in Dallas was enough to move them ahead of Green Bay.
At the bottom of the rankings the Lions have dropped all the way to 32. This team has just been a disaster so far. Matt Stafford was benched for Dan Orlovsky and it is hard to see where the Lions go from here. At this stage how many teams would swap their quarterback for the former first overall pick in the draft? Very few.
Week five had some great games but the best was in Cincinnati where Andy Dalton pulled off a great comeback against the Seahawks, coming from 17 points behind in the fourth quarter to secure the win and move Bengals to 5-0.
There is just a different feeling around the Bengals this season and it feels like there is a real belief that this team can go all the way. The only glaring weakness over the past few seasons has been the quarterback but Dalton has to be one of the leading contenders for the MVP over the first five weeks of the season.
There are a couple of standout games in week six. The unbeaten Panthers travel to Seattle. This will be Carolina’s first real test after one of the easiest possible starts to the season. You can only beat what’s in front of you but the Seahawks are a big step up for the team led by Cam Newton.
A loss for the Seahawks would see them move to 2-4 and put their season in real trouble. Not only in the NFC west but they would fall right behind in the race for a wildcard spot.
The other big game this week is a rematch of last season’s AFC championship and deflategate game. The Patriots head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts. Andrew Luck is expected to return after two weeks out but will he be enough to overcome the reigning Super Bowl champions.
Luck has faced the Patriots four times in his career and is 0-4 with the Colts being outscored by 102 points in those games.
Tom Brady is on pace for one of the best seasons in NFL history and there is no reason why that shouldn’t continue this week.
On to this week’s rankings. Each week the five of us will combine our personal rankings to give one overall set of rankings.
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