It’s no coincidence – and clearly no passing fancy – that future Hall of Fame quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and let’s not forget, Tom Brady, have their Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots sitting amongst the top teams in the Week 5 NFL power rankings.
You see, the one age-old adage that says outstanding quarterback play will get your team everywhere is still just as true today as it ever was, if not more so in today’s pass-first times.
Pro football fans and NFL gridiron gamblers everywhere will see why quarterback performance is the No.1 driving force behind the top leaders in the Week 5 NFL power rankings.
- Seattle (4-0)
Okay, Russell Wilson hasn’t been outstanding often this season, but when you’ve got a defense like the Seahawks’, not to mention a cornerback like Richard Sherman, you don’t have to be.
- Denver (4-0)
I was tempted to put the high-scoring Broncos in the No.1 spot this week – then I remembered that I’ve seen this act before from Peyton Manning – and that defense still wins championships. Still, stopping Manning and the Broncos’ offense is an absolute nightmare as the Dallas Cowboys will find out in Week 5.
- New Orleans (4-0)
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints look like legitimate Super Bowl title contenders at this point. Brees shredded Miami on Monday night to the tune of 30 of 39 passing for 413 yards and four touchdowns. More importantly, the Saints are actually playing some serious defense.
- Kansas City (4-0)
The Kansas City Chiefs are getting turnover-free football from now, impressive veteran signal-caller Alex Smith, myriad contributions from versatile running back Jamal Charles and gifted wideout Dwayne Bowe – all while shutting down their opponents’ offense like never before.
- New England (4-0)
No matter how much you hate the New England Patriots (and I sure do) they just won’t go away. Tom Brady just keeps making plays no matter who he’s throwing the ball to and the Pats’ defense is very sound, even if they don’t have the big-name star leading them.
- Indianapolis (3-1)
Simply put, the Colts are the best one-loss team in the league at this point. Andrew Luck is as good as advertised, (duh) and now that he has a compliment of running backs in Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw, he’s even more dangerous. Indy’s Week 5 matchup against Seattle should be a whopper.
- Detroit (3-1)
Detroit has at least five All-Pro caliber players in Matthew Stafford, Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson, Reggie Bush, Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley that are all playing at an extremely high level right now. The best word I can use to describe the Lions is…explosive.
- Miami (3-1)
Sure, the Dolphins got embarrassed by Drew Brees and company on Monday night, but hell, Brees is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and not many teams waltz into New Orleans and walk out victorious.
- Tennessee (3-1)
The Titans have a very, very good defense and Jake Locker is apparently coming of age. Too bad that Locker is now out for 4-6 weeks after injuring his hip in Tennessee’s 38-13 rout over the Jets.
- Chicago (3-1)
Yes, the Bears were handed a humbling 40-32 loss by the division-rival Lions in Week 4, but I like the way Jay Cutler and company never quit until time finally expired.
- San Francisco (2-2)
There’s not a lot to learn from Frisco’s 35-11 rout over beleaguered St. Louis in Week 3 seeing as how the Rams can’t get out of their own way these days.
- Cincinnati (2-2)
I’ve still got the Bengals ranked pretty high despite their 17-6 Week 3 loss to Cleveland. Their Week 5 home date against the Patriots will be even more telling about the quality of this team.
- Buffalo (2-2)
The Bills get this spot because they’ve earned it. Buffalo’s 23-20 win over Baltimore only reaffirmed what we saw out of this team the first three weeks. That they’re clearly heading in the right direction under Doug Marrone and E.J. Manuel.
- San Diego (2-2)
The San Diego Chargers got a nice 30-21 win over mediocre Dallas in Week 3, but this team is the proverbial, ‘enigma, wrapped inside a mystery’ if you know what I mean.
- Baltimore (2-2)
Speaking of enigmatic teams and you’ve got to list Baltimore as one of the biggest ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr., Hyde’ teams there is right now. Two inexplicable losses, sandwiched around two impressive wins, have me scratching my head right now.
- Green Bay (1-2)
The Packers had a bye in Week 4 and they needed it after giving up 34 points to Cincinnati in their Week 3 road loss to the Bengals and an identical 34 to Frisco in their season opener.
- Cleveland (2-2)
The Browns are reportedly looking to draft another quarterback in 2014, but wouldn’t it be something if they’ve suddenly found their man in Brian Hoyer? The fifth-year veteran has led Cleveland to consecutive wins by throwing five TD passes over the span…and that’s about five more than Brady Quinn ever threw during his stay in Cleveland if I remember correctly.
- Houston (2-2)
The Houston Texans are the worst ‘good’ team in football these days, surpassing the perennially underachieving ways of the San Diego Chargers. Matt Schaub and the Texans literally threw a win away against Seattle in Week 4.
- Atlanta (1-3)
The Falcons had a great opportunity to bounce back from a crushing Week 3 loss to Miami with a good showing at home against the Patriots, but it didn’t happen. Making matters worse is the fact that, the closer this team gets to the end zone, the harder it is for them to score.
- Dallas (2-2)
The Cowboys may sit atop the NFC Least right now, but this team has more than its share of issues that show they’re not a legit Super Bowl title contender right now.
- Carolina (1-2)
The anthers suffered a heartbreaking 12-7 loss to Seattle and a crushing 24-23 loss to Buffalo to start the season before routing the Giants 38-0 in Week 3. A Week 4 bye means they’re going to be well-rested when they visit mediocre Arizona in Week 5.
- Minnesota (1-3)
The Vikings have given up a ton of points this season, but at least they can score the ball too. Minnesota came out on top in a battle of desperate, winless teams in Week 3, hanging 34 points on Pittsburgh in the process.
- Arizona (2-2)
Oh yeah, that Carson Palmer is definitely the answer to Arizona’s prayers for another Kurt Warner…not! Despite their 13-10 Week 4 win over rudderless Tampa Bay, the Cardinals are not very good, as evidenced by the 20 total points they’ve scored over their last two games.
- Washington (1-3)
The Skins got off the schneid by beating the rebuilding (again) Oakland Raiders 24-14 in Week 4, but I wouldn’t get too excited because hey’ it’s the Raiders. Washington gets a bye in Week 5.
- Philadelphia (1-3)
It’s very nice that Chip Kelly’s teams can score the ball like crazy. Apparently, no one told him stopping the other team is fairly important too. Philly has allowed at least 26 points in every game, not to mention the stunning 52 points they gave up to Denver the last time out.
- NY Jets (2-2)
You know…if the Jets didn’t beat pitiful Tampa Bay in its season opener and edge Buffalo in Week 3, this team could very well be 0-4. Expect the turnover count to continue to rise.
- Oakland (1-3)
Jeez, it’s no wonder Matt Flynn couldn’t beat out Russell Wilson a year ago in Seattle or Terrelle Pryor this season in Oakland…the veteran signal-caller looked mostly pathetic against the Redskins in Week 4.
- St. Louis
I’m not agreeing with the people that say Jeff Fisher hasn’t won anything without Steve McNair…I’m just saying that the Rams – and Sam Bradford don’t look any better than they did before Fisher’s arrival nearly two years ago.
- Tampa Bay (0-4)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Greg Schiano have big problems on their hands, both on and off the field. Looks like Josh Freeman will be the lucky one if he ever gets traded.
- Pittsburgh (0-4)
The Steelers look about as bad as I’ve ever seen them in over 40 years of personal observance…and that’s saying something when you’ve had to endure three seasons of Bubby Brister.
- NY Giants (0-4)
A lot of people thought the Giants would get back into Super Bowl contention this season. Well, they’re contending alright…for the title of worst team in the league.
- Jacksonville (0-4)
No matter how hard the Giants or any other team try, the undisputed worst team in the league (again) is the Jacksonville Jaguars. I can’t even judge quarterback Blaine Gabbert, because this team has hole everywhere. I kept telling my friends last week, that the Alabama Crimson Tide could beat this team and I seriously believe it.