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TNT NFL power rankings — Week 5

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 6, 2012 at 10:36 am with 10 Comments »
October 6, 2012 2:09 pm

I moved Seattle back down to No. 13 from No. 8 in this week’s, The News Tribune NFL Power Rankings:

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated has the Seahawks at No. 16, down from No. 11.

ESPN’s NFL experts drop Seattle from No. 10 to No. 17.

Elliott Harrison of has Seattle back at No. 16, down from No. 10 last week.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports drops Seattle from No. 11 to No. 15.

Brian Billick of Fox Sports drops Seattle from No. 13 to No. 19 this week.

1. Houston (1) (4-0): Texans need to dial back RB Arian Foster’s carries so he can last the duration of the season.

2. Atlanta (2) (4-0): Falcons lead the league with a +10 turnover differential.

3. Baltimore (5) (3-1): WR Torrey Smith averaging an impressive 20.8 yards per catch.

4. San Francisco (6) (3-1): Backup QB Colin Kaepernick adds another dimension to the offense with his running ability and speed.

5. Cincinnati (7) (3-1): After 589 touches without a fumble, sure-handed RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis has three fumbles in his last 28 touches.

6. Philadelphia (9) (3-1): Eagles three wins are by a combined four points.

7. San Diego (11) (3-1): Defeated opponents of the Chargers have a combined 3-9 record.

8. Chicago (15) (3-1): Bears have a league-leading 14 takeaways.

9. Minnesota (16) (3-1): Vikings QB Christian Ponder has not thrown a pick this season in 123 attempts.

10. Arizona (4) (4-1): Well, it was fun while it lasted Cardinals fans.

11. N.Y. Giants (3) (2-2): After finishing with 16.5 sacks last year, DE Jason Pierre-Paul has just 1.5 sacks through four games.

12. St. Louis (22) (3-2): WR Danny Amendola being out at least six weeks with a broken collar bone is a huge blow to Rams’ offense.

13. Seattle (8) (2-2): Seattle starts the same starting five up front for consecutive weeks for the first time this season.

14. Dallas (10) (2-2): Cowboys will try and pick up the pieces during the bye week.

15. Green Bay (12) (2-2): Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been sacked a league-leading 16 times.

16. Pittsburgh (13) (1-2): Under coach Mike Tomlin, the Steelers are 9-1 at home against the NFC, host Eagles this weekend.

17. New England (14) (2-2): Patriots tops in points (33.5) and total yards (438.2) a contest.

18. Denver (19) (2-2): Manning ready to shift Broncos’ offense into overdrive.

19. Washington (23) (2-2): RG III gets all the headlines, but rookie RB Alfred Morris has been very productive (376 yards, 4 TDs).

20. Buffalo (17) (2-2): Bills still can’t play any defense – giving up 32.8 points a contest.

21. N.Y. Jets (18) (2-2): Jets defense giving up an embarrassing 172.8 rushing yards a contest, second-worst in the league.

22. Detroit (20) (1-3): Lions heading in the wrong direction after breakout season in 2011.

23. Tampa Bay (21) (1-3): Bucs need to figure out during bye week how to score more points.

24. Miami (25) (1-3): Rookie QB Ryan Tannehill found a go-to target in NFL leader in receiving yards (455) Brian Hartline.

25. Indianapolis (26) (1-2): Colts have been outscored 50-16 in the second half.

26. Carolina (27) (1-3): Hawks should worry more about Cam Newton’s arm than his legs.

27. Tennessee (24) (1-3): Having Matt Hasselbeck back in the starting lineup should provide a steadying influence for the offense.

28. Oakland (28) (1-3): Raiders have yet to show they’re not taking steps back under new coach Dennis Allen.

29. Kansas City (29) (1-3): Is the Matt Cassel era over in KC?

30. Jacksonville (30) (1-3): Jags last in the NFL in scoring, averaging 15.5 points a contest.

31. New Orleans (31) (0-4): Saints still can score, but tackling is another issue.

32. Cleveland (32) (0-4): WR Greg Little is tied for sixth in the league in drops (3).

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  1. Hammajamma says:

    I used to live in Charlotte, a town with beautiful historic charm, a tiny business core and sprawling antiseptic shopping malls. In fact I went on my first date with my wife at a cool downtown Irish pub, Re Rah’s, and have friends there who will be attending the game. Nothing would make me happier than to send off a few choice texts during the action.

    Something like “down goes Newton”‘ would suffice. Several times.

    21-10, SEA.

  2. What’s up with the Saints…all the way to #31. Still think Drew will get that TD pass and surpass Johnny U.

    Thought for the day…at least we’re not Browns fans!!!

  3. MEhawkfan says:

    I’ve often been thankful I’m not a Cowboys fan, but yeah, I agree about the Browns.

    Hawks win tomorrow 27 – 17. The O is gonna light it up.

  4. Skavage says:

    All I will say is we should all start preparing for a 4 – 4 record at the halfway point. The first half schedule is brutal. But we will ultimately grow from it and a 10-6 overall would be a very succuessful season, even if we missed the playoffs.

  5. I just dropped Brian Billick from No. l3 to No. 69 in my ranking of NFL analysts. And I dropped Eric from No. 2 to No. 5 in my ranking of NFL reporters. :-)

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Skavage – Agree. 4-4 would be a good record in the first half considering the competition. 6-2 the rest of the way is doable, imo.

  7. One thing I know… we aren’t going to lose the games we’re supposed to lose (like GB)… but we aren’t going to win ALL of the games we’re supposed to win either. This is the NFL and it’s a weird place. There’s no way the Vikings should be 3-1, but they are.

    I predict we beat the Pats (a team we should lose to) and lose to a loser like Carolina on the road.

  8. sluggo42 says:

    Dawgs are getting mauled

  9. mojjonation says:

    Chicago, Arizona, Minnesota, San Diego, and Philly have no business in the top half of that ranking. Luck and soft schedules will ultimately run out.

  10. mojo–You are of course entitled to your opinion, but the Cards have a fine defense, excellent coordinators and a great coach. They have their ragtag POS line playing at a far higher level than ours, despite the fact that we have four of five positions manned by first, second or third round picks (except with Moffit out its only 3 of 5). Despite alternating two bad qb’s, they are winning close games and playing tough. Face it, the Cards and Rams are better coached and better teams–despite lesser overall talent, than our beloved Seattle Seahawks. And AZ deserves to be ranked in the top ten, thus far this season. IMO.

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