NFL Power Ten: Week 5

Stacking up the best at the start of bye weeks.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

1. Green Bay Packers (5-0)

The Packers continue to dominate everyone they face and the scary part about it is that it seems like every week brings a different type of domination and a different player stepping up. Green Bay is a deep team, really deep, so deep that if you are free falling, you better bring a book along for the fall. Deep teams with the resolve they show can easily become dynasties, just watch for it.


2. Detroit Lions (5-0)

Is anyone else starting to get geeked up for the Thanksgiving day game between the Lions and the Packers? I know I am! At the rate both teams are going, it's going to an epic clash for the ages and yes that really feels odd typing it. This is Detroit, for gosh sakes!


3. New England Patriots (4-1)

Another week, another New England win. That may sound ho-hum but with the Patriots, 10-14 regular season wins are a gimme. It's what happens in the playoffs when things will get interesting with this team. Remember, for all their hype, the Patriots haven't won a playoff game since 2007.


4. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)

The Ravens got to sit on their buts last weekend as they enjoyed an early bye. They face the Houston Texans this week, at home, and rested. Sorry Texans fans, it ain't happening.


5. New Orleans Saints (4-1)

The Saints continue to stay under the radar despite racking up the wins but they have better shore up that defense if they expect to make some noise in the postseason. Carolina rookie phenom Cam Newton lit up this D and you know if he can do it, any QB from a playoff team is going to have a field day against it.


6. San Francisco 49ers (4-1)

How about that butt whipping the 49ers handed out on Tampa Bay! 48-3 wasn't just a win, it was a coming out party for this young team. Next up is a trip to Detroit to face the undefeated Lions in a real test of both teams early progress. You know it's an odd year when a Detroit-San Fran game is going to be the must watch game of the week.


7. San Diego Chargers (4-1)

You know the Chargers are breathing a huge sigh of relief after they came scant inches away from being the first team this season to be 'Tebowed'. The Chargers have a tendency to play up and down to their competition and it almost cost them this past Sunday. They need to shore that up and really look in the mirror to see if they have the resolve to be the team everyone expects them to be this season.


8. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

Talk about a redeeming win. Coming off of a disappointing loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Bills welcomed the Philadelphia Eagles with welcome arms and a bill for five turnovers, which was promptly paid. Buffalo continues to amaze, despite it's doubters, and I look for it to continue.


9. Washington Redskins (3-1)

Another team enjoying a week off, the Redskins benefited greatly from not playing last week as both the Eagles and more importantly, the Giants, both lost winnable games. Now it's up to them to do their part.


10. Oakland Raiders (3-2)

There's no way Oakland should have won that game against Texas but behind a flood of emotions and the leg of their stud kicker, the Raiders managed to eek it out and stay in contention in the AFC West. Will their be a letdown this week? Probably not as they welcome in Cleveland.