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Week 5 2010 NFL Power Rankings (through 10/11/10)
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1: New York Jets (4-1 ATS, 4-1 SU) - The Jets might not be playing the prettiest ball in the world, but they are certainly finding ways to come out and dominate games. This 29-20 win on Monday Night Football over the Minnesota Vikings was yet another step in becoming one of the best teams in the NFL. The rest of the AFC had better take notice. With WR Santonio Holmes in the fray, there might not be any way to stop this offense, which suddenly is averaging 27.0 points per game after looking absolutely anemic in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens.
2: Detroit Lions (4-1 ATS, 1-4 SU) - And to think... the lowly Lions are the only four cover team in the NFC this season to date... Even without QB Matt Stafford in the mix, Detroit was able to do something last week that it hasn't done since 1995... score at least 42 points in a game. Granted, we aren't all that thrilled about knocking off the St. Louis Rams, but at least we know that this offense has the ability to do some special things, even if their top man isn't on the field to lead the offense. Watch out for the Lions, as HC Jim Schwartz clearly has them going in the right direction.
3: Kansas City Chiefs (3-1 ATS, 3-1 SU) - We certainly don't want to punish the Chiefs for failing to cover their first NFL betting line of the season on Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis. The Colts are always a horrifying team to try to beat, especially on the road, and if K Ryan Succop nails that last field goal with just a couple minutes remaining, KC is still undefeated ATS. It was a game that the Chiefs deserved to cover, as they had the perfect game plan in place to knock off one of the best teams that the NFL has to offer. The ball just didn't bounce their way.
4: Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1 ATS, 3-1 SU) - The Steelers couldn't have asked for their bye week to come at a better time. They really needed the extra time to try to get QB Ben Roethlisberger back in the fold once again after his four game suspension. HC Mike Tomlin made no bones about which quarterback he was using this week against the Cleveland Browns, which is something that the Browns can't say... This defense has to be licking its chops at the prospects of going against a rookie making his first career start on Sunday.
5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1 ATS, 3-1 SU) - Give Tampa Bay a ton of credit for fighting back when all hope seemed to be lost on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals over the weekend. A pair of picks and gritty showing by both QB Josh Freeman and WR Mike Williams shows that this team has a legitimate chance to at least hang around for awhile in the NFC. This schedule is conducive to potentially finishing at .500, which is something that seemed to totally be out of the question just a few weeks ago when the season got underway. This team will be for real one day, and this is just the beginning.
6: Chicago Bears (3-2 ATS, 4-1 SU) - It's hard not to like the fact that the Bears were able to overcome one of the worst quarterbacking performances we've seen in years on Sunday on the road against the Carolina Panthers. Yeah, they're the Panthers, and they're winless for a reason, but to think that DE Julius Peppers had one more caught pass from a Carolina quarterback than WR Steve Smith did is mindboggling. As for you, QB Todd Collins... hit the pine... if the Bears even let you do that. QB Jay Cutler should be back next week, and you know things are bad when everyone in the Windy City is praising the man that they couldn't stand last season.
7: New York Giants (3-2 ATS, 3-2 SU) - Just when you thought that the G-Men were dead, they come out of nowhere and suddenly roll off a few games that remind you just how good they really can be. Last week was a complete domination of the Houston Texans, a team that previous was amongst the top teams in the league. The defense had a yeoman's performance, especially without the services of DE Mathias Kiwanuka. There is still some sharpening yet to do for this team, but the Jets clearly aren't the only team in the Meadowlands that needs to be feared.
8: Baltimore Ravens (3-2 ATS, 4-1 SU) - The fact that the Ravens gave up 17 points in a romp over the Denver Broncos last week was a bit alarming, especially considering the fact that they really hadn't allowed anyone to cross their end zone to date. Still, the offense is starting to get its groove, which is bad news for the rest of the NFL. Baltimore is in control of the AFC North right now, and if RB Ray Rice is reaching the 100+ yard barrier and QB Joe Flacco is able to hit darts all over the place to guys like WR TJ Houshmanzadeh and WR Anquan Boldin, the men in purple are very quickly going to become a group to reckon with.
9: Indianapolis Colts (3-2 ATS, 3-2 SU) - We know that the Colts have played one of the toughest schedules in the league, but we also know that last week, they had absolutely no business covering the NFL spreads against the Kansas City Chiefs. This offense only scored one touchdown, and it wasn't thrown by QB Peyton Manning. The offense is still sharp for the Colts, but the defense still gave KC plenty of opportunities to score in spite of the fact that they didn't allow a TD the entire way. We're worried that something is really wrong with Indianapolis, and this four team dog pile in the AFC South certainly isn't good for them.
10: Tennessee Titans (3-2 ATS, 3-2 SU) - They've gone on the road and taken out the New York Giants and now the Dallas Cowboys outright as underdogs, but why can't the Titans find their groove at home? RB Chris Johnson has been hit and miss this year, but one thing remains true: When he runs for 100+ yards, the Titans win and cover (3-0 SU, 3-0 ATS in 2010). When he doesn't, they lose and cost NFL bettors money (0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS in 2010). The defense for Tennessee is starting to really get after the quarterback, as this unit sacked QB Tony Romo six times on Sunday and knocked him on his butt several others.
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