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NFL Week 5 Rankings by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

1.Baltimore Ravens. Quality victories against the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as a solid defense and offense that will continue to improve with the acquisition of Anquan Boldin, place this Joe Flacco-led team as the top in the league after they defeated the Denver Broncos, 31-17.

2.Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 3-1 without the leadership of their starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has completed his four-game suspension and will return in the next game. Troy Polamalu leads a defense that is among the best in the league, one that will keep the Steelers in any game they play this season.

3.New York Jets. The Jets once again have a dominant defense, but it is the leadership of second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez that is making waves, as Sanchez has thrown for eight touchdowns and zero interceptions on the year. An impressive victory over the Vikings in the return of Darrelle Revis and the debut of Santonio Holmes make the Jets a team with the ability to improve throughout the season.

4. Atlanta Falcons. Matt Ryan and Michael Turner lead a versatile offense for the 4-1 Falcons that is ranked sixth in the league and Tony Gonzalez, second on the team in receptions and yards, brings the leadership.  The Falcons are arguably the best team in the NFC through five games.

5. Chicago Bears. The Bears rebounded after a devasting first loss of the season last week, with the defense leading the team to victory.  They need Jay Culter to return, as an already limited offense has less weapons without the ability to stretch the field.

6. New Orleans Saints. The defending Super Bowl champions were upset by the Arizona Cardinals, and some are wondering why the offense isn’t as explosive.  Missing Reggie Bush has to be one reason, as he is a game changer who is a spectator.

7.Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs had a respectable showing against the Colts, and were a big play or two away from remaining the only undefeated team in the league.  This team may be for real and in the hunt for the long haul.

8.  Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts have been a staple at the top of anyone’s top 10 rankings in the Peyton Manning Era.  A tough win over upstart Kansas City, as well as a solid thrashing of the Giants in week two show they can still win games.

9. Green Bay Packers. The Packers lost a tough game to the Washington Redskins They have a solid defense and passing game, but they must improve their rushing average, which is under four yards per carry, to open the field up.

10.  The New York Giants.  When playing their best on defense, the Giants are a tough team to beat, as they have shown the Bears and Texans the past two weeks.  Unfortunately, embarassing losses to the Colts and Titans lead you to wonder which team will take the field.

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