NFL Power Rankings 2013, Week 5: 0-4 Giants continue to free fall

Peter Aiken

Two proud franchises, the Giants and Steelers, are among the worst in Big Blue View's Week 5 Power Rankings

Week 4 did not bring any change for the New York Giants, who moved to 0-4 after a lopsided loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers, two franchises that are in contention for division titles and playoff berths year in and year out, are now one of the few winless teams with not much optimism on the horizon.

Here are Big Blue View's Week 5 NFL Power Rankings:

1. Denver Broncos (4-0): Peyton Manning is playing out of mind. He's dominated the NFC East, and next we'll see what he does against the division-leading Cowboys. (LW: 1)

2. Seattle Seahawks (4-0): It's such a close call between Seattle and Denver. It's an impressive feat to go down to Houston and play a dominant second half. (LW: 2)

3. New England Patriots (4-0): The Pats offense is beginning to find its form, and the defense quietly playing well. (LW: 3)

4. New Orleans Saints (4-0): With so many weapons on offense and a revamped D, the Saints, again, look like a Super Bowl contender. (LW: 4)

5. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0): With such a convincing win against the Giants, I'm finally becoming a believer in the Chiefs. This defense is for real. (LW: 10)

6. San Francisco 49ers (2-2): It looks like the Niners needed a wake-up call, because Colin Kaepernick and that D showed up on Thursday night. (LW: 7)

7. Indianapolis Colts (3-1): You expect the Colts to lay the smackdown on Jacksonville. Hosting Seattle will be a big test for Andrew Luck and Co. (LW:11)

8. Green Bay Packers (1-2): A bye week should allow Eddie Lacy to get healthy. (LW: 8)

9. Detroit Lions (3-1): Whether it's the Reggie Bush effect on offense or the more disciplined defense, this Lions team has the potential to take the NFC North. (LW: 12)

10. Chicago Bears (3-1): I'd credit the Lions defense for this loss. Still, the Bears defense needs to regain its form. (LW: 5)

11. Baltimore Ravens (2-2): What's nagging the champs? The contract they handed Joe Flacco has apparently confused the offensive coordinator. (LW: 6)

12. Tennessee Titans (3-1): Tennessee is 3-1, but let's see how healthy Jake Locker is. Wins against San Diego and New York are OK, but let's see how they fare in their next three against Kansas City, Seattle and San Fran. (LW: 22)

13. San Diego Chargers (2-2): Philip River continues his resurgence. Cannot wait to see him and Peyton Manning clash in an AFC West shootout. (LW: 18)

14. Houston Texans (2-2): The Texans finally fell on the wrong side of a close one, and it was a heart-breaker. Matt Schaub has to prove he can win a "big game." (LW: 13)

15. Dallas Cowboys (2-2): A quick glance at the box score shows the Cowboys played pretty well despite losing to the Chargers. Still, they're leading the NFC East. (LW: 14)

16. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2): The Bengals are playing like a "yeah but" squad. Yeah, they beat Green Bay, but a division champion doesn't put up two field goals against Cleveland. (LW: 15)

17. Miami Dolphins (3-1): The Dolphins are better than we thought they would be, but on Monday night their flaws were glaring. Consider them a project still. (LW: 16)

18. Buffalo Bills (2-2) Beating the Super Bowl champs is always worthy of a power rankings boost. (LW: 21)

19. Atlanta Falcons (1-3): No team dropped further in the rankings than Atlanta, which has certainly disappointed early on. The talent is there, but where are the wins? (LW: 9)

20. St. Louis Rams (2-2) Much of the blame has been placed on Sam Bradford. Perhaps we should join in? (LW: 17)

21. Cleveland Browns (2-2): Brian Hoyer has helped Cleveland turn the corner. (LW: 28)

22. New York Jets (2-2): Just when the Jets appear to be turning a corner, they put forth a so-so effort. And now, the injuries are piling up. (LW: 19)

23. Carolina Panthers (1-2): Will Carolina maintain the momentum following the week off? (LW: 23)

24. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3): Nobody had very high expectations for this defense, and Peyton Manning showed us why. (LW: 20)

25. Arizona Cardinals (2-2) It wasn't pretty, but the Cards got past the Bucs in their East Coast swing. (LW: 24)

26. Minnesota Vikings (1-3): The Vikings had to go across the pond just to get their first win of the season. Is this Matt Cassel's team now? (LW: 25)

27. Washington Redskins (1-3): The Skins are off the snide, but they beat the Raiders and their second-string quarterback. (LW: 26)

28. Oakland Raiders (1-3): The Raiders were more competitive with Matt Flynn than the Giants under Eli Manning. (LW: 30)

29. New York Giants (0-4): The Giants went 1-for-14 on third down, and the injuries are piling up on the defense and along the offensive line. (LW: 27)

30: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4): If I'm Greg Schiano, am I forcing my rookie quarterback to attempt 43 passes? When is it fair to say Schiano is on the hot seat? (LW:29)

31: PIttsburgh Steelers (0-4): Since when does a Steelers defense allow Matt Cassel to look like a Pro Bowler and not have a better plan to contain Adrian Peterson? (LW: 31)

32: Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4): Well, at least they weren't shutout. Gulp. (LW: 32)

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