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Monday, October 12, 2009
Power rankings revisited: Week 5



Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Week 4 Rank Team Mike Sando John Clayton Paul Kuharsky Jeff Chadiha
1 IND 1 1 2 3
2 NYG 3 3 1 1
3 MIN 2 2 4 4
4 NO 4 4 3 2
5 NYJ 5 6 5 5
6 NE 6 7 6 6
7 BAL 7 8 7 7
8 DEN 8 5 10 8
9 ATL 10 9 8 12
10 PHI 9 10 12 11
11 CIN 11 11 13 9
12 SF 14 14 9 10
13 GB 12 15 11 15
14 CHI 13 13 14 13
15 PIT 15 12 15 14
16 SD 16 16 16 16
17 DAL 20 17 17 17
18 JAC 18 19 19 19
19 ARI 17 18 18 23
20 HOU 19 20 20 18
21 MIA 21 22 22 21
22 WAS 27 21 21 20
23 BUF 22 24 24 22
24 SEA 25 23 23 24
25 TEN 23 25 25 25
26 CAR 24 26 26 26
27 DET 26 28 27 27
28 OAK 28 27 28 28
29 CLE 29 29 31 29
30 KC 30 30 29 31
31 TB 31 31 30 30
32 STL 32 32 32 32

The Broncos almost have to assume a spot among the top five in ESPN.com's next power rankings, right?

Yes, in theory, but the reality might be different. The top three teams in the Week 5 rankings won convincingly, the fourth team had a bye (New Orleans) and the fifth team could win Monday night (Miami).

I might move the Broncos into the fifth spot even if the Jets beat the Dolphins. There's no arguing with 5-0.

Here's another issue for debate: Should Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton land a spot in the next MVP Watch after completing 35 of 48 passes for 330 yards in outdueling Tom Brady? You tell me.

And now, the power rankings revisited (chart shows rankings entering Week 5, with losing teams in red) ...

The reckoning: Five games featured lower-ranked teams defeating higher-ranked teams: Still to play: (5) New York Jets at (21) Miami Dolphins on "Monday Night Football."

Welcome to Loserville: The Jaguars, Raiders, Bucs, Rams, 49ers and Titans lost by a combined score of 232-50. Should be an electric atmosphere in Jacksonville when the Rams visit the Jaguars in Week 6.

Doing 120 in the southbound lane: Jacksonville, San Francisco, Washington. The 49ers went from 35-point winners to 35-point losers. Mike Singletary deserves an extra defeat on his resume after losing his cool and jawing with Falcons guard Harvey Dahl. We want winners, Mike, not whiners.

Northbound in a hurry: Denver, Atlanta, Seattle. We'll be adding Matt Ryan to the MVP Watch list this week. The 49ers' defense had no chance against him.

My early favorite for the No. 1 spot: Indianapolis, again, and it's non-negotiable.