We've completed five weeks of the 2011 NFL season and as we look at the NFL power rankings entering Week 6 it's becoming clear that the Green Bay Packers are the best team in the NFL. Surprisingly, their competition comes from Motown -- the Detroit Lions. Indeed, the last two undefeated teams are both in the NFC North and they're scheduled to meet twice this year.
A lot of things can and will change but here's how our weekly NFL power rankings shake out this week:
1. Green Bay Packers (5-0, LW: 1): The Packers have shown us they can win in a number of ways. After falling behind 14-0, they scored 25 straight to beat the Falcons.
2. Detroit Lions (5-0, LW: 5): OK, Monday Night Football in Detroit was awesome. Now I'm thinking Packers-Lions on Thanksgiving could be the game of the year. (Yes, the Lions in a game of the year!)
3. Baltimore Ravens (3-1, LW: 2): Seems pretty clear to me they're going to win 12 or 13 games this year.
5. New England Patriots (4-1, LW: 4): Impressive stat: the Pats have scored at least 30 points in 13 straight regular season games. Gotta go back to last year's loss to the Browns to find the last time they didn't.
6. San Diego Chargers (4-1, LW: 6): They're winning, but they're not blowing anyone out. For some reason, I think that's actually a good thing.
7. Buffalo Bills (4-1, LW: 10): As everyone expected, the Bills are tied with the Patriots atop the AFC East standings through five weeks....right?
8. San Francisco 49ers (4-1, LW: 14): I'll admit I've been sleeping on the 49ers. You can't deny a 4-1 record, with the one loss coming in overtime.
9. Washington Redskins (3-1, LW: 11): This is a pretty quiet 3-1 team but they'll get some attention this week as they face the 1-4 Eagles and try to deliver a possible knockout punch to Philly.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2, LW: 15): Pittsburgh is strange this year. One week, I think they're falling off and the next week they put out a dominant performance. Five touchdowns from your quarterback, plus that defense, will get it done.
11. Houston Texans (3-2, LW: 7): I really like this team -- and it could be their year to get over the playoff hump -- but they're getting killed with injuries. First, Arian Foster early in the year, which they survived. Second, Andre Johnson for three weeks. And now Mario Williams -- for the entire season. Ouch.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2, LW: 8): A team that wins 10 games last year, and three of their first four this year, gets routed by 45 points against the 49ers. Any given Sunday...
13. New York Giants (3-2, LW: 12): Everyone was surprised to see the Seahawks put up 36 on New York. Once again, I can't figure out who this team is.
14. Tennessee Titans (3-2, LW: 13): I'm still impressed they're this competitive when Chris Johnson is playing like one of the worst running backs in the league. Think about how much better they could be if he were playing like the old Chris Johnson.
15. Oakland Raiders (3-2, LW: 19): A win for Al Davis, led by Al Davis draft picks. They can feed off this momentum for a while.
16. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2, LW: 21): Didn't I tell you last week I'm back on the Cincy bandwagon? Because I am.
17. New York Jets (2-3, LW: 9): It's three losses in a row, and three losses by two or more scores in a row. My gut says they'll get it together but with the Bills and Patriots ahead of them in the division, it won't be easy.
18. Dallas Cowboys (2-2, LW: 16): One week they're a top 10 team that closes out games and the next week they're a so-so team that can't close in the fourth quarter. We'll put them in the middle of the pack until they tell us which team they are.
19. Chicago Bears (2-3, LW: 17): It's hard to take this team seriously with that offensive line. Miserable protection and a bad game plan with no help protecting Cutler on Monday night.
20. Atlanta Falcons (2-3, LW: 18): They're headed in the wrong direction and I'm not really sure they have an identity right now.
21. Cleveland Browns (2-2, LW: 22): The next three weeks will tell us what kind of team they are -- Raiders, Seahawks and 49ers. All winnable games.
22. Philadelphia Eagles (1-4, LW: 20): It's Week 6 and the Eagles face a must-win game against the Redskins. That's not good.
23. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3, LW: 27): KC puts up two in a row but those wins came against two winless teams. A win against Oakland after the bye, and that Halloween game against San Diego is all of a sudden a big one.
24. Carolina Panthers (1-4, LW: 25): Panthers lose again but Cam Newton does well. He's more advanced than most rookie quarterbacks in recent memory. This season's about Cam -- not the playoffs.
25. Arizona Cardinals (1-4, LW: 24): Kevin Kolb was supposed to be the one to turn things around in Arizona but instead he hasn't completed over 60 percent of his passes and has more picks than touchdowns. Was he a mistake or is this just a learning curve?
26. Seattle Seahawks (2-3, LW: 28): They headed east for an early game in New Jersey and put up 36 points and beat the Giants. I really don't know anything about the NFL.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4, LW: 23): I'm thinking the Jaguars should be talked about more as a candidate for the No. 1 pick.
29. Minnesota Vikings (1-4, LW: 31): The Vikes finally hang onto a halftime lead. It's gotta be annoying for Vikings fans that the team has this much talent and yet they're 1-4.
30. St. Louis Rams (0-4, LW: 29): I just don't get it. I really don't. Josh McDaniels was supposed to help take Sam Bradford to the next level. They won seven games last year and they were supposed to take that third year leap under Steve Spagnuolo. I can't figure this out.
31. Indianapolis Colts (0-5, LW: 30): Yes, Indy is 0-5 and they have a lot of problems but I can't put them at No. 32, not yet at least. They've been competitive for four straight weeks.
32. Miami Dolphins (0-4, LW: 32): The Dolphins are hosting the Florida Gators title reunion day....the same week Tebow comes in as a starter. Uh...