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NFL Power Rankings, Week 5: Packers Remain On Top, Lions Inching Closer

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SB Nation's 2011 NFL power rankings for Week 5 keep the Packers at the No. 1 spot while the Lions break the top five for the first time all season.

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There's no change in the top three teams of SB Nation's 2011 power rankings for Week 5 as the Packers, Ravens and Saints all won last weekend and remain at the top. The Lions continue to win which earns them a top five spot in our power rankings this week and what was once expected as a Super Bowl team, the Eagles, slide into the 20th spot.

Here is how we have all the 32 teams ranked entering Week 5:

1. Green Bay Packers (4-0, LW: 1): We asked in our Week 4 NFL Debrief: Who will beat the Packers? The defense has some issues but that doesn't seem to matter to Aaron Rodgers.

2. Baltimore Ravens (3-1, LW: 2): The Ravens take the early lead in the AFC North with a 3-1 record. They have a big game in Week 6 against the Texans and then two against the Jags and Cardinals. The Steelers better catch up.

3. New Orleans Saints (3-1, LW: 3): The Saints are cruising right now after three wins in a row. I could be wrong but it seems we're forgetting how good Drew Brees is.

4. New England Patriots (3-1, LW: 5): The Pats take care of business in Oakland moving to 3-1 but check out their next five: Jets, Cowboys, at Steelers, Giants and at Jets.

5. Detroit Lions (4-0, LW: 8): Whoa. That was pretty cool. The Lions came down from 24 points to beat the Cowboys and Megatron now has two touchdown catches in every game this season.


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6. San Diego Chargers (3-1, LW: 12): The Chargers usually struggle early in the season so they're not putting themselves in a hole this year.

7. Houston Texans (3-1, LW: 10): Big-time win over the Steelers last weekend. Their AFC South competition is now the Titans, both sitting at 3-1.

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1, LW: 11): It wasn't pretty but the Bucs and LeGarrette Blount took care of business against the Colts on Monday Night Football. They have a brutal schedule coming up against a handful of 3-1 teams.

9. New York Jets (2-2, LW: 6): That's two losses in a row for New York. Just an early season struggle? Or the sign of a bigger collapse?

10. Buffalo Bills (3-1, LW: 7): It's strange that we're now surprised when the Bills lose. They should've had that one against Cincy.

11. Washington Redskins (3-1, LW: 13): Quietly, the Redskins have put together a 3-1 record. They have a division game in Week 6 against the Eagles before a four-game streak of very winnable games.

12. New York Giants (3-1, LW: 14): The Giants have a big opportunity to put a dent in the NFC East in October with games coming up against the Seahawks, Bills and Dolphins.

13. Tennessee Titans (3-1, LW: 18): Count me as one person that didn't expect the Titans to stand at 3-1 with an ineffective Chris Johnson.

14. San Francisco 49ers (3-1, LW: 20): We now have a leader in the clubhouse in the NFC West. The 49ers (!) hold a two-game lead over everyone a quarter of the way through the season.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2, LW: 4): OK, what's going on in Pittsburgh? I'll keep them here in the teens until Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall prove they're healthy.

16. Dallas Cowboys (2-2, LW: 9): Oy. Another fourth quarter loss. The talent is there but they can't string together multiple wins. This might be the most frustrating team in the NFL.

17. Chicago Bears (2-2, LW: 21): Who knew the biggest NFC North game of the season would come this early between the Bears and Lions?

18. Atlanta Falcons (2-2, LW: 16): They've won two close ones to bring their record to .500. Is Atlanta part of the 50 percent turnover rate we see from playoff teams year to year?

19. Oakland Raiders (2-2, LW: 15): I wondered last week if I had these guys overrated at No. 15 but I think that was about right. Still, a middle-of-the-road team could win the AFC West.

20. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3, LW: 17): And the surprise of the season: The Eagles are 1-3 and now they have two surprisingly hard games in Buffalo and Washington coming up.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2, LW: 25): I'm back on the Cincy bandwagon after a two-week layoff. Who knows what can happen if Pittsburgh continues to struggle?

22. Cleveland Browns (2-2, LW: 18): Sorta like the Bengals, this is one of my surprise teams in 2011. They gotta beat Oakland and Seattle coming up if they're thinking playoffs this year.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3, LW: 22): Maurice Jones-Drew is the workhorse but they need more than that. The Jags look lost through four weeks, with some tough games coming up.

24. Arizona Cardinals (1-3, LW: 23): The Cardinals were supposed to be one of those up-and-coming teams with Kevin Kolb in the fold. They look like they're headed in the wrong direction right now.

25. Carolina Panthers (1-3, LW: 24): This season isn't necessarily about winning 10 games but developing Cam Newton, and that's going very well to this point.

26. Denver Broncos (1-3, LW: 27): Don't worry, Broncos. You're not the only one Aaron Rodgers is slicing up these days.

27. Kansas City Chiefs (1-3, LW: 30): KC exits the Andrew Luck sweepstakes -- for now -- with a Week 4 victory over the Vikings. Believe it or not, they can make the AFC West interesting with games coming up against Indy and Oakland.

28. Seattle Seahawks (1-3, LW: 26): I just don't know how they're going to score a lot of points. 29th in the league right now.

29. St. Louis Rams (0-4, LW: 28): What the heck is going on here? The Rams are not this bad. They're not. The defense is ranked 30th, and the offense is ranked 31st. What's the deal?

30. Indianapolis Colts (0-4, LW: 29): Indy lost to the Steelers and Bucs in consecutive weeks but they were competitive doing it. Unfortunately, that may be the best they can hope for all year.

31. Minnesota Vikings (0-4, LW: 32): It was a coin toss as to whether it would be Miami or MInnesota in last place and the Vikings avoid No. 32 this week. This team is like the Rams -- there's no way they should be this bad.

32. Miami Dolphins (0-4, LW: 31): When the biggest story line in your city is that the head coach is safe for another two weeks, it's not a good season.