2013 Week 5 NFL power rankings

Peyton Manning has the Broncos playing like champions

10/1/13 in NFL   |   ZacWassink   |   72 respect

Sep 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) waves as he leaves the field following the win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Eagles 52-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY SportsThe New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers are two of the worst teams in the National Football League, and the Cleveland Browns are in first place. September 2013 was a wacky month. Elsewhere around the league, Peyton Manning continues to turn back the clock.

That guy's pretty good.

2013 Week 5 NFL power rankings

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4): It's quite possible that Jacksonville is the worst NFL team I have ever seen. Yes, the Jags really are that bad.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4): You have to hand it to TB for finding new ways to lose games with every week. What does a guy gotta do to get fired, Greg Schiano?

30. New York Giants (0-4): This isn't a fluke or just a rough patch. The Giants are awful, and they aren't getting better this season.

29. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4): Big Ben thinks he plays for the worst team in the NFL. He may not be that far off.

28. Oakland Raiders (1-3): Oakland without Terrelle Pryor is ugly to watch. Get healthy and soon, sir.

27. Minnesota Vikings (1-3): Beat a team that isn't winless, Minnesota. Then we'll talk.

26. Washington Redskins (1-3): Beat a team that doesn't stink, Washington. Then we'll talk.

25. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3): Philly was the latest team to be ca-rushed by the Broncos. The offense of the Eagles hasn't looked unstoppable as of late.

24. St. Louis Rams (1-3): The Rams are right up there with the most disappointing sides in the NFL this season. Their defense is awful.

23. Carolina Panthers (1-2): This was not the best time for Carolina to have an off week. That victory over the Giants doesn't at all look special anymore.

22. New York Jets (2-2): I take no joy in burying the J-E-T-S. With that said, they looked absolutely pitiful at Tennessee.

21. Arizona Cardinals (2-2): It was ugly, and the Cards were a bit lucky at TB. A win is a win, though, and Arizona is back at .500.

20. Atlanta Falcons (1-3): Maybe Atlanta isn't nearly as good as many thought. You are what your record says you are, and the Falcons are 1-3.

19. Houston Texans (2-2): I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I'm not at all sold on Houston. The Texans could easily be 0-4.

18. Baltimore Ravens (2-2): Five, count 'em, five Joe Flacco interceptions. That can't happen.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2): Cincy's offense was awfully ordinary in Cleveland. Don't look now, but the Bengals are very lucky to not be 1-3.

16. Buffalo Bills (2-2): Buffalo's defense propelled the team to a big home win in Week 4. E.J. Manuel completing only ten passes in a game isn't going to cut it, though.

15. Cleveland Browns (2-2): All eyes are on Brian Hoyer, but he isn't the only reason Cleveland has won two straight. The defense of the Browns is one of the best in the league.

14. Dallas Cowboys (2-2): There were times in September when Dallas looked like an 8-8 team. Fortunately for the 'Boys, that could be good enough to win the division.

13. San Diego Chargers (2-2): The talent for a winning team is there, especially with Philip Rivers being a Comeback Player of the Year candidate. The Chargers still haven't played a complete game, though, and that's a concern.

12. Green Bay Packers (1-2): They absolutely have flaws, but I still see the Packers as the top team in the division. I have that much faith in Aaron Rodgers.

11. San Francisco 49ers (2-2): And some were worried about the San Fran offense. Nothing like a 24-point victory to ease the mind.

10. Chicago Bears (3-1): Chicago isn't giving up 30 points in a half every weekend. Don't worry too much about the Bears right now.

9. Tennessee Titans (3-1): 3-1 is nice and all, but Jake Locker will be nursing a hip injury for at least a month. That could mean bad times for the Titans.

8. Miami Dolphins (3-1): Being blown out in New Orleans isn't a reason for alarm. Miami remains a good football team.

7. Indianapolis Colts (3-1): Indy has twice won when away this season. That could be huge for the Colts come January.

6. Detroit Lions (3-1): Reggie Bush is on a different level right now. Detroit will be in every game as long as Bush stays healthy.

5. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0): It's hard for me to believe that the Chiefs are not for real. Sure, beating up on the NFC East doesn't mean a lot in 2013, but 4-0 is 4-0.

4. New England Patriots (4-0): Vince Wilfork is out for the season. That's a massive blow for a defense that isn't necessarily elite.

3. Seattle Seahawks (4-0): Seattle stealing wins when on the road is huge for a team that has maybe the best home-field advantage in North American professional sports.

2. New Orleans Saints (4-0): Stop no-selling the New Orleans defense. Drew Brees is phenomenal, but the Saints are hardly a one-man team.

1. Denver Broncos (4-0): Peyton Manning looks better than ever, and the Broncos will continue to be kings of NFL power rankings until that is no longer the case.

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