NFL Power Rankings: Ravens stuck at No. 5

Here's my reaction to ESPN's Week 5 Power Rankings. I don't have a vote, but I have an opinion:


Ranking: No. 5

Record: 3-1

Reaction: An argument could be made that the Ravens deserve to be No. 3, ahead of New England and Detroit. Their three wins have been by a combined score of 106-31 (average margin of 25 points). Their only loss came against the No. 8 team (Tennessee Titans). That's a better body of work than the Patriots, whose margin of victory is 13.3 points and their one loss came against the No. 9 Bills.


Ranking: No. 13

Record: 2-2

Reaction: Injuries and a tough start to the schedule (three of four games were on the road) have dropped them to their season-low standing. When healthy, Pittsburgh is easily a top-10 team. Still, the Steelers are the highest-ranked team with a 2-2 record, ahead of the likes of the Jets, Raiders and Cowboys. Pittsburgh has a chance to jump back into the top 10 this Sunday against the No. 8 Titans.


Ranking: No. 21

Record: 2-2

Reaction: Cincinnati's up-and-down season continues. The Bengals' comeback win over the previously unbeaten Bills moved them up six spots, and hovering around the top 20 is about right for this inconsistent team. If the Bengals had scored in the red zone against the 49ers a couple of weeks ago, they would have been in the top 15.


Ranking: No. 22

Record: 2-2

Reaction: The Browns are ranked last among teams with 2-2 records. No complaints here considering Cleveland's only wins came against two winless teams, the 29th-ranked Colts and the 31st-ranked Dolphins. There will be question marks around this team until the Browns deliver a convincing win.