Back in the saddle for yet another week of digital collaboration with a bunch of dudes I met on the internet. More professionally; the weekly Yardbaker Power Ranking, brought to you be Gillette Fusion. With some solid experience behind us, these Week 5 rankings should provide a little more relevance. Our team of experts have deduced that there is nothing more relevant than Archie Manning's parenting skills. Seriously. I mean, the guy must have been a wizard with Lincoln Logs and pumping vegetables down his children's throats; namely, Peyton and Eli - who sit atop our Power Rankings for the second straight week. Other notable movers and shakers: the Broncos, Eagles and Bengals. What can we say? Our professionals are easily influenced by teams with animal names. You hear that Rams, Bucs and Lions? Give us a little and we'll give you a lot.
- Matt / Joe Sports Fan
Black Sports Online: At this point in the season it is becoming clear who the contenders and who have absolutely no shot (sort of like Rush Limbaugh chances of owning the Rams). But remember it is still early; it isn't how you start, it is how you finish. I think there will be a lot of movement over the next couple of weeks as some of the big boys start clashing with each other.
Rumors & Rants: Carson Palmer showed me something with that game-winning drive on Sunday. Maybe, just maybe the Bengals are for real. This is also a huge week for the AFC West. The Broncos look like they're for real, but their Monday night matchup with San Diego looms large for both squads as it could decide the division title in October.
Cold Hard Football Facts: The NFL makes up for the Week 5 debacle, the worst week of games in memory, with a battle of statistical juggernauts in NYG and NO. If not morbidly obese, we'd jump for joy. Cincy, meanwhile, is easily the No. 2 surprise team of 2009, after Denver. Remember, the Bungles were 0-8 last year. They're 8-4-1 in the 13 games since.
Sportz Assassin: I'm finally giving in to the Broncos. This team is good. I'm not as sold on the Bengals yet. I still think the Colts are the best team playing right now, though watching the Giants and Saints go after it this Sunday will be awesome!
Awful Announcing: The top ten, and bottom ten, are probably similar across the board. My trouble is where do you rank underachieving teams compared to those that are overachieving. There's no way I think the Bengals could defeat some of the teams in the middle of the pack (Arizona, Dallas, SD), but you have to give the Cardiac Cats some credit.
Midwest Sports Fan: I'm buying into both the Bengals and the Broncos. Don't crown them yet, but they have both impressed me thus far. The Patriots and Ravens take a big dip this week. I'm sure they will both make the playoffs, they both must step up their game to hang with the Colts and Broncos and even the Bengals in the AFC.