Nfl Week 5

October 06, 2002|By Ken Murray

POWER RANKINGS

Team Ken Murray's comment

1. Oakland (5) Averaging 37.7 points, 450.3 yards per game.

2. Philadelphia (4) Eagles score 30-plus points three weeks in row.

3. New England (1) Bill Belichick is 1-5 vs. Dolphins.

4. Miami (2) TE Randy McMichael a steal in fourth round.

5. San Diego (14) Marty-ball is back for an encore in AFC West.

6. Denver (3) Can Broncos regroup after that debacle?

7. San Francisco (8) Chance to end losing streak against Rams.

8. Buffalo (15) Drew Bledsoe has gone 149 passes without INT.

9. Chicago (7) Anthony Thomas averaging 3.0 yards per carry.

10. Indianapolis (10) Qadry Ismail has team-high 3 TDs.

11. New Orleans (6) Couldn't erase 20-point deficit this time.

12. Tampa Bay (12) Mike Pittman leading rusher and receiver.

13. Green Bay (11) Packers' defense is in real trouble.

14. Cleveland (9) Inventing ways to lose close games.

15. Jacksonville (20) Healthy Fred Taylor makes Jaguars a contender.

16. Pittsburgh (17) Kordell Stewart had his chances.

17. Carolina (19) Had Packers on ropes at Lambeau.

18. Atlanta (18) Michael Vick leads all QBs in rushing yards.

19. N.Y. Giants (13) Just like that, the offense has disappeared.

20. Dallas (24) Quincy Carter held off the wolves.

21. Kansas City (26) Priest Holmes leads league in scoring.

22. Washington (22) Would Redskins trade for Bledsoe now?

23. Ravens (29) Another prime-time game for Ray Lewis.

24. Arizona (25) Still scouting for a new stadium.

25. Tennessee (21) Punt coverage team has allowed three TDs.

26. St. Louis (16) Hasn't won since NFC championship game.

27. Seattle (28) Mike Holmgren's not out of woods yet.

28. Detroit (31) Lions rallied around Joey Harrington.

29. Houston (30) Blitz defense pummeled Donovan McNabb.

30. N.Y. Jets (23) No last hurrah for Vinny Testaverde.

31. Minnesota (27) Mike Tice should've suspended Randy Moss.

32. Cincinnati (32) Is Boomer Esiason available?

(Last week's ranking in parentheses)

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

Dolphins RB Ricky Williams: LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 217 yards and two TDs against New England. Can Williams top that?

Jaguars RB Fred Taylor: In his past two games, Taylor (right) has rushed for 256 yards. He goes against an Eagles defense that hasn't allowed more than 53 to any back this year.

Falcons RB Warrick Dunn: After rushing for 4,200 yards over five years for the Bucs, Dunn will face his former teammates. He figures to get a key role today.

THE HONORS

Game of the week: Patriots at Dolphins. Division lead at stake for two teams coming off losses.

Dog of the week: Bengals at Colts. Cincinnati's revolving door spits out Akili Smith after one game. Now it's Jon Kitna's turn again.

Upset of the week: Bills over Raiders. Bills and Bledsoe have their best chance yet to show how far they've come this season. Raiders are due.

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