2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week Five

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1. Green Bay Packers (5-0): Five weeks in and the Packers have established themselves as the elite team in the NFL.

2. New England Patriots (4-1): Was there ever any real doubt that the Patriots wouldn’t beat the Jets at home?

3. New Orleans Saints (4-1): The Saints don’t grab the headlines now, but they’ll trade that for being able to make headlines in February.

4. Detroit Lions (5-0): How can you not be happy for the Detroit Lions this season?

5. Baltimore Ravens (3-1): The Ravens’ defense is on a mission this season.

6. Buffalo Bills (4-1): Can the Bills really keep pace with the Patriots in the AFC East all season?

7. San Diego Chargers (4-1): The Chargers do their best to lose, but just can’t seem to get it done.

8. San Francisco 49ers (4-1): A dominating defense could have this division locked up early.

9. Washington Redskins (3-1): A win this week buries the Eagles and makes the Redskins true contenders.

10. Houston Texans (3-2): The Texans seemed cursed to never make the playoffs, with injuries to big playmakers Andre Johnson and Mario Williams.