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LB Adalius Thomas (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
LB Adalius Thomas (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Lead NFL Analyst, Scout.com
Posted Oct 6, 2007


Former pro scout Tom Marino ranks the 32 teams as they prepare for Week 5 action. Teams are rising and falling. Take a look at this week's rankings and then talk about it in our Scout.com team fan forums!

2007 Power Rankings: Week 4
  TW LW Team Comments
1 (1) Patriots
(4-0)
Making it look very easy on both sides of the football, but remember it's a marathon and not a sprint to the finish in the NFL.
2  (2) Cowboys
(4-0)
Defense is starting to play to their potential. Watch out NFC, the Cowboys are about to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
3 (3) Colts
(4-0)
People are starting to take them for granted. Can't wait for the November 4th showdown at home versus the Patriots.
(4) Steelers
(3-1)
Special teams blunder contributed to team's first loss. Still not sure this is a 3-1 based on skill level or light early season schedule.
(8) Packers
(3-0)
Perfect season so far is impressive, but the rest of the season might not be as kind if they keep having problems running the ball.
6  (9) Seahawks
(3-1)
The class of the anemic NFC West. If they can avoid longterm injuries to key personnel they should breeze to another NFC West title.
(12) Lions
(3-1)
Gutsy win against the Bears is a sign that this team is for real. Three down and seven to go if you're keeping score out there.
(5) Ravens
(2-2)
Ravens are having a difficult time putting points on the board. Defense was not prepared in loss to the upstart Browns.
 (6) Chargers
(1-3)
Going to need to right the ship quickly to have a chance to repeat as division champs. Consistency at QB might be the key factor.
10  (7) Bears
(1-3)
Key injuries on defense and an unimpressive offensive unit are not a good combination for a struggling football team.
11  (18) Buccaneers
(3-1)
A better team then I had originally considered. Garcia has been the difference. Serious injuries to key personnel could prove costly.
12  (11) Broncos
(2-2)
Struggling Broncos could easily be four down at point. Next four weeks should tell you a little about the character and makeup of this team.
13  (10) Bengals
(1-3)
Good timing for a bye week. Lets see if this underachieving club gets Coach Lewis' message and gets down to business.
14  (13) Jaguars
(2-1)
Doing it with mirrors, the Jags hope the bye week will help heal the wounded and serve as a jump-start for their struggling offense.
15  (27) Giants
(2-2)
After a very slow start they've experienced an epiphany of sorts over the last two games with the defense leading the way.
16  (14) Titans
(2-1)
Running game is suspect, receivers are unproven and QB is still developing, but nobody bothered to tell the young Titans.
17  (15) Texans
(2-2)
Hit a bump in the road last (Atlanta) but should rebound versus Miami. First-year starter at QB impressive, but no running game is a concern.
18  (16) Panthers
(2-2)
Could be a long season if Delhomme doesn't return to form. Carr's numbers were better than his on-field performance.
19  (20) Redskins
(2-1)
The Skins moved up in the power rankings this week -- now if only they can add a few more byes to their schedule to get it done.
20  (17) Eagles
(1-3)
Key injuries to key personnel (RB and LOT) were disastrous. Winston Justice in his first start at left tackle was a total embarrassment.
21  (19) 49ers
(2-2)
The 49ers' performances to date confirm that it's hard win without a dominant signal-caller spinning the football each week.
22  (28) Browns
(2-2)
Not sure it will last, but I like the way they have responded to the QB change after the season opener. Defense needs to be more consist.
23  (26) Cardinals
(2-2)
Lack of consistency necessitated the change to veteran QB Kurt Warner. DT Darnell Dockett has upgraded an already solid defense.
24  (29) Raiders
(2-2)
Culpepper return to Miami proved that revenge is "oh, so sweet." Aggressive defense is making things happen.
25  (24) Saints
(0-3)
A major disappointment on both sides of the football, the Saints need to regroup quickly to get back into the race.
26  (21) Vikings
(1-3)
Hard to run your offense with the 33rd- (Holcomb) and 47th- (Jackson) rated quarterback respectively in the league.
27  (22) Bills
(1-3)
Trent Edwards (the top college QB in the country last season) was impressive in his first start of his professional career.
28  (30) Chiefs
(2-2)
QB Damon Huard came up big in a victory over the Chargers. Passing game is too dependent on Tony Gonzalez and needs more balance.
29  (23) Rams
(0-4)
Injuries have decimated the Rams on both sides of the ball, but regardless, this team lacks direction, leadership and toughness.
30  (25) Jets
(1-3)
Thomas Jones is hitting his stride, but the same can't be said for the rest of the offensive unit. Team lacks the firepower to play catch-up.
31  (32) Falcons
(1-3)
Winning won't come easy, but they've have a good attitude and play hard. They're struggling to establish the running game.
32  (31) Dolphins
(0-4)
Offensive struggles were expected, but defensive woes have been a surprise. Far from a good football team at this stage.



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