2012 NFL Power Rankings Going Into Week 5

The Houston Texans have climbed to the top spot in Athlon Sports' NFL Power Rankings.

Each week during the season Athlon Sports looks at the best and worst football teams in the NFL. Here are our NFL Power Rankings following Week 4 of the season.

1. Texans (4-0) Top-ranked defense makes Houston a problem.

2. Falcons (4-0) Matty Ice leads last-minute comeback over Carolina.

3. Cardinals (4-0) Have won eight straight at home, including five in OT.

4. 49ers (3-1) Kaepernick shows Jets how Wildcat should be run.

5. Eagles (3-1) Improve to 8–1 in last nine games against Giants.

6. Ravens (3-1) Regular officials return to ovation on Thursday night.

7. Giants (2-2) Tynes’ potential game-winning FG wide left at Philly.

8. Patriots (2-2) Score 45 second-half points in blowout at Buffalo.

9. Packers (2-2) Bounce back to win after replacement ref scandal.

10. Bears (3-1) Monsters of the Midway dominate on MNF in Big D.

11. Bengals (3-1) Dalton-to-Green too much for overmatched Jaguars.

12. Chargers (3-1) Rivers tops 25,000 yards passing in 100th NFL start.

13. Broncos (2-2) Outscore Raiders 27–0 in second half of blowout.

14. Steelers (1-2) Polamalu (calf), Harrison (knee) set to play after bye.

15. Vikings (3-1) End 11-game losing streak against NFC North foes.

16. Cowboys (2-2) Romo throws career-high five INTs in loss to Bears.

17. Redskins (2-2) RG3 overcomes headset failure on winning drive.

18. Bills (2-2) Fall to 1–17 in last 18 games vs. AFC East rival Pats.

19. Jets (2-2) Still no Tebow despite worst shutout loss since 1989.

20. Rams (2-2) Rookie Zuerlein hits team record 60-yard FG in win.

21. Seahawks (2-2) Some fans calling for Flynn after Russell struggles.

22. Panthers (1-3) Let victory slip through their claws against Falcons.

23. Saints (0-4) Brees ties Unitas with TD pass in 47 straight games.

24. Titans (1-3) Locker dislocates shoulder; CJ141Y has breakout.

25. Lions (1-3) Victimized by special teams for second straight week.

26. Buccaneers (1-3) Victory Formation would be nice right about now.

27. Dolphins (1-3) Wake records 4.5 sacks in losing effort at Arizona.

28. Raiders (1-3) Worst loss to Broncos since 1962, pre-Al Davis era.

29. Chiefs (1-3) Lose six turnovers in loss to AFC West rival Chargers.

30. Jaguars (1-3) Fred Taylor inducted into ring of honor before loss.

31. Colts (1-3) Pagano diagnosed with leukemia, out indefinitely.

32. Browns (0-4) Weeden air mails last chance pass in loss at Ravens.
 

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