2012 NFL Power Rankings Going Into Week 5

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

<p> 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.</p>

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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