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The News Tribune NFL Rankings -- Week 5

I dropped the Seahawks down to 23rd overall this week after a pasting by the Colts.

ESPN dropped Seattle to 24th overall. Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has the Seahawks ranked at 22nd overall.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated ranks Seattle 22nd overall. Clifton Brown of the Sporting News has the Seahawks at 24th overall.

1. N.Y. Giants (1): Completing a soft spot of their schedule; after drilling Kansas City and Tampa Bay in consecutive weeks, Giants now host Raiders.

2. Minnesota (2): WR Percy Harvin proved he's worth the draft risk, with three touchdowns already, including a 101-yard kick return for a score.3. Indianapolis (3): Hawks helped boost Peyton Manning’s MVP run last week.

4. New Orleans (5): The only thing that can stop the Saints right now – a bye week.

5. New England (7): Face the surprising, undefeated Broncos in Denver on Sunday.

6. Denver (12): Broncos D-Coordinator Mike Nolan has built a stout, 3-4 defense, ranked second overall in the league.

7. Baltimore: (4): Ravens LB Ray Lewis still frustrated by officials roughing the passer calls on Brady that led to two Pats’ TDs.8. Philadelphia (8): McNabb, who suffered a rib injury in the season opener, returns to Eagles’ offense that still ran pretty smooth while he was out.

9. Atlanta (9): Hard to believe Falcons picked Petrino over Singletary for head coaching job two years ago.10. N.Y. Jets (6): Sanchez, Jets brought down to earth by Saints last week.

11. Cincinnati (10): Bengals winning the close ones. Their three wins have been by seven points or less.12. San Francisco (16): Crabtree signing gives them more explosiveness on offense.

13. Chicago (13): Defense missing leader in Urlacher, not Cutler, lagging for Bears.

14. Pittsburgh (17): After sluggish start, Steelers rounding into shape.

15. Green Bay (11): Favre sticks it to his former team last week, but he still has to travel to Green Bay later this year.16. San Diego (14): With injuries mounting, bye comes at a good time with this team struggling. LT on his last legs.

17. Dallas (15): The Tony Romo critics are out in force again, and there’s no T.O. to blame this time.

18. Arizona (18): Need a win at home against Houston to get season back on track.

19. Miami (22): The Chad Henne era begins in Miami with a 1-0 start. But can he keep it going at home against a tough, Jets defense?

20. Jacksonville (23): This young team could be in for a rude awakening with the noise at Qwest Field.

21. Houston (24): QB Defense looked better in easy win over Raiders, but then again JaMarcus Russell makes any defense look good.22. Washington (26): Zorn gets a reprieve with road win over the Bucs.

23. Seattle (20): A must-win this early in the season? You bet.24. Buffalo (21): Need to turn things around quickly, or Jauron is on his way out.25. Carolina (25): After bye week, offense looking to get back on track against Washington.

26. Tennessee (19): Few expected this defense to look this bad, even with the loss of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

27. Oakland (27): Cable looking like he’s not the guy to revive the Raiders.

28. Detroit (28): Stafford getting better each week, and the Lions are competing.29. Tampa Bay (29): Second-year player Josh Johnson gives Bucs some play-making ability at QB.

30. Kansas City (30): Bad football team, good BBQ.

31. St. Louis (31): How awful is the Rams’ offense? St. Louis has scored 24 points total this season.

32. Cleveland (32): D-coordinator Rob Ryan calls out Bills QB Edwards before the game – not a good sign for 0-4 team.