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TNT NFL power rankings – Week 5

I dropped the Seahawks from No. 25 to 26 this week in The News Tribune’s league rankings.

Here’s a quick spin around other national web sites to see where they have Seattle.

ESPN’s group of experts has the Seahawks at No. 25 overall.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports puts Seattle at No. 24 overall.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated ranks the Seahawks at No. 27 overall.

Brian Billick of Fox Sports puts Seattle at No. 24.

1. Green Bay (1) (4-0): The Packers are averaging a league-high 37 points a game. 2. New Orleans (2) (3-1): The Mercedes-Benz Superdome rolls right off the tongue. 3. Baltimore (3) (3-1): The Ravens lead the league in takeaways with 14. 4. New England (5) (3-1): Patriots averaging a league-best 507.5 yards a game offensively.5. Detroit (6) (4-0): Lions looking to start the season 5-0 for first time since winning their first six games in 1956 – the year before the franchise’s most recent NFL championship.6. San Diego (7) (3-1): Chargers’ offense converting a league-best 58 percent on third down.7. Buffalo (9) (3-1): The Bills dropped back down to earth with a loss at Cincinnati last week.8. Tampa Bay (10) (3-1): Twelve of QB Josh Freeman’s 23 rushing attempts for 104 yards have resulted in first downs, two others for touchdowns. 9. Houston (11) (3-1): The Texans are finally playing some defense, ranked 10th overall, giving up 323 yards a game. 10. N.Y. Giants (13) (3-1): The emergence of Victor Cruz (11 catches for 225 yards, 2 TDs) softened the blow of losing Steve Smith to Philly in free agency. 11. Pittsburgh (4) (2-2): Steelers allowing a surprising 119.5 yards on the ground, 22nd in the league. 12. Tennessee (15) (3-1): Hasselbeck is the leader in the clubhouse for comeback player of the year.

13. N.Y. Jets (8) (2-2): QB Mark Sanchez has turned the ball over nine times in four games.

14. Dallas (12) (2-2): Will the real Tony Romo please stand up?15. Washington (16) (3-1): Rex Grossman’s prediction of an NFC East division title actually within reach. Redskins haven’t won division since 1999.

16. San Francisco (21) (3-1): Since 2007, Niners are 11-4 when Gore reaches the 100-yard mark and 14-29 when he doesn’t. 17. Atlanta (17) (2-2): WR Julio Jones leads rookies in receptions with 24 for 342 yards, including five catches for 20 yards or more. 18. Oakland (14) (2-2): Raiders head man Hue Jackson says team will win the AFC West, but can his players back up his tough talk?

19. Chicago (19) (2-2): Matt Forte proving why he deserves a new deal –7th in rushing (324 yards, TD) and tied for third in league in receptions (26 for 310 yards, TD).

20. Cincinnati (27) (2-2): Bengals not missing Carson Palmer, with rookie Andy Dalton playing solid so far. 21. Cleveland (20) (2-2): Browns need to squash RB Peyton Hillis’ contract issue during bye week.

22. Philadelphia (18) (1-3): “Dream Team” turning into a nightmare for Eagles.23. Jacksonville (22) (1-3): Rookie quarterbacks Dalton and Jags’ Blaine Gabbert face off in Jacksonville.

24. Denver (23) (1-3): Tebow nation will be vocal at Mile High today, calling to see more of their man on the field. 25. Carolina (24) (1-3): Panthers’ WR Steve Smith has found the fountain of youth, totaling 24 rec. for 530 yards and two TDs through four games. 26. Seattle (25) (1-3): Hawks better win on Sunday if they want to keep up with NFC West division leader San Francisco.

27. Arizona (26) (1-3): Former Philly QBs Kevin Kolb and Donovan McNabb square off in Minnesota; duo has one win between them.

28. Kansas City (32) (1-3): Matt Cassel needs to continue feeding the ball to Dwayne Bowe – and it has nothing to do with Bowe being on my fantasy team. Ok, maybe it does. 29. Minnesota (30) (0-4): Calls for Christian Ponder will heat up if Vikings don’t sneak past Arizona.

30. Indianapolis (31) (0-4): This team has a lot of pride and is still playing hard, despite record. 31. St. Louis (29) (0-4): You’re not supposed to lose two players to season-ending injuries during the bye week. 32. Miami (31) (0-4): The frontrunners in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.