NFL Power Rankings: Ranking Week 5's Best Individual Performances

Alex Bacon@abacon55Correspondent IOctober 8, 2012

Week 5 has certainly offered some surprises so far.

The St. Louis Rams pulled an unexpected win over the Arizona Cardinals, as did the Miami Dolphins over the Cincinnati Bengals.

We got to see Peyton Manning match up against Tom Brady, and we saw the Kansas City Chiefs stick in a close game with the Baltimore Ravens.

The New York Giants had a little scare against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter, but rallied to win 41-27.

Never mind the team performances though—here’s the top five player performances from Week 5 ahead of Monday Night Football.


5. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears

The Bears' defensive dominance in Week 5 overshadowed the performance by wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Marshall was the only player on the Bears to make more than two catches.

He had 12.

His 12 catches accounted for 144 yards and one touchdown in the Bears 41-3 romp over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

If he and quarterback Jay Cutler can stay consistent, then the Bears should have no problem making the playoffs. 


4. Wes Welker – New England Patriots

Wes Welker was a big help to Tom Brady in the "Brady versus Manning" rivalry in Week 5.

Although Brady’s stats were not as impressive as Manning’s, the New England Patriots won the game, which is what matters most in the end.

Welker, for the third week in a row, went for over 100 yards and also recorded his first touchdown of the season.

His lone touchdown came at a clutch time, too. It was the first score of the game and gave the Patriots an early lead less than five minutes into the first quarter.

The Patriots have struggled a little bit this year and are 3-2. Even though Welker has 484 receiving yards on the season, he needs to start catching the ball in the end zone.

The Patriots are hoping that Welker’s play from Week 5 continues and he will keep putting points on the board.


3. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints absolutely needed a win against San Diego in Week 5, and Marques Colston was a huge part of their success.

Colston’s 131 yards and 3 touchdowns helped the Saints avoid falling to 0-5 for the first time since 1996.

Two of Colston’s three touchdowns gave the Saints the lead, and his last one ended up being the game-winner.

Colston was coming off a great Week 4 performance in Green Bay where he caught for 153 yards, but the Saints were still unable to win.

It’s still too early for the Saints to start calling it quits on the season, and if Colston keeps up his recent success, then the Saints can hopefully get back to being an elite NFL team again. 


2. Ahmad Bradshaw – New York Giants

Ahmad Bradshaw hadn't run for over 100 yards since Week 6 of last year.

On Sunday, Bradshaw recorded a career high 200 rushing yards and also put up 29 receiving yards.

After missing Week 3 with a neck injury and only rushing for 39 yards in Week 4, Bradshaw was able to play a huge role in the New York Giants' win over the Browns.

The Giants running game was almost non-existent last season, and if Bradshaw can consistently put up even half the numbers he did in Week 5, then the Giants will be in amazing shape in weeks to come.


1. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts

Reggie Wayne did an amazing job coming off the Indianapolis Colts’ bye week and led the team with 212 receiving yards on 13 catches.

His breakout game proves that rookie quarterback Andrew Luck can find his receivers when he has to.

Wayne’s one touchdown catch came with only 35 second remaining, and proved to be the game-winner.

The Colts handed the Green Bay Packers their third loss of the season and improved to a record of 2-2 themselves.

If Luck can continue to hook up with Wayne, then the Colts will be in very good shape in games to come.

In Week 6 the Colts are heading to New York to play the Jets. It should be a good game, and the Colts will hope to come out of New York over .500. Then they will play their next four games against the Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars, all of which are very winnable. 


Team Power Rankings

32. Cleveland Browns 0-5

31. Jacksonville Jaguars 1-4

30. Kansas City Chiefs 1-4

29. Oakland Raiders 1-3

28. Tennessee Titans 1-4

27. Buffalo Bills 2-3

26. Indianapolis Colts 2-2

25. Carolina Panthers 1-4

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-3

23. Detroit Lions 1-3

22. New York Jets 2-2

21. Miami Dolphins 2-3

20. Washington Redskins 2-3

19. New Orleans Saints 1-4

18. Denver Broncos 2-3

17.  San Diego Chargers 3-2

16. Seattle Seahawks 3-2

15. Philadelphia Eagles 3-2

14. Pittsburgh Steelers 2-2

13. Dallas Cowboys 2-2

12. St. Louis Rams 3-2

11.Cincinnati Bengals 3-2

10. Green Bay Packers 2-3

9. Minnesota Vikings 4-1

8. New York Giants 3-2

7. Chicago Bears 4-1

6. Arizona Cardinals 4-1

5. New England Patriots 3-2

4. San Francisco 49ers 3-1

3. Houston Texans 4-0

2. Baltimore Ravens 4-1

1. Atlanta Falcons 5-0


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