NFL Power Rankings: Teams That Will Dominate in Week 2

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 15, 2012

Sep 9, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins in the third quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Dolphins 30-10. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

After the Green Bay Packers got back on track by dismantling the Chicago Bears on Thursday, the question remains: Which other teams will dominate in Week 2? 

Here's who I see winning in merciless fashion, complete with my NFL power rankings, updated after Thursday's games. 

Houston Texans

The Texans have Matt Schaub back and the defense rolled over the Miami Dolphins in Week 1.

Schaub, coming back from injury, went 20-of-31 for 266 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins, heavily targeting Andre Johnson (eight catches, 119 yards, touchdown) and tight end Owen Daniels (four catches, 87 yards).

The defense also forced four turnovers and three sacks.

Now, Houston faces a Jacksonville Jaguars team that lost to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. 

The Jaguars, with evolving quarterback Blaine Gabbert and running back Maurice Jones-Drew, showed promise in Week 1, but they did allow Gabbert to get hit seven times, and I don't think the receiving corps will produce as well against the Houston secondary.

New England Patriots

To put it simply, the Patriots have a star quarterback and the Arizona Cardinals don't.

Tom Brady was an efficient 23-of-31 for 236 yards and two touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1. Second-year running back Stevan Ridley also appears to be coming around. He had 21 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown in Nashville.

The Cardinals may have won in Week 1, but it certainly wasn't pretty against the Seattle Seahawks. Perhaps Kevin Kolb going 6-of-8 for 66 yards and a touchdown in relief of John Skelton is an encouraging sign, but I'm not holding my breath.

The Patriots defense also looks better overall. Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for a grand total of four yards against New England. The pass defense also looked better than last season against Jake Locker and company.

New York Giants

Yes, I know the Giants got embarrassed by the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, but hear me out.

First of all, the Giants are playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (hardly a formidable foe). The Buccaneers scored a grand total of 16 points against the Carolina Panthers last week.

Also, even with the Giants' mediocre offensive line, the Buccaneers are hardly a pass-rushing force. They posted a league-worst 23 sacks last season. Eli Manning plus more time equals danger.

You also have to expect the Giants pass rush to come alive in Week 2. After collecting just two sacks and two QB hits against Tony Romo and the Cowboys last week, New York simply has too much talent on the line to continue that way.

NFL Power Rankings

Team Record
1. San Francisco 49ers 1-0
2. New England Patriots 1-0
3. Green Bay Packers 1-1
4. Houston Texans 1-0
5. Baltimore Ravens 1-0
6. Atlanta Falcons 1-0
7. Dallas Cowboys 1-0
8. New York Giants 0-1
9. New Orleans Saints 0-1
10. Denver Broncos 1-0
11. Detroit Lions 1-0
12. Chicago Bears 1-1
13. Cincinnati Bengals 0-1
14. Pittsburgh Steelers  0-1 
15. Philadelphia Eagles 1-0 
16. New York Jets 1-0 
17. Washington Redskins  1-0 
18. San Diego Chargers 1-0 
19. Kansas City Chiefs  0-1 
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-0 
21. Tennessee Titans  0-1
22. Buffalo Bills  0-1 
23. Carolina Panthers  0-1 
24. St. Louis Rams 0-1
25. Oakland Raiders  0-1
26. Minnesota Vikings  1-0 
27. Jacksonville Jaguars  0-1 
28. Arizona Cardinals  1-0 
29. Seattle Seahawks  0-1 
30. Indianapolis Colts 0-1 
31. Cleveland Browns  0-1 
32. Miami Dolphins 0-1 

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