NFL Power Rankings (9/15/09)

Lee TawilContributor ISeptember 15, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Adalius Thomas #96 and Sam Aiken #88 of the New England Patriots celebrate after teammate Stephen Gostkowski #3 recovered a fumble by Leodis McKelvin of the Buffalo Bills on September 14, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Bills 25-24.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

September 15, 2009

1. Patriots – Good teams find ways to win even when they play subpar games.

2. Steelers – Big Ben showed that his team can count on him when they need him the most.

3. Eagles – Philly made Jake Delhomme look like a joke. McNabb going down can hurt this team big time.

4. Colts – The defense came up huge to preserve the victory against Jacksonville. That’s a great sign for this football team.

5. Saints – I know it was only the Lions, but Drew Brees looks like he might have a repeat of last season.

6. Falcons – Forcing 4 turnovers against the ball-securing Dolphins is a great way to start your season.

7. Titans – There is no doubt this team has a special defense. Can they please give Vince Young a chance?

8. Giants – The receivers filled in nicely, but it is evident that Eli misses Plax.

9. VikingsAdrian Peterson exceeded what people expected out of him in week 1. Now that’s saying something.

10. Cowboys – Who said that the Cowboys would lack a deep game without Terrell Owens?

11. Ravens – Why was Brodie Croyle able to keep this game close? A win is a win I guess.

12. Packers – This defense made Jay Cutler look awful. Rodgers came up clutch.

13. Chargers – The Raiders looked like a playoff team against the Chargers. Norv Turner should be concerned.

14. Seahawks – Hasselbeck spread the ball nicely and the defense pitched a shut out. Good job.

15. 49ers – I love what Singletary is doing with this team. Beating last year’s NFC champion is a great way to open the season.

16. Jets – Are the Jets for Real? You bet. This team is led by a strong defense that shut out a great Texans offense.

17. Dolphins – Ran into a tough team in the Falcons. Doesn’t get much easier in week 2 against the Colts.

18. Cardinals – Boldin was banged up coming into the game. I’ll give the Cards the benefit of the doubt.

19. Bears – The defense played well, but Cutler flat out stunk. Losing Urlacher for the season will really hurt.

20. Redskins – Hung tough against a respected Giants team. Should get better with time.

21. Bills – They played the Patriots as tough as you can. If you count moral victories, the Bills have one.

22. Bucanneers – Cadillac is back, and he looks pretty good.

23. Chiefs – Croyle and company kept this game close until the end. Big ups.

24. Panthers – Why are they starting Delhomme in week 2?

25. Texans – This team has too much talent on offense to produce no points.

26. Raiders – Great overall performance for the silver and black on Monday night.

27. Broncos – You gotta play a full 60 minutes to win a football game. The Broncos used each and every one.

28. Jaguars – The defense never allowed the game to get out of hand, which is not easy to do against Indy.

29. Browns – The object on defense is to tackle, not to get tackled.

30. Bengals – Bad teams find ways to lose. Just ask Brandon Stokley.

31. Lions – If they had started Daunte Culpepper, they might have had a chance to win against the Saints. Winless streak=19.

32. Rams – The one time they actually scored, the play didn’t count. It was a long day, and will be a long season for the Rams.


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