The first week of the NFL season began with an overtime thriller on Thursday and ended with a couple last-minute touchdowns on Monday. So, now that we've seen all 32 teams play, I present to you my first Power Rankings of 2009.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
The defending Super Bowl champs did little to hurt their standing atop these rankings with a thrilling 13-10 victory over Tennessee on opening night. Safety Troy Polamalu looked like the league's MVP in the first quarter until he sprained his MCL. Losing him for three to six weeks will definitely hurt the Steelers.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
The Eagles turned in possibly the most impressive win of Week One by beating last year's NFC South champs by 28 on the road. And they did it without a single offensive player gaining more than 79 yards. The defense forced five turnovers, but the bad news going forward is the injury to Donovan McNabb's ribs.
3. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
Joey Flacco threw three touchdown passes and Rutgers product Ray Rice rushed for 108 yards as the Ravens flew past the Chiefs.
4. New York Giants (1-0)
If the G-Men continue to win games when Brandon Jacobs runs for only 46 yards, they can be dangerous.
5. Tennessee Titans (0-1)
I'm still not sure why Jeff Fisher decided to only rush four men in the fourth quarter and overtime when the Titans were having so much success blitzing Ben Roethlisberger during the rest of the game.
6. Indianapolis Colts (1-0)
The Colts would love for Joseph Addai (42 yards, TD vs. Jacksonville) to return to 2007 form (1,072 yards, 12 TD).
7. Minnesota Vikings (1-0)
Dear Adrian Peterson,
My fantasy team thoroughly enjoyed the 37 points you provided on Sunday and it looks forward to many similar outbursts during the rest of the year.
8. New Orleans Saints (1-0)
Six touchdowns and 358 yards is pretty good.
9. Atlanta Falcons (1-0)
Tony Gonzalez's (73 yards, TD) debut with the Falcons was a success.
10. San Diego Chargers (1-0)
Losing to the Raiders is never helpful, so it's a good thing the Chargers avoided that.
11. Dallas Cowboys (1-0)
Great way to start the season for Tony Romo (353 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT).
12. New England (1-0)
The rest of the AFC East got a whole lot better while Tom Brady was away, but he's still able get the Patriots wins.
13. Buffalo Bills (0-1)
An impressive game for Trent Edwards (212 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT) and Fred Jackson (140 total yards, TD), but the Bills blew a great chance to become the early-season front-runners in the AFC East.
14. San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
Up there with Philly for best win of Week One. Could the 'Niners be headed for an 8-8 NFC West division title?
15. Arizona Cardinals (0-1)
The Super Bowl loser curse continues.
16. Green Bay Packers (1-0)
Chris Collinsworth's addition to the Sunday Night Football booth is the best thing to happen to NBC since The Office.
17. Chicago Bears (0-1)
18. New York Jets (1-0)
Mark Sanchez wanted to get the game ball from Ed Hochuli almost as badly as Juan Martin Del Potro wanted to speak Spanish into Dick Enberg's microphone.
19. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
It looks like the Seahawks are improved in '09, but then again, it was only the Rams.
20. Carolina Panthers (0-1)
That was pretty terrible, Jake.
21. Miami Dolphins (0-1)
The Fish had three more turnovers than touchdowns on Sunday. Never a good ratio.
22. Washington Redskins (0-1)
At least their special teams looked good.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)
Torry Holt's (3 catches, 47 yards) first game with the Jags was less than stellar.
24. Denver Broncos (1-0)
"OH, CAUGHT! STOKELY DOWN SIDELINE! STOKELY! WOOOOW! TOUCHDOWN, DENVER! UNBELIEVABLE! OH MY GOODNESS! WHAT A PLAY! 87 YARDS! WOAH!"
25. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
You never want to have the lead in the final minute of a game being called by Gus Johnson.
26. Oakland Raiders (0-1)
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic didn't look happy to be joined by Steve Young in the booth late Monday night.
27. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-1)
The Bucs defense allowed 471 yards and 34 points at home. It's going to be a long season.
28. Houston Texans (0-1)
That was the most disappointing performance of Week One.
29. Cleveland Browns (0-1)
Thank you for letting Adrian Peterson run all over you.
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30. Kansas City Chiefs (0-1)
The Chiefs hung in there pretty well considering they didn't have Matt Cassel.
31. St. Louis Rams (0-1)
The Rams picked up right where they left off in 2008.
32. Detroit Lions (0-1)
By Sunday, it'll be 637 days since the Lions last won a game.
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