NFC Power Rankings: Week 1

Richard ReschCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Usi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants returns a fumble recovery for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins on September 13, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

1. Giants- With the return of Osi Umenyiora, they may have the top offensive and defensive lines in the league.  The receivers looked average at worst.  As free agents Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard and Michael Boley get comfortable and healthy, the defense should be even better.

2. Eagles- Looked more impressive than any team in week 1, but injury concerns keep them from the top spot.  Donovan McNabb is a tough guy, but he can’t risk injuring himself even worse.

3. Vikings- Adrian Peterson is unstoppable, and it looks like Percy Harvin is going to big a big part of the offense.  The return of EJ Henderson makes this defense even better.  Let’s see how Brett Favre looks against a defense that is tougher than the Browns.

4. Falcons- There arent’ many teams that have a better 4-man core on offense than Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez.

5. Cowboys- Tony Romo and company moved the ball just fine without Terrell Owens.  The fact that they recorded only zero sacks against the slow-footed Byron Leftwich is strange.

6. Packers- Aaron Rodgers is turning into one of the league’s best QBs.  The defense is sneaky good too.  A very well balanced team.

7. Saints- A banner day for Drew Brees, but let’s see them hang up six passing touchdowns against someone other than the Lions.  Their defense is guilty until proven innocent.

8. Panthers- An embarrassing performance by Jake Delhomme and the rest of the Panthers in their shellacking at the hands of the Eagles.  They are still one of the most talented teams, but they didn’t look like a playoff team this week.

9. Redskins- A good team stuck in the toughest division.  They were dominated up front, but that may have more to do with the Giants’ stellar line play than their own shortcomings.

10. Seahawks- Absolutely dominated a terrible Rams team.  Matt Hasselbeck is still a good quarterback.

11. 49ers- This team is headed in the right direction.  Shaun Hill’s play isn’t pretty, but he gets the job done.

12. Cardinals- The defending NFC Champs don’t look like a playoff team.  Luckily, they play in the worst division in the NFC.

13. Bears- The loss of Brian Urlacher is a killer for their defense.  It looks like it might take some time for Jay Cutler to get comfortable.

14. Buccaneers- Byron Leftwich actually looked pretty good, but no one can make it through a season if they continue to get hit the way he did.

15. Rams- If not for Steven Jackson, they are easily the worst team in the NFL.  Even with Jackson, they might be.

16. Lions- Until they win a game, I find it hard to consider them anything but the worst team in the NFL.