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2010 NFL Season: Week 1 NFL Power Rankings, The Rise of The Texans

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 12:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans avoids a tackle by defensive back Melivn Bullitt #33 of the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL season opener at Reliant Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Wesley KaminskyCorrespondent IIISeptember 14, 2010

It was a crazy first week in the NFL, with games going down to the wire, and some controversial calls as well. Here are my power rankings for week after week one.

1. New Orleans Saints (1): 1-0. The offense wasn't perfect, but the defense won the game for them. Very impressive performance by the defensive unit.

2. Indianapolis Colts (2): 0-1. The run defense got eaten alive in Houston as Arian Foster ran for 231 yards. On the other hand, how about those stats for Peyton Manning: 40-57, 433 yards, and three touchdowns. 

3. Baltimore Ravens (3): 1-0. The defense was dominant, Ray Lewis was everywhere. They need to set the down for the AFC North next week with a win against the Bengals

4. New England Patriots (9): 1-0. The Patriots sent a message to every other team in the league that they aren't messing around this season. Tom Brady and Wes Welker showed no signs of previous knee injuries, and the defense dominated in the first half.

5. Green Bay Packers (4): 1-0. The main concern after their win in Philly is the health of Ryan Grant, as it looks like he will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Brandon Jackson, this is your time. 

6. Minnesota Vikings (6): 0-1. Watching that game on Thursday night, you could really tell that Brett Favre was not in sync with his receivers, and he badly misses Sidney Rice.

7. Houston Texans (13): 1-0. Perhaps the most impressive team during week one were the Texans, who dominated the Colts on the ground. The defense brought pressure to Manning all game long.

8. Dallas 4): 0-1. The Cowboys made mistake after mistake against the Redskins, and it cost them the game. What was wrong with the offense? They will bounce back against the Bears

9. New York Jets (7): 0-1. The defense is great, and we know that. However, I can assure you this team won't win a super bowl with that offense. Mark Sanchez needs to step up. 

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (14): 1-0. No big Ben, no problem for the Steelers. That was a huge win for this team. Let's see how they respond in Tennessee

11. Washington Redskins (15): 1-0. It wasn't pretty, but the Redskins were able to hold on for the win. The defense was great all game long. This team is going to be tough.

12. Cincinnati Bengals (8): 0-1. The Bengals got embarrassed in Foxborough; the defense was terrible. Next up is the Ravens, who the Bengals swept a season ago.

13. New York Giants (17): 1-0. Hakim Nicks was huge for the Giants, scoring three touchdowns. The defense really got to Matt Moore, forcing four turnovers. Next up for the G-Men is a date with Eli's older brother.   

14. Tennessee Titans (18): 1-0. In a possible trap game, the Titans dominated the Raiders. Chris Johnson started right where he left off. The AFC South will be tough to win. 

15. Atlanta Falcons (10): 0-1. It's always tough to win in Pittsburgh, but the Falcons had their chances. They'll bounce back against the Cardinals

16. San Diego Chargers (11): 0-1. Something didn't look right with the Chargers monday night. The offense never got clicking. On the other hand, they may have found a good receiver in Legedu Naane.

17. Miami Dolphins (16): 1-0. The Dolphins won, but it was ugly. The defense shut down the Bills, but then again it is the Bills. Let's see how they do in Minnesota

18. Seattle Seahawks (25): 1-0. Who expected that out of the Seahawks? Matt Hasselbeck looked like the Hasselbeck of old, and Pete Carroll looked like a genius. 

19. Philadelphia Eagles (19): 0-1. Kevin Kolb looked bad in the first half, and Michael Vick looked like his old self. Quarterback controversy? There shouldn't be yet, it wouldn't be fair to Kolb. He needs a fair chance. 

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (26): 1-0. David Garrard played great, and that's a good sign for the Jags. They have a true test next week in San Diego.

21. Carolina Panthers (20): 0-1. Let the Jimmy Clausen watch begin. Matt Moore was awful. The Panthers could have won that game.

22. San Francisco 49ers (12): 0-1. The 49ers were terrible, and made me look bad. What was that performance? They better get it together, because the Saints are coming to town on Monday Night Football. 

23. Kansas City Chiefs (29): 1-0. The Chiefs managed to win with Matt Cassel throwing for just 68 yards. This team will be explosive with Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster.

24. Arizona Cardinals (22): 1-0. They won, and Derek Anderson made no mistakes. That's all they asked for. 

25. Chicago Bears (21): 1-0. The Bears are one of the only teams to actually go down in the rankings after winning. They deserved to lose that game. Lovie Smith's seat will be burning up soon. 

26. Denver Broncos (23): 0-1. Well, one thing we know is that the Broncos won't be starting 6-0 this year. 

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31): 1-0. That was a nice game for Josh Freeman, and a great way to start the year. Can they build on it in Carolina?

 28. Cleveland Browns (28): 0-1. That was a disappointing loss for the Browns, and a game they could have easily won. They host the Browns next week in another win-able game.

29. Oakland Raiders (24): 0-1. Remember when everyone was saying the Raiders are a team to watch out for? That sure didn't look too promising in week one. 

30. Detroit Lions (27): 0-1. You've got to feel for the Lions after that one, but rules are rules. What's even worse is the injury to Matthew Stafford

31. St. Louis Rams (32): 0-1. Sam Bradford struggled in his debut, which is expected. The Rams played a tough game though. 

32. Buffalo Bills (31): 0-1. I've never seen so afraid to throw it down the field as Trent Edwards is. They are going to have to put in somebody else at quarterback. I still can't believe they didn't draft Jimmy Clausen or Colt McCoy.  

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