Before everyone goes crazy, I would like to point out that I took the past success before the 2010 into account when I wrote down the team rankings. Based on what I saw from each team in week one, here’s how I see the 32 teams, best to worst, in order.
1. Tennessee Titans (1-0)
VY and CJ2K looked great in an impressive win over a team that was a little overrated to begin with. I have high hopes for this team for this year.
2. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “the Other” Mike Williams. For those of you who drafted the Mike Williams from the Buccaneers, you might have drafted the wrong one. From what I saw in week one, he could be a huge key to the Seahawks offense this year. The defense looked great against a 49ers offense that looks like are still trying to find their identity.
3. New England Patriots (1-0)
I’ve been saying it since day one: as long as the Pats have Tom Brady and his receivers, they will be tough to beat and they proved it Sunday afternoon.
4. New York Giants (1-0)
Looking forward to seeing Manning vs. Manning this weekend.
5. Houston Texans (1-0)
If you picked the Texans to win the AFC South, you should be feeling pretty good about yourself right now.
6. Green Bay Packers (1-0)
Despite the loss of Ryan Grant, I still think the Packers are the team to beat in the NFC North. One reason why: Aaron Rodgers.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)
David Garrard impressed my with his three touchdown passes. If he keeps up this work, the Jaguars could be a team to pay attention to.
8. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
I thought this team had no shot at beating the Chargers, but their defense stepped up and covered up the poor play from Matt Cassel.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
Very good performance by the defense against the Falcons. They are still contenders to win the AFC North, despite people talking about the Ravens and Bengals.
10. Washington Redskins (1-0)
A great game on defense for the Redskins. One of the most odd finishes to both halves of a game I’ve ever seen but they took care of business.
11. Chicago Bears (1-0)
They should’ve lost their first game. I’m impressed by Jay Cutler and Matt Forte. Both played very well and continued the Lions long losing streak against division opponents.
12. Miami Dolphins (1-0)
Not the most impressive performance, but the Dolphins got it done on Sunday in Buffalo. Still don’t think Chad Henne will ever become an “elite” QB.
13. New Orleans Saints (1-0)
The defense played well on Thursday night. Not a championship performance but they still won.
14. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)
Derek Anderson could have a great year. Maybe not as good as Kurt Warner’s years in Arizona, but still a great year.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)
The Bucs win on Sunday afternoon was one of maybe four wins for the 2010 season. Enjoy it now. The course of the season won’t be fun for Bucs fans to watch.
16. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
It’s got to feel good for Ray Lewis to beat his old defensive coordinator.
17. New York Jets (0-1)
Unless this team can play better offensively and Mark Sanchez can get help from his running backs, this team won’t win the division and could still be fighting for a playoff spot during the last week of the regular season.
18. Cleveland Browns (0-1)
Jake Delhomme didn’t play too bad against Tampa Bay but thus team still has a lot of work to do.
19. St. Louis Rams (0-1)
Despite the loss, I was impressed with Sam Bradford. Throwing over 50 passes was interesting. Six wins would be a great accomplishment for the 2010 Rams.
20. Detroit Lions (0-1)
The Lions should be 1-0. Period. Shaun Hill’s long pass to Calvin Johnson was no doubt a touchdown.
21. Buffalo Bills (0-1)
New season. Same story. Bad offense.
22. Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
Brett Favre didn’t spend too much time practicing with the Vikings offense during training camp. It showed Thursday night.
23. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
Even before the 1,000th career reception, I still thought that Tony Gonzalez was the best tight end of all time.
24. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
Raise you hand if you’re a Cowboys’ fan and you want to rip off Alex Barron’s head and roll it down the hallway in your home?
25. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1)
Impressed with Michael Vick, but Andy Reid is making the smart decision to stick with Kevin Kolb as the starter.
26. Denver Broncos (0-1)
I’m interested to see how Laurence Maroney is going to fit in with this offense. I’m expecting him to be the No. 2 or No. 3 RB.
27. San Diego Chargers (0-1)
One of the worst offensive performances I’ve seen from the Chargers in a long time on Monday night.
28. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
Peyton Manning played great on Sunday (no surprise there), but he needs help from his defense if he wants to see another division championship.
29. Carolina Panthers (0-1)
As long as Matt Moore is the team’s QB, I still don’t see a sign of hope for the Panthers.
30. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
Offense played pretty good like I expected but the defense was a totally different story.
31. Oakland Raiders (0-1)
I understand they played against Chris Johnson and Vince Young, but that defense has a lot of work to do. Worst performance I saw out of any AFC team over the weekend.
32. San Francisco 49ers (0-1)
What happened to the solid 49ers defense we were expecting this season? They played terrible on both sides of the ball and Alex Smith still isn’t a great NFL QB.
Carter's NFL Most Valuable Player Award Rankings (Top 25)
1. Colts QB Peyton Manning (433 passing yards, 3 touchdowns)
2. Texans RB Arian Foster (231 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns)
3. Colts WR Austin Collie (163 receiving yards, touchdown)
4. Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka (2 sacks)
5. Redskins S LaRon Landry (17 tackles)
6. Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco (159 receiving yards, 1 touchdown)
7. Titans RB Chris Johnson (142 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns)
8. Bears QB Jay Cutler (372 passing yards, 2 touchdowns)
9. Bengals QB Carson Palmer (345 passing yards, 2 touchdowns)
10. Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall (120 rushing yards, 1 touchdown)
11. Cowboys WR Miles Austin (146 receiving yards, 1 touchdown)
12. Panthers S Charles Godfrey (2 interceptions)
13. Eagles DE Juqua Parker (2 sacks)
14. Cardinals WR Steve Breaston (132 receiving yards)
15. Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (98 rushing yards)
16. Chargers QB Philip Rivers (298 passing yards, 2 touchdowns)
17. Giants QB Eli Manning (263 passing yards, 3 touchdowns)
18. Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (92 rushing yards, 1 touchdown)
19. Rams WR Mark Clayton (119 receiving yards)
20. Patriots S Patrick Chung (16 tackles)
21. Cardinals S Adrian Wilson (2 interceptions)
22. Broncos WR Brandon Lloyd (117 receiving yards)
23. Raiders RB Darren McFadden (95 rushing yards)
24. Cardinals QB Derek Anderson (297 passing yards, 1 touchdown)
25. Patriots QB Tom Brady (258 passing yards, 3 touchdowns)