NFL Power Rankings: Week Two
I'm glad now that I refrained from doing a power rankings piece last week. I'm sure I'd be looking at it now, scratching my head and wondering what the heck I was thinking.
I'll keep this short and sweet ... just rankings and a few words about each team.
1. New York Giants (1-0) - In my preseason power rankings, I had the Giants at five or six ... can't remember now. It's clear to me now that they deserve the top spot until it's taken from them. They're the defending champs, and they showed last Thursday that they haven't lost a step since winning it all.
2. Dallas Cowboys (1-0) - How about that... two NFC teams at the top of my rankings. I don't think that's ever happened! Dallas did what they were supposed to do on Sunday against the Browns. They were one of very few teams that I can say that about.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) - These guys looked like they were in mid-season form already. Willie Parker is a beast, and if he gets tired I'm sure they're looking forward to spelling him with Mendenhall.
4. Green Bay Packers (1-0) - I'm convinced. The Packers aren't going to lose much by starting Aaron Rodgers instead of Brett Favre. He looks confident yet calm, and it should be interesting to watch how he performs against Dallas in week three.
5. Indianapolis Colts (0-1) - I couldn't figure out where I wanted to place the Colts after their devastating loss to Chicago over the weekend. Obviously they will find a way to put this behind them and win a lot of games. Right?
6. San Diego Chargers (0-1) - I'm not sure how they managed to lose to the Panthers, but one thing is becoming more and more clear to me. LaDainian Tomlinson isn't the same running back he was in 2006. I think I'm being generous putting them here.
7. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) - Okay, so it was only the Rams. It was still very impressive. McNabb looked good, the defense obviously did their job. Philly fans have reason to be excited about this team.
8. Buffalo Bills (1-0) - Call me crazy... but I think they're for real. I wasn't sold on the Seahawks to begin with, but I definitely didn't expect Buffalo to make it look so easy.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) - The Jags didn't show up in week one. How they perform against Buffalo next week will either keep them in my top ten, or drop them down pretty far.
10. New Orleans Saints (1-0) - I'm still hesitant to put much stock in the Saints. It's going to be a few weeks before they've had a chance to prove what they're made of, but for now... they did get by the Bucs.
11. New England Patriots (1-0) - Obviously, they've got a steep hill to climb after losing Tom Brady. Does the rest of the team have enough desire to make up the difference? Only time will tell.
12. New York Jets (1-0) - I realize they only beat Miami, and they didn't even win by that much, but I think this offense is going to be awesome, and the Jets' defense looks really fired up. This weekend's matchup with the Patriots will say a lot about this franchise.
13. Tennessee Titans (1-0) - The Titans don't need for Vince Young to be a star, but they will need for him to keep his composure and lead the team.
14. Minnesota Vikings (0-1) - There's a lot of holes on this team. They'll need to make up for it with their running game. The more they run the football, the better their chances of making a playoff run this year.
15. Cleveland Browns (0-1) - Things aren't getting any easier for the Browns in week two. They have to face their nemesis, the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have the tools to win some football games, but the schedule is brutal.
16. Denver Broncos (1-0) - Suddenly I feel rather unintelligent after seeing how these guys played against Oakland. It seems like this could be Jay Cutler's break-out season.
17. Chicago Bears (1-0) - That'd be funny if these guys went deep into the playoffs with Kyle Orton as their starter. All those years of Rex Grossman would leave anyone, who wasn't already confused, scratching their head.
18. Carolina Panthers (1-0) - Tough to believe in this team, after the last few seasons they've produced... but hey, a new season is a new season. Let's see how they play against the Bears this weekend.
19. Arizona Cardinals (1-0) - They looked good against the 49ers, but they've got holes and questions that still need to be answered.
20. Seattle Seahawks (0-1) - Absolutely steamrolled by the Bills. This week's matchup with the 49ers will tell us all exactly who the Seattle Seahawks are.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) - At least they can say they have a good running game. I'm not sure what else they can say, but at least they can say that.
22. Atlanta Falcons (1-0) - This team could climb the rankings very quickly if they have more games like they did on Sunday. Michael Turner was a beast, and it looks like Matt Ryan was the right pick for Atlanta.
23. Oakland Raiders (0-1) - I realize they were embarrassed at home by the Broncos, but I still feel like this team will win six or seven games this year.
24. Baltimore Ravens (1-0) - They beat the Bengals. Check and see where the Bengals are in my rankings.
25. Houston Texans (0-1) - After being trampled by the Steelers, it will be interesting to see how this team bounces back against a team that's equally lethargic.
26. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) - This organization is in shambles. It might be a while before we see these guys return to the playoffs.
27. Washington Redskins (0-1) - I realize they were playing the Giants, so I probably should be a little easier on them... but I'm not going to. The offense is a train wreck.
28. San Francisco 49ers (0-1) - I had high hopes for them this year, but I can tell by the way they played the Cardinals that they're the same old Niners. Another top 5 draft pick is in the near future.
29. Miami Dolphins (0-1) - The 'Phins might find their way up my rankings a little bit next week. They're playing the Cardinals, and a win would change my view of both teams drastically.
30. Detroit Lions (0-1) - They've got the tools to do better than this. Whether or not they'll use them remains to be seen.
31. Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) - I'm not sure if Damon Huard is a downgrade from Brodie Croyle or not ... but either way, don't count on too many wins this year Chiefs fans.
32. St. Louis Rams (0-1) - Get used to the view from down here.
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