Post Week One Power Rankings: Where Does Your Team Stand?

Matt NewmeyerContributor ISeptember 11, 2008

Many teams altered their status in the NFL in week one. Here's what happened:

1. Dallas Cowboys- Talent level too high not to win. Impressive in week one and currently the best team in the NFL.

2. San Diego Chargers- Yes they lost week one at home, but they still have a very good football team that is a force to be reckoned with.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers- Completely dominating in week one. Combination of flawless victory and numerous other notable losses make them #3.

4.Indianapolis Colts- Looked very dis-functional week one, but still a strong team that should bounce back.

5. New York Giants- Decent victory week one to open up season. Remember, they are the current Superbowl champs.

6. Buffalo Bills- Very convincing performance week one in 34-10 victory against Seattle. Now the question is, are they the real deal?

7. New Orleans Saints- Gutty win week one vs Tampa Bay. Potent offense makes them very dangerous.

8. Philadelphia Eagles- Blowout victory to begin season vs St. Louis was impressive, but come on, it was St. Louis.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars- Much anticipated season begins with a surprising loss. Can they now rebound?

10. Denver Broncos- Brilliant offensive performance week one despite the absence of Brandon Marshall. I know it was the Raiders, but Denver may be back.

11. New England Patriots- Many of you may think this is harsh, but really, can you expect to remain at the top after losing the league MVP? I think not. Lets see just how much fight this team has.

12. Carolina Panthers- Upset victory week one was tremendous despite not having Steve Smith. Look out, here comes Carolina.

13. Chicago Bears- Victory vs Colts a fluke or sign of things to come? Either way it was impressive. We'll see how far it carries an offensively challenged Bears team.

14. Green Bay Packers- Aaron Rodgers era has officially begun. It was a nice victory over a struggling Vikings team week one, but can it continue?

15. Tennessee Titans- Upset win over Jaguars was surprising, but without Vince Young how far can they go?

16. New York Jets- Victory week one was sloppy, but a win is a win (even against a 1-15 team). Never count out Brett Favre.

17. Minnesota Vikings- Loss week one was heart-breaking and painful. Is Tavaris Jackson ready to lead on this playoff hopeful, or are their quarterback struggles too much to overcome.

18. Baltimore Ravens- Found a way to win week one vs weak Bengals team, not a bad start for Flacco, but can they build on it?

19. Arizona Cardinals- Win week one was satisfying, but can they be a contender in the weak NFC west? Only time will tell.

20. Seattle Seahawks- Dismal performance week one. Was it a fluke or has the defending division champs lost their luster? Want to move up in the rankings? Play a little better next time.

21. Washington Redskins- Poor effort against Giants in week one. Still has plenty of offensive talent, but can it translate into victories?

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Painful loss week one, not only to Saints, but the loss of Jeff Garcia. Can they overcome it, or will they falter again?

23. Atlanta Falcons- They have come a long way since the Michael Vick drama. Congrats to Smith and Ryan on first victories, but really, it was Detroit.

24. Cleveland Browns- I know you were playing the Cowboys week one, but that sure didn't look like a possible playoff team fighting for a win. Much improvement to be done.

25. Detroit Lions- Talented offense keeps them in it, but a loss to the Falcons isn't the way to start off. Defense must work harder if wins are to be expected.

26. San Francisco 49ers- Loss vs Cardinals isn't a good sign to start. Not much expected from them this season.

27. Cincinnati Bengals- Impossible to win with current defense. Offense may score points, but defense wins games. Until they get some, don't expect Ocho Cinco to bring many wins.

28. Kansas City Chiefs- Couldn't even beat the Patriots without Brady. Whatever happened to LJ? Herm Edwards sure has his work cut out for him.

29. Houston Texans- Poor performance in blowout loss to Steelers. Garbage touchdowns preserve the stat book. Improvement is surely necessary.

30. Oakland Raiders- Dismal effort on Monday night. Defense surely a letdown. Lets see some improvement before we deem you better.

31. Miami Dolphins- Last week surely demonstrated why you were 1-15 last year. Had a chance to win the game and should've. Oh well, better luck next week.

32. St. Louis Rams- All I have to say is wow. Really surprised me last week. #32 seems sufficient for now.


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