NFL Power Rankings: Which Division Dominates the Top 10?

Cian Fahey@CianafFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 08:  Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers is mobbed by fans after leaping into the stands following a touchdown catch against the New Orleans Saints during the NFL opening season game at Lambeau Field on September 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 42-34.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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With the first week of the NFL season in the books and Week 2 on the horizon, ESPN have updated their Power Rankings.

The NFC North Green Bay Packers once again lead the way with their division rival Chicago Bears moving up to seventh overall. It is no surprise that the Packers stay on the top after that shootout victory on opening night. The Bears are unlucky to not be even higher after destroying the Atlanta Falcons.

Second on the list hasn't changed either as the AFC East New England Patriots sit pretty still. No division is dominating the top 10 but the AFC East has the two highest teams. The New York Jets victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night sees them deservedly sitting at fifth. Tony Romo's late game meltdown allowed the team to move up from seventh to fifth.

Another team moving up towards that coveted top spot is the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are the only NFC East team representing in the top 10. I don't necessarily agree with this ranking as the St. Louis Rams were unlucky to lose Steven Jackson so early. With Jackson in the backfield the Rams' offense could have dominated the Eagles running the ball.

In the AFC North, the Baltimore Ravens clearly made their case as being the favorites for the division by destroying the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Steelers didn't fall too far, however, as they checked in at eighth overall. With a team ranked fourth and eighth overall, the AFC North looks to be remaining a powerhouse division once again this year.

The NFC South is the highest ranked NFC division with only one representative in the top 10 teams. The New Orleans Saints fall one place to sixth after a close loss to the Packers. The Saints are suffering through a key suspension—Will Smith—and a few injuries right now, but they should be contenders as the year goes on.

Waving the flag for the AFC West is Philip Rivers' and his San Diego Chargers side. The Chargers weren't overly impressive in their victory against the Minnesota Vikings. Special teams was once again an issue, as Percy Harvin returned a kick for a touchdown, and the defense was mostly good. However, offensively, the team didn't impose its will on a less talented group.

For the first time in a long time the Houston Texans are deservedly the highest ranked team from the AFC South, as they round off the top 10 on ESPN's power rankings. The Texans couldn't really benefit from the weekend's win as everyone expected them to beat the Colts without Manning. Consistency is now the key from here on out.

Unsurprisingly, the NFC West was the only division in the league not represented in the top 10.