NFL Power Rankings: Ranking Each NFC Team with Inspirational Fan Videos
The NFC has taken a back seat to the AFC for most of the past decade, winning only three Super Bowls versus eight for the AFC (2000-2010 = 11 Super Bowls).
Sometimes it wasn't out of the question for an 8-8 team (or this past year, a 7-9 team) to make the playoffs in the NFC. Well, this year they are loaded with talent and have won the previous two championships.
The AFC reign of dominance is over.
This slideshow will rank the NFC teams after their Week 1 performances, but remember some of the teams with losses in the first week lost to great teams, so while I'll show each team's record, it shouldn't matter too much at the moment.
Also, as I did last year, I have included some great YouTube videos from fans for each team's slide. Hope you enjoy.
1. Green Bay Packers (1-0)
The Green Bay Packers entered the season as the champions of the world, and beat one of the other favorites in the NFC in a great season opener against the Saints.
Until they get knocked-off, they are the favorites in the NFC, with several teams nipping at their heels.
2. Chicago Bears (1-0)
Perhaps no team embodies the spirit of Al Pacino's speech from Any Given Sunday like the Chicago Bears.
No matter the odds, no matter the disrespect and no matter the challenge–they fight each and every week as hard as any team in the NFL.
They may be without Brian Urlacher this Sunday as he mourns the death of his mother, but if he can't go the Bears will still be fighting for their captain and give the Saints everything they have.
I've made the mistake of overlooking the Bears in the past, I won't be making that mistake this season.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
The Rams proved they could run the ball against the Eagles, but the Eagles proved that doesn't really matter as they pulled away for the 31-13 victory.
As much as I hate the Eagles, they are a good team and that video should get you fans pumped up. One thing I will say—people seem to think they are built to only win now, but they have a ton of young pieces and will be competitive for the next several years.
4. New Orleans Saints (0-1)
The Saints lost an incredibly exciting game on opening night to the champion Green Bay Packers, but did so in heartbreaking fashion.
For some reason, despite being ineffective all game, they decided to run the ball from the 1-yard line with no time on the clock. The Packers stuffed Mark Ingram on the play, avoiding overtime.
However, the Saints are still going to be a great team and a playoff team in my mind. They are my pick to win the NFC South this year, and could bounce back this week with a win over the Bears.
5. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
The Falcons got absolutely beat up by the Chicago Bears on Sunday 30-12, and turn-around to welcome Michael Vick back to Atlanta with his Philadelphia Eagles.
An 0-2 start wouldn't be devastating as both the Eagles and Bears were playoff teams last year, but considering they only lost three games total in 2010, the Falcons want to bounce back this weekend.
6. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
The Dallas Cowboys lost a heartbreaker to the New York Jets on Sunday night, but they are still a good team coming off a year in which they finished strong.
Tony Romo's coming back helps their chances, but his play in the fourth quarter Sunday has many wondering if he has what it takes to bring the Cowboys back to the playoffs. Only time will tell.
7. Detroit Lions (1-0)
Many consider the Lions to be a sleeper team to make the playoffs, but I am not one of them. I believe they have a chance to be a great team in the future, but you have to learn how to win first and the NFC is loaded with talent.
They got a nice road win against the Tampa Bay Bucs, but their first real test doesn't come until they visit Dallas in Week 4. I wouldn't be surprised to see them go 3-0 until then.
8. Washington Redskins (1-0)
Although they played a depleted Giants team on Sunday, the way they came out and dominated the second half was very impressive.
Look for this team to spoil another's playoff hopes down the line, and possibly have some postseason aspirations of their own.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)
The Bucs are another team people are picking to make the playoffs, but I can't pick them over the Falcons or Saints right now.
They have a solid young nucleus of players who could eventually turn them into one of the premier teams in the NFC, but not yet.
Crazy fact—the NFC South went 0-4 on opening weekend.
10. New York Giants (0-1)
The Giants had the worst run of injury luck in a two week span as I've ever seen.
They lost six contributing players from their defense to the IR, two more won't be able to play until Week 3 (at best), and the receiving tight end supposed to replace Kevin Boss has lingering hamstring issues.
What else can go wrong?
Well, Justin Tuck and Hakeem Nicks are questionable for Monday night's game against the Rams, but are expected to play.
Tuck was not there in Week 1, but the offense was the main culprit of their first loss of the season. They have to step up, and fast.
11. San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
The San Francisco 49ers used their defense and special teams to dominate the Seahawks on Sunday, but I'm still waiting to see how good they can become. With Jim Harbaugh calling the shots, we could finally see Alex Smith find his comfort zone.
In a very weak and winnable division, they look like the best team after Week 1.
12. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)
The Cardinals gave up 422 yards to a rookie quarterback in his season opener.
Despite winning, that has to be cause for concern moving forward.
Their offense still has work to do, but Kevin Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald have developed a solid chemistry that will get better as the season goes on.
13. St. Louis Rams (0-1)
The Rams may have had as much bad luck with injuries in Week 1 as the Giants had during the preseason. The Rams had eight players go down with injuries, and five likely won't be able to play this Monday night against the New York Giants.
They would likely be higher otherwise, but losing Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola doesn't help.
14. Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
The Vikings played well defensively in their loss to the San Diego Chargers, but you're never going to be ranked high on my list when the QB throws for 39 yards.
That was just a terrible game from Donovan McNabb, and the countdown for Christian Ponder begins.
15. Carolina Panthers (0-1)
I don't care how bad the Arizona Cardinals defense is, what Cam Newton accomplished on Sunday was a thing of beauty, and Panther fans have a lot to be excited about.
However, losing Jon Beason for the year was devastating, and the Panthers will likely win no more than four-five games.
16. Seattle Seahawks (0-1)
The Seahawks are going to be a dumpster fire this year, and Pete Carroll may either lose his job or have the opportunity to draft Andrew Luck.
Either way it's going to be a long season for them, and it would be surprising to see them win more than three games. They are a train wreck on offense and special teams.
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