NFL Power Rankings: Week Two

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer ISeptember 15, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots signals that he will attempt a two-point conversion after touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium on September 14, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Week one brought us everything we could hope for. Except, of course, the dominating fantasy performances we were drooling over in our fantasy drafts.

That's right, Brandon Marshall. I'm talking about you, Steve Smith. Don't think we forgot about you, entire Houston Texans offense.

But where there was disappointment on one level, there was entertainment at it's best. With the thrilling Monday night endings, the Broncos miracle catch against Denver, and the gritty match-up between the Bears and Packers on Monday night, we got what we asked for.

Now, let's just hope it doesn't sneeds to bepoil our appetite for the remaining 15 games and post-season.

Through all the drama and suspense, every team still needs to have a place in the rankings. Take a look where your team fits in heading into week two:

1. New England Patriots (1-0)

Sure, luck had something to do with it, but Tom Brady's clutch 4th quarter play showed us all what we needed to see. This offense is slowly getting back to where it needs to be.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)

Picked up right where they left off: Playing great defense and delivering clutch performances. Still, something has to be done about that paltry rush offense.

3. New York Giants (1-0)

The Redskins made it look a lot closer than it was. Eli Manning was precise with his throws all day, and the aggressive defensive front four made Jason Campbell look like, well, Jason Campbell.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

It's strange to say it out loud, but their defense surprised some people. They picked Jake Delhomme off four times (who hasn't?) and shut down Carolina's powerful rush offense. Now they have to cross their fingers that Donovan McNabb's injury won't kill their early momentum.

5. San Diego Chargers (1-0)

Just like the Patriots, they were shaky and not at their best for over half the game. But good (if not great) teams find a way to grind it out, even if it's against the liked of the Raiders.

6. Indianapolis Colts (1-0)

The big story here was their outstanding defense and the stops at the end of the game. However, on the offensive side, it was clear that Peyton Manning was a little out of sync and missed having a second dependable option after Anthony Gonzalez went down.

7. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

The defense really didn't do it's job against a Brodie Croyle-led offense (no, you read it right). And believe it or not, if it weren't for Joe Flacco (307 yards, 3 TD), Baltimore would be 0-1 right now.

8. Atlanta Falcons (1-0)

Matt Ryan carried the offense as Miami did a solid job in limiting Michael Turner and the ground game. That won't happen too often, but it's good to see Ryan can handle the load when needed.

9. Minnesota Vikings (1-0)

We saw what we expected from the defense, and if it wasn't for a Josh Cribbs pun return, this game would have never really been in question. Say what you will about Brett Favre, but he played mistake-free football and looked like he was having fun doing it.

10. New Orleans Saints (1-0)

Sure, it was the Lions, but Drew Brees and this offense probably wouldn't have been stopped by anyone on Sunday. If they can get past the Eagles this week, the Saints are officially contenders.

11. Tennessee Titans (0-1)

Their only grave mistake was actually a great play by Pittsburgh's defense, and they simply came out on the wrong end of a hard-fought battle. But if they are serious about winning this division again, they can't drop to 0-2.

12. Green Bay Packers (1-0)

Kudos to Dom Capers and the entire Green Bay defense for making Jay Cutler look like an amateur for most of Sunday night. And kudos to Aaron Rodgers for coming out of nowhere to register his first "official" 4th-quarter comeback.

13. Dallas Cowboys (1-0)

It took almost an entire half of football for Tony Romo to wake up, but when he finally did, he left no question about his ability in a Terrell Owens-less offense. I'm not quite sure what a win over a Tampa Bay teams means just yet, but Romo was still impressive. Now come the Giants.

14. Arizona Cardinals (0-1)

Kurt Warner and the entire offense were simply not themselves. I know the 49ers are an improved squad, but is Arizona seriously a title contender right now?

15. New York Jets (1-0)

It's quite clear that Mark Sanchez was the right choice. Now, is this just the Sanchez-fever in me talking, or does this look like a playoff team?

16. Carolina Panthers (0-1)

Jon Fox has supported Jake Delhomme for years, and continue to, despite two straight awful games dating back to last year. True, the ground game didn't help much, but there has got to be a better alternative to four interceptions.

For the rest of Week Two's NFL Power Rankings and all of your Fantasy advice and news, go here.


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