NFL Top 10 Power Rankings Through Week One

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst ISeptember 15, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills on September 14, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

After Monday Night Football's double header of games, Week One of the NFL finally closed the door and all 32 teams finally played their first games.

Some have a lot of hope for 2009. Some have a lot of work to do, and some might be packing it in for a long season.

I will be starting a new Power Ranking System for the Top 10 teams in the NFL each week, and I will do my best to determine the rankings as fairly and accurately as possible. Hopefully, it will be a popular read for the readers to enjoy and talk about on here.

With that said, let's determine who made the top of the mountain in Week One.

10: New York Jets (1-0, Won 24-7 over the Houston Texans)

Rex Ryan got his first career win as an NFL head coach, and Mark Sanchez won his first game as a starting quarterback. The Jets' offense looked impressive, but the defense was just over-powering. Houston came in with a season full of high expectations but just got their tails kicked by a much improved Jets' defense.

9. Green Bay Packers (1-0, Won 21-15 over the Chicago Bears)

Aaron Rodgers was decent enough to win, and the Packers' defense had a field day making Jay Cutler look awful on Sunday night. They unveiled their new 3-4 defense and so far, it looks like the change on defense worked. Rodgers will get better as the season goes on, as will the defense.

8. New Orleans Saints (1-0, Won 45-27 over the Detroit Lions)

Drew Brees made an early push for MVP with six touchdown passes. They were able to move the ball against the Lions, who are still the Lions, but the Saints' offense is incredibly fun to watch. On defense, they still give up the points but can easily score them right back. This offense resembles the St. Louis Rams "Greatest Show on Turf" from the late 1990s.

7. Atlanta Falcons (1-0, Won 19-7 over the Miami Dolphins)

Matt Ryan will love throwing the ball to Tony Gonzalez all season long, and Gonzalez will be rejuvenated in Atlanta. Michael Turner had a slow week against Miami, but so did a lot of other top running backs in the opening week. Turner should be able to turn it around as the season goes along. Atlanta may now be the favorites in the NFC South, as they continue to get better.

6. Dallas Cowboys (1-0, Won 34-21 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

For the first time in his career, Tony Romo looked relaxed on the field. Maybe it's because he didn't have to force the ball to a number 81 target 10 times a game, have it miss or dropped half the time, and then have that target come over and complain like a little girl. Romo was able to distribute the ball to different receivers well. The defense got tired in the Florida heat and gave up points against a weak Tampa offense, but scored enough to win.

5. Indianapolis Colts (1-0, Won 14-12 over the Jacksonville Jaguars)

In the first game under new head coach Jim Caldwell and since Tony Dungy's retirement from football, the Colts were still able to take care of business as usual. Jacksonville is always a tough opponent for the Colts, but this is still Peyton Manning's team and he knows how to run it efficiently. The team must get Anthony Gonzalez healthy because he has become a key target for Manning, but the Colts are still a top team.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0, Won 38-10 over the Carolina Panthers)

I picked against the Eagles, and oh boy I was wrong for that one. Jake Delhomme was AWFUL against the Eagles. Philadelphia's offense played well and had no problems moving the ball against the Carolina defense. The big concern was Donovan McNabb's fractured ribs late in the game and his status for Week Two. But when McNabb got hurt, the Eagles were well in control, and Carolina looked like a lost team.

3. New York Giants (1-0, Won 23-17 over the Washington Redskins)

The Giants' defense smothered the hell out of Jason Campbell and Clinton Portis all game, and Santana Moss was never a factor. Eli Manning distributed the ball to seven different receivers and looked like he was very comfortable all game long. Osi Umenyiora's return to the Giants was a big boost with his sack, forced fumble, and fumble recovery for a touchdown. The running game was decent but needs to get better on short-yardage situations.

2. New England Patriots (1-0, Won 25-24 over the Buffalo Bills)

The Patriots were about two minutes away from going 0-1 and not being on this list, but Tom Brady was not going to let that happen. He throws two fourth quarter touchdown passes and leads his team to a win in his first game back from injury. The Brady to Randy Moss connection didn't lose a beat on Monday night. The Patriots' defense looked very weak against Buffalo, even when Terrell Owens wasn't a a factor in the game. Too many key losses might hurt, but it's still early.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0, Won 13-10 over the Tennessee Titans)

They are the defending Super Bowl Champions and until someone beats them, this is where they will stay. They didn't play their best game on offense, but played a smash-mouth type game on defense against Tennessee all the way through until overtime. Troy Polamalu's injury will hurt the secondary, but the Steelers' defense is still tough. Ben Roethlisberger led a great drive in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal.

Enjoy the rest of your week, and in five days, we'll all be ready to strap on the helmets, hook up the HD TVs, get those comfy couches ready, throw on your favorite player's jersey, and get ready for another fun week of NFL football.


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