Week two saw a shuffling of teams in the list as question marks like Pittsburgh and Chicago showed us what they were made of. The Chiefs and Seahawks continue to stumble but the Lions are roaring in Detroit. Here’s a breakdown of the Power Rankings after week 2.
1) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0)
Brady keeps passing for crazy numbers. That’s enough to win almost any game. It’s a neck-and-neck race with Green Bay for the number one slot but I like how the Pats handled the Chargers on both sides of the ball. Across the board the Pats are still the best team in the league and when you have highlights like this you’re firing on all cylinders.
2) GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-0)
Green Bay held off a pesky Carolina team and given another 5 minutes this game might have gone into overtime. S Nick Collins is out for the year with a nasty neck injury and the Pack are great at dealing with injuries but I’m still not happy with the defense not shutting down teams more. That’s 2 close games in 2 weeks.
3) NEW YORK JETS (2-0)
The Jets beat up a pathetic Jags team which is what a good team does to a bad team. C Nick Mangold is out for awhile and that might spell a little trouble with Sanchez but overall the Jets improved a lot with a great defensive showing. The Jets lead the league in INT’s (5) on the season and that kind of backfield effort is going to help get them closer to the Pats.
4) DETROIT LIONS (2-0)
Stafford was impressive. Very impressive and the “D” is solid. The defense ranks #2 overall in INT’s and Forced Fumbles but rank in the middle on sacks. That could use some help but that’s like saying a race car needs a bit better tires. The Lions are roaring.
5) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-11)
The Saints rebounded from their close loss against the Pack with a stellar performance at home and a convincing win over the Bears considering a few stars were on the bench. The Saints looked solid on defense but Brees is starting to heat up and that means trouble for the rest of the division. He’s thrown 6 TD’s and no INT’s, a big change from last year.
6) HOUSTON TEXANS (2-0)
The Texans won in Miami and a road win is always a good thing. The Dolphins aren’t that great and the game was close which makes us all wonder what this team is about. We will find out on Sunday as they will play the Saints and we’ll see what this team is made of.
7 ) DALLAS COWBOYS (1-1)
Tony Romo won this game. When was the last time we used that sentence without substituting ‘lost’ for ‘win?’ Despite a fractured rib and punctured lung, Romo stood tall in the pocket and helped fuel a comeback win in OT in San Fran. Very impressive win but Ryan’s defense needs to play more bruising defense for all 4 quarters next week against division leader Washington. The Cowboys have all the tools to win this game but Romo’s health will be a factor.
8 ) BUFFALO BILLS (2-0)
The Bills were the last team standing in the shootout against the Raiders. Next up, the Pats. Whoa. This is the game we’ll see if the Bills are for real or not. QB Fitzpatrick has 7 TD’s and 1 INT. Very impressive.
9) WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-0)
Shanahan is 2-0 with Rex Grossman as QB. Savor that for a moment for its rarity.
10) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-1)
The Philly All-Star team rolled into Atlanta for Vick’s first return in a regular season game in his old home town. It was a brutal boxing match as both teams hit each other with everything they had and in the end the Eagles got the worst of it. Vick was knocked out with a concussion and is out for awhile which means the future of the Eagles is a little hazy right now.
11) ATLANTA FALCONS (1-1)
The Falcons rebound nicely but it took a few quarters to showcase their stuff. The Eagles pounded them hard but the Falcons and Matt Ryan didn’t go down. Instead they got stronger and won this game solidly while also knocking Vick out of the game. Ouch! Solid win.
12) BALTIMORE RAVENS (1-1)
Baltimore got a wake up call from their stunning first week victory over the Steelers by the Titans. The Ravens defense looked hung over as Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck tossed the ball for over 300 yards. I expect the Ravens to wake up next week but the poor performance this week drops them down the list.
13) TAMPA BAY BUCS (1-1)
The Bucs showed some guts in the comeback road win in Minny. Josh Freeman looked like Joe Montana in the 4th quarter with his offensive management and I dig this kid. More games like this, please. The Bucs are fun to watch.
14) PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-1)
The win we all expected from the Steelers against one of the worst teams in the NFL over the last decade. The Steelers did everything right and Big Ben held off a few low tackles by Seattle to knock his knees out. Tough win but sweet for Steelers fans.
15) CHICAGO BEARS (1-1)
Ouch. The New Orleans wake up call brings back the question of whether the Bears are as good as we thought in week one. Right now the verdict is still out but the running game was virtually shut down and with Green Bay next week that will be an issue.
16) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (1-1)
Philip Rivers keeps passing that ball but they were no match for the Pats, a team that will beat a lot of squads this year. Tough loss but Chiefs next week are the next best thing to a bye week.
17) ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-1)
The Cards and Kevin Kolb should have beat the ‘Skins on the road but came up short with turnovers. Overall, the best team in the NFC West but that’s not really a compliment. Cards need improvement but are moving up and that’s good enough to get them into the playoffs at this rate.
18 ) NEW YORK GIANTS (1-1)
Injuries and issues on defense have me wondering how long the bottom will hold out on this boat.
19) OAKLAND RAIDERS (1-1)
The Raiders lost a shootout. Probably could have won but have shown some offensive skills in their loss.
20) TENNESSEE TITANS (1-1)
The Titans won a solid game at home against the Ravens. Hasselbeck lit up the Raves for over 300 yards which is a shocker. Chris Johnson has yet to find his groove (give him time) but things are looking “Not So Bad” in Nashville right now after a much better showing in week 2.
21) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-1)
A lazy lost at home for the Niners as the Cowboys came back to steal this game. The team lacks depth and apparently some character to hold off good teams. Next up, Cincy on the road. Could we see another loss? Also, everyone in the division is 1-1 at the moment which means the Bengals are tied for first!
22) CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-1)
Tough loss on the road in Denver as this young defense let the Broncos come back to win. QB Andy Dalton is looking fine with 3 TD’s and no INT’s on the season but they were stopped by a Denver “D” missing most of their studs. Not a bragging point.
23) CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-1)
The Browns beat off a struggling Colts squad and it took a few quarters to get going but once they did they looked alright. Why every other play isn’t a run by Hillis is beyond me but that’s probably why this team is 1-1 at the moment.
24) DENVER BRONCOS (1-1)
Kyle Orton rebounded with a great game but injuries are creeping up on this team. Too many stars are on the bench and it’s showing.
25) MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-2)
Vikes blew a 17 point lead on the Bucs to bumble to 0-2. A.P. is looking solid but the offense is struggling despite his heroic efforts. Defense fell asleep for the second week in a row.
26) CAROLINA PANTHERS (0-2)
Cam Newton tossed the ball everywhere against the Super Bowl champs and at a few times looked like a rookie. But overall, he single-handedly kept his team in the game. Impressive. The rest of the team on the other hand….
27) MIAMI DOLPHINS (0-2)
Reggie Bush struggled and the Dolphins look a little lost. At 0-2 this team is sinking fast in this division. Going to be a tough year.
28 ) ST. LOUIS RAMS (0-2)
The Rams limped into Monday Night Football with a lot of stars on the bench. It showed and they were outplayed. Running game is AWOL without Jackson.
29) JACKSONVILLE JAGS (1-1)
Pathetic. Del Rio moves one step closer to the unemployment line. My bet, week 6 he’s gone but more games like this and he’ll be booted much, much earlier.
30) KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (0-2)
The Chiefs may end up with Andrew Luck if they continue to lose players. The latest star out is RB Jamaal Charles who is out for the season. The second-best RB in the league is on IR on a struggling team. Sorry Chiefs fans, it’s looking bleak.
31) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (0-2)
Tarvaris Jackson and the offensive line looked horrible. Just horrible. This may be the worst team in Seahawk history right now. Just horrible. And special teams….ugh.
32) INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-2)
There’s nothing positive to say about the Colts but the Indiana Hoosiers got their first win this week against South Carolina State. That’s the closest thing I can find that’s positive dealing with football in the state.