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Week Two Power Rankings

We’re two weeks into the regular season, and so it’s time — coincidentally — to offer up our Week Two Power Rankings.

So feel free to check them out and, as usual, complain loudly if you disagree with where we’ve put your “team” . . . and remain completely silent if you completely agree.

And, yes, we nearly bumped the defending champions out of the top spot even though they won last night.


1.  New Orleans Saints (No. 1 last week; 2-0):  They’re still the kings, but the gap is closing.

2.  Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 6; 2-0):  Whatever Troy Polamalu is getting paid, it isn’t nearly enough. 

3. 
Green Bay Packers (No. 5; 2-0):  When Favre returns to Lambeau in a few
weeks, revenge could end up being a dish best served frozen.  

4.  Houston Texans (No. 7; 2-0):  The old Texans were great at blowing 17-point leads; the new Texans erase 17-point deficits.

5. 
Baltimore Ravens  (No. 2; 1-1):  Maybe they knew what they were doing when they signed Marc Bulger.

6. 
New York Jets (No. 10; 1-1):  Once the Jets quit talking about going to
the Super Bowl, they finally look like a team that could.  There may be
a lesson in there somewhere.

7. 
Miami Dolphins (No. 11; 2-0):  That win in Minnesota could lay the
foundation for the team’s best season since they ended the year with a
win over Minnesota.

8.  Indianapolis Colts (No. 9; 1-1):  On
Sunday night, Antoine Bethea hit Mario Manningham so hard that it
ruptured Bob Sanders’ other biceps tendon. 

9.  Tennessee Titans (No. 8; 1-1):  Apparently, “benching” now appears in Roget’s Thesaurus under the word “rescue.” 

10.  New England Patriots
(No. 3; 1-1):  After escaping Revis Island, Randy Moss got lost in Cromartie Canyon.

11. 
Cincinnati Bengals (No. 18; 1-1):  The Week One debacle notwithstanding, the Bengals could enter the bye 4-1.

12.  Kansas City Chiefs (No. 16; 2-0):  Maybe they should rename them the “Overachiefers.”

13. 
San Diego Chargers (No. 17; 1-1):  Maybe the Chargers think that turnovers will sell tickets. 

14. 
New
York Giants (No. 12; 1-1):  Brandon Jacobs didn’t mean to throw his
helmet into the stands.  He was aiming for Tom Coughlin.    

15. Washington Redskins (No. 13; 1-1):  Gary Kubiak turned Mike Shanahan’s face to alabaster.  Which is a better color than orange.

16. 
Chicago Bears (No. 21; 2-0):  Beat the Packers, and the Bears will move to the top 10.  Maybe the top five.      

17.  Atlanta Falcons (No. 19; 1-1):  The first crack at dethroning the Saints comes on Sunday. 

18.
  Philadelphia Eagles (No. 20; 1-1):  Lost in all the Vick hoopla is the fact that the Eagles nearly lost to the Lions.

19.  Minnesota Vikings
(No. 4; 0-2):  If the Vikings drop any faster they’ll get the bends.

20. 
Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 15; 1-1):  During his two-day hiatus from the
Steelers, the Jaguars should have tried to bring back Byron Leftwich.
  

21.  Denver Broncos (No. 22; 1-1):  Rookie wideout Demaryius
Thomas could eventually make the fans sort of forget about the receiver
that coach Josh McDaniels ran off. 

22.  Dallas Cowboys (No. 14; 0-2):  It’s not time to panic yet.  Lose to the Texans, and it’ll be time to panic.

23.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 29; 2-0):  Beat the Steelers, and the Bucs will move to the top 10.  Maybe the top five.    

24. 
Seattle Seahawks (No. 24; 1-1):  Hey, a one-game winning streak is better than no winning streak at all. 

25.  Arizona Cardinals (No. 25; 1-1):  Kurt Warner’s case for Canton is getting stronger all the time.

26. 
Carolina Panthers (No. 23; 0-2):  The over-under on Steve Smith giving Jimmy Clausen another black eye is October 15.

27.  Oakland Raiders (No. 31; 1-1):  Even JaMarcus Russell lasted longer than Jason Campbell.  

28. 
San Francisco 49ers (No. 26; 0-2):  At this rate, they will not try to miss the playoffs.  

29.  Detroit Lions (No. 27; 0-2):  Moral victories still ain’t victories.    

30.  St. Louis Rams (No. 28; 0-2):  From 3-13 to 2-14 to 1-15, the Rams are on an early pace for 0-16.   

31. 
Cleveland Browns (No. 30; 0-2):  With a quintet of tough games on tap,
Eric Mangini may not get a chance to host the Jets and Pats in
consecutive weeks after the bye.   

32.  Buffalo Bills (No. 32; 0-2):  As expected, Trent Edwards won during training camp the right to be the first guy benched.

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  1. CHIEF ZEE says: Sep 21, 2010 8:36 AM

    Did florio seriously just joke Shanny on his skin pigment???? I am thinking that someone might be a little on the feminine side.

  2. BigJun says: Sep 21, 2010 8:40 AM

    Florio you are such a niner hater!!! Man they must have done something to you as a young boy!!!! I wonder what your going to say when they win the West!! You will probably rank them 32nd.

  3. Austskate says: Sep 21, 2010 8:41 AM

    Braylon Edwards dui this morning. Idk why you aren’t all over this florio, don’t you hate the jets

  4. chargerrich says: Sep 21, 2010 8:42 AM

    While I usually do not take issue with your rankings Florio… damn man are you drunk?
    Ravens @ 5?
    Good defense, piss poor offense. No way Baltimore is anywhere near the 5th best team so far this season.
    Jets @ 6?
    Please… are you serious?
    Chiefs @ 12?
    Thank god for special teams and lots of rain or the Chefs are 0-2 and challenging Buffalo. They BARELY beat your 31st ranked team!
    Wow man… put the bottle down and call for a ride.

  5. SirSuperSouthern says: Sep 21, 2010 8:42 AM

    Woohoo GO TEXANS!!!

  6. Youngone says: Sep 21, 2010 8:43 AM

    How can the 49ers go down after a game like that. Panthers over the 49ers? You guys don’t even try

  7. Reginald says: Sep 21, 2010 8:43 AM

    Do you get paid to be dumb?

  8. Duerson22 says: Sep 21, 2010 8:45 AM

    Chiefs higher then the bears…really???

  9. brock29609 says: Sep 21, 2010 8:46 AM

    Florio, how much did it kill you to put the Bucs above the bottom 3? Eat your words.

  10. Chapnasty. says: Sep 21, 2010 8:47 AM

    Cowboys should be #31

  11. hnirobert says: Sep 21, 2010 8:48 AM

    Cromartie Cavern sounds cooler.

  12. kravon says: Sep 21, 2010 8:48 AM

    How bad can the NFC West be?
    Giving the Panthers a break even though they havent been competitive in either game.

  13. overkil2 says: Sep 21, 2010 8:48 AM

    While I’m a Fins fan, I think #7 is a bit high.
    While on the road, the offense played it close to the vest to try to minimize turnovers so we don’t really know what this offense is capable of. I’m sure we’ll find out Sunday Night.
    Until I see the offense put up more points, 7 is too high.

  14. Profootballtalk Rocks says: Sep 21, 2010 8:48 AM

    Cromartie Canyon -Thats classic! Funny!!
    Good work.

  15. jtm1023 says: Sep 21, 2010 8:49 AM

    Is there an even lower spot for the Bills than #32? There has to be many college or high school teams playing at a higher level than the lowly-ass Bills.

  16. Resolution says: Sep 21, 2010 8:50 AM

    Braylon Edwards was arrested for DWI last night (.16 BAC). He’ll be gone for a bunch of games. I say NYJ will lose BADLY to Miami and fall way down this chart.

  17. mayonnaise says: Sep 21, 2010 8:51 AM

    No. 28 for the Niners? Your out of your mind. We’ll probably finish 12-4, win the West and host a home playoff game. Watch out NFL the Niners are back.

  18. SF Saints Fan says: Sep 21, 2010 8:57 AM

    You are still correct on Number 1, but the Saints have to play better. The Niners are a good football team and the game was set up as a perfect trap game, but the Champs came through in the end. As Champions do.

  19. chc4 says: Sep 21, 2010 8:59 AM

    Jets at 6? Falcons at 17? Is that a misprint?

  20. irishgary says: Sep 21, 2010 9:01 AM

    Oh Please, everyone knows that the Queens and Cowgirls are the greatest teams ever.

  21. YepHello says: Sep 21, 2010 9:01 AM

    I hope the rest of the league feels the same way you do and keeps ignoring the Bengals, not sure how you sweep the AFC North one year, easily the best division in football, beat the division rival that everyone picked to go to the Superbowl, and still end up six spots behind said division rival in the power rankings, but I’ll take it.

  22. RELISH says: Sep 21, 2010 9:02 AM

    When did the Jets stop talking? The only lesson here is back up the words with play. They talked before and after. Good for them. Florio, put on your Chrebet jersey and go eat a fuggin snack!

  23. Terence_Sanders says: Sep 21, 2010 9:04 AM

    You are aware that the 28th ranked 49ers played a hell of a game against your first ranked saints.
    You guys are a joke.

  24. rockinron says: Sep 21, 2010 9:05 AM

    Florio putting Pitt at #2? What a homer.

  25. thunkened says: Sep 21, 2010 9:06 AM

    Must not have watched the SF vs NO game last night…

  26. soflaeagle says: Sep 21, 2010 9:07 AM

    If you took Troy polamalu’s package out of your mouth you would probably make better ranking decisions Mike.

  27. andyprough says: Sep 21, 2010 9:08 AM

    As a Steeler fan, I’ve got to wonder why you would put them as high as #2, knowing that their qb situation is in total chaos. Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El may be the only healthy backup quarterback going into this week on the road against a 2-0 Tampa team, and they’ve got to return to play a brutal bloodbath against the Ravens. And Charlie Batch? Recent history of season-ending injuries in limited playing time. Basically, as Tomlin said, the dude is fragile at this point in his career.
    You are way more confident than I am, Florio. Maybe Troy’s Hair can play qb?

  28. thecurtain says: Sep 21, 2010 9:09 AM

    Well it didn’t take long for the Steelers to climb back to the top of the list. Why anyone would ever doubt them in the offseason is bewildering. All they do is win consistently year after year. Even in bad years (like last year) they still come away with winning records (9-7). Meanwhile teams like the Cowboys are consistently overhyped and follow it up by underperforming.

  29. Really? says: Sep 21, 2010 9:11 AM

    Giants best in the NFC East? I take it you didn’t watch that abortion Sunday night?

  30. LebronJeremy says: Sep 21, 2010 9:12 AM

    As a steelers fan, I’m getting a little tired of Polamalu being hailed as the only key to their success. Timmons played injured last year; Farrior looked hung over; Aaron Smith was out; James Harrison played the last half of the season injured. And William Gay wasn’t ready to fill in for McFadden.
    All of that is different this year. Timmons finally knows the defense too. Granted that Polamalu is unquestionably the premier defensive player in the NFL, they would still be dominated with just a capable safety (which Tyrone Carter wasn’t).

  31. Zach says: Sep 21, 2010 9:14 AM

    Ravens after 5th with that offense? please

  32. Richm2257 says: Sep 21, 2010 9:16 AM

    Statistics aside, can you honestly explain why two 1-1 teams are ranked higher than FOUR 2-0 teams?
    I don’t care how many more yards or points they’ve put up, or how few of either they’ve given up; it’s the “W’s” that count in the end.

  33. Football says: Sep 21, 2010 9:18 AM

    So the Ravens are at 5 and the team that beat the Ravens less than 48 hours ago is at 11. Makes perfect sense.

  34. chargerrich says: Sep 21, 2010 9:24 AM

    Florio… after seeing you put Pittsburgh at #2 as the worst 2-0 team I have ever seen, I have to ask… Do you secretly wish it was YOU in the bathroom stall with Rapelesberger?

  35. Suitcasehead Golic says: Sep 21, 2010 9:24 AM

    Polamalu is great—But how bout some love for Lawrence Timmons who was all over the field on sunday—It’s a shame the Steeler linebackers shy away from contact..

  36. Hugh Jorgan says: Sep 21, 2010 9:27 AM

    Everyone stop bitching about the rankings. The NFL will not use this article for any official determinations…honest.
    Love the comments this week Florio. Cromartie Canyon? Vikings getting the bends? Jacob’s helmet? Great way to start the day. Thanks for the laughs!

  37. 1234 says: Sep 21, 2010 9:32 AM

    The Ravens at 5 still? They really aren’t very good. Their D is vastly overrated and their O is putrid.

  38. PED'S ARE GOOD FOR SPORTS says: Sep 21, 2010 9:32 AM

    LebronJeremy says:
    September 21, 2010 9:12 AM
    “Granted that Polamalu is unquestionably the premier defensive player in the NFL”
    Wow. This statement is even MORE bogus than these rankings. The guy is always hurt. Yeah he makes an impact…WHEN HE PLAYS…Hes not even the best defensive player in that DIVISION, let alone the LEAGUE. Get a clue…
    And the Steelers are DEFINITELY NOT the second best team in the league. Ive bashed the Jets unmercifully on here, but Id take them over the Steelers, at least right now.

  39. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Sep 21, 2010 9:32 AM

    giants at ten,waaaay too high on the chart.
    their special teams are terrible,ol is old and slow,sad.
    raiders are too low on the chart,when they put in gradkowski this team responds to him.he’s not a great qb,but he brings everything he has to the game and his team mates come on board.

  40. dafish says: Sep 21, 2010 9:33 AM

    During his two-day hiatus from the Steelers, the Jaguars should have tried to bring back Byron Leftwich.
    Of course! He left under the best of terms too.

  41. SomeFans says: Sep 21, 2010 9:33 AM

    You’ve got the jerks ranks too high… they soon will be 1-2.
    We all know the jet franchise is a lifelong loser.

  42. WhySoSerious says: Sep 21, 2010 9:34 AM

    I’m a Cowboys fan, but its crazy to have 0-2 Dallas ranked above 2-0 Tampa. Dallas needs to get their shit together quick.

  43. Douchebaggery says: Sep 21, 2010 9:37 AM

    Florio’s still smoking that good shit….

  44. CaptainObvious says: Sep 21, 2010 9:37 AM

    Richm2257 says: September 21, 2010 9:16 AM
    “Statistics aside, can you honestly explain why two 1-1 teams are ranked higher than FOUR 2-0 teams?”
    because some of those 2-0 teams haven’ played a contender yet?

  45. Paulitik says: Sep 21, 2010 9:39 AM

    Falcons at 17? They almost beat the #2 team, in a game that went to overtime. And will decimate the #1 team on your list. Falcons won by the largest margin and put up the most points this weekend.This is ridiculous.
    You need to swap the Falcons and the Ravens. Their QB throw 4 picks and you put them at 5.

  46. Zach says: Sep 21, 2010 9:40 AM

    “No. 28 for the Niners? Your out of your mind. We’ll probably finish 12-4, win the West and host a home playoff game. Watch out NFL the Niners are back.”
    Really?

  47. Florioslovechild says: Sep 21, 2010 9:40 AM

    Drop the Vikings from 4th to 19th? How stupid can one person be?????

  48. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Sep 21, 2010 9:42 AM

    This is the new media folks. No big picture analysis that takes hours, but rather we are left with a shoot-from-the-hip projection of the rest of the season based on this week’s game.

  49. CaptainObvious says: Sep 21, 2010 9:43 AM

    Steelers @ #2 without a QB.
    Sounds about right.
    The road to #7 looks pretty clear once BR returns.

  50. TonyRambo88 says: Sep 21, 2010 9:44 AM

    Well,well,well weak ass fans continue to spew hate at us uh smh and we number 22, it’s okay tho watch when shit hits the fan Rambo and cowboys we will come out on top

  51. bobinpuertorico says: Sep 21, 2010 9:44 AM

    Florio, how can you put the Packers #3 and Miami #7 ??????
    The Packers were only ahead of the pathetic Bills by 6 points at the half, yet you have them moving up from #5 to #3. Are you saying that playing the Bills slightly better than even for a half and then beating them by three touchdowns in the other half is impressive?
    Regarding Miami, how can you rank them in the top half of teams. They barely beat the Bills by the score of 15 – 10, which would suggest that they should definitely be ranked in the bottom half of teams.
    If the Packers and Miami are indeed very good teams, as your rankings suggest, then playing them nearly even for 6 quarrters out of 8 does not sound like something that the worst team in the NFL could accomplish.

  52. The Hogster says: Sep 21, 2010 9:50 AM

    The Chiefs are not better than the Redskins buddy. Otherwise your ranking isn’t terribly debatable.

  53. if yer not first... says: Sep 21, 2010 9:51 AM

    huh?
    did you watch any of the games on Sunday?
    W T F?

  54. Goetta-Head says: Sep 21, 2010 9:52 AM

    Sooooo….how are the Ravens better than the Bengals?
    Your rankings are stupid

  55. FinFan68 says: Sep 21, 2010 9:59 AM

    It would seem that Florio uses a bingo machine (like the NBA lottery) to determine the order…and is allowed 3 changes “just because”. Some of the moves are just plain illogical based on the games. Oh, well.

  56. Laxer37 says: Sep 21, 2010 10:00 AM

    Every year the Steelers are written off at the beginning of the season while forgetting that they’ve only had 7 losing seasons since 1971.
    What other team in the league could beat down two good teams in back to back weeks with their 3rd and 4th string QB’s at the controls?
    What other teams even have a 4th string QB?

  57. danfitzger says: Sep 21, 2010 10:01 AM

    The Redskins very narrowly lost a high-scoring OT game with the 4th ranked Texans, while the Giants got stomped by the 8th ranked Colts. Both teams are 1-1. How are the Giants the better team?

  58. thatswhatshesaid says: Sep 21, 2010 10:02 AM

    Steelers #2??? What are you watching on Sundays?
    Florio do youself a favor and never do a power ranking again. You are making youself look insane.

  59. atowwn says: Sep 21, 2010 10:02 AM

    Steelers over the Packers really i don’t see it.

  60. Spungy says: Sep 21, 2010 10:04 AM

    The Steelers beat two shitty teams to go 2-0. Ben’s Grandmother could have quarterbacked those wins. Let’s see Ben beat a real team on the road, being boo’ed non-stop before we get ahead of ourselves.
    Top should be: Packers > Saints > Texans > Miami
    The Bengals are in the right spot at 11.

  61. Canned Gravy says: Sep 21, 2010 10:05 AM

    Really…?
    How that pathetic excuse of a Giants team is rated above the Redskins or the Bears is laughable. Either of those teams would (or soon will) kill the Giants.
    Raiders (yes I said, Raiders) and Lions are both better then Carolina…who will be lucky to get a win at all this season from what I’ve watched.
    Titans above the Pats is a laugher, too. This whole thing is shit.

  62. TMFChiefs says: Sep 21, 2010 10:07 AM

    Chiefs didn’t give up a 17 point lead…buddy. Quit your crying.

  63. thecurtain says: Sep 21, 2010 10:10 AM

    PED’S ARE GOOD FOR SPORTS says:
    September 21, 2010 9:32 AM
    LebronJeremy says:
    September 21, 2010 9:12 AM
    “Granted that Polamalu is unquestionably the premier defensive player in the NFL”
    Wow. This statement is even MORE bogus than these rankings. The guy is always hurt. Yeah he makes an impact…WHEN HE PLAYS…Hes not even the best defensive player in that DIVISION, let alone the LEAGUE. Get a clue…
    And the Steelers are DEFINITELY NOT the second best team in the league. Ive bashed the Jets unmercifully on here, but Id take them over the Steelers, at least right now.
    ====
    You need to get a clue. Palamalu has played in over 83% of the games since he was drafted 8 years ago. There’s not a lot of high impact defensive players that throw their body around with as much disregard as Palamlu that have played 83% of their games. Palamalu might not be the best defensive player in the league or even on the Steelers (but undoubtedly he is the best safety) but at least you should get your facts straight before attempting to make a point. And it doesn’t even matter if he is “the best” or not. All that matters is that he makes a huge impact for his team every down he is on the field and his presense is always felt. And as a bonus, he has no ego like other defesnive “stars” (Haynesworth) and he also would never hold out (Revis). Your time is probably better spent watching SportsCenter, you shouldn’t try doing analysis because you’re clearly not cut out for it.

  64. bwisnasky says: Sep 21, 2010 10:11 AM

    Really.. the Chiefs at 12.. with a QB that has a rating of 55.8…. who has thrown for 244 yards in 2 games…. a team that had 3 big plays in their first game on a rain soaked field… a punt return, an interception to set up a touchdown, and one break away run by a running back…. and then barely scratched out a victory against a team that won 4 games last year…. at 12? Seriously?

  65. Disagreelos says: Sep 21, 2010 10:11 AM

    In the chiefs game against the chargers was it raining for both teams?

  66. Wellsee says: Sep 21, 2010 10:11 AM

    Seriously, the Chiefs @ 12? You think the Cowboys (as much as I hate them) are really the 22nd best team in the league?
    Have some guts and say “this 2-0 team still sucks”. If you are going to by record with barely a modicum of thought, why do this at all?
    Oh right, “page views.” Gotcha.

  67. jimmySee says: Sep 21, 2010 10:12 AM

    So what happened to all the Vikings homers around here? After that 0-2 start they must have jumped to the Twins’ bandwagon.
    Win Twins!

  68. sacdaddy says: Sep 21, 2010 10:17 AM

    Florio even as a Ravens fan, 5 is not very realistic. Even though we had some tough breaks, i.e. throwing 4 picks and dropping 4 potential picks, prob more in the 10 area. Our special teams and QB play was downright awful.

  69. Just JTO says: Sep 21, 2010 10:20 AM

    Two observations … No. 2 is kinda high for the Steelers, especially without Ben.
    And those who are talking shit on the Steelers, well, allow me to cue my favorite remark for this site: “Games are won on the field, not on this stupid site.” You guys keep on hatin’ while the Steelers keep on winning. Sorry that your poison has no power.
    I’m just looking forward to how the season plays out ON THE FIELD. As I said back when Ben was suspended, I’m still banking on the Steelers being pretty damn good this season.

  70. CYGNUS X-1 says: Sep 21, 2010 10:20 AM

    the chiefs above the bears?your hate of cutler clouds your view.he and the bears have proved you wrong so far but you refuse to aknowledge it in any way.be a man florio and just say so far this season they have proved me wrong there is no shame in admitting you are wrong,besides since you are most of the time anyway who will notice? but seriously have the chiefs scored on a offensive play yet this year?does matt cassell have a qb rating over 60 yet?if cutler had played like that you would be all over him. guess you plan on waiting til they lose before you launch your verbal attacks on him.keep waiting it will be awhile!

  71. kravon says: Sep 21, 2010 10:22 AM

    Hey Spungy
    The Steelers beat the Falcons and Titans with what were essentially 3rd string quarterbacks.
    Packers beat Eagles and Bills – WOW!
    Saints beat 49ers and Vikes – Another WOW!
    Give credit where credit is due, sunshine!
    Kravon
    PFT Chief Lunch Engineer

  72. ronmexico says: Sep 21, 2010 10:26 AM

    atowwn says:
    September 21, 2010 10:02 AM
    Steelers over the Packers really i don’t see it.
    ____________________
    You would if they played.

  73. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Sep 21, 2010 10:32 AM

    Not surprisingly, I expect the Colts to move steadily up in your rankings, especially given their more balanced attack on offense in Week 2 (Manning 20/26 for 255 yds, Addai 20 car for 92 yds, and Brown 16 car for 69 yds). Their 24-point margin of victory over the Giants was, to say the least, both unexpected and impressive.

  74. bengirlsuk10 says: Sep 21, 2010 10:36 AM

    Spungy spends his time trying to figure out how he can catch TO and Ocho outside of the stadium for some spungy fun. In fact, he’s affectionately known as spungy because he has the ability to transform from a stupid, Steelers hating fan of losing football, to transforming into something he’s not to become the ultimate catch for TO and Ocho.
    I would expect a name change for Spungy also – perhaps something like “Transpungy”. He/she will make the news soon when we find out he’s servicing the Bengirls receiving corps.

  75. ricwig says: Sep 21, 2010 10:48 AM

    You have to be kidding. Baltimore 5. after the display in Cincinnati? Wow you realy want to sell your Baltimore going to the Superbowl prediction. No one’s buying.

  76. Dewey Axewoond says: Sep 21, 2010 10:51 AM

    Falcons are too low–from what I’ve seen, they’ve looked pretty damn good on both sides of the ball.
    Redskins might be bit too high.
    Giants are definitely too high, so move the Falcons above both these teams.
    (It must be that age old east coast bias shining through–the NFC East is not the awesome powerhouse the media loves to hype it as).
    The Dolphins are right about where they should be.
    I think they out-and-out SPANK the Jets this weekend, and eventually take that division.
    Ravens are WAAAAY too high after that last performance. They still have the potential to be good, but they’ll live or die by Flacco. And if Flacco loses his poise, confidence, and decision-making, they’ll sink like a knife into soft flesh.
    Can’t wait to see the Lions finally catch a break–they’re gonna catch the Biqueefs slippin’ and put a stake through that team’s weakly beating (black) heart.
    Florio, I’m glad you’re finally starting to realize how completely, utterly, catastrophically WRONG you were about the Bears.
    And after next Monday’s Bears-Pack game, I’d like for you to write the following headline:
    “God help me, I was a delusional, ignorant, Bear-bashing dumbass”
    But please don’t rank the Bears any higher–they always have their best seasons and play their best when expectations are lowest.
    When will NFL fans learn–expecting each new season to play out almost exactly like the previous one, with the same powerhouses and losers as the year before, is utterly moronic.
    History tells us there are ALWAYS surprise turnarounds.
    (The Bears will be just one of those).

  77. hedferst says: Sep 21, 2010 10:57 AM

    Florio…you should stick to just cutting and pasting the stories from the beat writers who actually watch the games…your insight exposes just how little you know…maybe Mike jr’s drumming is scrambling your brains…just lost my interest in anything you have to say…just stick to hacking the beat writers…you look more intelligent that way

  78. ejtowne says: Sep 21, 2010 10:58 AM

    bobinpuertorico says:
    September 21, 2010 9:44 AM
    If the Packers and Miami are indeed very good teams, as your rankings suggest, then playing them nearly even for 6 quarters out of 8 does not sound like something that the worst team in the
    NFL could accomplish.
    I second that. How do the Browns and Rams sit ahead of Buffalo? Get ready for Fitz to Fix the Bills biggest problem…..QB.

  79. asdfghjkl says: Sep 21, 2010 11:07 AM

    Steelers at #2 sounds good to me:) But, given the QB situation, I don’t see the Steelers going undeafted before Roethlisberger gets back. But, their defense earned this power ranking.

  80. MEDTXPACK says: Sep 21, 2010 11:13 AM

    @ ronmexico
    The steelers have a good defense. the packers have a great defense.
    the steelers cant figure out which subpar QB to use until the rapist is back. THe pack have a proven consistent MVP like QB. Pack over the Steel Curtain anyday this year. ill even take the game in Feb.
    Dont give me that BigBen won a championship and he is so great crap, his ring is about as cool as Trent Dilfer’s!

  81. Surfdog says: Sep 21, 2010 11:18 AM

    Vikings suck. Keep sinking, purple idiots!

  82. PED'S ARE GOOD FOR SPORTS says: Sep 21, 2010 11:20 AM

    @ the curtain:
    LOL really? Best safety in the league? YOU need to get a clue.
    Hes not even the best in that DIVISION genius. That would be Ed Reed.
    And as Far as analysis, maybe you should take your own advice. When you cant see that a sure fire HOF’er in the division is better, their is a huge problem. Yes Ed Reed is on PUP, but even if he has missed games, hes still, over the body of work of his career has mad WAY more game changing plays than “the hair” has. Not only defensively, but special teams wise as well.
    Go home.

  83. if yer not first... says: Sep 21, 2010 11:20 AM

    if your any sort of spiritual person at all the Stealers starting on 2-0 is really not surprising.
    I mean what’s better the Stealers going 0-4 without Ben or going 4-0 and then falling flat on their collective faces when he returns and missing the playoffs because of him.
    Now that’s karma you can believe in.

  84. RaiderChile says: Sep 21, 2010 11:20 AM

    How do you put a team with 2 losses over a team with one win? How cares about talent on the rosters. It’s about the W’s. Florio you SUCK!

  85. BoltDaddy says: Sep 21, 2010 11:21 AM

    I think it is funny that a team in the top five in nearly all crititcal NFL catagories after two weeks in not in your top ten, I think that says more about you than anything I can say.

  86. kravon says: Sep 21, 2010 11:22 AM

    @ MDTXPACK,
    Didnt the Steelers beat the Packers last season?
    This debate is stupid, but then again so am I.
    Kravon
    PFT Chief Stat Man

  87. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Sep 21, 2010 11:23 AM

    #2
    wow. get on your knees for the guy, florio.

  88. Chiefs2010 says: Sep 21, 2010 11:23 AM

    you can’t do power rankings this early in the season..
    wait until week 6, at least..
    stupid Americans love lists..

  89. asdfghjkl says: Sep 21, 2010 11:25 AM

    The Packers suck! That is why Favre stabbed you in the pack. And, the Steelers defense would destroy a little fag like Aaron Rodgers.
    And, Big Ben has two rings. Not one. In fact, just one shy of the Packers total Super Bowl Championships. HA!

  90. loumann says: Sep 21, 2010 11:28 AM

    great florio…….tell polomalu whatever he gets paid isnt enough…………how bout saying for once a guy who makes 10 million IS EARNING IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dope !

  91. irishgary says: Sep 21, 2010 11:29 AM

    @MEDTXPACK
    I’m a Packer fan and until the prove themselves against a quality QB, you are off base on this one.

  92. thecurtain says: Sep 21, 2010 11:29 AM

    @ MEDTXPACK
    The Packers defense is definitely very good but I think it’s a stretch to compare them to the Steelers at this point. Remember this is basically a carbon copy of the defense that won a superbowl just two years ago. And per your comment about not giving you that Ben “won a championship and he is so great crap”… if Ben didn’t win the championship – then who did? (the defense). You can’t have it both ways. And for the record, your MVP QB, who is definitely one of the best in the game, hasn’t really proved anything outside of the regular season so there’s a lot left to prove.

  93. Spungy says: Sep 21, 2010 11:34 AM

    “# bengirlsuk10 says: September 21, 2010 10:36 AM
    Spungy spends his time trying to figure out how he can catch TO and Ocho outside of the stadium for some spungy fun. In fact, he’s affectionately known as spungy because he has the ability to transform from a stupid, Steelers hating fan of losing football, to transforming into something he’s not to become the ultimate catch for TO and Ocho.
    I would expect a name change for Spungy also – perhaps something like “Transpungy”. He/she will make the news soon when we find out he’s servicing the Bengirls receiving corps.”
    Well, I do have T.O. and Ocho jerseys… But no homo.
    Maybe you should look at your team, with no cheerleaders and now no women in the stands because of Rapistbastard (except for Deb). One big sausage-fest, except for Polomalu.

  94. Codebeard says: Sep 21, 2010 11:37 AM

    There’s absolutely no reason why Chicago should be behind KC, the Giants or Washington, much less all three. I do agree that right now you have to leave them out of the top 10 pending how the Monday night game goes, but the Redskins blew the aforementioned large lead and generated no offense against a Cowboys team the Bears just lit up, and the Chiefs have a pathetic QB, and the Giants were just destroyed by Eli’s big brother.

  95. ChicagoJo says: Sep 21, 2010 11:44 AM

    So Bears and KC are the 2-0 teams not in the top 7, huh? I wonder how far you’ll drop Miami once they lose. These rankings are a joke… entirely based on this NFL season, huh? nothing to do with years of bias and ill wishes.
    What’s more, Bears handidly beat the Boys at Dallas, and they still are under the Redskins that barely beat them at home.
    I mean, I’m not saying they even deserve top ten until they beat the pack, but honestly… they have the best run defense, top 5 total O and D, and withstood one of the leagues better pass rushes after losing their starting LT.
    All that and still ranking below Chiefs Chargers Giants ans Skins. Chiefs are rising but you know not a complete team yet. Giants got blown out and exposed. chargers won but coming off an embaressing letdown in week 1 and there are question marks all over. Redskins couldn’t hold a 17 point lead and lost one of their best players.
    Would you honestly pick any of those 4 teams in a head to head matchup (CHI @ NYG week 4)?
    I think the Packers are the more complete team but the tides are turning in the NFC north and we have the momentum. Monday night could be a passing of the torch, if the Bears beat the Pack they go into the easy portion of their schedule with an undefeated record and division lead. Both teams should make the playoffs.

  96. thecurtain says: Sep 21, 2010 11:50 AM

    @ PED’S ARE GOOD FOR SPORTS:
    You would call out Troy for being injured all the time and then compare him to a guy who has been injured for nearly a year. I just threw that in to prove you were an idiot when you took the bait. It doesn’t matter who is better. Everyone knows they’re both great. But you’re still a moron.

  97. MVPnis says: Sep 21, 2010 11:52 AM

    The Falcons almost beat pitt in their house and destroy the cards. 17? please…wait till they beat down the Saints

  98. texasPHINSfan says: Sep 21, 2010 11:53 AM

    Jets at 6?? LOL

  99. DSC says: Sep 21, 2010 12:00 PM

    Steelers seem a little high, Patriots seem a little low to me.
    #19 Vikes…….maybe a little high though!!!LMFAO

  100. epping16 says: Sep 21, 2010 12:05 PM

    To all the people complaining about 1-1 teams being ranked ahead of 2-0 teams…..If you want to see all the 2-0 teams on top, there is something call the STANDINGS! That is not what this is

  101. Winninugly says: Sep 21, 2010 12:07 PM

    i think your rankings were reasonable. I took three hours and used espn power rankings and took in consideration division games, home vs. away, and previous rankings.
    1.saints
    2.packers
    3.texans
    4.steelers
    5.dolphins
    6.bears
    7.jets
    8.colts
    9.falcons
    10. eagles
    11.patriots
    12.chargers
    13.bengals
    14.ravens
    15.titans
    16.giants
    17.bucs
    18.chiefs
    19. redskins
    20.cowboys
    top 20. nobody else is important right now atleast

  102. Pistol0928 says: Sep 21, 2010 12:32 PM

    Steelers held CJ to 37 yards and caused 7 turnovers… When Ben gets back it is game over for the rest of the league.
    And remember when Ben beat the Packers last second style on 4th and goal last year? Yea, that was pretty cool.

  103. GO24019 says: Sep 21, 2010 12:35 PM

    MedTXPACK:
    Aaron Rogers has won some regular season games. He can’t even beat the old guy the Packers threw away to clear the way for him. Get your face off the frozen tundra and let the blood flow to your brain

  104. packersurle says: Sep 21, 2010 12:35 PM

    Not a single Packers comment – until now – must be rank about correct…

  105. the immortal SCURDS says: Sep 21, 2010 12:43 PM

    texans: answered every question we had about them already
    saints: still the champs.
    packers: just real tough to stop
    indy: chip on their shoulder, just ask the gints
    steelers: great defense but sooner or later they will need to score on offense, wont they?
    jets: if they start to roll on offense like they just did….
    san diego: a qb like rivers runs thru ya.
    redskins: mcnabb is a winner and so is shannohun
    miami: will get better every week
    philly: until they throw vick away that is
    chicago: martz, rams, offense, success
    kansas city: chieves are undefeated
    denver: who?
    sinsinatti: the mask is off batman and robin
    atlanta, new england baltimore……
    32: dallas cowboys are the worst team in the nfl right now. whuh happened? is the new team motto.

  106. smiley says: Sep 21, 2010 12:46 PM

    Who’s the best team in the NFC East? Make this list BEFORE you light up Florio!!! Hail!

  107. paranoidandroid says: Sep 21, 2010 12:56 PM

    what do we really know after 2 weeks?
    are the chiefs world-beaters? nuh uh
    should anyone from tampa bay book a hotel stay in dallas around feb? prolly not
    the ravens beat the jets, the bengals beat the ravens and the pats beat the bengals. what does any of that tell you? nothing.
    stop pretending you know something and realize that you can’t predict the future. morons.

  108. the immortal SCURDS says: Sep 21, 2010 12:59 PM

    dummy.

  109. DanRooney says: Sep 21, 2010 1:03 PM

    Hahahahahaha
    Steelers are going to be at the bottom of the division. Right PFT retards?

  110. bwisnasky says: Sep 21, 2010 1:08 PM

    Okay.. I’ve done some serious research… I challenge anyone, and I mean anyone to look at the Chiefs overall stats.. including their 2-0 record.. against whom they’ve played… according to your OWN rankings….. I am going to post them in Back to back posts as much as possible for those that are too lazy to look.. but seriously, you give either waaaaayyyy too much love to the Chiefs, or waaaaaayyyyyy to much hate for the Raiders… I suspect at this point in the season a little of both… First up Chief Stats… Secondly Raiders Stats…. Finally Overall… Sorry again for the long posts in a Row… just the format of this blog sucks…

  111. bwisnasky says: Sep 21, 2010 1:13 PM

    Kansas City
    2-0
    Running Backs comparison
    Thomas Jones Rank 20 Running Back
    Carries 33 122 3.7ypc
    Jamaal Charles Rank 12 Running Back
    Carries 22 141 6.4 ypc
    Combined Average
    Carries 27.5 131.5ypg 5.5 ypc
    QB comparison
    Matt Cassell Rank 30
    Attempts 26 for 244 (122 per game)
    52% 4.9 yards per catch sacked twice
    Touchdowns 1 Ints 2
    Rating 55.8

  112. bwisnasky says: Sep 21, 2010 1:14 PM

    Kansas City
    2-0
    Running Backs comparison
    Thomas Jones Rank 20 Running Back
    Carries 33 122 3.7ypc
    Jamaal Charles Rank 12 Running Back
    Carries 22 141 6.4 ypc
    Combined Average
    Carries 27.5 131.5ypg 5.5 ypc
    QB comparison
    Matt Cassell Rank 30
    Attempts 26 for 244 (122 per game)
    52% 4.9 yards per catch sacked twice
    Touchdowns 1 Ints 2
    Rating 55.8

  113. GO24019 says: Sep 21, 2010 1:19 PM

    Everyone:
    PLEASE go back to hating the Steelers! That is all. Thank you!
    Signed,
    A Steeler Fan

  114. bwisnasky says: Sep 21, 2010 1:20 PM

    Oakland
    Running Backs comparison
    Darren McFadden Rank 2 Running Back
    Carries 48 240 5.0 ypc
    Marcell Reese Rank 88 Full Back
    Carries 3 9 3.0 ypc
    Combined Average
    Carries 25.5 121.5 4.0 ypc
    QB Comparison
    Jason Campbell 1.5 Games Rank 26
    30 for 267 (133.5 per game)
    57.7 Percent 5.1 yards per catch sacked 6 times
    Touchdowns 1 Ints 2
    Rating 61.9
    Bruce Gradkowski (does not qualify because has only played 1 half)
    to qualify must have thrown 14 attempts per game
    Rank 26
    1/2 game stats
    22 for 162 (162 per half)
    50.0 percent 7.4 yards per catch sacked 0 times
    Touchdowns 1 Int 1
    Rating 70.6

  115. PED'S ARE GOOD FOR SPORTS says: Sep 21, 2010 1:21 PM

    thecurtain says:
    September 21, 2010 11:50 AM
    @ PED’S ARE GOOD FOR SPORTS:
    You would call out Troy for being injured all the time and then compare him to a guy who has been injured for nearly a year. I just threw that in to prove you were an idiot when you took the bait. It doesn’t matter who is better. Everyone knows they’re both great. But you’re still a moron.
    Nice try idiot, you got owned and your just trying to circumvent that fact. I could be wrong, but I dont think Reed missed any games last year, and started this year on the PUP. Now again my math may be wrong, but that is WAY less than a year. More like 6 games…
    Get a clue @sswipe…
    And I would describe REED as great. The other guy, I would say Very good.

  116. Shannon Nutt says: Sep 21, 2010 1:26 PM

    The Steelers offense is on life support, and there’s no reason to believe just bringing Big Ben back will be the answer…for all we know, it could make things worse (Ben has a tendency to take a lot of sacks and try to force the ball when he should just throw it away).
    Yes, their defense is clearly the best in the league now, but overall both the Jets and the Texans are a more well-rounded team.
    As for the Ravens…they are who we thought they were. Well, everyone but YOU Florio! They shouldn’t even be in the top 10.

  117. bwisnasky says: Sep 21, 2010 1:28 PM

    And Finally Overall Stats:
    Kansas City:
    Opponents Defensive Ranks
    San Diego Ranked 8 Defensively 273.5 ypg
    Cleveland Ranked 13 Defensively 300 ypg
    Opponents Offensive Ranks
    San Diego 3 Offensively 433 ypg
    Cleveland Ranked 17 Offensively 319.5 ypg
    Oakland
    Opponents Defensive Ranks
    Tennessee Ranked 1 Defensively 206.5 ypg
    St. Louis Ranked 28 Defensively 391 ypg
    Opponents Offensive Ranks
    Tennessee 22 Offensively 291.5 ypg
    St. Loius Ranked 26 Offensively 267.5 ypg

  118. b-rad says: Sep 21, 2010 1:33 PM

    The Chiefs @ #12 and ahead of the Bears???!!! I have no idea how you put them in that spot. Titans @ #9? More like high teens.

  119. bwisnasky says: Sep 21, 2010 1:33 PM

    And finally, if anyone wants all this info in a more readable form, let me know….. But seriously, by your own rankings Florio, it appears the Raiders have been better in every aspect of the game than Kansas City has, against if not a tougher overall schedule, at least an equal one… Not to mention the Raiders loss was a blowout at the team you have ranked 9… and in that game, you can take away CJ’s 76 yard run and the Raiders held him to 66 yards on 27 carries or something like that…. not to mention the vaunted Steelers gave up an even longer run to CJ that was called back by a nitpicky holding call that truly could be called on every offensive snap in the NFL… I’m telling .. put a little more thought into these things if you ever want anyone to take you seriously…

  120. Matt says: Sep 21, 2010 1:48 PM

    # MEDTXPACK says: September 21, 2010 11:13 AM
    The steelers have a good defense. the packers have a great defense.
    the steelers cant figure out which subpar QB to use until the rapist is back. THe pack have a proven consistent MVP like QB. Pack over the Steel Curtain anyday this year. ill even take the game in Feb.
    Dont give me that BigBen won a championship and he is so great crap, his ring is about as cool as Trent Dilfer’s!
    *******************************************
    Why are you running your mouth?
    With re: to defense — It’s only *two games* into the year, but if you’re going to start comparing “good” versus “great:” The Steelers are pretty far ahead of the Packers with regard to rush defense (the Packers are an awful 28th in the league; the Steelers are fourth, and Pittsburgh’s dealt with both Turner and Johnson – what RBs have the Packers faced so far?). To flip it around, the Packers are third in pass defense, while the Steelers are a very mediocre 17th. The Steelers have allowed fewer points than the Packers (and let’s not forget that the Packers played the offensive juggernaut known as the Buffalo Bills one of those games), while the Packers have more sacks than the Steelers. The Steelers have more intercepts than the Packers do. After the game on Sunday against the Titans, I’m also willing to bet that the Steelers are ahead of the Packers with re: to forced fumbles. Again, *two games* into the season, pal, so I don’t know why you’re making comparisons, but I’m curious as to how you can so definitively state that one is great while the other is good. To be fair, though – Clay Matthews is looking beastly this year. Mad respect to that guy.
    – As for the QB comparison, didn’t “the Rapist” rape GB’s amazingly great defense last year for over 500 yards, and you’re still gonna run your mouth concerning QB comparisons, after having first-hand evidence? Strip away all the off-the-field garbage (which, in and of itself, is enough for me to have a strong disdain for Roethlisberger, but that’s another story): if we’re just talking about football and nothing else, I’d take Roethlisberger over Rodgers, although that’s not to deny Rodgers as being a top-tier QB. I’m not expecting a Packers fan to agree to that, but the reason you can get away with running your mouth about Roethlisberger isn’t because he’s the obviously-inferior QB; it’s because he’s an ass off the field.
    BTW – Roethlisberger’s got two SB rings, not one.

  121. Dewey Axewoond says: Sep 21, 2010 3:10 PM

    Hey “immortal SCURDS”–thanks for all the great and wise insights on the entire NFL (amazing how quickly things change, huh?)
    It’s (dumbass) people like you that make bookies rich.
    _________________________________
    the immortal SCURDS says:
    September 18, 2010 12:26 AM
    the dolphins wont be able to run on the vikings. adrian peterson will be able to win this one. vikes in a romp.
    the texans are likely the best team in football right now. open your eyes.
    pittsburgh never wins in tennessee, and certainly arent looking like supedrbowl contenders dimswitch.
    cowboys MUST win. they are looking dreadful. if they dont click early the crowd will get ugly and their season will end.
    chieves win on special teams
    falcons will win by outyawning the flacons
    carolina will beat the bucs
    andy ried hasnt got the foggiest clue how to use vick. the lions are angry and will gut out a win over the injured eagles. the curse of mcnabb has begun
    ravens will beat the allah out of the bengals
    the seahawks will win
    someone will win the rams raiders game
    the jets suck people. pats roll
    jaguars win
    colts
    saints kill the 9ers.

  122. DSC says: Sep 21, 2010 3:44 PM

    # GO24019 says: September 21, 2010 12:35 PM
    MedTXPACK:
    Aaron Rogers has won some regular season games. He can’t even beat the old guy the Packers threw away to clear the way for him. Get your face off the frozen tundra and let the blood flow to your brain
    ____________________________
    Its a team game, no one with any common sense will tell you that if you switched the qbs last year the pack would have improved and the queens would have got worse, you are crazy.
    Anyone who says big ben is better than a rod is also as stupid as they come. Steelers have had some damn good teams, no denying that, but to say its all becasue of big ben is crazy, they are 2-0 without him, its the team not ben. owned.

  123. TheBaySay says: Sep 21, 2010 3:52 PM

    I think you get the bends (Vikings) from rising too fast, not dropping too fast. That’s if I remember my “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” right. But in any case it’s always nice to see the Vikes in a pair of concrete overshoes.

  124. ronmexico says: Sep 21, 2010 4:05 PM

    MEDTXPACK says:
    September 21, 2010 11:13 AM
    @ ronmexico
    The steelers have a good defense. the packers have a great defense.
    the steelers cant figure out which subpar QB to use until the rapist is back. THe pack have a proven consistent MVP like QB. Pack over the Steel Curtain anyday this year. ill even take the game in Feb.
    Dont give me that BigBen won a championship and he is so great crap, his ring is about as cool as Trent Dilfer’s!
    ________________________
    LOL kitten, that’s precious.

  125. AllThat says: Sep 21, 2010 4:35 PM

    @mayonnaise says:
    September 21, 2010 8:51 AM
    No. 28 for the Niners? Your out of your mind. We’ll probably finish 12-4, win the West and host a home playoff game. Watch out NFL the Niners are back.
    ==================================
    I think the mayo your eationg is bad if you think this way.
    12-4……….hahahaha…..Your out of your mind..

  126. the immortal SCURDS says: Sep 21, 2010 4:40 PM

    must be a cowboys fan. RECAP TIME:
    CHILDRESS THREW THE GAME AWAY. the dolphins got outplayed but won because of the idiot childress. i cant help that.
    the texans are in fact the best team.
    steelers are 2-8 in tennessee now. the whole world is astonished by the results they have had to start this season
    the crowd got ugly and dallas ‘ season is indeed over.
    the chieves won on special teams – BOOYA!
    falcons win!
    carolina was a bad call by me.
    philly won but very nearly gave up a 17 point lead to the lions, and reid is going to kolb as soon as he can. its as if he doesnt know how to use vick
    bengals won under dubious circumstances
    seahawks are who we thought they were. oops
    someone did in fact win the rams/raiders game
    the pats rolled and the jets sucked-in the first half.
    jags lost. oops
    colts were huge
    saints showed what they are made of.
    so all in all not a great day for the immortal scurds, but most definitely pretty close to a great one. definitely not as bad as you are trying to paint it. i will improve as the season goes on. you on the other hand shall remain right where you are in your own digestive system.
    ALL HAIL THE ALMIGHTY IMMORTAL SCURDSAE IMMACULATAE!

  127. RUSirius says: Sep 21, 2010 4:42 PM

    You get the bends on the assent NOT the decent…

  128. Jack Lambert's Dentist says: Sep 21, 2010 5:38 PM

    @MEDTXPACK, didn’t Pittsburgh beat you 9 months ago? Short memory? Seems to me your QB has a lot “wow” numbers and that’s all. Perhaps the Pack could beat Pittsburgh but it’s far from the leadpipe lock you seem to think it is. Get a clue bro.

  129. Jack Acid says: Sep 21, 2010 6:16 PM

    Niners lose despite dropping 400+ on the Saints and dominate them in every other relevant stat minus turnovers and score….
    …yet they are below Carolina? A team who just lost by two TDs at home to the Bucs?
    You guys need to lay off the glue.

  130. steeltownpride says: Sep 21, 2010 6:54 PM

    LOL at all the comments and Steeler haters . Everyone keep sleeping on the Steelers as overrated . I think playing with your 3rd and 4th QB . Both tackles are back ups and we played with our third string tackle . Offensive line woes like no other team in the league .
    WE beat Atlanta and Ten . We whoop right ? Look what those 2 teams did when they didnt play the Steelers . Shut down 2 top 10 rb’s . Yes the Steelers offense is bad . But we are still winning . Dont you get it ? Every team that is going to play us until Ben gets back is loading the box to shut down the run and force us to pass with no good qb . Yet we are still winning . Dont you get it now why we are ranked 2 ? If you dont get it you clearly are a real moron and dont know football . You are just HATING and have no sense .

  131. Kamakiriad says: Sep 21, 2010 8:07 PM

    It is killing you that the Saints are still making you look bad isn’t it Florio? You picked against them all last season and they made you look like a blogging twit every time…oh…right. This year you are trying so hard to move the Steelers (without a QB and playing two anemic teams) to the top of the rankings. Thank heaven you aren’t some easily biased internet blogger that lucked into a national audience…oh…right.
    So glad your rankings are basically meaningless in the grand scheme of things, just like so many meaningless things posted on the internet by people that think they have some expertise but really don’t…oh…right.

  132. WestcoastPackerFan says: Sep 21, 2010 11:54 PM

    People who concern themselves with “power rankings” are idiots. There’s only one ranking that matters, and it will be determined on Feb. 6th in Dallas.

  133. Beer Cheese Soup says: Sep 22, 2010 1:43 AM

    Florioslovechild says:
    Drop the Vikings from 4th to 19th? How stupid can one person be?????
    _____________
    You’re right, they should be much lower. Florio’s a huge Viking fan though, so he’s a little biased.
    ___
    MEDTXPACK says:
    Dont give me that BigBen won a championship and he is so great crap, his ring is about as cool as Trent Dilfer’s!
    ____________
    Most intelligent post I’ve read in weeks. Thank you. It is nice to see there are still realistic, well-informed fans on this site.
    ___
    Matt says:
    BTW – Roethlisberger’s got two SB rings, not one.
    ____________
    One ring, one asterisk. I’ll be nice and call it one and a half. It isn’t two though, even the most blind Steelers fans have to know that.

  134. ChicagoJo says: Sep 22, 2010 9:18 AM

    lol@ immortal sCURDS. Look, don’t come back and try to defend your lame picks by saying the game went one way in the first half. There are two halves to a game and every most teams look good at some point during one. By my count, you got 3 games correct:colts, falcons, seahawks. These were coincidentally my 3 locks going in.
    You get no points for the Saints because you said it was going to be a blowout. Saying Dallas must win is not the same as predicting their loss. They’ll still be strong down the road, believe you me.
    You thought the Ravens would dismantle the Bengals, and the Pats would destroy the Jets and the Steel couldn’t win in Tennesee. You still seem to thin Vick isn’t used properly and that Reid wont use him when he has Kolb.(FYI: Eagles named Vick the starter yesterday.)
    Maybe football picks just isn’t your game. I know, let’s have a spelling contest.

  135. XBOD says: Sep 22, 2010 9:44 AM

    By week 6 the SKINS will be in the top 10/5

  136. the immortal SCURDS says: Sep 22, 2010 12:32 PM

    i can do anything i want joanne, because i am immortal.

  137. Dewey Axewoond says: Sep 22, 2010 2:46 PM

    the immortal SCURDS says:
    September 22, 2010 12:32 PM
    i can do anything i want joanne, because i am immortal.
    _________________________
    That’s strange–you’d think being immortal might have given you a the time to learn something about football (not to mention spelling & grammar).
    Go figure.

  138. the immortal SCURDS says: Sep 22, 2010 4:18 PM

    and you would think someone would check their own speling and grammer karefully before criticizing that of another. dashes are grammatically incorrect. or perhaps you just didnt have a the time.
    ALL HAIL THE IMMORTAL SCURDSAE IMMACULATAE!

  139. the immortal SCURDS says: Sep 22, 2010 6:36 PM

    –well i ran out of a time. — i didnt realize this wuz a spelling bee. your perfect grammar and syntax is an inspiration to all of us. anyhow, i am famous you are nothing. all hail me.

  140. the immortal SCURDS says: Sep 22, 2010 6:36 PM

    –well i ran out of a time. — i didnt realize this wuz a spelling bee. your perfect grammar and syntax is an inspiration to all of us. anyhow, i am famous you are nothing. all hail me.

  141. north of the 38th says: Sep 23, 2010 7:38 AM

    #1 You morons! Name ONE other team that would beeee 2-0 with their 3th and 4th string QBs. Think hard now…lol
    Here we go steelers,here we go!

  142. Pervy XXX says: Sep 23, 2010 9:22 AM

    When the Vikings fire up and show who they really are many of you haters will be hearing it from our obnoxious fan base ten fold….we will beat the Packers twice,remember i said it…

  143. dscjmc says: Sep 23, 2010 10:22 AM

    Chiefs and Giants above the Bears…? What kool-aid are you drinking?

  144. Ruvell100 says: Sep 23, 2010 10:40 AM

    “When the Vikings fire up and show who they really are many of you haters will be hearing it from our obnoxious fan base ten fold….we will beat the Packers twice,remember i said it…”
    —————–
    And every NFL fan knows that the only thing that matters in Minnie is to beat the Packers since a Super Bowl sure ain’t gonna happen.

  145. zam says: Sep 23, 2010 11:36 AM

    San Fran shouldn’t be #28 while the Saints are #1 if all that separates them is a last second field goal.
    I see the Bucs about where you do, but I see them beating Pittsburgh this weekend. You can’t tempt fate without a quarterback for that long. So top 5 then?

  146. Pervy XXX says: Sep 23, 2010 12:02 PM

    Ruvell- Sure,we love to own the WI losers. You know damn well it hurt to lose twice to us last season,especially with Favre killing you…
    As far as SB, unless you are a fortune teller you don’t know who the hell will be there. 0-2 is not the end..

  147. Ruvell100 says: Sep 23, 2010 1:57 PM

    0-2 is not the end, but you can not tell me the Vikings look like they have the same fire as last year. You don’t have to be in the locker room to see that.

  148. scra22 says: Sep 23, 2010 5:32 PM

    MVPnis says:
    September 21, 2010 11:52 AM
    The Falcons almost beat pitt in their house and destroy the cards. 17? please…wait till they beat down the Saints
    =====
    Translation: They LOST to Dennis Dixon and then beat down a horrible Cardinals team that lost some of its best players in the offseason. The Saints played a much better Cardinals team 7 months ago and beat them down too. Congrats.

  149. DSC says: Sep 23, 2010 5:59 PM

    # Pervy XXX says: September 23, 2010 12:02 PM
    Ruvell- Sure,we love to own the WI losers. You know damn well it hurt to lose twice to us last season,especially with Favre killing you…
    As far as SB, unless you are a fortune teller you don’t know who the hell will be there. 0-2 is not the end..
    __________________________________
    Yeah favre is why we lost….idiot, we know you guys had a extremely talented team last year…..but it appears rice and probably chester taylor had plenty to do with it, but its a new year….and while hte packers dont look great the vikes look horrible….

  150. Bobby777888 says: Sep 23, 2010 8:43 PM

    Those of you hating on the Steelers need to consider one thing –
    These are “power rankings,” and although fans of teams without six lombardis may think otherwise, “power” in the NFL is nothing more than a teams ability to win a championship.
    Third string/ fourth string quarterback? A alleged rapist a quarterback? It’s all irrelevant, our defense looks to be even better than 2008.
    The Steelers have shown that they are able to win championships with substandard offensive play. TWICE.
    Now that’s power.
    We’ll be number one next week!

  151. DSC says: Sep 24, 2010 1:13 AM

    Bobby, well said, i think the steelers are great, and Ben is IRRELEVENT…your team and system are great with or without ben, byron or dixon could make this team scary in the playoffs, your D can carry them. you might be a little over the top on the number one next week though, unless falcons and bears win.

  152. Wrathchild says: Sep 24, 2010 10:59 AM

    “18. Philadelphia Eagles (No. 20; 1-1): Lost in all the Vick hoopla is the fact that the Eagles nearly lost to the Lions.”
    So did the Bears, who you’re ready to put up to number 5 with a win this week. Actually, even though the Bears scored more points than the Lions, the Bears really did lose that game.

  153. the immortal SCURDS says: Sep 24, 2010 4:48 PM

    this is why everyone hates steeler fans. they bare not a contender for their own division, let alone the afc or the superbowl. ever since ed hokley left the team, their success has evaporated

  154. DSC says: Sep 25, 2010 12:00 AM

    the immortal SCURDS says:
    September 24, 2010 4:48 PM
    this is why everyone hates steeler fans. they bare not a contender for their own division, let alone the afc or the superbowl. ever since ed hokley left the team, their success has evaporated
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    i agree steelers fan blow, however their team looks damn good so far on defense, once they get their marginally better than 2nd string qb back maybe they will put up more than 15 pts……but the defense has been stellar….i think they will compete with baltimore for the division but cincy could be a wildcard team or possibly compete for the division as well, and the browns are still the browns…..

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