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Week Two power rankings

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1. Packers (No. 1; 2-0):  After getting torched by the Saints and the Panthers, it could be time to worry about the pass defense.

2.  Saints (No. 2; 1-1):  The Saints are still pretty good.

3.  Patriots (No. 5; 2-0):  Tom Brady is on pace to throw for more than 4.2 miles this year.

4.  Jets (No. 6; 2-0):  The latest incarnation of the Heidi game features a Jets team that finally could be ready to end the season the same way as it did that year.

5. Chargers (No. 3; 1-1):  With the Chiefs coming to town, the slow-starting Chargers seem poised to finish the month at 2-1.

6.  Falcons (No. 9; 1-1):  Though the Vick injury made things easier, Matt Ryan and company finally won an important game by showing up in the clutch.

7.  Lions (No. 12; 2-0):  The most stunning reversal, perhaps in league history, continues when the Lions visit a Minnesota team that has mastered the series in recent years.

8.  Texans (No. 10; 2-0):  They’ll have a short trip to play in New Orleans, but a win there would show just how far this franchise has come.

9.  Ravens (No. 4; 1-1):  Someone forgot to tell the Ravens that the 35-7 win over the Steelers didn’t come in the AFC title game.

10.  Steelers (No. 11; 1-1):  There’s nothing like a shutout to make a defense look like the exact opposite of old and slow.

11.  Bills (No. 13; 2-0):  On Sunday, the Bills will put their two-game winning streak up against a 15-game losing streak to the Pats.

12.  Bears (No. 7; 1-1):  The Bears have to shake off a loss to the Saints and get ready for another Packer invasion.

13.  Eagles (No. 8; 1-1):  It’s always smarter to point at the scoreboard after the game has ended.

14.  Cowboys (No. 14; 1-1):  It’s going to take a win over a much better team than the 49ers to press the Tony Romo career reset button.

15.  Buccaneers (No. 15; 1-1):  If the Bucs could always play like they played in the second half of Sunday’s come-from-17-behind win over the Vikings, the Bucs would never lose a game.

16.  Redskins (No. 20; 2-0):  The Kyle Shanahan Sideline Joystick Offense is working well, so far.

17.  Giants (No. 23; 1-1):  The NFC East could be the most evenly-matched division in the league.

18.  Cardinals (No. 17; 1-1): The best team (for now) in the NFC West barely cracks the league-wide top 20.  Sounds about right.

19.  Panthers (No. 22; 0-2):  They keep losing, and they keep rising.  If they lose to the Jaguars, the climb won’t continue.

20.  Raiders (No. 19; 1-1):  If this team can ever learn how to win games out of the AFC West, they could become one of the best teams in the league.

21.  49ers (No. 19; 1-1):  If the Niners blow any more 10-point leads, No. 11 won’t be the quarterback for very long.

22.  Titans (No. 27; 1-1):  The team that used to be in Houston could have something to say about whether the team currently in Houston will finally get to the playoffs.

23.  Jaguars (No. 16; 1-1):  Jack Del Rio’s career in Jacksonville now hinges on the ability of rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert to play like rookie quarterback Cam Newton.

24.  Broncos (No. 28; 1-1):  Injuries have given the Broncos cover to try out a potential Tebow solution.

25.  Bengals (No. 26; 1-1):   Yeah, they lost to the Broncos.  But at least they didn’t get Stokley’d again.

26.  Rams (No. 21; 0-2):   To have hope in December, the Rams need to steal one or two during a killer stretch of early-season games.

27.  Browns (No. 31; 1-1):  Beating the Colts in Indy doesn’t quite have the same sizzle as it used to.

28. Vikings (No. 24; 0-2):  After halftime, the team’s “Cover 2” defense becomes “Cover Nobody.”

29.  Seahawks (No. 25; 0-2):  This will change once the Seahawks get to play some home games.

30.  Colts (No. 29; 0-2):  Maybe the Colts will need Peyton Manning to return not to compete for the playoffs, but to avoid matching the 2008 Lions.

31. Dolphins (No. 30; 0-2):  A woeful 1-11 at home since late December 2009, the Texans, Steelers, and Patriots each have won twice as many games there since then.

32.  Chiefs (No. 32; 0-2):  The ACC would reject their application for membership.

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104 Responses to “Week Two power rankings”
  1. grpatriot says: Sep 20, 2011 8:52 AM

    Patriots 3???

  2. rkel10 says: Sep 20, 2011 8:54 AM

    It’s odd how 3 of the bottom 4 teams were in the playoffs last year. Granted, many are down there because of injuries but still.

  3. panthers34 says: Sep 20, 2011 8:55 AM

    We are the best 0-2 team in the league! YES! PROGRESS!

  4. johnsticle says: Sep 20, 2011 9:00 AM

    ….I hate to say this but my Vikings should be lower.

  5. notrelated says: Sep 20, 2011 9:03 AM

    I don’t even know how you have a job.

  6. skins23 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:03 AM

    oooooh it must have KILLED you to have to put the Skins one spot ahead of the Giants…. I’m sure you thought about how you could possibly defend putting the Giants first but couldn’t come up with anything…. still I’m sure you’re happy about them being the lowest 2-0 team.

  7. 7thlombardiontheway says: Sep 20, 2011 9:05 AM

    Um, how are the Steelers not #1? They are clearly the dominate of any team right now.

  8. skins23 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:05 AM

    And how is the Lions being 2-0 the most stunning reversal in league history? Again, clearly you haven’t actually been paying attention to actual football. The Lions were playing well at the end of last year, have good young players, had a good draft again, and were predicted by many to be a winning team this year.

  9. jobotjones says: Sep 20, 2011 9:07 AM

    . Ravens (No. 4; 1-1): Someone forgot to tell the Ravens that the 35-7 win over the Steelers didn’t come in the AFC title game.
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    Hahahahahaha!!!

  10. wawa33 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:09 AM

    How are the APtriots not # 1 or # 2?

  11. thephantomstranger says: Sep 20, 2011 9:12 AM

    The Vikings are changing their name to the Minnesota Domino’s. The team slogan is “30 minutes or less.”

  12. vargafamily1 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:13 AM

    As a Packer fan, I’ve got to ask, Why don’t the Bears get ANY respect. They’re a solid football team that will give the Pack a run for their money come Sunday.

  13. skinheadsam says: Sep 20, 2011 9:14 AM

    Redskins are moving in the right direction. They should probably still be higher than 16, but they didn’t deliver a knockout punch against Arizona, even though they won the game. I still think they should be above the Giants, whom they beat in Week 1.

    HTTR!

  14. clintonportisheadd says: Sep 20, 2011 9:14 AM

    wawa33 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:09 AM

    How are the APtriots not # 1 or # 2?

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    They lost points for spelling.

  15. Todd Haley's Temper says: Sep 20, 2011 9:15 AM

    If the almighty UFL coach Chuck Bresnahan wasn’t our Defensive Coordinator the Raiders would be ranked a lot higher.

  16. grpatriot says: Sep 20, 2011 9:15 AM

    You kids and this new math where 1-1>2-0……
    .500> 1.000 win percentage. Team a takes a train from Des Moines to NY, Team B loses a game. Which team is better?

  17. skins716 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:16 AM

    fitting spot for the skins. they beat a banged up giants, won against a mediocre cardinals which shouldn’t have been a close game if they didn’t struggle in the red zone. dallas will also be banged up, but it’s dallas and they always play each other tough. skins will need to beat a more meaningful team to be considered contenders and not pretenders. hope we can keep up the intensity!

  18. pfii63 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:17 AM

    Once again, corrected. PLEASE get over your man crush on the Saints.

    PFII’s Power Rankings – Week Two

    1. Packers (2-0)
    2. Patriots (2-0)
    3. Jets (2-0)
    4. Lions (2-0)
    5. Saints (1-1)
    6. Texans (2-0)
    7. Ravens (1-1)
    8. Bills (2-0)
    9. Falcons (1-1)
    10. Steelers (1-1)
    11. Chargers (1-1)
    12. Redskins (2-0)
    13. Bears (1-1)
    14. Cowboys (1-1)
    15. Eagles (1-1)
    16. Buccaneers (1-1)
    17. Raiders (1-1)
    18. Giants (1-1)
    19. Jaguars (1-1)
    20. Cardinals (1-1)
    21. 49ers (1-1)
    22. Titans (1-1)
    23. Broncos (1-1)
    24. Bengals (1-1)
    25. Browns (1-1)
    26. Panthers (0-2)
    27. Rams (0-2)
    28. Vikings (0-2)
    29. Dolphins (0-2)
    30. Seahawks (0-2)
    31. Colts (0-2)
    32. Chiefs (0-2)

  19. Todd Haley's Temper says: Sep 20, 2011 9:17 AM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Sep 20, 2011 9:05 AM
    Um, how are the Steelers not #1? They are clearly the dominate of any team right now.
    ——
    How are the Steelers going to form their own league if they’re not even #1 on the power rankings?! haha

  20. medtxpack says: Sep 20, 2011 9:19 AM

    “There’s nothing like a shutout to make a defense look like the exact opposite of old and slow.”

    Even the Steelers looked good playing Seattle High School. HAHA, But theyll never get the 7th ring…

  21. deconjonesbitchslap says: Sep 20, 2011 9:20 AM

    Lions haven’t beaten the vikings in MN since before Moss got to the league. should be interesting if they can beat a vikings team that is basically going to go all out, because if the vikings lose, they will go 0-16. guarantee it.

  22. Satan's Valet says: Sep 20, 2011 9:21 AM

    You are bonkers to have the Patriots below the Saints. One could argue solely in terms of POWER the Patriots should be above the Packers.

  23. hendawg21 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:22 AM

    I’m not sure how you determine YOUR power rankings but I must say i’d to say you aren’t good at evaluating…I mean my issue is with these particular picks!

    5, 6, 12, 13, 14 and 15…

    and I also have to agree with this assessment!

    skins23 says:
    Sep 20, 2011 9:03 AM
    oooooh it must have KILLED you to have to put the Skins one spot ahead of the Giants…. I’m sure you thought about how you could possibly defend putting the Giants first but couldn’t come up with anything…. still I’m sure you’re happy about them being the lowest 2-0 team.

  24. mrbigass says: Sep 20, 2011 9:22 AM

    And the Saints are better than the Pats how?

  25. hashsview says: Sep 20, 2011 9:25 AM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Sep 20, 2011 9:05 AM
    Um, how are the Steelers not #1? They are clearly the dominate of any team right now.

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    What is with Steeler Fans? Not every one got lucky enough to play the Pop-warner O-line of the Seahawks. I am really starting to get the feeling all these absurb posts by Steeler fans are fake, I live in PA and most steeler fans don’t even own a computer, to busy drinking Busch lite and shooting stuff to care about the world wide web.

  26. grantlee11 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:26 AM

    Chiefs are too high

  27. jjackwagon says: Sep 20, 2011 9:29 AM

    Chiefs are ranked way to high. Oklahoma and FSU are both better.

  28. calloustongue says: Sep 20, 2011 9:29 AM

    Packer fan. Was expecting you to have the Patriots at #1. It could see it go either way, but I feel the Packers have played 2 tougher teams than the Patriots and they are the defending champs. Patriots offense has looked great, but defense is no better or worse than GB’s.

    Would love to see those two teams in the Super Bowl. Both defenses look like crap at the moment, but I have a strong feeling they will get it together.

  29. hendawg21 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:33 AM

    skins716 says:
    Sep 20, 2011 9:16 AM
    fitting spot for the skins. they beat a banged up giants, won against a mediocre cardinals which shouldn’t have been a close game if they didn’t struggle in the red zone. dallas will also be banged up, but it’s dallas and they always play each other tough. skins will need to beat a more meaningful team to be considered contenders and not pretenders. hope we can keep up the intensity!

    And your point? The Skins aren’t the only team playing teams with injuries…and surely can’t help if an opposing teams 53 isn’t better than their 53! Also for 3-5 of the last years the Skins were that team with injury plagued roster remember the O-lines of the past??? So what goes around comes around! Bottom line is all about how you evaluate talent and put the best player possible on your team whether starter or backup…

  30. harleyrider1973 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:34 AM

    skinheadsam says:
    Sep 20, 2011 9:14 AM
    Redskins are moving in the right direction. They should probably still be higher than 16, but they didn’t deliver a knockout punch against Arizona, even though they won the game. I still think they should be above the Giants, whom they beat in Week 1.

    HTTR!

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    they are higher on his list Only by one but higher.

  31. ozzie8 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:36 AM

    How does an 0-2 team make the top 20. Is it your man crush on Cam Newton for his ability to make his receivers get big yardage from his dump passes. Andy Dalton is the best rookie QB in the league now.

  32. 00reo says: Sep 20, 2011 9:42 AM

    “Um, how are the Steelers not #1? They are clearly the dominate of any team right now.”

    seriously…? you mean except the Ravens?

  33. djteknision1200 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:42 AM

    These power rankings need to wait till at least 6 games are in the books. After 2 weeks I still can’t tell who is for real, The Patriots defense still looks suspect, Ravens offense went M.I.A this week. The steelers beat up on the University of Seattle. These power rankings are meaningless at this point of the season.

  34. pantherfaninmd says: Sep 20, 2011 9:43 AM

    Andy Dalton isn’t even in the same category as Cam Newton.. Seriously?

  35. pilot2011 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:44 AM

    dude Cam Newton would have still thrown for 310 yards even he didn’t dump it off 1 time… You didn’t watch the game so how would you know what ur talkin about?

  36. geniusfan says: Sep 20, 2011 9:45 AM

    “Would love to see those two teams in the Super Bowl. Both defenses look like crap at the moment, but I have a strong feeling they will get it together.”

    I feel the same. Giving up yards to Phillip Rivers and Drew Brees isn’t anything to be criticized these guys are going to get their yards.

    It’s pretty obvious that offenses are way above and ahead of the defenses right now by mid-season that will change.

    Losing Nick Collins is a blow for GB, though injuries didn’t stop the Packers from winning the Super Bowl last year.

  37. cwmorga says: Sep 20, 2011 9:47 AM

    pfii63 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:17 AM

    PLEASE get over your man crush on the Saints.
    ——————

    Says the guy who moves the Lions to the top 4 following wins vs the Chiefs and Bucs (who were very fortunate to win against a pretty bad Vikings team).

  38. docredskin says: Sep 20, 2011 9:50 AM

    6. Redskins (No. 20; 2-0): The Kyle Shanahan Sideline Joystick Offense is working well, so far.

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    Last week, it was the snide comment about now needing to beat Arizona. Having done that, there is the qualifier “so far” that is meant to diminish a fine start. Anyone could go with the “how can you put Team A in front of us…” argument, and be correct in this case, but the consistent derisive remarks about the Redskins grow old quickly. How about an admission, as fervent as the initial landslide of patronizing he took, that Shanahan might have been right about Grossman?

  39. drgarbage12 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:56 AM

    When the Eagles and Patriots are in the Super Bowl, the power rankings will be 1. Saints 2. Patriots 3. Eagles

  40. drexelvol says: Sep 20, 2011 10:00 AM

    giants are more like #26 or #27. They are really bad.

  41. ajknox88 says: Sep 20, 2011 10:10 AM

    deconjonesbitchslap says:
    Sep 20, 2011 9:20 AM
    Lions haven’t beaten the vikings in MN since before Moss got to the league. should be interesting if they can beat a vikings team that is basically going to go all out, because if the vikings lose, they will go 0-16. guarantee it.
    ____________

    I’ll agree it’ll be interesting, not sure the Vikings will keep it competitive but I think this will be another blowout win for the Lions. But I don’t think the Vikings are bad enough to go 0-16. Thats kind of hard to do, the 2007 Lions were the only team ever to do it.

  42. panthers34 says: Sep 20, 2011 10:12 AM

    Dalton is helped by the fact he has an actual run game,

  43. mattyk72 says: Sep 20, 2011 10:14 AM

    It really kills you guys to give the Skins any credit doesn’t it?

  44. baddegg says: Sep 20, 2011 10:19 AM

    hendawg21 says:
    Sep 20, 2011 9:33 AM
    skins716 says:
    Sep 20, 2011 9:16 AM
    fitting spot for the skins. they beat a banged up giants, won against a mediocre cardinals which shouldn’t have been a close game if they didn’t struggle in the red zone. dallas will also be banged up, but it’s dallas and they always play each other tough. skins will need to beat a more meaningful team to be considered contenders and not pretenders. hope we can keep up the intensity!

    And your point? The Skins aren’t the only team playing teams with injuries…and surely can’t help if an opposing teams 53 isn’t better than their 53! Also for 3-5 of the last years the Skins were that team with injury plagued roster remember the O-lines of the past??? So what goes around comes around! Bottom line is all about how you evaluate talent and put the best player possible on your team whether starter or backup…

    ———————-

    Dude, the Redskins were definitely plagued by injuries to the secondary during the Cardinals game. With Landry already out, Josh Wilson went down and the Cardinals immediately took advantage through the air. It’s funny when that happened, the announcers talked about how “smart” the Cardinals were to take advantage of the matchups. But when the Redskins play injured teams, it’s that they are “lucky.” You may not think Wilson is a big name, but with the Redskins secondary already lacking (without Landry or Buchannon), mounting injuries back there was really concerning and could easily have turned the game. Like the Packers did last year, all teams have to fight through those moments and see if they can scramble for some wins with the players they have (yes, backups are pro players too!)

  45. jamezz23 says: Sep 20, 2011 10:19 AM

    Lol @ the dude that thinks andy dalton is the best rookie qb in the nfl. Have you been lost the last two weeks?

  46. jimmysimpson55 says: Sep 20, 2011 10:20 AM

    Power rankings always prove one thing; New England Patriot fans are the doucheist whiners on the internet. The days of you winning superbowls have come and gone. Did you not watch Bill Bilicheck’s NFL Network documentary? He can barely stay awake while just talking about football. He is on the downside of giving a rat’s a$$ about football and is close to retirement. It’s over people. Sell your stupid minutemen costumes and start learning how to pronounce the letter “R”.

  47. comeonnowguys says: Sep 20, 2011 10:25 AM

    Sorry, Patriot fans, the NFL still requires both offense AND defense.

    #3 is correct.

  48. fhuizar says: Sep 20, 2011 10:42 AM

    Giving way too much love to the Lions bc they beat a very bad KC team at home? I love the turn around just prove it against a top team.

    Not a pats fan but they are worthy of a 1 spot after beating a solid SD team and Green Bay struggling in Carolina.

  49. sportsdrenched.com says: Sep 20, 2011 10:48 AM

    “You kids and this new math where 1-1>2-0……
    .500> 1.000 win percentage. Team a takes a train from Des Moines to NY, Team B loses a game. Which team is better?”
    ————
    Those whacky sabrematricians in baseball use this new funny math. It’s called “small sample size”.

    In this case you only have two games to determine who is good, and who is bad. As the season progresses subjective power rankings will more reflect the objective standings.

    Which is why power rankings although frivolous, are more fun to read this time of year.

    And Viking fan, you’re not going 0-16…the Chiefs are on your schedule.

  50. carson9 says: Sep 20, 2011 10:50 AM

    Cam is impressive, but Dalton is by far the best rookie QB SO FAR. Newton has 4 Interceptions compared to Dalton’s 0. Dalton also has 2 straight QB ratings over 100. While Cam is more athletic and fun to watch also, Dalton has him beat. Plus Dalton doesn’t have a pro bowl WR like Steve Smith to pass to.

  51. m2karateman says: Sep 20, 2011 10:52 AM

    Putting the Saints ahead of the Patriots is ridiculous. The Saints lost a game, regardless of who it was to. Beating the Bears doesn’t qualify them as a powerhouse just yet.

    Putting Atlanta that high is ridiculous as well, their secondary is terrible, and if Vick stays in that game, or Maclin learns how to catch, they lose their second in a row.

    Don’t act like the Lions being 2-0 is that big of a surprise. After how they manhandled the Patriots in game three of pre-season, and are still the last team to have beaten Green Bay in the regular season, it doesn’t come as that much of a shock that they began the year with back to back victories. This ain’t your daddy’s Lions.

  52. paulitik74 says: Sep 20, 2011 10:54 AM

    I’m not going to complain about the Falcons spot, but the “lucky Vick got hurt” BS and the reapeated backhanded swipes at Ryan are ridiculous. Ryan has 14 game winning drives against teams like the Packers, Ravens, Jets, Bears, Saints, a 10 win Tampa, etc. Every game in the NFL is important. So that’s bogus. Matt has more comeback wins than most of the NFL QBs that have been in the league more than twice as long.

    As far as the Vick BS, people have collective amnesia. The Falcons scored 3 times off his turnovers. Matt Ryan throws a pick and he’s Ryan Leaf, Vick quits on his team 2 years in a row, psychotically tortures Animals, and chokes or gets hurt in big games, and yet everyone seems to forget. What a freaking joke. The dude is fast, and fun to watch, but he’s a novelty that will never be abel to read a D, and never sniff a Super Bowl unless it’s riding the pine, or on IR.

  53. ozzie8 says: Sep 20, 2011 10:54 AM

    pantherfaninmd and pilot2011. First off let’s compare stats after the end of the season, Cammy will not hold up that long and pilot2011 how the heck do you know what games I’m watching.

  54. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 20, 2011 10:54 AM

    We want DALLAS. Biggest game the Redskins have had in a while.

  55. simplesimon1 says: Sep 20, 2011 10:57 AM

    I have been a Lions fan for many years and it does feel good to see them rising up the boards and up the win column. But, I’m also glad to see the coaching staff and players recognizing it’s only two weeks and they haven’t done anything yet.

    I hope they continue to win, and I think they’ll have a good year, but lets not get ahead of ourselves yet. There will be ups and downs this year. Just hoping that the ups are more than the downs for once.

    They do look good so far. Still some work to do. Need to do better running the ball and better stopping the run. Nice to see they’ve won two games while bringing their B-game. I think the Vikings are going to be a tough challenge this week. This might be the best game they play this year.

  56. thephantomstranger says: Sep 20, 2011 10:58 AM

    deconjonesbitchslap says:
    Sep 20, 2011 9:20 AM
    Lions haven’t beaten the vikings in MN since before Moss got to the league. should be interesting if they can beat a vikings team that is basically going to go all out, because if the vikings lose, they will go 0-16. guarantee it.
    ______________

    So what do we get if your guarantee doesn’t come through? I don’t see them losing to Kansas City in Week 4. At the end of the year, the Vikings will be closer to 8-8 than to 0-16. It’s a work in progress and I expect them to get better every week.

  57. ice90 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:00 AM

    Love the old school AFL Jets-Raiders photo. Nice!

  58. bigredngreenmachine1418 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:02 AM

    Although the Lions story is a great one and I am sure they will see continued success, as A bengal fan, I have to say that the 49ers turn around from 1980 to 1981 will be difficult to surpass since you mentioned “perhaps the most stunning turnaround in history.” That 49er team was 6-10 as well (same for Detroit last year) and then went 13-3 and won it all 26-21 over Cincinnati when the last Bengal QB to wear # 14 was at the helm. So will Detroit go 13-3 and win the title? Who knows… it’s a great sport! Good Luck Lions. Go Bengals! We’re still going to be a 4 win team but we will continue to surprise and may even sneak into the 6 win category with this soft schedule.

    p.s. – pssst Marvin… please kick it… even if the wind is swirling… dude… we’ve nothing to lose… Cincy fan will like you more if you had kicked and missed vs. going for it on 4th down and missed. Nice game Jerome but if you catch that 3rd down pass at the 20, Nugent would have been 25 yards away and Marvin wouldn’t have had to make the decision!

  59. rebel21das says: Sep 20, 2011 11:03 AM

    I agree the Saints are pretty good, just not as good as the New England Patriots right now, sorry. Should be Packers #1 and Pats #2, I mean come on seriously Tom Brady is rolling right now, and the Pats young defense is showing they can make plays. They stopped Rivers on 4th and goal and destroyed Tolbert a few times. I bet if the Saints pulled that off they’d be first overall, but the Saints second in the power rankings that’s just a little silly.

  60. pecophilly says: Sep 20, 2011 11:05 AM

    I’m not going to complain about the rankings.

    But I would LOVE to see the Falcons again in the playoffs.

    Signed, An Eagles Fan.

  61. pastabelly says: Sep 20, 2011 11:20 AM

    I’m a Pats fan and I don’t get worked up about power ratings from anyone. But I love seeing people get worked up about it. Watch the games and enjoy yourselves.

    I like how Jim Schwartz has turned Detroit around. Congratulations to all Detroit fans for recovering from Matt Millen. Your biggest concern now is Stafford staying healthy.

  62. Soulman45 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:22 AM

    How can the Charges and Saints be ahead of
    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS these teams have lose 1 game and the Lions have lose none.

  63. expatpatfan says: Sep 20, 2011 11:23 AM

    Um, how are the Steelers not #1? They are clearly the dominate of any team right now.
    ==================================
    Little things. Like being dead last in the AFC North and having a negative point differential.

  64. sullijo1 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:23 AM

    Bye Week should be 32.

    Chiefs at 33.

  65. Single Filament says: Sep 20, 2011 11:26 AM

    Miami is too high. They should be in the 40′s.

  66. judgejuday says: Sep 20, 2011 11:30 AM

    20. Raiders (No. 19; 1-1): If this team can ever learn how to win games out of the AFC West, they could become one of the best teams in the league.

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    Ummmm, the Raiders swept the division last year, get your facts straight.

  67. dmackdaddy says: Sep 20, 2011 11:32 AM

    49ers need to be 19th!

  68. electstat says: Sep 20, 2011 11:33 AM

    grpatriot says:
    Sep 20, 2011 9:15 AM
    You kids and this new math where 1-1>2-0……
    .500> 1.000 win percentage. Team a takes a train from Des Moines to NY, Team B loses a game. Which team is better?

    ______________________________

    Yeah, but you are asking people to do math. 99% of the public (including broadcasters), would tell you that 10-6 is four games above .500. Hmm…if .500 is 8-8, I guess 10-6 is actually two games above .500. That requires both division AND addition though, so that’s why it’s never right.

  69. richm2256 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:37 AM

    New Orleans ahead of the Patriots? Because they’re 1-1 with a win over the Carolina Panthers???

    Tom Brady is playing insane (THAT’S what “lights out” looks like, Mike Vick!) and the New England stopped Rivers and a potent Charger’s offense on four straight red zone drives while forcing FOUR turnovers!!!!!

    I don’t see how the Packers are ranked over them, let alone the Saints!

  70. cakemixa says: Sep 20, 2011 11:39 AM

    The Saints are above the Patriots because the Saints smoked them the last time they played – to the point where Brady was benched in the 4th quarter as a sign they were surrendering early – whens the last time something like that happened?

    Also, any Detroit fans who think their team should be in the top 5 need to realize they haven’t proven anything YET by going 2-0.

  71. expatpatfan says: Sep 20, 2011 11:40 AM

    How can the Charges and Saints be ahead of
    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS these teams have lose 1 game and the Lions have lose none.
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    Strength of schedule. Playing the defending SB champs tight in their own house tells you more about a team than blowing out a terrible terrible KC team. San Diego had some awful moments vs. New England though, so I’d be fine putting Detroit above them.

  72. expatpatfan says: Sep 20, 2011 11:40 AM

    20. Raiders (No. 19; 1-1): If this team can ever learn how to win games out of the AFC West, they could become one of the best teams in the league.

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    Ummmm, the Raiders swept the division last year, get your facts straight.

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    This tells you all you need to know about Raiders fans.

  73. trickbunny says: Sep 20, 2011 11:42 AM

    7. Lions (No. 12; 2-0): The most stunning reversal, perhaps in league history, continues when the Lions visit a Minnesota team that has mastered the series in recent years.
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    It’s TWO games into the season. The Lions have played two garbage teams and are getting ready to face another one.

    Are you sure you’re ready to anoint them just yet? Just sayin’. Might wanna wait to see what happens after they face a few real NFL teams.

  74. trickbunny says: Sep 20, 2011 11:45 AM

    judgejuday says: Sep 20, 2011 11:30 AM

    20. Raiders (No. 19; 1-1): If this team can ever learn how to win games out of the AFC West, they could become one of the best teams in the league.

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    Ummmm, the Raiders swept the division last year, get your facts straight.
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    He said “learn to win games out of the AFC west.” In other words, outSIDE of the AFC west. Get your reading comprehension straight ;)

  75. mdd913 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:45 AM

    I agree the Saints are pretty good, just not as good as the New England Patriots right now, sorry. Should be Packers #1 and Pats #2, I mean come on seriously Tom Brady is rolling right now, and the Pats young defense is showing they can make plays. They stopped Rivers on 4th and goal and destroyed Tolbert a few times. I bet if the Saints pulled that off they’d be first overall, but the Saints second in the power rankings that’s just a little silly.

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    Saints fan, and I would love to find a reason why the Saints should be listed ahead of the Patriots but I can’t.

    The only explanation I can come up with is the Patriots beat up on the sorry Dolphins and a Chargers squad that is typically discombobulated this time of year. Other than that, Saints and Patriots are roughly dead even.

  76. denverboy76 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:48 AM

    I get the hate for the lowely Bengals but have you looked at Dalton’s numbers?
    Dalton joined Hall of Famer Dan Marino as the only rookie quarterback since the 1970 merger to post a triple-digit passer ratings in each of his first two games and he’ll try to match Marino’s 28-year-old feat of starting off with three straight this weekend.
    Newton does have more yards with 854 on 93 attempts to Dalton’s 413 on 56 attempts but Dalton has a better completion percentage (66.1 – 62.7), QB rating (105.7 – 89.1), No interceptions to Newton’s 4, and they both have the same number of TD’s with 3.
    Also take into consideration the fact that Newton’s main target is an 11 year vet with 9000+yards in his career (Steve Smith) while Dalton is throwing to fellow rookie, AJ Green…who by the way leads all rookies recievers with 165 yards.
    Just wanted to make sure the facts were represented.

  77. chas88 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:51 AM

    What’s even funnier than most of these power rankings is that folks STILL take those Steeler fan comments seriously.

  78. radrntn says: Sep 20, 2011 11:59 AM

    judgejuday says:
    Sep 20, 2011 11:30 AM
    20. Raiders (No. 19; 1-1): If this team can ever learn how to win games out of the AFC West, they could become one of the best teams in the league.

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    Ummmm, the Raiders swept the division last year, get your facts straight.
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    at least we know you are not the sharpest tool in th shed………need to win one of the next two…go raiders!

  79. raybna says: Sep 20, 2011 12:01 PM

    The Titans dominate the Ravens and they only move up (5) spots…really…good, because they are about to steamroll!

  80. mnvikes7897 says: Sep 20, 2011 12:09 PM

    fulton78

  81. stellarperformance says: Sep 20, 2011 12:09 PM

    The Packers should be ranked high, but not No. 1….not with that pass defense and not with the D-Line they are still trying to define.

  82. mnvikes7897 says: Sep 20, 2011 12:14 PM

    If you’re talking about 4 quarters yeah I agree with the list but the Vikings have owned two teams in the first half. I think that we just forgot that games are 4 q’s. An honest mistake. Skoal 2 quarter Vikings. We f$&ked :)

  83. blaz0037 says: Sep 20, 2011 12:25 PM

    I realize that the Pack are the champs, but if we are judging by JUST these 2 games THIS season, the Pack should be no better than #4.

  84. pdxbolt says: Sep 20, 2011 12:27 PM

    judgejuday says:
    Sep 20, 2011 11:30 AM
    20. Raiders (No. 19; 1-1): If this team can ever learn how to win games out of the AFC West, they could become one of the best teams in the league.

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    Ummmm, the Raiders swept the division last year, get your facts straight.

    *****************************************

    And still finished 3rd in the division.

  85. hard2getausername says: Sep 20, 2011 12:37 PM

    @Everyone: OH MY GOD EVERYONE COMPLAIN! Find ways to get less upset about something that is pretty meaningless this early in the season

    @grpatriot: Patriots are 3 because of their pass defense. Enough said.

    @skins23: The Lions are one of the biggest turnarounds in history because the last 4 to 2 seasons ago, and possibly even longer before then, getting 2 wins was their annual average.

    @pfii63: Ranking the teams has some subjectivity to it. The question is who’s going to win the super bowl? Seriously, you think the Bills are more likely to win the super bowl than the Falcons? We know who each team is playing the rest of the year, it’s called a schedule. Bills have to survive a couple games against Jets and Patriots and make it to the Playoffs, and you think they’re going to do so in better shape than the Falcons? It is not supposed to be who has the best record this week, that’s not what power rankings are for.

  86. geniusfan says: Sep 20, 2011 1:11 PM

    “The Saints are above the Patriots because the Saints smoked them the last time they played – to the point where Brady was benched in the 4th quarter as a sign they were surrendering early – whens the last time something like that happened?”

    What? That was a bad game for Brady and the Patriots but that happened three years ago!

    New England has it’s flaws but so does every other team in the NFL. Beating the Chargers isn’t a walk in the park that’s a quality win that will impact playoff positioning in the AFC.

    Beating the Bears does the same but Jay Cutler was average at best because he has one of the worst offensive lines in the history of this league.

  87. mdd913 says: Sep 20, 2011 1:22 PM

    Ummmm, the Raiders swept the division last year, get your facts straight.

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    Which is why I believe he said the Raiders need to learn to win games OUT OF the division.

    Durrrrrrr

  88. ampats says: Sep 20, 2011 1:28 PM

    cakemixa says,

    the Saints should be above the Patriots because the last time they played the Saints smoked them ??

    In 2009, are you really as dumb as that comment? Guess thats how they roll down in the bayou where English spoken by most people is a foreign language down in BP land.

  89. mvtrucking says: Sep 20, 2011 1:32 PM

    And how is the Lions being 2-0 the most stunning reversal in league history? Again, clearly you haven’t actually been paying attention to actual football. The Lions were playing well at the end of last year, have good young players, had a good draft again, and were predicted by many to be a winning team this year.
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    Mike is just going by the past, I’m sure the Lions best winning streak(2 games) in years is something to be hyped about. I’m pulling for this dreadful franchise every week, Go Lions.

    MV
    Saints Fan

  90. dbeehner says: Sep 20, 2011 1:35 PM

    Love the Seahawks but I think you’re giving them far too much credit.

    On the other hand, I’m thrilled with the play of the Lions, which is largely madeup of Seattle castoffs. Shows how much Carroll’s “get younger at any cost” plan has worked.

  91. skins23 says: Sep 20, 2011 1:36 PM

    Between the content, the deleting of posts, and the technical incapabilities, this web site really blows.

  92. richm2256 says: Sep 20, 2011 1:50 PM

    cakemixa says:
    The Saints are above the Patriots because the Saints smoked them the last time they played – to the point where Brady was benched in the 4th quarter as a sign they were surrendering early – whens the last time something like that happened?
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    First, that game was December 2009. Get it straight.

    Second, of course the 2011 Power Rankings should be determined by what happened in previous seasons. The Patriots went undefeated in the 2007 regular season, they should be ranked first, right?

    Moron.

    To the poster who said the Patriots pass defense is why they’re ranked third; yeah, right now it’s very suspect, but the results of the total defense count more. New England stopped four straight red-zone drives, and got four turnovers.

    That doesn’t suck.

  93. lanski5 says: Sep 20, 2011 1:59 PM

    To those who think the Packers should not be #1, remember these two rules. 1. The defending SB champ starts the season at #1, untill they lose a game. (It doesn’t matter how well all 3 phases are currently playing, it has no bearing on anything, wins are all that count). 2. See rule 1.
    That said I have my misgivings on the Packers defense 2 games in. I do firmly believe Ted, Mike, and Don will put together a defensive unit capable of making enough stops in any given game to keep them competative in the game and through the season. I’ll stick with my forecast of 13-3 for the Packers. Quite frankly I believe the Lions may be the next best team right now, they look great.

  94. wvaughn says: Sep 20, 2011 2:05 PM

    It’s funny to see Philly fans talk about ATL. Sure losing Vick was a blow but I’m pretty sure Kafka was 7-8 for around 80 yards until his last pass. So I’d say the Falcons pulling their game together in the end was more of the reason they won that Vick getting hurt. I mean, Vick doesn’t play defense as far as I know.

  95. southpaw2k says: Sep 20, 2011 3:35 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Sep 20, 2011 9:05 AM
    Um, how are the Steelers not #1? They are clearly the dominate of any team right now.

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    Forgetting the fact that your second sentence makes no logical sense, you may want to consider rewatching their game against the Ravens and let me know exactly when/where/how they dominated that game. Unless you meant they dominated in turning the ball over, which you would be correct.

  96. bturner032002 says: Sep 20, 2011 3:36 PM

    …sometime in the future…

    15. Redskins: Somehow this team has stunned the world and got a wildcard spot!! I’m flabbergasted! Now IF they can somehow someway win then maybe I will probably move them up to 14 if they somehow find a way to win.

  97. raybna says: Sep 20, 2011 3:38 PM

    So if the Steelers should be #1 and the Ravens beat the Steelers then the Titans handed it to the Ravens…why are the Titans #22?

  98. raiderinpa says: Sep 20, 2011 3:58 PM

    Nice to see you posted a pic of my cuz ‘Big Dan Conners’ #55 of the Silver & Black… Defensive captain of the defense known as ‘The 11 Angry Men’…. Too bad we still didnt have that mindset on defense, blowing a 21-3 lead at halftime!! Inexcusable!!

  99. kate773 says: Sep 20, 2011 4:13 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Sep 20, 2011 9:05 AM
    Um, how are the Steelers not #1? They are clearly the dominate of any team right now.

    ________________________________

    I really hate to be the grammar nazi, but MAN I wish people would learn how to spell DOMINANT. Dominate = verb. “I will dominate you in the next game.” Dominant = adjective. “You are a completely dominant player.”

  100. levingibbs says: Sep 20, 2011 6:52 PM

    richm2256 says: Sep 20, 2011 11:37 AM

    New Orleans ahead of the Patriots? Because they’re 1-1 with a win over the Carolina Panthers???

    Tom Brady is playing insane (THAT’S what “lights out” looks like, Mike Vick!) and the New England stopped Rivers and a potent Charger’s offense on four straight red zone drives while forcing FOUR turnovers!!!!!

    I don’t see how the Packers are ranked over them, let alone the Saints!

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    Didn’t New Orleans beat Chicago?

    And as for the power rankings, man this MFer (get it) must not really watch football on Sundays.

  101. panthersftww says: Sep 20, 2011 6:58 PM

    “New Orleans ahead of the Patriots? Because they’re 1-1 with a win over the Carolina Panthers???”

    They played the Bears bro.

  102. sdw2001 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:02 PM

    The Lions, Texans, Ravens, Steelers, Bills and BEARS are ahead of the Eagles after a 4 point loss in part due to a non-interception interception? Are you out of your freaking minds?

  103. neurosports says: Sep 20, 2011 11:38 PM

    DIE HARD Vikings fan… We will lose to the chiefs. We are the worst team in football. I will still cheer for them every play.

  104. babyjebus says: Sep 22, 2011 12:29 AM

    Why are the 1-1 Falcons ahead of the 1-1 Bears?

    Did the Bears not beat them by 3 scores in week 1?

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