Week One power rankings

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[Editor’s note:  Every Tuesday morning, we’ll post a consensus ranking based on an average of the five rankings from the five PFT writers.  So if you disagree with any of these, don’t blame me.  Who am I kidding?  You’d blame me even if I didn’t cast a ballot at all.]

1. Patriots (1-0; No. 2 last week) (four first-place votes):  With an improved defense and an improved running game, it will take much more than a busted nose for Tom Brady to keep the Pats from their first Super Bowl win since 2004.

2. 49ers (1-0; No. 7) (one first-place vote):  It’s hard to imagine Week One going any better, even if they had managed to sign Peyton Manning.

3. Ravens (1-0; No. 4):  It wasn’t a stirring as last year’s Week One win over the Steelers, but it’ll do.

4. Texans (1-0; No. 5):  Yes, it was impressive.  But the 2012 Dolphins are a far cry from their counterparts of 40 years ago.

5. Packers (0-1; No. 1): Thursday night’s game should have a postseason feel, because if the Packers fall to 0-2 with two home losses before the second Sunday of the season, the Packers may not feel the postseason this year.

6. Broncos (1-0; No. 14):  Even the guy who paid for the Tebow billboards last year has bought a Peyton Manning jersey.

7.  Giants (0-1; No. 2):  They’ll be sliding more than five spots per week if they can’t find four (or five) defensive backs who can cover receivers.

8. Eagles (1-0; No. 9):  A win is a win, but the teams that will be playing the Eagles over the next few months are surely feeling better about the chances of getting a win over Philly.

9. Steelers (0-1; No. 6):  They saw some Tebowing late in Denver on Sunday.  The goal for Sunday when the Jets come to town will be to avoid seeing any more of it.

10. Cowboys (1-0; No. 13):  Tony Romo returns to Seattle for the first time since the time he had popcorn right before a game-winning field goal try.

11. Falcons (1-0; No. 10):  The fact that five Internet hacks weren’t sufficiently impressed with Sunday’s performance to keep the Falcons at least where they were before the game underscores the fact that the Falcons won’t get respect until they command it.

12. Lions (1-0; No. 12):  Rams quarterback Sam Bradford may not have stayed in school to avoid the Lions, but Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford didn’t do much to avoid throwing the ball to Rams.

13. Redskins (1-0; No. 24):  Receiver Josh Morgan gushed last week about RG3.  And it looked like an understatement on Sunday.

14. Bears (1-0; No. 11):  Andrew Luck or no Andrew Luck, the PFT Power Rankings panel wasn’t impressed by a 20-point win over a 2-14 team.  The Bears will get a chance to get noticed on Thursday at Lambeau.

15. Saints (0-1; No. 7):  It’s hard not to wonder if the Saints would have looked better prepared if they had signed Drew Brees not before training camp but before the offseason program.

16. Jets (1-0; No. 22):  The Jets may have been wise to bank a few of those 48 points for Sunday’s trip to Pittsburgh.

17. Chiefs (0-1; No. 19):  They held their own with the Falcons, but those four missing starters on defense eventually caught up to the Chiefs.

18. Chargers (1-0; No. 20):  When a team wins a game primarily because the other team’s backup long snapper sucks, that’s not an encouraging sign.

19. Panthers (0-1; No. 19):  The PFT panel apparently thinks last Sunday was a fluke for Cam Newton and Carolina; others may be wondering whether last year was the fluke.

20. Cardinals (1-0; No. 25):  Kevin Kolb gets yet another chance to not earn his money.

21. Raiders (0-1; No. 21):  Of all the changes G.M. Reggie McKenzie has made, not having a backup plan at long snapper kept him from winning his first game.

22. Titans (0-1; No. 21):  Somebody had to open the season by playing the Patriots.  The good news is that the Titans don’t have to play them again.

23. Buccaneers (1-0; No. 23):  Whether the players buy in to the Schiano system after one win remains to be seen.  For now, the PFT panel remains skeptical.

24. Bengals (0-1; No. 24):  The trend of beating teams they’re supposed to beat and losing to teams to which they’re supposed to lose continues.

25. Vikings (1-0; No. 25):  Hey Vikes, win your next home game (Week Three against San Fran), and we’ll move you into the top 20.

26. Seahawks (0-1; No. 26):  Braylon Edwards picked a strange way to show his appreciation for having a job.

27. Bills (0-1; No. 18):  Mario Williams may want a Mulligan.

28. Colts (0-1; No. 26):  If Andrew Luck wants to match Peyton Manning’s three-win rookie season, Luck needs to win at least one of the next two games, at home against the Vikings and Jagars.

29. Jaguars (0-1; No. 29):  Does the fact that it could have been worse than a three-point loss in overtime make the loss any better?

30. Rams (0-1; No. 30):  With a clock operator error marring the final minutes of a close one in Detroit, only the Rams could find new ways to lose games.

31. Dolphins (0-1; No. 31):  It’s way too early to think the Dolphins won’t win a game this season.  But they definitely don’t look like a team that can win a game this month.

32. Browns (0-1; No. 32):  If Brandon Weeden wasn’t overwhelmed in putting up a 5.1 passer rating, we’d hate to see how bad his numbers would have been if he was.

131 responses to “Week One power rankings

  1. Eagles over Cowboys. I’m not even a fan of any NFC East teams, but I stopped right there. Did you watch the same team I did, which struggled against the Browns, while that other team handled the SB Champs?

  2. I’m not sure how you bump the Eagles up a spot when they barely won against your number 32 ranked team.

    They easily had the least impressive win among all the teams that won in Week 1.

  3. Villa41 is not going to like these power rankings. If we used his professional analysis the Raiders would be in the top 10 and the Broncos in the bottom 10! Come on Villa41 tell us how stupid this ranking is and that if they knew anything about football they would have the Raiders in the top 10. Haha

  4. Packers, Giants and Steelers ( ZERO wins for all three) ahead of the New York Jets??

    Whatever you’re smoking I would like some!

  5. Packers, Giants, Steelers and Saints ( ZERO wins for all four) ahead of the New York Jets??

    Whatever you’re smoking I would like some!

  6. 1. Patriots (1-0; No. 2 last week) (four first-place votes): With an improved defense and an improved running game, it will take much more than a busted nose for Tom Brady to keep the Pats from their first Super Bowl win since 2004.

    Florio please stop smoking…

  7. Wait just a minute …. The Panthers look terrible, run for less than 10 yards and commit 2 turnovers and lose the game and they stay at #19, but the Bucs win the game, hold the Panthers to less that 10 yards rushing, 0 points in the 1st half and never turn over the ball but stay at #21. You guys need to get over the Cam fixation and give props where they are due !! GO BUCS !!!

  8. Anyone else tired of hearing about the Patriots and how good they are suppose to be every year? And they are pretty good but to say their the best team year in and year out is getting old.

  9. I know vaphinfan..getting to the Superbowl is overrated huh? Guess thats why your phins won’t be there again this year..

  10. Boy, if the Ravens put on a show in Philly on Sunday like what they did last night, the rest of the league will have to watch out. As will Ozzie Newsome and Steve Bisciotti when they have to negotiate for Flacco’s next contract.

    And if I were a betting man who could place any amount of money that would matter to me on a team to win this weekend, it’d be Pittsburgh. There is absolutely no way they’d lose to the Jets, much less start out the season 0-2. The Old Mark Sanchez will definitely show up Sunday.

  11. To repeat, Bucs dominate the Panthers yet the Panthers are ranked ahead. Gotcha. Buccaneers destroyed their line and shut down Cam. Get over Cam Florio and learn football.

  12. So let me get this straight. As far as the NFC East goes, the one team with a loss, is the highest in the rankings. Nevermind the fact that it lost to a fellow NFC East team. Then you have the Eagles who were one more Vick pick away from losing to the Browns. The Redskins and Cowboys both looked way more dominant in their wins than the scoreline suggests. Now I understand you are looking at the “big picture” and the talent they have and what you expect each team to do. But I thought this was supposed to be based on what we’ve seen so far?

  13. Oh, now I get it. This is the ranking for the OFFENSE!

    If you bothered to look at the DEFENSE as part of your “ranking,” the Cleveland Browns wouldn’t still be listed as #32.

    Just ask Mikey Vick about the Browns’ Attack Dawgs!!!

  14. Just unbelievable that the Bucs dominated the Panthers the way they did and are 4 behind. Typical. I hope it stays this way all year.

  15. I don’t think any team that struggled mightily to beat the 32nd ranked team should be ranked as high as you ranked the Eagles. That tells me you are not going by result but by the team’s weight on paper.

  16. The Falcons completely embarrass the Chiefs on the road and they drop one spot!?

    It is pretty clear that these rankings are not based on this season’s performance at all.

    Try to keep last year’s performance in last year, fellas.

  17. As a Skins fan that is still on cloud 9 from Griffins debut performance I think the Skins at 13 is a bit to high. 20-15 area would be mor realistic.

    Still only 1 game where the Shanahans had a long time to prepare. Let’s see how Griffin and Friends do on a regular week of preparation for a Jeff Fisher inspired defense before putting the Skins in the top 15.

    That, and being ranked 13 is a horrible jinx. Floria Skins bias shows itself again.

  18. tenotnamedmiller —-

    Exactly my thought. The Lions barely squeeze out the win against Rams yet still rated higher than the Bears that dominated the game in all three phases?? Florio and that panel were heavily drinking when they came up with these rankings. We all tend to forget the Lions wouldnt have even been a playoff team last year if it werent for the injuries to Jay and Forte….

  19. Vaphinfan, just because you’re tired of hearing it doesn’t change the fact that the Patriots have been the most consistent NFL franchise of the last ten years. They are regarded as one of the best teams “year in and year out” because they always are. The continuity of Belichick as head coach and Brady as quarterback has kept them among the best teams and, with this past week as evidence, continues to do so.

  20. vaphinfan says: Sep 11, 2012 9:59 AM

    Anyone else tired of hearing about the Patriots and how good they are suppose to be every year? And they are pretty good but to say their the best team year in and year out is getting old.

    Vaphinfan you must be still in denial since cry baby Marino retired. Grab your blanky, pacifier and some tissues cause your Dolphins (such a manly team name) will have another top five pick in next years draft while the Pats win another division title and make a run for yet another Super bowl title.

  21. Redskins are finally showing some life!!!! Offense AND Defense, even though specials had a little hiccup there….Look out this season, for things are changing!!

  22. You do realize the Bears could have easily put more points up right? It’s Lovie’s style to take the foot off the gas so they don’t embarrass the opponent. Minus a few awesome catches by Wayne, the Colts really didn’t do much until the D went into the prevent defense

  23. Not much love for the Bucs at 23 but I would agree they need to earn it. Still, the win against CAR was a more impressive effort than in 14 of their 16 games last year.

  24. No love for the Bucs.. give credit where it is due we held the #1 rushing team last year to 10 yards total rushing.. There’s no fluke there just better coaching and players living up to their potential/doing their jobs

  25. The bucs destroy the panthers offense and cam newton was exposed and you pft writers have the bucs several spots below the panthers?? Are you guys smoking cr@ck? The power rankings are by week not of you’re not fully convinced about the rest of the season. You writers are terrible at writing and worse at power ranking. Kind of like a really bad joke.

  26. I stand completely corrected with my statement on the Ravens.

    Just when I thought the defense would slow down, Ed Reed and Ray Lewis are looking better than ever. That was a tough Bengals team they beat.

    And Joe Flacco. I knew he had it in him, I just didn’t think the offensive line would hold up. However, it’s only a matter of time before they face some more lethal pass-rushing coming from Flacco’s blind side.

    Flacco looked like a top-10 quarterback for sure.

  27. Recognizing the pointless nature of these sorts of things, here’s my top 12 at this point of the season:

    1. 49’ers – Best road win of the week
    2. Patriots – Improved D spells trouble for AFC
    3. Ravens – Improved O spells trouble for AFC
    4. Falcons – SB caliber team – on paper
    5. Texans – Elite team if Schaub stays upright
    6. Cowboys – As Romo goes, so go ‘Boys
    7. Broncos – Manning raises Bronco’s to elite
    8. Bears – Well balanced team on both sides
    9. Redskins – If Griffin is for real, Skin’s are too
    10. Jets – Bigger test coming up with Steelers
    11. Giants – Will likely rise as weeks progress
    12. Packers – Blown out consecutively at home; trend?

  28. I can’t wait to see the 49ers play the Patriots this season. Can’t wait to see how we try and matchup with those tight ends, Bowman/Willis = elite. Might see Perrish Cox play LB again like he did vs. Green Bay when they were using Cobb as a RB.

  29. I know these rankings are just for fun, but why do you have the Texans ranked ahead of the Broncoes? A victory over the current Dolphins is nothing compared to a victory over the the current Steelers.

  30. But on the other hand, I was 100% right about the Eagles.

    Demetreus Bell couldn’t even block the Browns depleted pass-rush. Also, look at the upcoming schedule and who Bell has to block.

    Only games I can see them winning is Pitsburgh, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and the Bengals and that’s only if they can run the ball. Vick is great, so is Maclin, but Vick can’t be scrambling every play.

    Baltimore (Ngata, Upshaw, Lewis)
    Arizone (Dockett, Acho)
    New York G (Tuck, JPP, Osi)
    Pitsburgh (Kiesel, Harrison, Timmons)
    Detroit (Suh, Farley, Vanden-Bosch)
    [The next 5 games he will for sure be running for his life]

    Now look at the rest of the schedule. If Vick makes it to Atlanta, I can’t see him lasting past Dallas, Washington, Dallas again, Washington again, and New York.

    Atlanta
    New Orleans
    Dallas
    Washington
    Carolina
    Dallas
    Tampa Bay
    Cincinatti
    Washington
    New York G

  31. As a Texans fan, I gotta admit we’re ranked a little high. The final score of the game against the Dolphins is a bit misleading. We couldn’t really run, defend the run, or convert on third down. JJ Watt was the difference in the game by swatting three passes, two of which led to INTs that were in scoring territory. I think the Dolphins will be pretty good on defense, and Bush should have a decent year if he stay’s healthy. Tannehill is a good talent that would benefit from learning how to put some touch on his passes.

  32. First of all Dolphins will win this sunday against the Raiders, They would not stand a chance under normal circumstances but the NFL once again tryin to screw the Raiders have them playing on a short week after a late Monday night game playing at 10am in the hot Miami sun. It’s impossible for any team to win that game.
    49ers are clearly the best team in the NFL, with the Ravens being the 2nd
    The real power ranking are this
    9ers
    Ravens
    Patriots
    Falcons
    Broncos

  33. 1. 49ers -Looking strong.
    2. Patriots-Look good most of the time.
    3. Broncos-Manning is back!
    4. Ravens- Getting older, but wiser.
    5. Eagles- Can Vick stay healthy enough?
    6. Bears- Beat a weak team, but look great.
    7. Texans- Top team in Texas.
    8. Falcons- Dirty birds cleaned up their problems.
    9. Lions- Can they stick with the Bears?
    10. Packers- Showed where they are weak.
    11. Saints- Can they do it without their top coach?
    12. Redskins- RGIII looks better than Cam.
    13. Chargers- Going to be a strong division.
    14. Buccaneers- Top team in Florida.
    15. Cowboys- Not as good as expected.
    16. Steelers- Slow start?
    17. Giants- Do not look like SB Champs.
    18. Cardinals- Better than expected.
    19. Chiefs- Next game should be more difficult.
    20. Raiders- Tough division.
    21. Jets- Sat back & let the Bills beat themselves.
    22. Panthers- Cam doesn’t look like Cam.
    23. Titans- Starting slow?
    24. Vikings- Looked competent.
    25. Bengals- Dalton doesn’t look like Dalton.
    26. Bills- Fitzpatrick needs contacts.
    27. Seahawks- Should bring back T.O.?
    28. Rams- Where is Kurt Warner when needed.
    29. Jaguars- Ouch!
    30. Dolphins- Their 1st round pick looks terrible.
    31. Browns- Double Ouch!
    32. Colts- Their 1st round pick doesn’t look as NFL Ready as everyone thought.

  34. So, despite their stellar defensive play and the fact that they lost to a preseason “super bowl contender” and forced them to turn the ball over five times, the Browns are still dead last, eh, Florio? And you leave the Steelers ranked that high? Your colors are showing through, dude and they’re black and yellow.

  35. I think the Eagles are too high but sorry Boys’ fans, you’ll have to prove to me you can beat the Eagles’ defense. You were horrible against them last year when no one else worried about playing them. How will you handle the new and improved version?

  36. Raiders long snapper fiasco helped them lose and the Chargers win, but it wasn’t the only reason the Raiders lost and Chargers won. The Chargers D that stepped up to keep forcing the punts and the Raiders couldn’t get much going on offense aside from the garbage time TD at the end.

  37. jason49er says:
    Sep 11, 2012 10:36 AM
    I can’t wait to see the 49ers play the Patriots this season. Can’t wait to see how we try and matchup with those tight ends, Bowman/Willis = elite. Might see Perrish Cox play LB again like he did vs. Green Bay when they were using Cobb as a RB.

    ______________________________________________________

    That’s the one game I circled when the schedules were released because that one worries me the most…our defense looked pretty good but that was against the Titans and I’m hoping for them to get better as the season goes along…The 49ers looked awesome going into Lambeau and slapping the Packers around even though the defense didn’t look as suffocating as it did last year (the Packers will put up points against anyone anyway)…It should be a great game

  38. The eagles had 16 yes 16 offensive possessions against a browns team that will struggle to win one game and out of the 16 they score 3 times. The eagles being in the top ten is the reason power rankings are so stupid. 16 possessions a great team would have worn the browns out and beat them by 40 damn the broncos didn’t even have that they had half of that and put up 30 against Pitt lol

  39. This ranking looks like whoever created this list, only looked at the end game numbers and the Win-Loss. Did you guys watch any of these games? If you did you wouldn’t have let Philly or Detroit go any where but down. Philly barely wins against the team you have in last place and they go up? Detroit does the same with the #30 team. And I know these are just your opinion, and you have the right to say it. But, it is my right to say your opinion is WRONG. Its only week 1, 16 more to rectify.

  40. I’m the biggest Bronco fan alive, & also their biggest critic. From what I gathered from the 1st game, I’d say they need help in the Linebacker area, but in pass coverage. They were awesome on 1st & 2nd down, but awful on 3rd down! If Manning stays healthy, & at first I was in denial, but the Superbowl is not out of the question! Peyton was superb reading the ‘D’ and audibles. But they were giving up too many 10 – 15 yard plays. If they improve in that area, the sky is the limit, although the Pats are STILL the top seed in the AFC.

  41. For the record, the Eagles shouldn’t even be in anyone’s top 10. Looks like another 7-8 win team to me, though of course, I won’t say that’s likely a mere one week into the season.

  42. Sure they only beat the Jags and it took overtime to get there, but seriously, how can you put the Bengals ahead of anyone after that performance last night.

    The Bengals are back to their old ways and they’ll kick the Browns out of the cellar in no time.

    The Bengals could be the worst team in the league….. again.

  43. I am sick of the constant Patriots love- the team is OLD. They beat up on a lousy team that had a first time QB.

    The niners beating up your previous #1 30-15 (that punt return didn’t count) is much more impressive and I can’t wait to see them destroy the Pats in their home this season.

    On top of that the texans, ravens and bronco’s are all much more impressive than the aging pats. If ESPN wasn’t located in the Pats backyard- the media could see them as they really are- I decent to good team that has no shot at a super bowl without cheating.

  44. I agree the Bears played well against the Colts and gave Andrew Luck a real heartfelt “Welcome” to the NFL, but your right, Thurs will be a much better test….Andrew Luck is no Aaron Rodgers. In time maybe.
    But even with the offensive improvements it’s still gonna come down to keeping Cutler upright and the run game working, cuz Rodgers will pick the defense apart with Lach only at 3/4 speed at best. Go BEARS!!!!!

  45. Im an Eagles fan. Eagles beat the worst team in the league by a point, they should be ranked 31st. Make them earn that top ten ranking. Jacksonville showed about ten times more heart than the Eagles did Sunday.

  46. Patriots better than Ravens?? Did you see that defense? I would take the Ravens over them right now 4 games out of 5. The Eagles? C’mon, you did that to get people fired up. They are not a very good team, week by week, this will be the year they collapse completely. Unless they pull Vick asap and give Foles a shot. Vick will be Reid’s undoing.

  47. You guys should be embarrassed. Your power rankings are absurd on so many levels. I’m a 9ers fan and I ask you: why isn’t Dallas at the top of the NFC East in your rankings? And no Redskin fanboys, your team doesn’t belong anywhere near the top 5. Let RG3 go up against a real defense first and then see how he does as opposed to what you “think” what will happen. Trust me he will be made to look like a rookie sooner than later.

  48. I’m fine with blaming the Raiders backup long snapper but the reason we are even talking about him is because the Chargers defense kept forcing the Raiders to punt. They dominated last night and Run DMC wasn’t a factor at all. We all knew the Chargers offense wasn’t going to be explosive out of the gate without Mathews, Gaither & Brown.

    Excellent win on the road against a division opponent for a banged up team.

  49. I am gonna really enjoy watching the Ravens humiliate Vick. I hope they slam him as hard as they did Dalton last night. That shot Dalton took to the ribs would have sent Vick to the emergency room, howling and crying. Ms. Vicky is gonna get her skirt blown up for good this week!

  50. Instead of snarky comments, can PFT give actual reasons for their rankings? How is “A win is a win” a qualifier for the Eagles to move up a spot after barely beating #32 Cle, but “Luck or no Luck…” beat down against the #28 Colts is a reason to move the Bears down 3 spots?

    Clearly and good ranking should wait a few weeks for a current season history to develope before making opinions or you need to fess up that you only take actual results into consideration when it helps the teams you like.

  51. As all the annoying giants fan say. We bucs fan are so glad u keep ranking us so low. It just fuels us and then we suprise u….ok enough of that. The bucs looked a lot better then last year and their D is me thinking we got a shot in a couple years, if they can beat the giants this week it’ll be a huge boost to tht team. And I think if the d plays how they did, they have a shot

  52. thewigglr says:

    Vaphinfan you must be still in denial since cry baby Marino retired. Grab your blanky, pacifier and some tissues cause your Dolphins (such a manly team name) will have another top five pick in next years draft while the Pats win another division title and make a run for yet another Super bowl title.

    That’s precious. A patsies fan calling another teams QB a crybaby. No QB bitches and moans to officials like Brady does.

  53. How do the Bears win by 20 and drop? I read this for the fact that info gets up quick, and sometimes the satire is entertaining. But I don’t think I’ll give much credence to your rankings pft. Pft=wtf.

  54. At this point I think most people can agree that the top 2 teams are the Patriots and the 49ers. Not sure who would be ranked number one and at this point it doesn’t matter. But you got to like how well rounded the 49ers are.

  55. The Eagles are too low. Their defense did not allow a touchdown, forced 4 interceptions, held the opposing QB to 118, and the opposing RB to 39 yards on 19 carries.

  56. 49ers are the best team in football. If Aaron Rodgers couldn’t operate on them, Tom Brady won’t fare much better. Offense is truly balanced, defense is amazing. Refs gave Green Bay a TD. Niners will dismantle New England in December.

  57. I’ve been a Pats fan for 75+% of my time on this planet and I have only one question for you – are you on glue?

    As much as I like seeing my team on top of lists like this, they do not deserve that spot after week one. I saw a lot better football being played by other teams in week one.

    Can that spot be theirs several weeks from now? Time will tell. They have the players, now all they have to do is execute. Right now I would put them below a handful of teams (maybe down to #5 or #6) but being on the top? Like someone else already said – what are you smoking and why aren’t you sharing with the rest of us?

  58. camsfakesmile says:
    Sep 11, 2012 11:39 AM
    49ers are the best team in football. If Aaron Rodgers couldn’t operate on them, Tom Brady won’t fare much better. Offense is truly balanced, defense is amazing. Refs gave Green Bay a TD. Niners will dismantle New England in December.


    Yeah, because what happens in week 1 has a lot to do with what will happen against a different team in week 15.

    Did you just start watching football this year?

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    bigsuede says:
    Sep 11, 2012 11:05 AM
    I am sick of the constant Patriots love- the team is OLD. They beat up on a lousy team that had a first time QB.

    The niners beating up your previous #1 30-15 (that punt return didn’t count) is much more impressive and I can’t wait to see them destroy the Pats in their home this season.

    On top of that the texans, ravens and bronco’s are all much more impressive than the aging pats. If ESPN wasn’t located in the Pats backyard- the media could see them as they really are- I decent to good team that has no shot at a super bowl without cheating.

    —–

    Can we just stop with the crying!!!

    Is it really because of ESPN that the Patriots get love?

    Or is it because they have been one of the best teams in football over the last 11 years.

    Stop acting like a baby, its ok it’s the internet nobody knows who you are.

    They are and have been a lot better than a “decent to good team” get over it!!!

  59. I’m a Bears fan I agree. I think this team can score points now but the D looks old and bad. Urlacher is done in the NFL and there is no pass rush. They better find some D or it will be a disapointing season.

  60. Now let me disagree on one. The Eagles move up after that game??? Are you serious??? Wow guess it’s not just ESPN that has the East Coast Love affair going on. What a joke that team is done. Vick is a brittle old man and they have one great weapon that Big Andy wont let have the ball. Really stupid power rankings for the most part. No common sense in them.

  61. @bigsuede says: Sep 11, 2012 11:05 AM
    “I am sick of the constant Patriots love- the team is OLD. ”

    Are you serious? 3 of their impact players on D were playing THEIR FIRST GAME EVER.

    Their starting back is in his SECOND SEASON, as is his backup Vereen and went over 100 yards. Solder, Cannon, Dowling, also, second year.

    Then Gronkowski, Hernandez, Cunningham, Deaderick, Love, McCourty, Mesko, Spikes, and McDonald, are all in their third year. HOW IS THIS TEAM OLD?

    3 players have been in the league 10+ years, Brady, Lloyd and Tracy White. NOT an old team.

    That being said, as a Pats fan, I’m surprised at the #1 ranking. The 2012 Pats look good, but so do a lot of other teams.

  62. thewigglr says:
    Sep 11, 2012 10:17 AM
    vaphinfan says: Sep 11, 2012 9:59 AM

    Anyone else tired of hearing about the Patriots and how good they are suppose to be every year? And they are pretty good but to say their the best team year in and year out is getting old.

    Vaphinfan you must be still in denial since cry baby Marino retired. Grab your blanky, pacifier and some tissues cause your Dolphins (such a manly team name) will have another top five pick in next years draft while the Pats win another division title and make a run for yet another Super bowl title.

     ——————————————-

    That’s funny; the guy who named himself “thewigglr” is calling other team names unmanly. Nice.

  63. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 11, 2012 9:50 AM

    Top 5 Teams
    1. Redskins
    2. Steelers
    3. Broncos
    4. Bears
    5. Chargers
    ————–
    AAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
    Must be a nut-hugger.

  64. How exactly does the only team in the NFC East with an 0-1 record still get ranked above the rest? Especially when they got manhandled by one of those other NFC East rivals! I wouldnt take up gambling anytime soon Florio

  65. bigsuede says:
    Sep 11, 2012 11:05 AM
    I am sick of the constant Patriots love- the team is OLD.
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    The Patriots average age is 26.56. .35 older than the youngest team the Rams at 26.21. Do some research before you spout off non sense. The Pats have reloaded right in front of your eyes and never skipped a beat. Sorry, it must suck to be a fan of a perennial loser who has no clue on how to build and maintain a dominant franchise.

    http://bloggingthebeast.com/2012/09/01/ranking-the-nfl-teams-by-age-rams-and-eagles-have-the-two-youngest-teams-in-the-nfl-chargers-are-the-oldest/

  66. @shootscuz says:

    Uhh…I never said the Raiders should be in the top 10, especially not now after their special teams meltdown. Fact is, the Raiders outplayed the Dolts on offense and defense. It’s really a shame such a good defensive effort (the only thing I would have liked more is a better pash rush) was wasted due to a long snapper issue.

  67. shackdelrio said:
    Sep 11, 2012 10:05 AM
    For a league with supposed parody, there sure does seem to be a big gap between the have’s and the have not’s
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    It’s parity, not parody. You’re post was a parody.

  68. Then I go ahead and write you’re instead of your…………….. so I’ll join shackdelrio as knucklehead of the day!

  69. vaphinfan says: Sep 11, 2012 9:59 AM

    Anyone else tired of hearing about the Patriots and how good they are suppose to be every year? And they are pretty good but to say their the best team year in and year out is getting old.
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    You poor little thing. Waaagh! We’re sorry that the Patriots have been the most successful team this decade with arguably the best coach and QB in history. And they got to the SB last year EVEN with the 31st ranked D, and almost won it!! And their D has improved HUGE!! And their O has as well!! So their expectations are OF COURSE right off the charts!! Maybe you should just look away?? Or pick a different sport? Or a different team? Or learn to appreciate greatness- no matter where it resides?? Sorry you got nothing in VA. Sorry you root for the worst team in the NFL. Need a tissue?

  70. Not even close Florio, did you watch the Cowboys – Giants or Eagles – Browns game? How can you have the Eagles higher than the Cowboys who beat the Super Bowl Champs at home? Nice snide remark on Romo going back to Seattle too.

  71. Oh I get it, you watched week one in an alternate universe.

    These rankings ooze bias:

    “Eagles – hey they won right?
    Cowboys – Romo has butter fingers”

    What a joke.

  72. @jolink653 niners D didnt look as suffocating as last year. No they looked better. They made GB one dimentional and held GB to 7 points going into the 4th quarter if it werent for the block in the back GB would have scored only 2 TD’s. They just didnt get 2 to 3 turnovers like they did per game last year. Even though Detroit barely won last week this is another big test for the niners. Its only week 1, by week 9 or 10 is when we see what teams are about.

  73. bigsuede says: Sep 11, 2012 11:05 AM

    I am sick of the constant Patriots love- the team is OLD. They beat up on a lousy team that had a first time QB.

    The niners beating up your previous #1 30-15 (that punt return didn’t count) is much more impressive and I can’t wait to see them destroy the Pats in their home this season.

    On top of that the texans, ravens and bronco’s are all much more impressive than the aging pats. If ESPN wasn’t located in the Pats backyard- the media could see them as they really are- I decent to good team that has no shot at a super bowl without cheating.
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    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dude! You don’t follow the NFL much, huh? The Pats are VERY YOUNG this year, you moron!!! You blew your cover: Your arguments are all ludicrous, based on sheer hatred. The Pats didn’t “cheat” any more than any other team, you nitwit. Wake up.

  74. I know a lot of people won’t like this but it’s true. Jets should be higher up than some of the teams. I know it was one week and they beat a Buffalo team that they should’ve but no one expected them to score the most points after week 1. Yes, the Jets scored 48 points and they beat the Bills in every aspect of the game. The Jets should be higher than:
    1. Eagles bc they barley beat the Browns. Vick threw 4 INT’s and won on a LAST MINUTE drive on a team they should’ve blown out.
    2. Giants because they looked lost on D. Eli played a hell of a game but he needs Cruz not to drop the easy passes.
    3. Packers, like it or not, they got manhandled at home. The score was closer then it should have been. There were 2 block in the backs on the punt return and for some reason it wasn’t called.
    4. Lions, Stafford throwing 3 INT’s against the Rams secondary. Like the Eagles, they should’ve blown out the Rams, but won a last minute drive.
    6. Saints, yes their coach and their interim coach are suspended but the players were allowed to play. They were at home and played against a rookie QB. All the motivation to win? I guess not.

  75. This is definitely a much different Patriots team than the one that lost the Super Bowl. Time will tell if they are a better team. The defense is faster and McDaniels, with Ridley now the full time running back, is running more of a balanced offense. It certainly wouldn’t surprise me if Houston or Baltimore won the AFC. The Patriots need to take care of business and get the #1 seed. Without it, it will be very tough to get back to the SB.

  76. Anyone who thinks the Jets did something of note on Sunday underestimates how bad the bills have been since week 6 last year…

  77. Why is everyone crying about the Eagles? They currently have the #1 ranked defense and #2 ranked offense.

  78. @bigsuede

    Please check the average age of the Patriots roster. Then correct your “there old” statement. Then post something intellegent you damn fool

  79. This is ridiculous. A referee error causes a drop for the Rams?? We were 9 point underdogs and held Stafford to 1 TD and 0 to Megatron while losing on the road on a last minute drive to a top 5 offense. Meanwhile the Colts got shellacked in Chicago but are in the 20’s? Bush league.

  80. Nice job ranking the four NFC East teams in exact opposite order of their week 1 performances.

    The Cowboys and Redskins were clearly the class of the division in week 1. The Cowboys won a road game against a division rival they normally lose to, and avoided all the normal ways they lose, and won convincingly.

    And the Redskins outraced the still-very-potent Saints, also on the road, and their new QB looks fantastic.

    But the losing Giants and turnover-prone, just-managed-to-squeak-past-the-Browns Eagles are ranked higher?

    I didn’t think this was a college poll, where teams are ranked high “just because” or “because we know they’re better” or “because this is the storyline we’re creating”.

    Nothing about the Giants’ and Eagles’ week 1 performances justifies their ranking.

  81. The Broncos looked weak on third down defense because they were up against Big Ben. There’s simply no one better on 3rd and long than Ben. Lucky for them that Peyton can go drive for drive against most any QB. Against weaker QB’s Denver’s D will do much better on 3rd and long. They will be a force in the AFC and own the AFC West.

  82. How are teams with a loss allowed inside the Top 10 Week 1? If we’re going by a purely week-to-week power performance, shouldn’t the Top 10 be winners, the Bottom 10 be all losers and the real “gray area” be the 12 spots in between?

    How the Ravens, Jets and Falcons aren’t Top 5 based on Week 1 performance is beyond me.

  83. Looking over this list immediately reminds me why I don’t care wtf Mike Florio says. This is a week to week ranking of the teams yet after what we’ve seen after 1 week you’re just playing your favorites instead of doing an honest assessment of the teams. But to have the Eagles and the Giants ahead of the Redskins and Cowboys is just ridiculous. The two teams from the east with convincing wins against some big teams get the shaft to the other team that lost and another team that had a last minute score to pull off a 1 point win over the team you have rated dead last. Please have anybody besides Florio do this ranking system for now on PFT!

  84. So the Bears are at 14 and their win “wasn’t impressive” but the Eagles are at 8 and they get “a win is a win” even though they beat the Browns on a last second TD? You’re kidding me on this right?

  85. jda13 says:
    Sep 11, 2012 11:26 AM

    That’s precious. A patsies fan calling another teams QB a crybaby. No QB bitches and moans to officials like Brady does.

    Ya jda13 I would figure someone like yourself wouldn’t understand that comment. Marino was the biggest baby in the league not only did he cry every time he didn’t complete a pass BUT he would always blamed his teammates for it never himself. Ever hear Brady blame his teammates buddy? NEVER. He always says he could’ve executed better. That’s a team player. And for Brady complaining to the refs as you say maybe if you were the best QB ever with the success he’s had and everyone trying to take a cheap shot (see the saints) to knock him out (dirty Pollard already did) you would let the refs know about it too. Blows my mind how dumb some people are.

  86. bigsuede:

    Patriots are the 8th youngest team overall and they have the youngest defense (tied with the Packers).

    Team AverageAge OffenseAge DefenseAge
    St. Louis Rams 25.30 25.22 25.38
    Philadelphia Eagles 25.49 25.48 25.50
    Minnesota Vikings 25.60 25.52 25.69
    Cleveland Browns 25.61 25.86 25.35
    Miami Dolphins 25.63 25.60 25.68
    Green Bay Packers 25.66 26.30 25.00
    Seattle Seahawks 25.74 26.21 25.20
    New England Patriots 25.79 26.56 25.00

  87. Its just comical reading all these crybaby, whining fans so desperate for there team to get some attention in week 1. It sure has been a loooonnggg time since most even sniffed a Super Bowl

    As for my world champion NY Giants, well our season starts in January……..see you then!

  88. bikelikemike says:
    Sep 11, 2012 12:30 PM
    vaphinfan says: Sep 11, 2012 9:59 AM

    Anyone else tired of hearing about the Patriots and how good they are suppose to be every year? And they are pretty good but to say their the best team year in and year out is getting old.
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    You poor little thing. Waaagh! We’re sorry that the Patriots have been the most successful team this decade with arguably the best coach and QB in history. And they got to the SB last year EVEN with the 31st ranked D, and almost won it!! And their D has improved HUGE!! And their O has as well!! So their expectations are OF COURSE right off the charts!! Maybe you should just look away?? Or pick a different sport? Or a different team? Or learn to appreciate greatness- no matter where it resides?? Sorry you got nothing in VA. Sorry you root for the worst team in the NFL. Need a tissue?

    ———————————————-

    How exactly can you claim the Patriots are the most successful team this decade when we’re not even 2 full years into it (2011-2012)? If by success you refer to Super Bowl championships, that would limit the conversation to the Packers and Giants. If you mean regular season wins, then that would only mean the Packers since they still have more wins than the Patriots since the beginning of last season.

    I don’t deny that the Patriots have gotten a lot younger on both sides of the ball, and I certainly don’t deny their history since 2001. But let’s call a spade a spade here: They are good enough to be competitive year in and year out, but they are not the dominant team of 2003/2004.

  89. ANOTHER year of the Bears flying under the radar in the eyes of the so called “experts”. The Lions squeak out a last second win verses your 30th ranked team and stand pat in the rankings at #12. The Eagles squeak out a last second win verses your last place #32 ranked team and actually improve a spot. The Bears destroy the Colts (ranked higher then the Rams & Browns) and somehow drop 3 spots from #11 to #14???? C’mon Man….

  90. So let’s see…The Lions stay at #12 despite almost losing to an inferior Rams team, while the Bears dominate an inferior Colts team and drop 3 spots to #14…So, if we had only won by a FG instead of by 20, we’d deserve to still be at #11, right? There is indeed a madness to your method…:P

  91. “21. Raiders (0-1; No. 21): Of all the changes G.M. Reggie McKenzie has made, not having a backup plan at long snapper kept him from winning his first game.

    22. Titans (0-1; No. 21): Somebody had to open the season by playing the Patriots. The good news is that the Titans don’t have to play them again.”

    Woah, I didn’t know the Raiders and Titans tied for 21st last week!

    God damn you guys make a lot of errors.

  92. The Dolphins will win this sunday against the
    Raiders. Who cares about them having to travel on a short week, it happens to teams every time, and no one feels sorry for them. Hope their long snapper does a little better, or maybe he’s been replaced after that wonderful performance.

  93. Cowboys at #10 and below the Eagles is lulzy after they went into MetLife and whipped the defending champs while the Eagles had all they could handle with the sad Browns and their rookie QB in his first game ever.

  94. “If Brandon Weeden wasn’t overwhelmed in putting up a 5.1 passer rating, we’d hate to see how bad his numbers would have been if he was.”

    That’s a good one. The flag incident may have left him “uneasy.”

    Still, the Browns should be ahead of Miami at least, no? I mean they hung in there against the team you list at #8 until the very end.

  95. Are we actually suppose to pay attention to in-season rankings for a football league that actually has a PLAYOFF system?
    Just wondering.

  96. 31. Dolphins (0-1; No. 31): It’s way too early to think the Dolphins won’t win a game this season. But they definitely don’t look like a team that can win a game this month.

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    So…. what was that you said?

    We played our first week against a very good Texans team and you counted the Dolphins out of year.

    Keep Talking….

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