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Week One Power Rankings

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1.  Broncos (1-0):  The Manning family dreads games played between Peyton and Eli.  Peyton shouldn’t; he’s 2-0 against his little brother.

2.  49ers (1-0):  Jim Harbaugh’s rope-a-dope worked on the Packers.  It will be a little harder to pull it off against the Seahawks.

3.  Texans (1-0):  Good teams become great teams when they find a way to overcome major deficits away from home.

4.  Seahawks (1-0):  Winning on the road during the regular season could be the key to playing more games at home in the postseason.

5.  Eagles (1-0):  Here’s a shock — the high-gear, full-time, no-huddle offense can build a lead, and it has trouble holding a lead.

6.  Packers (0-1):  Losing to the 49ers on the road in Week One is better than losing to them at home in Week One.  So 2013 is already a notch better than 2012.

7.  Ravens (0-1):  Is it too late to give the 49ers their sixth-round pick back for Anquan Boldin?

8.  Saints (1-0):  Sean Payton is back?  Check.  Drew Brees is still on the team?  Check.  The defense can’t be any worse?  Check.  Win over Falcons at home?  Boom.

9.  Patriots (1-0):  So when do the defensive players start playing a little offense?

10:  Falcons (0-1):  The Falcons would have been 1-0 if their former basketball player could have come down with a late rebound.

11.  Lions (1-0):  Reggie Bush says the team is just scratching the surface.  And Lions fans have had an itch they can’t quite reach for a long, long time.

12.  Bears (1-0):  We won’t really know about this team until it encounters adversity and Jay Cutler shoves someone.

13.  Bengals (0-1):  Remember when Joey Porter’s pit bulls got loose and killed that horse?  On Monday night, James Harrison will be playing the role of the pit bull — and Ben Roethlisberger will be playing the role of the horse.

14.  Cowboys (1-0):  Just like last year, Dallas beat the Giants to start the season.  The Cowboys hope the next 15 games unfold differently.

15.  Colts (1-0):  A close, come-from-behind win is still a win.  Just like it was last year.  Seven times.

16.  Giants (0-1):  Maybe the best way to prevent turnovers against the Broncos will be, to borrow a phrase from the Eli-Peyton DirecTV video, to put the “football in your pants.”

17.  Rams (1-0):  And the Rams are now 5-1-1 in the NFC West under Jeff Fisher.

18.  Vikings (0-1):  The lack of a competent passing game will prevent the Vikings from staying within a score of the many other teams who have one.

19.  Chiefs (1-0):  The only thing missing from the pantsing of Tyson Jackson was an announcer exclaiming that it was a “disgusting act!”

20.  Redskins (0-1):  Annnnnnd that’s why a quarterback should play at least one game in the preseason.

21.  Cardinals (0-1):  Already, they’re alone in the basement of the best division in football.  Hooray?

22.  Dolphins (1-0):  Mike Wallace apparently would rather catch a bunch of passes and lose than catch one and win.

23.  Titans (1-0):  Bud Adams wrapped a couple of Terrible Towels around his middle fingers.

24.  Chargers (0-1):  San Diego fans will complain about being in this spot because of the lead that was built over the Texans.  But only bottom-third teams are bad enough to blow leads like that.

25.  Bills (0-1):  They know how to knock on the door.  They still can’t find the knob.

26. Raiders (0-1):  Has any NFL team ever been happier about being 0-1?

27. Panthers (0-1):  Playing a good team close at home no longer will cut it in Carolina.

28.  Jets (1-0):  Someone should register the trademark for “We won’t be 0-16!”

29.  Steelers (0-1):  Someone should register the trademark for “B-b-but we still have six rings!”

30.  Buccaneers (0-1):  Lavonte David’s gaffe cost the team a win; the absence of a competent offense cost the team an easy win.

31.  Browns (0-1):  The management can change, but the output at the Factory of Sadness remains the same.

32.  Jaguars (0-1):  Even Tim Tebow could have led this offense to zero points.

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202 Responses to “Week One Power Rankings”
  1. thetruthcampaign says: Sep 10, 2013 9:22 AM

    Lions at 11 sounds about right, for now.

  2. norcalmafia says: Sep 10, 2013 9:24 AM

    Seahawks #4? Hahaha…theyd be 0-1 if it wasnt for that gift wrapped fumble by deangelo williams…..Overrated.

  3. ryry123us says: Sep 10, 2013 9:25 AM

    Dallas wins against the Giants and they are 14th really?

  4. aaronfraudgers says: Sep 10, 2013 9:25 AM

    The Texans at #3 is a joke.

  5. jazsrt says: Sep 10, 2013 9:26 AM

    You’re joking, right?

    Eagles at 5?

    C’mon man-they almost blew that entire lead…I guess this should be the “PFT Ratings Rankings”

  6. knowerofallthings says: Sep 10, 2013 9:27 AM

    Mike Tomlin is going to unleash hell… oh nevermind

  7. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 10, 2013 9:28 AM

    Before reading this, I scrolled to the bottom to make sure the Jags were dead last. Now that I ensured the list’s credibility, I look forward to reading the rest.

    I don’t care who quarterbacks this team. They need bigger bodies out there to catch balls and need to keep MJD on the field. When Ace Sanders has 20 more plays than MJD, the coaches need to ask if they have their best players on the field.

  8. dkobert says: Sep 10, 2013 9:29 AM

    So the Dolphins win easily on the road but are behind the Redskins, Giants, and Cardinals? Seems fair.

  9. randyschwimmer7 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:30 AM

    Broncos are in the correct spot. I don’t know how the Giants (or any team for that matter) is going to stop this offense.

    As for the Ravens, all of the money given to ordinary Flacco was the wrong move of the off-season. Once his receivers that bailed him out were nowhere to be seen, Jump Ball Flacco got exposed as the average QB he really is.

  10. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 10, 2013 9:30 AM

    Having the eagles that high is foolish..

    They made 3 turnovers off a player that hasn’t had a single live snap in 9 months..

    The team looked a lot better than anyone was expecting, but at the same time there were major flaws in that D
    and even in the 2nd half scheme .

    chip needs to learn how to close out games before we break the top 15..

  11. contra74 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:30 AM

    29. Steelers (0-1): Someone should register the trademark for “B-b-but we still have six rings!”
    —-
    Same can be said for the packers with their annoying “we have 13 championships” so that’s why we can act the way we act.

  12. thetroofishere says: Sep 10, 2013 9:30 AM

    The Chargers and Steelers are both winless.

    The Ravens offense and defense looked terrible. They lost the second most electrifying player on offense to a friendly fire incident. And you still have them ranked 7th?

    The Titans flat out dominated Pittsburgh and you have them ranked behind the Cardinals.

    Are we supposed to take these rankings even moderately serious?

  13. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 10, 2013 9:31 AM

    Screencap these rankings for these next 2-3 weeks. It’s the last few times you will see the Redskins in the double digits in the RGIII Era. The rust was off in the 2nd half and as RGIII himself said, “We played a terrible 1st half and STILL almost won.” The Redskins are the most resilient group in football. We never say die. Playoffs and Superbowls to come. #GreenBayisinDeepTroublenextgame

  14. joaonmatz says: Sep 10, 2013 9:34 AM

    Eagles #5!?!?!

    Wow, they played one half of good football, then did nothing for the rest of the game. This is absurd.

  15. bpayton52 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:34 AM

    #5 is a f’ing joke!! vick had 2 completed passes the entire second half and the almost gave up the game!

  16. janvanflac says: Sep 10, 2013 9:34 AM

    I’m an Eagles fan, but 5th? really?

  17. osiris33 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:35 AM

    I’m not complaining. The Seahawks gutted out a tough win on the road with the heat and the zebras against them. Thankfully, we have a much easier game this week…

  18. purple28mvp says: Sep 10, 2013 9:35 AM

    Chargers and Steelers 1-0 but they lost?

  19. bullcharger says: Sep 10, 2013 9:35 AM

    3. Texans (1-0): Good teams become great teams when they find a way to overcome major deficits away from home.

    —————-

    SD isn’t any good. It was a great comeback by the Texans, but really sloppy football to get into that spot.

    Ravens are too high also. They looked horrible.

    I think top 10 should be:

    1. 49ers
    2. Broncos
    3. Seahawks
    4. Eagles
    5. Saints
    6. Packers
    7. Texans
    8. Falcons
    9. Patriots
    10. Ravens

  20. wolfies30 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:35 AM

    I am an Eagles fan. #5 is waaaaaay to high.

  21. discountdoublecheck says: Sep 10, 2013 9:36 AM

    Ah always nice to see norcalmafia spewing his nonsense.

  22. trollhammer20 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:37 AM

    norclownmafia, once again going out of his way to slam the Seahawks.

    I smell FEAR.

  23. southpaw2k says: Sep 10, 2013 9:38 AM

    Here we go again with the “this team is ranked too high, and this team is ranked too low” stuff.

    Funny how fans get all worked up over power rankings when the only time it ever really matters is the first weekend in February.

  24. jhein23 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:38 AM

    I’d move the Vikings down farther – their defense looked awful, QB looked terrible. Greg Jennings quickly proving how pedestrian he has become. Heck he was pedestrian last year with a future HOF throwing him the ball.

  25. jimmyt says: Sep 10, 2013 9:39 AM

    Niners and Hawks are pretenders. The season will prove that to be true.

  26. norseyapper says: Sep 10, 2013 9:39 AM

    It’s the post game one list and as many teams that lost this week are saying, “There are a lot of things wrong that we need to work on.”

  27. 12444uggg says: Sep 10, 2013 9:39 AM

    Colts @15? I don’t think so.

  28. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:40 AM

    Much ado about nothing. It will take another 3 or 4 weeks for the teams to shake down and the offenses to tighten up.

    Could well be big changes in that time.

  29. Youknowimright says: Sep 10, 2013 9:40 AM

    The spread option is ruining football. They might as well just where flags. Love old school football. I know evolve or get left behind but this isn t football anymore. It is a 7 on 7 passing camp. Ridiculous.

    And so are the Eagle’s at #5. Talk about drinking the koolade, Florio. That was shock and awe in the first quarter due to newness and the Redskins playing with a Qb who had not thrown a pass in the preseason. Second half is a better indicator of how kelly’s gimmick offense will be handled moving forward.

  30. trefkennedy says: Sep 10, 2013 9:41 AM

    Ill take being in the 14th spot but really the eagles are 5th? Amusing smfh

  31. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 10, 2013 9:41 AM

    Welcome to Overreaction Theatre.

  32. jigetz says: Sep 10, 2013 9:41 AM

    Lions at 11?! Go home Florio, you’re fricken wasted.

  33. blacknole08 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:42 AM

    Eagles at 5? Tad bit high after one game.

  34. source7769 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:42 AM

    ravens at 7 eagles at 5 horrendous

  35. wetdentist says: Sep 10, 2013 9:42 AM

    a little surprised my Eagles are at #5 (weren’t they like #25 two days ago?)

  36. richndc says: Sep 10, 2013 9:43 AM

    Eagles at 5? Why not at no. 1? Did you see that new offense?? Unreal, unstoppable!–of course it had nothing to do with the fact that their opponent forgot how to tackle in the open field, committed 10 penalties (in situations that really hurt them), gave the Eagles 2 unforced turnovers, and generally the Redskins played like they were unprepared while the Eagles looked ready from the first whistle–but hey, let’s crown them kings of the east for catching the Redskins off guard, and playing tough football. Give Chip Kelly credit for having his team ready to play, but this team is not even a top 10 out of 32, not yet.

  37. buddysguys says: Sep 10, 2013 9:43 AM

    Bills should be a little bit higher…

  38. whatnojets says: Sep 10, 2013 9:44 AM

    Mr. Florio

    You must be a true hater of The New York Jets!

  39. hendawg21 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:44 AM

    My we’re very generous to the Ravens who after the 1st week have the worst defense…explain please???

  40. dtownsportslions says: Sep 10, 2013 9:44 AM

    It’s not called overreaction week for nothing.

  41. thatsgoingtoleaveademarco says: Sep 10, 2013 9:45 AM

    With the Eagles and Texans ranked at 5 and 3, we could just call these rankings shiny things Florio saw before he dreamed last night.

  42. kvanhorn87 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:46 AM

    Rankings all look good except for 1…the Jags should definitely be lower than 32. How many teams in the CFL?

  43. harrypairotestes says: Sep 10, 2013 9:46 AM

    The skins will beat themselves again next week and slip into the bottom where they’ve made a home the past seasons.

  44. annes22 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:47 AM

    Steelers were pathetic they should be down there.
    Without Pouncy for the season, they have some problems. They may have 6 rings, so what? That has nothing to do with this season.

  45. patriots420 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:48 AM

    That steelers line is a classic. Where is the long named stoolers guy and the 6 rings guy at?

    At least the Ravens put up a fight against an elite team on the road despite ridiculous turnover. They couldn’t even score outside of garbage time against a cellar dwelling Jake Locker led Titans team at home.

    And I have no dog in that rivalry.

  46. goawayeverybody says: Sep 10, 2013 9:49 AM

    Hey Florio, you’re on crack. Tony Gonzalez coming down with a late rebound? After Vaccaro tipped the ball, he was light years away from it.

    Geez.

  47. homelanddefense says: Sep 10, 2013 9:49 AM

    these rankings are WAY too reactionary to one week of games for my taste. The Eagles are way too high, and the Texans are not the 3rd best team in the NFL.

  48. mpcny says: Sep 10, 2013 9:50 AM

    Eagles & Ravens worse two both need to be at least 5 if not 10 spots lower.

  49. osiris33 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:50 AM

    “jimmyt says:
    Niners and Hawks are pretenders. The season will prove that to be true.”

    Wow is it going to be a long year for you…

  50. Andre's Johnson says: Sep 10, 2013 9:51 AM

    Not that I’m complaining, but I expected the Texans to be more like fifth or sixth. After looking at the teams directly below them in the rankings, third seems more or less justified. Schaub made some big time throws last night, and when the defense got it going, it was impressive.

    As always, we’ll see how it goes over the next few games.

    Surprised to see the Colts so low. Denver and San Francisco are definitely the top two. Jags are definitely the bottom one. Yikes.

  51. marty2020 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:51 AM

    I think you have the Jags ranked too high. In fact, after suffering through Sunday’s debacle, in my opinion they should not even be ranked.

  52. footballfan says: Sep 10, 2013 9:52 AM

    thetroofishere says: Sep 10, 2013 9:30 AM

    The Chargers and Steelers are both winless.

    The Ravens offense and defense looked terrible. They lost the second most electrifying player on offense to a friendly fire incident. And you still have them ranked 7th?

    The Titans flat out dominated Pittsburgh and you have them ranked behind the Cardinals.

    Are we supposed to take these rankings even moderately serious?

    ********

    I agree with all of the above except the Titans. Beating the Steelers wasnt all that big of a deal with the way they played. I wouldnt bank on Tenn winning too many games.

  53. wonderkt says: Sep 10, 2013 9:53 AM

    Hard to believe that there are three worse teams than the Steelers, after watching them play last Sunday.

  54. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 10, 2013 9:54 AM

    Please PLEASE keep the Titans in your bottom 10 as far into the season as possible. Our best years (1999, 2002, and 2008) took place when our toughness and winning ways were ignored by the media. And right now, we appear to be tougher and nastier in the trenches than we’ve been since the team lost Jeff Fisher. Here’s hoping that’s for real. And if it is, SHHHHHH.

  55. tavisteelersfan says: Sep 10, 2013 9:54 AM

    Mocking the Steelers is the price of being a successful franchise that has run into a problem.
    Still.
    Today, they are number one in the AFC North (you are who you’re record says you are), and putting the Bengals and Ravens 16 and 22 slots ahead of the Steelers is a bunch of wishful thinking about these two teams, especially the Bengals.

  56. officialgame says: Sep 10, 2013 9:54 AM

    I am a Oregon Chip Kelly fan turned Eagles fan and I don’t think they should be ranked that high yet. I disagree Washington did anything to stop their offense in the second half. With a huge lead Haslet knew the Eagles would run the ball and throw short passes so he stacked the middle and blitzed from the ends. Try that against Kelly at the start of a game and watch what happens.

  57. bucrightoff says: Sep 10, 2013 9:54 AM

    Bucs deserve to be last. And with New Orleans and New England coming up, things could get ugly fast.

  58. raiderufan says: Sep 10, 2013 9:55 AM

    My Raiders made it out fo the bottom 6! Small victories lead to larger ones!!! WHOOOOOO!

  59. wbkev24 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:55 AM

    my steelers @ #29….”come on man”

  60. listenupcupcake says: Sep 10, 2013 9:56 AM

    You have ##1 & 32 right. In between, not so much.

    After 1 week any “ranking” is a crapshoot, but the Eagles and the Ravens are each about 10 spots too high, the Rams and Skins are each about 5 spots too low.

    Before the Eagles make the top 10, let alone top 5, Chipper needs to show that he can slow down and protect a lead without channeling Ohio State in the Woody Hayes era (hint: running McCoy up the middle dozens of times is not a viable long term strategy). OTOH, he probably did not have much in the O-plan on how to protect a 20+ point lead in his first game, vs RGIII, and away from home. :)

  61. jimmymarlinsfan says: Sep 10, 2013 9:56 AM

    I’m honestly surprised Florio didn’t rank the Browns ahead of the Phins despite the fact that Miami throttled the mistake by the lake. These rankings are awful

  62. themagicman1223 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:56 AM

    @norcalmafia You do realize that the Hawks had alot of players who were missing right? Our pass defense was tremendous, Russell Wilson had a great game. Plus it seems to me that it’s not the Seahawks who are overrated but the Panthers who are underrated. One of thebest front 7′s in the league and they have a dynamic offense with Newton. A win is always good, especially one on the road.

  63. trannesotabiqueens says: Sep 10, 2013 9:58 AM

    24. Chargers (0-1): San Diego fans will complain about being in this spot because of the lead that was built over the Texans. But only bottom-third teams are bad enough to blow leads like that.

    Eagles squandered the same amount of points but barely won so that deserves 5th?

  64. Chase says: Sep 10, 2013 9:58 AM

    You people kill me getting so emotional about these power rankings. They don’t mean a thing. This isn’t college football. Unlike college football, 0-1 teams have a chance to right the ship and still make the playoffs, just as 1-0 teams can show they aren’t as good as they looked week one. Get a grip people…

  65. jobotjones says: Sep 10, 2013 10:00 AM

    I don’t disagree that the Steelers are bad right now. But that game was going very differently before Puncey went down so do not act like they were terrible the whole way. They lost 3 players for the season in week 1, give me a break.

    The ravens got smoked and have no business being in the top 10.

  66. tformation says: Sep 10, 2013 10:00 AM

    Wow, the Eagles are high on this list.

    And I love the anti-Cutler bias showing itself again here. Well, it will be fun seeing you struggle for anti-Cutler snark as the Bears rise up your little chart.

  67. steelerfanforlife says: Sep 10, 2013 10:02 AM

    You are a class act Mr. Florio

  68. plumbstupid says: Sep 10, 2013 10:02 AM

    logicalvoicesays wears his Redskins helmet to bed as prescribed by his doctor.

  69. tv426 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:03 AM

    “B-b-but we still have six rings!

    Classic!!

  70. dwats says: Sep 10, 2013 10:05 AM

    BobKnee3 and the Washington Racists have been exposed to be the pretenders they have always been. #sameoldskins

  71. Nic says: Sep 10, 2013 10:06 AM

    As a Bucs fan, #30 is legit. There are just a couple pieces keeping this team from the playoffs, unfortunately those pieces are a QB and a Head Coach…

  72. Raider-in-PA says: Sep 10, 2013 10:07 AM

    26. Raiders (0-1): Has any NFL team ever been happier about being 0-1?

    Yeah, we’ll take that after being slotted at #32 before the season started…

    Had Janikowski made the FG he missed earlier in the game, Oakland couldve won easily by running out the clock and kicking another at the end of the game…

    I know, couldve wouldve shouldve… But hey, we had ‘em on the ropes until the end and the Colts know it!

  73. lks311 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:07 AM

    Texans, Raven too high and Bucs too low, but, that’s quibbling. Pretty good week one seeding.

  74. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 10, 2013 10:08 AM

    “Someone should register the trademark for ‘B-b-but we still have six rings!’”

    HAHAHAHA!! Bravo Profootballtalk! You hit the nail right on the head. 4th worst team in the NFL and their fans continue to cheer whenever a Raven is hurt.

  75. steelerfanforlife says: Sep 10, 2013 10:08 AM

    annes22
    It really has nothing to do with this season, but it’s just so much fun to say!

  76. jwcarlson says: Sep 10, 2013 10:09 AM

    Ravens at #7 if you were trying to be cute by pointing out how many passing TDs they’ve already allowed after sixty minutes of football.

    On pace to allow 112 passing TDs. :)

  77. r1zzler says: Sep 10, 2013 10:10 AM

    You are stupid.

  78. sfniners4life says: Sep 10, 2013 10:19 AM

    This is about as far off as the bcs standings.

  79. evilglazers666 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:21 AM

    The Buccaneers seem to be ranked way to high at 30.

  80. norcalmafia says: Sep 10, 2013 10:21 AM

    Well Seattle gets their Superbowl this week..Win or lose its just another game for SF..This is the highlight of Seattles season..

  81. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 10, 2013 10:22 AM

    As a Texans fan…. 3 is WAY too high.

    Great comeback win! Schaub looked as good as he’s ever looked. But top 3 teams don’t get down 21 early on bottom 10 teams…

    Houston D got straight shredded for 35 minutes and then didn’t give a first down for the next 25 and even tied the game with a defensive TD.

    But top 3 teams play like that THE WHOLE game….

    Again. Great game, great comeback, great win. But LOTS of work to do.

  82. crieger0 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:27 AM

    Classic Chicago Bears getting zero respect. Definitely deserve to be in the top 10 in front of the ravens, patriots, and lions at the very least. No problem though, they’ll prove everyone wrong this year

  83. mcmeen0576 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:29 AM

    I always love the attacks on Jay Cutler. Jamarcus Webb was a do nothing with his head in the clouds. Cutler tryed to motivate him but for some reason people love to hate the guy. He looked poised and confident and in command of his offense against one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Bears should have been at 9 or 10. As always though they will make the playoffs the year everyone forgets about them.

  84. wearethesteelers says: Sep 10, 2013 10:31 AM

    We see the rest of the league is shaking in their cleats at the mere thought of us. We understand your terror and we are trying our best to make your losing experience as enjoyable as possible.

    Steeler Nation is a proud Nation. We are carried by the promise of glory. Sometimes we might come across as arrogant, but that is only because our superiority is genuine, as is the league-wide attempt to emulate our model.

    We want to sincerely thank the fans of the other thirty-one teams for giving your best shot week in and out. Your efforts do not go unnoticed and we are willing to accept loyal fans to the forthcoming Steeler Football League after our last victory lap in the NFL. Stay tuned for more info regarding that.

  85. spacincasen says: Sep 10, 2013 10:34 AM

    Being down 21-10 late in the 3rd quarter to the Bengals isn’t considered adversity? It’s obvious you guys don’t like Cutler, but your personal bias often gets in the way of effective reporting and commentary.

  86. rangenius says: Sep 10, 2013 10:35 AM

    Defense matters. Jets should be in top 5, not Eagles. Guys at PFT are front runners to the T

  87. patriots123456 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:36 AM

    You really need a couple of weeks to get a pattern…

    But if one thing really jumps out it is the Eagles at 5th…

    I think they have improved etc. but not that much…LOL

  88. wearethesteelers says: Sep 10, 2013 10:36 AM

    To all the haters:
    The Steelers win every game where there is no intervention. Unfortunately, these interventions are greater than ever and the Steelers are forced to play by mortal rules. We will still win the Super Bowl, which will prove to be the most glorious yet.

    Don’t you worry; Steeler Nation is alive and well. Our magnificent trophy case is unblemished. Many of you have questioned our present strength. I will only tell you that we are now reaching a climax in our efforts against an ancient nemesis. This Nemesis’ only goal is to see the Steeler Nation fail.

    Let me provide some background for those with feeble grasps of history. Since the dawn of man, there have been two kinds of men: the common man and the divine man. The common man is the typical one you see today. Their leaders are very cunning and have sought to rid the world of their superiors – the divine man. You would better know this group as the Steeler Nation. We have a lineage of God-blood in our bodies that allow for amazing things in the presence of you mere mortals. We instinctively gather to this group and know our cause, as birds fly south.

    Our goal is to eventually start our own league – the SFL – to fully express our divine abilities without the taint of rat-like humans and their creations of agents and lawyers. Still, we feel an obligation to defeat or at least lobotomize our ancient foes before we set off.

    Be assured, we will defeat them and their political games. Wow, you look up in awe of our splendor.

    Wow.

  89. dwarftosser says: Sep 10, 2013 10:37 AM

    Seahawks still in the top 5? Interesting. I think they WAY overrated and showed it on Sunday, but we will see how the season turns out.

  90. edisbetterthantroy says: Sep 10, 2013 10:38 AM

    It’s going to be a 6 ring circus this year for Pitt. Big Ben will be drinking his dinner through a straw before the season is over with that O-Line. I’ve been saying it for a couple years now. Ben will lose it as quickly as Steve McNair did. He was great and then his body gave out turned on him like a light switch.

  91. thebirdofprey says: Sep 10, 2013 10:39 AM

    49er fans are clueless..Seattle held Cam Netwon to 125 passing yards. There rush game to 80 yards. All Pro Richard Sherman put a helmet on that Williams ball and All Pro Thomas stripped it out, not just luck buddy. We get 3 defensive starters back for our Game 2 at Century Link. Look forward to seeing what Whiner fans have to say after that one. None of you were to be found after 42-13 last year.

  92. BringBackTheFlex says: Sep 10, 2013 10:41 AM

    Wow. Count the number of winless teams ahead of teams with a win.

    I thought winning was everything.

  93. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:41 AM

    9ers at 2? They BARELY beat a horrible horrible defense that was missing 2 starters in the secondary. At home. Needing the refs help. Give me a break. whiners are WAY overrated!

  94. catchhester23 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:42 AM

    You mean the adversity cutler had when he lead the team to a fourth quarter comeback after throwing an int??? Over everybody’s beloved bengals. See what bears fans knew he could do when not eating turf every other play.

  95. txbklawyer says: Sep 10, 2013 10:43 AM

    Dallas at 14 is insulting/blatant rabble-rousing. Cowboys are better than:
    5. Eagles (ok, that offense was scary, but what impressed you about their D? Didn’t Dallas get 6 turnovers (and score more points) against the Giants???)
    7. Ravens (Ravens’ D was scary bad; now that Boldin is gone, their offense is in real trouble without Jacoby)
    11. Lions (they beat Minnesota – barely – and you’re putting them on a pedestal?)
    12. Bears (they beat Cincy – barely – and…?)
    13. Bengals (AJ Green can’t do everything)

    I’ll grant that, for now, the following week one losers “deserve” to be ranked higher than Dallas, based on past performance and current team make-up:
    6. Packers
    10. Falcons

    So that would put the ‘Boys no lower than 9, and arguably as high as 7, going by records…

  96. richardmswartz says: Sep 10, 2013 10:45 AM

    I’m an Eagles fan and the Eagles are too high. They played well and the second half is more a result of shortening the playbook and emotitional let down after having a big lead than the Skins coming back buuuttt, the secondary is still weak. They should be about 13 or so.

  97. 106reasons says: Sep 10, 2013 10:49 AM

    I’ll accept these rankings as moderately accurate if someone would answer one question for me:

    Why is the Ravens’ 0-1 in which they were utterly embarassed somehow more impressive than:

    The Giants’ 0-1, who handed their game to the Cowboys with 6 turnovers and 2 defensive TDs and still almost won?

    Or the Redskins’ 0-1, when they had 3 turnovers and a safety in the first 7 plays, spotted the Eagles 19 points, gave up 33 points before scoring their first offensive touchdown…and still almost won?

    Or the Falcons’ 0-1, when they were 1 catch from winning against a high-powered division rival?

    …it’s really:

    1. Broncos
    2. SF
    3. JustAboutEveryoneElse

  98. whoisrdymlz says: Sep 10, 2013 10:50 AM

    Panthers at 27 reinforces the grudge this site has against Jerry Richardson.

  99. tavisteelersfan says: Sep 10, 2013 10:50 AM

    I think the Steelers are in 1st Place in the AFC North aren’t they?

  100. dkobert says: Sep 10, 2013 10:51 AM

    Dolphins defense: 6 sacks, 16 qb hits, 3 int’s and yet the nonsense non-story about Mike Wallace is mentioned here. Grow up, PFT.

  101. theboondoggles says: Sep 10, 2013 10:52 AM

    Week 1 is always the strange week. Based on 16 games, I think you’re right on, but I’m withholding excitement/dismay until after Week 4.

  102. whatjusthapped says: Sep 10, 2013 10:53 AM

    Its not where you start but where you finish. The Vikings have plenty of time to fall from their overrated #18 spot.

  103. larryboodry says: Sep 10, 2013 10:54 AM

    Bears at #12 sounds about right, but I love how Mike insists on making snide comments about the team and Jay Cutler even when they play well against a supposedly superior opponent.

  104. kayakattack says: Sep 10, 2013 10:55 AM

    Wow, they actually ranked the Jaguars? Impressive!

  105. EJ says: Sep 10, 2013 10:56 AM

    Buffalo should be a bit higher. They where mere seconds or one incomplete pass from beating your #9. How about #15-#17?

  106. sullijo1 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:56 AM

    I love the Eagles fans that think they “let up” in the second half……yes, Chip Kelly has a strong history of “letting up” on teams….wait, no. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t too happy watching the onside kick flop around at the end of the game.

    Ummm, perhaps it only took a half for an NFL D-coordinator to figure out the gimmick offense?

    I’m not on this bandwagon – even Tim Tebow won 8 games.

  107. sullijo1 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:58 AM

    Quick…..name 6 teams in the AFC that will DESERVE to make the playoffs….

    Denver
    NE
    Houston
    ?
    ?
    ?

  108. thebirdofprey says: Sep 10, 2013 11:01 AM

    Everyone else read that 49ers post setting up that its ok for his team to lose this week because its just more important to Seahawks. Too funny, you guys live in your own world.

  109. larryboodry says: Sep 10, 2013 11:03 AM

    “6. Packers (0-1): Losing to the 49ers on the road in Week One is better than losing to them at home in Week One. So 2013 is already a notch better than 2012.”

    Not sure that any team that lost their first game – wherever they played – deserves to be ranked in the Top 10…And I can’t imagine any cheesehead taking comfort from your twisted logic.

  110. thetruthcampaign says: Sep 10, 2013 11:05 AM

    If the Lions got 2 of those 5 td’s that were called back, we’d be at 3.

  111. dirtysouthironmen says: Sep 10, 2013 11:06 AM

    The Jags dead last? You were not at that game and did not see what I saw. Lucky for you. Not sure last is good enough. They can only get better…right?

  112. patriots123456 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:07 AM

    The Jets are ranked higher than the Steelers? LMAO

  113. thetruthcampaign says: Sep 10, 2013 11:07 AM

    The Lions will run and pass rampantly over all teams. It’s just a matter of how well that secondary will hold up.

  114. stabbymike says: Sep 10, 2013 11:09 AM

    Not a bad spot for the rams but a bad spot for the lions and ravens especially the ravens being ahead of them.

  115. southpaw2k says: Sep 10, 2013 11:12 AM

    sullijo1 says:
    Sep 10, 2013 10:58 AM
    Quick…..name 6 teams in the AFC that will DESERVE to make the playoffs….

    Denver
    NE
    Houston
    ?
    ?
    ?

    ————————————————-

    In no particular order….

    Ravens
    Bengals
    Colts

  116. tavisteelersfan says: Sep 10, 2013 11:15 AM

    Facts:
    Steelers have 6 Rings.
    Steelers are in 1st Place in AFC North

    “You are who your record says you are” Bill Parcells.

    Sorry.

  117. darkneptune73 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:18 AM

    Why is Baltimore still at 7 when they got their ass kicked by Manning?

  118. BigBeachBall says: Sep 10, 2013 11:19 AM

    houston at #3…

    chargers at #24

    uh… sure….

  119. pongonfl says: Sep 10, 2013 11:20 AM

    Feels like someone didn’t watch the second half of the Eagles Red skins game.
    The eagles own players cannot maintain the pace the coach wants.
    And if they try to blitz non wounded, well practiced elite QBs every down like they did last night they will get absolutely destroyed.
    Or even if they try it with Eli or Tony.

    Cannot put the Chargers too low in my books. Look at what happened to that team after Peyton did exactly the same to them last year. They will not bounce back from that collapse. Its all about character.

  120. gottaplan says: Sep 10, 2013 11:20 AM

    I honestly believe these rankings are put out to garner contempt and dismay….. because they are certainly not based on any rational thought.

    This act should be taken on the road… it’s funny!

  121. jdubkc says: Sep 10, 2013 11:22 AM

    AS a Chiefs (#19) fan I believe the Broncos, Raiders and Chargers are ranked too high!

    Carry on

  122. andyreidisabeachedwalrus says: Sep 10, 2013 11:25 AM

    Steelers ranked too high.

  123. emoney826 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:30 AM

    Hey Minnesota! How does it feel waaaay down there, looking up at us, as always? Lol get used to it. Don’t worry, things can change. You still have 19-32 to get to.

  124. swagjag says: Sep 10, 2013 11:44 AM

    32 is too high on the list for the Jags.

  125. mcmccii says: Sep 10, 2013 11:48 AM

    Ravens and Packers are NOT better teams than the Saints. GB got rung up for over 400 yds passing! Saints held ATL under 400 total yds. What am I missing here?

  126. vgferenzi says: Sep 10, 2013 11:51 AM

    So the top ten consists of three losers, a team that barely beat Carolina, and a team that barely beat Buffalo.

    The Bears beat the Bengals…you know the team that just last week was a legit SB contender and ranked higher than Denver in the AFC. As usual though the Bears will see when the face some real adversity…unless the win then that team really wasn’t good we were just kidding.

    Buffalo almost beat the Pats, but Buffalo is 25 while NE is 9?

    The Chargers were beating the Texans the whole game and lost at the last minute but the Chargers are 24 while the Texans are 3????

    I understand good teams find a way to win, but they jump over 18 teams to number 3???

    Packers got dominated even after getting a blown call to go their way and keeping their star linebacker in the game when he should have been ejected. They’re 6.

  127. scmems07 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:52 AM

    Go shehawks! Ahh, sorry, my phone’s auto correct, go gleehawks! Dang….Go seachickens…..man, even my phone doesn’t Seattle seriously.

  128. gromit45 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:54 AM

    Shouldn’t the Division II teams be listed higher than the Jags?

  129. texanfan62 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:01 PM

    Green Bay at #6 is a Joke, they should’ve beaten the Niners, but McCarthy and Capers still haven’t found Kapernick yet. Lions may win that NFC North.LOL!

  130. graphicwolfart says: Sep 10, 2013 12:01 PM

    The Bucs should be at least #10. Come on, 3rd worse? LMAO!

  131. texanfan62 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:04 PM

    Colts are 15th because they ALMOST choked it off against the RAIDERS at Home. LOL!!! Yea they won, but they deserved to be 15th this week till they prove otherwise. Talk to me in a couple of weeks if they beat the 49ers in SF.

  132. roc5tar11 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:04 PM

    Chip beat the division champs with no nfl experience and just let off the gas pedal is all. They were not running their full offense in the second half, duh. Stop making excuses for your own teams not breaking the top five. HATERS

  133. ggonzales4287 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:16 PM

    Should be:
    1. Niners
    2. Seahawks
    3. Broncos
    4. Patriots
    5. Saints
    6. Cowboys
    7. Texans
    8. Bears
    9. Packers
    10. Eagles

  134. jicjak says: Sep 10, 2013 12:17 PM

    Raven’s stunk. They belong somewhere in the bottom third of the rankings.

  135. jluns275 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:21 PM

    What a joke.

    Parcells said it best:

    “You are who your record says you are”

    After just ONE week, how can this or any other ranking system be considered legitimate if ANY team that is (0-1) is ranked above ANY team that is (1-0)?

    By that logic, I suppose Denver should have just been given the Lombardi last year…you know because they were “ranked” above Baltimore last year before their playoff collapse?

    Presumably, PFT will have good coverage if the NFL begins handing out trophies based on pure conjecture.

    What a joke.

  136. kcraiderdan says: Sep 10, 2013 12:24 PM

    I’d like to revisit a time earlier this year when the pre-season power rankings came out and the Raiders were dead last by a long shot according to many people. At that time I made an argument that the Raiders were a better team than the Jaguars and possibly even the Jets. A Jaguars fan argued that Blaine Gabbert was a much better option at QB than anyone the Raiders had and that he was a top 5 QB when he had more than 2. something seconds to throw. I told him at that time I would rather take an unknown Flynn or Pryor over a “known” horrible QB in Gabbert. I think it is safe to say that I am way more excited about next week that he probably is right now. Unless they sign Tebow, which is an upgrade for them at this point. I can say that I don’t think the Raiders will be a winner this season, but they will be a winner next week.

  137. sicklnick121 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:31 PM

    Oakland should be top 10, once they start Flynn… Our D made the next best QB in the league look lost. He was so lost and maybe even had a slight concussion when he called our future star running back Pryor a STUD

  138. wrdtoyrmama says: Sep 10, 2013 12:34 PM

    Media already on the Chip Kelly bandwagon early.

    The smartest of them will be asking can Foels run this offense, because theres no way Vick makes it to 10 games taking the beating he took last night, especially playing the Giants/Cowboys 4x…..

  139. fringetastic says: Sep 10, 2013 12:46 PM

    Come on, PFT. Give your power rankings for how you think the teams are going to go from here, not on the past. Do you really think the Eagles, whose offense was quickly figured out and slowed down in less than a half, and whose defense contained a rusty QB for only 3 quarters, are suddenly the fifth best team in the entire league?

    Didn’t you just consider them fourth best in their division?

    The wild gyrations in the rankings lead to not respecting them.

  140. themage78 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:49 PM

    All of the Bird teams are ranked too high. Eagles, Ravens, Seahawks, and Cardinals.

  141. BringBackTheFlex says: Sep 10, 2013 12:58 PM

    My only comment is, keep in mind that this is a Power Ranking, not a BCS ranking (where a paper champion is crowned).

    While the reasoning behind a lot of these rankings is very very poor, and context and opponent is barely involved, I take them for what they are – opinions by people who don’t know football much better than a knowledgeable fan. These are not experts by any means.

  142. emkaplan1 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:59 PM

    If I compared a snapshot of all these week 1 ranking lists to the actual results by playoffs, not one would go over 50% accuracy. I’d put a coin flip up against these ranking any day. I do like that complaints are encouraged, as that is the only real value in all of the prognosticating.

  143. texanfan62 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:00 PM

    Hey ggonzales4287, the Cowgirls above the Texans?! You must be smoking Cowpatties or some other Animal Dung!!LOL! Texans have the better Organization, GM, Coach and Owner. You guys haven’t sniffed the SB since Jimmy Johnson left. Sure Switzer won but with Jimmy’s Boys. Yea you won SB’s, but the Texans weren’t in existence and Jerah Jones wasn’t your GM. Until he realizes or gets reality that he isn’t a GM you guys won’t win AGAIN, EVER!

  144. lbmclean says: Sep 10, 2013 1:00 PM

    patriots barely beat Buffalo(top 10)

    dolphins handle the Browns(22)

    how low is Tom Brady’s junk after years of the entire press hanging from his jock?

  145. cowboysfaninbuffalove says: Sep 10, 2013 1:02 PM

    How are the the eagles 5??? Just dumb

  146. fsstnotch says: Sep 10, 2013 1:04 PM

    I’m not confident that at this point in teh season the Ravens could beat anyone in the top 13-15 except maybe the eagle whom I also believe are ranked way too high!

  147. s0merand0mguy says: Sep 10, 2013 1:06 PM

    fringetastic says: Sep 10, 2013 12:46 PM

    Come on, PFT. Give your power rankings for how you think the teams are going to go from here, not on the past. Do you really think the Eagles, whose offense was quickly figured out and slowed down in less than a half
    ———————————–

    Did you watch the game? They never figured us out we just took our foot off the gas too early. Keep in mind the Redskins were given 7 points in the start of the game. You sound bitter and foolish.

  148. gades22 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:14 PM

    The Seahawks are 4th, because they managed to BARELY squeak by the team you have listed 6th-to-last. That makes sense.

  149. jaxasc84 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:19 PM

    Quit trying to make Tebow to the Jags happen. It’s not going to happen.

    Bridgewater ’14!

  150. philtration says: Sep 10, 2013 1:27 PM

    tformation says:
    Sep 10, 2013 10:00 AM
    Wow, the Eagles are high on this list.

    And I love the anti-Cutler bias showing itself again here. Well, it will be fun seeing you struggle for anti-Cutler snark as the Bears rise up your little chart.
    ====================================
    It is easy for him to go the “I hate Cutler” route.
    It does not take much thought and it feeds the meat head trolls that know very little about football.

    TMZ over NFL is the lazy way.

  151. tavisteelersfan says: Sep 10, 2013 1:27 PM

    Oh and Polamalu is a Steeler.

    (Best play of Week 1 …)

  152. adambballn says: Sep 10, 2013 1:36 PM

    I’m embarrassed for the guy that made these rankings… these are just awful.

  153. johnmetfan says: Sep 10, 2013 1:40 PM

    All we got to do is cut and paste this list into a word program, then see if it begins stacking up for the rest of the season. I know I wouldn’t want to rank every team every week with so much scrutiny lol

  154. jumbomesquite says: Sep 10, 2013 1:45 PM

    @txbklawyer says: Sep 10, 2013 10:43 AM

    11. Lions (they beat Minnesota – barely – and you’re putting them on a pedestal?)

    ———–

    You obviously didn’t watch the game. The Lions handled the Vikings from start to finish. Stupid mistakes on the Lions part kept the game somewhat close, but short of a nice AP 80-yard run, the Vikings were beaten soundly on offense and defense the entire 60 minutes.

    I don’t know if #11 is accurate or not, but your statement clearly isn’t.

  155. loubearkane says: Sep 10, 2013 1:50 PM

    Bears @ 12 really? They don’t crack the top 10 after beating Cincinnati.

  156. glb020971 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:52 PM

    Who cares about ranking its just week one. Let wait at lease until week 8. Go Texans!!!!

  157. thetruthcampaign says: Sep 10, 2013 1:52 PM

    txbklawyer, they destroyed the Vikes, and it was nowhere near as close as the scoreboard looked. They made an easy dominating win look very difficult due to their penalties. They dead-stopped the best RB in the league in AP…after his first run.

    Someone else said Chicago should be ranked above the Lions. No way. This isn’t based on the past. This isn’t based on the history of any franchise. It’s based on the quality of these teams this season right now. Right now, the Lions could run over the Bears easily.

  158. thelegendofteabaggervance says: Sep 10, 2013 1:55 PM

    It took The Washington REDSKINS exactly one half of football to figure out Chip Kelly’s offense and shut it down- and everybody knows their secondary is horrible. Now I’m not saying that The Washington REDSKINS should be ranked higher than they are (20 is about right until RG3 gets his confidence back and steps into a throw), but the Eagles at 5!? Maybe (MAYBE) 14, but definitely not 5.

  159. glb020971 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:55 PM

    I hope players are starting to realize preseason matters. JJ Watt, Foster, get your a– out there and play in the preseason. Foster looked bad!!! JJ Watt was not the JJ Watt we need to see to win a Championship!!!!

  160. doctorart2013 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:56 PM

    The Eagles haters are out in force, ranked #5 is fine, I like it better picking them to win before the Redskins game and cash the money in today….EAGLES!!!!!!!!

  161. tedmurph says: Sep 10, 2013 2:00 PM

    It takes 3-4 wks for these rankings to sort themselves out, in which case I still don’t read them bebause they’re absolutely meaningless.

  162. axespray says: Sep 10, 2013 2:01 PM

    “6. Packers (0-1): Losing to the 49ers on the road in Week One is better than losing to them at home in Week One. So 2013 is already a notch better than 2012.”
    ————————–
    Our offensive/defensive lines not getting completely clowned by their Oline/dline means we’re a thousand notches better than 2012.

    Jeff Saturday…smh.

  163. footballfan71 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:16 PM

    norcalmafia says:
    Sep 10, 2013 10:21 AM
    Well Seattle gets their Superbowl this week..Win or lose its just another game for SF..This is the highlight of Seattles season..
    ==============

    Well this game is the highlight of your infatuation wit the Seahawks. Yes infatuation. All you ever do is talk about Seattle this or Seattle that. For someone who claims to be a 49er fan, all you ever post about is the Seahawks. You need to figure yourself out.

  164. muckey says: Sep 10, 2013 2:17 PM

    I’m really having a hard time understanding what this guy set out to accomplish with these rankings. How could any analysis you do following one game have any sort of weight? Instead of rankings, he should have done tiers or if he really needed to supply all of us with his vast football accumen, just posted next week’s schedule. Because after reading this list, that’s about all I’ll ever read from this troglodyte.

  165. uglyglazers says: Sep 10, 2013 2:20 PM

    Maybe the Jags and Bucs should combine to just one team?

  166. coloradostupid says: Sep 10, 2013 2:21 PM

    Nonsensical analysis like this should be prohibited from being published. Hello – is anybody adult home?

  167. barbasol11111111 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:22 PM

    Re: the eagles

    It was actually slowing down the tempo that allowed the redskins back into the game

    The idea of the up tempo offense going three and out and hurting the defense wasnt the issue

    It was slowing it down and playing soft zone D

  168. browns627 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:24 PM

    1. 49ers
    2. Broncos
    3. Seahawks
    4. Saints
    5. Texans
    6. Eagles
    7. Patriots
    8. Colts
    9. Redskins
    10. Chiefs

  169. murty77 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:28 PM

    I’m not going to waste time trying to defend Cutler the person considering everybody already has a preconceived notion about him, but how is leading your team back from a 21-10 hole in the second half against a very solid defense not considered “facing adversity”?

  170. vipod4ever says: Sep 10, 2013 2:31 PM

    #26 is better than what ever single “expert” said.

    Now, loosing to the Jags would confirm what ever single “expert” said.

    For some reason, I think this TP kid is going to get better with every passing week.

    He at least deserves the same amount of time as JR got with the Raiders. Great attitude, willing to learn, and just what this team needs now.

  171. sbchampsagain says: Sep 10, 2013 2:40 PM

    Denver is a shoe-in for the SB.

    The AFC appears absolutely terrible.

    You might want Houston or NE at 11/12 area, but no other AFC teams should be ranked in the top 12…

    None.

    Who comes out of the NFC is anyone’s guess…

  172. ravensbob says: Sep 10, 2013 2:51 PM

    Tomlin would be a good fit for the Jets next year.

  173. screechdaddy says: Sep 10, 2013 3:30 PM

    The double-digit IQ’s on this thread who belittle the Seahawks’ low-scoring win against Carolina fail, again, to consider the difficulty factor of this particular game:

    1. 90-degree heat with high humidity (one look at the cheerleaders’ hair was all the visual evidence necessary to understand how awful it was)
    2. 3 of our defensive stars were scratched, including 2 starters (Clemons & Browner).
    3. A road game…
    4. A road game 3 time zones away…
    5. A road game 3 time zones away beginning at 10am “Seahawks” time.

    Nevertheless, our “weakened” D managed to hold the Panthers to a single score of 7 points in their own house, and though Wilson did take 2 sacks, still came out of that game with a QB rating of 115, passing for over 300 yds, while we held “star” Cam Newton to well under 200 yds passing. The “gift” fumble in Q4 was not a drop; it was banged loose by hard, smashing hits by two Hawk defenders who are coached incessantly to create turnovers just that way.

    Carolina even tried to weaken us further, knowing how hot it would be, by exercising their right to choose uniform colors and choosing white for themselves instead of their traditional home black jerseys, forcing Seattle to wear our darker and heat-absorbing blue jerseys at a road game. We overcame that obstacle, too, and scored THREE times to Carolina’s single successful drive.

    By contrast, the Dirty-whiners got to open at home, with a friendly crowd and no stifling humidity, no time zone change, and played at 1pm against a team they beat in the playoffs last season, and barely beat them even with the help of dumb officials who gifted them an extra down that led to a score.

    I’m not going to dicker over whether or not #4 on this list is appropriate or not, but it at least appears that those who ranked us DID take these things into consideration and saw beyond the low-score, and I am heartened about my team considering how tough a road schedule we have this year, what with FIVE “10 am” games, but three of those played at “indoor” stadiums where weather won’t be a factor. Only the Dec. game @ NY Giants will have similar potential for as many obstacles as this last one had, but hopefully we’ll be much healthier then including having Harvin back on the roster! GO HAWKS!!

  174. beedubyatoo says: Sep 10, 2013 3:35 PM

    mcmccii says: Sep 10, 2013 11:48 AM

    Ravens and Packers are NOT better teams than the Saints. GB got rung up for over 400 yds passing! Saints held ATL under 400 total yds. What am I missing here?
    ————————–
    What you’re missing is the quality of the opposition each team played. 49′ers and Broncos are the 2 best teams in the NFL.

    Falcons? Not so much.

  175. stealthhawk says: Sep 10, 2013 3:45 PM

    norcalmafia says: “Seahawks #4? Hahaha…theyd be 0-1 if it wasnt for that gift wrapped fumble by deangelo williams…..Overrated.”
    ————————————————————
    Man oh man, keep up the trolling act. Since when is a forced fumble by a perfectly executed hit from Richard Sherman a “gift-wrapped fumble”.

    Also, last I checked, we had plenty of time left on the clock and the Panthers most likely would have wound up kicking a field goal on that drive anyways.

    You comment more about the Seahawks than your own damn team. Your fear is showing.

  176. severinsmith says: Sep 10, 2013 3:48 PM

    Okay, it’s one week… and both are strong teams, but how do you rank the Broncos over the 49ers? I just don’t get that. I’m a Pats guy, with no bias here, but the 49ers are the team to beat this year – period.

    SF/GB game was the most intense game so far. The Ravens looked hung over and tired, and the Broncos cashed in. Seahawks should be higher, so should Green Bay.

    Based on game one, the Pats are ranked too high, but I think they will be in the mix later in the season.

  177. bleedgreen33 says: Sep 10, 2013 3:51 PM

    All you Steelers fans that continue to claim that you are number one in the afc north – so are the browns.

  178. surfoside4life says: Sep 10, 2013 4:04 PM

    Lol @ chargers. What a joke

  179. bleedgreen33 says: Sep 10, 2013 4:04 PM

    You can say what you want about the Eagles, but they looked like a championship team, both offensively and defensively, playing against a high school operation at best in the first half. Only when we decided to take our foot off the pedal as to not completely embarrass the joke of a franchise that is the Washington Redskins, did they even resemble a football team. That’s what happened.

  180. wnstonchill says: Sep 10, 2013 4:08 PM

    Not that these rankings actually mean squat, but, Detroit is ranked higher than Chicago??? Are you forgetting that Jim Schwartz is the head coach of Detroit?? Rediculous.

  181. 2013htoutlaws says: Sep 10, 2013 4:12 PM

    Seahawks in the top 10 after a crap performance against the panthers they didn’t look impressive at all

  182. liquidmuse says: Sep 10, 2013 4:13 PM

    Laugh all you want, but Tebow took the 2nd worst team the year before to the 2nd round of the playoffs…& he hasn’t played since…while jokes like Weeden, Ponder, & Gabbert get every opportunity.

  183. scandiman says: Sep 10, 2013 4:38 PM

    29 seems a bit high for my beloved Steelers with Todd Haley as our OC. It was the worst most inept offensive outing I have ever seen.

  184. imgonnathrowup says: Sep 10, 2013 4:39 PM

    The eagles at 5 is offensive to anyone who has ever watched football

  185. imgonnathrowup says: Sep 10, 2013 4:40 PM

    and I like the eagles

  186. ivanpavlov0000 says: Sep 10, 2013 4:50 PM

    These rankings are just as accurate as they were before the start of the season.

  187. bsizemore68 says: Sep 10, 2013 5:02 PM

    My team is 1-0, on the road, yet you have 8, I repeat 8 teams rated higher who are 0-1, what about the Big Tuna saying you are what your record is. I guess that don’t apply here. Bill

  188. BringBackTheFlex says: Sep 10, 2013 5:04 PM

    Re: Tebow

    Amen. This league gives lip service to “Just win”. What they are more interested in is LOOKING like they are trying to win.

    “Hey, we drafted a prototypical QB. We aren’t to blame for his failure.”

  189. sugarray1 says: Sep 10, 2013 5:31 PM

    Funny, your Mom couldn’t avoid the rope-a-dope last night……The SeaChokes are TOAST!

    Better crank up the amplifiers, you’re gonna need 12 guys to beat the NINERS!!

  190. johnnyprc says: Sep 10, 2013 6:36 PM

    WOW, this ranking is a true joke. Texans at 3? There is no question its a toss-up at the top between Denver/SF/Seattle – but past that Eagles at 5?

    There is no way on God’s green earth Eagles out-rank Saints/Atlanta/Bears/Cowboys….someone there in your office is a Eagles fan. Rose way to quick and too high for 1 game.

  191. udontknowjaq says: Sep 10, 2013 6:54 PM

    The Steelers defense held Tennessee to 112 yards rushing, a 2.7-yard average, and Locker completed 11 of 20 for 125 yards. 16 points given up is usually good enough for a win a good percentage of the time. The 29th spot maybe imo a little to low a big play was needed it didn’t happen but its the 1st game I look at it as 16 teams at #1 and 16 #2 by week 3or4 it should shake out. I also feel that Pouncy injury took something out the young o-line he was devastated they saw that and he is the leader Decastro was frustrated with it too. Cant wait till P. can be on the sideline to help them out. Some good veteran leadership was added & im sure the coaches are working hard on the offense adjustments they are needed there the most. I feel I personally can get a good feel where my team is at around then. Go Steelers

  192. vikingfan1971 says: Sep 10, 2013 7:55 PM

    boy lions at 11 now the lions fans are going to have a big ego, the vikings were missing two big players in that game and they will be back soon, and will not have the same effect as they did on sunday, I still think the packers need to be lower than they are 6 is ranked too high for a team that lost, there game and there loss puts them down only one number how stupid the person doing the ratings is a packer fan and the vikings all though they did suck on sunday, will not be in the bottom at the end of the season.

  193. nite2al says: Sep 10, 2013 8:26 PM

    Ravens sit at #7 just where they should be. You have to take history into account… SB Champs!

    Why so much hate? Flacco gets a few dollars and people just wont let it go while Stafford, Sanchez and Romo all lined their pockets and people say nothing.

    Flacco balls when it counts just like Eli Manning. Recognize and respect it!

    15 games to go, relax, people!!!!

  194. BringBackTheFlex says: Sep 10, 2013 8:35 PM

    nite2al
    “Flacco balls when it counts just like Eli Manning. Recognize and respect it!”

    So in six years only one season has mattered?

  195. mf1849 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:37 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: Sep 9, 2013 8:55 AM

    Football is so bland when RGIII and the Redskins aren’t on the field. Thank god it’s MNF tonight and the league can see what QUALITY is as the Eagles receive the first Burgundy and Gold Beatdown. #GodBlesstheRedskins

    logicalvoicesays says: Sep 10, 2013 9:31 AM

    Screencap these rankings for these next 2-3 weeks. It’s the last few times you will see the Redskins in the double digits in the RGIII Era. The rust was off in the 2nd half and as RGIII himself said, “We played a terrible 1st half and STILL almost won.” The Redskins are the most resilient group in football. We never say die. Playoffs and Superbowls to come. #GreenBayisinDeepTroublenextgame
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    Ha ha ha ha! This guy!

  196. MyClassyTeam says: Sep 10, 2013 10:46 PM

    thebirdofprey, Your fans said 49ers were using excuses for losing. And your using excuses for barely winning vs panthers. I like the way you jump for joy, when you win us. Apparently this is as close to a championship as your going to get. You better get that trophy case dusted. Oh wait! you still have to make it to the superbowl, RIGHT?

  197. MyClassyTeam says: Sep 10, 2013 10:59 PM

    BEWARE! going to seachickens stadium is dangerous. The league will have undercover police at every game there. Apparently, opposing teams fans are getting harassed and manhandled. Not even safe in the bathrooms from what they said. Complaints came from opposing teams GM’s So be careful if you decide to attend, recommend not taking your children.

  198. cardiaccardinals says: Sep 11, 2013 3:38 AM

    Cards had double digits on the Rams until late. I don’t see the difference ‘tween the two.

  199. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 11, 2013 3:50 AM

    Eagles #5? Come on man. That’s one game against a Redskin offense that did absolutely nothing to keep the eagle offense off the field in the 1st half.

    Colts are ranked too low at 15. Made the playoffs last year and no reason at this point to think they won’t again.

    Cardinals who lost to the Rams, don’t deserve to be ranked ahead of Dolphins.

  200. logicalvoicelies says: Sep 11, 2013 10:04 AM

    Youknowimright says: Sep 10, 2013 9:40 AM

    Eagle’s at #5. Talk about drinking the koolade, Florio. That was shock and awe in the first quarter due to newness and the Redskins playing with a Qb who had not thrown a pass in the preseason. Second half is a better indicator of how kelly’s gimmick offense will be handled moving forward.
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    If you really think the 2nd half of that game was a better indicator of how kelly’s offense will be handled moving forward,, than you sir, need to step off the hater-ade. Anyone with any actual football knowledge knows that in the 2nd half, the Skins knew the Eagles would protect their lead by running the ball and throwing quick, short passes, so they stacked the box and blitzed from the ends. Also, Kelly didn’t want to give away any more of his new offense up 26 points. The 2nd half of football I would not even define as a Chip Kelly offense,. It was a prevent-offense. I agree that #5 is high (but I’m a fan so I’ll take it), but you need a reality check if you think the 2nd half of that game is more indicative of their offense than the 1st half. #Delusional

  201. antneejay2 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:57 PM

    I am deeply offended.

  202. tigerlilac says: Sep 11, 2013 3:42 PM

    Not that it matters, but how does a team with Belichick and Brady get picked 9th in a power ranking? Yes, they have a young roster and have been hit by the injury bug to start the season but those two have been delivering wins for over a decade. You might want to see them falter before placing your bets against them.

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