Here’s a look at my power rankings for Week 2.
(Previous Rank; Rank Change; Previous Result)
1. New Orleans Saints
(No. 1; No Change; W, 25-22 vs. SF)
Managed to sneak past the 49ers in San Francisco. Lost Reggie Bush for more than a month.
2. Green Bay Packers
(No. 2; No Change; W, 34-7 vs. Buf)
Rolled over the Bills as expected setting up an NFC North showdown with the Bears on Monday night.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
(No. 5; Up 2; W, 19-11 vs. Ten)
Big conference win that could help them in the playoff race. Doing it with defense while waiting for Roethlisberger.
4. Indianapolis Colts
(No. 7; Up 3; W, 38-14 vs. NYG)
Big brother Peyton got the better of Eli in the Manning Bowl. Colts should be fine despite their Week 1 loss.
5. Houston Texans
(No. 6 Up 1; W, 30-27 vs. Was)
First, a big victory over the Colts in the season opener and then a nice road win against a competitive Redskins team. These guys could be the real deal this year and finally make the playoffs.
6. New England Patriots
(No. 3; Down 3; L, 28-14 vs. NYJ)
Obliterated the Bengals in Week 1 and lost to the Jets this week. Meanwhile, the Jets lost to the Ravens in Week 1 and yet the Ravens lost to the Bengals this week. Can you follow that logic? That’s because there is none. Any given Sunday…
7. Baltimore Ravens
(No. 4; Down 3; L, 15-10 vs. Cin)
I find it ironic that Ray Lewis was complaining about somebody else (Carson Palmer) complaining. Joe Flacco’s 4 INTs were costly, to say the least.
8. San Diego Chargers
(No. 9; Up 1; W, 38-13 vs. Jac)
Proving that Week 1’s loss to the Chiefs was an anomaly, the Chargers destroyed the Jaguars behind 334 yards from Philip Rivers.
9. Miami Dolphins
(No. 13; Up 4; W, 14-10 vs. Min)
The Dolphins could very well be a playoff team this year as they improved to 2-0 after going on the road in a tough place to play and beating the Vikings.
10. New York Jets
(No. 14; Up 4; W, 28-14 vs. NE)
It’s amazing how one week the Jets could look so bad but then the next week beat a Patriots team that looks pretty strong.
11. Cincinnati Bengals
(No. 15; Up 4; W, 15-10 vs. Bal)
See above explanation, replacing Jets with Bengals and Patriots with Ravens.
12. Atlanta Falcons
(No. 16; Up 4; W, 41-7 vs. Ari)
I’m not looking too much into this victory. The Falcons are good, not great, team and the Cardinals are going to be really bad this year.
13. Minnesota Vikings
(No. 10; Down 3; L, 14-10 vs. Mia)
The more controversy that surrounds this team the better, in my eyes. Favre is aging rapidly just as the defense is.
14. Tennessee Titans
(No. 11; Down 3; L, 19-11 vs. Pit)
The Steelers did exactly what any team that wants to beat the Titans needs to do: they suffocated Chris Johnson and held him to 34 yards on 16 carries.
15. New York Giants
(No. 12; Down 3; L, 38-14 vs. Ind)
They have ongoing turmoil as Brandon Jacobs is not a happy player. The defense had no answer for Peyton Manning.
16. Chicago Bears
(No. 19; Up 3; W, 27-20 vs. Dal)
Regardless of how good or bad the Cowboys are this year, winning in Dallas is not an easy thing to do and the Bears did it with flying colors. Jay Cutler is playing as well as any quarterback in the league right now.
17. Washington Redskins
(No. 17; No Change; L, 30-27 vs. Hou)
Not a bad effort against a solid Texans team which is why the Redskins didn’t slide down the chart. They look as though they could compete for the division title.
18. Dallas Cowboys
(No. 8; Down 10; L, 27-20 vs. Chi)
With Jerry Jones’ hand-picked offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett, waiting in the wings, Wade Phillips could get fired midseason if the Cowboys don’t start showing drastic improvement.
19. Philadelphia Eagles
(No. 23; Up 4; W, 35-32 vs. Det)
I knew it was just a matter of time before the Eagles would turn to Michael Vick permanently. He should have them competing with the Giants and Redskins for the division crown… and maybe the Cowboys if they can turn it around.
20. Kansas City Chiefs
(No. 22; Up 2; W, 16-14 vs. Cle)
It’s hard to believe they’re 2-0 at this point, but the Chiefs knocked off the Chargers in Week 1 and went on the road to beat the Browns this week.
21. Arizona Cardinals
(No. 18; Down 3; L, 41-7 vs. Atl)
It’s going to be a long season for these guys and the useless calls for Kurt Warner to come out of retirement will continue.
22. Denver Broncos
(No. 25; Up 3; W, 31-14 vs. Seattle)
After a rough Week 1, the Broncos shook off the rust and knocked off the Seahawks behind a 307-yard passing day for Kyle Orton.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(No. 27; Up 4; W, 20-7 vs. Car)
Another team that is difficult to believe is 2-0, but they’ve played two bad teams in Cleveland and Carolina.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 20; Down 4; L, 38-13 vs. SD)
Were out of their league against a much better Chargers team but Mike Sims-Walker had a great day with 10 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.
25. Seattle Seahawks
(No. 21; Down 4; L, 31-14 vs. Den)
Had trouble stopping the Denver passing game and it looks like their Week 1 win was more a result of facing a bad 49ers team.
26. San Francisco 49ers
(No. 24; Down 2; L, 25-22 vs. NO)
Have to hand it to them, they played the Super Bowl champions tough and made a game out of it, but just didn’t have the talent to pull it off.
27. Oakland Raiders
(No. 28; Up 1; W, 16-14 vs. Stl)
Moved up the chart a slot but a two-point win over the lowly Rams isn’t much to marvel at.
28. Carolina Panthers
(No. 26; Down 2; L, 20-7 vs. TB)
The Jimmy Clausen era will start in Carolina this week but I’m not sure it’ll be much better than the Matt Moore era. It can’t be much worse, though.
29. Detroit Lions
(No. 29; No Change; L, 35-32 vs. Phi)
For the second straight week, they played their opponent tough and nealy pulled off an upset, but that’s what improving teams do. They’re going to need another off-season to add a few pieces to become a truly competitive team again.
30. Cleveland Browns
(No. 30; No Change; L, 16-14 vs. KC)
Seneca Wallace had a decent game with 229 yards passing and a touchdown but his one interception was a costly one as it was returned for a Chiefs touchdown.
31. St. Louis Rams
(No. 31; No Change; L, 16-14 vs. Oak)
It’s still going to be a while before they start showing signs of significant improvement.
32. Buffalo Bills
(No. 32; No Change; L, 34-7 vs. GB)
Laid down and took a beating from one of the top teams in the league. It’s going to be a long season for the Bills.